Alienware AW988 Review – High-End Wireless Gaming Headset with 7.1 Surround Sound

Alienware AW988 Review – High-End Wireless Gaming Headset with 7.1 Surround Sound

More and more computer brands have started to release their own gaming headsets to fully complement the gaming industry, including Alienware. The material used for the earcups includes a breathable fabric cover to minimize the feeling of stuffiness when wearing the somewhat weighty wireless gaming headsets for a long time. For most, the AW988 headphones priced at $199 might look expensive, but quality-wise they're perfectly reasonable. Alienware's AW988 wireless gaming headsets ensure a light construction for the avid gamer and software and a surround sound system with 7.1 channels.

Alienware AW988 High-End Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988 Review - 7.1 Surround Sound RGB AlienFX
Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988 Review - 7.1 Surround Sound RGB AlienFX | Source: Dell

Type: Over-Ear Closed-Back Wireless Gaming Headset with 7.1 Surround Sound | Bluetooth: 2.4 GHz radio frequency | Battery: 15 Hours | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 40 mm | Frequency-Response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz | Impedance: 16 Ohms | Weight: 381g

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Alienware AW988’s styling is undoubtedly inspiring with more refined finishes than most gaming headsets, even the plastic material is of higher quality and more appealing than most plastic gaming headsets. The Alienware AW988 headset was designed for gaming to provide great overall sound quality. While most gaming headsets are suitable only for games, the AW988 can perform in various ways: listening to music and playing games. The experience you’ll have with the AW988 headset will be on in which you gain maximum value in games while enjoying the best of both audio and video performance

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First up is the packaging, which is pretty plain on the front, with not many extras included. The Alienware AW988 comes with a headphone cable, a power cord, a wireless transmitter, but also a warranty card for the headset as standard equipment. Interestingly, the Alienware AW988 isn’t supplied with any carrying, though, has swivel ear cups which are useful for carrying around. In terms of wearing comfort, the design of these wireless gaming headsets amplifies the feeling of comfort, while the headsets are not too weighty, which means that you can wear them for a few hours without feeling any discomfort on your head.

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The headset is comparable to many other gaming headsets in terms of appearance. Alienware AW988’s styling is undoubtedly inspiring with more refined finishes than most gaming headsets, even the plastic material is of higher quality and more appealing than most plastic gaming headsets.

The headphones have a large amount of leather-like plastic material on the outsides, making them feel great to the touch, though highly susceptible to fingerprints.

The Alienware AW988 isn’t the smallest gaming headset around, but it has the advantage of being durable. Thanks to the plastic material, the headset is sturdy and weighs 380 grams. The heaviness is there for sure, but the actual wearing experience hasn’t stopped us from enjoying playing games with the Alienware AW988 wireless gaming headset.

The beauty doesn’t stop at the quality of plastic used. On the back of the AW988’s earcups is ingrained the company’s logo, including two colorful LED indicators that are stylish rather than flashy. The whole is perfectly crafted and enjoys an overall elegant character.

The headband of the Alienware AW988 is crafted from the same material as the ear cups, which has the benefit of being comfortable to the touch and the disadvantage of being extremely fingerprint-prone.

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The official battery life is 14 hours, and for most people, this amount should be well below the average playing time. When it comes to connectivity, besides the unrestricted wireless mode mentioned earlier, it is possible to connect the headsets to your phone through the 3.5mm headphone cable, allowing you to also use the headphones in wired mode to play music during the day when the headphones run out of power.

By the way, the headsets benefit from an ingenious function that turns the headphones off automatically after 30 minutes of inactivity. This feature helps avoid the embarrassment of forgetting to turn your wireless headphones off and wasting electricity.

When installing the Headset Center software on Alienware laptops and consoles, the software will likely fail to install. The reason is that the headset has already been integrated into Command Center. Therefore, you only have to download the “Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988 Driver” from the website’s driver page and look for your corresponding headset model.

The AW988 headset also features a concealed built-in microphone housed on the left side of the headset. The benefit of such a design lies in the fact that the microphone receiver will be as close to the mouth as possible to capture the clearest speeches, followed by not having to worry about ever breaking or folding it (since it’s inside the headset).

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The Alienware AW988 headset was designed for gaming to provide great overall sound quality. While most gaming headsets are suitable only for games, the AW988 can perform in various ways: listening to music and playing games.

A gaming headset can be used in FPS games, for example, to identify the enemy’s position. A virtual 7.1 surround sound system solution is usually the best choice if you want to accomplish this. Simultaneously, among the many properties of gaming headsets, wireless gaming headsets require low latency, quick response speed, more precise localization of the acoustic field. Alienware AW988 is a high-performing, great, wireless gaming headsets that accomplish many of the above requirements. However, the remaining needs concerning acoustic performance are often satisfied via software by manipulating the virtual sound effects.

The AW988, even with music mode on, does not have the same excellent depth of sound as a music-only headset in the same price range, but when it comes to the gaming experience, the AW988 has the edge, and thanks to the virtual 7.1 channel, you will be able to tell where your enemies are when playing FPS games.

Overall 5/5
5/5

The experience you’ll have with the AW988 headset will be on in which you gain maximum value in games while enjoying the best of both audio and video performance since these wireless Alienware gaming headsets are a great all-around, versatile, gaming headset,

For long periods of wearing, the earcups won’t exert a strong sense of pressure; the earcups use a breathable cloth material, to minimize the discomfort of wearing this all-inclusive wireless gaming headsets for a long time. If you’re an Alienware console or laptop owner, the AW988 is a perfect buy! The AW988 headset impresses right away from the packaging, which shows a high degree of recognition, to the specs and features of the product, including a 7.1 stereo surround sound channels, 14 hours autonomy, and dual-mode connection as well as many other features that suits a professional gaming headset.

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