I hadn't heard of the EasySMX accessory brand until I was offered the chance to review the company's "Cool 2000" headset a little while ago, and given the product's price point, I admit my expectations were not high.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the EasySMX Cool 2000 is actually pretty great, defying its budget-conscious price range with great audio, decent construction, and some unique features.
LEDs for your head
EasySMX Cool 2000 gaming headset
Bottom line: The EasySMX Cool 2000 punches well above its weight for $29, but with some design tweaks it could have been so much better.
- Impressive audio for $29
- Decent construction
- Novel LED lighting feature
- Cables are a bit annoying
- It's a little uncomfortable
What you'll love about the EasySMX Cool 2000
Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about the EasySMX Cool 2000 is how clear the sound is. At $29, you simply don't expect to run into sound quality that is not only well-tuned for gaming, but also offers a rich, crisp sound experience across the core sound frequencies.
|Frequency response||20 Hz - 20 kHz|
|Compatibility||3.5mm, Y-splitter, USB|
|Features||LED lighting, on-ear controls|
Elevated by surround experiences like Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic, the EasySMX Cool 2000 provides a solid sound stage, particularly for games. High tones that often give away enemy positions with things like footsteps and reloads are accentuated, making the headset capable for tactical play.
The bass is deep too, which adds an immersive element in shooters like Battlefield V, where explosions and the rumble of tank engines typify the experience. If we're talking sound quality alone, this might be the best $30-range headset I've ever used. The max volume is also very generous, if you like things loud.
The game-oriented tuning make it sound a little unnatural when watching movies or listening to music, but this is marketed as a straight gaming sound product, and in that area, it delivers.
While the headset looks a little like something that rolled off an amateur's 3D printer, it's actually surprisingly well-built and durable. The headband is made up of two malleable tubes which can be contorted and twisted quite far without snapping, which makes it a good option if you're looking for something good for youngsters. It even has blue LEDs if you're using it via USB, which doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but a youngster might enjoy it.
On sound and build quality, the Cool 2000 delivers, but there's a few design flaws which I think the company should address in future versions.
What you'll dislike about the EasySMX Cool 2000
One of the odd choices EasySMX made with the Cool 2000 can be found in its cabling. The cable length is generous, and well-made with braided insulation rather than plastic, but its USB connector and Y-Splitter connector are both permanently attached to the headset, which is a bit annoying.
If you're planning to use this headset with an Xbox or PlayStation console, the USB and Y-Splitter is completely redundant, which is a drag. It would've made more sense to include separate connectors and detachable cables instead.
I also found that the headset is a little uncomfortable. It uses an auto-adjusting floating headband, which I thought was a little too tight across the top of my head over time. The leather-style foam memory ear cups are large and felt adequate, but got a bit clammy and irritable over a long session.
Despite some downsides, the EasySMX Cool 2000 is a $29 headset that delivers beyond its price point. While I found the headband to be a bit small and tight, and the LED to be pointless, for a younger gamer both of these aspects might actually be preferable.
Where the EasySMX is most surprising is in its sound quality. I've used far more expensive headsets that sounded worse than this, so it's nice to see EasySMX deliver where it really matters.
Ultimately, I highly recommend this headset if you're planning to buy for a younger relative, and you could certainly do worse spending $29 even if you're an older gamer. If you want something that is compatible with quite literally everything while delivering high-quality sound at an affordable price, the EasySMX Cool 2000 might be the headset for you.
Jez Corden a Managing Editor at Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!