The Speedlink Estrado Gaming Headset Stand acts as both a headset stand as well as an external soundcard. It possesses both a headphone and a microphone socket as well as 3 USB ports. To give you the whole picture, see our complete review below.
- Headset stand and external soundcard combination
- 3.5mm socket for headphones or speakers
- 3.5mm socket for microphone
- 3 USB ports
- Can be disassembled and become easily portable
The Estrado has a nice round design, with the silver inner circle on top making it look a little like a small record player. It is mainly made of plastic, though the stand attachment is metal. The on/off button and all ports and sockets are around the side. There are three USB 2.0 ports and two 3.5mm ports in total. The Estrado is fairly light and, once the stand attachment is removed, easy to carry around.
The Estrado is easy to set up, however the stand attachment is quite stiff to insert, and can be difficult to remove once inserted. This presents a potential problem for an otherwise perfectly portable device.
As can be seen in the picture below, the stand comfortably fits regular headphones and it is even possible to wrap the headphones’ cable around the hooks on the back, which is convenient.
The soundcard has been tested with headphones and speakers and works well with both. It is also possible to use this with DJing software such as Virtual DJ in conjunction with your laptop or PC’s built-in sound card in order to have one track playing while you listen to a different one on your headphones. In this regard it is simpler and easier to use than many dedicated external soundcards for DJing and so a potential good choice for someone starting out.
Overall this is a decent multifunctional headset stand. Its lower price when compared to most external soundcards makes it a simpler and cheaper choice for a would-be DJ or gamer on a budget.