Another product we got to check out from PDP’s September announcements was their Airlite Pro Wireless Headset for the Xbox Series X|S and PC. The Airlite Pro Wireless is an over-ear headset with onboard controls and a 16-hour battery life. This lightweight headset features 50mm drivers and a 6.0mm bi-directional noise-cancelling mic. The headset is offered in two color variants: Purple Fade for $89.99 and black for $79.99.
Here, we will dive into the black version of the PDP Airlite Pro Wireless to see what $79.99 gets us.
Build, Features and Comfort
The Airlite Pro Wireless comes with the headset itself, a wireless USB dongle, and a USB-A to USB-C charging cable.
PDP’s Airlite Pro Wireless headset is a very straight-forward product with a simple yet still appealing appearance. This version sports a mostly black design with neon green accents around the ear cushions and inside the ear cups. The headset is held together by a flexible polypropylene head band. Under that head band and on the ear cups you have light breathable mesh cushioning.
All of the headset’s controls and functions are on the left ear cup. You have a main power button, a master volume dial, a mode button, a USB-C charging port, and a game/chat balancing dial. The mode button toggles between the headset’s two listening modes: Pure Audio and Boosted Bass. Also on this ear cup, you have the headset’s boom mic, which flips up to mute and flips down to unmute.
This headset is indeed as light a headset as its name suggests. Its light weight and breathable mesh cushioning allowed it to remain comfortable for entirety of my five to six hour gaming sessions. The tension of the headset is just tight enough to remain secure on your head without putting too much pressure on it. Since the ear cushions are of mesh, some of the louder external sounds in my area did occasionally leak in while I was playing. However, those sound leaks never got to the point where they would disturb my gameplay.
The headset’s basic controls were easy to both use and develop muscle memory for. Whenever you moved the boom mic between muted and unmuted states, a helpful beep plays in the headset to let you know what state the mic was in. There was also an indicator beep on the game and chat balancer dial to tell you when you hit the 50/50 mid-point in the setting. This was also helpful as it allows you to know where you were ratio-wise whenever you needed to make some quick adjustments.
As far as builds go, the PDP Airlite Pro Wireless keeps it simple, and simple is just fine. Appearance-wise, the headset sports a clean look that very much says that it is an Xbox headset. The occasional sound leakage aside, the headset’s ear cups still give you a good acoustic seal, keeping you focused on your gameplay. Toss in very straight-forward controls and a refreshingly light build, and you have yourself a solidly constructed yet cost conscious headset in the Airlite Pro Wireless.
Being a stereo headset, as opposed to most of the surround sound ones I review, I adjusted my expectations when it came to vetting the Airlite Pro Wireless. I did not expect to get 360 degrees of positional audio queues when using this headset. However, I did get a balanced and clear-enough sound which allowed for audio enjoyment and a good degree of success in PVP matches. The Airlite Pro Wireless gives you a very nice sound with distinguishable highs. If you lean your audio balance mostly on game as opposed to chat, you will quickly pick up gun shots, reload sounds and the footsteps of your enemies. This sound presentation came in handy during my Apex Legends matches.
That said, if I was in a party with a low talker, who would force me to adjust the balance so that I could hear them more than I did the game, I would lose some in-game awareness. Sure, that sounds like an obvious “duh” gaming audio scenario. However, it showed that what I wanted here was for the headset to simply be a little bit louder. That aside, I was satisfied with the quality of the sound I was getting from the headset.
While the Boosted Bass mode worked as advertised, I mostly stuck with the more practical Pure Audio setting. With Pure Audio, I was treated with a mostly balanced sound. This allowed me to properly enjoy the Destiny 2 flawless runs I bagged while I was also reviewing the PDP Afterglow Wave controller.
What really impressed me the most about this headset was actually the mic quality.
My gaming setup is very close to my living room TV. I always have to consider the volume of TV when I am in a party chat with teammates and friends. Yet, the noise-cancelation on this mic did a great job at filtering out louder than normal ambient sounds during my gaming sessions. I unnecessarily found myself apologizing to teammates for loud sounds coming from my end that they could not even hear. Meanwhile, they reported hearing me loud and clear. I really appreciated the mic on this headset.
Overall, PDP’s Airlite Pro Wireless headset gets the job done for $79.99. You have good sound, a comfortable build, very simple controls, and a very impressive mic. While the breathable mesh ear cups gave way to some minor sound leakage, what you gain in comfort is worth the cost. The max volume could be a pinch louder to allow for more variation in game and chat balancing. However, that does not take much away from an otherwise solid product for its cost.
If you are interested in checking out the $79.99 PDP Airlite Pro Wireless headset for yourself, you can do so by clicking here. If you wanted a little more flair and you are curious about the $89.99 Purple Fade version, you can check that version out by clicking here. Design-wise, it pairs nicely with the Purple Fade PDP Rematch controller for Xbox Series X|S.
† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a PDP Airlite Pro Wireless headset for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.