So I’ve got something a little different today, we’re looking at a pair of budget gaming headphones, the Nubwo N16. I picked this up on special for only $20. Normally it goes for around 30 – 35 dollars. The N16 comes with a 50mm driver and memory foam earcups. It has a nice braided cable with in-line controls, and a PC extension cable. We have a 3.5mm jack so this is compatible with PC, Xbox, PS4, and any other 3.5mm device. So for me the two most important things in a pair of headphones is the comfort and sound quality, so let’s see what kind of experience the N16 offers at such a low price.
The cups are made of soft memory foam. They’re quite thick and feel very soft and forgiving. What I also like here is that these are all-cover ear cups, so your ears fit completely inside the headphones. Very spacious and there is no pressure on the ears. The earcups have alittle bit of tilt to them for different head shapes and sizes. You cannot rotate them though, but at this price range it’s forgivable. The headband has a soft faux leather cushion, and it can be adjusted for a more comfortable fit. These headphones felt very comfortable, even during marathon gaming sessions. A minor nitpick would be that it feels a little tight, in the sense that the headphones squeeze my head a little bit, but this sould get better over time as the foam adjusts. Overall the build quality is good, and doesn’t look like anything will peel off or break. The cable is a little bit short at only 1.6m.
The other important thing for me is going to be sound quality. I’m not an audiophile by any means, but I still require a good set of headphones. I’m going to be using it for gaming, music and the odd movie. I must say, taking into consideration the price, the sound quality is very good. The 50mm driver provides an immersive sound experience, with crisp and deep bass. It gave some thumping bass when listening to rap, metal and EDM. Decent mids and highs as well. The sound is nice and clear – it doesn’t sound muffled or tinny. The simulated surround sound worked pretty good for gaming, and I was able to hear gunfire and footsteps accurately in CSGO and Apex. There is supposedly some noise cancelling on the mic, but it didn’t really make a big impression on me.
The N16 comes with an omni-directional microphone that can be rotated up to 90 degrees. As expected, it sounds a bit muffled, but will definitely get the job done for casual gaming. You’re not going to be using this for podcasts or voiceovers obviously. This is what the G433 sounds like in comparison. So not really a big difference between the two.
The Nubwon N16 offers plenty of bang for buck at only $30. You’d be hard pressed to find anything better in this price range. It even gave my $100 G433 a run for its money. Definitely would recommend this if you’re looking for quality cheap headphones.