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In The Box
1x EKSA E1000 Gaming Headset
1x User Manual
1x Carry Pouch
1x Quick Guide
1x Postcard Envelope
1x Game Info Card
- Connection Type: USB
- Driver Diameter: 50mm
- Impedance: 32 Ohm ± 10%
- Sensitivity: 118 ± 3dB
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Sensitivity: -42 ± 3dB
- Microphone: 6.0mm*2.7mm
- Impedance: 2.2 kΩ
- Supply Voltage: 5V
- Current Consumption: Max 180mA
Last time we discussed EKSA’s E900, a rather cheap gaming headset and one I thought was rather average all things considered.
Today we’ll take a look at presumably the next step up in the line, the E1000, and find out if it does anything better than its predecessor.
So strap in and let’s get started.
I find it rather interesting that the E1000 looks almost nothing like the 900, and instead opts for the “unmistakeable gaming headset vibe” complete with RGB colors that light up on the side and an overall standard gaming nerd aesthetic.
The headset itself feels very plasticky and dare I say cheap, with protein memory earpads, a 120-degree rotating non-detachable microphone, and a non-detachable cable.
The top of the headband dons a ribbed design and while it is mostly plastic, there’s a bit of metal for the headband adjustments which is welcome at this price point.
There’s a long white pad just beneath the top of the headband, and the outside of both cups contain what look to be small hex screws that cover the 50mm drivers.
The outside of the cups looks to be a Gray metal flake finish and boasts EKSA’s logo in the middle.
On the inside of the left headband adjustment, you’ll see “EKSA E1000” similar to the font present in EKSA’S E5000 set.
The braided gray cable itself is rather short and this time terminates in a USB Type-A variety which I’m not entirely sure how I feel about.
I like that you can conveniently plug and play, but I’d like to see a longer cable here.
I sit kind of far from my PS4 so I had to kind of finagle the setup more than I’d like.
In any event, this won’t be a problem for those who sit closer to their PC or console, so I suppose it’s a small nitpick.
Perhaps they can include an extension cable next time as they did with the E5000.
EKSA also provides the velcro strip that I raved about in my E5000 article, and at this price point, I really do appreciate it considering how much I hate twist ties (I have a bajillion of them at this point).
I would say comfort is slightly worse than the E900, and very hit and miss in my estimation.
In other words, comfort is a bit of a mixed bag.
You’ll really start to feel them after about an hour or so, and the pads look and feel almost exactly like the Sony variety which doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
They do envelop my ears ever so slightly better than a 7506, but you’re still going to feel them and the clamping force is rather tight.
So you will be making some slight adjustments from time to time and especially over extended gaming sessions.
The cups don’t move or rotate in any way, but the headphone itself can bend and contort slightly although I wouldn’t feel as comfortable stretching it out as I did with the Monitor 60 or even the E900.
I suppose I’d rate these about average in terms of comfort, maybe slightly below depending on my mood.
How do they fare in practice?
The sound here is actually a lot better than the E900, but still not quite on par with my standards.
I will say that Soundstage is much improved, and this likely has to do with its 7.1 Surround Sound claim to fame.
Let’s be perfectly clear; these aren’t like speakers in any way – in fact, most headphones don’t really come that close.
You’ll get some out-of-your-head moments for sure, the funniest for me being a bot teammate in the distance shrieking in agony over getting burned to death.
While not really all that funny, it was kind of actually funny a little bit.
In fact, you may be able to hear it during the gameplays I’ll post at the end, but I can’t remember exactly which one it was. After going back and listening, it was the 40-15 @ around 9:54. It actually freaked me out pretty bad while I was playing because I thought someone was getting murdered in my apt. complex. xD
You also won’t have a problem getting these loud enough as there’s an inline volume dial and a mute button.
If the sound still isn’t loud enough, go into settings and make sure you’re at max capacity (Up to 11 is preferred). xD
The mic sound also takes a jump in quality and actually sounds pretty darn good for a measly $30.
Just skip to 55 seconds for the start of the 3 EKSA models I demoed.
I actually ordered them from worst to best in terms of my own opinion, and I think you’ll agree.
The E5000’s mic is probably the best, but it’s actually closer than I thought. The E1000’s mic isn’t bad!
Before we give a final verdict, I’ll recap some things I liked and disliked about this headset.
What I Liked
- Mic quality is very good for this price point. I also like the rotation it provides.
- The cable seems rugged and durable.
- The Soundstage is very good for the price.
What Can Be Improved
- Non-Detachable. Given my extensive experience with headphones, I’m not a huge fan of non-detachable cables anymore. Again, these are $30 though so not a huge complaint I suppose.
- Aesthetic & Overall build. This is a personal thing but I’m not a huge fan of how these look. To me they scream “Run of the mill gaming headset” and the RGB lights, while cool on the E5000, seem a bit kitsch and gimmicky here. The build, while decent for the price, also comes across as rather meh and reminds me a LOT of the HD201. In other words, it’s cheap and you can tell it’s cheap.
- Comfort. These definitely aren’t making any most comfortable headphones lists, and will likely need semi-frequent to frequent adjustments depending on the duration of your gaming session. The pads also feel kind of cheap and do tend to remind you that this is a $30 set.
I was definitely spoiled by the fact that EKSA sent me the StarEngine E5000 first, but I truly believe it’s a great product and pretty much loved every aspect of it.
While it definitely caters to the gamer boy demographic, drenching itself in lush greens and flaunting everything rather proudly while having absolutely no qualms about its slight flamboyance, it still works because it’s just low profile enough to stand out without bordering on obnoxious.
In other words, it’s exactly what a Gaming headset should be in every sense of the word and somehow is all of what I just mentioned above while still sounding good and looking classy and elegant to boot.
Interested in learning more about it?
I had a 43-6 but these are more entertaining. xD
Both are examples of games that didn’t go my way at all with bad aim to boot lol. I will probably add some more later, but here you can get a sense of how the mic sounds and watch me look like an idiot and get mad at stuff that isn’t real. 😛 Bots are set to veteran.
This game starts @ 1:49.
Well, that’s about it for today folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed this EKSA E1000 review and came away with some valuable insight.
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