Gaming accessories have been around in abundance for the past few years, but the ones that are actually useful in terms of modifying or enhancing your gameplay are hard to come by, especially when those in the budget segment. So naturally, when I received the pTron Tangent Jade, an ENC neckband for gamers, I had a lot of questions about its performance. I have now been using the product for over a week and here is what I think.
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pTron Tangent Jade: what’s good?
While it doesn’t deviate much from the traditional look of neckband headphones, the pTron Tangent Jade features a unique design that has that edgy “gamer vibe”. It has large tactile buttons to control volume (single press) and playback (long press) that are easy to reach and use. There’s also IPX4 water resistance here, with a flap to cover the USB-C port, which is a great addition. The overall design is also easy to wear and use.
As far as sound quality goes, the pTron Tangent Jade sounds good for the price, but the audio quality is nothing special. The 10mm speakers produce a slightly heavy signature when listening to music, but all sorts of sound is clearly audible when playing games like Battlegrounds Mobile India.
The microphone quality is really good in games and cell calls. The neckbands also offer solid and reliable connectivity within this budget. You can just log in and forget about them. The company claims a latency of 30ms, which is low enough to give you a smooth experience without any sound delay during playback. The pTron Tangent Jade is also comfortable and can be worn endlessly without sore ears or anything.
We also got good battery life here, with the neckband easily lasting over 20 hours on a full charge. Charging times are also good and around an hour of charging will fully charge the Tangent Jade.
pTron Tangent Jade: What’s wrong?
The pTron Tangent Jade isn’t much wrong for its price, but there are still a few things I need to talk about. Although these are not really deciding factors. On the one hand, we wouldn’t recommend it for music alone, as in songs with multiple layers or instruments, the output was flat and lacked depth.
The first thing I didn’t like here was the weak magnets on the earbuds. The magnets help attach the headphones to each other when the neckband is hanging from your neck, but as mentioned before, they’re really weak.
If you drop the earbuds from your ears and expect them to end up at the bottom and stick to each other, that’s not going to happen. You will have to manually bring them together to make them stick. Even then, one tug and they’ll part ways. However, note that this won’t automatically turn your neckband on or off, as the power on and off is controlled via a long press of the buttons, not the magnets.
The second issue here is the lights on the neckband. While this looks cool and contributes to the edgy aesthetic, they aren’t exactly practical. It doesn’t help that there’s no way to turn off constantly flashing RGB lights or even change the flashing pattern.
While they turn heads during the day, the lights can actually get in the way of your playtime at night, when they cast their colors onto nearby walls and other surfaces, potentially distracting some people.
Verdict: Should you get the pTron Tangent Jade?
The pTron Tangent Jade offers a unique proposition and is pretty much the only product in its class under the Rs 1000 mark. comfortable to use, it really hits all the necessary marks for gamers on a budget. If you’re looking for a product in this budget for your gaming needs that also looks cool, you should consider looking at the pTron Tangent Jade.