Abkoncore CH60 7.1 Gaming Headset Review – Delivering true surround sound on a budget
Superb 7.1 surround sound, RGB, extensive sound control, affordable price tag
+ Audio quality is surprisingly good.
+ Cable is pretty sturdy.
+ Price is pretty reasonable.
+ Extensive functions on the controller.
- Cable a bit on the short side.
- Overall quality of the headphones feels cheap.
- RGB is non-customisable.
- Microphone quality is a little soft.
- Can get uncomfortable with prolonged use.
The Abkoncore CH60 7.1 gaming headset features true 7.1 surround sound, with eight independent sound drivers in both the right and the left earcups. It also has a vibration motor built inside for a more immersive experience. Plus, it’s got RGB. All that with a retail price of just RM 219.
The question is, with all its bells and whistles, is the Abkoncore CH60 really worth it?
The Abkoncore CH60 7.1 gaming headset comes in a nice black and red box with the model name and colour emblazoned on the front. You can also see a close-up of the CH60 and selected features displayed.
Inside the box you will find the headset itself as well as a CD containing the headphone drivers and a user manual.
Right off the bat the Abkoncore CH60 has a very noticeable plasticky appearance especially with the red glossy plastic outer shell with a metal wire mesh that features the Abkoncore logo in the centre. In between the plastic outer shell and the wire mesh is a white translucent plastic ring where the RGB lights are housed. I like the two tone design they’re going for with the red and black with the earcups. I just wish they had more of a matte finish rather than the glossy, plasticky look here. Furthermore, it has a non-detachable microphone on the left earcup.
The earcups themselves are soft and made out of a faux leather material. There are no swivels present at the earcups and neither can they be extended. Instead, you have two rubber-encased metal tubes and a cushioned headband that is adjustable. The cushioned headband is also made of the same faux leather material as the earcups.
You will also find a controller down below with a multiple volume sliders at the top and sides of the controller. Each of the sliders control various speaker volumes which we will talk about in a bit. In terms of connection, the Abkoncore Ch60 uses a USB connection.
|Driver Diameter||Front/Centre: 40.00mm
|Frequency Response||20Hz – 20KHz|
|Headphone Type||Closed-back, over-ear|
|Microphone||Omni-directional pick up, non detachable|
|Cable length||2.15 m|
Seeing that the Abkoncore CH60 7.1 gaming headset is heavily advertised as having true 7.1 surround sound, we’ll be taking a look at that first. I’m happy to report that, yes, the Abkoncore CH60 does indeed have surround sound and boy do they sound good.
Using the CH60 really puts you in whichever game you are currently playing. In-game sounds are very crisp and clear with the direction of the sounds easily pinpointed due to the surround sound capabilities of the headphones. You can even hear minute sounds such as footsteps quite clearly and at times where it’s coming from which will seriously help if you play a lot of FPS games. Bass on this thing is also quite punchy and with the vibration motors built in, you’re sure to feel the bass hit you. However that does mean that if you were to listen to particularly bass heavy music, your ears will be rocked with frequent vibrations.
The microphone quality on the other hand is a bit underwhelming for me. It’s usable but at times I find myself having to raise my voice just so that my friend can hear me speak. Some even said that my laptop’s built-in mic sounds better and clearer.
Here’s an microphone audio example just to show you how it sounds.
The earcups are quite soft and fairly comfortable. However I do wish that the earcups were made slightly bigger as I did experience some pinching in the ears after long periods of gaming. Then again that could be due to my own ear size but it’s still something worth noting of.
The Abkoncore CH60 sports some very basic RGB lighting with no way in terms of customisation. Even though it’s basic but it does look good, still.
The cable length runs at around 2 metres in length and is a very strong and robust rubber cable. Personally however, I do think that the cable is a little on the short side.
Seeing that the CH60 houses eight different speakers inside, the built in controller enables you to control the main volume of the headphones as well as the volume of various areas of the headset individually. In this case, the rear, side, front, center and sub volume of the headphones. You can also use the controller to turn your microphone on and off as well as the RGB lights. One feature I really like and find incredibly useful with the Abkoncore CH60 is that the tip of the microphone lights up when it’s turned on.
The software that the CH60 comes with is pretty basic. There’s one section to control the headphone’s speaker volumes and another section to control the volumes of the volumes of the microphone. Pretty much a more detailed version of what you can do with the built in controller. In addition to that there is an option to select preset modes ie gaming mode, movie mode, music mode and so on.
Abkoncore CH60 7.1 Gaming Headset VERDICT
Would I recommend the Abkoncore CH60 7.1 gaming headset now that I have taken it out for a spin myself?
Yes. Yes I would.
Sure the CH60 is not perfect by any means. The design and microphone quality of the headphones are some of the drawbacks that comes to mind but its superb 7.1 surround sound and built-in vibration motors pretty much makes up for its shortcomings. The price to performance ratio you get from the CH60 is pretty amazing considering how relatively cheap the darn thing is! Where to get you might ask? You can purchase the Abkoncore CH60 7.1 gaming headset at either Shopee or Lazada.
And with that I award the Abkoncore CH60 headphones a solid Silver Pokdeward.
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