Plantronics GameCom P80 review

If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to the wireless headphones produced by field leaders Logitech, Turtle Beach and Razer, you could do a lot worse than the Plantronics GameCom P80.

Sporting an attractive, subtle design and wireless functionality, the P80 delivers a decent soundscape for a stereo headset. Though the headset performs satisfactorily, game audio is a little on the muddy side, with a lack of clarity that lets down its impressive bass.

Setting it up, thankfully, is a cinch — insert the accompanying USB dongle into your PC or PS4, hold down the power button on your headset and it connects instantly. Though the P80 works great on PS4, the thickness of its dongle (which you really have to force between PS4’s upper and lower sections) leads us to believe it was designed with PCs in mind.

One of the unit’s standout features is its solid microphone, which you can flick down to enable and flick back up to mute. It’s not an in-line mic, though, so while your friends will hear you clearly, you’ll have trouble hearing yourself over the in-game audio, which can be unpleasant.

In terms of battery life, the P80 will last you an impressive 10 hours off a full charge.

It’s got a decent range, too, with audio remaining clear at a distance of up to 12 metres. Unfortunately, we found it to be slightly uncomfortable after around 30 minutes of gameplay.

The P80 is decent for its price, but if you have some extra cash, you can do better.

Verdict: An affordable wireless gaming headset that does the job, just not particularly well.

Price: $80
From: Plantronics

Rating: 3 stars out of 5