Redragon H848 IRE Pro Review Ultra Lightweight Gaming Headset

Thursday, June 01, 2023

With its precise audio quality, long battery life, versatile connectivity options, and premium looks, the Redragon H848 IRE Pro stands out among other budget gaming headsets. With support for 2.4Ghz wireless, low latency Bluetooth, and wired connection, you have the freedom to enjoy your gaming sessions on various platforms, including PC, smartphones, and PlayStation, without the hassle of tangled cables.

Comfort is paramount during long gaming sessions, and the H848 Ire Pro is very comfortable, thanks to being super lightweight and having fabric earpads. Its low clamping force and ultra lightweight design, weighing only 183 grams (with the boom mic attached), reduces pressure on the head, allowing for extended use without discomfort. The outer earpad measures 7.5cm wide x 9.5cm high, while the inner hole opening measures 6cm high x 4cm wide. The top of the driver isn't padded or lined with fabric like most headphones. Instead, it is perforated hard plastic, which not only can be an issue if your ears stick out but, it also means there is no fabric protection catching sweat and dirt from getting into the drivers.

In terms of battery life, you can achieve between 10 hours (via bluetooth) and 20 hours via 2.4Ghz wireless. The headset charges fully in about 2.5 hours without quick charge support. There is no passthrough charging in 2.4Ghz wireless mode or bluetooth so, you cannot use the headset whilst charging. Speaking of Bluetooth, 7.1 surround sound mode only works in 2.4Ghz wireless, which is typical with most 7.1 gaming headsets.

The H848 Ire Pro is equipped with a detachable boom arm microphone (12cm long), which is flexible and bendable at different positions. The mic has a natural pick up pattern with good amplification, as well as noise-cancellation which suppresses background noise (e.g. keyboard typing). The H848 Ire Pro boom arm mic connects to the headset via a jack square plug connection. The detachable  mic design works well, although a retractable boom mic is always more desirable to prevent misplacing the boom mic.

Convenience and ease of use are also priorities with the H848 Ire Pro headset. Controls are conveniently located on the left earcup, providing easy access for adjusting volume and muting the microphone. In bluetooth mode, you get more controls available including play/pause and calls (answer/end/reject).

As far as construction, the H848 Ire Pro is made entirely of plastic, except the mesh vents which are made of metal. The headband slider is also plastic and slides up and down (silently) along the outside of the earcups. There is no traditional yokes; hence the earcups do not tilt nor swivel around. The H848 Ire Pro earcups feature exposed cabling made of rubber and are padded with memory foam and covered with fabric material making them more breathable than PU leather earpads. The headband is also covered with fabric material and foam padded (top and bottom). The buttons are clicky and made of plastic. Despite the plastic construction, the H848 Ire Pro earcups keep the sound in, preventing sound from leaking out excessively.

In terms of compatibility, the H848 Ire Pro is not compatible with Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Series S but works with Playstation4, Nintendo Switch and computers (Windows and Macs). The H848 Ire Pro headset doesn't work connected to a phone's headphone jack. The H848 Ire Pro headset only works with a phone via bluetooth or USB-C wired connection. 

The H848 IRE Pro detachable omnidirectional microphone provides flexibility and convenience when it comes to adjusting the microphone position or removing it altogether. This is particularly useful if you only need the headset for listening to music or watching videos. The on-board controls allow you to conveniently adjust the volume and mute the microphone without having to navigate through the Redragon software.

Some disadvantages of the Redragon H848 IRE Pro compared to other Redragon headsets include the smaller driver size, which doesn't provide the same level of immersive sound as headsets with 50mm drivers, such as the Redragon H510 Zeus X Wireless, Redragon Diomedes H386 or the Redragon Helios H710. The lack of RGB lighting is another potential drawback. If you like customizable lighting effects, check out the Redragon H510 Zeus X Wireless, Redragon Zeus X H510 Wired or the Redragon Pandora2 H350.

The H848 IRE Pro is constructed mainly of plastic, which is why it's so lightweight but doesn't feel as durable and sturdy as headsets with metal components, like the Redragon Helios H710. If you prioritize features like a detachable microphone, on-board controls, and a lightweight design, the Redragon H848 IRE Pro is a solid choice. However, if you value larger drivers, RGB lighting, or sturdier construction, you might find other models like the Redragon H510 Zeus X Wireless, Redragon Pandora2 H350, or Redragon Helios H710 a better choice.

Deal breakers
  • 40mm drivers
  • No bluetooth multipoint connectivity
  • Lack of RGB lighting
  • Plastic construction
  • Doesn't work using a USB-C to 3.5mm cable
  • No quick charge
  • No passthrough charging in 2.4Ghz wireless or bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 5.0 - not the latest version
  • 7.1 surround sound not supported in bluetooth mode
  • Earcups don't tilt or rotate
  • Exposed cabling design
  • Exposed driver - no fabric mesh protection
  • Non-replace earpads
  • Bluetooth status led doesn't turn off after connection
  • No bluetooth low latency mode
  • Non retractable boom

Selling points
  • Wired connectivity
  • Bluetooth mode
  • 2.4Ghz wireless (low latency mode)
  • Low latency (via 2.4Ghz)
  • Over-ear style
  • Loud and clear noise cancelling mic
  • Lightweight
  • Loud volume
  • bluetooth AAC audio
  • Very little sound leakage
  • On earcup controls
  • Fabric earpads
  • Redragon software
  • Supports Absolute bluetooth volume
  • Low battery voice alert
  • Stereo and 7.1 sound
  • USB-C charging connection
  • Gaming mode
  • Compatible with PC/Mac/PS4/Switch/Phone
  • Breathable earcups
  • Detachable microphone
  • Available in 3 colorways
  • Affordable
Accessories included are a 2.4Ghz wireless dongle, velcro strap, USB-A to USB-C stiff fabric cable (1.8 meters), foam shield, Redragon stickers and boom arm microphone. You can buy the Redragon H848 IRE Pro Headset from RedragonShop and amazon

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