The Rig 800 continues to be probably the most comfy wi-fi gaming headset I’ve tried

The Rig 800 is still the most comfortable wireless gaming headset I’ve tried


In 2018, in a bout of curiosity, I made a decision to evaluation each single wi-fi gaming headset in the marketplace: 32 pairs to be actual. None of them had been anyplace close to as comfy because the Plantronics Rig 800. “The one one so light-weight, so comfy, I generally forgot I used to be sporting it,” I wrote for CNET.

4 years later, I’m comfortable to say that feeling hasn’t modified.

Plantronics now not exists, after merging with Polycom to turn out to be “Poly” after which promoting itself to HP. However the Rig 800 is alive and nicely at French gaming firm Nacon. I’ve been attempting the 2022 “Professional” mannequin for the previous couple of weeks, and it’s onerous for me to think about a extra comfy headset.

It nonetheless makes use of the identical actual design with a spring-loaded internal headstrap that mechanically adjusts pressure to the dimensions of your cranium, fairly than pinching the edges of your head by a hard and fast quantity. That, mixed with its distinctive modular headband that permits you to snap the earcups into three distinct positions for small, medium, and huge heads, makes it much more comfy than SteelSeries’ lauded Arctis headsets, at the very least in my ebook. (The ten.9oz weight and tremendous smooth earcups additionally don’t damage.)

I might not name the Rig 800 notably handsome, nevertheless it’s nice.

Plus, the $150 headset appears prefer it may eradicate one in every of my largest frustrations with headsets like these: the battery. Not solely does the brand new Rig 800 seem to have much more battery life than the unique — I measured 38 hours at 50 % quantity this weekend, which is 14 hours greater than Nacon quotes! — but additionally it now comes with a magnetic docking station so you’ll be able to cost it simply by setting it down. Whereas it generally requires a agency press to get the contacts seated, it completely works, and I really like having one much less cost to fret about.

In some methods, I want Nacon had gone additional than the unique 2016-era design as a result of a few of the Rig’s deficiencies haven’t modified. Whereas sport audio is crisp and rapid, the headset’s similar 40mm drivers nonetheless sound somewhat flat and tinny with out a lot depth or punch for music and flicks. (The Rig does have bass tubes that kick in if there’s an actual, substantial drop, and I do take pleasure in these drops.)

And, in a technique, the Rig 800 is definitely worse: wi-fi vary. Whereas the unique Rig 800 had an unsightly pigtail of a USB breakout antenna field, I wrote it had epic attain — sufficient to let me stroll throughout the home and get a snack. At present’s Rig 800 has that nifty charging dock, however its wi-fi antenna is confined to a thumb-size detachable USB stick. That may come in useful if, say, you propose to modify between a console and PC, however I used to be getting pops and static and disconnects from only a room and a half away.

Jack Reynolds launched the Rig model again at Plantronics, too.

Nacon USA president (and Rig model director) Jack Reynolds tells me that for the reason that Rig 800 was one of many firm’s finest reviewed, finest preferred headsets, the corporate didn’t wish to change an excessive amount of about its “quintessential” design. The group simply wished to deal with a few of the largest complaints, like its inflexible microphone arm and the annoyance of plugging in a USB cable for charging. I do like that Nacon removed the previous two-position energy change, which was simple to by accident depart on. Now, you press and maintain a button down.

However I do suppose they need to have examined the larger adjustments somewhat extra. Along with the decreased wi-fi vary, I discovered the brand new microphone tends to select up a whole lot of wind noise once I’m merely respiration, and Reynolds says future shipments of the Rig 800 will include an acoustic material for his or her mics consequently.

However Reynolds additionally hints {that a} extra premium Rig headset is coming. The prevailing design is already way more comfy and has a method higher battery resolution than my present fav, the SteelSeries Arctis Professional Wi-fi, at lower than half the value. Possibly the following Rig will give it a run for its cash in audio high quality as nicely.

In case you resolve to offer the Rig 800 a strive (as an alternative of one in every of our different finest wi-fi gaming headset picks), know that there are nonetheless three variations: one for PlayStation and PC, one for Xbox and PC that features the Dolby Atmos software program, and an upcoming model only for PC. On Xbox, there’s a sport / chat stability dial; on PlayStation, that dial controls mic monitoring. Sadly, none of them provide twin audio outputs on PC.

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