The TekNmotion Intruder headset is a flexible, travel-friendly companion best suited to mobile gaming, music, and movie applications, but it can make a reasonable stand-in as a desktop gaming solution as well.
The Intruder is a completely collapsible headset that folds up and fits neatly in its included drawstring travel bag. It comes with a single, short unified cable that is a perfect length for tablet gaming, listening to music on your smartphone, or watching a movie on your laptop. In addition, the Intruder comes with an 8-foot long extension cable with dual 3.5mm microphone/stereo connectors and in inline controller for volume control and microphone muting. Connected to the Intruder’s unified connector, the extension cable + inline controller provide a grand total of 12’ of cable length.
The Intruder is a standard stereo headset powered by two 40mm drivers. The TekNmotion Intruder also comes with two detachable microphones—a long, semi-flexible microphone aimed at desktop gaming, and a very short (about an inch) microphone for mobile applications (such as taking calls on your cell phone, or watching a movie on your Kindle Fire).
I’m not sure why two are necessary—both seem to get the job done, and you can leave the smaller one attached and still fold the headset down to fit in its bag. I generally just used the shorter one.
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The TekNmotion Intruder sports a very lightweight construction with a faux-leather lined headband and somewhat small but full coverage ear cups. The headband is a fairly sturdy, thick plastic construction, and the entire package folds up neatly for storage and travel. The inline controller sports a simple volume control roller and a microphone mute button.
Overall comfort is decent, but the Intruder gets warm pretty quickly. In less than 30 minutes of wear you might find your ears getting a tad warm or even sweaty.
I would describe the Intruder’s audio as adequate to the task it was designed for. It could definitely use a little more thump in the bass. For mobile games or watching movies on a tablet or smartphone, the intruder performs well. It won’t knock your socks off as a PC gaming desktop headset, but it makes up for a lack of power and features with flexibility and portability.
At $60, the TekNmotion Intruder is a good choice in portable, multi-function headsets. However, if you’re in the market for portable, multi-function headsets like the Intruder, also consider the NOX Audio Specialist. Pound for pound I’d tend to recommend the NOX Audio Specialist (although it has a stiffer price tag), but each headset has its advantages.
The NOX Audio Specialist is $20 more expensive than the TekNmotion Intruder, but it’s lighter, smaller, and comes with a hard carrying case that offers better protection and is smaller than the Intruder’s drawstring bag. The NOX Audio Specialist’s ear cups are not fully enclosed, but their lighter construction and soft cloth/foam covers are much more comfortable for long term wear. Subjectively, I think the NOX Audio Specialist sounds a little better than the TekNmotion Intruder too.
However, if you need or prefer fully-enclosed ear cups, or you want to save the extra $20, the TekNmotion Intruder is still a solid choice. The Intruder is larger, sturdier, and also offers far more total cable length, making it a little better suited to a desktop PC.
The TekNmotion Intruder is available at Amazon.com for $59.99. (The NOX Audio Specialist is available at Amazon.com for around $79.99.)
TekNmotion Intruder technical specifications
- Two 40mm Speakers, 32Ω, SPL 119 +/-3dB
- Frequency Response: 20-20 kHz
- Omni-direction Microphone: -58dB +/- 2dB
- Total Cable Length with In-Line Volume Control: 12’