Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5

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81
Global
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

Mad Catz is no stranger to making unusual design decisions (look at the gdgt Must-have R.A.T. 7 for example), and the F.R.E.Q. 5 continues with that break from tradition, with "a glossy black hexagon design" that HardwareHeaven still found "comfy to wear" and had "no concerns that this headset could survive the knocks and bangs we might expect if we took it to a LAN event." TechRadar was "less convinced" though they did think the build quality was "excellent.," while TechBargains pointed out that the metal parts made "one heavy headset" and the "overall ergonomics could stand some improvement." With all this focus on appearance, Mad Catz could have overlooked the actual function of the device, but looks are deceiving, and TechBargains was happy to report that "explosions are loud, gunshots are crisp, and all that bass really goes a long way to making you feel like you are truly in the game." So if you need a solid headset the F.R.E.Q. 5 delivers, but if you don't care about the unusual appearance, you can pick up similar headsets—even a surround sound headset like the Vengeance 2000—for a lower price.

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Model

Key Specs

Form factor
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Controls
Volume, Mute
Noise cancellation
yes
Connections
USB, 3.5mm stereo

General

Form factor
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo

Controls

Controls
Volume, Mute

Speakers

Driver size
50 mm
Magnet type
Neodymium

Other features

Foldable design
yes
Removable microphone
yes

Voice quality

Microphone type
Mono mic
Noise cancellation
yes

Connections

Connections
USB, 3.5mm stereo (2 m)
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