• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Frequency response: 20 – 20,000Hz
  • Impedance: 32ohm
  • Connectivity: USB, 3.5mm
  • Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Great value
  • Cons:
  • Doesn’t isolate well

The Price Is Right

Gaming can come in different forms, from your mobile phone to a console platform, and while playing online games with friends and strangers communication is always key. There’s a wide range of options out there when it comes to headsets, but some of them are actually quite costly especially for those on a tight budget. Fortunately, there’s a silver lining as there are also cheaper options out there that will solve your budget problems.

Dive in to the Marvo HG8802, a USB headphone which works across most gaming platforms like PC, PlayStation and Xbox. The packaging it comes in is pretty simple and the box has that gamer vibe, but on the inside it’s pretty simple. All you get is the headphone and a cardboard insert, but honestly there’s nothing else you’ll need. The overall build quality of the HG8802 is decent; it doesn’t feel cheap and plasticky like those OEM headphones you get from your local IT store.

It does lack that true feeling of durability but that’s to be expected at the price you’re getting it for. However, it’s not flimsy by any means. We adjusted the headphone length and bent it about and it seems fine, just don’t try to force it into a split. Surprisingly the headphone is actually quite comfortable. The cushion meant for your head is soft and doesn’t apply any pressure, while the cups are slightly hard but are big enough to fully encompass even some of our big ears.

Isolation isn’t its forte but it’s good enough to drown out some background noise. The cable used on the HG8802 is braided cloth, which makes it supple yet slightly rigid, and we’ve noticed some kinks leftover from when the cables were wound up during packaging. We also have to say the HG8802 is incredibly light so you won’t feel any weight pressing down on your head. The top cushion adds on to that.

Sound quality wise, the HG8802 is quite good. Listening to Porter Robinson’s Shelter, an orchestratic and electronic song with vocals, we had a nice mix of bass, mids, and highs. Mids and highs come through clear and no distortion was noticed. Bass is good and tight but as it goes lower it starts getting muddy and drowns out everything else. On the other hand, the bass is great for gaming as it allows you to hear and feel all the excitement.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A value oriented gaming headphone which works across most gaming platforms, the HG8802 is a steal and is a great choice for those on tight budgets.

(previously published in issue November 2017)

Marvo Scorpion HG8802