Forget stereotypes, Gaming isn't just for the boys.
Enjoy a comfortable, attractive, over-ear, wired 7.1 Surround Sound headphones with detachable microphone. Pair the device to your computer, tablet, or smart device via USB-A to 3.5mm, 3.5mm to 3.5mm or split AV to single 3.5mm. The USB-A to 3.5mm port provides in line button control for volume control and mute controls. With a lot of bang for the buck, the Redragon Zeus 2 has a lot to be proud about.
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Comfortable and attractive wired over-ear headphones.
My 8-year-old daughter has seen me review several devices, including various headphones and earphones. When I opened the Zeus headphones, my Boston Terrier and I heard a high-pitched squeal of delight coming from behind me. After the sudden jump scare, I was barraged with a series of rapid-fire questions/statements about the device. What is that? It’s Pretty. Would it work with an iPad? What about a computer? What does it sound like?
What are those cables for? Where can I plug them in? Do I need them all? What does it do? Can I talk into that? Can I try it? I quickly responded to each one of her inquiries and noted, “Yes, ma’am, you are more than welcome to have a try.” It is essential to mention that she has not traditionally shown much excitement in tech or “stuff” outside of a love for animals and her pet snake, Snickers. More than most simple tech devices, I was excited about the immediate hype.
The Zeus All-In-One headphones arrived in an 8 3/8 inches long by 9 inches tall by 4 inches thick hanging style package. Instead of a typical white background, the company used an attractive matte black backdrop. I liked the red dragon icon along the top left of the cover panel, the Zeus2 logo along the bottom right, and the headphones’ slightly raised, glossy image. The vibrant white/pink image contrasted nicely against the dark black panel and provided clear imagery regarding the foam microphone, foam/pad ear cups, and soft white foam scalp pad. The right side panel listed the packaging contents, system requirements, and dimensions (length 152mm, width 185mm, height 90mm, weight 334 grams).
The rear panel provided a REDRAGON title and ZEUS 2 name along the top, a multilingual feature list (EN, DE, FR, IT, ES, RU, TR, SR, BR, RO, JP, KO, PL, VI, ID, HE, TH, AR), five product accessory icons (3.5mm audio cable, removable microphone, 3.5 audio cable 1 to 2, PU bag, USB control Box), a product specification table, QR code, product manufacturing labels and UPC barcode sticker. The speaker promised 53mm size, 110+3dB sensitivity, 20-20KHz frequency, 20mW-30mW power, while the microphone promised 6.0X2.17mm size, 100-10KHz frequency response, omnidirectional microphone, 2V-10V voltage. I appreciated the imagery, product specifications, and the overall layout of the packaging.
I removed the outer slipcover from the inner tan brown box, lifted the lid, and perused the contents. My attention was split between the image of the red-eyed silver dragon, the contrast with the black surface of the accessory box, and the vibrant white 9.10-ounce headphones within the black plastic tray. I removed the 6 7/8 inches wide by 4 inches tall by 1 inch thick main accessory box and the 8 5/8 inches long by 3 5/8 inches tall by 3/4 inches thick carry bag accessory box.
The larger accessory box housed an 8 1/2 inches wide by 9 3/4 inches tall matte-black drawstring bag. The black nylon bag had dual nylon pulls with plastic tabs, and a large, vibrant, red-colored dragon image along the center. The sharp edges and dark red color contrasted nicely against the black bag. Even though the image was appealing, I would have preferred that they had added the dual silver-toned image with red eyes that adorned the accessory boxes. The smaller accessory box housed the 6 3/8 inches long detachable microphone, 9 9-inch long audio/micro 3.5mm to split AV 3.5mm adapter, and a 54-inch long 3.5mm to 3.5mm white braided cable. Lastly, I found a large sheet of REDDRAGON stickers (~7 3/8 inches by 3 3/8 inches), and the Zeus2 All in 1 wired gaming headset instruction manual hiding beneath the inner tray.
The PC connector cable measured 85 1/2 inches long from the 3.5mm prong to the USB-A prong, 23 inches from the 3.5mm prong to the control box (2 3/4 inches long by 1 inches wide), 53 1/2 inches to the ferrite bead (1 1/8 inches long by 1/2 inches diameter), and then two inches long to the USB-a prong. In total, the cable measured 79 1/2 inches from the 3.5 inch adapter to the ferrite bead, 83 inches to the edge of the USB-A body, and a total of 85 1/2 inches long. I was pleased with the white color, braided design, ferrite bead, and the protected neck segment of the USB-A cable. Additionally, the cable’s length was quite generous for a wired cable.
The crown section of the headphones measured 6 1/4 inches long by 1 1/2 inches wide (top circumference of 10 1/2 inches), and had a comfortable 3/8 inches thick moisture-wicking crown pad. I was able to extend the crown section to a flat position, which should accommodate any head shape. Each ear cup attached to a metallic, pastel-pink, stirrup-shaped bracket, which attached to the headband segment. The bracket/ear cup attachment point allowed each ear cup to rock to about a 45-degree angle.
The upper section telescoped into the crown segment and extended 1 3/8 inches. Each ear cup had an attractive metallic pink side plate, shimmering silver dragon logo, and a ~3-inch long cable at the top rear section. The ear cups measured 4 inches tall by 3 3/8 inches wide by 7/8 inches thick. The internal section measured 1 5/8 inches wide by 2 1/4 inches tall by 3/8 inches deep. The left ear cup had a standard 3.5mm audio jack and a square microphone port. You can plug the computer USB-A to 3.5mm jack into the headphones, a standard 3.5mm to 3.5 mm jack into the headphones, or the speaker/microphone split to single connector into the 3.5mm cable for ease of use.
The computer adapter had four buttons arranged in a ladder pattern. The top buttons, “+” and “-,” were oriented in a half oval shape, measuring 9/16 inches wide by 7/16 inches tall, while the lower buttons, “mute microphone” and “mute speaker,” completed the oval. You will find a single LED light located between the two buttons. While in use, the central LED will illuminate a vibrant red color. If you press the microphone mute button, the light will change from red to purple. The speaker mute button did not change the color of the LED. I liked the USB-A to 3.5mm cable, the placement of the controller box closer to the user, And the overall shape of the controller box. Even though the cable’s neck was well protected, the USB-A plug was a bit long. My daughter liked the ability to use the 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable with a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter with her iPad. She also liked to play Fortnite on my son’s laptop.
To test the sound output, I plugged the USB-A prong of the computer cable into my son’s laptop, the 3.5mm cable into the base of the headphones, and then navigated to the audiocheck.net website. I used the Low-Frequency Response and Subwoofer Audio Test (10-200 Hz) and listened as the narrator vocalized each 10Hz increase. Even though we heard the bass rumble starting at 20Hz, the sound strength/depth did not seem to reach its potential until around 40 Hz. I repeated the test using my daughter’s iPad Mini Gen 6 plus USB-C to 3.5mm adapter and found a similar result.
For the second test, I used the High-Frequency Response and Hearing Audio Test (22-8 kHz). It is important to note that humans tend to lose higher frequency hearing sooner than the low frequencies. Even though we can hear within the range of 20Hz to 20kHz, we tend to lose perception/acuity with age and excess noise, pressure, or trauma. Thus, the results of this test may be the most unique/individualized to the user. Like the Low-Frequency test above, I listened as the narrator vocalized each transition. I was pleased to hear the sound at 15kHz, while my 8-year-old daughter could hear the sound at 18kHz. Both of these tests were reproducible with other sets of headphones.
For the third test, I used the Left/Right/Center test to confirm the left, right, and center channels. The left channel was programmed correctly to the microphone ear cup, the right channel was programmed to the opposite side, and the center channel activated both ear cups. For the fourth and final audiocheck.net test, I tested the staging with the Stereo Perception and Sound Localization Test, which is a fun way to test a new pair of headphones. If you have not utilized this test before, I encourage you to turn the lights off, place the headphones over your ears, close your eyes, and activate the test. Even though my children know the knocking will commence, they still experience a genuine jump scare. My daughter was pleased with the test results, the localization test, and with the sound quality of the Zeus2 headphones.
For the next test, my daughter and I turned to a few different streaming music sites. She utilized Amazon Prime Music, Apple Music, and YouTube to test a variety of songs. She listened to Frozen 1/2, to the Guardians of the Galaxy Mix Tapes, and then to a few songs by HomeFree, Imagine Dragons, the Gummy Bear song, and lastly to “Stand Up” by Cynthia Erivo from Harriet. When she was done, I ran the headphones through my typical test soundtracks (Bohemian Rhapsody, Far and Away, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Gladiator, and Rocketman Soundtracks).
I then perused tracks from Alabama, Elton John, CCR, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Prince, and several acapella songs from Pentatonix. I used the opening sequence of Star Wars Episode 2 and Joker Theme “Why So Serious” from Dark Knight Rises. My daughter/I listened to “Far Over the Misty Mountains Cold,” from The Hobbit and Valhalla Calling by Miracle of Sound. Like the above tests, I felt the bass was moderately supportive but a bit muddy and lacking. I wanted to hear Tim Faust’s deep bass in Home Free and feel the somber, throaty sounds of the fictional ballads.
I would have liked to equalize the sound to enhance the bass blend further because the depth of bass was present, but the strength of bass left me wanting more support. The upper blend felt smooth and believable without feeling tinny or sharp. The midsection frequencies felt warm and inviting but needed more in the mid-low section, similar to the bass. I would rate the sound quality at 7.5/10 for music out of the box.
We tested the headphones with Minecraft and with Fortnite and were impressed with the clarity and direction of the sound. The microphone was on the short end and was the feature most lacking on the device. We used the bass-boost effect of the Equalizer Pro App and noted an improvement in the overall experience, which pushed the sound into ~8/10 range, which was amazing for a sub $70 pair of headphones. Unfortunately, not everyone will have EQ software, and I did not appreciate the same clarity when using only 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable. The real benefit was observed when using the USB-A to 3.5mm adapter.
I felt the headphones did a reasonable job at producing a believable staging effect, and seemed to do better with mid/upper blend than homogenous blending. We played with a variety of 8D sound tracks (Hallelujah by Pentatonix is one of our favorites) before turning to Apple TV, Paramount+, Prime Video, Movies Anywhere, and Disney +. She watched a few episodes of The Mandalorian, Fairy Princess and the Unicorn, and then streamed the movies Rise of the Guardians and Epic.
Through the testing process, we found results similar to those of the tests mentioned above. The bass support needed a boost to enhance the experience. We were pleased that the video and audio remained synced with each video test above. Additionally, thanks to the wired connection, we did not experience any sync issues when watching YouTube or YouTube kids videos. Lastly, we used the headphones during a few Teams and Zoom Classroom meetings and found the in-line controls worked quite well. My daughter loved the ability to mute the microphone and the ability to control some of the meeting.
I struggled a bit to complete the review as my daughter continued to ask for turns with the headphones. She loved the pink color, the dragon design, the carry bag, and the always-ready plug-in feature. She has seen the disappointment in her older brothers once they realized their headphones were not charged and ready for use. She loved that she could jump in like the boys, and the boys liked the lag-free sound quality.
Lastly, we enjoyed the comfortable ear cups, crown pad, flexible ear cup hinges, and flexible microphone. For a first-time gaming setup, we were pleased that the device could work on her Nintendo Switch, iPad Mini Gen 6, my son’s laptop, and my MacBook Pro. Prior to EQ, I wanted more bass support. Once equalized, I thought I was listening to a 100-150 dollar pair of headphones.