Reviewed by Louise Totton
My two girls, who I never, ever, would have thought would have had the slightest interest in gaming have recently started playing some online games as a way of keeping in touch with their friends whilst we’ve been socially distancing and unable to spend time in their friends’ homes. Talking on the phone is great but their imagination has really been captured by playing games alongside each other.
My eldest got a laptop for her birthday ready for starting high school, so as well as playing her favourite game on her phone and the Xbox, she’s also been playing on the PC but up to now has had to have her mobile on speakerphone on the desk next to her to talk with her friends as she plays. A set of gaming headphones has been on her Christmas list for ages, so she was over the moon to be sent a pair to try out so she didn’t have to wait for the jolly man in red to deliver her a pair.
Gaming has long been considered a ‘male’ pastime and the vast majority of gaming accessories seem to be aimed at boys rather than girls – when we were looking for a gaming headset, there seemed to be an awful lot of black, green and blue and far fewer ‘feminine’ colours, and certainly very little that appealed to my daughter. That was until she saw the fabulous pastel pink colour of the SADES A6 Gaming headset and instantly fell in love.
But there’s much more to this headset than just a (very) pretty colour – they come equipped with virtual 7.1 surround sound, a cool white light on each of the ear pads, sound controller and the end of the mic, a self-adjusting headband and super comfortable, padded over-sized ear pads. They are compatible with Windows 7/8/10 as well as Nintendo Switch and PS4/PS5 (they aren’t compatible with Xbox) and have a generous 2.2m cable length.
Installation was so incredibly easy, with no driver required for my daughter’s Windows 10 laptop. They were simply plug and play, and within 2 minutes of being plugged in via the USB port on the laptop, they were ready to use. My daughter found the self-adjusting, floating headband really comfortable as it meant that they ‘automatically’ fitted her head, and she didn’t need to fiddle with it to get them to fit. The headphones are also incredibly light, and she said that you really don’t know you’re wearing them.
The microphone is very sensitive, and she was able to talk at her normal level and be heard by her friends very clearly. She also really liked how easy it was to bend it out of the way when she wasn’t using the mic. The inline controls on the wire feature buttons that not only allow you to control the volume of the headphone but also to cycle the lights between on, off and fading and muting the microphone. The controls light up so you can see the buttons in the dark, and the remote is large enough to make using the controls simple and not at all fiddly.
She found the sound to be crystal clear, and despite originally saying she’d have preferred wireless headphones, in the end she decided that wired was actually easier. They don’t need pairing, you don’t have to remember to keep them charged and for laptop gaming, the wire is absolutely fine as she needed to stay close to the laptop anyway to use the keyboard. They really enhanced her gaming experience and she enjoyed being able to chat with her friends hands-free whilst she was playing. As lockdown continues and we’re not allowed to mix with other households, they’ll be fantastic for helping her to keep in contact with her friends and she has even asked if she can use them for some of her school’s online Teams homework group!
For under £35, we think they are a total bargain and would make a super Christmas present for anyone with an interest in online gaming. As well as the pastel pink, they are also available in orange, so there is a colour to suit all tastes.