RIG Gaming Headset Round-Up [Hardware] – 800 Pro HS, 500 Pro Gen 2, and 300 Pro

Let’s check out these big rigs. Okay…they’re not that big.

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We’ve been given three new gaming headsets to test out from RIG, so we thought we’d cut right to the chase and sum up our thoughts on the whole trio in one place.

The three included the ​​800 Pro HS, 500 Pro Gen 2, and 300 Pro – and they all vary wildly in price and strengths. So let’s get down to it shall we?

RIG 800 Pro HS – Price range: £160-179

Straight out of the box the 800 Pro HS surprised us at how lightweight it is. With the higher end price-tag we were expecting something much weightier, but ultimately this works to its advantage.

Because soon after this we realised quite how much of a comfortable a headset it is. It can be worn for hours at a time and never get itchy or a burden. Its lightweight nature means it’s truly lovely to use day in day out, and sometimes we forgot we were wearing it. Truly there can be no greater compliment.

Then also out of the box comes a wireless charging dock, which is a very welcome additional peripheral that makes using it for work and gaming daily much easier.

As for performance, it’s solid without being outstanding. During an extended gaming session with a few more action focused titles explosions and gunfire were loud enough without really having a huge amount of heft. 

However, directional sound was definitely impressive and we found pinpointing where exact noises were coming from easily – so it could be argued that this means the headset covers the most important bases when it comes to general gaming use.

However there are drawbacks, and they mostly stem from the strange lack of connection options and limited compatibility – only working with PCs and the PS5.

Ultimately the 800 Pro HS can’t fully justify its asking price, but for those looking for a headset to be used for marathon gaming sessions that focuses on comfort you could do a lot worse.

RIG 500 Pro Gen 2 – Price range: £60

The price drops dramatically with the RIG 500 Pro Gen 2, and we’d be lying if there weren’t a few notable downgrades. But perhaps not quite as many as you’d expect for a third of the price.

First off this is a comfortable headset, and like the 800 Pro HS is far lighter than you’d expect. There are breathable ear pads and the mic is detachable, which is handy.

The sound quality isn’t bad for the price either, with Dolby Atmos support and the mic offering up clear and crisp audio during heated gaming sessions.  

It is perhaps a little too expensive for what it is – there are few of the creature comforts you might expect from a headset at this pricepoint, especially considering what the 300 Pro offers for around half the price – but this is a headset that we encountered no major issues with and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend compared to many of its direct rivals.

RIG 300 Pro – Price range: £30

By far the lowest priced headset of the three tested here, the RIG 300 Pro is certainly the cheapest feeling – although that’s hardly no surprise.

Like the Rig 500 Pro Gen 2 it works on a wired connection, but lack many of the features and extra quality of life improvements of the two headsets above. There’s no noise cancellation, 

However what we approve of is to focus on the comfort rather than these extra features – this is a surprisingly enjoyable headset to wear for long periods. We wore it for a whole day for work and we never felt it getting too hot or itchy, and the flip up microphone didn’t feel too stiff or flimsy.

The 40mm drivers also mean the sound is much punchier than you’d expect from such a budget headset. Ultimately the RIG 300 Pro won’t last you an extended amount of time, but if you’re looking for a simple headset to use for a few gaming sessions a month this could be worth looking into.

You can find all these devices on the official RIG website right here.

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      80 out of 100
      Simon has been playing portable games since his Game Boy Pocket and a very worn out copy of Donkey Kong Land 2, and he has no intention of stopping anytime soon. Playing Donkey Kong Land 2 that is. And games in general we suppose.