At under S$70, the SteelSeries Arctis Tusq make for a really affordable pair on in-ear gaming headsets. It has great audio and a detachable boom mic for when you want to start communicating seriously. It also uses a 3.5mm audio jack, and will work on almost anything (except the newest phones, of course).
- Dual microphone with detachable boom microphone
- 3.5mm audio jack
- 1.2m rubber cable
The in-ear Tusq earphones come with hooks to keep the earphones in place when you wear them. I found them easy to use and comfortable. There are also three different sizes of the silicon ear tips to choose from. The left earphone has a hole for the boom mic attachment. The cable also has another microphone, and this gets disabled when the boom mic is plugged in. I also found it easier to remove my left headphone to plug the mic in instead of trying to figure out where the 3.5mm jack is by touch.
The boom microphone picked up my voice just fine, and sounded great. The microphone on the cable can pick up my voice from where it’s at below my chin, but it’s not as good, obviously. There’s also a mute button that affects both microphones. I’ve worn the in-ears for close to two hours gaming. I barely felt the weight on my ears, but being in-ear, my ears got itchy after a while.
I liked the sound of the Arctis Tusq. It had great trebles, clear mids, and a punchy bass. However, it does have a very closed-in soundstage. Everything feels like you’re right in the midst of things. This is great for gaming, but music can feel a little claustrophobic. I do like how footsteps and bullets sound so clear while playing, allowing me to react quicker to in-game threats.
The SteelSeries Arctis Tusq is a great headset for those on a more modest budget. You can use it for gaming or music, and I daresay it’s also great for Zoom meetings when you don’t want to be wearing on-ear or over-ear headphones. It’s available on Shopee (S$69) and Lazada (S$64).
Note: Review unit provided by SteelSeries.