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ADX Firefight MK02 gaming keyboard and Firestorm H03 headset review: A real pleasure to use

As an avid gamer and all round tech geek I like to spend my free time gaming and using some nice gear while I do it. Among the latest equipment to hit the shelves are the Firefight MK02 gaming keyboard and Firestorm H03 headset from ADX.

The Firefight MK02 is an RGB mechanical gaming keyboard (which I’m actually using to write this review) with customisable light controls. It has 8 hot keys across the top and is more compact then many gaming keyboards.

 

It come in a fairly large box which protects the keyboard and has a nice windowed display so you can get an idea of what it is like. There is a manual and a wrist rest but that’s all that’s in the box. The keyboard itself is USB connected with a very simple a plug and play set up.

There’s a decent weight to it due to the metal frame so its stays in place whilst gaming for long periods of time. The simple design  makes use of multi key functions to control the lights and other media functions. I found this a bit fiddly at first but after a few hours it was fine and I was able to customise it as I pleased.

The Firefight MK02 gaming keyboard from ADX

 

The keyboard is 45cm by 22cm but that is including the wrist support. I found the wrist support a little hard but I am used to a padded wrist support, so I simply detached the one it comes with and used my own. Having the flexibility to mix and match with the keyboard itself was a nice touch.

The keyboard uses KaiHua Red Switches, these are nice to have as they make a very distinct sound when pressed but are still very responsive. This is partly down to the anti-ghosting of the keys allowing all of your commands to be followed no matter how fast your hands are.

This is not your typical big brand keyboard and I think the price reflects that, but it does the job and has me considering if should I replace my Rezar keyboard for it due to its smaller size and the great feel of the keys. For £49.99 this keyboard sits perfectly for people wanting to try out a gaming keyboard without wanting to commit to spending hundreds of pounds.

Headset

On to the H03 headset, The box and packaging is lovely, and the headset is accompanied by a 1M extension cable, 7.1 USB sound card and a 3.5 mm audio jack. I am used to a high quality but very expensive wireless headset so when I took the H03 out of the box and saw it was wired I was unsure if I would like it. With its 7.1 sound and on-ear 3D audio I must admit the audio quality is amazing on both console and PC.

When holding the headset it has some weight to it, but when you actually wear it, it feels very comfortable and suitable for long gaming sessions. The on-ear padding is very large or, as they describe, ‘Extra Thick’, and they are not wrong. The padding adds some extra comfort for extended periods.

The wired connectors and adapters have a strange connection as at times I found myself pulling it out enough to hear sound but at the same time disabling the mic. I feel if there was a clip it would make it more stable and would make me worry less about this whilst gaming. The 3.5mm jack is also at an angle and not just straight so it can get in the way when using a console controller, something that was slightly irritating at times.

The headset’s connection to the PS4 controller was a bit fiddly

 

I started using the sound card connected to the USB slot in my PlayStation 4 because of this issue and found it a lot more comfortable and this is when the 1M extension came in very handy. This is not the way they advise you to use it in the manual but it works well and the sound quality is just as good. People I played with mentioned the mic having more bass then needed for no reason, but it was still clear enough for them to hear me.

They all knew I was instantly using a different mic but, as mentioned, compared to a £250 mic I did not expect it to be identical. The sound quality is good on the headset and for £34.99 it outperforms what you would expect. They also have some lighting effects on the mic and on the outer of the earcups which will go nicely with the orange colouring on the keyboard.

The Firestorm H03 comes with an extension cable among other additions

 

Verdict

After spending about 100 hours with them, the keyboard and headset were a real pleasure to use. The keyboard surprised me the most, and with its beautiful RGB display and size I may be getting one of my own to use at home. The headset is lovely but if there was a wireless version I would perhaps be more excited. Both products outperform the price bracket they are in and are great for people looking to try out a few gaming peripherals.

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