Rapoo VPRO VH200

Cheap but not en­tirely cheer­ful.

APC Australia - - » Latest Reviews - $49 | WWWW.RAPOO.COM Carmel Sealey

Your hum­ble re­viewer en­joys the sim­ple things in life — in­clud­ing don­ning a head­set with me­dia con­trols. The VH200 from Rapoo has just that, plus an On/Off but­ton to con­trol its 16 mil­lion “breath­ing light” colours. An­other nice ad­di­tion is the de­cent noise-can­celling mi­cro­phone that re­tracts into the left cup — all of which can be eas­ily found by touch alone.

The VH200’s ‘ex­pand­able bridge’ head­band de­sign won’t be to ev­ery­one’s taste — es­pe­cially those who have smaller nog­gins. While the head­set isn’t par­tic­u­larly heavy, its weight still causes it to slip down over time, mean­ing that, if you have a small head, the pres­sure from the cups sit­ting on the tops of your ears may re­sult in sore­ness and dis­com­fort. This is not an is­sue for those of you with big­ger bread­bas­kets.

The cups are wide and cir­cu­lar, with leatherette­cov­ered foam; how­ever, af­ter an hour of lis­ten­ing to mu­sic with these on, your re­viewer’s ears be­gan to feel un­com­fort­able, due to the fact that the up­per curve of our ear­lobes were pressed against the thin, elas­tic mesh cov­er­ing the driv­ers.

Back on the pos­i­tives: the sound is damned good, mak­ing these head­phones pretty de­sir­able for gam­ing. For mu­sic lis­ten­ing, they de­liver warm and well­rounded bass that doesn’t drown out the mids and highs. The VH200s ex­cel at techno and broody jazz, but suf­fer when play­ing clas­si­cal, as the bass is a bit much for this genre.

The VH200s do the job well in the gam­ing den and they’re tan­ta­lis­ingly cheap; but maybe try be­fore you buy.

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