Audio Peripherals

REVIEW | Lenovo Legion H300 and H500 Pro 7.1 Stereo Gaming Headset

Headphones – one of the staples in the gaming experience. Offers both immersion and a huge advantage if you choose the correct model that suit your needs.

Lenovo, as part of their effort to create an ecosystem of their own – has released 2 new options for your audio peripheral needs – giving you not only the power to choose between designs but also what fits your budget more – Meet the Lenovo H300, a stereo gaming headphone that stands as the base model, and the Lenovo H500 Pro, a 7.1 stereo headphone.

Specifications

Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset

Transducer typeDynamic 50mm with Neodymium Magnets
Frequency range20 Hz – 20 KHz
Impedance32Ω ± 15% @ 1 KHz
Sensitivity (SPL)99 ± 3dB / 1mW @ 1 KHz
Power handling capacity50 mW
THD200 – 3KHz≤3%
Transducer typeElectret condenser microphone with noise-canceling
Operating principlePressure operated
Polar PatternUni-directional, Noise-canceling type
Nominal impedance≤ 2.2KΩ
Frequency range100Hz – 10KHz
Sensitivity (SPL)-40.5 ± 3dB
Volume controlVolume up / down
Mic controlMic mute
ConnectivityWired via 3.5 mm audio jack
Cable length1.8 mY-splitter cable for PC: 65 mm
Product WeightAround 320g
Packaging Dimension (W x L x H)TBC
Headband structrueSelf-adjust suspension headband with soft PU cushion
Frame typeSteel
Earcup materialMemory Foam and soft PU leather
MicrophoneRetractable noise-canceling mic
CertificationTBC
Supported OSWindows® 10, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Mac OS X 10.5.x or later, Xbox One™, PlayStation® 4, Nintendo Switch™Some Xbox One™ controllers may require headset adapter sold separately
Ship GroupLegion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset, Warranty poster, User guide
Warranty1 year

Legion H500 Pro 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Transducer typeDynamic 50mm with Neodymium Magnets
Frequency range20Hz – 20KHz
Driver2 x 9mm
Impedance32Ω±15% @ 1KHz
Sensitivity (SPL)99±3dB /1mW @ 1KHz
Power handling capacity50mW
THD200~3KHz≤3%
Transducer typeElectret condenser microphone with noise cancel
Operating principlePressure operated
Polar PatternOmnidirectional
Nominal impedance≤2.2KΩ
Frequency range100Hz – 10KHz
Sensitivity (SPL)-38±3dB
7.1 modevirtual 7.1 surround sound on/off
EQ3 pre-set EQ: Game, Music, Movie
Volume controlVolume up/down
Mic controlMic mute
ConnectivityWired via 3.5 mm audio jack or USB 2.0
Cable lengthheadset to 3.5mm: 1mUSB advanced control box: 1m
Product Weightaround 320g
Packaging Dimension (W x L x H)TBC
Headband structureself-adjust suspension headband with soft PU cushion
Frame typeSteel
Earcup materialMemory Foam and soft protein leather
MicrophoneRetractable noise-canceling mic
CertificationTBC
Compatibility MatrixPC : 7.1 Surround via USB, Stereo via 3.5mmPS4: Stereo via 3.5mmXbox One™: Stereo via 3.5mmNintendo Switch™: Stereo via 3.5mmApple: Stereo via 3.5mmMobile: Stereo via 3.5mm
Supported OSWindows® 10, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Mac OS X 10.5.x or later, Xbox One™, PlayStation® 4, Nintendo Switch™
Ship GroupH500 headset, 7.1 advanced control box, warranty poster, User guide
Warranty1 year

Closer Look

Lenovo Legion H300

The Lenovo Legion H300 and H500 Pro Gaming Headphones when put beside each other looks immensely similar, aside from the aesthetic color of the speaker’s wire that bridges to the other side of the speaker passing through the headband. The Lenovo Legion H300 wire is blue-colored, while the H500 Pro has it’s cable – blacked out

As for the headphones, it uses synthetic leather on the earcup and the headband. The frame is made of steel. Comfortable and flexible are the best words to describe its adjustment properties that blend pretty well with any heads regardless of size. The aesthetic of the headphone is great. It doesn’t draw much attention but is quite big, but there is no way to fold it for portable and mobile use. There are no buttons or volume wheel in the earcup. You can also find the retractable microphone on the left earcup.

Lenovo Legion H300 and included accessory

The Lenovo Legion H300 comes with a splitter as the cable is a single 3.5mm jack. It comes with inline controls where you can adjust your volume and mute switch. Both cables are soft-braided cables.

Lenovo Legion H500 Pro and included accessory

The Lenovo Legion H500 Pro comes with a 3.5mm jack to USB sound card. The wire length is 1.3 meters long. The wire of the headphone is 1 meter long. It doesn’t have any inline controls and is both made with a soft-braided cable.

The USB sound Card that comes with Lenovo Legion H500 Pro

The USB sound card of the Lenovo Legion H500 Pro has 3 Pre-EQ settings: gaming, music, and movie. A 7.1 button can be seen that makes toggling of the 7.1 surround sound feature a breeze. You can find also in the USB sound card the volume adjustment buttons and the mic mute switch.

Performance

Both the Lenovo Legion H300 and H500 Pro sound similar, both focusing on the bass to make the game sounds pop, making it much more engaging. The Lenovo Legion H500 Pro Pre-EQ enables you to switch with a different EQ by its sound card. The first EQ setting is for games, enhancing the bass. The second EQ setting is for music, making it more balanced. The third EQ setting is for movies, prioritizing the vocal sounds. The 7.1 setting on the Lenovo Legion H500 Pro sound card really lets you get immersed in the game you play.

The mic of the Lenovo Legion H500 Pro has a noise cancellation, while the Lenovo Legion H300 doesn’t. The sounds of the mic are the same. They are both decent for communicating with your teammates and for streaming, but the H500 Pro microphone is a better option.

Final Thoughts

Lenovo did a great job leveraging a base model and building 2 different units on the design. It gives consumers options which are always welcome in the market. limited budget? we got the Lenovo Legion H300. a couple of cash to spare? they also have the Lenovo Legion H500 Pro.

The Lenovo Legion H300 and Lenovo Legion H500 both will last a lifetime, having a metal frame body. But do take note that the headphones are quite big in the form factor category. Both of them have a decent retractable microphone that sounds dependable – but the Lenovo Legion H500 has noise cancellation, which makes it shine on background noise heavy environments.

The Lenovo Legion H300 and Lenovo Legion H500 are baseline bass brothers, with a prioritizes the lows – sound quality wise. The Lenovo Legion H500 sound card Pre-EQ however explores other modes that prioritizes other spectrums of sound making it more diverse. The sound isolation of the headphones was sufficient – being able to cancel out any unwanted interference from the outside sound gate. We wish they could have done more with the cabling – maybe extending the length even just a bit and having the more sleek and less prone to tethering slim cable braiding over the undependable soft braid cabling.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Great sound isolation
  • Great microphone sound
  • Lenovo Legion H500 included sound card has a decent Pre-EQ setting

Cons

  • Quite in the big size making quite hard for travelling
  • Cable length was not bad but not the best either
  • not a fan of soft braided cabling as this is prone to tethering in the future

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