Mad Catz recently introduced their new lineup of gaming headsets consisting of the $39 E.S. Pro+ gaming earbuds and two traditional over-ear models, the F.R.E.Q. 2 and F.R.E.Q. 4. They differ in terms of connectivity—the F.R.E.Q. 2 is fully analogue, while the F.R.E.Q. 4 uses a USB interface—as well as price, although not by much. The F.R.E.Q. 2 comes in at $42, only $10 less than the USB-powered F.R.E.Q. 4. Having said that, both are very affordable, so let's examine what the simpler, less expensive F.R.E.Q. 2 has to offer.
The Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 2 is an analogue gaming headset equipped with a pair of 40-millimeter dynamic drivers and an omnidirectional microphone, which can be retracted into the left earcup to hide it from sight. As such, it can be connected to any device with a standard 3.5-mm audio port, be it combined input/output (4-pole TRRS) or a separate 3-pole (TRS) input and output. The headset also sports a popular and well-liked dual-headband design, which usually results in excellent comfort. Read on to find out what else you'll get from this affordable $42 gaming headset.
- 40-mm dynamic drivers (neodymium magnet)
- 32 Ω impedance
- 20–20,000 Hz frequency response (specified by the manufacturer)
- Closed-back, over-ear design
- Retractable omnidirectional microphone
- 1.3 m rubberized audio cable with a 4-pole (TRRS) connector + 15 cm rubberized dual 3-pole (TRS) splitter cable
- In-line remote control with volume dial and microphone mute switch
- Weight: 280 g