The whole world is full of sounds today. Cell phones ringing, computers beeping, cars hooting and music blaring out of your friendly neighbourhood taxi. Everybody has their own likes and dislikes which can quickly lead to being asked to change a song or turn off the sound completely. Luckily in most situations a pair of headphones can be applied in order to satisfy our need for sound without infringing on those around us.
This is where the new Mad Catz headset comes in, and the F.R.E.Q. Mobile Stereo Headset has been designed to be ‘GameSmart,’ means that it’s designed to work seamlessly and efficiently with multiple platforms which include PC, Mac, smartphone and tablet, and this particular model is aimed at mobile gaming.
The F.R.E.Q. M comes with two cables, one for connecting to PC and Mac, and one for connecting to a smart device, both of which have an in-line controller with integrated microphone. The headset has 40mm drivers that are surrounded by on-ear padding, and these are adjustable to accommodate most heads. Mobile being a main focus of the headset and the design allows it to fold up and slip easily into its included travel pouch to be tucked away in your bag.
When I first read about the headset and unpacked it, I was excited. I love being immersed in my games, music or movie watching, so headphones have always been a must in my home especially with a child sleeping in the next room – I tend to put on the headphones more often and switch off the sound system to ensure a happy environment is maintained. So I did just that. I powered on my laptop, plugged in the connectors and whipped on the F.R.E.Q. M headset. Saints Row 4 wasn’t going to know what hit it… 4 hour marathon session later and I didn’t know what hit me.
My ears were left asking for more sound goodness but were hating the pressure caused by the on-ear padding. It felt like my ears had been punched and bruised by a professional boxer. I tried again the next night and made sure that the headset was on my ears properly but alas my ears were put through the ringer once again and weren’t happy. On the note of comfort, unfortunately in my eyes the F.R.E.Q. M Stereo Headset doesn’t excel in this department, especially seeing that it is being aimed at the gaming market. Gamers like to game which means more times than not there will be marathon sessions with headsets on.
During the day at work it was a different story as the headset wasn’t on for extended period of time and my ears thanked me for sparing them an external beating and loved me even more for the experience they received internally. These 40mm drivers offer an amazing range of dynamic audio, and from deep down bass to high tones and even at max volume, they literally pump out the sounds without distortion or cringe. This made me want to put the headset back on quickly to ensure a beat of excellence wasn’t missed.
The F.R.E.Q. M can serve as a headset for your smartphone and does so with style. Calls are easily answered with the in-line controller and conversation is crystal clear from both sides. The only down side is that the ear padding has a noise cancelling effect which can be dangerous when driving.
The F.R.E.Q. M delivers exactly what Mad Catz set out create: A multi-platform mobile gaming headset. It produces fantastic sound, crystal clear voice, in-line controls and mobility, but it fails in the comfort department in my books and is a little pricey for its range.