It has been almost two weeks since I promised to do a nice write-up of the new headset I received from Headset Solutions, the RIG Surround is one hell of a video gaming headset. Below I take a look at the whole thing from top to bottom, showing you close-ups of what most don't show of the headsets.
- USB gaming headset with 40 mm drivers and bass tube technology delivers performance audio.
- Download the Dolby 7.1 surround sound driver for your PC and use the Dolby button on the amp to turn it on or off.
- USB amp connects to your game and gives you fingertip controls to mix levels of game and chat audio plus integration of music or calls from your mobile device.
- Three EQ settings let you choose between Pure for improved voice clarity, Intensify for bass and mid-range boost, and Seismic for more bass without any rumbling or distortion.
- Forget-it’s-on comfort lets you play for hours, watch movies, or relax with music wearing lightweight, pillow-soft ear cups and cushioned headband.
- Headset also connects to your mobile devices with a single 3.5mm connection so you can play anywhere.
Now let's take a closer look;
As of 09/10/2016 the headset goes for around R1200 on Headset.co.za and for that price your getting a really great looking piece of gaming equipment that you can be proud to wear at any LAN party or big tie event. It might not have the best noise canceling through the ear cups but they do a great job of projecting high quality sound to you.
Both ear cups have awesome fabric coverings in and around the cup itself, really makes for a comfortable fit over your ear.
Both the Headset and mixer share the same features, both built with a high quality plastic that really does do the job, Dropped the headset and the mixer fairly high and they still work with great quality of sound and no cracks to be seen. The mixer has durable connectors for both your cell as well as your PC, since the mixer is powered through the USB connection I'd have thought it would be gold plated as with most headset nowadays.
I just like seeing the gold... But hey, they do say it has better conductivity but who knows...
3.5mm jack is for your phone so when you don't like to take your headset off to answer the phone/cell you use this little (the mixer) to switch to your cell and you can talk to everyone using your headset and still keep in the fight by using the volume control on the mixer itself.
As gamers are aware most manufacturers always manage to put cheap effort into the cables of their headset where Plantronics give you a durable cable that really can take a beating and will still function normal. AS shown above the mixer's cable connection to your PC is 1.5m long so you can really sit back and enjoy what your doing on your rig, hopefully not watching anything porn like.. Just saying.
Yes that is true fabric and its not pleather or that thin plastic looking fake foam leather finish. Actually stitching of fabric and it really is comfortable. Overall sound quality is a solid 8/10, I mean for the mid range gamer this will knock the socks off your feet when playing those ground thumping type of games like Armored Warfare or even BF1. The headset has the ability of making you def so don't try crank it up that high.
As for the mic cable that plugs straight into the mixer and you control your sound that way. I do have three problems with this headset, mainly the sitting down for 4 hours using the headset it almost as painful as having something killing your ears but in this case it doesn't kill your ears as much as the top of your head. There is not a lot of cushioning on the top part of the headset so from time to time you might have to reposition the headset on your head so that it doesn't munch away at your scalp.
Over all worth a buy just because of the bang for buck, software wise, you do need to download its software before activating the 7.1 but in on its own without 7.1 makes it great for basic use. Sometimes it does bug out (at least on my setup) but overall it does do the job well. I do get some feedback when playing via Teamspeak but I think that's a setting I need to adjust on my PC.
The third problem would be the fact that the mic boom can't move to the upwards position on the headset. So no eating while Gaming unfortunately I learned the hard way with a Steers Burger and got sauce all over the mic, but it still works which is quite amazing and amusing at the same time. Also a key note is that with other headsets you have to be so carful about your general use of the headset itself and especially the mic cause one wrong thumb to the mic can damage it. using the RIG Surrounds mic and bashing it (not intentionally) really shows how the quality of build if the headset really works well for almost any environment.
Overall LoG presents this fine headset with a rating of 8/10 for great quality build as well as sound.
I'd present you all with a mic quality test but unfortunatliy I don't have the upload speed of a fibre line.
Thank's for the headsets, I hope to get my hands on the new series, so stick around fellow readers... Maybe I get lucky