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Ozone Onda ST Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Along with reviewing Ozone’s Radon Opto mouse, we also had the opportunity to review one of their gaming headsets, Ozone’s Onda ST. If you haven’t read the Radon Opto mouse review and are unfamiliar with the Ozone Gaming Gear brand (as I originally was), here is a little corporate excerpt:

“OZONE Gaming Gear, is a European brand of gaming peripherals that revolves around the concept “It’s all about Evolution”. OZONE is a brand created by and for gamers, the evolution is part of our gaming life, we all want to improve and evolve into a better gaming contender. OZONE is committed to the development, engineering and evolution of innovative gaming peripherals with a unique style and the best performance, to allow gamers to exceed their limits and become the best. It’s all about evolution.”

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Given that Ozone is a European company, their product availability may be limited here in the states, but there are several US based e-tailer’s that sell their products (such as Amazon and Newegg). So now that you know who they are, and where to buy their product(s)…the last question…should you? Let’s find out!

Specifications:

Before we get into the product review, let’s take a quick look at the manufacturer specs

Microphone:

  • Directivity: Omnidirectional
  • Impedance: ≤2.2KΩ
  • Sensitivity: -54dB±3dB

Headphones:

  • Driver dimensions: 40mm
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Frequency response: 20~20kHz
  • Sensitivity (SPL): 117dB±4dB

General:

  • Cord length: 250±10 cm
  • Plug: 3.5 mm jack (headphones + mic)
  • Net Weight: 310 gr (< 1 pound)

The specs are all well and good and to some audiophiles, the specs alone may speak volumes (no pun intended) as to the capabilities of this product, but to us mere mortals…it will come down to how they fell and how they sound to the untrained ear. Which is perfect, because I have a big head with two untrained ears right here!

Packaging:

The packaging is stylized and straightforward, and as also noted on our Ozone Radon Opto gaming mouse review, very reminiscent of Razer product packaging. The box is easy to get into, and the contents were even easier to unpack (thanks for no blister packs…hallelujah!). Included in the box:

  • 1 x Ozone Onda ST Stereo gaming headset
  • Inline mute and volume control puck
  • Detachable boom mic with 3.5mm connector
  • Product documentation

 

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Initial impressions:

After inserting the detachable boom mic to the Onda ST headset, I took a moment to give the product a visual inspection. First thought, extremely light, and that isn’t a negative in my opinion. Gaming headsets should be light (as long as quality isn’t sacrificed), as many gamers will wear them for several hours during a normal gaming session. The ear cups appear over-sized (not as big as some, but a good size), and the cushions are a soft and pliable simulated leather material. Going into this I have concerns about heat buildup in the ear cups. The size adjustments feel sturdy and stable. The inline mute and volume control has a cheap look and feel to it, but the controls work similar to those on other headsets I have used in the past. The cable length appears to be adequate without being too long (getting wrapped up in your feet) or too short. With the visual inspection out of the way, let’s plug these in and see how they fair.

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