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4W Headset Review: Skullcandy SLYR Headset (Xbox One)

What is it?

The Skullcandy SLYR is a wired stereo headset for use with the Xbox One.

What does it do?

The Skullcandy SLYR allows you to enjoy in-game and chat audio for a complete immersive experience with minimal hardware. If you pick up an auxillary cable you can also use the headset with your PC, phone or MP3 player as well.

What's wrong with it?

The only issue I found with the SLYR headset was that the ear cups made my ears a bit sweaty after about 2 hours of usage. I also noticed a small amount audio bleed-out at higher volumes, but it did not detract from the overall experience. It would have been nice to have the aux cable included for usage on the PC or mobile devices.

Why do you/don't you need it?

Gamers looking for a cheaper yet more aesthetically pleasing option without all the bells and whistles will surely appreciate this headset and all it has to offer. The quality construction, foldable microphone, and crisp stereo sound are definitely certain to sway gamers away from the standard Xbox One headset which, in my opinion, for a first party headset is incredibly drab looking.

My Take:

Setup for the SLYR headset was a snap and pretty self explanatory. I had the headset up and running in less than five minutes. The ease of use and dedicated controls will allow full customization of both in-game and chat audio. The headphones themselves are quite comfortable and did not cause me any discomfort in the 2+ hours I wore them. Plus, they're incredibly light which at times made me forget I had them on. As I mentioned earlier, the ear will sweat quite a bit if you are in a warm environment. It would be nice if the ear cup covers could be washed because I forsee them getting dirty over time, or, if at minimum were replaceable, but given the price point of the headset I understand the omission. Sound-wise the SLYR headset delivered crisp stereo sound and while many will clamor for 5.1 or 7.1 sound, I will admit that the SLYR does a great job delivering balanced audio. Punches, kicks, and gunfire are all easily discernable and do not become muddled at higher volume settings. While we are on the subject of volume, I will tell you that the headset is extremely loud so definitely make sure to set the volume at a comfortable yet safe level. In game chat, audio is solid and people could hear me clearly with minimal background noise heard by my friends. Skullcandy gets bonus points for making the microphone foldable since removable options tend to get lost. This headset originally had an MSRP of $99.99, but you can get it from most retailers including Amazon for $69.99 – so if you're in the market for headset I recommend giving it a shot.

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