When gaming hardware companies try to make headphones, more often than not, it doesn’t go right, but today we’re going to check out the ROG Strix GO 2.4 Wireless Gaming Headphone from Asus, and it offers some features that I have not seen before, along with some really good decisions about the design and functionality of the headphone.
Hey guys, how are you I hope all are good I am Mayank, and in this big picture of excellence, there is one issue that keeps it from being the right choice for everyone, and we’re going to talk about that.
Unboxing ASUS ROG Strix GO 2.4 Wireless Gaming Headset
Opening the box you get greeted by this welcome card which shines in multiple colors, then we get to some manuals, and then we get to this nice and hard carrying case which feels very high quality. It also comes with a pocket on the back which can be handy.
Under we see this braided 3.5mm wire because you can likewise use this in wired mode. Then we get a USB cable for charging, the detachable microphone, a USB A to USB C adapter, you get the receiver for the headphone which we will talk about next, and ultimately, we found to the wireless gaming headset.
Talk About Design, Features, And Comfort
I have the electro-punk version of these headphones, so it has these pink accents and translucent plastic. But the regular version comes in the usual black color.
This is one of the most well thought out designs that I have seen in a wireless gaming headset. Every part of this headphone’s design is just so good that you wouldn’t think this wasn’t made by a proper headphone brand.
The headband cushion is nice, the ear cups swivel to 90 degrees so you can rest them on your chest while not using them, the earpads are very soft and they have an amazing shape with these long earcups that are very comfortable while still being compact because the human ear is shaped like that.
You should look exactly to understand what a level of consideration to detail is on this headphone, the clicky metal headband arrangement has ROG logo marked on it, and even the earcups have rubber pads in the areas they make contact with the headband. The subtle ROG logos on the earcups also blend properly with the aesthetics without overdoing it.
Next to the power switch on the headphone, you have a multifunction button which you can use to play pause and change tracks, and then you have the volume rocker, and you have to hold it up or down to increase or decrease volume and if you press it inside, it will mute the mic.
A dedicated button to reduce the mic would have been sufficient, but this arrangement also works excellent. The comfort is good with the nicely shaped earpads that also have very nice memory foam, but it can get a little hot because of how airtight of a seal it forms around your ears. A sense that I usually recognize in headphones with pleather pads and memory spume.
The earpads on these also don’t seem removable, and I am not going to make a big deal out of this because most Gaming Headsets don thave removable earpads, but every premium headphone should have removable earpads, whether it is meant for gaming or not. As the name suggests, the Strix Go 2.4 works with a 2.4 GHz wireless connection, and it comes with this USB Type C dongle that you will have to connect with whatever you want to use this with.
The advantage of this is that unlike something with a Bluetooth connection, you won’t be facing any latency issues, which is critical for gaming, and because it has a USB type C port, you can use this with your PC, laptop, Nintendo switch, your phones, and even with iPhones and iPads if you are okay with living dongle life.
People have been asking me for a wireless gaming headset to use for PUBG Mobile for a long time, so this will be good. You can of course use it in a wired mode by plugging the cable in, and this headphone also comes in a wired version.
Talk About Microphone Or Mic Testing
The microphones on this are a very big highlight, and I say microphones because there are 2 of them.
So you do have a detachable noise mic, which is quickly flexible, but you may often ignore to have it plugged in, or your strength is using this with your phone without having it plugged, so for that Asus has included an inbuilt microphone which is an amazing idea, and this is how the inbuilt microphone on the headphone sounds like, and it sounds pretty good for an in-built microphone.
But the boom mic on certain headphones is very amazing because it combines Asus AI Noise removal, and when I first heard about it, I just assumed it was a gimmick because brands just keep adding AI to everything they release, but I was blown away by how well it works when I tried it.
So this is what the boom microphone sounds like and you can hear that it sounds pretty decent, but now I will play music on my phone at full volume and you can hear with the lav mic how loud the phone is. But now I have switched to the mic on the OG Strix Go, and I think you must be able to hear how well it is rejecting the noise from such a powerful source that’s close to it.
The inbuilt mic doesn’t refuse sound as well as this because it has to pick up your speech from a range. So for regular kinds of noises that you have around, this should work extremely well, and suppose you’re in a gaming cafe where many people are shouting, this should be able to reject that noise well which is kind of a big deal.
Talk About Battery Life
The battery life on these is around 25 hours, and they also work if you keep them plugged in with a charger while using them, and they also support fast charging with 15 minutes of charge providing 3 hours, so you really should not face any issues with the battery life.
Talk About Sound Quality
Coming to sound quality, I think this is a very capable wireless gaming headset. The soundstage and imaging on these are nicer than the lower-priced gaming headsets that I have tried, and you do feel a very good sense of movement when things go from left to right, or when there is action going on a distance in a game.
But certain have a much treble featured sound signature, and it’s about like they just launched the treble frequencies up by 4 or 5 decibels. So for music and general non-gaming use, I didn’t like these at all. If you listen to electronic music that is treble-heavy on these, then your ears will probably start hurting.
They do have high-quality drivers, so even with the emphasized treble you don’t feel a sense of piercing sound on your eardrums, but the boost in the treble is so high that you do feel the pressure of the higher frequencies on your eardrums, and it is not a comfortable feeling. You can tone it down by using similar equalizer settings like these, and you can see that I have to reduce the treble by 4 or 6 decibels, and then it manages to sound decent for music, but even then I wasn’t able to make it sound right.
One quality I noticed is that even though the treble is boosted, the gunshots sound tolerable, but if you are playing something that has a lot going on in the high end, then you could find it to be fatiguing. If you are a bass head then these will not be for you. Even for somebody who like well-balanced bass, I believe certain do lack them by a decibel or two.
This is also an issue that I wasn’t able to correct with equalizer. So while I think that these should be good for gaming, especially for people who like a treble-heavy sound signature because it helps them in hearing the footsteps more easily, I don’t think that they will be great for general media consumption. I also asked this question in audiophile groups that I am a member of, and most people did share similar thoughts as me on this subject of what kind of sound signature is better for gaming.
But I also had very vocal responses from some people who said that they like treble emphasized wireless gaming headset, and some said that they find high treble headphones to provide better clarity in footsteps and voices, so you will have to know what you want, and you could also let me know in the comments section about what kind of sound signature you like for gaming.
In conclusion, I have slightly mixed feelings about this wireless gaming headset. I love how well made it is, the attention to details that it has, I like how it looks, the microphone works extremely well and the second internal microphone is just a genius idea.
Battery life is great, comfort is great, and it is just a headphone that has been executed very well. These cost around 200 US Dollars and I think these do have enough technology and quality to justify the price.
The sound quality is something that I do not accept on as a person who constantly reviews audiophile gear, I have gamer buddies who also experience similar assumptions about how gaming headphones should sound like, but some people do like this high treble sound signature, and for those people, these are going to be the best gaming headphones in this range.
But if you like a balanced sound in a headphone, or if you want to enjoy the strong bass lines in music or movies, then these are not going to be the ones for you, these are strictly meant to be used as gaming headsets only.
Generally, I don’t care a lot about a product if it has a character that I don’t like, but this particular wireless gaming headset just does everything else so well, that I do feel a little sad that the sound signature is not more versatile. Nonremovable earpads at this price ping are also not a good thing.
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