Headsets have become the new speakers in today’s gaming scene. Whether this is due to the audio being directed only to the specific user, impacting nobody else, or for the chat functionality; either way, gaming headsets have become commonplace. However, not everyone feels the need to use headphones for game audio but want to communicate with their friends online. But, how? You can’t shout at your TV/monitor expecting the other person to hear you and respond. Unless the TV/monitor is a Transformer in disguise, but then you have a whole new problem. Anyway, this is where the PDP Afterglow LVL1 PS4 Chat Headset shines.
The Afterglow LVL1 PS4 Chat Headset is exactly that; a single-ear cup to hear your mates, with a great quality noise-cancelling microphone for crystal clear communication. It gets the job done and performs exactly how you need it to perform.
The Chat Headset took a while for me to get used to, being someone who is constantly wearing a headset, whether it be on PS4 or PC, so to hear game audio through my speakers but my friends through my left ear (considerably sensual – also, this was how I set it up) was rather interesting. However, after about 30 minutes, they felt natural.
To address the elephant in the room, there is only one cup on the left side. I relayed all my game audio through the headset at first, but only hearing one half of the action left me at a slight disadvantage. However, the 30mm Neodymium audio drivers, which received all audio through a 3.5mm audio jack, was really impressive, despite its compact size. Yes, you will not hear mind-numbing trebles, or heart-thumping bass, but compared to my daily Plantronics RIG 500’s, the sound wasn’t bad.
The headset features a padded ‘over-the-ear’ cup but sits ‘on-top’ of the ear, rather than fully over, and offers some slight swivel for a more comfortable experience. Again, they were impressively comfortable, and even the adjustable padded headband on the right side didn’t irritate me for a good couple of hours. There is a decent amount of cable length – about a metre or so – which I feel is also quite long for a console headset, considering the controller is in your lap. Then again, rather too long than too short.
The Afterglow LVL 1 is wired, with a mic mute and volume adjuster functionality, as well as a flip up, flexible microphone for customisable placement. Unfortunately, to mute the microphone, you will need to toggle it via the switch, as the flipping the mic up does not mute it, which most modern headsets offer. Though, it really was just as much effort toggling the in-line controls than flipping the mic up, so that boils down to personal preference.
On a personal note, I feel like far too many resources were put into the mic, and the actual cup itself was left trying to catch up. The mic offers background noise cancellation, is flexible for optimal positioning, and can be flipped up and down (although it doesn’t offer muting like this) – all this we have mentioned above. The cup, however, feels rather left behind, almost as an afterthought. Yes, you don’t need to hear your friends muster all the cuss words under the sun in 7.1 surround sound, but it felt somewhat ‘tinny’ when it came to particular frequencies.
The PDP Afterglow PS4 Chat Headset doesn’t break new ground, and is a simple, inexpensive (ranging from R299,00 upwards) solution to chat online with your friends. In terms of gaming audio, there are a lot of frequencies you will miss, especially for bass and treble, but they weren’t really designed for that. The Afterglow LVL 1 PS4 Chat Headset is a great, inexpensive solution to be able to chat with people online; with the single-ear cup, and the excellent microphone, you will be able to liaison with your cohorts while still enjoying your game audio.
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