- Decent sound quality for the price, some isolation
- Lacking in treble, slightly tight fit and not easily adjusted
For the price, Creative's HQ-1400 headphones offer good sound quality, though they can be slightly uncomfortable to wear over long periods of time.
Price$ 49.00 (AUD)
Creative recently released these headphones at the same time as its more expensive HQ-1900. The HQ-1400 is a budget, hi-fi model headphone intended for use with MP3 players and computer systems. While they provide good sound quality for the purchase price, they're not easily adjustable and can be quite tight-fitting—so anyone with an above average sized head may find them uncomfortable to wear.
The HQ-1400s deliver reasonable audio quality despite being positioned towards the bottom of Creative's headphone range. They produce a slightly muffled sound, with the range produced not extending too far on both extreme bass and treble notes.
The mid-range definitely dominates the audio quality and guitar notes, vocals and drum beats really stand out. Listening to acoustic music was a pleasant experience, and all the elements were reproduced well.
Bass notes were reproduced reasonably well, but they lacked the low-down punch we found in Creative's higher-end models. Bass is a bit slow in these headphones, leading to a very rich, warm sound. Despite this, they're adequate for listening to beat-driven genres such as electronic music.
Treble quality was overall less remarkable than the other frequencies, often tending to be a bit quiet and overpowered by the bass and mid-range. This was slightly problematic when listening to female vocalists and pop music, where the higher notes often felt rolled off.
We didn't notice any digital noise or fuzziness when connecting the headphones to a variety of input devices. The headphones are easily driven and can play at reasonably high volumes. When turned to its maximum levels there was a small amount of distortion evident, especially in the bass range, although this would not be a common listening volume over a long-term.
The headphone design has a minimalist look, with gloss-black ear-cups. The ear padding is foam covered with soft velvet, a different approach than the leatherette commonly found on other companies' headphones. The ear-cups are quite large and hold 40mm drivers, though the headphones are light at a weight of 200 grams.
The build quality is solid, with no creaking or cracking evident when flexing the headphones. At a length of three metres the built-in cable is a good length for PC use, but those who use it with a portable player might find they have a bundle of cord in excess.
The HQ1400 isn't as adjustable as headphones further up Creative's product range. The flexible headband is often slightly too tight, pressing down on the top of the head. This also leads to the ear-cups clamping quite heavily on the ears. While this seals the headphones nicely and blocks out some external noise, it has the potential to become uncomfortable during long listening sessions. At high volumes a little noise leaks out, but they're not open enough to disturb anyone sitting near you.
It's possible that if you have a large head, the headphones may bend over time, but for initial wearing they may be slightly uncomfortable. There have been a few incidents of cracked headbands on the HQ-1400s, but this shouldn't happen during normal use.
Join the PC World newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® Portable SSD
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Google Daydream VR headset
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Acer Swift 7
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
- 5 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
Latest News Articles
- Apple's AirPods could deliver audio with multiple wireless protocols
- First look: Nuheara IQbuds smart Bluetooth ear buds do more than just music
- Convoy International restructures business focus
- Beats Solo2 headphones go wireless for $399
- Astro A38 review: A staggering price to pay for convenience
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTMid-Level Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- CCSAP Billing & Invoicing ConsultantNSW
- FTSales Account Manager | Cloud Solutions | Global Tech GiantNSW
- CCSenior Solution ArchitectNSW
- CCFirewall EngineerNSW
- FT.Net DeveloperVIC
- FTSenior Java EngineerACT
- CCStorage System EngineerNSW
- TPAEM DeveloperNSW
- TPMid-Level Java DeveloperNSW
- FTTelecommunications Services Manager - Voice/Data/UCQLD
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)VIC
- FTMid-Level Project ManagerQLD
- FTJunior Software Engineer - Positive Vetting, NV2 or NV1 requiredSA
- CCTest LeadQLD
- TPSenior Applications Support OfficerQLD
- CCTest Automation EngineerVIC
- FTFull Stack Web Developer .NET or JAVANSW
- TPBusiness AnalystACT
- FTNetwork Engineer - Cisco VoiceWA
- CCMicrostrategy DeveloperVIC
- TPWintel EngineerVIC
- CCNetwork Specialist - IPAM TelcoVIC
- FT.Net Azure DeveloperSA
- TPSenior Project Manager - ReinsuranceNSW