Today we review the Sandberg Home’n Street Headset. Just a few weeks back we took a look at our first Sandberg product, in the form of the “Sandberg Street Blaster 125-70 Headset” which left us very impressed and picked up our value award.
Sandberg stands for quality and user-friendliness. If it is important for you that accessories are high quality and easy to figure out how to use, then choose Sandberg. Our ideology “IT is for everybody” is part of everything we do. Since its inception in 1985, private consumers, institutions and companies have benefited from this simple philosophy. Distributors and dealers appreciate the availability, range, simple procedures and the exceptionally low failure rate. Every year over half a million Sandberg products find their way to users in more than 30 countries.
The company offer a vast range of product from PC accessories, Audio, Mobility, and cables. From their Audio range we’ll take a closer look at the Sandberg Home’n Street Headset. Which like the Sandberg Street Blaster 125-70 Headset we looked at, also has a very attractive price in the region of just £20.
Specifications and Features
- Cable length: 1.8 metres
- Connector: 3.5 mm MiniJack plug, 4 pole
- Converter for PC: 3.5 mm female 4 pole MiniJack to 2 x 3.5 mm male 3 pole MiniJack
- Driver unit: 40 mm
- Frequency range: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- Type: 6mm dia. electret condenser microphone 3V
- Direction: Omni-directional
- Frequency Response: 30 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 2.2 kOhm
- Sensitivity: -42dB ± 3dB
First look and impressions
Packaging of the Sandberg Home’n Street Headset is adequate but feels very basic. This will surely keep production costs down yet there is no sacrifice in terms of information. Starting at the front we can identify the products intended use with either a smart phone or PC. The reverse is reserved for the product description in a variety of languages. The specification are listed and warranty confirmed as 5 years.
Inside the box we find no extras such as manual, the only included extra is the 3.5mm splitter to enable the in-line mic when used on a PC.
The inline MIC also has a mute button but no volume control dial is present. The button doubles as “Take or end call” when used on a smartphone.
The headband appears at first glance to be ample and heavily padded. Upon closer inspection theirs actually much less padding inside that you’d expect. When worn this is apparent on occasion, I was aware of the bar inside their, when placed over my head. It looks the part but in reality it needs some more.
Adjustments to the overall size are made from a generic slide mechanism. Which works well and is very robust thanks to its stack of 4 layers
Looking at the ear cups, each is branded with Sandberg logo’s. Both sides have a very high gloss finish and are nicely accented with a silver edging strip. One of the strongest points of this product if flexibility and rigidity, it really can be flexed and shaped without any issue. The ear cups have a substantial range of flex and movement, meaning this ought to fit any shaped head with no sacrifice.
Like the headband, the cups would indicate a vast amount of padding, yet there’s very little inside. Despite this comfort isn’t sacrificed at all. The real flaw is actual size of each cup, it didn’t quite cover my entire ear lope. The snowball effect is of course sound leakage and minimal exterior sound blocking.
Usage & Final Thoughts
The Sandberg Home’n Street Headset isn’t a bad product but there’s nothing really compelling or stand out either. The price of the unit is £20 and on the face of it, that is good value, considering the in-line mic. The Sandberg Home’n Street Headset has some issues though, the mic is basic but does have clarity meaning for the most part it would suffice.
The headband, we had high hopes given how visually foamed packed it appears, yet it’s not anywhere near as packed as it seems. I could feel the bar in their rendering the comfort a problem for me. You can adjust it of course and deal with this with ease. The issue I couldn’t escape was the cup size, their just too small to be honest. Had they been only a touch bigger than the product would be more functional.