After having reviewed the Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 and absolutely falling in love with them, I was given the surprise of reviewing the F.R.E.Q. 5 PC gaming headset. I jumped at the opportunity to see how the F.R.E.Q. 5 stood out from the rest. In short the F.R.E.Q. 5 is just a less powerful, cheaper, and simpler version of the F.R.E.Q.7. That however does not mean the F.R.E.Q.5 is a bad, it’s still a great headset overall.


As the design goes it is exactly the same as the F.R.E.Q.7 except for the fact that that there is a five on top of the headset instead of a seven. Other than that the two can easily mixed up. The overall look of the headset is stylish it has flexible solid materials that will give you a secure and comfortable feeling at the same time. The ear cuffs are made with a comfortable material that allows your ears to breathe so your ears won’t get hot and sweaty. The cuffs also rotate forty-five degrees allowing for easy portability. For added comfort there is padding underneath the headband. Never once was I uncomfortable while wearing the F.R.E.Q.5. On the head phones them self there is two buttons, one button is for muting the mic in order to tell when the mic is muted while in game is that there is a ring around the mic and when the mic is muted the ring lights up and the light turns off when unmuted.    There is a button that changes the mode from chat to gaming to music. There is also a volume wheel that allows you to change the volume mid game without having to interrupt the game. The mic is detachable and the headset comes with a plug so the port doesn’t get dirty.


The sound while not being as good as the F.R.E.Q.7 it’s still amazing, I was able to fully emerge myself in the game. While playing Call of Duty it felt like I was actually in combat fighting. The mic quality is really good I could have the mic far away from my mouth and still be heard loudly and clearly. The F.R.E.Q. 5 plugs in to your PC via USB audio connector cable, but also comes with a 3.5mm audio connector cable to plug in to your Mp3 or smartphone. As I mentioned before the headset has a button that changes the sound. Gaming mode increases the bass, the chat makes the dialog louder, and music I used mostly for listening to music.


Overall I was impressed with the great quality of the F.R.E.Q.5 headset. If you’re willing to spend a little more money for a quality headset then I strongly recommend you check out the MadCatz F.R.E.Q.5 PC headset.


  1. Well, how much is it? And the sound quality may not have been better than the 7’s because this is a stereo headset, while the 7’s feature surround sound..

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