Func HS-260 Detailed Features
The testing comes next, but let’s look at a few closer details of Func’s HS-260 headset.
Even though the headband uses a single solid piece of plastic that spans to each ear cup, it’s flexible and durable enough to curl them up (or stretch them out – I got them wide enough to fit a 12″ ruler between the cans!! For something a bit more realistic, they’ll fit around a 200mm fan comfortably). You may be more brave than me and manage to find the limits of the material, but the above image shows more flexibility than most headsets made of similar materials; the Func HS-260 had no issues springing back to normal when curled up to unreasonable positions. I stress unreasonable; even though they come with a two-year warranty (three with registration) I’ll hazard a guess and say snapping them in half “for science” isn’t covered. That goes for ANY product, really. As always, time will tell, but since there aren’t any joints / weak points in the headband I wouldn’t be surprised if the HS-260s were able to stand up to some decent abuse. I’d recommend treating any pair of headphones with some care, but the HS-260s felt surprisingly sturdy despite their primarily plastic construction. The coatings used on the ear-cups themselves lend a very premium feel to the entire assembly, and the materials used don’t detract at all from the overall appearance.
Metal brackets secure the ear pieces to the rest of the headset, and the adjustment mechanism uses well-hidden notches. The overall design is really smooth, and gives the impression that everything is a single piece. In reality there are a few moving pieces here, and the ear-cups begin to pivot here as well to form a more comfortable fit against your head. If you take a moment to look at the first photo on this page, you’ll notice some of the matte black armor-looking segments are “crooked,” exposing the silver frame underneath. Those aren’t fitment issues, that’s just each piece adjusting and pivoting slightly during use to conform to your head. It’s a very cleverly disguised system, and it ends up working pretty well while looking good at the same time.
The HS-260s move the volume controls up into the headset assembly itself, on the left driver housing. I am very glad to see this, as inline controls (common to almost every other headset available) are a very common point of failure. They tend to get caught on chairs and desks, and just do everything but provide a convenient place to adjust the volume – even though they’re supposed to be easier to reach, I always find myself fumbling around first to find the cable in the first place to find the volume control (I’ll usually end up using media keys on my keyboard and not even bother with the inline control). This purpose is better suited to a location on the headset itself, and reaching up to your left “ear” to adjust the volume becomes very natural.
The detachable audio cable is 3m in length and braided in Func’s signature orange stripe weave. It’s a high-quality fabric braid, and the cable doesn’t have any interruptions – every in-line volume/mic control I’ve used ends up swinging around and getting caught on my chair, so I’m grateful for the direction that Func went in with the HS-260s (it keeps the weight down on the cable as well, so you don’t feel like one side of your head is heavier than the other). I appreciated the larger housings on the ends, as it makes the plugs easy to remove (not to mention increases their durability). I like the practice of streamlining the color coding of the audio/mic jacks by placing colored rings on the respective plug, but they become very difficult to distinguish in dim lighting. This is very common for headsets and doesn’t detract from the use or performance of the HS-260s in any substantial manner. I’m still waiting for a unique solution for this minor issue though, as it’s a situation I find myself in often with many headsets!