Earlier this year, Skullcandy announced their first collaboration for 2023. We’ve already reviewed the Skullcandy x Dorits Dime 2 true wireless earbuds and it’s time to review the over-ear collaboration.
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Our Skullcandy x Doritos SLYR review looks at a vibrant, affordable, entry-level over-ear multi-platform wired gaming headset with UV reactive Glouce Graphics. Read on for our full review!
There are gaming headsets for every budget and the Skullcandy SLYR Multi-face Wired Gaming Headset targets the entry-level gamer. While affordable, they still offer relatively decent sound and good microphone quality. The Skullcandy x Doritos collaboration boasts some pretty red and gold colorways that glow when exposed to UV light. It’s a great idea, but I also had to pick up a UV flashlight just to test the UV colors on the headphones. It’s fun, for sure, but I’ve only really seen UV/black lights in clubs which isn’t really a place where you’d want to use them.
We have reviewed the Skullcandy x Doritos SLYR Multi-face Wired Gaming Headset with the following features and specifications:
- UV Reactive Grow Graphics
- Skullcandy Supreme Sound
- Advanced Microphone
- Multi Platform Connectivity
- Mute & Volume Control
- Durable, Flowing Design
- Headset Type: Wired Plus ear
- Connection Type: 3.5mm Aux, PC Splitter
- Impediment: 32Ω
- Driver Diameter: 50 mm
- THD: <2% at 1KHz
- Healthy Attack Level: 95±3dB
- Frequency Response. 20Hz-20KHz
- Weight: 265 g
What’s in the box?
- Skullcandy x Doritos SLYR Multi Platform Wired Children’s Headset
- Removable Boom Microphone
- 3.5mm Aux Cable 5-pole to 4-pole (5ft)
- 3.5mm PC Splitter Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Guide
A pretty standard diet for casual sports, the Skullcandy x Doritos SLYR is hard on the top and has something underneath. At the end of the infula on both sides are adjustable pieces of black metal, which are attached to the ear cups. The earcups themselves are fully 90° internal and external swivels, which have not been seen on all heads. This allows you to lay them flat when the keyboard is resting around your neck.
The outer earcups are oval, with the left volume holding water near the back, and a 3.5mm audio jack with a 3.5mm cable. Finally, an even smaller 2.5mm jack for the dropped microphone.
The inner memory foam earpads are covered with soft material. In the middle of each ear pad is an R or L to indicate which earcup each earcup goes into. It also appears clearly depending on the intention of the microphone when attached. The earpads give quite a bit and are quite comfortable to wear, even for longer sessions. However, they don’t offer much in the way of sound buffering and everyone around you can hear what you’re listening to.
Our review sample was, of course, the limited-ed Doritos red UV reactive Glouce Graphic colorway. Red in color, the tips of the feathers and the outer ears have darker red lines throughout. When held under a UV black light (which, as mentioned, I’ve honestly only seen in clubs and in club alleys), these parts are a brighter orange color. It’s hard to take a picture under UV light, but I can confirm that it is indeed glowing as shown in the stock photos on the Skullcandy SLYR product page. As for the brand, the Trigon Doritos logo is printed in white just above the white-type Skullcandy logo on the bottom of both sides of the hood.
Tortoise is approximately 4 3/4″ in length when attached. It has a rubbery feel and although it is flexible, it does not retain any shape when bent. That is, it sticks straight from the keyboard and doesn’t seem to bend to the mouth. Fortunately, as I’ll discuss in the Microphone quality section below, it’s not a huge issue. At the end of the microphone, there is a small oval cutout in the microphone. The LED sits on top of it, which is a muted blush and is easily visible out of the corner of your eye when it’s on.
As for the included 3.5mm audio cable, it is quite long at about 56″ in length. Aqua blue in color, it is quite flat and has the Skullcandy logo embossed on the barrel at each end. However, one end also has the headphone symbol pushed into it, indicating that this is the end that goes into the headset. There is a slightly larger red ring around the end of the barrel as well. If you try to connect it the wrong way, the controller/PC connection end is not suitable enough. It’s a curious design choice and I’d like to see both end the same so you’re not fumbling with the connection if you break it down and have to renew it.
Design and comfort aside, arguably the most important feature of a headset is sound quality. With the Skullcandy x Doritos SLYR gaming headset, the sound quality is pretty decent, especially at low to medium volume. Once I started cranking it up to full, it got a bit confusing, especially with the Skullcandy leaning towards the bass end of the spectrum. in sports like force horizon Vit does not matter how much the roar of the guns increases. But in sports like War zone 2it made it a little harder to work out the tracks and other directional cues that are important in first-person shooters.
When it comes to listening to music, SLYR did a little better but sounded a little flat at times. As a test, every song in my test tracklist from Spotify had just the right amount of warm bass that I tend to prioritize (but not all of them do) but non-bass heavy songs don’t exactly sound great.
While I find that SLYR is an entry-level gaming headset, it would still be nice to have some sort of EQ and game/chat balance setting to tweak the audio for the specific game you’re playing. Also, as mentioned above, ear pads don’t offer much in the way of sound buffering and everyone around you can hear what you’re hearing.
Since the slide-out microphone is not adjustable, I don’t have high hopes for the quality of the microphone. However, I was pleasantly surprised that even with the mic well away from my mouth, the other members of my party were chatting in War zone 2 nothing was heard. There was some minor pickup of movie noise, like the TV or my mechanical keyboard, but not too distracting. My biggest complaint about the microphone, however, is the weak monitoring mic.
The Skullcandy x Doritos SLYR can also be easily transformed by flipping the bottom of the left earcup. When muted, the red LED light is easily visible out of the corner of your eye.
Price / Price
The Skullcandy x Doritos SLYR Multi-role Wired Gaming Headset is a decent starter gamer, especially if you bring multiple devices. With pretty decent sound and a good microphone, you’ll impress others if you have a black light to display the Doritos Red UV Reactive Glow Graphics.
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Skullcandy x Doritos SLYR
you are stuck
- Funky UV Reactive Glow Graphics
- It becomes quite comfortable
- Full price
- A surprisingly decent microphone
- It can be on many platforms
- Reasonably priced
work is needed
- UV interactive Glouce Graphics gimmicky
- Boom micro not bendable / People Novifacta
- Weak micro is great
- No game/chat balance
- The cable may not connect in one way
- Ear pads don’t offer much in the way of sound buffering so others can hear what you’re hearing