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Afterglow LVL 1 PS4 Chat Headset (Review)

Are you currently using the crummy in-ear chat headset that came with your PlayStation 4? You know, that ear piece that is way too big and hurts your ear after 2 minutes of usage? If so and you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to use as a chat headset then I highly recommend you check out the Afterglow LVL 1. It retails for about $14.99 and is a much better option than the included PS4 headset.

I bought the Afterglow LVL 1 about a month ago to use for those times when I need a microphone but do not necessarily want a big bulky headset (Pulse Elite, PS Silver) on my head! The chat headset that Sony includes with the PS4 is crap, it does not stay in my ear and it hurts after using it for several minutes. The Afterglow LVL 1 in not ideal if you are wanting headphones and I don't recommend allowing your game audio to come through the headset. I normally change the settings for PS4 in the Settings menu so that game audio goes through my television and chat goes through the headset. Mostly because the sound will drown out the chat audio, especially in loud games with explosions and gunfire. The LVL 1 headset is not ideal for music either because they are single-sided, or they only have 1 headphone which you wear over your left ear. But for basic chatting ability so you can hear the person on the other end and they will be able to hear you then these are a great choice.

The Afterglow has a decent sound in terms of loudness, it also has a noise-canceling microphone which works fairly well, and the cable has a volume control switch and a mute button for the microphone. These are wired headphones so you do need to connect them to your PS4 controller using the 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom-side of your PS4 controller. The headset itself is very light, weighing less than a half-pound. The head strap is adjustable so you can adjust the headset if you have a larger head. The microphone can be pushed out of the way or adjusted to be placed at the same level as your mouth for a clearer sound. Another neat aspect is the headphone section actually swivels a tad so you can adjust it while wearing it so that it will give a better fit when on your head. The cable is long enough that it will not jerk off your head when connected to your PS4 controller. The ear cushion is decently thick so it will cushion the speaker against your outer ear nicely and does not hurt when pressed against the ear. The loudness for a single-sided headset is really good, much louder than the included PS4 chat headset. If you do have your game audio coming through the Afterglow LVL 1 it is decent, not ideal but they are loud enough that you will be able to hear everything and still enjoy your game.

LVL 1 - Ear Cushion
If you are wanting a chat headset that is inexpensive, sounds good, fits comfortably then the Afterglow LVL 1 is the headset you are looking for. If you are wanting something more than just a chat headset, check out my review of the Sony Silver PlayStation headphones. If you have you have any questions about the Afterglow LVL 1 chat headset feel free to leave a comment below.

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