Review: Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset

Review: Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset

Product: Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset
Release Date: March 8 2018
Manufacturer: Thrustmaster
Original MSRP: $129.99 (US), £89.99 (UK)
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The Thrustmaster Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset isn’t the best name for some themed headphones with a detachable microphone and Y Sound Commander unit. But, are they any good where it counts?

What do I like about these? The red, white, and blue braided cable is nice and very difficult to tangle. Seeing as they are aimed at the gamer crowd who plug their headsets into the DualShock 4 controller or PC, the cords are a nice length.

The pattern on the cords match the American flags on the side of the adjustable headband that features discreet but hair-snagging metal strips. The only time I would need to extend them fully is when playing the PlayStation VR, but I doubt I would be using them for long as it isn’t all that comfortable with all of that hardware on my noggin.

Review: Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset PS Nation

Don’t get me wrong, the memory foam cushions are nice, if a touch too small for my ears, as they rest on them and not around them, great for my kids though. The round ear cups still do a nice job of isolating surrounding noises. So much so that the aforementioned Commander unit has a Voice switch and when I turned it on I could hear my voice through the headset without a noticeable delay. This was great as it stopped my kids from shouting when they had a go.

What I dislike is the unidirectional microphone, it needs to be positioned a little too close to my mouth and so often catches some breath, I’m not too sure what Thrustmaster means by high-performance because it looks quite cheap, like a kids toy, and performs like it too.

Along with the on/off switches for the power, microphone, voice, and 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound the Y Sound Commander unit features dials for volume and bass. There’s also a mini-USB port to charge, even while the headset is in use. The supplied cable is very short though so I used a spare that I had lying in a drawer.

The rechargeable battery in the little Y Sound -this is a silly name- Commander unit lasts ages and only needs about two hours to charge. Thrustmaster also released the Y-300CPX Far Cry 5 Edition with 50 mm/1.97” drivers but that version does not feature the poorly named box.

Review: Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset PS Nation Review: Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset PS Nation

According to the Quick Start Guide, the little box can only be used while plugged into the PS4 or Xbox One controllers and a supplied splitter cable is also needed when connecting to a PC. The powered unit cannot be used with other devices such as phones, Mac devices, MP3 players, and the Nintendo Switch.

For some strange reason, the headset would only work with my Xperia when the mic was still attached to the headphones even though it could be used with everything else, including several iPhones, regardless of whether the mic was present or not.

It is the Commander unit that’s powered and offers the 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound and adjustable electronic bass, so without it, the functionality is very limited. Turning the bass up full gives a very nice and deep sound but greatly diminishes the Surround Sound.

Finding the right balance is possible and compliments the games I played. The 60 mm/2.36” drivers and a good mixture of Surround Sound and bass give a big thump to the grenades and bombs in Call of Duty: WWII and it let me hear the incoming wildlife and crazed enemies from all angles in Far Cry 5 when I was exploring the huge map.

Fumbling around to flick the microphone switch so I can cough, as I’m still getting over a nasty cold, is a pain as the three switches are identical. It would have been nice to have had some distinction between them and there is no audio notification either.

Review: Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset PS Nation Review: Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset PS Nation

Conclusion:
The Y-350CPX 7.1 Powered Far Cry 5 Edition Headset ticks a few boxes and work well but fails to offer anything special. The Y Sound Commander unit is the important part of this headset and when in use does a respectable job, though its design is a no-frills rectangular shape with cheap switches and dials.

The ear cups provide a tiny amount of horizontal swivel and could do with being a touch larger. Apart from that, I would say the build quality is good overall, aside from the microphone arm that only allows for some flexibility near the earpiece end.

Nothing stands out with these and it ends up being an average set of headphones. Being able to use them with almost anything is nice but losing the functionality of the little powered box for anything other than PS4, Xbox One, and PC makes them a weak and basic choice.

They’re certainly aesthetically pleasing for anyone living the American Dream, what with the flag plastered on both sides. Personally, I wouldn’t venture outdoors with these, especially considering I have to take the mic attachment with me. For the recommended retail price I would suggest shopping around but if you can find them at a good price then they are worth considering.

Score:
6.5

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Written by Chazz Harrington

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