• Frequency response: 20 – 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32ohm
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Weight: 360g
  • Pros:
  • Value
  • Overall design
  • Cons:
  • Bassy

Listen To The Sting

With all the well-known brands out there like Corsair, Razer, HyperX, SteelSeries and Logitech, it’s not often you see people recommending peripherals outside of these brands. But we were pretty surprised this time around with the Marvo HG9028 Scorpion, this is our first time hearing about this brand but so far we’ve only had good impressions on it.

The headphone came packaged in a box similar to other gaming peripherals out there, and out of the box the HG9028 looks pretty good. Following a red and black theme, a thick and shrouded cable connects the headphone to the PC through USB instead of a headphone jack. Something to note of if you’re out of USB ports, because it only supports audio through USB. Moving on, we tried the headphones on and found them incredibly comfortable, the pads resemble pleather pads and are nice and soft.

One thing we didn’t realise until we took off the headphones was its LED cups. The cups have a breathy glow as it swaps between colours until it loops again. We find this light presentation of the LEDs better than most brands out there that just stick LEDs in and make them as bright and gaudy as possible. One thing that’s also done differently is placing the volume control directly on the left headphone cup instead of the cable, which we really liked. The only gripe we had was it being a bit too bassy when it came to listening to music, but bassheads might like it more than we did.

The HG9028 markets itself as a virtual 7.1 headphone, so of course we have to test it. While playing games like CS:GO and PUBG we didn’t really hear or feel that it had 7.1, but positioning is pretty good. Although it doesn’t hit the mark for virtual 7.1, it sure is good enough for your gaming sessions. The microphone juts out from the left cup and can be bent to the user’s liking, so it can be pushed out of the way when not in use. A nice addition they could’ve made was to make it retractable as well.

CHIP CONCLUDE: At the price you can get this at, the Marvo HG9028 is an excellent budget headphone for gamers, providing comfort, aesthetic and satisfactory sound quality.

(previously published in issue October 2017)

Marvo HG9028 Scorpion