In terms of sound quality, the PDP Afterglow AG 7 follows the trend of delivering impressive quality stereo sound at a low budget cost. Gaming with others it is easy to make out voice chat apart from game audio even while listening to music at the same time. The Afterglow AG 7 can be used for 16 hours before it needs to be recharged and there’s up to 40 ft of range though most people will probably be much closer and we didn’t test quality at further ranges. From the couch in a large media room or up close in a computer desk, bedroom setting the quality of the sound was easily comparable to what gamers would have paid hundreds for in the past.
This is one of the first headsets to give full wireless capability for the Xbox ONE. A USB Dongle plugs into the Xbox ONE and the headset also lights up when in use but that can be disabled optionally. However, the best feature by far of the Afterglow AG 7 is its comfort level. Durability is something that has been on the improve from headphone manufacturers such as PDP but what is seen in the Afterglow AG 7 is a higher level of comfort accompanied by great design and quality material. This headset feels like it’s worth double its cost, and provides that great feeling of investment in the game with worry about tracking sounds and tolerating interference from audio malfunction is eliminated.
Although the headset is Stereo and not a 7.1 Speaker configuration games still give the 3D feeling of space to the Afterglow AG 7 quite well and you’ll be able to understand when an enemy is sneaking around the map. For once, it’s nice to be able to just jam the USB key into an Xbox ONE and play a game too, there’s a lot of headsets on the market right now that are not compatible with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONE, particularly the Xbox ONE. This is by far the easiest headset to use with the console that I’ve seen thus far.
Some of AG 7’s Noteworthy Features:
- Officially licensed by Microsoft for use with Xbox One
- Two distinct audio modes: Pure Audio and Bass Boost
- Powerful 50mm Neodymium drivers
- No Controller Adapter Required
- 16 Hours of Battery Life
The AG 7’s speakers themselves completely cover your ears and provide a great sense of noise-cancellation to background goings-0n while gaming. These can be completely adjusted as well as the head band that goes on top of the headset. Personally, I found the plug-and-play feature great and treated the design the same way, I just threw it on my head and started playing Halo: Master Chief Collection and it worked great how it was. However, I have a lot of friends who say they have a hard time with headsets and often look for the adjustable ones, so good on PDP for including this feature.
Its microphone is retractable and capable of picking up your voice very clearly without spitting into the mic, which can actually cause them to deteriorate at an accelerated speed. The background cancellation is pretty good, but playing around with the settings a little bit it’s clear to see that if you had the sensitivity high enough this mic could pick up a lot more.
Durability wise the headset has done well under stressful use and lives up to its battery life claims which I was skeptical about at first. It’s truly an enigma to me how such a quality device can be crafted at this cost, but these days PDP is right on time to be competing strongly for Xbox ONE loyalists’ support. The AG 7 definitely deserves it, grab one if you get the chance and are in need for something truly wireless on your all-in-one Xbox media system.
The Afterglow AG 7 provides a punch in an affordable package. The light is optional, but battery life through the roof on this headset which supports Stereo sound and comes with its own retractable high quality mic for voice chats on Xbox Live that people can actually understand you during. This is the first headset for the Xbox ONE that doesn’t require the bandwidth-crunching controller adapter to be used for the microphone to work. Just plug and play. Charging is done with the common USB cable that’s become the new standard for next-gen console controllers as well. We can say that the sound quality thankfully was not sacrificed to achieve this and highly recommend this device for hardcore and casual gamers.
Review Copy Info: A review sample was provided to RealGamerNewz by the manufacturer for the purpose of the review.