Today, for the first time, I will be testing Edifier’s full-size gaming headphones, dubbed the Edifier Hecate GX.
Yes, I have previously tested the Hecate series TWS earbuds, but these were wireless in-ear earbuds. Therefore, you will find out how the new model of gaming headphones will perform in real life in this full review below.
In terms of cost, the current price tag for the Edifier Hecate GX is $90. Agree the cost is not the smallest, but usually, all gaming headphones have a high price tag.
Of the main features, I can single out is a 50 mm driver with a titanium diaphragm and RGB backlighting on the ear cups. The device also received three connection methods via a Type-C cable, 3.5 mm cable, or USB-A connection. Naturally, this headphone model is not wireless, as gaming headphones should have a minimum level of latency in games.
On the other hand, the manufacturer Edifier has installed a retractable ENC noise-canceling microphone on the device. In addition, by buying these headphones you will get a real game design of the device, but I will talk about the appearance a little later.
Okay, now I propose to start my examination of the new headphone model with unpacking and then talk about its main features.
Edifier Hecate GX: Specifications
|Edifier Hecate GX:||Specs|
|Driver unit:||50 mm driver|
|Connections:||Type-C and 3.5 mm audio jack|
Unboxing and packaging
The Edifier Hecate GX gaming headphones come in a fairly large package. It was made of durable white cardboard. On the front of the package, you can find a drawing of the headphones themselves with the designation of the model and company name. Also, along the contour of the box, a large amount of various information about the device is displayed.
Inside the package, I found – these are, directly, the headphones themselves. In a separate box, there were still three types of cables and instructions. It’s worth noting here that out of the box, the headphones come with Type-C to Type-C, 3.5mm to 3.5mm cables, and the latest Type-C to USB-A cables.
I loved that Edifier provided and packaged the headphones with a wide variety of cables. Therefore, you can use gaming headphones with a variety of devices. For example, it can be a smartphone, tablet, PC, game console, like Xbox, and more.
Design, build quality and materials
The manufacturer Edifier did a really good job with the design of the exterior. As the design of the new model of Edifier Hecate GX full-size gaming headphones is clearly attracting attention.
The first thing you notice is the bright RGB lighting on the outside of the earbuds. Of course, it evokes positive emotions and gives the headphones a really playful style. I think that without RGB lighting, it would be difficult to guess that the Hecate GX is a gaming model.
On the right earcup, you can find two buttons where the top one switches between gaming and music modes. But the bottom one switches colors in the RGB backlight. The headphones have a total of eight colors, but you can also set the mode with iridescent colors.
On top of the earbuds, you can find the logo of the line’s name, namely Hecate. On the side edges just above the ear cups, there is chrome plastic with the GX model designation. Meanwhile, there is also a chrome element on the underside of the driver’s cup and the inscription Gaming is displayed on it.
If the appearance and design caused only positive feelings in me, then the build quality wants to be a little better. For example, the device was completely assembled from plastic. But I can’t say that the plastic was terrible since matte plastic is used here. On its surface, I did not observe any traces of use, even after several days of testing.
But the assembly itself could be a little better, since while wearing I could constantly hear extraneous squeaks and sounds. Therefore, I clearly have questions about the build quality.
The inner part of the earbuds was made of a soft leather substitute. It is not real leather, but it is very pleasant to wear and did not cause me much discomfort. Although it’s worth noting that after using the headphones for a long time, my ears were sweating and needed a little rest. At the same time, the weight of the Edifier Hecate GX headphones was 400 grams.
The left earcup has a retractable microphone, which has an LED indicator on the base. It will notify you if the microphone is working or not. To turn the microphone on or off, you must press the Auto ENC button, which was also located on the left ear cup.
In addition, on the same side, you can find an adjusting ring to control the volume of the device. This is a convenient solution and I also really liked the way the ring was twisted. But on the bottom edge of the cup, there is a Type-C and 3.5 mm connection for connecting headphones to various devices. If I start talking about connection methods, let’s talk about each in more detail.
Connection and other features
Since the Edifier Hecate GX gaming headphones were created primarily for gaming, a wireless connection method is out of the question. Therefore, the device has no built-in battery capacity or a Bluetooth module for signal transmission.
Out of the box, I found three types of cables – a Type-C to Type-C cable, a Type-C to USB-A cable, and a 3.5 to 3.5 mm cable. This means that you can easily use the headphones with your smartphone, PC, game console, or other devices.
In addition, the manufacturer Edifier installed on the Hecate GX 24 bit HD decoding with a frequency of 95 kHz under the Hi-Res Audio standards. This means that you can easily not only play games but also listen to high-bitrate music.
Now let me tell you about the latency level, so there is no latency in the Edifier Hecate GX headphones. This is not surprising, since these are wired headphones, and latency is out of the question. For the first time in a long time, I felt the headphones in which there was no lag at all in the game PUBG Mobile. Since basically, I usually test wireless headphones, in which the delay, although minimal, is available.
Sound and microphone quality
A 50mm titanium diaphragm driver was installed in each ear cup of the Edifier Hecate GX. As I mentioned a little earlier, headphones can work not only in-game mode, but also in music mode.
Indeed, if you switch from game to music mode, then you can get a fairly bright and rich sound. Directly high bitrate and Hi-Res Audio certification make itself felt.
I really liked the sound quality, especially when it comes to mids and highs. Each musical instrument was heard clearly and without unnecessary questions. Apart from that, I liked the sound of the vocalist’s voice, which was warm and straightforward. Perhaps the low frequencies are not so pronounced, since you should not expect a strong bass in the Hecate GX model.
As for the quality of the microphone, two microphones were installed on the gaming headphone from the Edifier company. One of them is the main one, and the second is for noise cancellation of ambient sounds. At the same time, I note that the quality of the microphone in a quiet place is very good, but in noisy places, the interlocutors, in addition to my voice, will hear the sounds of the surrounding world.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
After several days of active use of Edifier’s full-size gaming headphones, I was left with a rather positive impression.
On the one hand, the Hecate GX model received a very bright design with good materials. But the build quality raised several questions for me.
If I also note some positive points, I can single them out such as really high-quality sound, good work of microphones, and the presence of several connection methods.
In terms of convenience, I had minor questions. But I think that these nuances depend on the wearing habit. Since I do not often use full-size headphones, it was not entirely comfortable for me to wear them. For example, my ears started to sweat after one hour of use. I think this is a common problem with all full-size headphones, right?
Price and where to buy cheaper?
If you have been looking for good full-size gaming headphones for a long time, then perhaps Edifier will be able to surprise you.
Currently, the manufacturer asks for a pretty decent amount of money for the Edifier Hecate GX headphones – it’s $ 89.99. But I think that the price tag is entirely justified and the device is definitely worth your attention.