There's much to like about the Alienware AW920H gaming headset. It's a solid gaming headset with active-noise cancelling (ANC), Dolby Atmos, and three ways of connecting to your PC, phone, or console. And it's just S$299, which is a pretty decent price, and a lot cheaper than the Sony Inzone H9, though it's not as good.
- Comes with 2m USB-C to USB-A cable, 1.5m 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable
- Can pair with phone via Bluetooth, dongle works with PS5 and Nintendo Switch
- Rated at 55 hours (Bluetooth), 30 hours (2.4GHz) at 50% volume and no LED
The design of the AW920H is clean. It's mostly in black and white, with the Alienware logo lighting up when plugged in. The microphone is detachable, which I like, as you can stow it if you don't need it. There are buttons for ANC, switch between Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, mute your microphone, as well as the power button. There's no volume rocker — instead you slide your finger up and down the side of the logo to adjust the volume. You can also touch and hold to enable transparency mode.
Audio quality is great, especially when gaming. I do note that you have to keep the volume at more than more than 60% if you want to hear clearly. The AW920H has Dolby Atmos support, and works great when playing clips in the Dolby app. While playing Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, I like how I could clearly hear monsters sneaking up to attack me, or the direction of the blaster bolts. In FPS games such as Valorant, being able to hear footsteps and their direction helped me stay ahead of the enemy. ANC performance is decent, but not the best — I could still hear the fans in the background.
The AW920H is a bit tight on my head at the default size, but you can adjust the headband just a little. I did manage to wear it for around six to seven hours comfortably though. That's also when the battery died. Dell claims 30 hours of battery life on 2.4GHz and 55 hours on Bluetooth at 50% with no LEDs. But I beg to differ. At almost full volume and with the LED on, the AW920H lasted around seven hours. The mic does a good job of noise cancelling, even with a fan blowing in the background. You will still be heard, but there will be some distortion as the headset adjusts for the background noise. Other accessories include a bag, a nice braided cable, the wireless dongle, a 3.5mm cable (1.5m) and a USB-A to USB-C adapter (2m).
At S$299, the Alienware AW920H gaming headset is a worthy headset to consider. While it isn't the best in class for any of its features, it does a decent job. Get it from Shopee, Lazada, or Amazon. I've seen it at S$250 on Shopee.
Note: Review unit provided by Dell.
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