Ever been in a situation where all of your pals are playing a hot new game and you can’t join in on voice chat? We’ve all been there, but with the online gaming industry set to be worth $79bn by 2025, it’s time to sort it out.
Good gaming headsets can cost a lot of money but they don’t have to. EKSA is a budget-conscious brand that has just brought out its brand-new Air Joy Plus, an ultra-light gaming headset. EKSA has created the Air Joy Plus with all of the features that you would expect from a gaming headset – without the customary high price tag.
What makes a good gaming headset?
A good gaming headset needs to hit in three main areas. The first is comfort – headsets have to be comfortable for long periods of use in high-intensity gaming situations. If your headset isn’t comfortable it’s going to have a serious knock-on effect on your gaming. The second is sound quality, as you need to be aware of your surroundings and have the ability to identify noises with certainty. The third is communication because without reliable comms you can’t hope to be competitive in the world of online gaming. If any of these three are not up to snuff, your headset is not fit for purpose. Overarching all of these, though, is value for money.
This is where EKSA truly steps up to the mark. While some companies charge upwards of $300 for gaming headsets, EKSA keeps it reasonable, especially in the case of the Air Joy Plus which retails for only $52. When it comes to headsets, or any gaming peripheral for that matter, the law of diminishing returns rears its ugly head. Sure, the quality increases as you spend more, but only to a certain point. After this, the value proposition gets less and less worthwhile.
This is a particularly noticeable phenomenon in the gaming industry as it’s full of companies attempting to charge huge markups on products that cost relatively little to design, develop, manufacture, and market. If you’re on a budget it can seem like a waste of time. However, EKSA aims to deliver quality kit at a very reasonable price – under the $100 mark, and often much cheaper. You can actually pick up the Air Joy Plus for $35.99 at the moment and that’s a very decent price for a headset with the following features.
The Air Joy Plus is constructed in a streamlined, weight-optimized way, which results in very little waste and an absolutely featherweight headset that totals a tiny 7.19oz/204g. With lightness, comes ease of use and ergonomics. A good gaming headset needs to be suitable for long periods of use, and the Air Joy Plus weighs so little you might forget you’ve got it on. That’s exactly what you want from your headset.
The design is complemented by stealthy red stripes across the headband, and breathing red lights on the earcups. The red lights are additionally surrounded by a stylish spiral pattern. The combination of these design decisions results in a stylish headset with a well-implemented touch of gamer flair.
The lightweight plastics, headband, and slimline earcups all work together to form a convenient and portable online gaming headset that boasts an effortless fit, and considerable versatility and portability.
EKSA has made some decisions in service of the audio design, including 40mm drivers. The width of the drivers has a huge impact on the sound and the expanded width of these allows for a more dynamic soundstage. This is invaluable for online gameplay and can give you a true competitive edge.
Additionally, the Air Joy Plus gaming headset has virtual 7.1 surround sound. In short, this digitally replicates a seven-speaker plus subwoofer setup, which means that the sound feels like it’s coming from all around you. Again, this significantly increases your chances in competitive online gameplay and is a true game-changer in the headset space.
Without vocal comms, you simply cannot reach peak gaming performance in a team environment. You really can’t hope to strategize with your teammates without a decent microphone. EKSA has got you covered here too, with a built-in unidirectional noise-canceling microphone that is equipped with a flexible, adjustable arm. This allows you to position the mic to your liking, for optimal communication and comfort.
Additionally, the mic comes with a slip-on pop filter, which helps to prevent errant popping noises from interfering with your gameplay. The positioning, pop filter, and unidirectional microphone mean that you can be confident with comms through the Air Joy Plus.
An additional feature of the Air Joy Plus gaming headset is the USB-C connection. With mobile devices continuing to forgo the traditional 3.5mm, USB-C is fast becoming the standard. The lightness of this headset combined with the USB-C connection means it’s perfect for mobile gaming. The broad compatibility results in a versatile headset that works with PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Apple Mac.
The EKSA Air Joy Plus headset has all the makings of a great gaming headset that will be comfortable for hours on end. With a lightweight design and minimal ‘gamer’ flourish, this headset not only looks good, but it won’t let you down when it comes to actual real-world performance, too. Whether you enjoy mobile gaming, or just want a lighter headset for your games console at home, the EKSA Air Joy Plus is an option you should seriously consider when shopping for a brand-new gaming headset.