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The Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset (AW988) hits the market

Alienware AW988 Wireless Gaming Headset now up for sale mid-June 2018 (Source: Dell United States)
Alienware AW988 Wireless Gaming Headset (Source: Dell United States)
The first such accessory by Alienware in almost a decade, the AW988 is a wireless 7.1 surround gaming headset with LED lights, active noise canceling, and a frequency response range of 20 to 20,000 Hz. Covered by a two-year manufacturer warranty, the Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988 can be acquired directly from Dell for US$229.99.
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Although Alienware was also involved in the gaming accessories market for a long time, the latest headset to carry the company's logo arrived almost a decade ago. Unveiled earlier this month at Computex, the new AW988 comes as the company's first wireless gaming headset and is now already shipping to those willing to shell out more than US$200 — US$229.99, to be precise — to get it.

The official product page at Dell.com describes the AW988 as a "Gaming headset designed for the most dedicated audiophile. Lightweight design with crystal-clear communication and iconic Alienware style." However, the reality looks a bit different, because most audiophiles I know would never go for a non-wired headset that features virtual surround, 40 mm drivers, and a low impedance value of only 16 Ohm.

On the other hand, most of the gamers looking for a good headset should find enough attractive attributes here: AlienFX RGB lighting, up to 15 hours of autonomy (but less than 9 hours with the RGB lighting turned on), 20 to 20,000 Hz frequency response, a uni-directional boom microphone with active noise canceling, 107 dB maximum sound pressure. For more details about the look and feel of the AW988, you should spare a few minutes to watch the hands-on review below.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-06-13 (Update: 2018-06-13)