Platronics' RIG 500HS is a rarity, modular headsets made specifically for console aren't exactly easy to find, so the RIG already earns some points for providing in this area. This headphones consist of the ultra light frame, two ear cups, a headband and a mic, all of which can be added and adjusted according to your personal needs. Every part plays a role to varying degrees of success, and deserve their own individual spotlights.
The cushioned finish on the cups help provide satisfying levels of comfort and noise isolation. The cups included with the RIG, however, are closed off so the heat and sweat do tend to get noticeable a little quicker than I'd like. Vented cups can be bought separately, although I wouldn't mind paying a little extra to have them included in the box. Aside from the cups, most parts of the headset can be bought separately for the headset, eliminating the need to replace the entire thing.
The jack is a standard 3.5mm so the headphones can be used for other device, although it struggles to provide the same, satisfying experience. The headset doesn't do well in providing hefty bass or volume. The area around the jack is a touch bulky and I found it getting in my way on a few occasions.
Convenience is also an issue since the cups and their wire lack any sort of pause, skip or volume controls, so users will have to interrupt the game, movie or music in order to adjust accordingly, which is probably my biggest issue with the set. This is more bearable on the PS4 since volume controls can be accessed fairly quickly, but it still requires stopping, which hurts the otherwise excellent levels of immersion.
The microphone which attaches to the cups is about as good as mics get. The level of sensitivity and clarity is incredible, it helps during team chats and general calls so you can use it for Skype or any other similar app. It mutes quickly by flipping it up, so it does everything you'd need it to do.
Durability is a huge selling point when it comes to headphones and the RIG's frame feels like it could withstand anything you could throw at it. I managed to sit, with my entire weight, on the headset and the frame didn't so much as creak. Someone would have to go out of their way to break the frame, which gives it a top of the range feel.
In terms of features, the frame has points to which the head band and cups attach. For the cups. we have three points, at varying heights, on either side which allow the user to select the best fit and is where you really get to experience the joys of modulation. The frame is also feather light which is impressive considering how durable it feels.
There is only one set of attachment points for the head band, which isn't as great as it could be. The headband is fairly well cushioned, and has a "one size fits all" stretch band, but this band presses down slightly too hard. This means the headband does secure the RIG to your head extremely well, but the band can be uncomfortable, since you can always feel the pressure it applies.
- Sound Rating: 7.5/10. The RIG has some genuinely amazing clarity and quality, but is held back by its inability to deliver satisfying bass and volume.
- Comfort Rating: 7/10. The lightweight frame and cushioned cups make this set easy to bear, although the headband and closed off cups can start to get irksome.
- Mic Rating: 9/10. I can't really complain about the mic. It's sensitivity might pick up some minor sounds you don't want if anything were to brush against it, but otherwise it's completely solid.
- Overall Rating: 7.8/10. The RIG 500HS is a durable, high-quality, modular set which performs everything it needs to do very well. It does not include some convenience features, but otherwise makes a fine addition to any gamer's arsenal.