The gaming peripheral market is a very competitive one. Whether you're looking for a new mouse, keyboard, microphone, or headset, there's a broad array of companies that offer tech that might suit your liking. In Europe, this market is dominated by brands such as Logitech, HyperX, SteelSeries, Razer, and a few others, but the Chinese company, EKSA, is looking to get in on that action and has been slowly growing it's audience in Europe, ever since it launched the E900 headset last year. Later this month, EKSA will be delivering the E910, an upgraded version of that headset that aims to offer quality performance at quite a competitive price, and I've had the opportunity to put it through the ringer to see if it is all that it claims to be.
But before I start diving into the technical intricacies, how does the EKSA E910 look and feel to wear? Coming in all black, bar a red, illuminated logo on each earcup, the E910 boasts a comfortable, padded headband and thick cushioned earcups that make the headset pleasant to wear regardless of the time you use it for in one sitting. The headset is also constructed around a metal frame, which provides plenty of stability and is only really visible in the joints where the earcups connect to the headband. As for the earcups themselves, they're built from plastic, and while not featuring a cheap aesthetic, are the least attractive parts of the headset.
Getting into more finer aspects of the headset's appearance, between the earcup and the headband is a coiled wire, which is placed in such a location that the integrity of the wire is never in question. Then, on the left earcup, the E910 features a retractable microphone (which I'll talk about a little more in a moment), as well as a USB-C charging port, the power button, a microphone mute button, and a volume slider. As I briefly mentioned a moment ago, the earcups also light up when the headset is on, displaying a luminous red EKSA logo on the outside of the headset.
In terms of the performance of the E910, as far as the audio goes, the quality is reasonable. It's not the clearest sounding headset I've used, especially at louder volumes, but the sound isn't bad by any definition either. Compared to my HyperX Cloud II Wireless or my SteelSeries Arctis 7X, the audio quality on the E910 lacks, but considering the E910 is also the cheapest of the three, by quite a considerable margin at that, this can be expected.
What the headset does offer is virtual 7.1 surround sound, which makes the E910 a good headset for immersive gaming, as sound quality isn't as important as it is when listening to music. Whether you're playing a shooter, the Battlefield 2042 open beta for example, or an atmospheric thriller such as Alan Wake Remastered, the E910 does a great job immersing you, and in this aspect there's not a lot to complain about the audio quality. Cranking up an album to the max on the other hand does lose a bit of the quality, as the headset seems to favour a deep bassy sound over anything else, so I wouldn't recommend an E910 for this.
Where this headset does excel however is in its connectivity. It rocks a 5.8Ghz connection method, meaning you can wander quite a significant distance from the USB dongle in your PC/console without seeing a dip in quality. And this also means that the E910 has minimal levels of lag or signal interference, making it great for games where your fast response to footsteps or sounds are the difference between life and death. With this design, EKSA is favouring a completely wireless approach with the E910, meaning the only cable the headset comes with is a short USB 2.0-USB-C charging cable, so once the headset runs out of battery (after around 8-10 hours of consecutive use), you're pretty much forced to use an alternative audio output.
It is worth noting that 8-10 hours of battery life is pretty good in the grand scheme of wireless headsets, and considering it does only take around two hours to charge back up to full, there's not a whole lot to complain about here.
Two areas that I am not a huge fan of however, are the microphone and the slider on the actual headset. The microphone itself is a retractable device that can be pushed back into the left earcup and delivers a pretty weak quality of input audio. For regular game or party chat/discord, this microphone on the E910 is more than fine, but if you're intending to stream or do anything that requires a clear, refined vocal audio, this headset will not offer that. As for the slider, my main issue with this is that it isn't a complete volume slider - this will only lower/increase the volume of the headset, meaning unlike the Arctis 7X or the Cloud II Wireless, you will have to manually increase volume levels on your PC as well as managing the headset audio, rather to them being one simultaneous action.
Yet besides these weaker parts, the E910 is a pretty capable headset that offers a competent level of quality at quite a reasonable price in comparison to other premium gaming headsets. Set-up is super easy and fast, regardless of whether you are using a PC or console (all you have to do is slot the dongle in a USB port and turn the headset on. It's that simple), the build quality is a strong point, and the wireless connection performance is top of the range. Sure it lacks a little in audio and microphone quality, but considering the E910 markets at $119.99 (around $30 cheaper than a Cloud II Wireless, and even cheaper than a Arctis 7X which retails on SteelSeries site for £174.99/$238.68), you're getting a decent amount of headset for a respectable price. And that's not even including the nifty leather carry bag that comes with E910!