Today Cooler Master add two new headsets to their already extensive product line-up, and we have been lucky enough to put one of them, the Cooler Master MH751, through its paces over the last couple of weeks.
The MH751 promises high-quality sound combined with beautiful design and supreme comfort, whilst the MH752 adds virtual 7.1 to it’s feature list. Today’s review focuses on the MH751, with a recommended retail price of £74.99.
Cooler Master MH751 Specifications & Features
|Sensitivities (@1KHz)||97dB ± 3 dB|
|Cable Length||1.5m 3.5mm connector (removable)
0.3m dual 3.5mm cable (removable)
|Connector||3.5mm 4-pole jack|
|Headband Material||Steel and plastic headband, PU leather and foam cushion|
|Ear Cushion Material||PU Leather and foam cushion|
|Sensitivity (@ 1kHz)||-42 ± 3dB|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||55dB|
|Microphone Type||Detachable flexible microphone|
|Dimensions (mm/inch)||149(L) * 85(W) * 215(H) mm / 5.87(L) * 3.35(W) * 8.46(H) inches|
|Weight||280g / 0.62lbs|
|Weight (without Cable)||250g / 0.55lbs|
Cooler Master MH751 Closer Look
The unboxing experience of the MH751 is pretty enjoyable! The layout of the packaging and the items inside is sleek & simple, and the fact that everything fits together perfectly is extremely satisfying, with the headset itself sunk into a thick foam surround. The headset comes packaged with a detachable microphone, a 3.5mm connection cable, a 3.5mm audio splitter cable and a travel pouch. Cooler Master didn’t have to include a travel pouch or the splitter cable in with the headset; they could have charged extra for these accessories, but they didn’t, and I think it is a great choice on their side. By including these extras it makes the product seem more premium and serves to be functional for the users, especially console players, as they don’t typically have a headset port, just microphone and headphone. The pouch is made out of a suede-like material which is very soft and the perfect size to fit the headset and accessories.
The headset plugs into your device with a standard 3.5mm jack, so it’ll work with anything; console, PC or mobile device. However, you can only use the proprietary 3.5mm cable that comes with the headset, given it has a locking system that attaches it to the ear cup on the left side, meaning that no other cable will fit… not an ideal move in my eyes. The included wire is braided to improve the durability of it and prevent permanent deformation. I feel as though a braided cable is a necessity for a headset in 2018, so I’m glad to see it incorporated here. The cable is 1.5m long with an in-line control box about 0.5m along its length. The control box has a wheel on it to adjust the volume of the headset and a switch that can mute / unmute the microphone. I feel Cooler Master could have done a better job with this, in my opinion it feels a little cheap, especially when it comes to the mute switch, and it looks out of place. The headset looks very sleek, and this control box doesn’t fit the aesthetics of the rest of the headset. I also think that the box could be moved upwards, towards the ear cup, and this would make it easier to use as it will be more accessible during play.
Many gaming headsets scream “I’m a gaming headset” and give off that aggressive gamer look. The Cooler Master MH751 aims to be more stylish and sophisticated, through its sleek and understated looks. You will find that most gaming headsets have very sharp edges, lots of intricate designs and bright lights or colours everywhere, but this headset is different, it’s very minimalistic and looks great in its black and silver colourway. I am a massive fan of the style of this headset, and I think most people will be too. It’s hard not to like the simplicity and elegance.
The Cooler Master MH751 Review: The Verdict
The Cooler Master MH751 is marketed as a gaming headset, and was designed for this sole purpose, so you would expect it to perform well in this category as a result, especially with the moderately high price, right? Correct. Just after I had un-boxed the headset, I jumped into Fortnite and a few other games to test how it performs, it’s safe to say it was a pleasant experience the whole way through.
The headset is light, weighing in at only 280g, giving a weightless experience whilst gaming; with minimal head movements it feels as though you’re not wearing a headset at all. Also, the ear cups and headband are plush, and encased in a soft leatherette which is smooth to the touch and easily compacted. This makes the headset extremely comfortable, and doesn’t cause any kind of stress or soreness on your head, even after hours of play.
Although comfort is important, how the headset sounds whilst gaming is also hugely critical whilst deciding on which one to buy. In most tactical shooters it is essential that you can hear the footsteps and gun shots of your enemies and be able to correctly identify the direction they came from, in order to pinpoint their location. Whilst using the Cooler Master MH751 I found it pretty easy to hear most of the sounds created by my enemies, such as those footsteps and gun shots, and although the headset does not have surround sound, I was able to get a good idea of the direction the sound was emitted from. However, it isn’t as accurate as a surround sound setup would be.
I also found that lower frequency sounds such as a sniper rifle shot were more predominant over higher frequency ones, this may be an issue for some, but it didn’t impact my gameplay much. Overall, I was impressed with the audio quality I was receiving in game, but the implementation of surround sound would have made the experience a little more immersive and give me a competitive edge.
The microphone is detachable from the headset and plugs in with a 3.5mm jack, but no other microphone can be used due to the proprietary locking mechanism. When testing the microphone, I was neither blown away nor terribly underwhelmed. The sound quality was okay, slightly tinny, but acceptable at this price point. Don’t expect to be hosting any podcasts with this microphone, it is incomparable to studio quality microphones, but for gaming it does the job. You’ll be able to talk tactics with your teammates, and your friends will surely hear you rage, potentially even multiple times with the semi-frequent echo that occurs.
Now we’ll get into the performance of this headset whilst listening to music. Although the headset has been created with gaming in mind, many people will also use it for music. I was impressed with the performance in gaming, but this is where my opinion starts to differ, I was listening to music for a decent amount of time and I personally didn’t find the experience that enjoyable. The highs were a bit shallow, the mids were good but the bass was boosted a considerable amount, and I felt it over powered all the other elements. Some people may like their music like this, with high bass, however I do not and as a result didn’t think very highly of the headset during media usage for this reason.
Another thing to note is that this headset offers very little in the way of passive noise cancellation. It’s easy to hear everything happening around you, be it a fan on in the background or the clicky mechanical keys of your gaming keyboard. This may be slightly annoying, as it was for me at first, but after a short amount of time I was used to it. This isn’t necessarily going to be a deal breaker for most people, but if you are in a noisy environment whilst gaming, this is a factor to consider.
- Nice sleek design
- Extremely comfortable to wear
- Decent audio range during gameplay
- Microphone performance isn’t the greatest
- Music playback isn’t a strong point for my taste
- Spend the extra £20 and get the 7.1 version
I enjoyed my time with the Cooler Master MH751, and the performance was what I expected for a headset costing a shade under £75 in the UK. Performance during gaming was good, and the comfort was better than many of its rivals. Music performance wasn’t so great, but audiophiles will be spending more than this anyway on a dedicated pair of headphones for their music.
I can’t help think however that for just an extra £20, the MH752 is the better buy, given that for a little extra cash, you get the addition of virtual 7.1 surround sound. For that reason, the MH751 gets our Silver Award.
Thanks to Cooler Master for sending a sample of the MH751 in for review.