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HYTE eclipse HG10 Review: More Form Than Function

HYTE eclipse hg10 review

The HYTE eclipse HG10 is one of the more interesting looking headphones we’ve seen in a while, and SunCycle has been kind enough to send over a unit for us to review. It’s a headphone that has a half-moon design ear cup, and it’s entirely clad in matte white. No RGB lighting, but man, the white really does put out a statement – “Who says only black is cool?”

Before we dive deeper into the review, let’s check out some of the specs on the HYTE eclipse HG10 and what it has to offer on paper.

HYTE eclipse HG10

HYTE eclipse HG10 – Specifications

DesignOver-ear, Half-moon earcups
Driver40mm Neodymium
Frequency Range (Headphones)20 – 20,000 Hz
Impedance32 Ohm
Microphone typeUnidirectional
ConnectorsWireless (2.4 GHz wireless network)
USB Type-C (charging port)
Weight360 g
CompatibilityPC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Mac, Nintendo Switch

What’s In The Box?

  • HYTE eclipse HG10 Headphones
  • 2.4GHz USB-A Wireless Dongle
  • USB-A to USB-C Cable
  • Microphone Boom
  • User Manual

Design

HYTE eclipse HG10

The design of the HYTE eclipse HG10 is probably the main highlight of this headphone. Even the box it comes in is superbly minimalistic, yet contrasts in the most striking way – yellow. Once you take a glance at the eclipse HG10, you’ll instantly be drawn in with how clean and white it looks. It’s simple and minimalist, yet exudes a vibe of timeless classiness.

Obviously, by now you would’ve noticed the unusual shape of the earcups. It’s neither round nor oval, a shape which HYTE calls the “half-moon design”. The back of the earcup is still round, but the front of the earcup is flat. The front also features a H and dot monogram design which mimics the company’s logo.

HYTE eclipse HG10

The HYTE eclipse HG10 mostly has a matte white colour finish for the earcups and controls. This is contrasted by the metal elements on the temples, bridging the earcups and the headband. The earcup cushions are made of vegan leather and generous amounts of foam, as well as on the headband – all decorated in a light grey colour scheme. The earcups can swivel inward to allow for better portability and comfort when rested on your neck. As for the headband, it has seven steps of adjustment and fits just nicely for my rather large head (and thick hair).

HYTE eclipse HG10

The controls are all mostly located on the left earcup, where you’ll find the detachable microphone’s 3.5mm port, USB-C port, power button, volume rocker, and a small LED status light. The right earcup on the other hand has but one button, the microphone mute button accompanied with an LED status light of its own.

Comfort

HYTE eclipse HG10

When it comes to comfort, let’s backtrack a bit. The HYTE eclipse HG10 are a pair of closed over-ear headphones, so it covers the entirety of your ears. The seal does a great job of muffling external ambient noise, and that allows for better immersion into your audio.

The headphones rests comfortably on my head, after proper adjustment on the temples, of course. However, I do feel they’re slightly heavy as compared to the Logitech G435 that I have in the studio. After long hours of use, the vegan leather isn’t the best material for breathability, so it can get a bit warm inside, especially in Malaysian weather. But if you’re always in an air-conditioned room, then this shouldn’t be a problem.

User Experience

HYTE eclipse HG10

During my time with the HYTE eclipse HG10, I’ve found and loved that it’s a straightforward pair of headphones to use. No software, no app, just plug in the dongle, turn it on and you’re good to go. It can only be used with the 2.4GHz wireless dongle, because when I plugged the USB-C cable in for wired connectivity, it didn’t work. So, the included USB-C cable is only for charging.

The volume rockers works fine, but it is a bit stiff for my liking. I would’ve preferred it to be more smooth. The mic mute button is useful, but the LED status light for it isn’t even visible to me, so I’m still left guessing whether my mic is really muted or not. There is a beep when you press the mic mute button, but muting and unmuting has the same beep, so there’s that.

As for the detachable microphone boom, it works alright and can be folded to the side or back when you don’t need it. But once you detach it, the 3.5mm port is left bare and there’s no cover for it, which kind of ruins the entire look of the headphones.

Audio Quality

HYTE eclipse HG10

In the audio quality department, the HYTE eclipse HG10 is packed with 40mm Neodymium drivers that map a frequency between 20 to 20KHz, with an impedance of 32 ohms.

The bass or lows on the headphones are rich and well managed. The mids are pretty decent, but when you mix the two together, it overshadows the highs. Vocal performance sounds good when listening to music, but the highs aren’t very pronounced and they can get rather unpleasant at higher volume levels. Sharp S sounds can also get rather sharp, can be annoying at times.

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When used with gaming, you get to pick up little sound details especially in shooter or action games. You get a better spatial experience with the headphones, but weapon sounds can get unpleasantly sharp too.

Call Quality

HYTE eclipse HG10

As for call quality, the microphone gets the job done. It’s not the best, nor is it the worst. But, it could’ve been better. It produces good volume and decent noise cancellation. However, my voice tends to sound nasally, which is quite different from how I sound in real life. There’s a slight background noise too, but nothing too noticeable when you’re in the heat of battle or a conference call.

Wireless Coverage

The HYTE eclipse HG10 is supposed to handle up to 10 meters in distance, but in my testing, the connection started dropping out after about 8 meters away from the PC. If you’re using the headphones in a small room, it’s fine. But if you’re in the living room using it with a console, or in a larger house, you might not be able to make it to the kitchen to get a quick drink. Also, the more walls in between the headphone and the receiver, the sooner the connection drops.

Battery Life

HYTE eclipse HG10

The HYTE eclipse HG10’s battery life does kind of live up to HYTE’s claim of 30 hours. In my testing on a 100%, it lasted for about 27 hours. If you have the volume turned down, your mileage could probably go a lot longer. Charging the headphones back to 100% takes about two and a half hours.

But get this, the LED on the left earcup shows orange when it’s connected and green when it’s fully charged. There’s no way of knowing when the battery status is low, given the lack of an accompanying software.

Conclusion

HYTE eclipse HG10

The HYTE eclipse HG10 may be the company’s first step into the headphones segment, but it’s a pretty good try. You get an aesthetically pleasing pair of headphones, especially if you’re doing an all-white setup. Sound performance is decent, and for a pair of wireless headphones, RM399 isn’t too bad of a price.

Sure, there are still multiple areas of improvement, and HYTE can always address them in maybe the eclipse HG20? But for now, if you want a no-fuss pair of headphones, you could get the HYTE eclipse HG10. If not, you might want to wait for a future model where the issues above are addressed.

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Chief Content Developer at The AXO

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