SADES ‘Snuk’ and ‘Spellond’ Headset Review

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SADES as a brand is probably not that well known to many South Africans, but these Chinese manufactured gaming headsets are now available in South Africa thanks to local distributor Gamers Gadgets. Why should you take note? Well, if you’re in the market for well priced PC headsets that feature more than stereo, these may just be the ones you have been waiting for.

We got our decaying hands on two of the 7.1 USB headsets from the range and both offer gamers a varying level of ‘bang-forbuck’.

The ‘Snuk’ headset is offered for R680, while the ‘Spellond’ retails for R950 and considering their sub-R1000 price range, both perform admirably.

Build and Comfort
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‘Snuk’ Headset

The first thing that has to be complimented is the build quality of the headsets. Both feel remarkably hardy and their weight makes them seem more expensive than their price might indicate. On the flipside, they are a little too heavy and after an extended use, they both can start to be felt in the neck a little. The construction is largely plastic with pretty comfortable padding to the headband and cups, with less padding on the ‘Snuk’, because it’s cheaper… duh.

The ‘Snuk’ is the smaller of the two headsets, but in terms of comfort around the ears, the ‘Spellond’ wins it due to its larger cup size. The ‘Spellond’ cups will also make you look hard as nails with its blade-like shape, while the ‘Snuk’ sports a more traditional oval shape. Neither headset offers a twist in the cups and the microphones are not flexible either, so those are essentially a fraction of their points lost.

The USB braided cable is decent length (longer on the ‘Spellond’) and seems like it will stand extended use and abuse, however, the in-line control is a little low down the cable and on the ‘Spellond’ it’s a heavy beast that needs its own table (not supplied) to rest on. However, the size of the in-line controller’s buttons means you will never complain your fingers are too big…

Getting Started
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‘Spellond’ Headset

Both headsets were easy to setup via USB on my PC (and the laptop) with no need to use the driver disc. As you can tell by now, these headsets are not compatible with your console but I did try… and sadly it didn’t work.

SADES sounds…

…pretty good actually. Music is loud and clear on both headsets and for this use they really don’t disappointment.

Over in the gaming realm, both headsets prove to be a little less ear busting (in terms of raw volume) but the surround sound offered is immersive, and you will pick up everything you need from them to react before the poor soul on the other side still using his (or her) stereo headset. The ‘Spellond’ is the better of the two headsets in this particular case – as can be expected given its higher price.

Both mics sit a little too far away from the mouth, and while they offer noise-cancelling they (as mentioned before) are rigid, so there’s no way that whispering will be heard by everyone else. The mics are not terrible but a little more flexibility would have been great.

Conclusion

The two headsets we tested can indeed be recommended to gamers on a budget. The SADES range offers other (even cheaper) headsets and if their quality is similar to the ‘Snuk’ and ‘Spellond’ then there will be a headset option for everyone.

If we had to pick one, we’d say the ‘Spellond’ is the one to go for, but you certainly won’t be disappointed with the ‘Snuk’.

The SADES headsets are available via Gamers Gadgets. You can pick up the ‘Snuk’ here and the ‘Spellond’ here.

The Specifications

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  • Loudhailer diameter: 40mm(NdFeB)
  • Sound effect: 7.1 simulated sound channels
  • Frequency range: 20~20.000Hz
  • Sensitivity: 112dB +/- 3 dB at 1 khz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm +/- 15%
  • Max Input power: 30mW
  • Mic Dimension: 6.0*5.0mm
  • Mic Frequency Range: 50-10KHz
  • Mic Sensitivity: -38dB +/- 3 dB
  • Mic Impedance: ?2.2K? at 1khz
  • Cable length: Braided USB approx. 3.0m [2.2m indicated on the box – Undead Ed]
  • Controller: In-line
  • Approximate Weight: 370g/ 0.82lbs
  • Input Plug: USB (USB connection provides power)
  • Physical production: driver

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  • Loudhailer diameter:50mm (NdFeB)
  • Upgraded function: Vibration
  • Sound effect: 7.1 simulated sound channels
  • Frequency range: 20 – 20KHz
  • Sensitivity:113dB +/- 3 dB at 1 khz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm at 1khz
  • Distortion:?2% THD
  • Max Input power:30mW
  • Mic Dimension:6.0*5.0mm
  • Sensitivity:-38dB +/- 3 dB
  • Cable length: Braided USB approx. 3.0m
  • Controller: In-line
  • Approximate Weight:718g
  • Input Plug:USB (USB connection provides power)

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.