We all know that the gaming scene has completely exploded in recent years. What was once the domain of ’80s kids and their consoles, or an underground network of PC players linked as one, has gone mainstream with the battle for supremacy between Xbox, PlayStation and to a lesser extent Nintendo. In fact, the gaming scene is now a place for everyone: young, old, proficient, confused – anyone can pick a controller, fire up their favorite game console their own and find something to relate to.
But not only in the games where the context has been kept, the accessories that have been created to enhance the experience are also rich. No more than that with a modest headset. Over the past few years, though, a large number of third- and first-party manufacturers have tried to enter the field, offering all sorts of options: cheap, expensive, wired, wireless, and more. so again.
One that has gained some serious traction, especially in the last two years, is RIG; a brand that has now been well received by the always enthusiastic NACON. With this new acquisition, NACON is looking to push the headphone sector forward, taking what was previously incredibly good, slightly tweaking it, and pushing it to market once again in a next-gen fashion. They performed that ingenuity with RIG 500 Gen-2and currently doing it with the RIG 700 PRO HX as well.
We first review the RIG 700HX at the end of 2019, before NACON splashed money and threw the PRO moniker at it. We were also impressed, and although it wasn’t good enough to make us perform RIG 800LX From our beginning, it’s definitely one to consider purchasing. I guess that means that with a slightly tweaked redesign, a new USB wireless adapter, and that PRO card in place, the 700 PRO HX will still be in sight?
Yes, that’s right, because almost everything has been changed with the next generation version of the RIG 700 PRO HX for the better.
Anyone familiar with RIG products will know what to expect here, and with the 700 PRO HX, you’re getting the most out of RIG in a super package: ultralight chassis, wireless capabilities, shooting Isolated ears, Dolby Atmos support, great communication opportunities, and a rather unique design.
In terms of design, the RIG 700 PRO HX headphones hit the market quite a bit more than before, with just some subtle remakes. The outer frame is the same as before, but now NACON has included a hanging headband in the product, removing the old foam padding. Anyone who’s used this style of headset before will know it’s a great call as it ensures the 700 PRO HX can fit your head with ease, with the hanging cord strip removing full weight on top of your head.
Includes standard RIG adjustability now found in the headband itself – three grooves are used instead of the usual slider you’ll find elsewhere – and combines that with an extremely low weight of 240 gram – and you’ve got the right thing there with the most comfortable headphones you can imagine.
It’s supported by some wonderfully well-padded earcups that wrap around the included 40mm drivers. They are padded with a combination of leather and fabric and are an absolute pleasure to caress your ears. This is a headset that you can easily wear for hours, in any situation, without feeling hot or any form of discomfort.
Branded for Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and PC – although the RIG 700 also comes in HS form for PlayStation players – the new 700 PRO HX is powered by an 850 mAh battery that can keep you fit for anything up to about 18 hours of playtime – is up again with 12 hours of the previous version. We don’t believe we’ve fully gotten that number out of the headphones in real-world use, but when that juice starts to run dry, simply plug and play with a USB-A to Micro-USB cable. come in an hour or two will see you reset properly. It’s a bit of a shame, though, that NACON didn’t decide to do it all here and throw some USB-C love into the 700 PRO HX, especially since that’s quickly becoming the norm for everyone. Similarly, though, it’s no big deal stuck with Micro-USB.
Of course, the need to power it up means that the RIG 700 PRO HX is a wireless headset and without the 3.5mm jack at all, you won’t be able to use it on a wide range of devices. Instead, the newly redesigned USB-A wireless adapter ensures full connectivity with Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and Windows 10 PC, with a simple case of plugging it into your favorite USB-A socket, turning on the headset, and waiting for connection confirmation. It’s a simple process to get up and running, and through testing we didn’t see a single problem with the connection – in fact, it’s solid throughout.
The new wireless adapter is a big improvement over the old-fashioned cable and box that the previous 700 HX came with, and while we’d love to see the use of a slightly shorter unit, what’s included in This is pretty much standard stuff.
Once connected, you have many good things to roll. With Dolby Atmos support, full volume dial, separate game/chat balance dial, and easy-to-press mute button, all on the left cup, game for hours with RIG 700 PRO HX is a cinch. Keeping connected with your mates and online team is also easy, mainly thanks to the detachable microphone. While many people might love to find a flip-to-mute product here – and we’re definitely in that group just because of the ease with which we lose sight of detachables – the detachable microphone leaving now nothing but a joy to use. It allows for some great communication on the game channels, with instructions provided in a clear and easy way.
Those sounds coming back the other way through the earcups are just as good. Whether it’s game audio, party chat, or a combination of the two, the RIG 700 PRO HX has never let us down. If the truth is known, with the inclusion of Dolby Atmos for good measure, there was a time when we were overwhelmed with the immersion that the sound brought, as it bounced back and forth from side to side, enveloping you. certainly in the experience at hand.
However, there is a very small negative that is the maximum volume allowed when gaming on Xbox Series X | S is not quite as strong as we would like. We kept messing around with the volume controls on both the console and the headphones in the hopes that we could get everything up to 11, but it just stopped there. That’s perfectly fine for most gaming sessions, but when you want to go back and zone out with your favorite games. AVICII Invector, we were a bit disappointed by the sheer quantity. But then, maybe it’s not always best to let things rush through your head for hours on end.
All in all, what NACON has done with an already great product should be commended. The RIG 700 PRO HX Headset for Xbox is easily the most comfortable headset we’ve ever worn, the wireless capabilities are solid, and the latest modifications with this next-gen PRO version are all good. than. Oh, and it helps that the Dolby Atmos sound it delivers is great, too. A little more volume would be nice, but this is a headset that anyone would be more than happy to use as a daily driver.
A big thank you to NACON for providing us with the RIG 700 PRO HX for unboxing and evaluation. If you want to choose headphones for yourself, come NACON straight.
RIG 700 PRO HX GEN 2 Headset – Designed for Xbox | UNBOXING | REVIEW