EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review – A Cheap Headset that delivers its purpose

EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 Gaming Headset

$31.67
7.1

Built Quality

6.5/10

Accessibility

7.0/10

Features

7.0/10

Audio Experience

7.5/10

Microphone Quality

6.5/10

Value

8.0/10

Advantages

  • Affordable
  • EKSA driver included
  • Decent bass output
  • Crystal-clear highs
  • Multi-platform compatibility
  • Decent microphone quality

Disadvantages

  • Poor driver UI
  • Location of the I/O panel

Gaming headsets are one of the necessary requirements when it comes to gaming in a private session. Currently, there are numerous amount of headsets designed specifically for hardcore gamers. In the list, I will be sharing my experience using one of the gaming headset from a brand known as EKSA. Before I proceed with the agenda, I would like to thank EKSA for providing me a unit of EKSA E900 Pro headset to be reviewed.

To be honest, I’ve never heard about EKSA brand neither do their products. Maybe because my fanaticism towards EDIFIER based audio peripherals causes me to don’t really look for another brand. Since I have a chance to test this budget gaming headset, I will be sharing both, pros and cons using this headset, later in this review.

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The EKSA E900 Pro is gaming headset that niche towards hardcore gamers whose on a tight budget. The headset is multi-platform compatible, ranging from being utilized on a windows machine to mobile. According to EKSA further, the EKSA E900 Pro has a sturdy and flexible aluminum frame to ensure stability and longevity. Each headset hinge can be adjusted up 10° to fit diverse ears and different head types for a better comfortable wearing. Adding further, the EKSA E900 Pro also features clear-chat noise cancelling microphone that filters out background noise for a better voice chat over the internet during extensive gaming environment.

EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review - Accessories
Figure 1: EKSA E900 Pro – List of accessories

Upon unboxing the unit, the standard accessories supplied are a unit of EKSA E900 Pro, a detachable microphone, a USB 2.0 (male) to USB Type-C (male) cable connector, a 3.5mm male to male connector, a pouch and a few documentations.

EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review - I/O Control overview
Figure 2: EKSA E900 Pro – I/O Control overview

The I/O controls located on the left-earbuds. From my experience, not everyone is a left-handed person, yet most PC’s located on the right-hand side due to their transparent panels that flashing led’s exposing the hardware inside. By default, the I/O controls should be located on the right-hand side. However, this can be further solved by rotating the headset to fit the source of audio cable being plugged into. The left-bud give an access to volume lever, a 3.5mm microphone input, a USB Type-C female input and a mute button for the microphone.

The headband of EKSA E900 Pro is expandable. However, I am not a big fan of the cables being visible when the headband was expanded further to fit my head. This is somehow dangerous as, the cables can be easily cut with sharp objects. So the users should be careful when placing the headset after use. I like the cushion used on the headband, it is soft, comfy and suitable to be used for a long time without giving a discomfort to the user.

The removable earmuffs were made from a premium protein leather. Unlike its lower-end brother, E900 Stereo that uses an artificial leather earmuffs, the E900 Pro features premium protein leather that suitable for extensive usage without giving discomfort to the ear. With such a cheap price, I must say, I am impressed with their enthusiasm of maximizing the material used for this headset.

Specification

The specification of EKSA E900 Pro are as follows:

SoundPro-Quality Dual Audio 1. 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound (Software Needed) 2. Stereo Sound
Audio ControlOn-headset
MicrophoneDetachable Noise Cancelling Mic
EarmuffsReplaceable Premium protein leather earmuffs
Cables5.9ft USB+5.9ft 3.5mm Audio + Audio Splitter Cable
LED LightLOGO Light
Price$39.99 USD (according to official site)
Table 1: EKSA E900 Pro specification.

Next, let’s look into the EKSA’s E900 Pro’s speaker and microphone specifications:

Headphone Sensitivity115dB -121dB
Headphone Impedance30 Ohm
Headphone Speaker Diameter50 mm
Microphone TypeRetractable Noise Cancelling
Omnidirectional Microphone4015 mm
Frequency Response20-2000 hz
Sensitivity-42±3dB
USB adapter cable length1.8 m
TypeDetachable boom
Table 2: EKSA E900 Pro – Detailed Specification.

Audio Experience

Unlike other premium gaming headset, the EKSA E900 Pro requires a dedicated driver to tweak its features on. For the unit given to me, I’ve installed the E900 Pro old version. Also, before proceeding to install the driver on my benchmark PC running Windows 10 2004 Build, I’ve run a virus test to ensure the driver is free from any malicious program on a trusted site by many. Based on the scan result, only one engine marked the driver as malicious, however the message can be ignored since it is a false-positive alert and the developer of EKSA Driver should update the driver definition to not confuse general users. They provide a guide on how to identify on which driver suitable for your EKSA headset, if not the E900 Pro. After all the prerequisite has been done, the headset was set to undergo a standard 2-hour breaking in session to allow the embedded drivers inside, to warm up to produce the true peak performance that will be recorded and analyzed later.

The EKSA driver comes with a pretty unattractive design, yet granting users a simple accessibility to the features. It seems like the driver was developed for Windows XP, thus giving an impression of how an initial equalizer control of Winamp Classic would look like. I am not a big fan of the poorly designed user interface, however, for such price range of the E900 Pro, it is acceptable rather than no driver at all to fully utilize the potential of the unit. The driver also provides an access to effect, mic control and virtual surround tuning. I’ve tried to access each feature in the driver and surprisingly, it is very responsive. Well done EKSA’s system engineer.

EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review - EKSA E900 Audio Quality Review
Figure 11: EKSA E900 Pro – Audio Quality Analysis

Next, moving into the audio quality from the headset. I’ve tested many headsets before this, ranging from an entry-level headset to premium headset, I must say, the EKSA E900 Pro perform, flawlessly. The bass quality is rich and deep. Thanks to its tunable equalizer settings in the driver, it further enhances the audio quality both on bass and highs. Provided with customization profiles in the driver dashboard, the audio quality can be set to fit the requirement of the user. Listening to high quality music mesmerizes me with how quality the audio being delivered to my ear via each buds and experience on watching movies quite decent as well. When it comes to games, the bass quality turns to be slightly muddy over high-volume and request tweaking in the equalizer (it is recommended to separate profiles for listening to music, movies and games to change according to your preference) as it tends to improve, slightly.

EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review - Microphone Quality Analysis
Figure 12: EKSA E900 Pro – Microphone Quality Analysis

The microphone quality of the headset is pretty decent. I can’t say it is the best so far, it is best in its price range. Fitted with the noise-cancelling feature, chatting over platforms such as Discord or Twitch during gaming session with keys being pressed on, extensively while doing commentary, the EKSA E900’s microphone quality proved to be quite decent.

Conclusion

EKSA E900 Pro 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review - EKSA E900 Conclusion
Figure 13: EKSA E900 Pro – Review Conclusion

To conclude the review, the EKSA E900 Pro is only available on Amazon platforms. However, EKSA representative mentions that they do also ship world-wide that can be purchased from this site. I personally believe, EKSA should try to penetrate the ASEAN market soon and I do believe they have a bright future in the audio field especially when it comes to gaming headsets. The built quality of EKSA E900 Pro feels solid and portable enough due to its light-weight. Thanks to a free pouch given, the headset can be easily carried out and the EKSA E900 Pro can be used for long-term purpose. EKSA’s system designer should improve further on the user-interface by redesigning the entire driver to fit the current flat-design trend since I am not sure how well their new EKSA Pro driver looks like. I can recommend this headset from EKSA for gamers whose on a tight budget yet wishing to own a decent gaming headset, that gives bass, crystal-clear highs and longevity.

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