Microsofts brand-new $99 Xbox Wireless headset isnt perfect, however its the finest effort at being an Xbox video gaming headset and a daily set of wireless headphones Ive tried. Its compatible with the Xbox Wireless procedure, making it easy to match with any Xbox One or Xbox Series X/ S console.
This is far from the first video gaming headset to do this, or even do it well. Microsofts newest headset simply stands out as being especially remarkable for the number of things it gets right for $99.
If it fits my head and can also fit around the Series X, it ought to fit you great.
If Microsoft is to be evaluated compared to Sony on how well it created a headset to accompany its newest consoles– as it inevitably will be– this one handily edges out the Pulse 3D despite the fact that theyre the very same rate. Sonys model is comfortable and looks similarly rushing beside the console it was produced, and it has a 3.5 mm headphone jack and 3D Audio assistance in its court. But its hard to compete with the Bluetooth assistance and button-lite design constructed into Microsofts model. I would have enjoyed it if a USB dongle was included for more assistance with devices, like the Nintendo Switch. By style, it cant link to other video gaming consoles. Microsoft is keeping this one in the household. If youre in the family, however, youre in for a reward.
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No multifunction button for managing Bluetooth devices
No 3.5 mm jack
Not suitable with non-Xbox consoles
The level of customization this headset allows is also excellent for the rate. Through the Xbox Accessories app for Windows 10 or Xbox, you can change the equalizer (film, music, video game, heavy bass, and speech are the presets, or make your own) and enhance the bass. There are three levels (low, medium, and high), and Microsoft says each action up will increase how strongly the mic mutes things that arent your voice.
2 other little but cool features in the Xbox Accessories app let you fine-tune how brilliant the mute light is, making it simpler to see in your peripheral vision. You can also personalize the level of mic tracking or how much outside noise is fed through the mics and then funneled into your ears.
Up previously, the $150 Razer Kaira Pro was the Xbox-specific headset I told people to get due to the fact that its comfy, and it supports Bluetooth in addition to the Xbox Wireless protocol. Microsofts brand-new Xbox Wireless headset is well ahead of that design in regards to design, ease of use, and functionality– all in a more budget-friendly bundle.
To give you a sense of how this headset deals with connections, I first matched the Xbox Wireless headset to my PC with Microsofts USB Wireless Adapter (not included with this headset, but it operates on the very same Xbox Wireless protocol as the consoles) for music and to take some video calls. Frustratingly, the headset cant handle juggling between two previously paired gadgets that utilize the Xbox Wireless protocol, so I had to by hand re-pair it when I desired to hop in between my PC and the Xbox. Microsofts pairing procedure for Xbox accessories is really easy.
If youre someone whos likely to lean greatly on the concurrent cordless connection function, I like that this headset instantly lowers the audio streaming from the Xbox Wireless procedure device when a call is inbound so you can hear it. You can adjust the volume of just your Bluetooth device with its own controls, however not from the headset itself. Cranking the volume with the dial makes it louder for both gadgets youre connected to.
These charge via USB-C, and they likewise work wired via USB-C to a Windows 10 PC.
The polyurethane leather-covered pads are comfy and deliver great noise isolation.
Hopping over to gaming, I instantly booted Doom (2016) on the Series X. The soundtrack and all of the different hellish sound impacts have a sufficient amount of crunch and punch, and I was head-banging to the music while I played. It sounded as it was meant to sound, however, once again, the exact same nitpicks use here as they do for music. When theres a lot taking place in the mid and high frequencies, the noise can lack clearness if youre listening closely. I didnt notice that as much in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. This headset deals with the Dolby Atmos (Microsoft is providing purchasers a trial of Dolby Atmos with purchase that will last up until completion of September) and DTS: X paid apps available for Xbox and PC, which might improve the noise. But for the functions of this review, I checked just the out-of-the-box experience.
The battery life and range are competitive with other video gaming headsets Ive tested in this cost variety. I was able to wander about my studio apartment, wandering off about 25 feet or so from the Xbox without experiencing any drop-outs. In case you were wondering, you can utilize the Xbox Wireless headset while its being charged, however clearly, itll then take longer to charge.
There are only 2 buttons on the headset: one to by hand mute the bendable microphone (an LED on the inner section of the boom microphone angled towards your face is brightened when the mic is hot), and another that serves as the all-in-one pairing and power button, both of which reside on the left ear cup. I would have taken one more button if it served as a multifunction button to manage my device over Bluetooth, however Microsoft has actually limited the headset to simply 2 buttons.
The sound performance from this headset is better than I anticipated. Throughout my tests, I listened to Spotify, and the music sounded excellent enough to stick to this headset instead of immediately reaching for my Sony 1000XM3s. People with a knack for excellent audio quality will discover quibbles, like that the sound can come off as muddled sometimes, and the soundstage isnt as extensive as you d find in a more pricey set of headphones. Again, these are $99 and indicated for video gaming. And for that cost, Im happy.
Both turning ear cups have guidelines that are easy to absorb.
The green button pulls double duty, serving as the pairing and power button.
Over on the right ear cup, theres a USB-C port for charging. Microsoft includes a USB-C to USB Type-A cable to charge it, but youll get all of the same headset features if you plug into a Windows 10 device with your own USB-C to USB-C cable. Thats not the case when plugged into a MacBook Pro, which will not work over a wired connection with the headset. You can still connect to a macOS gadget and utilize the headset over Bluetooth, though.
Theres no worry that theyll resize simply from being moved around. And while I want this model had a bungee-style headband and rotating ear cups like many SteelSeries headsets, not having these features didnt relate to comfort issues here.
In addition to how the headset looks, its functionality is comparable to the Surface Headphones, with twistable dials on the exterior of each ear cup for changing aspects of the audio. I value that Microsoft put it front and. Twist to decrease or increase, good and basic– no buttons needed.
A closer look at the left ear cup shows the directions for the chat/ video game audio mixer and the pairing button.
The Xbox Accessories app on PC and Xbox lets you fine-tune changes.
Microsofts new $99 Xbox Wireless headset isnt best, but its the best attempt at being an Xbox gaming headset and a daily set of cordless earphones Ive attempted. Its compatible with the Xbox Wireless procedure, making it easy to combine with any Xbox One or Xbox Series X/ S console. To provide you a sense of how this headset manages connections, I initially combined the Xbox Wireless headset to my PC with Microsofts USB Wireless Adapter (not consisted of with this headset, but it runs on the very same Xbox Wireless protocol as the consoles) for music and to take some video calls. Frustratingly, the headset cant manage balancing between 2 previously paired devices that use the Xbox Wireless protocol, so I had to by hand re-pair it when I wanted to hop in between my PC and the Xbox. Through the Xbox Accessories app for Windows 10 or Xbox, you can change the equalizer (movie, music, video game, heavy bass, and speech are the presets, or make your own) and enhance the bass.
User friendly dials
Supports concurrent wireless connections
$ 99 is an excellent cost
Theres an LED on the mic facing your, well, face, showing when the mic is active.