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PDP LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset

Posted by GG Goblin On November - 7 - 2019

Treat your ears to a new budget gaming headset.

 
Over recent years, Wireless gaming headsets have come down in price. Of course, there are still the high-end options available to those that have the money, but it is now possible to get a decent gaming headset for not much more than it costs to buy a new controller. With the holiday season rapidly approaching and loved ones on the hunt for gaming gifts that are something other than just games, picking up a new headset may be just the treat for the gamer in their life. The reasonably priced PDP LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset may be just the thing to find under the tree.

 


 
PDP are offering a variety of different versions of the LVL50 headset, in both wired and wireless styles for Xbox One, PS4 and Switch. The headset we are looking at today is the wireless version for PS4. There is not much difference between the wireless versions, aside from the PS4 version having blue accents and the Xbox One version having green accents, but the wireless versions are platform specific, so the Xbox One headset will not work on PS4 and vice versa. With that said, utilising a USB dongle means that they will both work really well on a PC.

 
Priced at £69.99 on Amazon, although they are also available elsewhere, this low price is definitely one of the highlights for the LVL50 Wireless headset. Cheaper headsets are available, but you really do get what you pay for, and the LVL50 headset certainly offers a good balance between price and performance.

 
It is easy to see where PDP have made their savings. Once you get past the PS4-themed blue box, the very basic packaging straight away screams budget, as do the offerings in the box. The headset, a micro-USB cable, a small manual and the all important USB dongle are all the user will find. There is no audio jack cable to allow the headset to be plugged into a phone or other device, and no bells of whistles. This is simplicity at its finest.

 
The headset itself is mostly made up of matt grey plastic and black plastic, which does not give a good impression with regards to longevity. With that said though, after some bending and twisting, the headset seemed perfectly solid and didn’t give me any concerns outside of that initial impression. The visual style of the headset is very minimalist, but I kind of like the look. The only splash of colour comes from the interior of the ear cups and a small coil of wire on each side, which are blue for the PS4 headset and green for the Xbox One. The coil of wire is actually kind of cool as it sits inside a groove and expands or contracts as the player pulls the headband to fit over their head. The exposed wire is perfectly safe inside the groove by the way.

 
Both cups feature a small PDP logo which is not in the way. The left cup has the micro-USB socket for charging, along with the power button and audio function button. Each of these buttons are textured differently to make them easy to identify without looking. There is also the microphone on the left cup, which is supremely flexible. The microphone has two positions outside of the flexible arm, with the upright position automatically muting the mic.

 


 
The right cup is home to the volume control, and with this I am delighted. I have used a huge number of headsets and headphones over the years, and I simply don’t like those ones that have a wheel volume control. Even the button operated controls are not much better. The LVL50 sports a turny dial that is just perfect. It really is the little things that make a difference.

 
The USB dongle that allows the headset to communicate with the PS4, or PC, is small and unobtrusive. It also works incredibly well, simply plugging it in and away you go. The dongle is paired with the headset out of the box, so no mucking around, although there is a small button on the side should the user need to re-pair it at some point.

 
PDP claim that the LVL50 Wireless Headset has a battery life of 16 hours, and I am not going to argue with that. I have been using it now for more than a week and so far have not had to put it on charge. It has been plugged in once, but only for a short time to confirm that the headset functions while charging, which is a positive considering the lack of audio jack.

 
When it comes to comfort, again no complaints. The headset features 50mm drivers and so the cups are nice and large, and the padding on cups is soft and comfortable. Being made almost completely of plastic, the headset is nice and light and easy for the user to forget about during long play sessions. There is a small panel of foam on the headband, adding extra comfort to the top of the head, and as someone with a slightly large head, they didn’t feel too tight, sitting on the head as if they were not even there.

 
As far as audio quality is concerned, the LVL50 Headset is incredibly clear. There is no surround or anything fancy, this is only a stereo headset after all, but being able to distinguish between sounds is easy when playing games. Audiophiles will be able to notice the difference between this and a high-end headset, but for the purpose of gaming, these perform nicely. While Pure Audio mode will be absolutely fine for most, a bass boost option is available with a quick press of the audio function button, making the explosions sound even more meaty. The only real let down is the microphone, which is perfectly acceptable for gaming but those who use their headsets for other things, such as making videos, will find it slightly quiet and muffled. Like I say though, for the purpose the headset is designed for, which is gaming, it performed perfectly fine.

 


 
Audio solutions are often overlooked by many gamers, and getting a decent wireless headset can really improve the gaming experience. Not everyone can afford a high-end headset and this is where the PDP LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset comes in. A wireless gaming headset at this price point which works this well is a rarity. Anyone looking to ditch the wires without breaking the bank should check out the PDP LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset.

 

 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 



 

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