Written by: Ethan Nixon
Today, I have for review the TekNmotion Yapster Blaster headset. This headset has quite a powerful impact for the price and size. The universal headset supports both PC and XBOX 360. Inside the package you will find the headset, necessary adapters to connect to the XBOX, and a USB amplifier. The cables included with the Yapster Blaster are quite long, so get ready to scrunch them up.
From a design aspect, the headset is quite generic, sporting a grey and black color scheme. The TekNmotion logo is featured on both ear cups, as well as the top of the headband. On the inner headband, there are tiny Yapster Blaster logos. Being as the design is quite plain, the materials used are also quite generic, and even flimsy during most instances.
I loaded up my favorite game, Counter-Strike: Source to test out this headset. At first, I didn’t use the USB amplifier and noticed quite decent audio. The highs were a little tinny, but the mids and lows were respectable, especially for the price of the headset. The microphone was very clear, and there is very little static as well. It’s omni-directional, so it can pickup quite a bit of background noise.
In-game, I noticed very nice audio. Footsteps were clear, even when there were other sounds being echoed, and the bass response was low enough to keep the vibrations out of my head when getting pelted by grenades. I received clear directional audio from the Yapster Blaster, which is comparable to some of the higher end headsets on the market.
With the amplifier in use, I did notice a slight performance increase, but I was using on-board audio beforehand, so I can see that as a major factor for the increase in performance. With the added amplifier I noticed the same highs and mids, but with a slightly better bass response. For a headset this size, and for this price, the bass response is actually incredible.
All in all, the headset is not a bad headset. If you are getting into gaming and want a slight edge over some of your friends, I would try this headset to get your feet wet. If you are a hardcore gamer and want the best of the best, this is a pass. I find this headset to be acceptable for in-game audio quality, but the quality for music and movies is lackluster. Due to the subpar sound quality out-of-game and very cheap materials, I cannot recommend this to a serious gamer.