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RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Feb 12, 2020 at 08:39 am
RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset Picture
4.9
Mixed Usage
6.0
Neutral Sound
4.3
Commute/Travel
4.8
Sports/Fitness
4.8
Office
4.7
Wireless Gaming
6.7
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is an okay wired gaming headset. These headphones have a cheap design that isn't very comfortable and a dark, muffled sound profile that isn't very versatile, especially since it can vary between individuals. Their microphone has an excellent recording quality in quiet environments, though, making them a solid choice if you don't mind their fit and care more about mic than sound quality.

Our Verdict

4.9 Mixed Usage

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is bad for mixed usage. The headphones don't fit properly on most people and fail to reproduce audio consistently, often resulting in a boomy sound profile. They don't feel very stable on the head either and isolate very little noise. The microphone performs very well in quiet environments, though, so they could be okay for some gaming or phone calls if you don't mind the fit.

Pros
  • Excellent microphone recording quality in quiet environments.
  • Fairly lightweight.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery across different users.
  • Very cheap build quality.
  • Poor isolation and microphone noise handling.
6.0 Neutral Sound

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is mediocre for neutral sound. Due to issues in the fit, their sound profile can vary widely between two different people. Regardless of how they fit on you, their sound profile will likely be a far cry from the accurate sound that fans of neutral sound may be looking for.

4.3 Commute/Travel

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is poor for commuting and traveling. These headphones have an awkward fit that doesn't seal correctly, which lets in a lot of ambient noise. They're not very comfortable either, and their bulky, wired design can get in the way when you're on the go.

4.8 Sports/Fitness

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is poor for sports or fitness. These headphones don't have a stable fit and tend to slide off the head with very little movement. Since there's a lot of space around the ear cups, they're somewhat breathable but will still make you sweat more than you normally would, so they're not recommended for this use.

4.8 Office

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is bad for office use. While these headphones aren't uncomfortable to the point that they cause pain, they're not comfortable either. They also don't isolate very much noise at all. On the upside, they don't leak too badly, so you shouldn't bother your colleagues with your music as long as they're not sitting right next to you.

4.7 Wireless Gaming

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is a wired headset, and you can't use it for wireless gaming.

6.7 Wired Gaming

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is okay for wired gaming. While these headphones have an awkward fit isn't ideal for long gaming sessions, their microphone performs very well in quiet environments. They won't be ideal in a noisier setting, but if you're gaming at home and don't mind their fit, they can be an alright choice.

6.6 Phone Calls

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is okay for phone calls. If you take a call in a quiet environment like an empty meeting room or silent hallway with these headphones, you'll find their mic has an excellent recording quality. However, in noisier environments, you'll be harder to understand.

  • 4.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Neutral Sound
  • 4.3 Commute/Travel
  • 4.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 4.8 Office
  • 4.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Feb 12, 2020: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 10, 2020: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset has a bulky, gamer-centric design. These headphones look cheap, and many of the style choices, from the fake vents on the ear cups and the spoilers on the headband to the inconsistent RGB lighting, are questionable at best. On the upside, the plastic has a semi-matte finish which is nice since it doesn't collect fingerprints. If you're looking for gaming headphones with more consistently performing RGB lighting, see the JBL Quantum 800 Wireless.

6.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.65 lbs
Clamping Force
0.7 lbs

While the RUNMUS Gaming Headset aren't necessarily uncomfortable headphones, they're not comfortable either. They're lightweight and distribute pressure reasonably well, so they shouldn't cause much pain or fatigue even during longer gaming sessions. However, they have a very loose fit that tends to create large gaps around the ear cups, which is noticeable once they're on your head. Their awkward fit combined with the very cheap padding used along the headband and ear cups makes them less than ideal if you're looking for a comfortable gaming headset.

5.3
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset has disappointing controls. There's only a mic-mute slider and volume wheel, making these headphones pretty easy to use, but the volume wheel sits flush against the in-line remote, which makes it easy to miss. There's also no channel mixing, which is disappointing for multiplayer gaming.

6.8
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 4.8 ยฐC

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is fairly breathable, likely due to the gap left around the ear cups when wearing these headphones. You won't want to wear them while working out since they'll still make you sweat a fair bit, but they shouldn't get unbearably warm while gaming.

We had to modify our testing procedure a bit to get adequate measurements because they wouldn't fit our breathability rig properly, so we had to strap them down with bungee cords to get them to fit more like they do in real life.

5.2
Design
Portability
L 8.3"
W 8"
H 3.6"
Volume 239 inยณ
Transmitter Required No

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset isn't very portable. These headphones are very bulky and take up space on your desk. Their microphone isn't detachable, but it can swivel upwards to be less in the way. The frame doesn't fold up, though - this shouldn't be an issue if you're just gaming at home, but can be frustrating if you need to carry them to an event.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't come with a case.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

The RUNMUS Gaming Headset has a sub-par build quality. These headphones are made almost entirely of very cheap-feeling plastic, the stitching around the ear cups is noticeably uneven, and the malleable boom mic doesn't hold its position well. That said, they don't seem particularly fragile. They still feel capable of handling a fair bit of use, thanks to their braided cable that should help with durability.

5.0
Design
Stability

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset has poor stability. All it takes is a slight shake of the head for them to start sliding off. It shouldn't cause too many problems during a casual gaming session, but if things start getting heated and you move your head around a bit, you'll likely find yourself having to readjust them often.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset
  • Y-splitter
  • USB extension
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-2.39 dB
Treble Amount
-5.88 dB

The RUNMUS Gaming Headset has a dark sound profile. It delivers more punch than rumble, to the point that it can sound muddy. Most speech and vocals should be fairly clear, but its treble is veiled, which reduces detail and clarity in the overall sound.

These headphones reproduce audio very inconsistently across different users, so you may experience a completely different sound profile than what we measured here.

5.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.5 dB

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset has poor frequency response consistency. There's a very significant amount of variation in the bass range, so two different people may experience completely different results depending on how the headphones fit. You might notice less or more bass than we measured, and you'll likely find the treble response to change as the headphones shift around on your head too, which can be annoying while gaming.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.09 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
54.96 Hz
Low-Bass
-9.22 dB
Mid-Bass
2.28 dB
High-Bass
3.74 dB

These headphones have mediocre bass accuracy. They lack low-bass, so they're weak on thump and rumble, but their mid and high-bass response is overemphasized, making their overall bass sound boomy.

However, it's worth noting that their bass delivery varies quite a bit across users and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. It represents the average bass response, and your experience may vary.

8.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.73 dB
Low-Mid
1.37 dB
Mid-Mid
0.11 dB
High-Mid
-3.29 dB

These headphones have great mid accuracy. Their mid-range is fairly even, which helps with clear reproduction of speech, as well as lead vocals and instruments. Unfortunately, the high-mids are quite underemphasized, which weakens vocals and instruments and makes them sound more distant.

2.8
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
9.63 dB
Low-Treble
-10.44 dB
Mid-Treble
-4.57 dB
High-Treble
-12.85 dB

They have terrible treble accuracy. The entire range is significantly underemphasized, which reduces detail and clarity in the overall sound. However, their treble response varies noticeably depending on how the headphones are positioned, so your experience may vary.

6.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.59 dB
Dips
2.36 dB

The RUNMUS Gaming Headset has mediocre peaks and dips performance. These headphones have many pronounced peaks and dips that negatively impact their audio quality. The audible bump between mid-bass to low-mid brings extra punch to their sound but makes them sound boomy. The profound dip in low-treble reduces clarity and detail, giving these headphones an overall dark, veiled sound.

8.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.51
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.54
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.35
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.65

These headphones have great imaging. The weighted group delay is just within good limits, with the GD graph showing that nearly the entire group delay response, save for a little bit in mid-bass, is below the audibility threshold, ensuring mostly tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers of our unit were also well-matched, which is important for the accurate localization and placement of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

7.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
1.93 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
5.06 dB
PRTF Distance
17.51 dB
Openness
6.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.1

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset has a decent passive soundstage. These headphones have a relatively large soundstage that feels pulled outside the listener's head, but perhaps to the point of it feeling unnatural. Also, since they're closed-back headphones, they won't sound quite as spacious or immersive as open-back headphones like the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset is advertised as having 7.1 surround sound, but even with the USB dongle, there didn't seem to be any soundstage virtualization happening, which is disappointing.

7.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.586
WHD @ 100
0.204

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset has a decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a bump in low-bass, making these frequencies sound a bit harsh and impure at higher volumes, but shouldn't be too noticeable overall.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These headphones' results are only valid for these test settings.

Isolation
3.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-9.97 dB
Bass
-2.18 dB
Mid
-3.34 dB
Treble
-24.16 dB

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset has a bad noise isolation performance. Like most gaming headphones, they don't isolate any noise in the bass range, so you'll find they let in lots of rumbling if you wear them on the bus. They're also not very effective at blocking out speech in the mid-range. They do alright at isolating noises in the treble range, though, like 'S' or 'T' sounds (sibilants) or the sounds made by an A/C unit.

6.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
42.96 dB

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset leaks quite a bit of sound. The audio that escapes from these headphones covers a broad range, meaning it will sound quite full, but it's not too loud. It'll be audible to people right beside you but shouldn't be an issue to others in neighboring rooms.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have a boom microphone that isn't detachable but can swivel to different positions.

8.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.82 dB
HFE
6,933.79 Hz
Weighted THD
0.194
Gain
26.16 dB

The RUNMUS K1 RGB Gaming Headset's boom microphone has an excellent recording quality. Speech recorded or transmitted with the mic sounds not only very clear and easy to understand but also surprisingly detailed and full-bodied. It's only lacking a little bit of airiness to sound even better but results in a very natural voice.

6.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
19.96 dB

Noise handling is alright but surprisingly worse than most wired gaming headsets we've tested. The boom mic can separate speech from noise in moderately noisy environments but will struggle in loud situations. You shouldn't have an issue if you're just gaming at home, though.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

These headphones feature RGB lighting that you power via the provided USB connection, so they don't need a battery. Note that they only play audio passively - the USB connection doesn't provide any audio, only RGB lighting.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset doesn't have a companion app. For wired gaming headphones with great support software, check out the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These wired headphones don't support Bluetooth. If you want a wired gaming headset that does, check out the HyperX Cloud Mix Wireless or the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The RUNMUS Gaming Headset doesn't offer non-Bluetooth wireless.

9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 7.3 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

These wired gaming headphones come with lots of cable options. They provide audio via their 1/8" TRRS connection and come with a Y-splitter too. The USB connection is only to power the RGB lighting - an extension cable is provided, which is nice.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones use a standard 1/8" TRRS connector, so you can plug them directly into your PS4 controller or the headphone port on your PC for audio and microphone compatibility. A Y-splitter is included for compatibility with more desktop PC setups.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

You can plug these headphones directly into your Xbox One controller for audio and microphone compatibility thanks to their standard 1/8" TRRS connector. Depending on your generation of controller, you may need an additional adapter.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't come with a base or dock.

Compared To Other Headphones

Comparison picture

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset are cheap wired headphones that could be worth considering if you're looking to spend as little as possible, but they don't perform as well as the competition. They have an awkward, clumsy fit that tends to leave large gaps around the ear cups, affecting their comfort and their sound quality. Their boom microphone performs well in quiet environments, though, so they do have some value, but most gamers will be best off looking elsewhere.

See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $50.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a much better wired gaming headset than the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset. It's a lot more comfortable, feels better-built and has a more balanced sound quality. While their microphones perform similarly in quiet environments, the HyperX has better noise handling too.

Drop + Sennheiser PC38X

The Drop + Sennheiser PC38X are better wired gaming headphones than the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset. The Drop are more comfortable, better-built, and their sound profile is more neutral, which some users may prefer. They also have a better overall boom mic performance, and they come with an additional pair of velour earpads.

Corsair HS35

The Corsair HS35 and the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset are both ordinary budget gaming headsets. The Corsair is a lot more comfortable and reproduces audio more consistently between users, but its microphone doesn't perform as well as that of the RUNMUS, which has a better mic but worse design.

Logitech G430 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G430 Gaming Headset are much better wired gaming headphones than the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset. They're a lot more comfortable, feel better built, and are customizable. Their mic can handle more noise, but the RUNMUS' mic sounds better in quiet environments.

Turtle Beach Recon 70

The RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset and the Turtle Beach Recon 70 are similarly performing budget wired gaming headphones. The Turtle Beach are more comfortable and have a better-balanced sound, but the RUNMUS have better mic performance and come with a longer cable.

SteelSeries Arctis 1

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 are much better wired gaming headphones than the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset. The SteelSeries have a more comfortable design with easier-to-use controls. Though their microphones perform similarly in quiet environments, the SteelSeries mic has better noise handling too.

Logitech G432 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G432 Gaming Headset is a much better wired gaming headset than the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset. The Logitech are more comfortable headphones, easier-to-use, and have a much more balanced, neutral sound. Though their microphones perform similarly in quiet environments, the Logitech's mic performs even better in noisy situations too.

JBL Quantum 800 Wireless

The JBL Quantum 800 Wireless are better gaming headphones with RGB lighting than the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset. The JBL are wireless headphones that are slightly more comfortable and stable, they have a better-balanced sound profile, and they also have virtual soundstage features. They're also more versatile as they have a great active noise cancelling feature, and they have companion software with a graphic EQ and presets so you can tweak your sound. However, the RUNMUS have a slightly better performing boom microphone, as well as a better passive soundstage.

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