You might think a solid keyboard, mouse, controller and screen are all you need to really enjoy a gaming session. You’d be wrong! Sound is absolutely vital to the modern gaming experience, so it’s worth your while to seek out a high-quality audio solution. Today we’re going to talk about one of PDP’s newest contenders for that title: the Afterglow Nur Premium Wireless Headset, a universal device that works with most game consoles and PC.
Before we go on, it’s worth mentioning that if you want a headset specifically for Xbox One you might be better off with PDP’s Afterglow 7 due to issues related to chat on that console for universal headsets, but the Nur is your choice for most other purposes.
The Nur’s sound comes from a set of 50mm Neodynium drivers, which is techspeak for “stuff sounds purdy.” By default, everything does in fact sound purdy! For more intense action games, films, or if you’re listening to Meghan Trainor, it’s also possible to switch to a bass-enhancing mode. Most actions, including switching sound modes and powering the headset on and off, are accompanied with voice confirmation. You won’t end up wondering why everything’s suddenly booming in your ears because you accidentally activated bass enhancement.
Volume and sound controls are all available on the outside of the left ear cup. This may take some getting used to, and it’s best if you’re careful with the controls until you’re sure about where everything is; I’ll shamefully admit blasting my eardrums out when I accidentally cranked the volume up too high while wearing my Nur. My fault, not the headset’s, but it’s still worth mentioning. If you don’t manage to blast yourself to death with high volumes, though, the Nur’s a comfortable set to use for extended periods, and I found it preferable to my previous wireless standby, the Skullcandy PLYR2, during long sessions.
This is an Afterglow headset, so naturally it glows. By default, the outside of the Nur’s ear cups will cycle through rainbow hues; I thought this was pretty cool, but if it’s too gaudy for your taste you can switch to a single color or disable the lighting entirely. It also comes with a gorgeous receiver that doubles as a conductive charger and can be mounted to the wall if you’d prefer that. The receiver is primarily connected via optical for high-quality sound, though you can also use a standard 3.5mm cable for older devices or those that don’t offer optical. Personally, I had the best results connecting my Nur’s receiver directly to the TV via optical, allowing me to use it for all my consoles, though for the most accurate sound possible it’s likely better to connect the receiver to the console in question.
Speaking of which, battery life is at least ten hours – long enough for whatever use you’ve got in mind, though it’s worth noting that the Nur doesn’t seem to come charged so it will need some TLC before it’s ready for use. As for wireless range, it’s not quite as high as some similar headsets like the Skullcandy PLYR2, but it’s good enough to work anywhere in the same room as the receiver and perhaps a room away. For example, let’s say you’re scared enough to wet yourself while playing Until Dawn; there’s a fair chance of not missing any scenes if your bathroom’s not halfway across the house.
Until Dawn, of course, is one of the games I tested out with this headset, and it works fantastically well for this sort of tense, audio-focused experience. Horror’s all about tension, as we all know, and building that tension with effective sound design is key to effective scares. I also enjoyed using the Nur with the upcoming Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, where the headset could showcase the game’s excellent music and voice acting.
Finally, I got my action fix with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which was a great choice for the bass boost feature thanks to all the explosions and gunfire I tend to create when I fail to infiltrate enemy positions – not to mention Kiefer Sutherland sounded as gruff as ever. I had no issues with any of my consoles – PS4, Wii U and Xbox One included – though again, for best results with chat on the Xbox One you’ll want a One-specific solution.
I don’t have many complaints about the Nur, but my biggest beef lies with the headset’s boomless microphone. While it maintains the Nur’s sleek aesthetic, it is, to put it simply, not great. You will sound like you’re underwater at best, while at worst you will sound like you’ve fell into a giant vat of Jell-O. It’s telling that the issue is present enough that not only is there a support page on PDP Europe’s site addressing it, but the page actually suggests that consumers who’d like higher sound quality from their microphone purchase a different headset.
If you plan on console gaming exclusively then you might be able to get away with it, since console-specific headsets are rarely much better than that, but if you’ve got a decent microphone or headset on PC then you’re going to end up annoying everyone you associate with over chat when you switch. It’s a shame, as the built-in design is brilliant and keeps an extended microphone from dangling in your face while you play.
Regardless, the Afterglow Nur Premium Wireless Headset is a very nice headset that does a great job handling anything you’d like it to do – just so long as that doesn’t involve talking to people. If you just want a headset that’s comfortable, that doesn’t chain you down with wires and lets you enjoy high-quality sound, the Nur will suit you nicely, while chat-heavy users who value that functionality might prefer PDP’s Kral instead. It’s also a great choice for apartments and smaller homes where noise pollution might end up being an issue; now your SO can watch Netflix in the living room while you game a few feet away and nobody hears anyone else’s content. It’s also a stylish piece that looks great lying around the house, particularly with its minimalist receiver stand . For everyday use and single-player gaming, the Nur is one of the better headsets I’ve used.