IndieGoGo Review: Are the Nomad 1 In-Ear Gaming Headphones worth the $50?
Last month I wrote an article on the Nomad-1 gaming earphones, and this month I was lucky enough to have been sent a prototype to review. For those of you who don’t know about these headphones, they are in-ear headphones with a detachable microphone. You can check out my last post to find out more before reading on.
Note: This is an honest review, all feedback and opinions in this post are the authors. I was not paid or bribed in any way to give the feedback that I did.
Quality Of Sound
For the price of these earphones, the audio quality is extremely good. I would say they are quite a bit better than the Apple iBuds. I’ve been using these headphones for the last week to do everything from listening to music, edit videos, and game. The noise reduction in these headphones mixed with the powerful 12.5mm headphone drivers makes it great for listening to tunes. You can feel the bass hit your ears at loud volumes.
The audio quality is very good but does not match up with a pair of Bose headphones, although for only $49.99 what do you expect. I would compare the quality to a pair of Skull Candy ear buds.
Quality Of Comfort
When I first picked up these headphones they felt heavier than average. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them and doubted they would stay in my ears very well. That was not the case. I’ve never had a pair of in-ear headphones stay in my ears so well. I can put them in and shake my head around and they will remain in the same position. These could be the perfect headphones for the angry gamer or even VR.
One thing that does bother me is the plastic nub that sticks up. It’s the piece that keeps the headphones in your ear so well, yet when you take the earphones out it tends to fall off its track. This is not that big of a problem because you can easily put it back into place, but it is worth noting.
The Microphone Quality
The Microphone quality is about the same as your average over-ear headset. It’s far from studio quality yet far better than the default microphone on smartphones, tablets, and laptops. These headphones are perfect for consoles such as the XBOX, PS4 and the Nintendo Switch once Nintendo releases voice chat.
I loved the look of these headphones the second I saw them on IndieGoGo, and they only exceeded my expectations. They are red and black, with a sleek design. They are made out of plastic but in the center, there is a shiny piece of metal with the “G” logo.
The headphones have a basic round rubberized cable, they did not go with shoelace material or a flat wire design. The cord feels quite sturdy but like most headphones, it is bound to break and is unreplaceable. The Wire also has audio control buttons built on, and they feel quite nice. Pressing the buttons gives off a satisfying click noise, so you can tell if the button was pressed correctly or not.
The Pro and Con Comparison
The headset blew my expectations out of the water and no I was not paid to do this review nor am I affiliated with GNA (The company who sent the headphones) in any way. When doing the review I could only think of a couple cons.
- High-quality audio
- Cheap price point
- Gaming headset quality with extreme portability
- Very comfortable
- Stays in ears well
- Cool looking design
- Rubber nub piece moves around
- Cord may break near the plug after excessive use
All in all, this is a great pair of gaming earphones and I’d gladly have paid the $49.99 on IndieGoGo for them. The sound quality was superb, the bass bumped, the headphones stayed in my ears unlike any others, and overall I had a great experience. If anyone is in the market for a new pair of gaming headphones that can easily be carried around and that double as normal headphones, I highly recommend the Nomad 1.
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