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Plantronics Rig 600 Gaming Headset Review

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I seldom use a headset to play games. Sure, when I get one to review it is cool and all but I hate sitting for hours on end with this heavy device on my head squishing my ears. When I do use one I opt for the PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset which is my favourite without a doubt so when Plantronics approached me to review their Rig 600 headset there was no doubt I was going to compare the two while I review it. 

Check out our full video review of the device below.

Specifications

  • Mic frequency response- 100 Hz–10 kHz
  • Mic sensitivity- -45 dBV/Pa
  • Mic signal-to-noise ratio- >42 dB
  • Mic pick-up pattern- Uni-directional
  • Headphone weight- 247.1 g/8.7 oz
  • Headphone frequency response- 20 Hz–20 kHz
  • Headphone impedance- 32 ohms
  • Headphone sensitivity- 111 dBSPL/V
  • Headphone maximum input power- 40 mW
  • Headphone drivers - Dynamic 40 mm
  • Compatibility - PC/Laptop and PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Mobile

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The Plantronics Rig 600 is a no-nonsense gaming headset that plugs in and just works. It is on the border of being extremely simplistic while at the same time offers a wide range of versatility thanks to its support across the board of consoles and mobile platforms. For its asking price of R999, it goes beyond its features to offer a comfortable fitting with great sound. I think the best part about the headset is that it is not trying to be complicated in any degree. You unbox the device, choose your wire and plug it in. This simplicity is also its downfall in some manner as it offers zero equalization customization and no surround sound options either but then again, you get what you pay for. 

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The Rig 600 packs 40mm drivers that push out some high-end sound quality across all platforms. While it lacks the virtual surround sound, the quality is so high that I often forgot all about it. Sounds still feel like they are coming from 360-degrees around you which gives you the illusion of a detailed gaming environment. I heard sounds in Destiny 2 that I never knew were there before and every punch and kick from my gun sounded fantastic. Even those Verse Weapons that are meant to sound homemade had clangs and clicks to them that I would never have noticed using my pissy Samsung Soundbar.

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The device comes with three cables in the box for optimal platform support. The one I used the most was the physical microphone that has a small bend to it and on the wire a volume control and mute button. You also get the standard microphone cable that you can use if you prefer to have the microphone out of your face. This too has a mute button as well as a phone button to put down calls and change songs on your mobile phone. The last cable is a splitter for PC use. This allows you to turn one of the other two cables into a microphone and an aux cable so you can plug it into your PC. 

In terms of versatility, the Rig 600 has every platform covered. It supports everything and a simple cable change, or not, will let you use a different device. In all honesty, I used the line in mic cable once and then changed to the other cable and never went back. 

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The overall design of the Rig 600 is great. The top headband is soft and feels great. It has perforated holes on it to allow for breathing which is also found on the earcups too. In terms of comfort, I reached a max 2 hours before I started to feel a bit of discomfort in my ears. The headset flattened the top of my ear a bit and after a while it was uncomfortable. I have fairly large ears so I have this issue with many headsets. However, other people that tried them on did not suffer the same issue.

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The overall comfort of the headset is great. The sound is blocked out while wearing them too as the padding allows for a soundproof-like finish. The earcups adjust up and down to fit any head size and they can rotate and bend in a 90-degree position to lie flat on your chest when taking a break. Other than that there is nothing else much going for the device. The design is simplistic with a few gold trims on the earcups and the same colour being stitched into the headband

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I have heard about Plantronics' great sound from its headsets but I had never experienced them before now. The sound performance delivered clear bass, impressive mids and trebles and nothing ever felt too loud and sound never distorted at all. While it does not have surround sound, I never had an issue knowing where the action was taking place on the map while playing Destiny 2's Iron Banner. The stereo sound creates a decent illusion of your spatial awareness and it was a surprising feature to discover. 

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No matter what game I threw at the device, it delivered flawlessly. Although I did feel the device could do with a little extra volume increase, after using it, it felt that max volume was on a suitable level to deliver the great sound without compromising quality. When I entered chat parties it also handles the difference between my friends yelling at me and the game volume. After a simple tweak of the volume dial, the in-game settings and the PS4's sound/party chat, the volume levels sounded great. 

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When tossing in music, the performance was also top-class. While it will never match the likes of a Bang and Olufsen headset, it delivered a decent level of sound that makes it even more versatile for the daily life. 

The Rig 600 lacks any sort of customization. So many devices on the market boast the ability to tweak the sound output and different tones and pitches to maximize your preference for each game. I do enjoy these features found in headsets but even though the Rig 600 lacked it, I found its plug-and-play approach quite worry-free. It was easy to use and there was no additional effort needed to get it going. 

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For under R1000, you cannot go wrong with the Plantronics Rigs 600 headset. Its versatility and great sound make for a fantastic budget headset that feels worth a lot more. Its got a high-end design with some great speakers and it just works on any platform you need it to work on. 

The Plantronics Rig 600 retails for R999

This review was conducted on a review unit supplied by Plantronics SA. 

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