The PDP Afterglow AG7 is one of the most unique headsets I’ve ever used. Designed amongst the wave of (incoming) Xbox One headsets, it’s marketed as the first “true wireless” headset, as in you need zero cables. You just plug the USB dongle into your Xbox One, turn it on, and away you go. I have to say, I was pretty impressed.
When looking at the price, about $99 MSRP, you’d probably have a somewhat misnomer about the sound quality. After all, there’s plenty of “wireless speakers” I can buy at Five Below, for example. Another fear is lag, since the sound is being transmitted wirelessly. Surprisingly, neither of these ever happened. There was sound cues at the right moment, and it packed a hell of a punch.
The PDP Afterglow AG7 features green LEDs inside of the ear cups, resulting in the headset itself glowing bright green. To mute or unmute it, simply click on the glowing ear circle, a rather slick way to do it. It is comfortable to put on and wear for a decent period of use. However, it eventually gets a bit warm due to the use of a cheaper, leather-like material instead of the preferred cloth mesh that comes with a gaming headset. It definitely keeps the sound in, but it can get a bit uncomfortable.
With a true wireless product comes the concern of battery life, and the Afterglow AG7 doesn’t skimp out here. The two modes, “Pure Audio,” and “Bass Boost” obviously offer a different lifespan, but I’d say you can easily get 12 solid hours out of the headset before you must charge it with an included micro USB cable.
Using the wheel-knobs on the headset, you’re able to adjust between master volume, as well as individual volumes (game audio and chat). Overall, the audio works for single player fare or sports games, but in terms of multiplayer games, it’s nothing special. Directional audio is almost non-existant, which I found to be a huge issue in games such as Advanced Warfare and Battlefield 4. While the explosions are big and the gunshots are great, this is something to note if you’re a hardcore competitive-type player.
The microphone is incredibly strong in terms of quality. It neatly tucks away into the left ear cup when not in use and uses a bendable-yet-strong material to get it at the exact angle in which you prefer it. Party members seemed to hear me just fine, and it features noise-cancelling as you’re completely engulfed in sound.
While there are better headsets out there, the PDP Afterglow AG7 is a great start. It legitimately does feature true wireless, ease of setup, and decent sound. While I would’ve preferred a bit more comfortable material on the product itself, this is a great entry-level headset that is incredibly easy to setup and use.
PDP Afterglow AG7 for Xbox One
The PDP Afterglow AG7 was reviewed using a unit provided by PDP.