Gaming Headset Review: TekNmotion Intruder Gaming Headset for Tablets and Computers
Reviewed by Jacob Spindel, December 2011
Editor's Ratings (1-5): 4
What's Hot: Amazing number of accessories; solid sound quality.
What's Not: Not ideal for noisy environments.
I admit it: headphones are not as convenient as earbuds. Considering the extra size and weight, why would anyone want to carry around a full set of headphones instead of just plain old earphones? One answer to this question is that headphones have the potential to provide better sound quality than earbuds, and the Intruder headset by TekNmotion definitely delivers on that potential. As long as you don't need to use them in a particularly loud environment, the Intruder's audio quality and versatile accessories just might make them worth that extra effort to carry them with you.
The Intruder starts off with the standard headset design: two over-the-ear earcups connected by a padded headband, which are also foldable for storage and travel. The 40 mm speakers have a frequency response range of 20-20 kHz and an impedance of 32 Ohms. However, it doesn't stop there. The Intruder also features probably the greatest variety of included accessories we have ever seen from a set of headphones.
Most headphones don't include any microphone, but the Intruder comes with two: one for gaming and one for mobile, and you can swap them out at any time. It also comes with an extension cable that adds a small controller with a volume dial and a microphone mute button while providing dual cable connections so you can connect it to your computer's speaker and microphone ports. But what if you want to connect it to an iPhone's combined speaker/headphone port instead? Well, that adaptor's included too. All those extras might make it sound like it must be even harder to carry with you than most headsets, and that's probably true. However, a carrying bag is also included to help you manage that as well.
The headset is soft and lightweight, which makes it easy and comfortable to wear. However, the relatively thin speakers also provide little isolation from outside noise, and the headset also doesn't include any active noise cancelation. Thus, if you use the headphones in an area that already has lots of ambient noise, you may find it difficult to hear them.
Even with all these handy accessories, though, the headset's primary appeal is its excellent sound quality. Specifically:
Bass: Since the Intruder is on the smaller and lighter side of the headphone spectrum, you might think its bass would be a little weak. You would be wrong. The Intruder's bass is very powerful and crisp; in fact, once you've listened to bass-heavy tracks on the Intruder, going back to earbuds may leave you feeling like you're only hearing half of the song. 5.0/5.0
Treble: Treble on the Intruder is also strong. Since treble is usually not much of a challenge for most earbuds, the treble may not wow earbud users as being as massive an improvement as the bass, but even in this category, the sound is noticeably richer and fuller than most earbuds provide. 4.5/5.0
Clarity: Sometimes bass and clarity can be at odds with each other; that is, a powerful, thumping bass make have the unfortunate side effect of making voices tougher to understand. The Intruder's bass is so strong that this problem shows up a little bit, but overall the clarity is still significantly better than many other products with powerful bass. 4.5/5.0
Volume: The headphones can be as quiet as you need them to be. Although the audio doesn't distort if you turn the volume way up, even at the highest volumes the Intruder is not as loud as many other earbuds and headphones. Personally, I have to interest in blasting headphones at ridiculous volumes, but keep in mind that cranking the volume may be your only option for dealing with noisy environments with the Intruder, so it is unfortunate that even this option is somewhat limited. 4.0/5.0
Microphone: Audio recorded with the Intruder's microphone came out very clear and had far less background noise than audio recorded with our computer's built-in microphone. 5.0/5.0
TekNmotion has graced the Intruder headset with great sound quality and a generous assortment of included accessories. If you intend to use your headphones in a place that is very noisy, you would probably be better off looking for headphones that are weightier or provide active noise cancelation, but for anyone else, the Intruder is a great option for music, gaming, and even phone calls. So why would anyone want to carry headphones with them? Once you've tried out the Intruder headset, you probably won't even have to ask.