With the Oxygen In-Ear ProGaming Headset, Ozone gives us a piece of hardware meant to live up to the high expectations of modern gamers – and it also looks like a good choice for mobile gamers on the go.
After taking the headset out of the box, the first things to catch my eye were the bold colors and the impressive design. The package comes with additional detachable earpieces, allowing a high degree of personalization that makes wearing the headset incredibly comfortable. The very fact that the earphones themselves are a bit larger than those on many other in-ear headsets currently on the market means that they are very good at blocking out ambient noise. I was impressed by the sound quality for phone calls and mobile games. The microphone is attached to the left wire, and I found it did a good job of picking up and carrying my own voice. A push-to-talk button on the back of the microphone allows you to take incoming calls on the headset, and it’s also very useful if you want to use it as a TeamSpeak headset. Unfortunately the position of the button is a bit inconvenient, especially in the middle of heated skirmishes, and it makes more sense to use a button on the keyboard assigned to this function. Of course, the headset can’t achieve the same sound quality as some of the more expensive ones out there; however, Ozone really surprised me here with the headset’s truly pleasant tone and clear sound transmission.
The headset comes with two adapter cables to plug into a PC or laptop. It’s a great option for phone calls and for listening to music – the sound quality is remarkable for just about any kind of music. On the other hand, the Oxygen headset is only of limited use for extended gaming sessions. The earpieces get a little uncomfortable after a while, and this is where the comfort offered by larger headsets comes to bear.
Our little test, based on my own subjective musical tastes, had the following results:
- DMX, “Where the Hood At?”: The bass really bumps and the range of depth is astonishing.
- AC/DC, “Back in Black”: The drums and the rhythm section really come out, but the high points of certain guitar tracks push the headset to its limits.
- Mozart, The Magic Flute, “Der Hölle Rache…” aria (Queen of the Night): Like with the awesome guitar rock brought to us by the gentlemen from Australia, a lot of the highs don’t really come out here. This piece doesn’t have a lot of bass to begin with, so the result is that the overall sound on this one is somewhat incomplete.
- Hatebreed, “Destroy Everything” – With its deep, driving riffs, the headset didn’t show any weaknesses here at all, injecting all the song’s aggression directly into my ears.
Official Promotion Video