Tech Up! LVL 40 Wired Stereo Gaming Headset (Nintendo Switch)

By Renan Fontes 13.04.2020

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PDP's Wired Stereo Headset has been out for some time now, but it's finally getting a variant designed specifically for the Nintendo Switch. While the actual headset itself is identical to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions where it counts, the Nintendo Switch model offers consumers a more colourful alternative of the gaming headset. Sporting the Switch's now iconic neon blue and red with pride, PDP's LVL 40 Gaming Headset looks better than ever - and arguably makes more sense as a Switch accessory.

As neither the Joycon or the Pro Controller feature traditional headphone jacks, PDP's LVL 40 Gaming Headset is going to have to pair with an undocked Nintendo Switch more often than not. This isn't too big of a deal as there are third party controllers that are compatible with the headset (such as PDP's Afterglow Deluxe + Audio Wired Controller), but it's an important detail to keep in mind for those who play mostly docked or with first party controllers. 

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It's also worth noting that the headset isn't locked solely to the Nintendo Switch. As it's no different from the PS4 and Xbox One variants, except aesthetically, the headset will plug into the DualShock 4 or Xbox One controller just fine. Anything with a headphone jack will take the LVL 40 headset, but it's important to keep in mind that this is ultimately designed around gaming. Turning them into a daily use headset is certainly tempting, but that's not its purpose. 

Audio quality is incredibly clear, but this also means the headset can get quite loud - to the point where it's not unusual to pick up on new sounds even when revisiting familiar games. While the Switch's max volume ensures that the headset's output will never be too overwhelming, listening to music or watching a movie on a non-gaming system at max volume is a disaster waiting to happen. 

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Of course, the headset's volume is fully toggle-able, and comfortably at that, with the volume notch sitting behind the left ear. PDP's LVL 40 Headset is deceptively loud, though, and it's easy to increase the volume by "just a tiny bit" until they're blaring at unreasonable levels. However, that's no fault of PDP. Careless listeners will age their ears ups, but the sonically responsible shouldn't be any worse for wear. 

If nothing else, the ear cushions ensure that the LVL 40 Headset stay on comfortably without giving listeners a headache, even at their loudest (at least as far as gaming is concerned.) In particular, the crispness of the audio ends up pairing terrifically with an undocked Switch. With sound drowned out by the ear cushions, immersing oneself while playing Switch is easier than ever. Playing undocked is already a more intimate experience due to the closeness of the screen, but adding a more sophisticated layer of sound only elevates that immersion. Playing Breath of the Wild with the LVL 40 gaming headset on is almost transcendent. 

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No product is without its faults, however. While this is overall one of the better accessories available for the Switch at the moment (both in terms of quality and price), it has its issues with comfortability. The headset doesn't sit that nicely around the neck, mainly thanks to the cumbersome ear cushions. Great for keeping the ears comfortable, mediocre for lounging. The microphone also doesn't stay in place often enough, bending and twisting frequently - though it works well enough, even blocking outside noise and turning on and off by being flicked up and down. 

When it comes down to it, PDP's LVL 40 Headset simply isn't for laying down or relaxing. It's very much designed for the gamer who likes to play seated, rather than the one who just wants to kick back in bed and play some Switch. Granted, most people have their own set-up that works for them, but since the headset will likely be paired with an undocked Switch most of the time, it's something potential consumers should take into consideration before making a purchase. 

…But do make a purchase, especially if you're in need of a new headset or just want more immersive gaming out of the Switch. The LVL 40 Wired Stereo Gaming Headset isn't going to translate well into daily use (nor should it), but it's currently one of the best headsets available for the Nintendo's marvellous hybrid. 

Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10
Comfortable, affordable, and compatible with pretty much everything, PDP's LVL 40 Wired Stereo Gaming Headset is one of the best headsets on the market at the moment. The built-in microphone gets the job done more than well enough, and the headset's audio quality outright elevates certain games. Paired with an undocked Nintendo Switch, this is a one-way ticket to guaranteed immersion.

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