I have to say that Monster has really done a lot of good things when it comes to the aesthetic choices for the headset. The RGB is vibrant as hell and the overall design is very pleasing to the eye. The durability is only acceptable because the helmet, although partially constructed of metal, is quite corrugated and not too strong at all. I’m also not a fan of the microphone as it doesn’t hold up and looks very cheap.
On the other hand, however, the keyboard leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the actual aesthetics, like the brightness of the RGB lighting as well as the overall design. There are just a few aspects of it, such as the glossy finish at the top, that just don’t blend in with the rest of the design. It seems too busy.
I think even when it comes to the actual build quality of the keyboard, it also seems to fall flat. It is a very soft touch keyboard that is cheap from top to bottom. It’s completely plastic and I think Monster may have gone a little too cheap to build this thing.
I also had a few issues with one or two keys not working every now and then which really made gaming and especially writing a bit more annoying than needed. It’s a shame because I see that he had real potential.
The Alpha 7.1 headset; It has multiple EQ presets to choose from on the fly, a switchable ENC for your mic, a mute button, multiple LED presets to choose from on the fly, and 7.1 surround sound. Having all of these features directly on board via online orders is fantastic, in theory. I found that about half of the headset’s features didn’t even really work, at least out of the box.
I can probably attribute this to the fact that Monster Gaming’s software for all of their gear is currently not available on their new or old site. Many of their current products seemingly only do half of their work, as there is no way to update them or change the settings further. At the time of writing this review, I am still unable to use the microphone on my main computer (yet it was working on another), let alone its ENC, customize its LED further than its 8 preset colors, or enjoy its integrated 7.1 surround sound.
Regarding the Alpha 5.0 keyboard; it includes the usual creature comforts such as media keys, multi-functional volume control, and even a pretty cool dedicated calculator button. I’m pretty happy with the actual keyboard features that are offered, but I really want the software to be up and running so that I can use everything to its full potential.