Review: Nacon Rig 300 Pro Hs gaming headset | Review

Cheap certainly does not have to be expensive

Written by Sascha Meijer on

There is a new series of Rig headsets. They are no longer released under the BigBen name, but under the Nacon name. The new Rig series, which currently consists of five types, has been slightly polished in design compared to the previous generation, but still very pronounced.

Price: €29.90

Connection: Mini jack

Compatibility: Any platform with minijack input

RGB Features: No

Battery Life: N/A

There’s also a lot of attention paid to different platforms: almost every new Rig model has a Windows PC, Xbox or PlayStation variant. The range is also quite well spread across different price ranges. We first test the cheapest model in the series, the Rig 300 Pro HS. You can buy it for just under $30, and it’s advertised as a PlayStation headset. In practice, however, it is much more versatile. It has a minijack connection so you can plug it into just about any platform.

The fact that this headset is an absolute budget model is less noticeable in the build quality than you might expect. This model obviously doesn’t have the best finish or materials, but it’s by no means an extremely light, flimsy headset. The headband is made of hard plastic, which might have looked a bit more solid and reliable if it weren’t so shiny, but the headband still feels sturdy. Fortunately, a synthetic material was not chosen for the covering of the headband and ear pads, but rather a soft sports fabric that breathes nicely.

Both the pads on the headband and the ear cups are firm and compact, but they don’t feel uncomfortable or uncomfortable. However, the ear cups are a little on the small side, so your ears touch the inner lining. You can adjust the height of the ear cups by pulling them completely off the headband and re-clicking them into one of the three recesses in the construction. In practice, this means that the earcups are never quite at the perfect height. This ensures that the clamping pressure is somewhat disproportionately distributed: the headset clamps a little harder at the top than at the other side. Nevertheless, the overall wearing comfort is really not bad, mainly because the pinch pressure is not too bad and the fabric is very soft.

As for buttons and connectivity, we can be brief: There is a minijack cable on the headset. There are no additional setting options or functions hidden in the headset housing. Halfway through the cable you will find a small plastic box with the mute button for the microphone and a volume slider, the design of which matches the price.

The big surprise on the 300 Pro HS is the flip-out microphone. It sounds fantastic for a headset microphone. Where you expect a pinched and thin sound for the price of the headset, the microphone knows how to do a pretty full translation of your voice. And even though there is no wind cap on the end, the headset sounds quite good.

What stands out when listening to music is that the headset sounds a little pinched in the midrange. This sometimes causes the emphasis on the voice to be a little too much, which upsets the balance of the music. The emphatic focus on this area also means that some rock music gets tiring quickly because the guitars are very shrill. On the other hand, softer music actually translates surprisingly well to the 300 Pro HS.

The width of the stereo image is a bit disappointing. If a musical element is panned all the way to the far end of the stereo image, it will still stick slightly to the center. This means that the greatness of some songs doesn’t always translate well. Still, it must be said that, especially in light of the headset’s price level, the Rig 300 Pro HS sounds quite full and solid in many cases, and there are also plenty of small details to hear.

RICH 300

When gaming, the Rig 300 Pro HS excels mainly in shooters. This is of course partly due to the presence and aggressive mid-high, but also because the sub-low does not run very deep. This ensures that the sense of speed in the gameplay is enhanced in a pleasant way. In this case, it’s a shame that the localization is somewhat disappointing. For truly narrative open-world games, the 300 Pro HS falls short in its immersion. While the ambient noise cancellation is very good, it just lacks the bit of definition that makes game worlds come to life.

Of course, there are many things to criticize about the Rig 300 Pro HS, but the main thing is that this headset performs more than well for its price. In fact, there is simply no better headset for under 30 euros at the moment. That’s not to say that this is the best headset you’ll ever listen to: it sounds a bit squashed in the mids, the sub-low doesn’t extend very far and here and there it really lacks detail in the reproduction. On the other hand, the headset is robust, easy to use and has an excellent microphone. Don’t expect miracles from this headset, but more than the price suggests. If you don’t have a big wallet and are looking for a headset that you can play casual games with, then the Rig 300 Pro HS is not a bad option at all.

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