Nacon RIG 600 PRO HS – Hardware Review
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Nacon RIG 600 PRO HS – Hardware Review

Good: Design, Affordable, Comfortable
Bad: Could use PC software, Microphone quality could be slightly better
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Back in 2016 our website already had a first encounter with the RIG headsets which were then manufactured by Plantronics. We concluded that the overall experience was pleasant, but the build quality was found somewhat lacking. Now, seven years later, the RIG headsets are under Nacon’s umbrella, and we were quite curious to see if the remarks made on our website would also prove true for the newer generation of RIG devices. We can easily state that we were pleasantly surprised.

 

 

 

 

Design

When looking at the old-school RIG 500HS model from way back in 2016, it’s clear that Nacon opted for some changes. The company got rid of the floaty-looking headband, and the RIG 600 PRO HS looks a lot sturdier as a result. You’ll be treated to a fairly classy-yet-futuristic-looking device with a solid headband, while still retaining the detachable ear cups from the RIG headsets. These ear cups are somewhat unique, but we’ll delve into that further down the review.

All in all, the RIG 600 PRO HS doesn’t come with too many bells and whistles, and it ends up looking good as a result. The matte black headset with a few glossy black finishing touches will fit every type of gaming rig.

Comfort

The RIG 600 PRO HS does have a peculiar system when it comes to adjusting the size of the headband. In this case, you won’t be able to actually adjust the headband itself, but you’ll first have to unlink the ear cups to in turn lock them into fixed holes on the sides of the headband. There are three sizes to choose from, namely small, medium, and large. We first had our doubts this would be a comfortable way of adjusting the size, but after finding the correct size, we were pleasantly surprised. Locking in the ear cups does make it so that the headband does not shift when putting it away. This means that every time you start your gaming sessions, you’ll have a perfect fit.

The fabric ear padding, as well as the fabric inner headband, ensure very comfortable gaming sessions. There is ample padding, and with the device being an over-ear headset, your ears won’t get squashed when using the RIG 600 PRO HS. As these ear cups are fabric, this means that outside noise can still seep through. The latter makes you more aware of your surroundings. The headset also has a¬† microphone that’s perfectly encapsulated in the ear cup. As a result, you will only see it when it’s folded down. Thanks to this, we might even say that the headset is also interesting to use outside. The light frame also makes it comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.

You’ll have access to all basic functions via the buttons and dials on the left ear cup. You’ll find basic features such as a volume dial, the power button, the button to swap profiles, and so on here. Everything is easily accessible, and the spacing is done in such a way that you’ll quickly remember where everything is. We would have perhaps wanted the power button to pop out a tiny bit more, as that one remains hard to find, even after spending quite a few hours with the device.

Overview

As Nacon’s RIG 600 PRO HS is a Dual Wireless device, there will not be any issues connecting the headset to a gaming device of your choice. Even though this specific model somewhat focuses on PlayStation gamers, it also works perfectly on Switch, PC, and your mobile phone. You can either opt for a Bluetooth connection, or you can use the included USB-C dongle for a 2.4 GHz connection. We very much enjoyed working with the dongle, as it was easy for us to simply plug in the adapter in another device and continue our gaming session there. Dual Wireless also means that you can swap on the fly from a USB-C connection to a Bluetooth connection.

The RIG 600 PRO HS also has a supporting app for smartphones where you can adjust certain base settings. In the app, you can create three specific audio profiles where you can adjust equalizer settings, the playback sound of your own microphone, etc. Everything is very easy to work with, even though the device works great out of the box as well. We would have perhaps loved some PC software for this one as well, as that would have made the device even better for multi-platform gamers.

As a whole, the sound quality is actually what surprised us the most. Often, when companies focus on the flashy design of a headset, they tend to cut corners in other departments, which is absolutely not the case here. The RIG 600 PRO HS sounds absolutely crisp, and we were also pleasantly surprised by the quality of the bass. If you’re playing a shooter, you’ll notice that the headset can pack a proper punch. You’ll have to adjust the bass settings via the equalizer first, however. We did very much enjoy using the device for gaming but also for media purposes. It was quite pleasant to go from gaming to bingeing¬†our favorite Netflix shows. The microphone quality might be a bit less clear compared to some other models on the market, but those on the receiving end still receive clear audio feedback.

In terms of battery life, the RIG 600 PRO HS doesn’t perform too badly. When using the USB-C dongle you’ll get roughly 16 to 20 hours of battery time, and when using Bluetooth you are able to squeeze out a few extra hours out of the headset. This means you can commit to a few binging sessions or a few gaming nights without having to worry about constantly charging the headset.

Conclusion

Nacon’s RIG 600 PRO HS is a great, affordable gaming companion. Even though it does take a few moments to get used to the fact that you can’t just adjust your headband, the headset proves to be very comfortable for longer periods of time. The audio quality was great, and we did appreciate the supporting software that allowed us to adjust base settings on the fly. We would have still loved some PC software as well, making it even more user-friendly. Even so, for a fair price, you’re getting a great multi-platform device that offers both Bluetooth and USB-C connection options. If you’re looking for a decent headset or something to splurge your holiday money on, we suggest checking this one out.

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