Sandberg Derecho Gaming Headset
Recently I reviewed both the Blast Mouse and the Thunderstorm gaming keyboard. Next in the line of Sandberg’s recently launched EsportsEquipment is the Derecho Gaming Headset.
Product Specifications:(Taken from Sandberg)
- Cable: 2.2 metres nylon braided
- Connector: USB A Male
- Multi-color LED lights
- Driver unit: 40 mm
- Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- Type: 6mm dia. electric condenser microphone
- Direction: Omni-directional
- Frequency Response: 30 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 2.2 k Ohm
- Sensitivity: -46 dB ± 3dB
With the two other arrivals in the EsportsEquipment line, Sandberg had turned their focus to gaming orientated designs and included features such as LED’s and sci-fi-ish designs that are found in a lot of computers focused gaming equipment. I feel however that the design of the Derecho headset is crossed between that of a gaming headset and a traditional pair of headphones and this isn’t bad at all as Sandberg has managed to pull this off as if what a normal everyday thing. The reasons I see the design as a cross between gaming and regular headphones is because these headphones have features such as LED’s and a microphone but just because they’re there doesn’t mean they have to be visible
The reasons I see the design as a cross between gaming and regular headphones is because these headphones have features such as LED’s and a microphone but just because they’re there doesn’t mean they have to be visible. The LED’s can be turned off with the slide of a dedicated switch and the microphone can be folded away into the housing of the left driver when not in use. I must admit, that at first when I unboxed these, I kept thinking ‘where’s the microphone?’. After a look around I saw the area in the left driver housing that is obviously different to the same area on the right driver housing and instantly knew it was, what I was looking for, however, it still very hard to realise unless you get up very close to this headset. With all this in mind, when the LED are off and the microphone is tucked away the headset looks like a normal set of headphones connected to a PC.
With all this in mind, when the LED’s are off and the microphone is tucked away the headset looks like a normal set of headphones connected to a PC. The driver housings have a sort of D shape to them and each has a black coloured grill on their external edges which when turned off simply cover over what appears to be a white bit of plastic also shaped like a D. When the LED are on however, the white plastic becomes illuminated and cycles through a wide range of different colours. Something I have noticed and really love is that both sides that don’t always display the same colour at the same time, so the right might show blue, but the left will show red and so forth.
The left driver housing is home to the LED switch, the volume adjustment wheel and the Virtual 7.1 switch, which put simply is an amazing switch. It also plays home to the microphone and the cable that runs to the USB port of your PC.
The headband is a thin but surprisingly comfortable strip that automatically adjusts itself using what I would call a pressure pull system to fit the size of the wearer’s head. As the band is thin, it doesn’t house the cables, instead, there are two tough bended plastic poles above the headband that connect each of the driver housing together, the cables connecting each side together are running through these instead. As well as holding the cables they also add to the stylish look of the headset.
The only cable present here is a USB cable so the headset can’t be used with normal 3.5mm audio jack devices.
In terms of comfort during use, I found this headset to be exceptionally comfortable. The adjustable headband is soft and makes putting the headset on as easy as installing the headset to your PC. I actually used it for a noon stop for a flat-out three hours of gaming and music and never once felt uncomfortable wearing it.
Setup is simply a case of plugging the USB into a USB port and doing nothing else, due to the plug and play nature. You can, however, if you wish to, install the software that comes packaged on a disc. This software allows you to set up profiles and deactivate and activate features such as the microphone. It’s rather basic and is really easy to use.
I don’t think I have ever used a headset or even headphones that are anywhere near as good as these. These have literally blown me away. I have used them for gaming and listening to music and in both cases they were great. The audio was clear, I was able to hear every lyric of a song, every foot-step of somebody trying to surprise me during an online gaming session and I’m pretty sure I could hear the grass growing, ok maybe not that last one.
Turn on the Virtual 7.1 surround sound using the switch and they become even better. All of a sudden you become aware of everything going on, you can pinpoint the location of an explosion in-game or where the shot was fired from. It truly is a lot better than a normal headset, it really does make this one of the best headsets in its price bracket.
The microphone did a great job at picking up my voice and judging by how many people replied to me during a gaming session, my voice got through very clearly even over all the in-game noises.
Sandberg have really delivered excellence with this headset. Not only does it sound better than some of my more expensively priced headphones, it even looks better thanks to what I call a hybrid design of gaming crossed with regular headphones. The 7.1 surround sound makes the already great audio into audio that presents a more immersive user experience. For the price Sandberg want for this headset, you are literally getting more than you bargained for. A great headset that I simply cannot fault for anything. Great audio, great looks and a great user experience, make this in my opinion the best I have used so far.
Please Note: I was sent this for free by the manufacturer for my honest and unbiased review.
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This headset has earned a Gold Reviews Insider Star due to its perfect score of 10 out of 10. See the breakdown below.