Pulse Wireless Headset Review -- PS3 Goes Wireless


Posted October 23, 2012 - By Leah Jackson

Pulse Wireless Headset Review -- PS3 Goes Wireless

The Pulse Wireless Headset: Elite Edition is a solid, reliable offering from Sony. It looks and feels more expensive than its $150 price mark, and more importantly, the wireless headset's sound quality is fantastic. It even comes with a number of special features that tech junkies like yourself will enjoy, including preset sound modes and a BassImpact feature that lets you "feel the sound."

When it comes to headsets, sound and comfort are definitely the most important factors to me, and that's exactly where the Pulse delivers. The Pulse boasts 7.1 virtual surround sound, which definitely helps to accentuate many types of gaming experiences. Don't expect the type of quality from a true 7.1 home audio system or anything. But let's say if you're in to shooters, you'll be able to hear your enemy before they creep up on you, so they offer a similar level of immersion.

The sound quality from the Pulse is pristine, and you can even customize the headset for an optimal experience when watching movies and listening to music, as well as when you're playing games, by using the device's side controls. The various modes (movies, music, shooters, fighting, and racing games) use the Pulse's innovative BassImpact technology, which delivers bass-triggered pulses to the cans based on what you're doing. For example, if you're playing a racing game with BassImpact on, you'll actually feel the motor rev. The intensity of the pulses changes based on the mode you're on, and it even works with music if you really want to feel that bass.

As for comfort, the Pulse is equipped with two huge noise-canceling leather ear-cups that easily fit over my ears completely. What impressed me about the cans was how great they were at keeping the sound in. Since the cans are fully closed, you won't disturb those around you with any sound leaking out which is great. In general, I found the Pulse to be very comfortable, but I wouldn't recommend it for longer gaming sessions as the headband starts to hurt after about an hour.

Pulse Wireless Headset Review -- PS3 Goes Wireless

I also appreciated the Pulse's hidden noise-canceling mic in the left earpiece. It makes the headset seem much more sleek than other offerings, and my friends were able to hear me perfectly when I tested it out.

On top of everything else, one thing I love about The Pulse is how easy it is to setup. You literally just plug the included USB dongle into your PS3 and through the magic of Bluetooth, the wireless headset is ready to go with no hassle whatsoever. If you want to use the headset with a device other than your PS3, Sony's included a somewhat flimsy 3 foot 3.5mm audio cable that you can use to wire the headset to just about anything you'd need to.

If there's one problem about The Pulse: Elite, it's the battery life. Even though the headset has rechargeable batteries built in, they only last about 4-6 hours per charge, and some gamers may be used to longer sessions. What is nice, however, is that with a press of the PlayStation Button you can see information about the battery life on-screen so you'll always know when to charge it. Unfortunately, Sony didn't include a USB cable in the box for you to charge the set with though, so you'll have to use the same cable you do for your PS3 controllers if you want to plug them in for a full charge.

Aside from the battery life, which isn't even that bad, The Pulse: Elite is great choice if you're looking for a wireless PS3 headset. It looks sleek, sounds fantastic, sets up easily, and comes with features that truly add to your listening experience if you're on a PlayStation 3.

PULSE wireless stereo headset - Elite Edition / $149.99

More Info: PlayStation Store

Pulse Wireless Headset Review -- PS3 Goes Wireless


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