XPG is the gaming division of computer component manufacturer Adata, best known for its hard drives. They’ve released quite a few gaming peripherals over the past few years, and one of their most popular products has been the Precog headset. Now XPG has just released a new product in this popular series called Precog S.
It’s marketed as an affordable alternative to many of the more expensive headsets on the market that deliver immersive gaming audio. XPG sent us one of these headsets for a fair and unbiased review. Here’s what we found.
- Connection: Wired; 3.5mm
- 50mm driver
- Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20,000Hz
- Omnidirectional microphone
- Price: $39.99
Unboxing and build quality
In the box you will find the Precog S itself, a 3.5mm splitter for the PC and a user manual. The headset has a minimalist all-black design with the XPG logo printed in silver on both sides. It’s lightweight and has a braided cable.
The microphone is fixed and cannot be folded away when the user does not want to use it. This means that while it’s quite flexible, it’s always in the down position. There’s a small mute switch behind the mic boom attachment and a volume control behind the cable attachment – all located on the left earcup.
While the design looks good in general, we have some concerns about its construction. First off, the tension in the headband can squeeze larger heads (like mine) a bit more than is comfortable, which can become uncomfortable during longer gaming sessions.
The Precog 2 also uses a soft inner headband that retracts with help very thin Cables routed into the larger, stiffer headband. While we’ve had no issues with it in our time, there are concerns that one of those angel hair-thin cables could snap after wear and tear from prolonged use, rendering the inner headband useless.
It’s also worth noting that the ear cups are not padded with memory foam and are coated with a mesh material. This breathes better than faux leather, but feels significantly rougher on the skin and makes a few crackling noises when you move.
The audio in the Precog S is much better than most headsets in its price range. It has a clear, neutral sound and the 50mm drivers produce a fairly wide soundstage. This is good for gaming as it helps the 2-directional studio audio feel more spatial. The overall profile of the sound feels a bit weak compared to high-end headsets, but that’s reasonable considering the price.
We should also mention that the earcups do very little to prevent outside noise from leaking out, meaning users can hear ambient noise from their surroundings while wearing them. So don’t expect much when it comes to noise cancellation.
Unfortunately, this headset’s microphone is one of its biggest weaknesses. The arm is highly adjustable and easy to position, but that’s where the good news ends. The audio produced by the microphone is weak, tinny, and tends to cut off towards the end. It sounds kind of like listening to someone talking on the phone when they have you on speakers. It also doesn’t come with any sort of pop filter to prevent plosives.
This is especially frustrating for anyone playing competitive or team-based games such as Apex Legends or Braveas your teammates often hear you speaking through this headset and it is important that they can understand you clearly over the communication.
Is the Precog S worth the money?
The XPG Precog S MSRP is $39.99. That’s a lot more affordable than most gaming headsets, but it still seems ambitious for a headset of this quality. For the same price (or less), users can currently get the Razer BlackShark V2, the Logitech G332, or the HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 – all highly rated wired headsets, all packed with significantly more features.
We think this headset would be extremely competitive should it drop to the ~$25 range, but it’s hard to recommend at the current price point.
The XPG Precog S is an attractive headset that produces a decent sound profile at an affordable price. Unfortunately, the microphone does not produce audio quality and some questionable decisions have been made regarding its design.
- Cheaper than most gaming headsets
- Slim, lightweight design
- Clear audio quality
- Weak attachments on inner headband
- Poor microphone quality
- Too much tension in the headband
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