I’ve stated in my writing, time and time again that I love big headphones, and as such, I am always happy to receive a new pair to test out for review. So far, I’ve been pretty steadily impressed with what I’ve got to review—each new offering exceeding my expectations. The EKSA e910 Wireless Headset, however, took a bit of a step backwards; while it’s by no means a bad device, it doesn’t really thrill either.
The EKSA e910 Wireless Headset has a sleek enough design and fits comfortably enough, backed by pretty cozy memory foam, and soft leatherette to pad the ear cups and headband. The cups themselves have a unique, triangle grid design that is highlighted when turned on, by the red centre LED.
The whole unit is no-frills and simplistic; the EKSA product page itself boasts of an uncomplicated listening experience to focus on the gaming. I feel like this comes at an overall loss to quality as the whole unit feels somewhat light and brittle, weighing in at 305 grams. I think the best way I can describe it is that they feel kind of plasticky, and somewhat hollow—like a single drop off the desk would shatter it like glass.
“The EKSA e910’s are definitely good sounding headphones…”
But the unit being somewhat basic, it can be forgiven if the audio is the main focus, but even in that arena, I was somewhat underwhelmed. The EKSA e910’s are definitely good sounding headphones; I’m not saying they’re not—boasting 7.1 surround sound audio with a frequency range of 20Hz-20KHz with a sensitivity of 115dB ± 3dB—but these are all-around headphones that don’t really offer deeper bass or treble. While this may be good for first-time headphone buyers looking to step into the market, compared to the JBL Quantum 800’s I was definitely left wanting.
As I stated, the sound quality was solid. While testing with my 19th replay of Bloodborne, the eerie ambience of Yharnam was clear and present and when the bombastic orchestral boss theme of the Cleric Beast began, every operatic voice and violin sting was distinct—when not drowned out by the screams of the beast. Unfortunately, despite a good overall audio experience, everything just felt a bit muted and a bit quiet; this was especially notable when using the headphones to watch YouTube videos and I had to crank my volume almost up to the 40 range just to hear what was going on.
Furthermore, though the soft leatherette padding on the cups is comfortable, they’re quite thin and don’t really help to drown out any outside noise. The EKSA e910 Wireless Headset features a “one-key switch” for 7.1 virtual sound to stereo audio—virtual sound supposedly being better for noise cancellation, but even with it turned on, I barely noticed a difference.
“The EKSA e910 Wireless Headset uses a 5.8GHz USB dongle to connect seamlessly to all devices.”
But now we come to the EKSA e910 Wireless Headset’s main selling point—or, depending on your preference, its biggest flaw. The EKSA e910’s are technically wireless headphones, insofar that they are not bound by any cords; however, they are not Bluetooth headphones, which I discovered much to my own chagrin.
The EKSA e910 Wireless Headset uses a 5.8GHz USB dongle to connect seamlessly to all devices—just plug into the USB port of your PlayStation, Xbox, Switch or even TV. While this provides a lossless experience—without the potential lag or disconnection of Bluetooth—this does also shackle the headphones to the dongle itself, which means trying to take the headphones on the go is a bit of a non-starter unless you want to bring a USB-C to USB adapter with you. Like I said, this really comes down to personal preference.
Honestly, while the EKSA e910 Wireless Headset is a competent pair of headphones, they just don’t have that wow factor that some of the previous headphones I reviewed recently did. Compared to the JBL Quantum 800’s, they don’t have the versatility and wide range of audio adjustment or personal features; and they don’t have the breadth of features that the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 had.
At $119.99 USD, they’re a decent pair of starter headphones specifically tailored to an all-around solid gaming experience, but there are much better options available if you’re willing to spend a little bit more money. These are definitely entry-level headphones that are sure to please but won’t really turn any heads either.