LucidSound is a company I've been quite impressed with over the last year or so. Every time I've picked up one of their headsets, it's always been immediately apparent what its purpose is. You can try one out and understand what they're going for immediately.
Although it may not always shock you with its clarity or build, it is clear who this thing is designed for. This is a wireless headset with enough quirks to leave players feeling satisfied, even at a slightly lower budget. The LucidSound LS15X follows this design philosophy to a tee.
LucidSound LS15X - How does it look?
I got the Shock Blue model and I'm glad I did. It looks great on a stand and really works well with the curves on the top. It's a striking color without being flashy. The plastic frame just above the earcups looks a little flimsy so the color and design do a good job of making the whole headset feel natural and put together.
You can find a detachable mic on the left-hand side and a surprising lack of buttons on the earcups themselves (we'll get to this later). There's a certain sleekness about the whole thing that works with the whole ethos of this headset. This is a good entry-level into wireless gaming. You give up a little on some of the materials but make up for it in thoughtful design and a decent overall build.
There is a decent amount of branding on the headset - something I'm not hugely against but some may dislike. As well as having the logo on the ears, you can find "LucidSound" written on the top. This is mostly not that noticeable as you rarely see the top of the headset. The earcups are surprisingly large, in contrast to the rest of the frame, but the entire design works together well. The LucidSound LS15X is a much nicer looking headset than I assumed from pictures online - perhaps due to the striking balance of white and blue.
LucidSound LS15X - How does it work?
There are a few interesting little design choices to the LucidSound LS15X that pleasantly surprised me in my time with it. The first applies to the mic. The LucidSound LS15X comes with a detachable boom mic. Being quite long, I could see why someone may want to unplug it. If you do so, a backup mic will initiate - capable of handling your online communication. It's obviously not amazing but a nice surprise for when you want a little bit more of a laid back atmosphere without a mic pointing in your face.
Another little design quirk lies in the volume button. Namely, there isn't one. Instead, the two cups are surrounded in dials that you can use to adjust your volume. Although a little strange, this is an incredibly intuitive system that works far better than a standard button on the side. As well as this, you can mute yourself and change some settings by clicking on the earcups.
Of course, the LucidSound LS15X isn't entirely without buttons. On the left side, you can find an EQ button. Flicking between three unique EQ profiles, you can favor certain sounds and customize your experience on the go. Where one may prioritize footsteps and small sounds for online play, another is all about the atmosphere. There's a surprising amount of customization that can be done on the fly with this headset - a huge bonus when added to the seamless wireless connectivity. By plugging a small connector into the back of the Xbox, all you have to do is turn it on to get started. You can do this via a power button on the right-hand side.
The LucidSound LS15X has a really solid sound profile, despite not having quite as expensive hardware. For the price, what you're getting here is great - dealing decently with video games, movies and music. The mic is in a similar situation. It's a decent mic with enough clarity to take you through even the most hectic situations - even if I'd love to see a model like this with slightly better hardware in the future.
On the head, it feels comfortable with big earcups and the light design leaves it feeling good hours later. The top bar is cushioned and the earcups feel safe, even if the parts connecting it don't feel quite as sturdy. It's not a headset I'm afraid of breaking but I'm still a little more careful with this than my others.
Lucidsound LS15X Review | Verdict
The Lucidsound LS15X is a dynamic and interesting wireless headset with enough options and nice design decisions to more than make up for its already pretty decent price range. Although its build quality can feel a little flimsy, this is a really solid choice for anyone looking to get started in the gaming headset market. If you're looking for a great wireless headset at a decent price range, it would be hard to go wrong with this
The LucidSound LS15X was provided to us by LucidSound. You can order it from their site now.