If you're a gamer in the market for a new headset, there are plenty of choices available. RIG's $70 wired 500 Pro HX Gen 2Remove non-product link and wireless 700 Pro HXRemove product link are among the best. Both offer great sound and comfort, but which is the better buy?
Designed to help gamers hear their enemies before they see them, the 700 Pro HX offers a comfortable and lightweight design. Its isolating ear cups are covered with dual-materials to provide hours of fatigue-free gaming. The headset also comes with Dolby Atmos audio for immersive and convincing virtual surround that allows you to react faster and more effectively to threats on the screen. It connects via a 2.4GHz RF USB dongle for low latency.
Weighing in at 241 grams, the 700 Pro HX is one of the lightest headsets in this price range. The outer frame and ear cup construction are similar to previous models, but the 700 Pro HX has added a suspension-style headband that's more flexible than its predecessor. It's a welcome change, as the previous 700 Pro was a bit stiff to wear for extended periods of time.
The left ear cup houses the controls. The mute button is conveniently located here, and it's easy to find even when you're wearing glasses. Above that is a digital dial for audio, which lets you adjust the sound from your game to something more balanced or quieter. The dial works well, and an audible alert tells you when you reach max/min volumes. We're less fond of the micro-USB charge port, which feels a bit outdated with the industry shift to USB-C.