There are no frills mid-range headsets for gamers

Judgment

Priced at Rs 8,249, Alienware 310H offers a reasonable price for money It has a strong build and comfortable fit, which allows gamers to play for hours on end without any irresistible discomfort. The headset is not the best sound for FPS games because the sound of gunfire is very loud, however, for other genre games the headset is quite efficient, with good imaging and dynamic sound.

Alienware 310H gaming headset detailed review

With over a dozen gaming headsets today, brands are pushing for their own offer in this lucrative market. Additionally, gaming headsets are being produced across a wide range of price points, so that each population has an adequate supply for its needs. Alienware is a brand that is famous in the gaming world and the company has a good lineup of gaming headsets across several price points. A good gaming headset would be classified as one with a strong build, able to withstand even angry-induced gaming sessions; A comfortable fit, to allow for gaming hours; A good microphone for conversations with peers on Discord or TeamSpeak; And immersive words, to immerse you in the fantasy gaming world. Here we are reviewing the Alienware 310H Stereo Gaming Headset which is a mid-range, wired gaming headset priced at Rs 8,429 but available on Amazon for Rs 7,999. Let’s see if the headset offers the basics of what makes a good gaming headset.

Construction and comfort

Alienware 310H gaming headset

The Alienware 310H gaming headset is not a glamorous one when it comes to aesthetics. The headset is completely black and has a matte texture that feels strangely like the outside of an egg shell. The Alienware logo is embellished on the back of the headband extender on both sides and has a glossy finish, which adds some contrast.

Alienware 310H gaming headset

Earcups are a hybrid of plush memory foam, sports fabric and leather. These materials are meant to optimize coolness and comfort while maintaining sound isolation. In our experiments, we found that the material was adequately breathable and extremely comfortable to don. The ear cups are well padded and the clamping force is not too tight. Cups can be rotated 90-degrees to fit flat on your chest or surface.

Alienware 310H gaming headset

The headband can be extended several degrees on both sides, so most headsets should be comfortable to wear. Extenders are not exposed and are neatly bald in plastic build. The headband is also padded and sits comfortably on the head. The padding was a bit hard for our choice, but it wasn’t too uncomfortable at any point.

Alienware 310H gaming headset

Cups isolate external sounds quite well, however, due to the sound isolation they sometimes get hot, especially when you are in an air-conditioned room in a humid city like Mumbai. The left ear cup has a retractable boom microphone, which slides in and out easily. The mic can be bent and adjusted as needed to create the best sound possible.

The Alienware 310H is a wired headset that comes with a 3.5mm audio cable. The company also supplied a Y-splitter wire in the box. According to Alienware, the headset comes with cross-platform compatibility and can be used with PCs, laptops, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. We used a headset with a PC for this review.

Alienware 310H gaming headset

The headset has a small in-line remote control with a volume control scroll wheel. On the back of the module is a pretty discreet microphone mute switch that can be flicked down to mute and flick to unmute.

Overall, the headset is comfortable and sturdy, however, it certainly lacks the gaming aesthetics that are prevalent in many gaming headsets these days. There is no RGB or accent that makes the headset visually distinct. Yet, it serves the purpose of comfort, which is enough for us.

Features

The Alienware 310H is by no means feature-rich. It is a simple, yet functional wired, stereo gaming headset such as 7.1 surround sound, USB or wireless connection, software support and game sound mode. However, it does come with a discord-certified microphone, which in our tests has proven to be quite admirable for the price point. The voice was clearly relayed and did not sound distorted or distant like some of the entries in the mid-range gaming headset microphone. However, a fair amount of external noise is picked up by the microphone and relayed to your peers, so be sure to sit in a relatively quiet room to get the best experience.

Alienware 310H gaming headset

As mentioned earlier, there is also cross-platform compatibility, which is now quite common but nonetheless it is an excellent feature. The quick mute switch on the inline remote is also quite effective and works well in an instant. All in all, Alienware 310H eliminates frills and sticks with the basics.

Performance

Equipped with a custom-tuned 50mm driver for high-race audio, the Alienware 310H has a frequency response from 20Hz to 40kHz. The headset uses Alienware’s immersive audio technology to boost its gaming performance. The headset has a decent sound quality for gaming, but there are some issues.

Let’s talk about positivity first. The soundtracks and songs in the game sound pretty good on these headphones. Words like explosion are also influential. The imaging of these headphones is quite great, and you will be able to identify the direction from which the enemy is coming based on the action-like signal. Keep in mind that these are stereo headphones, so you won’t get the surrounding sound effects.

Alienware 310H gaming headset

However, the bus response to these headphones is quite exaggerated, so the sound of gunfire in FPS games is somewhat exaggerated and may make it a bit difficult to pinpoint the location. Being close-back headphones, the sound stage is somewhat limited and immersion is reduced due to this deficiency. We played Valorant using this headset. The experience was decent, however, we hope the gun shots sound a little more impressive.

Listening to music and watching TV shows or movies with this headset is a decent overall experience. The sound is dynamic and lively, however, the exaggerated alloy response headset can sometimes make the sound a bit dark and overpowering. Overall, this is a decent sounding mid-range headset, especially if you don’t play lots of FPS games.

Judgment

Priced at Rs 8,249, Alienware 310H offers a reasonable price for money It has a strong build and comfortable fit, which allows gamers to play for hours on end without any irresistible discomfort. The headset is not the best sound for FPS games because the sound of gunfire is very loud, however, for other genre games the headset is quite efficient, with good imaging and dynamic sound. The soundstage is a bit narrow, but it’s expected because of its closed-back design. If you want a mid-range gaming headset with a minimalist look, this headset is a decent option. Another interesting option in this price range is the JBL Quantum 400 which comes with somewhat better sound quality and software support.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.