Qpad QH-90 Headset Review
As always when testing a headset we used it in a variety of settings. Everything from films and music to gaming and Skype conversations.
Starting at the beginning there is a real sense of theatre when opening the QH-90. We all like to feel that we've got good value for money and that our anticipation was worthwhile. We can't be the only people who've purchased something, waited days for it to arrive and then been wholly underwhelmed at what turns up. This colours your whole view on the product. With the Qpad QH-90 there is no such drama, as even the most demanding purchaser cannot be disappointed by the packaging. The cardboard is robust, the internal box an unexpected delight, and the headset easy to remove. We've lost count of the amount of cable ties we've removed in our lives, so it was nice to see that Qpad hadn't made getting at the headset a chore.
This level of quality extends to the QH-90 headset itself. The leather on the ear-pads and the headband is soft and luxurious. Couple this to the sturdy metal construction and the high quality soft rubber that covers the cables and you really get a sense that this is a product designed to a level of excellence rather than down to a price. The microphone slot holds it firmly in place and when you're not using it there is a discreet plastic cover so you can take the QH-90s with you outside without it being obvious you're wearing a headset.
The mantra is bringing HiFi to gaming, and the sound quality lives up to that billing. So often gaming headsets are designed to be all about the bass, with the other frequencies an afterthought. Not so with the QH-90. The whole aural palette is beautifully balanced and the midrange in particular is a highlight. The larger than average drivers when coupled to the closed-back design and fully-covered ear pieces mean that no matter what media you run through it, it responds with excellent clarity. No frequencies dominate and even the finer detail is reproduced with far more clarity than you normally see at this price-point. This level of quality extends to the microphone too with speech clearly audible, no problems with the plosive sounds that plague some cheaper microphones, and even background noise kept under control.
There are a couple of niggles. The cabling is needlessly fussy. There is a hard-cable on the headset itself and the inline remote is a separate item. However, it's not an optional item. If you plan on using the QH-90 with your phone or MP3 player then you have the main cable, an additional connected cable for the inline remote, and then a further cable to convert it down to a single jack. There must be a simpler solution. The remote itself is of vastly different quality to the rest of the headset too, built from very hard plastics. The microphone mute button is a little small for grabbing in the heat of battle, and the button for play/pause is anything but robust. Given how fantastic the headset is it's a shame that this important item is of relatively poor construction. Lastly if you're one of those people who demand your audio to be loud enough to shake your teeth loose and with so much bass that trouser changes are a regular occurrence then this probably isn't the headset for you. It's loud, but by no means the most volume happy headset we've tested, and the sonic range is tuned for a more discerning palette than would be appreciated by bass-heads.
However, the quality of the QH-90 is enough to make these issues minor. It's immensely comfortable to wear for extended periods, robust enough to survive almost anything you throw at it, and the sound quality is up there with the very best at this price-point. Only the spaghetti cable issue reminds you that this is a sub-£100 headset. If you require a headset that looks fantastic, is built like a tank and makes everything from Mozart to Motorhead an enjoyable listen, then you could do much worse than seek out the Qpad QH-90, and for that reason we're happy to award it our OC3D Gold Award.