Recently Wings has launched the Phantom 205 gaming neckband which can be a good option for budget gamers.
But now Wings has launched a gaming neckband instead of TWS, which will increase the competition in the neckband market.
Well, neckbands are more reliable than TWS because they are not prone to falling.
Although we do gaming while sitting in a room, but still this aspect cannot be completely ignored.
After the Phantom 205 hit the market, I noticed that people were considering it as a budget killer.
So I thought let’s give it a try.
I just received this neckband last week and after using it continuously for the last few days, I am here with a detailed review of Phantom 205.
Whereas my personal experience, I will tell you whether you should take it or not.
Let’s dive right into it.
- Touch controls
- Magnetic power control
- Fast charging with 45 hours of total playtime
- Low latency
- IPX5 water and sweat resistant
- Vibration alert for incoming calls
- Metal ear shells
- Bluetooth V5.3 connectivity
- Mic quality could have been better
|Dimensions||20 x 15 x 2.5 cm|
|Material||Plastic & Metal|
|Total playtime||Upto 45-50 hours|
|Connectivity type||Bluetooth V5.3|
|Connectivity range||Up to 15m|
What’s in the Box
- Type-C charging cable
- Extra ear tips
- Guarantee card
- User manual
Design & Build Quality
First of all, if I talk about the first impressions of the Wings Phantom 205 gaming neckband, it looks quite attractive.
Let me tell you that it is available in three different colors (Black, Teal, and Gray).
The ones I ordered for testing are in teal color as I found them very attractive.
By the way, which of these colors do you find more attractive? Do tell me in the comments.
According to the price range in which this neckband comes, its build quality is quite good.
The leading end of the neckband is made of plastic, although it looks like metal, its build quality certainly justifies the price.
The neckband is quite flexible and good quality rubber has been used.
On the other hand, if I talk about the front earbuds wire, their quality is also good and they feel durable.
Metal has been used in the earbuds so that we get to see the magnetic power control.
When this neckband was launched, I was most excited about its touch sensor.
Because usually we get to see buttons in this price range but the touch sensor has been given in Phantom 205.
The touch sensor works very well and its responsiveness is also very fast.
Whether to change songs or attend calls, all tasks can be done easily.
All the tasks completed with the help of this sensor are given in the user manual that comes with the neckband, but for your convenience, I am mentioning it below.
Play/pause music: Single tap
Voice assistant: Quick single tap and hold for 2 seconds
Game mode ON/OFF: Long touch for 5 seconds
Previous song: Quick 2 taps
Next song: Quick 3 taps
Volume (-): Quick 2 taps the touch panel and hold for 2 seconds for the third time
Volume (+): Quick 3 taps the touch panel and hold for 2 seconds for the 4th time
Call accept: Single tap
Reject a call: Long press
Hang up a call: Single tap
The Phantom 205 gaming neckband is equipped with a haptic vibration feature, under which the neckband starts vibrating on incoming calls.
Although its vibrations are not very strong but mild and can only be felt by the user.
In my view, this is a good feature which also proves to be useful.
Battery & Charging
I would like to tell you that the company claims 50 hours of battery backup in Phantom 205, but in this, we get to see roughly 45 hours of lifespan.
However, in some scenarios, it can be extended a little more.
Since it is a gaming neckband, you can consider its battery life of 45 hours.
The type-c cable is provided for charging this neckband, which seems to be of good quality.
Let me tell you that these neckbands support fast charging, thereby you can charge for 10 minutes and use it for 10 hours.
The decent quality mic is seen in the Wings Phantom 205.
To be honest, I was not even expecting a good quality mic because usually the good quality is not seen in this budget.
By the way, the company has claimed that it has the support of ENC, so it eliminates unnecessary sounds to some extent.
But if you use it in a very noisy place, you may not get the same quality.
On testing the sound quality of Wings Phantom 205, first of all, I would say that it has very good bass.
Now since I am a bass lover, I like every product that comes with good bass.
Treble felt a bit low but is perfect for a normal user even if you will not notice it.
On the contrary, if you are a music producer you might notice treble.
Also, the loudness is pretty good.
You can listen to it even at 100% volume as there will be no distortion even at full volume.
Overall, the music experience of Wings Phantom 205 is amazing.
You can enjoy the songs with pleasure.
In terms of comfort, the Phantom 205 lives up to the expectations.
You can guess its comfort from the fact that it can be used in the gym as well as in running.
In a nutshell, In terms of comfortability, I would like to give it full points.
Talking about connectivity, Bluetooth version 5.3 is seen in them.
Let me tell you that this is the first gaming neckband equipped with Bluetooth version 5.3 that I have tested.
I did not face any problem with connectivity at all.
When you keep it connected to your smartphone and separate the earbuds from each other, they disconnect and connect again when you touch both the earbuds.
Now, this feature comes in most of the neckbands, but the thing to note here is that the time taken to disconnect and connect is very minimal, which shows better connectivity.
Now let’s talk about the most important feature of Wings Phantom 205 – a dedicated gaming mode.
Let me tell you that Phantom 205 comes with a dedicated game mode, to activate it, touch and hold the touch panel for 5 seconds and you will enter the gaming mode.
I tried playing BGMI with this neckband and I got a very good left and right audio separation.
If you are a pro gamer you might have some minor complaints about the sound but if you are a casual gamer who just wants to play games this is perfect.
Although the company claims 40 ms latency, I did not find such low latency.
I think it has a latency of 50-55 ms which is also pretty good.
Perfect for gaming and you won’t have any problems.
In short, can go for it without giving it a second thought.
Who Should Consider
If you are a casual gamer this is perfect for you.
Even those who are music lovers can consider it as it has very good bass and overall music experience is very good.
Also, if you are attracted to touch sensors like me, you can give them a try.
Who Shouldn’t Consider
If you are a pro gamer I would suggest not going for it.
By pro gamer, I mean those streamers who devote most of their day to gaming.
Since these are gaming neckbands, you should ignore them if you only want to take them for listening to music.
Instead, you can go for Oneplus Bullets Z2 which provides a better music experience.
Also, if you like neckbands with button controls, definitely skip this one.
Wings Phantom 205 Review: Bottom Line
For Wings Phantom 205 gaming neckband I would just like to say that this is a great budget gaming neckband that can prove to be a good deal for budget gamers.
In this, we get a dedicated game mode that provides low latency.
Also, a battery life of around 45 hours with fast charging which is a great feature.
Personally, its touch sensor feature attracted me a lot, so if you also like a neckband with a touch sensor then definitely give it a try.
Along with this, it also has a magnetic touch feature for on/off which I really like.
Because this saves unnecessary battery consumption, which directly increases the lifespan of the battery.
So in the end I would just like to say that if you are looking for a budget gaming neckband you can go for it.
Wings Phantom 205 Review: FAQs
Are the Wings Phantom 205 neckbands worth gaming?
The Phantom 205 is a dedicated gaming neckband so that we get to see better gaming features in it.
During the gaming test, I found better audio separation in it which enhances the gaming experience.
So I can say that it will be a good option for budget gamers.
What is the latency provided by Wings Phantom 205?
Wings claim the Phantom 205 has a latency of 40 ms but I found some delay in testing which was 50-55 ms in my opinion.
Although 55 ms is also considered a very good latency from the gaming point of view.
Is Wings Phantom 205 good for calling?
Decent mic quality is heard in the Phantom 205 but if you use it in a very noisy place, you may get a bad experience.
Because of this, I do not recommend this neckband for calling.