Cyborg F.R.E.Q. 5 Stereo Gaming Headset PC Review

/ 4 years ago

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This week I’ve been spending some time with the F.R.E.Q. 5 PC gaming headset from Cyborg. Cyborg are essentially the brand name for the PC Market of MadCatz, much in the same way they have the Tritton brand for gaming audio, Eclipse for home and office, Saitek for their simulation gear and of course the MadCatz brand for their casual/pro gaming equipment.

I’m a big fan of MadCatz my self, and it’s hard not to be since I personally reviewed the MLG Pro Controller for Xbox 360, the Wireless Xbox 360 Racing Wheel, FLY9 Flight Stick, Tritton Detonator Headset for Xbox 360 and they all went down a storm and were great products in their own categories, so I have some what higher hopes than I should have for this product, but can the F.R.E.Q.5 live up to the high standards of quality that they have set for them selves with their other product ranges? lets hope so.

This headset is currently on the market for a bit over a £100 depending on where you look, but a quick can find it closer to that £100 mark, either way its still not a cheap headset, but its certainly not the most expensive on the market either. With a hundred pounds price tag over its head this headset is going to have to have some tricks up its sleeve to make people part with their money, come and take a look at the next few pages where I will be taking a closer look at the F.R.E.Q.5 to see exactly what it has to offer, before putting it to the test in our performance section.

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  • McSheehy

    I have recently received these for Christmas, they are fantastic!… then you try teamspeak or a similar programme only to realise the mic give off a head ache inducing buzz which drowns out what ever you are trying to say. So in my infinite wisdom I check for trouble shooting only to find no help there, drivers? don’t be silly. So I replaced my headset and figured it was a one off. wrong. I tried the set on both my work and gaming laptops, my Mac and my Gaming Rig. Noise was persistent. The sound quality is excellent but I have been very let down by Saitek’s support in this situation. Thankfully I didn’t have any problems with my R.A.T 9 or my keyboard… (10/10, just hope I don’t run into any problems…)
    Take this comment with a pinch of salt. I have been a long time loyal customer with Saitek, but actually running into a problem and trying to get them to solve it has put me off dealing with them in the future.
    Like I have said, take this with a pinch of salt and make up your own mind. I am not bashing Saitek by any means, just their support 🙂

    • Peter Donnell

      Oh thats strange, I have two of these in the house now and haven’t experienced this issue :-s I wish I could advise you further but maybe you just got a bad batch :-/

    • Steve Wayne

      I have had completely the opposite experience with MAD CATZ support.

      I have the V1.7 Cyborg kbd. The left [SHIFT] key and a small part of the left [CTRL] key had worn through so that you could not see the arrow on the shift key anymore, only a “blob” of light. The ctrl key was literally a small scratch. As I considered this to be wear and tear (I am a heavy handed gamer and left shift is run and left ctrl is crouch). The keyboard was 22 months old at the time. I enquired from MAD CATZ directly about purchasing replacement keys to which they told me they do not sell replacement keys but I might be able to make a claim because they covered the keyboard with a 2 year warranty. I took pics and sent in the claim. About a week later the replacement keys arrived in the post! Unfortunately the keys were for the US version of the keyboard and I have the UK version. I told MAD CATZ about this and they sent me the correct keys the next week.

      Based on their after sales service alone, I purchased the S.T.R.I.K.E 7 keyboard and have upgraded my R.A.T 7 to the M.M.O 7

      It just goes to show how different people’s experiences with the same company can be.

  • dave

    poorly made plastic over head strap fell apart in a month not impressed for the money i spent would of expected more