The Tritton AX180 Gaming headset is the lowest end gaming model headset provided by Tritton Technologies. This is a universal headset, meaning it can be used on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and the PC or Mac. I have used the headset for a little more than 40 hours of game play, playing a wide variety of games including:
- Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
- Battlefield Bad Company 2
- Guitar Hero 5
- Mini Ninjas
The particular headsets that I used for this review have probably seen between 250 – 300 total hours of game play use from customers within the eBash Video Gaming Center store. Most of the customer feedback has been positive, but here is my thorough, written review of the Tritton AX 180.
What’s in the Box
Design and Durability
The Tritton AX180′s are built around the concept of simplicity. They have an all black matted finish with the orange Tritton logo neatly placed in the middle of each ear phone. The headset itself is lightweight, compact and fairly durable. I am not too fond of the width of the ear padding; it does not seem to fit well around my ear lobes and becomes quite uncomfortable after a couple hours of use. Each headphone also has a DJ style swivel mechanism similar to the Astro A40s which lets you rest the headphones around your neck if you are walking around or simply want to take them off because they are hurting your ears (I had to do that quite a bit).
The detachable, flexible microphone is also a great addition to the headset. I know quite a few gamers that continually snap their standard Xbox live microphones. Tritton eliminated that problem however by providing the flexibility in the mic. I do wish they included the option to switch the microphone from the left side to the right side – I know some players, including myself, have a preference over which side of my face I would like the microphone to rest.
I have not had or seen any problems with the AX180s malfunctioning or breaking. They are surprisingly sturdy and flexible as demonstrated in my video review. The swivel mechanism on each individual headphone provides a bit of leeway to avoid breaking the headphones through some random mishap. The amount of flexibility in the headset itself is also very unique and they stretch quite a ways before you have to worry about them breaking. Large heads are definitely welcome on the AX 180s!
I was reasonably satisfied by the sound quality of the AX180s. They certainly did not blow me away, but they manage to get the job done for the price. It does not feature coaxial or optic sound capabilities so anyone looking for a stellar sound performance headset should definitely steer clear of the AX180s – this is a headset for the budget conscious. There is an inline audio controller located along the 12.5 ft wire which is great for adjusting separately, the voice and game volume levels for players on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. The full spec sheet is listed below:
This is not my go-to headset for shooters such as Gears of War 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, or Halo 3. If I know I am going to be playing for longer than 1 or 2 hours I make a switch to headphones with better sound quality and comfort.
Pros and Cons
- Affordable Price ($69.99 – 74.99)
- Universal (works on Xbox 360, PS3, and the PC)
- Inline Audio controls
- Not many wires
- Available at brick and mortar retailers
- Extremely uncomfortable on the ear lobes
- No multiple sound inputs for greater sound quality (optic, coaxial)
End of the Day
The Tritton AX180s are a very good headset for their price. They definitely beat out many of the other headphones in that price range and the ability to use them on pretty much any system is ideal. I like the simplicity of the AX180s and how well they stand up to some of the abuse they receive from the customers in our store. If it were not for the unreasonable discomfort I experienced while wearing them for more than 2 hours, I would completely love the headphones. All-in-all the Tritton AX180s are definitely one of the better headphones for console gamers (Xbox 360 and PS3) searching for a headset in the sub $100 range. If you have a little more money available I would recommend the Turtle Beach X31′s, Tritton AX 720s or Astro A30s.
If you are interested in purchasing the Tritton AX 180′s, you can find them at the Amazon store for $74.99.
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