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Dell Performance USB Headset AE2 Review

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The Dell USB headphones are pretty clearly pitched at office workers or the budget-stretched gaming crowd.

The good

  • Easy setup
  • Relative isolation
  • Hidden microphone
  • Configurable

The bad

  • USB only is limiting
  • EAudio is middling

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Think Dell and you’re almost certainly going to think laptops and desktops. That’s the DNA of the direct sales technology vendor, but it has shown in the past that it’s willing to drop its branding on other, third-party sourced hardware and sell it direct as well.

That’s the precise story behind the Dell Performance USB Headset AE2, which it's developed in concert with headphone manufacturer Steel Series. Unlike equivalent Steel Series headphones at the same price point, however, Dell also provides inbuilt DTS software for virtual surround sound effects with the AE2 headphones.

Design

  • Very configurable
  • Hidden microphone is neat
  • USB only is limiting
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Performance

  • Relative noise isolation
  • Audio is middling
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Features

  • Easy setup
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Verdict

The Dell USB headphones are pretty clearly pitched at office workers or the budget-stretched gaming crowd. In the former case it presumes your office is happy with you wearing headphones at work in the first place, while in the latter it's a low-cost gaming headset with plenty of other alternatives.

In that context they're perfectly fair but essentially unexceptional headphones. You've got a whole world of other choices, cabled or Bluetooth based if you want something more flexible.

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Pricing and availability

Dell sells the Performance USB Headset AE2 directly through its online store for $99.

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Specifications

Dell Performance USB Headset AE2

Build

Category
Over-ear Headphones
Colours
Black
Driver Diameter
40mm

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wired
Bluetooth
No

Features

Detachable Cable
Yes
Rechargeable Battery
No

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