A good wireless headset is hard to find—especially if you’re looking for one you can buy for less than a hundred dollars. There seem to be very few budget options on the market that offer fast, wireless connectivity and quality audio.
That’s what RIG appears to be shooting for with the new 600 PRO HS Wireless. This headset attempts to give gamers all of the raw performance found in more expensive headsets at a fraction of the cost. We liked the 500 PRO HX when we reviewed it, so we were eager to see what the 600 has to offer. Here’s what we found.
- Connectivity: Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz
- Compatible: PC, PS4/5, Switch, Mobile
- 40mm drivers
- Headphone frequency: 20Hz-20KHz
- Impedance: 32 Ohms
- Flip to hide omnidirectional mic
- 18 hours of battery life
- Price: $99.99
Inside the box, you’ll find a quick start guide, the headset itself, a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable for charging, the dongle for connecting the 2.4GHz wireless, and a Type-C to Type-A converter for the dongle, (just in case you don’t have any available Type-C ports.)
The overall design is, unfortunately, quite mediocre. The headset is very lightweight, which is nice, but I found the clamping pressure to be a bit too tight. The headband is plastic and the adjustment system is not particularly versatile. The earcups can snap into one of three different positions, allowing you to adjust the headband’s width to small, medium, and large sizes. This is more secure than traditional sliding headband adjustments, but it offers a considerably narrower range of adjustment. The pads on the earcups are made of mesh-coated foam. The mesh breathes better than leatherette, but can be scratchy and uncomfortable on the skin.
There is also a flip-to-hide microphone on the left earcup as well as several controls. There is a button for switching to Bluetooth, one for switching to the Dual-Connectivity mode, a power button, a volume dial, and a USB Type-C outlet for charging.
The audio quality in the RIG 600 PRO HS Wireless isn’t bad, but it also isn’t particularly impressive. The bass is surprisingly strong, but the overall sound isn’t nearly as full as what you might find in other headsets. It seems to be somewhat lacking in the mid-range, which gives the audio a sharper edge.
That said, the wireless signal is quite strong. I was able to walk around my house wearing them without losing a signal. The 2.4GHz also grants a low latency connection that is virtually indecipherable from a wired connection in terms of speed. This is pivotal to competitive gaming where the sound of footsteps reaching your ear a millisecond faster could be the difference between life and death.
It also has a Dual-Mode, which allows users to connect via 2.4GHz and Bluetooth simultaneously, so you can switch between game and mobile audio at the drop of a hat.
The 600 PRO’s microphone is contained within a solid arm made of plastic. This arm flips out from a discreet cubby hole in the left earcup. It’s muted when it is put away and active when it is extended.
The audio it captures is very clear, even if it isn’t exactly content creation quality. We found during our testing that the sound it produces is quiet and a little on the tinny side, but that there was no crackling, no sudden disconnections, and no noticeable peaking. Everything that was said into the microphone was perfectly audible and easy to understand. This is the most important thing when it comes to gaming, but there are definitely mics that provide better quality at this price point. It’s also worth noting that the mic on the 600 PRO is omnidirectional, meaning that it has a tendency to pick up ambient audio, such as fans, other people talking, and clicky keystrokes.
Is the 600 PRO HS Worth the Money?
At the time of writing, RIG has set the suggested retail price of the 600 PRO at $99.99. This is definitely on the lower end for a name-brand wireless gaming headset featuring 2.4GHz connectivity. Still, it doesn’t seem cheap enough. The RIG 600 PRO doesn’t feel like it stands out in any particular area. Its physical design has issues and there are several features, such as software control, that it simply doesn’t have.
Overall, it feels like there were several corners that have been cut and it doesn’t seem very competitive with other headsets in its price category, making it difficult to recommend. You might be better off waiting to get this one on sale.
Zoom Out: Verdict
The RIG 600 PRO HS is an affordable wireless headset, but doesn’t seem to stand out in any particular area. The build and audio quality both feel mediocre, which makes it a difficult headset to recommend at its recommended MSRP.
- Fast 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity
- Very lightweight
- Dual-Mode is a convenient addition
- Audio quality is mediocre
- Plastic build quality feels cheap
- Clamping pressure is too tight