One important aspect of any gamer’s equipment is their headset. Most of us will have a piece of kit for each of their consoles, but with the increasing popularity of mobile gaming, surely we should also have one that works well on their mobile phone; for whatever we are going to be using it for.
That’s where the Tritton Kunai Mobile Stereo Headset comes in. A headset which encompasses all of the build quality that the Tritton range are known for with their console/PC headsets, but with functionality that makes it extremely useful when used in conjunction with a mobile devices – especially an iOS device.
While the Kunai will output the audio from any device that makes use of a 3.5mm headphone jack, the main aspects of the headset are only usable on an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The headset features an inline remote part way down the cable which contains three buttons. These buttons are the Previous and Next buttons as well as a third button which provides different functionality based on what’s happening on the phone at the time. If you’re listening to music, this is the Play/Pause button, whereas if you’re on a call – or one comes through – the button becomes the Answer Call/Hang Up button. Again, all of this functionality only seems to work on an iOS device. My Windows Phone couldn’t even use the microphone built in to the inline remote in order to collect the audio of my voice. Not a deal-breaker for a set of headphones as comfortable as these are, but it’s certainly something worth mentioning.
In fact, the comfort of the headphones is something that will be apparent from the very first moment you even get them out of the box. The memory foam covering on the cups is almost an inch thick, giving the user a luxurious experience. That, coupled with the ability to extend the cups in order to fit with almost any head size and you can almost guarantees an enjoyable listening experience. In regards to the comfort of the Kunai Mobile Stereo Headset, the only part of it that doesn’t feel as if it’s been carefully thought about is the positioning of the in-line remote. It feels much too close to the headphones themselves, meaning that it’s difficult to see the buttons that you’re pressing if you’re trying to hurriedly answer a phone call, for example. This is something that will get better when you get more used to the device – and it’s understandable that the in-line remote needs to be close to the user’s mouth for the microphone – but attempting to look at which buttons I was pressing did give a little bit of discomfort for a short while.
- Cable Length: 3.9ft/1.2m
- Speaker Diameter: 40mm
- Magnet Type: Neodymium
- Frequency Response: 20Hz–20kHz
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <1%
- Resistance: 16 ohms
- Audio Input Types: 3.5mm
VERDICT: The Kunai Mobile Stereo Headset is an very comfortable pair of headphones. The memory foam covering makes the entire thing feel as if it’s crafted perfectly for your own personal use, while the smaller form factor makes it perfect for being out and about while wearing them – though it does make them rather uncomfortable for extended use at home. The headset sits more on top of the ear instead of around the ear, so some users may need a break from them after a little while.
Still, if you regularly take a set of headphones out with you to listen to music, and you find yourself on the phone on a regular basis – especially if you use an iPhone – then the Tritton Kunai Mobile Stereo Headset is one of the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever had the pleasure of using.