Introduction, design and comfort

Source: Plantronics

Gaming headsets have typically favoured form over function. They are generally garish to check out and do not even get me started on started on the recent trend of fitting RGB lighting to everything. Fortunately, the Plantronics’ RIG 800LX is clear of all of the necessary decoration and bling, and that’s already a win in my own books. Its comfort and sound quality can be not at all something to be scoffed at judging from the knowledge I had using it.

Design
Despite being perhaps one of the most restrained-looking gaming headsets, there is no mistaking the Plantronics RIG 800LX to be anything apart from a gaming headset. Its bulky aggressive design, sharp angles, and elongated hex slots are dead giveaways.

Unlike most headphones that use sliding mechanisms and even rods with detents for adjustment, the Plantronics RIG 800LX includes a peculiar system that will require users to remove the average person ear cups. The elastic headband and the ear cups are removable. To adapt the headset, I had to pop the ear cups out totally in one of the three pre-determined holes on each side first. Once I came across an excellent fit, I had to pop them back to the desired slots.

This is exactly what the headset appears like when you pop off the ear cups and headband.

The headset fit well and snugly on my head. But a very important factor to notice is that with just three positions for adjustments on each side, there is not much in the form of options if you discover these positions don’t fit you well. Better to give it a try first at the shop before committing.

Furthermore, although it is a comparatively simple task of removing the ear cups to modify the height of the headset, it can leave the cups hanging precariously from an individual wire when you decide which slot to repair the cups onto.

The left ear cup includes a power / wireless sync switch, volume and game chat balance control knobs, and a micro-USB charging port. The proper ear cup sports an equalization (EQ) mode activate its underside. Because of the size of the cups, it is usually slightly awkward to obtain the controls at first nonetheless it doesn’t take long to get accustomed to them.

The wireless transmitter is small and portable

The RIG 800LX naturally has a wireless transmitter with it being truly a wireless headset for the PC and Xbox One. The best thing about the transmitter is how compact it really is and the capability of its plug-and-use setup can’t be understated. No fussy setups required.

Comfort
I was primarily quite skeptical about the floating headband design nonetheless it ended up being one of the most comfortable gaming headsets I’ve tried in a few time. This comfort mainly boils down from the RIG 800LX’s lightweight construction.

The ear cups themselves were also very comfortable following the initial adjustments have already been made. The ear cups are produced from a soft and breathable material that’s similar to that from Alienware’s AW988. Although this enables your ears to “breathe” and prevents heat from accumulating, it does however imply that the RIG 800LX is susceptible to sound leakage.

The combo of the suspended headband and cushy earcups blends properly with the headband resting at the top of the top gently allowing the ear cups to be less constricting on the sides of the top while still making the headset safe enough such that it will not slip off. I could game with it for many hours straight without obtaining a headache, hot spots developing on the top, or own it stifle my ears.