This is a different sort of headset to cover, a gaming one yet a style that’s focused on volume limiting. This might sound odd, but it does make sense and hits a particular niche.
Hearing is important, and in general we listen to music/sound at a volume that’s often bad for our poor ears. I mean; I’m doing that right now as I write this, listening to headphones at a level that’s likely bad for my hearing. The Purogamer aims to assist with that by offering hearing protection by limiting volume levels above 85dB.
This might sound like a weird concept, but it makes entire sense. It also might come across as quiet, but you’ll get used to it quickly and get the idea that maybe that is the correct sound to be listening to games at.
This doesn’t exclude other types of audio as I used this with some music and video to test, but largely this was tested out with games. You don’t lose that sense of atmosphere, or those smaller essential 3D sounds. You just get them delivered to you at a level that’s not going to cause long term damage to your ears.
I can see this being a good option for many if it’s something you care about, or even the younger audience as they just crank the sound up. I will note that this doesn’t support Dolby Atmos or Windows Sonic, but that also makes complete sense as that isn’t the goal here.
It’s about proper sound distribution and the protection of your long term hearing abilities. Moving onto the headset this is actually a fairly aesthetically pleasing design. It’s a sleek black, and if you plug in the USB it has some blue LED shine to it. The outside of the ear cushion lights up to highlight the logo, as does the mic piece and its sleek quite honestly.
You also get a bag with this, not the best quality sack but it’s nice to have as an extra as that comes across as more premium of an inclusion. This does definitely feel comfortable to wear, and for extended use as well. I felt they could have done more with the band texturing for the area at the top of the head, but it does work fine and I didn’t notice any discomfort.
It’s also a durable quality, I can’t see anyone damaging this headset. The omnidirectional mic is detachable, and very bendy for any sort of positioning. It sounds fine, and works well whether you’re using it on console or PC. Going back to plugging this in it has either 3.5mm or USB standard options. It would have been nice to see this have USB Type-C. The cable is lengthy, at the same time it’s awkward and my biggest issue. The USB and 3.5mm are the same cord strand with one of them dangling depending on your setup. It’s a bit of a drag, and they should have been detachable.
On top of that, it does have a fairly large button switch for settings. Switching the inputs, audio levels and muting are here. I felt this could have been smaller, or handled in a different way. This aspect sort of drags down a generally well designed headset model. Not the end of the world, but something that does really stick out when using it. The speakers are 40mm, and there’s a frequency response of 20Hz-18KHz.
The Puro Sound Labs Purogamer delivers on its aim to provide a gaming headset that provides ear protection while not sacrificing that competitive edge. The game industry is rather focused on performance, and I can say that this does provide the proper depth of environmental placement, while giving you a sound level that’s natural enough to not wreck your long time hearing.
That is actually important, and it’s nice to see an option like this out there. It’s a good choice for those that believe this is an important aspect of long term hearing. The headset itself is of a nice quality, aesthetically pleasing and it works well. The blue LED is really cool, and the materials here are nice.
I really wish it didn’t have that awkward cord, a big drawback in my opinion as there are other ways to handle that setup. It might not be an issue to all, but I don’t like it. I find it to be an issue, and an unnecessary weighting while I’m trying to focus on my gaming. Still, a good headset for its main intended purpose.
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Puro Sound Labs Purogamer Review product provided by Puro Sound Labs tested with Binaural audio, Music (CHVRCHES, Naked & Famous, La La Land), Minecraft, Halo: Master Chief Collection, Gears 5, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Xbox One X, Windows 10 PC