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Nacon’s RIG 800 Pro is simply one of the best headsets you can buy for Xbox consoles. But it probably won’t give you that impression at first. Out of the box, the headset cups are listlessly disconnected from the headpiece. And clipping them into place feels like a worryingly risky task.
Even when the cups are successfully snapped into place, the overall build quality of the RIG 800 Pro feels flimsy. The plastic of the headset seems thin and cheap. So much so that the headpiece and microphone feel like they could break easily if handled poorly.
However, we did say that the RIG 800 Pro is one of the best headsets you can buy for Xbox Series X|S consoles. And despite the cheap-feeling build quality, that’s absolutely true. By any other statistic, the RIG 800 Pro seriously excels.
The audio quality of the headset is amazing. It offers incredibly well-rounded 3D audio supported by Dolby Atmos, a license that is included in the box. The headset’s 40mm drivers are able to minimize distortion, giving way to detailed and immersive sound. This, along with the headset’s deep cups, makes for very high quality noise that is absolutely hard to beat.
One of the standout features, in addition to the fantastic sound, is the headset’s high level of comfort. It’s rare to get a pair of cans this comfortable for a fairly low price. The RIG 800 Pro just feels good to wear and makes extended gaming sessions a pleasure by not irritating the ears once.
A small selection of buttons and sliders can be found on the back of the left cup. These are wonderfully easy to reach and recognizable by touch. There’s a large button to turn the headset on or off, two sliders for volume and game-to-party chat audio balance, as well as a button to quickly mute the microphone. The easy selection and hassle-free layout is very welcome here.
You also have two ways to charge the RIG 800 Pro. You can connect the headset directly to your console or PC via a micro USB connection, or you can use the included charging dock to which the headset can be magnetically attached. We preferred the latter as we found it charged the headset faster. Though in both cases, charging took a little longer than we’d like, about three to four hours for a total of 24 hours of battery life.
RIG 800 Pro HX: price and availability
The RIG 800 Pro is on sale now for $149 / £199 / AU$299 direct from the official Nacon online store. While you’ll get a much better deal if you’re in the US, the headset is still worth the asking price no matter where you live, given its range of high-end features.
RIG 800 Pro HX: design
- Incredibly comfortable to wear
- Auto-adjusting headband works great
- Build quality could be better
The RIG 800 Pro has the potential to throw you for a loop at first glance. The cups are initially detached from the headset, but you can rest assured that it is not broken. After clicking the cups into place, you are good to go.
However, it certainly didn’t make the best first impression. The build quality of the headset generally leaves much to be desired. It’s certainly not terrible – and easily forgiven once you start using it – but we do recommend caution when first assembling the headset. That’s because the headset’s plastic – especially around the edges of the headpiece – is cheaply made and feels somewhat flimsy.
The opposite is true for the headset cups. These are excellent in comparison and adequately padded with a plush coating for a high level of comfort. The self-adjusting headband is also made of a soft mesh material, allowing the headset to rest gently on your head. The RIG 800 Pro is so comfortable that longer gaming sessions become an absolute pleasure. We never felt the need to remove the headset to take a break.
The headset’s microphone isn’t intrusive and only activates once you’ve put it in place. This is a nice touch, as it means you don’t have to fiddle with settings to manually disable the microphone. Unfortunately, the microphone cannot be removed from the headset at all. But it’s flexible enough to be stored out of sight when not in use.
RIG 800 Pro HX: Features
- 24 hour battery life
- Handy charging station
- User-friendly buttons on board
The RIG 800 Pro has a very basic feature set. Out of the box, aside from the headset itself, you get a charging stand, charging cable, wireless USB adapter for connecting the headset, and a Dolby Atmos license.
The charging stand is surprisingly cool. Plug it in via USB, attach the headset and it will let you know the charging progress via an LED on the front of the stand. Red means it is charging, while green means it is fully charged. There is also a handy slot on the back of the charging stand, where you can place the wireless adapter when not in use.
You can also charge the headset via a micro USB slot on the left earcup. We would have preferred USB-C as that is the most common option these days. Still, we appreciate that we don’t have to use the charging station as the only power outlet.
The battery life is also impressive. You have about 24 hours on a full charge. However, we recommend that you charge the headset overnight if you will be using it often. From empty to full, the RIG 800 Pro takes about three to four hours to charge with the stand.
When you switch on the RIG 800 Pro, you will hear a voice confirming the status of the headset. This will give you an idea of the remaining battery life and whether or not the headset is plugged in.
There are also a few buttons and sliders on the left cup of the headset. These are very easy to find and identify while wearing them. This allows you to quickly adjust the volume and mute the microphone if needed.
So it’s a no-frills feature set, but comes with everything you need to keep the headset charged and plugged in.
RIG 800 Pro HX: sound quality
- Excellent sound quality
- Perfect for Dolby Atmos
- Good quality microphone
The RIG 800 Pro is a huge win for audiophiles. If you buy the headset to listen to music, you will not be disappointed. Music sounds richly detailed with the headset on. Especially when playing games, as Dolby Atmos delivers ultra-immersive 3D audio at no extra cost thanks to the included license.
As a result, the RIG 800 Pro is a perfect choice if you’re looking for extra immersion. When we loaded up Forza Horizon 5, we were thoroughly impressed with how much detail the headset was able to pick up. From the heavy engine noises and hefty gear changes to the thunderous impact of cars hitting the dirt from a 200-foot jump, the RIG 800 Pro made us feel like we were really there.
That high quality doesn’t stop at the microphone. On the contrary, the RIG 800 Pro does more than a good job as a headset in this regard. During our testing, our voices sounded crystal clear to the receivers. Their voices, in turn, were equally audible.
So from top to bottom, the RIG 800 Pro offers seriously excellent sound quality that is well worth the asking price.
- Sound quality rating: 4.5 / 5
Should I buy the RIG 800 Pro HX headset?
Buy it if…
You’re looking for top quality audio
The RIG 800 Pro excels in both music and sound design. If you’re looking for great sound, we can’t recommend this headset enough.
You want comfort
The RIG 800 Pro is almost absurdly comfortable thanks to its well-padded cups and flexible, self-adjusting headband.
You want a lot of battery life
With approximately 24 hours on a single charge, you could potentially go days or even weeks without charging the headset.
Don’t buy it if…
You want good build quality
The build quality of the RIG 800 Pro could be better and feels a bit cheap with some of the materials used.
Prefer a wired headset
If wireless isn’t your thing, you probably want to look elsewhere.
You need a headset for PS5
The RIG 800 Pro HX is designed for Xbox consoles and PC.