Available in no less than ten gaudy colours, the Sades Spirits headset doesn’t exactly look high-end, but for its budget price this headset outputs a surprisingly high-quality sound.
We’ve reviewed Sades products before: the more premium Locust Plus and the middling FPOWER headset. For their low price points (and a brand you’re likely not familiar with), they offer decent value for money. Even if their misuse of the surely-copyrighted Harry Potter font continues. Yes, like the headsets that came before it, the ‘Spirits’ branding – seen on the box and on the headphones themselves – uses a very familiar ‘magical’ font. It’s questionable for sure, but don’t let that put you off.
The Sades Spirits headset feels rather plasticky to touch. It doesn’t exactly scream ‘quality’ in any way; our mint-green coloured review set is not the gaudiest available – looking at the official website, that award would go to the half red, half green set – but next to almost any other headset it looks more like a cheap toy than an actual gaming headset. But this headset performs where its most important. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear – and its sound quality is very good. For around £20, you really can’t grumble.
The ear cups are incredibly soft, meaning they’re very comfortable to wear even for extended periods of time. There’s a soft, spongey layer under the headband too, to ensure it sits comfortably atop your head. The plastic construction might not look very fancy but it means the weight of the headset stays as low as possible – an important factor for comfort.
The microphone is built-in, and is satisfyingly bendy. You can push it up out of the way if you’re not using it, and when you are you can bend it to be in the exact position you’d like it to be. I’m not sure how hard-wearing it will be if you continuously bend it backwards and forwards. It’s very tempting to do, but maybe try and refrain.
The Sades Spirits connects to your device via a 3.5mm jack. The cable is braided so is less likely to damage easily. Of course, there’s no wireless support here – but for the asking price, what do you expect? It does mean that you can use the Spirits with almost any device you can think of, and convenience is just as important as anything else.
So, onto the most important part of the headset: the sound. It’s surprisingly pleasant, much better than the build quality of the headset would suggest. Sounds are full, and you’ll undoubtedly notice much more background detail than you would through your TV speakers or equivalent. Bass is a little lacking, but that’s to be expected.
Ultimately, you get what you pay for, but the Sades Spirits delivers much better sound quality than you’d expect from this price point. Yes, its construction is plasticky, but if you enjoy bright, bold colours then you’ll get a kick out of the ten variations available. Perhaps it won’t last as long as a more expensive headset, but for around £20 or your local equivalent, it’s hard to complain.