RIG 600 PRO HS Wireless Headset Review
When it comes to gaming headsets, it feels like I have seen (and heard) them all. Over the years, I have reviewed everything from ridiculously expensive cans to more budget-friendly and dare I say “cheap” options. Yet, every now and then, I am pleasantly surprised. NACON’s latest offering, the RIG 600 PRO HS, is one of those rare occasions.
The RIG 600 PRO HS is nicely priced at just $99.99 MSRP. That is excellent value, making it one of the more affordable headsets on the market when you factor in its features. It’s remarkably versatile as well. The model I reviewed can be used on your PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, or mobile device. Definitely one of the standout features is its ability to connect to a variety of gaming platforms. The inclusion of low-latency 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and Bluetooth means you can use this headset on all your gaming devices. Except you, Xbox.
Setup and connectivity is a breeze too. There is an easy-to-read quick-start guide that makes things simple when it comes to using your headset on your various devices. I appreciate clear instructions when it comes to new hardware, so props to NACON for including a quick start guide that dumbs it all down for me.
I do love how this headset has its own dedicated app. The Bluetooth connectivity of the RIG 600 PRO HS grants access to the 600 PRO Navigator app on both iOS and Android devices. The app allows for advanced customization, which includes being able to select various equalizer presets or fine-tuning the bass, mid, and treble as you like. You can also adjust mic sensitivity and monitoring levels as well. Its interface makes it easy to use and well I like being able to tailor my audio experience how I like.
While the RIG 600 PRO HS does boast some impressive features and it’s performance is excellent (more on that below) there are some design elements I wasn’t fond of. For starters, out of the box, it has a cheap plastic appearance. The headset is plastic, which makes it super light, but it has a less-than-premium feel compared to headsets made with better-quality materials like metal or high-quality composites. Its overall look is fine with the all-black glossy and matte finish, but the headset just doesn’t stand out. There is no RGB lighting or any other visible features that separate this headset from the pack. It is just a visually underwhelming headset.
That all being said, they are light and comfortable. The RIG 600 PRO HS weighs in at a mere 240 grams (8.5 oz), making it one of the lightest headsets I have ever worn. Despite this, my ears did get a bit hot during long gaming sessions. NACON says the fabric is breathable; however, my ears sure did get toasty after an hour or so.
Despite my issues with the design, these cans deliver when it comes to audio performance. Equipped with 40mm drivers enclosed in a tuned acoustic chamber, this headset delivers excellent sound. It is well-balanced and offers clear and detailed audio. It’s not too bass heavy either. Granted, with the app you can crank the bass but by default, the focus is on accuracy rather than excessive bass or treble. I get it, specific sound experience can also depend on individual preferences, but for me, the audio quality was rock solid. Is it the best sounding headset I have ever experienced? No. But for the price, I am happy. I could hear everything in all the games I played as I should. It produced enough bass with clear highs and detailed sounds.
I do like a mic that tucks away inside the headset. The RIG 600 PRO HS chat-optimized microphone discreetly folds into the earcup when not in use, which I love. A detachable mic isn’t always ideal as you may lose or misplace it. Likewise, a mic that cannot tuck away can be flat-out annoying. The integrated flip-to-mute function is a nice little touch, allowing you to take calls or jump into a single-player experience whenever you want.
The 18-hour battery life is impressive. So I have no complaints when it comes to the battery life of the headset. Likewise, I like the “dual-mode wireless” feature in the RIG 600 PRO HS with its ability to connect to devices using two different wireless technologies: a 2.4GHz USB-C adapter and Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. Being able to hear my phone ring through my headset while playing Call of Duty is pretty damn rad.
NACON’s versatile RIG 600 PRO HS features rock-solid audio quality, excellent comfort, and a handy dandy app. All coming in at a price that doesn’t break the bank. Granted, its look and design is less than stellar and it doesn’t have any noise-cancelling features or fancy RGB lighting. That said, if you don’t have a ton to spend on a premium headset, the RIG 600 Pro HS is perfect for all your audio gaming needs.
***The headset was provided to COGconnected for the purpose of this review***
- The price is right
- Excellent audio
- Wonderful app
- Easy setup
- All plastic design
- No noise-canceling features
- No frills headset