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Disclosure: The Hebe M1 headset review unit is supplied by Gamdias
About the Gamdias Hebe M1 Headset…
Gamdias is a pretty new kid on the block here in India. This is the first time I am hearing them starting with the Hebe M1 RGB USB headset. They are located in Taiwan and make a variety of gaming gear from gaming mice to mechanical keyboards and even gaming headsets like these. The Gamdias Hebe M1 USB headset has the now rather common RGB lighting system which may people want to match their keyboards and mice which also have RGB lighting.
In addition, the Hebe M1 is a USB powered headset and it bypasses your sound card. That is a good thing if you use multiple systems as the sound quality will be same regardless of the system you choose to use. The bad thing is that if you use a good quality sound card you can’t pair these headphones with that sound card. In addition, you can’t use these headphones with something that lacks USB like a phone or portable media player. Personally, I find USB headphones to be just great. Just plug-and-play anywhere with no issues.
- Ultimate 7.1 Premium Virtual Surround Sound
- RGB Visual Illumination
- Tangle-free flat cable
- Rated Impedance: 32 Ohm + / – 15%
- Driver Diameter: 50mm
- Sensitivity: 119±3dB
- Platform supported: Android, iOS, Windows
- Cable: 1.2 m flat cable
- Plug: 3.5 mm Gold Plated
- Weight: 14gm
- Color: Metallic Silver
- Driver Magnet: NdFeB
- Microphone Size: Φ6*5mm
- Microphone Sensitivity: -40db±3db
- Microphone Pickup Pattern: Unidirectional
- Vibration Unit Size: 30mm
- Cable Length: 2m
- Plug type: Gold-plated USB plug
- Dimension (LxWxH): 188 × 104 × 230 mm
- Application UI: HERA Software
As I mentioned earlier this headphone has a built-in USB which is neat if you use multiple systems as you get consistent sound quality regardless of what PC you use this on. The Hebe M1 has large 50mm drivers and a built-in volume control which is very useful. In addition to the volume, the control pod can mute the microphone, turn on or off the built-in vibration control and turn on/off the RGB lighting.
Now the Hebe M1 has a rather gimmicky vibration setting which I never use personally but some people might enjoy it. The vibration is pretty decent only with some games. The combination of the large driver and built-in vibration unit means the Hebe M1 is a rather heavy headphone. I get fatigued after some time when using the headset. The Hebe M1 also has a retractable microphone which works decently.
I tested the Hebe M1 without the vibration control activated.
With the large 50mm drivers, I was half expecting some really amazing bass. I was slightly disappointed with the Hebe M1’s very average bass. The M1 has a rather pronounced lower midrange hump that enhances the ‘boom’ to portray bass. The M1 can’t really go very deep and many songs with some deep bass sound rather off. The mid range bump does make gaming pretty good which is probably what most people who buy gaming headsets will care about. If you also use this for music you may be disappointed.
Next up is the midrange and the Hebe M1 is average here as well. Mids are a bit thin and not very detailed. The voices in games also aren’t great but average. The soundstage which is also quite important for gaming is average. Lastly, the Hebe M1 has a very average treble. The M1’s treble is rolled off. This also means that sibilance and harshness aren’t at all present. Detail retrieval is again very average.
At the end of the day…
If you read the sound quality evaluation you would figure out this headphone to be very average at best. Nothing I have found really stands out in this crowded gaming headset market. Coolermaster, HyperX, Logitech, SteelSeries, QPAD, Razer, Corsair, Sades and Thermaltake and a lot more make USB headsets.
However my prejudice of preferring headphones more for music aside these are pretty good gaming headphones with decent sound isolation and some really cool RGB effects. Plus vibration is there for those who really like it. Since it is targeted towards gaming, its fits into this category. Therefore, I am giving it a bronze award. If you wish to get something that works with both gaming and music you need to look elsewhere.
- Good build quality
- Decent isolation
- In-line remote
- Music reproduction is average
- Average mic performance
- Headphones are heavy which can cause fatigue
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) August 12, 2017