EKSA Air Joy Pro gaming headset review: One of the lightest headsets you'll ever find

Eksa Air Joy Pro Flat
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iMore Verdict

Bottom line: This headset barely weighs anything, making it appealing for those who frequently get headaches or migraines. However, the speaker and microphone quality aren't the best.

Pros

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    Only weighs 5.3 oz

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    Removable cables and microphone

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    Headphone jack & USB to USB-C cable

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    Controls on the left earphone

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    Lights up when connected with USB-C cable

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    7.1 Surround sound

Cons

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    Muffled sound when using headphone jack

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    Microphone is quiet for other players

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    Tacky phrases on earphones

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One of the biggest challenges for many gamers is finding a quality headset that doesn't put a lot of pressure on your head. You might find a headset with really good controls and sound quality, but then wearing it for long stretches can give you a headache.

I had the opportunity to test EKSA's Air Joy Pro gaming headset. It's super lightweight while still offering volume controls directly on the left earphone. While it definitely doesn't put that much pressure on your head, the sound quality isn't that great.

Air Joy Pro What I like

Eksa Air Joy Pro Headset Everything From Box

Eksa Air Joy Pro Headset Everything From Box (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

Upon opening the box, I discovered the headphones, a headphone jack, a removable microphone, a USB to USB-C cable, a cable splitter, a carrying bag, and an instruction manual.

Ultra lightweight Less pressure on your head

The Air Joy Pro headset only weighs about 5.3 ounces.

The Air Joy Pro headset only weighs about 5.3 ounces, which is less than half the weight of many other gaming headsets out there. As such, this might be a good option for anyone who suffers from headaches and migraines as it might put less pressure on your head.

The thin band connecting the two earphones definitely feels a bit more fragile than the average headset because of its thin build. But, if you are careful not to place the Air Joy Pro in places where it could get damaged, then it shouldn't break on you.

Convenient controls Volume options on left earphone

Eksa Air Joy Pro Closeup (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

Considering that this is such a lightweight headset that doesn't cost much, it's somewhat surprising to find that all of the included cables are removable, and the volume controls are located on the left earphone. You'll be hard-pressed to find another thin headset at this price with these same features.

The inclusion of so many different cables makes it so this headset can work with a variety of gaming consoles and devices like the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Since this headset comes with a drawstring carrying bag, removable cables, and removable mic, it's very easy to pack and travel with the Air Joy Pro. Just make sure not to put too much weight on the headphones, or they could get damaged in transit.

Air Joy Pro What I don't like

Eksa Air Joy Pro Red Light

Eksa Air Joy Pro Red Light (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

If you're looking for high-quality headphones, you're going to need to pay more than $40 to buy them. Here are the negative aspects to expect with the Air Joy Pro.

Muffled sound For you and your friends

The things you and your friends hear will be very muffled.

While the speakers do supply sound and the microphone does allow you to communicate with others during multiplayer games, the things you and your friends hear while using the headphone jack will be very muffled.

When I played multiplayer games with my friends, it was harder to hear the things they said. The headphones don't get very loud, so I also missed out on some of the important noises coming from the games we played. That's definitely a problem if you're playing a competitive online multiplayer and are trying to listen for footsteps.

It turned out this was a two-way problem. When connected to my console via the headphone jack, my friends informed me that it was hard to hear the things I said and that the microphone had an unpleasant, tinny sound to it. However, when plugged into other devices using the USB to USB-C cable, the people I communicated with told me that the sound came through much more clearly. As such, I didn't feel comfortable using the Air Joy Pro's headphone jack connection when playing with others.

Cringy design Phrases on each earphone

As far as looks go, these headphones give off a relatively large signal on the cringe-meter. This mainly comes from the fact that there's a phrase written on either headphone: "No Burden" on the right earphone and "Just Joy" on the left one.

The red claw marks and red lighting might have looked ok if it wasn't for this. But as it is, I wouldn't want to be caught using these headphones in public. Now, this is a matter of preference. If you don't think they look bad, then this won't be an issue for you.

Air Joy Pro Competition

Eksa Air Joy Pro Thin

Eksa Air Joy Pro Thin (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

Anyone interested in getting a lightweight headset should also consider the Razer Kraken X Ultralight Gaming Headset (opens in new tab). It definitely costs more than the Air Joy Pro and at 8.8 ounces, it weighs a bit more as well. However, in my opinion, it has a much sleeker design.

Weighing only 7.8 ounces, the PeohZarr On-Ear Headphonse (opens in new tab) are one of the best lightweight alternatives. These headphones come in six different colors so you can get the look you like best. Plus, they cost a decent amount less than the EKSA Air Joy Pro.

Finally, if you're still looking for something relatively inexpensive, you might just want to check out the EKSA E900 Gaming Headset (opens in new tab). At around 1 pound, it isn't the lightest option out there. However, the sound quality is good, and it doesn't put that much pressure on your head.

Air Joy Pro Should you buy it?

Eksa Air Joy Pro No Burden

Eksa Air Joy Pro No Burden (Image credit: Rebecca Spear / iMore)

By looking at the advertising and packaging for the Air Joy Pro, it's very obvious that the main selling point for this headset is that it is very lightweight. While it does offer 7.1 surround sound, the sound is really quiet and muffled. If you end up playing a multiplayer game with friends, they'll more than likely have a more challenging time hearing you and will also notice a tinny sound coming from your headset as well.

If your main goal is to find something that won't hurt your head, then the thin build of the Air Joy Pro might be a good fit for you. But if you care at all about having headphones provide a good volume range while also providing decent sound quality for those you play with, then you probably should look elsewhere for a good gaming headset.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.