Disclaimer: Sample product was provided by the manufacturer for review purposes.
I hate shopping for headsets. I loathe having to buy something that I know I’m going to be attached to and use on a daily basis without ever experiencing how it works.
Over the years, companies like Turtle Beach have become a household name, further expanding their presence in the headset market with in-store kiosks and a general presence in gaming. On the other hand, companies like Plantronics have pivoted their expertise in the business communications market, creating a line of headsets for gaming. And, over the years, I’ve been privy to experience many of those headset iterations.
Although I have many different audio devices in my arsenal of gaming accessories, I can say that on a regular basis, a Plantronics set is on my head. I’ve used the RIG600 as my go-to gym headphones since their launch. And, for my home use, the 400LX has been plugged into my Xbox since its launch. Reviewing other brands like Polk Audio, Bloody! and Kingston HyperX has allowed me to experience everyone else’s take on gaming audio.
Having experienced a variety of sets, I can say that something was missing from one or another, even the Plantronics sets. I can say that there is a sense versatility that comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Plug into your phone, plug into your Switch, controller–the audio world is your oyster. However, I was a bit skeptical when it came to the USB only function of the RIG 800LX. I’m going to be limited to PC and Xbox? Ruh-roh.
What’s in the box?
In other Plantronics boxes, there was your usual cords and minor assembly to piece together your set. The mic was often a breakaway cord or additional pronged input. With the design of the RIG800LX, being that it’s battery operated, everything is already attached to the set, further selling its all-in-one design.
The contents of the box is simple: headset, USB connection dongle and Dolby Atmos redemption card. Sure, there are a few instruction booklets, but it puts my anxiety at ease when there are few moving parts to a peripheral.
Everything on the RIG800LX is within a finger’s reach. The power button rests on the left cup, along with a scroll wheel for chat and another for volume. The power button clicks up to pair your set if need be. There is also a micro USB port for charging.
The mic is hidden on the left side of the frame. Instead of being detachable, it instead gets stowed away with a flip-down feature. This was probably one of my favorite parts of the overall design.
Much of the set mimics the design of the other RIG sets. The cups have three holes where you can move the cups for comfort. The band that touches your head is flexible and comfortable. The outer band is a firm, yet flexible, plastic material. Instead of brittle, it is hard like a Rubbermaid plastic storage bin.
The earcups don’t shortchange on comfort, either. They’re similar in design to the RIG400LX, even calling back to the GamesCom X95s with the inch of material. They are cushioned, comfortable, and much like my grandma, they hug in all the right places. This is particularly important due to the batteries being housed inside the earcups. The batteries also hold a 24-hour life to them. After playing with them for a few weeks, I’ve only had to charge them three times. The battery life is long lasting and impressive.
The rest of the stuff mentioned here doesn’t mean a thing unless the sound coming out of the RIG800LX is worth it, right?
I can say without a doubt; this is the best sounding Plantronics sets, if not the best headset, I’ve used for gaming. The spatial sound from the Dolby Atmos is remarkable and will tempt anyone that is looking for more from their current audio device.
Having a wireless set might cause a bit of nervousness to some. Will it distort or crackle? What about feedback? The dongle range? All of these worries are easily put to rest. The distance for such a small receiver is impressive. For this review, I had walked to the back of my apartment to get an idea of how far I could go with them on and playing. I was about 30 feet away, and it barely started to pop and cut out. It’s honestly freeing to have music playing and not have to unplug when getting another beer or using the loon.
Once you plug it into your computer or Xbox, it automatically recognizes the device and allows you to select the Dolby Atmos settings. You do have to redeem the app from its respective store, but that’s a very menial task.
I can say without a doubt; this is the best sounding Plantronics sets, if not the best headset, I’ve used for gaming.
One thing that I did have a quarrel with was getting the sound just right for each of my entertainment tastes. The EQ button under the right cup has three degrees of presets for bass/treble. At times, when the full bass was on, music and movies almost had too much bass, often causing distortion. However, for anyone that’s like me, you fiddle with the right bass, mid or highs anyways before doing anything. Just the fact that Plantronics was able to bring together such a clean design and audio quality for the price is something to shake a stick at. Shake away!
The Plantronics RIG800LX is most likely my favorite gaming device of the year. The company has designed a Dolby Atmos surround sound set that’s affordable and worth your dollars.
The headset features a very all-in-one design, only tasking you to download the Dolby Atmos app and sync with the cord. The battery life is impressive at 24-hours, and the voice notifications for its life is an extra feature that further solidifies my feelings about the RIG800LX.
If you are looking for a new gaming headset, or want to throw it on your holiday wish list, then there’s no doubt you should pencil in Plantronics. The RIG800LX is one of the best, if not the best, headset Plantronics has produced.