Among peripherals, devices for mobile gamers are more and more common, featuring special options and compatibility not only with PCs. Today's ASUS ROG Strix Go 2.4 guest is no exception; the new headset was created specifically for the Nintendo Switch and gaming smartphones. In fact, the scope is much wider, more on that in the review.
The headset has a strict appearance without elaborately bright details. Decorating cups - soft-touch plastic, pleasant to the eye and touch, but too easily soiled. Headphones have to be regularly cleaned from numerous greasy traces - this is the flip side of the style. Belonging to the Republic of Gamers give out two details: staples in graphite color and large extruded brand logos.
Despite the wireless module and built-in battery, the headphones weigh a modest 290 grams. As a result, the landing is soft with a comfortable, but sufficient for isolation clip. The headband is adjustable, the cups rotate in two planes. The large ear cushions are lined with good leatherette: now, in the winter season, your ears are comfortable, in the summer it will be hot. Separately, I praise the elastic pad of ear pads and headband cushions.
The main connection method is wireless, through its own transmitter with USB Type-C. A modern interface is required for compatibility with the Nintendo Switch portable and mobile gadgets. The communication quality is excellent and surpasses Bluetooth in range, the sound quality is comparable to average codecs. During operation, the receiver's case becomes moderately warm.
For compatibility with full-sized USB, an adapter is included.
When connected via USB, the control elements located on the left cup work: the volume slider and the pause button. The headset does not know how to adjust the system volume in Windows and Android, creating a second level. Pressing the slider mutes / unmutes the microphone; switching is accompanied by a voice prompt in English. Both the slider and the pause button are marked with tactile notches.
Another advantage of USB is the availability of a proprietary PC utility. In the arsenal of ROG Armory: a variety of modes that really affect the sound; equalizer; reverberation; low frequency amplifier. Also an important thing is the indicator of the remaining charge, there are no other ways to find out the battery level.
Charging is via USB Type-C on the right cup. The declared battery life is 25 hours. After 10 hours of testing at medium volume, the charge indicator dropped from 90% to 50%.
Also on the left cup is a 3.5 mm jack for connecting to other devices. In this case: the microphone works, the sound quality strongly depends on the audio card of the connected device, the utility and buttons on the headset body are not available. The headset comes with a 1.5-meter fabric-braided cable with 4-pin plugs on both sides. The latter is necessary for the performance of the microphone integrated in the left cup.
The sound of 40 mm speakers will not disappoint either in games or in music: a wide stereo base and good mid frequencies make the character extremely versatile. There are low frequencies, but they do not capture at all - there is not enough volume and relaxedness. Despite the smaller frequency range with a wireless connection, the cut is invisible to average ears.
Microphones also take into account the purpose of the headset. By default, sound is recorded on an omnidirectional microphone built into the body. Its quality is sufficient for a quiet room or for a short conversation on the street. In other situations, it is better to use an external bi-directional microphone on a flexible boom that connects through the 3.5 mm jack on the left.
This is an “adult” microphone with all the consequences in the form of a natural sounding voice and effective screening of external noise. The boom material has a memory effect, so you can easily select the optimal distance.
The cups fold inward. There is no clear fixation in the extreme positions; instead, the mechanism has a smoothly increasing force closer to the open position. All critical parts are made of metal and covered with plastic for aesthetics. For ease of carrying, the ROG Strix Go 2.4 is equipped with a hard case with a zipper. Inside, in addition to the molded space for the headset, there is a separate pedestal for the receiver. On the second side are pockets for all accessories, a microphone, cables and an adapter.
Feedback after two weeks of use
The headset from today's review is the standard among similar peripherals in many respects. Particularly attractive is good ergonomics, convenient for hours of gatherings at a game. Among the significant shortcomings are only easily soiled plastic, which is not visible most of the time. ASUS ROG Strix Go 2.4 is worth a look not only for gamers, but also for users of compact laptops. A lightweight wireless headset with long battery life is a good find. The restrained design is in harmony with modern ultrabooks, and a convenient case allows you to take headphones with you.Specifications:
- Headphones type: full-size, gaming headset.
- Mounting Method: Headband.
- Type of acoustic design: closed.
- Diameter of emitter membrane: 40 mm.
- Construction: adjustable headband, ear cushions, folding cups.
- Sound scheme format: 2.0.
- Impedance: 32 Ohms.
- Headphone frequency response: 10 - 40 000 Hz (via 3.5 mm), 20 - 20 000 Hz (via USB).
- Microphone: yes, omnidirectional in the body and bidirectional on a removable flexible boom.
- Sensitivity of the removable microphone: -54 dB.
- Frequency response of a removable microphone: 100 - 8 000 Hz.
- Headset connection: 2.4GHz wireless via USB or wired via 3.5mm jack.
- stylish design without bright accents;
- folding cups and a hard case included;
- light weight and optimal ergonomics;
- wireless connection through Type-C;
- two kinds of microphones.
May not like:
- the softness of soft-touch plastic.
- the volume slider adjusts the level of the headphones without affecting the system;
- leatherette ear pads.
Final rating: 9 out of 10.