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Alienware 510H 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

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Gamer Freddie Ross has used most modern gaming headsets extensively. We gave him the latest 510H 7.1 Gaming Headset from Alienware to test. Here’s what he thought …

What makes a good or bad gaming headset?

A good gaming headset is one where you feel like you have a really good overall sound quality and you don’t feel like there are any issues with it that can prove distracting – like being uncomfortable or having a weak microphone.

What does Alienware say is interesting about the AW510H?

The company praises it for having above-average sound quality because of its comfort and new audio technology, “Every encounter sounds better with our best-in-class, custom-tuned 50mm 20Hz-40KHz drivers for high-resolution audio.”

How does it compare to other headsets in terms of looks?

Compared to most headsets on the market it has a much sleeker design and is very appealing to look at because of its traditional, Alienware styling.

Is it comfy?

The headset is very comfortable thanks to its, “Custom-designed acoustic chambers and comfort-fit earpads.” Adjusting them is extremely simple and convenient. At 370g, it might be a bit heavy for some people, though.

How does it perform for gaming audio?

The padding helps with the sound quality a lot, as it traps your ears so that little to no external sound can get in. The overall sound quality is much better than most other headsets as well.

How does the microphone perform?

The retractable microphone needs to be close to your mouth to sound distinct, but often it sounded like I was shouting (to other players and also through the headphones). Also, when the voice is too loud, it tops out and turns to static too easily.

How does Music sound on it?

The sound isn’t the best when it comes to listening to music due to the lack of bass. This is normal with gaming headsets as they’re optimised for high-frequency sounds which amplify things like footsteps and nearby enemies reloading. However, the very crisp sound quality in this area does make up for it.

What's in the box?

Nothing special. You are presented with the manual and the headset, followed by a USB-A connection cable, 3.5mm audio cable and 3.5mm mic/audio splitter cable packed underneath.

Is it good value?

For $176, you are getting a good deal if you want high quality gaming audio. However, I found that it does fall short when it comes to microphone quality. That was the biggest let-down for me.

Would you continue to use it?

It’s of similar quality (and has a similar price) to the Kingston HyperX Cloud Revolver that I sometimes use but I still prefer the slightly-more-expensive ($240) Razer Thresher 7.1 which is more comfortable and performs better.

Rating 3.5/5

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Tech Specs

Product Type

Headset - wired - 3.5 mm jack

Compatibility

Windows

Additional Functions

USB DAC

Headphones Form Factor

Full size

Sound Output Mode

7.1 channel surround

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response 20 - 40000 Hz

Impedance

32 Ohm

Microphone

Boom

Microphone Operation Mode

Uni-directional

Microphone Active Noise Cancelling

Yes

Controls

Mute, volume

Manufacturer Warranty

2-year warranty

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Nick Ross

Nick Ross is a veteran technology journalist who has contributed to many of Australia's top technology titles and edited several of them. He was the launch editor of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation online Technology section.

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