This headset delivers a great audio profile as well as 7.1 Surround Sound, all at a reasonable price point.
Over the past few months, I've had the chance to put EKSA's line-up of peripherals through the ringer. Ranging from earbuds to headsets, today I've been fortunate enough to get my hands-on the latest headset known as the E5000 Pro, a system that brings a bunch of premium features all in a reasonably priced package. Where a lot of EKSA's products are clearly tailored to be cost-friendly (not that that's a bad thing), this device doesn't feel that way, especially when it comes to the audio profile. But that's not to say that it's a knockout as it does have some almost regressive features. Let me explain what I mean.
First of all, it's worth noting that the E5000 Pro has a quite premium appearance and feel. It is quite bulky in size, but is light, and is very comfortable thanks to the leather ear muffs and headband. The build is firm yet it has some flex to it, meaning it shouldn't break easily. And as for the actual design, it's quite low profile and almost a little Razer-esque, as the headset is highlighted by green accents, stitching, wires connecting the headband and the speakers, and in the form of LED lighting on the outside of the earcups, which itself is visible but not overwhelmingly obvious and distracting. In fact, outside of the extravagant plastic pattern on the outside of the earcup, you probably wouldn't think of this as a gaming product.
As for the actual audio the E5000 Pro delivers, this is really quite impressive. The 50mm speakers serve up a diverse and complex audio profile that is absolutely not what you would expect for a system that retails for around £50. And this is improved even further when taking into account the fact that the headset also can offer up 7.1 surround sound, which is ideal for anyone looking to use the headset when playing shooters and other fast-paced games. Stack this up with ENC technology that helps reduce unwanted interfering outside sound, and you get an auditory experience that feels like a steal when considering the price range this headset finds itself in.
On the left earcup, there are even a few different controls that impact the audio. There's a microphone muting button, a volume slider, and even a way to turn on/off the LED lighting, a button which just so happens to have a second function as a way to activate and deactivate the surround sound feature. Pretty much everything you can want this headset to do can be operated from the controls on the earcup.
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Now, with all these great features, you're probably wondering how the E5000 Pro retails for such a reasonable price, and that comes down to the more 'regressive' features I mentioned earlier. Namely, this is a purely wired device, meaning you need to be connected to your PC or games console/controller at all times to use this headset. This itself means that there's no need for a battery in the E5000 Pro, or for that matter, any necessity for Bluetooth or wireless functionality, which these days feels like quite a significant loss. It doesn't make the E5000 Pro unusable by any stretch, but anyone who likes to be able to wander and not have wires bogging them down might be put off because of this design choice. Similarly, while the microphone is detachable (which is a great feature), the microphone is not of particularly great quality and seems to be designed for game chat lobbies primarily.
What I will say about the wired design however is that it does take away a lot of the confusion that having multiple wireless, Bluetooth-connected devices often brings. If you want to go from gaming on your Xbox, to watching a stream on your PC, to then playing your Switch on the train, all you need to do is unplug the device and then plug it into the next platform, it's that straightforward. And considering EKSA provides you with a 3.5mm audio cable, a USB-C cable, and a USB-to-USB-C extender, no port is safe from this headset.
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But generally speaking, I find it hard not to be thoroughly impressed by this gaming headset. The E5000 Pro might retail at quite a cheap price when looking at gaming headsets these days, and yes, it does have some dated design points. But as far as an audio profile and a comfortable experience goes, there's not a lot to be dissatisfied with here. I would recommend this headset for anyone who is looking to pick up a new headset but don't want to break the bank over it.