The EKSA E900 is a sleek-looking headset.
The box, which is noticeably smaller than competitor headsets, contains a red and black pleather drawstring pouch which, in turn, holds a headset of matching colours.
With it are a detachable mic with a detachable pop-guard and a 3.5mm cable splitter, allowing you to use these anywhere you can use a 3.5mm jack.
Just lifting the E900s out of the box, you can feel how astonishingly light these are.
At 250g, they’re 50g lighter than the Forze 488s and 98g lighter than the Puro Gamer headsets I reviewed recently, despite having the same size earcups as the former and a very similar to the latter.
This lightness is not to sniffed at — where some headphones can feel heavy on your head after just 45 minutes’ use, shaving off every last gram has made these ultralight headphones ultra-comfortable.
I’ve frequently found myself just leaving the headphones on when turning my PS4 or PC off, and plugging the 3.5mm jack into my phone so I can listen to a podcast while I cook dinner or wash the dishes.
With the detachable mic being left in my room while I do the household chores, I’ve found that this headset is extremely versatile — you certainly wouldn’t be embarrassed walking down the street wearing these — you’ll look just like every other music aficionado out there.
One of the more interesting features to this headset is the headband. Not only is it extremely well padded, but the metal arms holding the earcups don’t click into place like most other sets.
Although there is a slight click as they slide, the amount of finesse you have with these is unrivalled when I compare them other headsets I have tested.
I’ve had zero problems finding the perfect fit here, whether wearing them normally or playing zombie survival games on the PSVR.
The EKSA E900s fit extremely well and are one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever worn.
The only real issue I have with the E900s lies with the cable.
Rather than the braided nylon/mesh cables that you frequently see with gaming headsets, the ESKA 900s use a rubberised material to coat their unnecessarily long, 5.9ft cable.
This material picks up dust and dirt far too easily, and considering the length of it, it’s going to get dirty quickly.
The other issue you find here is that if you plug these into your phone and put your phone in your pocket, you will be caught on every doorhandle you can forgot was in your house.
The cable also houses a small in-line volume control and mic-mute switch. This is a little small for my liking/my giant hands, but that’s really just splitting hairs.
The casing that this sits in looks pretty cool, and the volume control has great fidelity — just be aware that these headphones are extremely loud, maxing out at almost 118dB.
If you’re adjusting volume on the fly, don’t do it vigorously while listening to something that will blow your eardrums. If you do, you’re going to have a bad time.
Part of this problem stems from the fact that while this headset doesn’t have the best frequency response for higher pitch tones, it has excellent base.
This doesn’t mean you won’t hear the notes — you may just find yourself overcompensating at times, turning the volume up to louder than may be ideal.
Other than that, they have a great dynamic range and I have had no issues with audio quality.
The mic on the other hand, is extremely sensitive.
The flexibility of the mic arm and the detachable pop guard are both fantastic. And while the microphone is noise cancelling to an extent, it’s worth noting that the gain is so high that it can’t catch everything.
While testing these, playing online, my buddies could still hear my flatmates arguing in the next room — this may not be a problem for everyone, but is definitely worth considering if you don’t live in a quiet house.
The Verdict – 4/5
Although these headphones aren’t quite perfect, they’re as near as damnit when you consider the sub £40 price point. They are extremely comfortable, lasting hours without issues, even with glasses on.
- Sleek look and feel
- Incredibly lightweight and extremely comfortable
- The mic is too sensitive and the volume control goes way too high
- The cable is far too long, coming in at almost 6’, and gets dirty too easily