Genius Zabius M Mobile Gaming Headset

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Product: Genius Zabius M Mobile Gaming Headset
Provided By: Genius
Price: ~$49.99 Online at time of publication

Introduction:

Today we are looking at some mobile gaming earbud headphones by Genius called the Zabius M. These are in-ears that promise to take your gaming on the road without a bunch of extra space. I know that traveling to LAN parties can be a pain with lots of large gear and that’s where something like these come in handy. 

Genius makes a vast array of electronics, from gaming to average consumer electronics, they have it all. By “all”, I mean that they have a ton of peripheral products that range from speakers to headsets and keyboards, mice, webcams, remote controls, a tablet and lots more!

These earbuds are very nicely designed. The color scheme features lots of black and red with a touch of silver accents. The great color scheme, along with the great angled look to the main body parts makes the unit look quite fetching. A nice little detail that you may not notice at first is that the cables are red on one side and black on the other. Don’t let the awesome looks scare you of – the price on these isn’t too bad either – only $49.99 from Amazon.

Box Front

Box Front

Box Back

Box Back

 

Genius seems to be trying to provide quality gaming gear for a reasonable price, and they appear to be doing just that with the Zabius M headset. The box looks great and the earbuds look promising. If they provide good quality sound is a small portable package that would be the perfect complement to a gaming laptop, they are winners. 

Benjamin “Zeus” Heide is a total earbud junkie, so I was impressed that he let me test these. Hopefully it’s not because they suck. Let’s see whether they pass or fail the test.

 

Closer Look:

When I first opened the package in the mail containing the Zabius M, I couldn’t help but feel excited by the packaging; the very nice graphics on a matte background is a swell touch and makes a person feel like they bought the right product. Flipping the package over to the back, I found the specifications and a matte view of the Zabius M with some image bubble in high gloss to showcase some of the features. I also noticed yet another instance of the company and product name. They seem to be pretty proud of this product. 

Package Opened

 

On the right side of the box I spotted yet another GX gaming logo and on the left side, there was a similar situation. There are lots of high-gloss graphics with their logos. I think they are more than a little happy with their brand. Upon opening the box I discovered a small owner’s guide and three different sizes of ear bits so you can find a good fit as well as an audio/microphone Y-Adapter cable so you can use the Zabius M with standard microphone & headphone jacks on a PC.

Carrying Case

 

The carrying case is a nice and compact and is made of a material that looks to handle daily use. It has a clip for attaching to a backpack or other clothing for easy transport and convenience. Moving to the product itself, I see the nicely designed earbuds made of black plastic adorned with silver colored accents. The earbuds also have nice sharp edges, which give them an aggressive and edgy appearance. 

Zabius M

Following the cable from the earbuds, I noticed that the cable was nice and flat, had a different color on each side and will not tangle as easily as standard round cables. In the cable is a microphone module that looks pretty classy and has an answer button for phone calls. At the very bottom is the 4-pin gold-plated audio connector.

As previously mentioned, included in the package is the audio adaptor cable to split up the audio into separate audio and microphone jacks so that this can be used with older soundcards and legacy devices.


Information:

In this section we will showcase some of the information about the Zabius M provided for your convenience from the Genius website.

GX Gaming unleashes Zabius M, the best portable headset for mobile gaming on smartphones. With the 13 mm neodymium driver units, Zabius M delivers the best bass sound for your gaming experience.

The 4-pin plug is compatible with most smartphones. With the in-line microphone and call answer button, gamers won’t miss a call. And by utilizing the adaptor cable, Zabius M can also be used on a 2-jack PC or gaming notebook.

While on the move, the 2-color flat cable prevents it from getting tangled. The carrying case is convenient for travel and storage while on the go.

 

Specifications:

Specs

 

Functions:

Functions

 

On the next page, we'll jump into testing and wrap things up with our final thoughts.


Testing:

Now to my favorite part: testing! This is where we see if good looks is all there is to the Zabius or if the whole thing performs well.

I used these earbuds for some gaming and movie watching, but mostly for music. Overall I am quite happy with the performance of these edgy little in-ear phones as the sound is clear and crisp. Audio is a very subjective and personal thing and I would have liked a bit more bass for some things but there is something to be said for clean and balanced sound.

The sound seemed quite precise and clean and when playing combat simulations you can hear the shell casings hitting the ground and detect the direction of incoming fire as good as you can with any stereo earbuds.

One thing that concerned me out of the box was the quality of plastic of the main body of the ear pieces. It is light and looks a little cheap, but so far it seems to hold up well. The overall build quality of this product is decent. It’s not going to make you say “wow”, but it should stand up pretty well for normal use.

The Zabius M also performed quite well on my Nexus 5. The sound quality is great through the earbuds, although the microphone isn’t as clear as I would like and it is a bit “muddy”.

 

I also have to say that these are comfortable and lightweight. While comfort is also a personal thing, I think the overall design should work for most people and offer them many hours of constant wearing without discomfort.

The cable is a very nice length and works well for desktop PC’s and Laptops alike. The cable looks and feels high-quality and the audio connectors are well seated on the cable and shouldn’t flex and damage you internal wires. I feel that the ear pieces could have been attached more securely - especially if you are like me and end up hooking your cable to things and tearing headphones from your ears. That being said, where the two earpieces split from the main cable is very well attached as well and shouldn’t be a concern.

Something I think would have added a lot of value that Genius did not include is a proper volume control. I know that Apple uses a different volume button circuit than Android devices so I guess I’ll have to cut them a break. I find nothing more irritating that picking up an in-ear headset only to find that I need an iPhone in order to adjust volume.

The last part I will mention is the case. I know that it is not too significant, but it is a nice feature and is well built. It also has a clip on it so you can attach it to a belt or a backpack.

 

Final Thoughts:

The Zabius M headset has a few issues, such as the in-line mic and some quality concerns with the build quality of the earbuds themselves. There is also the irritation of no volume control, but we have to take a step back and remember the price of $49.99. This is makes the Zabius M pretty affordable and when you consider the clean and clear audio, this is not a bad price.

I can happily give the Zabius M headset a 7/10 as there are a few issues that cause them to slip out of the “Silver” award, but they are still pretty solid at the end of the day.

 

Pros:
  • Price
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Decent Length Cable
  • Cable Quality
  • Clear Sound

 

Cons:
  • In-line Mic Quality
  • Plastic Is a Bit Cheap
  • Connections could be Secured Better
  • No Volume Control