Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 Overview
Today we are going to discuss new wireless headphones from Alienware there are new wireless gaming headphones and they haven’t made headphones in a very long time like 8 or 9 years it’s been a while but when you look at this thing it’s distinctly ailing we’re right it’s got the LEDs. It’s got the Alienware logo like it’s super Alienware but this thing is crazy expensive this thing is 230 dollars either one of the most expensive headphones I’ve ever used and they’re geared towards gamers but is it really worth it because 230 dollars is a lot of money for a gaming headset now the first thing I notice about this headset is the comfort these are incredibly comfortable. I’ve tried a lot of gaming headsets before and the general theme about gaming headsets is that they are supposed to be quite comfortable but these take it to another level they’re lightweight Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 review they’re adjustable kind of your standard movement on the ear cups but the mesh on the ear cup stays comfortable even after hours of gaming and I think they’re using some kind of memory foam in here because when you press on it like I’ll just demonstrate here when you press it sinks in and it retains its shape for a little bit and it’s not something that I’ve seen in any other gaming headset at least not one that I’ve used. I’ve used this thing for about two weeks at this point I’ve never actually taken this thing off in the middle of a gaming session because it was uncomfortable so like the comfort on this thing is seriously top-notch the headset has this really good balance of gripping force from the headband and comfort from the ear cups now at the bottom of this headband is this rubber material when you squish it feels like air and it’s similar to the headband Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 review material from some of the beats headphones like some of the Beats studios or the Beats solos they have this kind of rubber material in the bottom just got that squishy air cushion thing underneath and it’s comfortable it’s nice.
- Stereo Audio
- Wireless and Wired
- Great LED Light
- Microphone Active Noise Canceling
- 2 years warranty
- Volume, power on/off, balance control
|Product Type||Headset – 2.4 GHz – wireless, wired – 3.5 mm jack|
|Additional Functions||LED lights|
|Headphones Form Factor||Full size|
|Connectivity Technology||Wireless, wired|
|Wireless Technology||2.4 GHz radio frequency|
|Radio Frequency Range||2.4GHz|
|Sound Output Mode||Stereo|
|Audio Specifications||Frequency Response 20 – 20000 Hz|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Uni-directional|
|Microphone Active Noise Canceling||Yes|
|Controls||Volume, power on/off, balance control|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 years warranty|
Body and design
It concerns me about durability because a lot of those beats headphones they wear down over time like when that rubber seal kind of peels off from the frame it’s impossible to stick it back in and decal replacements for beats headphones and stuff Amazon but I don’t know if Dell or Alienware is going to offer a replacement for this rubber that does Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 specification kind of concern me in terms of long-term durability so the rest of materials are good like the inner headband is this metal thing kind of standard feels durable nothing in here feels flimsy or weak or anything like that I very component every kind of joint here feels solid. It’s mostly plastic though so if you’re expecting like an aluminum headset or something for that price it’s not it’s a polycarbonate material but it’s coated in this soft touch material I like the look of it especially when it new it looks kind of matte with this Batman-style finish but this material can wear down over time. When it does it can look gunky the lighting is one of the main features of this headset you get full control of it in the software you can change two zones and you can customize it to have like different lighting synchronization with different games and stuff it’s pretty cool and I actually think that they do the lighting the best in terms of headsets out there Alienware lighting is always pretty cool I’m Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 specification partial to it. I like the linear design and I like that alien head logo but I don’t know it’s lighting you’re not really looking at it when you’re using it it’s kind of more of a showcase of lighting but yeah, it’s kind of cool the battery life is good I clocked in and around 17 hours of use this is with the RGB lighting off if you have it on it’s significant unless it’s almost half I got arm like eight hours with the lighting on.
So, I mean depending on what you want to do with it you might want to keep the light off and to charge it uses a micro USB I really wish they’d included a USB C because this is a product in 2018 and there’s so many like crappy products out there that already include using PC it’d be kind of appropriate for a high-end premium product to use PC but it’s using micro USB they also include a three-and-a-half millimeter cable this is a really short cable. Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 specification It’s like not even a meter or like around a meter it allows you to connect the headset to a phone or something that has a headphone jack and it’s useful for that but if you’re trying to connect this to your desktop or just kind of like your gaming PC it’s I don’t know it’s a little short and it kind of restricts where you can do with it was a nice little just include a longer cable or maybe you know a second cable that was longer because a meter is short the primary way to connect the headset is through a wireless dongle so you plug it into the USB port pairs up instantly sends the audio through a 2.4 gigahertz signal.
It works well the dongle also slots into the headset for easy storage, okay let’s talk sound quality this is probably its most important feature I think for most people and it’s good it’s very good but they don’t sound significantly better than its coming and if you look at the specs and obviously the specs only tell a very small portion of the story but just looking Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 Price amazon at that chart I’m not surprised that the alien wares don’t sound that different from the Logitech headset now the Steel Series headset the arctans Pro these sounds significantly better. It’s very noticeable they’re also crazy expensive like way more than the Alienware and the Logitech but they like you can hear the difference right away these ones they’re more expensive like fifty seventy dollars more than the larger text but I don’t know if the sound difference is really there now the mic on this is very good there’s noise cancellation has decent protection against like the popping P sound and here’s an audio sample. I’ve recorded from the mic so if you’re picking up power-ups to protect yourself from piercing projectiles you won’t pop the mic I also like how it’s activated like you pull the mic down mic on there’s an audio cue to tell you that it’s activated and then when you’re done with it you tuck it back up Mike ah and there’s another audio cue that lets you know that Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 Price amazon it’s off and it just tucks away really clean it just keeps that design aesthetic really Alienware there’s hardware controls on the back so there’s a volume dial a mute switch and then this balance dial so you can kind of adjust the balance between your in-game sounds or your speech like your communications app or whatever. It’s pretty cool and there’s like this mid-point for that dial so you can kind of feel it blindly so you just kind of adjust it when you’re not really this is the best headphone for gamers looking at the dial you can kind of see where the middle is which is where I kept it most of the time um what else was there to talk about well the software so they have this 7.1 virtual surround sound that they achieve through software is something special. I think a lot of companies do it but they do it as well it sounds pretty good but they also have this thing that I don’t love it’s this visual representation Alienware Wireless Headset AW988 Price amazon of your audio space and it’ll indicate on screen where your enemies are now I don’t even bother using this because quite frankly I think it’s not that it’s cheating but unless you’re hearing impaired I find it kind of lame and how useful could it really be like if you’re dependent on that to play your game then you’re probably playing your game wrong okay $230 for headset from Haley where is it worth it may take on it is this there are a bunch of reasons why people buy expensive headsets obviously and depending on what you’re using this for it may or may not be worth it.
If your main thing is just performance just like best headphone in 2018 audio performance then I would say no like 450 or $70 cheaper you can get some really similar sounding ones but this thing excels and I’d say two things number one aesthetics. I mean this looks really cool this looks a heck of a lot better than the Logitech wireless or the Razer wireless headset so there’s that but the big one for me is comfort these are incredibly comfortable if you’re someone that puts in like 8 10 12-hour gaming sessions at a time and you want something just kind of slap on your head and just let it Coast check these out because the comfort on these is phenomenal best headphone in 2018 ok that basically wraps up this thing. I’m going to do one last little tidbit of information there’s a matching Mouse to this the Alienware elite Gaming Mouse and it looks really cool lights up and this is the best headphone for gamers it’s got that whole airline wear DNA thing going on. You might be tempted to get one to have a matching set of Alienware peripherals but it’s a palm grippers Mouse so if you’re a fingertip gripper or a claw gripper like I am it just doesn’t feel right it’s a good Mouse overall this is the best headphone for the gaming purpose.