Hands-on Gear Review

BENGOO X-40 Review

While this headset is the cheapest of the bunch, it also got the worst score in every test and we wouldn’t recommend it
By: David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 29, 2018
Price:   $36 List
Pros:  Cheap
Cons:  Uncomfortable, poor quality audio
Manufacturer:   Bengoo
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SCORE


RANKED
#11 of 11
  • Comfort - 40% 4
  • Audio - 30% 3
  • Microphone - 20% 4
  • Ease of Use - 10% 4
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Our Verdict

This cheap headset scored the worst out of any we have seen to date and we would implore you to steer clear. Even if you are shopping on the tightest of tight budgets, it's totally not worth it, especially when you can get some of our all-time favorite headsets for only $15-$20 more. It's definitely worth it to save up just a bit more for one of those far superior headsets, rather than settle for the BENGOO X-40.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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This product finished at the back of the group, delivering one of the worst performance we have seen to date. While it is the cheapest with a list price around $35, $50 headsets scored almost double this one.

The BENGOO X-40.
The BENGOO X-40.

Performance Comparison


For this review, we bought all of the best and brightest gaming headsets currently available, then compared their performance side-by-side to pick our award winners. We divided our testing scheme into four weighted rating metrics, with the BENGOO's pitiful performance outlined below.

Most of the testers didn't find this headset comfortable.
Most of the testers didn't find this headset comfortable.

Comfort


The BENGOO immediately claimed the distinction of being the least comfortable headset to wear, earning a 4 out of 10 in this metric, which is responsible for 40% of the total score.

About half of our panel of testers refused to wear this headset for more than one or two hours, while the rest deemed them acceptable for eight to ten hours. No one really liked this headset all that much, with the opinions wavering from alright to refusing to wear it. This is largely due to the lack of articulation of the ear cups, making it much more difficult — almost impossible — to get them adjusted to fit your head. This also makes the ear cups apply an uneven amount of pressure to the sides of your head, focusing it on the top.

The headband and ear cups of the X-40 were made of a leatherette material.
The headband and ear cups of the X-40 were made of a leatherette material.

The ear cups and headband are both covered in leatherette, which can get kind of sweaty and sticky on hot days. On top of all the other comfort issues with this headset, it is also one of the heaviest pairs at just over 12 ounces.

The BENGOO has poor audio quality.
The BENGOO has poor audio quality.

Audio


Our audio tests came next, with the BENGOO again doing quite poorly, earning a 3 out of 10 for its underwhelming results. These tests account for 30% of the total score, again causing the BENGOO's total score to take a solid hit.

Music, quite frankly, sounds awful when played through this headset. It sounds completely blown out and congested, with bass, treble, and mid-range frequencies being mashed together. It doesn't do any better with voice, making all of our teammates sound like they had a really bad stuffy nose and were incredibly congested.

For our benchmarking evaluations, it again did exceptionally poorly. It had tons of parasitic buzz in the bass quality test and the drivers didn't seem centered at all in the driver matching test. However, it did quite well with the binaural recording, accurately conveying the correct location of the sounds.

Unfortunately, it didn't carry over this direction prowess into our in-game sound positional test, with our tester only able to correctly identify where gunfire was coming from about half of the time and hardly ever could identify the origin of quieter sounds, like footsteps. It also doesn't block out any ambient noises, almost making any background noises louder, if possible.

Models without a pivoting ear cup create pressure points.
Models without a pivoting ear cup create pressure points.

Microphone


Delivering another below average performance, the BENGOO earned a 4 out of 10 in this metric, which is responsible for 20% of the total score. Recorded messages of our voices sound exceptionally fuzzy and far away. There is a slight amount of feedback when the mic is tapped and it is exceptionally sibilant. However, we did like that it isn't overly harsh with "T" sounds.

This model uses LEDs to enhance its looks.
This model uses LEDs to enhance its looks.

This headset picks up almost any external background noise and it makes a very irritating noise for the person on the other end of the line when you mute it.

The mute switch on the BENGOO created an annoying sound to teammates in voice chat when muting and unmuting.
The mute switch on the BENGOO created an annoying sound to teammates in voice chat when muting and unmuting.

Ease of Use


For the final set of tests, worth the remaining 10% of the total score, we looked at how convenient and easy to operate each headset is. The BENGOO continued a trend and again delivered a disappointing performance, meriting another 4 out of 10.

This headset has inline controls to adjust the volume and to mute the mic, but, as mentioned above, there is a distinct electrical sound transmitted every time you mute or unmute the mic.

The in-line controls of the BENGOO.
The in-line controls of the BENGOO.

The cable is a little on the shorter side and isn't detachable, though you can add a little under a foot by not using the lights. The mic also isn't detachable and doesn't give you the option to enable a sidetone.

Value


While the BENGOO isn't very expensive, it isn't that great of a value, as the performance is so shoddy overall.

Conclusion


While the BENGOO isn't very expensive, it scored exceptionally poorly across the board. It's pretty much the worst headset that we have seen to date and you can get a headset that performs so much better for only a little bit more. Needless to say, we don't recommend this headset at all.

David Wise and Austin Palmer

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