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According to Netherlands-based Spil Games, 44 percent of those who venture onto the internet, play online games. That works out to 700 million people. While I am not part of this group, I did find myself in need of a microphone-equipped headset. It would be useful when I Skyped or wanted to listen to music without bothering those around me.
I checked out the headsets available on Amazon and chose the Combatwing M180. It was reasonably priced and offered a decent warranty.
The Cobatwing M180 arrived packed in a cardboard box and included an easy to understand user’s guide.
This headset weighs in at 439 grams (15.5 ounces). The earpieces are composed of black plastic and include red LED lights which can be switched on to suit my mood during a rousing game of Fortnite. Soft foam earmuffs, covered in protein leather, provide cushioning and a microphone juts out from the left earpiece. This microphone is attached to the end of a multi-sectional metal tube, allowing it to be securely fixed in any position.
The M180 utilizes a two-piece headband. This consists of a flexible metal band that connects the earpieces, producing enough pressure to hold them against the wearer’s ears without discomfort. The second piece is padded and fits snugly atop the user’s head. Because each end of the padded band is spring loaded, it automatically adjusts for head size.
A two-meter (six feet) cable extends from the left earpiece. It is interrupted at the 67-centimeter (26 inch) mark by a chunky plastic switch. From here the volume can be adjusted, and both the microphone and LED lighting may be activated.
The cable terminates at a small connector which is fitted with a USB plug and a 3.5-millimeter jack. The USB plug is used to draw the power required to run the LED lights. Another short, removable cable attaches to the 3.5-millimeter jack. This is a y-adaptor which allows the headset to be connected to a computer and use its speaker out and mic in connections.
- Brand: Combatwing
- Model: M180
- Weight: 439 grams (15.5 ounces)
- Color: Black with red trim
- Speaker diameter: 50 millimeters
- Speaker Impedance: 16 ohms
- Frequency response: 20hz – 20khz
- Sensitivity: 94db (±3db)
- Mic diameter: 40mm magnetic neodymium driver
- Mic sensitivity: -38db (±3bd)
- Cable length: 2 meters
- LED working current: 100mA
- LED working voltage: DC5V
- Features: 7.1 Surround Sound
Combatwing, along with Runmus, Hunterspider, and Combaterwing, are trademarked by Shenzhen Zhongxin Jiahe Electronic Technology Development Co., Ltd. This company is located in Shenzhen, Guangdong.
The Combatwing M180 headset is fully compatible with the following devices:
- PS Vita
- Windows PC
- Mac OS PC
- iOS device
- Android device
An adaptor is required for use with Xbox One. Although the microphone is not compatible, the headset speakers will function when connected to PSP, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 3DS LL/3DS devices.
The headset speakers reproduced sound accurately, and my voice was perfectly understandable when using the microphone.
Comfort level is high due to soft cushions and a well-designed headband.
The headset’s cable is long enough to reach my floor-mounted computer with room to spare.
Normally I play Alpha Centauri or Master of Orion. If you’ve never heard of these games, I am not surprised. They were designed for Windows 98.
To provide a proper test of the Combatwing M180, I lent the headset to a friend who spends much of her free time battling away on a PS4. She enjoyed the experience, emphasizing the headset’s sound quality and comfort.
Points to Consider
- Before purchasing a headset, it is important to verify that it is compatible with the devices with which it will be connected.
- At times headset users will experience a phenomenon known as echoing. When speaking, their words will be echoed over the headset’s speakers. This is normally caused by sound waves, emitted from the speakers, being picked up and retransmitted. Lowering speaker volume or adjusting the associated device’s microphone sensitivity will usually alleviate this problem.
- Wiring harness quality is the main concern when ascertaining the robustness of a gaming headset. Upon receipt of a new headset, it is advisable to put it into operation and check for wiring problems. Visually confirm that some form of stress relief protects plug and switch connections. Then gently bend the wire at these points, listening for crackling or sudden loss of sound. Although my device works fine, the wires used in gameing headsets are quite thin, and users should be careful not to overly strain points where they connect or terminate.
This headset performs very well. I am especially impressed by the headband mechanism which, considering the price range of this device, is remarkably sophisticated. If you are in the market for a moderately priced gaming headset, the Combatwing M180 should be on your shortlist.
Questions & Answers
Question: I bought these for my son to use on his MAC the mic isn’t working, any tips on how to make it work? He tried it on his Asus laptop and it works with it.
Answer: I have not used my headset with a MAC computer but it is supposed to be compatible. If you want to contact the manufacturer for help, please check out their website: http://www.combatwing.com/
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