As it’s the beginning of the year there is always that habit with people with the “new year, new me” mantra – and 9 times out of 10 it’s nonsense, but this time around I’ll make a bash at this with a gaming accessory review. So here goes with my first review of one starring the RIG 500 PRO headphones.
Now, firstly as this pair of headphones are compatible with all 3 of the current-gen of consoles, and handily for the PS4 and XB1 there are adapters for the jack that makes it fit better and not moving about. For Xbox owners in particular, you also get a code thrown in for Dolby Atmos, which is highly recommended as it just makes the audio experience so much better. As sweeteners go in deals, this is a pretty good one.
To the headphones itself – the first thing is that it’s very light as headphones go, and does feel like a quality product with the materials used, this is important as it doesn’t have a “cheap” feel to it. It’s easily adjustable with the added bonus as once set up to how you like it by moving the headphones itself, so for long periods, it’s very comfortable to wear. Chuck in with the added bonus of being noise-cancelling, you’ll be enjoying the audio quality even more.
While at first the length of the microphone did concern me at first, and it did fill me with fear that I would be shouting down the microphone like an overworked drive-through attendant with anger issues, I’m more than happy to say that there was no issues whatsoever, and if you wanted to mute the microphone, just move the mic up and boom, it’s done. Overall it’s very well thought out and a very good pair of headphones.
However, while I can highly recommend this pair for Xbox and PlayStation and PC, there are some concerns mainly for Nintendo Switch owners like myself. The Switch’s USP is its portability, so you can play one moment at home and the next in Timbuktu figuratively speaking. As the audio jack is on the main unit of the switch itself, you won’t be using it at all at home unless you fancy being close to the 50 inch 4K TV, and burning your retinas out. So, it’s mainly going to be used when it’s a handheld mode, which is around the home or hotel room – it’s all well and good.
My main issue is with when taking it travelling. While it’s a light pair of headphones, it is big and bulky as well. If you’re packing it into your flight bag as an example, it will take up a lot of space. As the headphone buds themselves are removable to adjust, they are attached to wires, and while it could work out saving a bit of space and all, you’ll be constantly aware of how you move your bag or how other people handle it, so you will be wearing them pretty much all the time.
So the final verdict – The RIG 500 Pro is a very good pair of headphones. Easily adjustable, very comfortable and incredible sound quality. Added with the bonuses of noise cancelling, and adapters for the audio jack to easily fit a PS4 or XB1 controller. Also a 2-year licence for Dolby Atmos as well makes it highly recommended for Playstation, Xbox and PC owners. For Nintendo Switch owners however, I would still recommend it but with a side of caution as it’s not the easiest to pack for travelling the world.