I’m not a huge fan of insanely expensive headsets. I don’t like having both ears covered, I don’t think it adds any real advantage to multiplayer games, and I don’t think they are anywhere near worth the prices they charge. I chalk it up to profiteering off hype and brand names. I’ve always stuck with the basic (cheap) headsets and the occasional one ear wireless headsets in order to feel as least cumbersome as possible. So when I was asked to give my impressions on PowerA’s Fusion gaming headset, I fully expected to be treated to a well-made, but vastly overpriced pair of headphones. Turns out I was half right.
The Fusion headset comes packaged in a fairly nice box, both looking and feeling like a premium accessory. With a nicely printed instruction booklet, stickers, and a study box, PowerA really nailed it in terms of appearance.
I immediately noticed the fabric cable and was pleased. I’ve always preferred these cords opposed to the ‘pinch‘ and tear prone standard rubber/plastic cords.
The earphones are well-cushioned, sturdy and comfortable. While I’m still not a fan of having both of my ears covered, I wore them for well over three hours and never felt uncomfortable or felt any sort of pain.
Smoothly adjustable, the headband expands to fit even my hugely oversized melon. Which believe it not, is sometimes a real problem I’ve had with headsets in the past.
The mic is on a long, bendable wire that adjusts well to any position and sounds pretty nice to boot. It’s also detachable so you can use them as standard headphones without a large wire sticking out by your face.
Despite my dislike of stereo headsets, I must admit I was fairly impressed with the Fusion. After I put the right earphone slightly off my ear, I found myself actually enjoying using it.
Then it hit me; the price. I was lucky enough to be sent this for review, but I knew I’d never pay the surely outrageous price for this otherwise. I pulled out my phone for a quick Google search to see the damage. But to my huge astonishment, it wasn’t priced for the Kardashians.
Retailing for only $39.99 USD, this headset is easily the highest quality within a reasonable price range. While I haven’t really tested the super high-end gaming headsets, unless they also clean my house I can’t see them being worth the money.
Overall, the Fusion gaming headset from PowerA is a quality headset available for a price that won’t require a bank loan. While the plastic does feel a bit on the budget side, it’s still crafted and presented in a extremely nice fashion. I’ll be using them, which I never imagined I would be saying about a stereo headset.