When I say “gaming peripheral,” what are the first words that spring into your mind? If it’s descriptors like “garish” or “uncomfortable,” then you and I are on the same wavelength. The majority of gaming mice, keyboards, and headsets are painful to look at and use; triumphs of marketing, over form and function.
That’s where the LucidSound LS30 Wireless Gaming Headset comes in, looking to target consumers that want performance, but not at the risk of comfort or appearance. Balancing ergonomics through form factor, and superb audio quality through technical achievements, the LS30 is one of the best gaming headsets I’ve had the pleasure of using.
For our review, we were supplied with a media sample from the company directly. Coming in at $249.00, the headset comes packaged with:
The main drawcard of the LS30 is its form factor. Compared to other competitors on the market, it’s design is sleek and elegant, featuring a simple metal band providing structure to the entire unit. It’s also comfortable to wear due to roomy head cups, and a padded headband. Horizontal swivels on the side also ensure that the headset conforms to whatever weird angles your head throws at it.
Instead of the jumble of buttons most headsets sport on the side, the LS30 uses its pleasing design to aid in its function. Discs on either ear cup aren’t just nice to look at; they also give volume and muting control through simple twists or taps. Not once did I struggle to find my desired function. It’s simple and clean.
In terms of audio quality, the LS30 sports uncompressed 2.4 GHz wireless signals. The result is crisp and clear audio for both music and gameplay. There are optional EQ pre-sets that can be toggled too for increased bass or treble. While the former does a good job of boosting up those lower wavelengths to an appreciable level, the latter treble pre-set just sounds tinny and bad.
The LS30 also sports two mics. One is built internally into the unit, while the other is a detachable boom. As can be expected, the audio quality of the boom is far greater. Without it you’ll sound like you’re in an echo chamber, with background noise easily being picked up. The headset also pipes a small amount of your mic audio into your ears. While a little distracting at first, it can be useful in monitoring just how loudly you’re yelling at your teammates for diving a tier one tower at six minutes in as Ursa (seriously Matt I don’t even know what you were thinking).
Setting up the LS30 can be a bit of a chore, depending on the system you’re using. While the early unit I had access to didn’t officially support the PC (drivers will be added with retail boxes), it connected and operated flawlessly; just plug in the wireless dongle, and set it as your default audio device.
For PS4 (the LS30 also supports Xbox One, 360, PS3, and mobile) it gets a little messier. You’ll have to plug the optical cable to the back of your console, and then the dongle to the front. From there, you connect the optical cable to a small port on the dongle. Not exactly complicated, but if your system isn’t tucked away in a cabinet it can start to look like Frankenstein’s monster.
I have a desk drawer behind me, full to the brim with gaming headsets. A black-and-white plastic wasteland, overflowing with “extreme” and “intense,” and other highly non-descript adjectives. The LucidSound LS30 headset is none of these things – and it’s infinitely better for it. Combining a slick, understated design that is both ergonomic and functional, with high-end audio clarity, the LS30 is one of the best gaming headsets on the market.
The LS30 Wireless Gaming Headset is set to release on September 23 at select retailers for $249.00. It will come in two variants – black and silver, or white and gold.