Mad Catz Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming Headset Review

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Mad Catz' Cyborg brand has plenty of futuristic and edgy peripherals to catch the eye of your fellow gamer, but that's not all that sets them apart.  Mad Catz has targeted the top end of the market with features like contorting geometries so you can dial in to your comfort zone as seen on their mice and keyboards.  The mechanics of their F.R.E.Q series of headsets are pretty standard, but they stand out with premium drivers and microphones for the crisp clarity they think all gamers yearn to have.  We won't try to spoil anything, but they've done a pretty good job convincing us they know what they're doing.

Overview

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

Put the game on your ears with Mad Catz' F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming Headset for PC and Mac. With premium-quality 50mm drivers, intuitively placed on-ear controls, and a detachable noise-canceling microphone, the F.R.E.Q. 5 keeps your gaming sessions well-equipped for extended listening comfort.

 

Housing oversize speakers which pump out robust stereo sound with a wide dynamic range, the comfortable, spacious earcups provide clean and clear audio reproduction. Previously hidden details in your game's audio soundscape will enrich your immersion and enhance your gameplay like never before. The skillfully engineered earcup design also helps block out distractions like excessive teammate chatter so you can focus on playing at your best.

 

  • Powerful stereo sound
  • Precision-balanced, extra large 50mm speakers for deep bass and crisp highs
  • Tough yet lightweight metal components enhance strength and reliability for extended comfort
  • Coordinate your team with the detachable noise-canceling microphone
  • Easy to locate on-ear controls:
    • Volume control
    • Mute the microphone (with illuminated mic notification)
    • Toggle equalizer settings with a single button press
  • Compatible with MP3 Players and Smartphones (Apple iPhone, BlackBerry and HTC handsets)
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Specifications


Driver Size 50mm
Neodynium Magnets N38 Grade
Diaphragm Material Mylar/PET 50mm
Voice Coil Round edge-wound
Frequency 20Hz-20kHz
Cable Length Braided 6.6ft (USB) / Braided 3.3ft (3.5mm)

† Courtesy of Mad Catz

 

Unboxing

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 Arriving in an angular, edgy box befitting of the alienesque Cyborg brand, the F.R.E.Q. 5 unboxes to a modest loadout.  The headset is paired with a 3.5mm flexible microphone boom, a 6 foot USB cable (for PC connections), and a 3ft 3.5mm audio cable (for connecting to just about any other device that wants to throw some audio your way).

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