Plantronics RIG 800LX
Wireless Gaming Headset (Xbox One and PC)
Comfort is a hell of a thing. I travel a lot for work, and headphones on long haul flights are of the utmost requirement to not
cave my skull in. And so with such a high bar for headset comfort already set for myself, even in the homestead/gaming space, to have come across the Plantronix RIG 800LX set was revelatory -- leather, pleather or synthetic be damned.
The memory foam ear cushions on these bad-boys are the most comfortable I’ve ever felt wearing all-encompassing closed headphones. Adding to this is the super lightweight frame and durability of the set. Considering my six year-old son also uses them for his gaming needs, the Plantronics 800LX are definitely built to last.
- Type: Closed
- Driver: 40mm
- Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Weight: 289g
- Wireless: 2.4 GHz
- Cable length: 1.3m audio
- Microphone Pickup pattern: Uni-directional
- Frequency response: 100 to 10,000 Hz
Where the Plantronics RIG 800LX stakes a claim for itself is definitely in the build quality department, where comfort is king. And overall weight is kept to an impressive 289g. From a technical perspective the 40mm drivers, frequency response, and wireless signal are all pretty standard for the price range. In that this is further proof that we’re now well and truly in the realm of affordable and quality wireless gaming headsets that can compete with the more traditional wired options.
The ace in the hole or sleeve or hat, however that saying goes, is the implementation of Dolby Atmos - the latest bit of headphone technology from the house that helped build what we know as surround sound. And sure, it’s a name given to what is virtual surround and not the discrete setup of a bunch of speakers scattered around a room, the end results are more than impressive. The sort of 3D spatial surround that was designed to improve the movie watching experience. And the playing of videogames. Where game audio and voice chat are both important.
Playing Sea of Thieves with my cohort, Kosta “Toadovsky” Andreadis, showed just how simple the line controls of the RIG 800LX can be. Obviously volume control is exactly what you’d expect and the slider for it and chat are both found behind the left ear piece. A central resting point for chat and audio exists on the chat slider, but you can also shift entirety in one direction or another - very cool. Effectively turning off chat, or muting conversation in favour of full audio is here too. It’s very simple and well positioned.
Design and Comfort
Couch gaming is my main jam, and so to equally have a headset of this comfort calibre, wireless, was a massive plus. Plug and play. Super-simple, no setup required and the way in which it pairs perfectly with Dolby Atmos, especially with Xbox One X, just took it all to another level. Sound in my experience has remained error-free and with a 20+ hour amount of USB battery charge, it’s great to just saunter into my gaming space and whack them on.
That being said the angular design of both the headband and the mic scream “gaming peripheral” but not in an overly aggressive manner. One might say a softer approach was taken. Like with the super comfy ear cushions.
The Dolby Atmos experience really amplified (heh) itself while playing Subnautica, which is still in Xbox One Preview. A game that has one of the best dynamic game-world audio outlays of all time, which shifts from biome to biome. To be able to directionally know where a tone or specific ecological sound was coming from, considering the game is effectively played in a 3D (underwater) environment, through headphones, was super-impressive.
Another great example was the echo and how much volume the setup gave me on echo, from within tombs in Assassin’s Creed Origins
. And when you’re late-night gaming and want a full audio experience without waking the rest of the house, this level of fidelity is incredibly welcome. Doppler, occlusion and volume all sound exactly as you’d hope -- it’s just a fantastic pairing between a lossless wireless kit and Dolby Atmos.
It’s a shame these headsets can’t be ubiquitous and therefore usable across all platforms, but to be able to use them at least across both PC and Xbox One is a plus. Moreover, with Dolby Atmos I gave them a run watching a few movies -- Sunshine being the key one here, because of its larger moments being muted (heh) by a focus on limited sound, and they not only held up, I forgot I was actually wearing them at a point. Highly recommended.