For gamers looking for a wireless console and PC gaming headset close to the $100 range, Plantronics has recently put out a $129.99 product that you may want to consider. We liked the last headset they produced in this realm, the RIG 800LX, which went for $150 and gave you a solid wireless solution for the Xbox One and PC. The RIG 700HX somehow brings the price even lower, while endeavoring to give you practically the same quality and experience as the RIG 800LX. Also like the 800LX, the RIG 700HX is available in Xbox One/PC and PS4/PC models.
Let’s dive into the Plantronics RIG 700HX Wireless Headset for Xbox One and PC.
Plantronics RIG 700HX Base Specs
|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||241 g/8.5 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|
Build and Comfort
Out of the box, you have the Plantronics RIG 700HX headset, a removable boom mic, a microUSB charging cable, and a wireless receiver.
The build of the RIG 700HX takes many of the merits of the RIG headset line into account in this latest model. You have a plastic headband with a cushioned fabric mesh resting on your head. The ear cups feature a cushion design that I’m happy to see in more and more headsets these days. That is to say, the cushions employ a fabric and leatherette hybrid skin, where the fabric mesh comes in contact with your skin and the surrounding leather assists in achieving a solid acoustic seal.
Ear cup placement and headset adjustment has a unique twist here, as with many other RIG headsets, where the ear cups are postitioned into three height slots. Ear cups can be popped out and snapped back into set the headband at any the of three size slots.
All of the RIG 700HX’s controls are situated on the left ear cup. You have a game/chat volume balancer, a power button, a master volume button, a microUSB charge port, and a mic mute button on the bottom. The boom mic is both highly flexible and removable, should you not need to chat with others.
Setup is quite simple with the RIG 700HX, as you just plug the wireless receiver into either your Xbox One or PC. You then toggle the switch on the back of the receiver to the platform you are playing on, turn on the headset, and you are good to go.
Right off the bat, the Plantronics RIG 700HX is an extremely light, yet comfortable headset. The headset maintains a firm yet gentle grip. The ear cup cushions feel cool against the skin while doing a solid job in isolating environmental sound. This is not the first Plantronics RIG headset we have reviewed, and it still surprises me that their simple three-size fit design works as well or as comfortably as it does. With the size of the mellon that sits atop my neck and shoulders, I was almost certain that I would have to adjust the headset to the largest setting. The out-of-the-box “medium” worked just fine.
The flexible headband also helped out in the comfort department, as it stretched with my head without pinching my ears or the glasses I use when I’m gaming at home. The fabric-leatherette ear cushion combo allowed for minimal to non-existent levels of fatigue, as I spent practically full days using the headset without so much of a complaint. The Plantronics RIG 700HX simply excelled in the comfort department.
Features, Performance and Final Thoughts
The Plantronics RIG 700HX keeps it simple in the features department, giving you a very straight-forward solution for wireless gaming on the Xbox One. Out of the box, it comes compatible with Windows Sonic, Microsoft’s free surround sound software for Xbox One and PC. However, should you have an active Dolby Atmos license, you are free and ready to experience surround sound with that solution on either platform with the RIG 700HX.
That said, the RIG 700HX delivers a solid sound presentation, with crisp highs, some nice mids, and a soft yet still present bass. Bullets, gunfire, and footsteps are easy to pick up with the headset, with both Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos assisting well with positional audio. I mainly used the RIG 700HX with Destiny 2, as my first person shooter. When I wasn’t barraged with attacks and explosions, I was able to pick up approaching enemies quite well. In Gears of War 5, I got to experience more of the over-head audio affects that both Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos provide, leading to a very satisfying and immersive experience.
The mic was no slouch either, as it delivered my voice to my teammates loud and clear, while doing a very good job at not picking up the low-to-mid level ambient noise around me. I especially liked how mic-monitoring is built-in and working from the moment you start using the headset. I probably still shouted during some of the sweatier or hilarious matches, sure. However, for the most part, I was constantly aware of my voice’s volume, making me more than bearable for my friends and allies on the other side of the mic.
The controls on the headset took only a little bit of time to develop muscle memory for. Eventually, I was able to quickly finagle and differentiate between the dials for master volume and game/chat balance. The heightened notch on the game/chat balancer helped me tell the two apart. Whether it was due to the abundance of headsets I have reviewed, or just unique placement, it did take me just a touch longer to get used to the mic mute button being where it is. However, it was not to the level of cumbersome that a small amount of time and practice couldn’t overcome.
When it comes down to it, the Plantronics RIG 700HX is a solid buy for $130. You get exactly what you need in the quality of sound, both inbound and out. You get plenty more in the comfort department with a headset that keeps ease of wear high, despite not using a suspension headband design. Last but not least, you have the kind of fabric-leatherette ear cushions that keep you focused on the game without draining the stamina from your ears or skin.
If you’re looking for a $100 wireless headset that is simple to set up and delivers in both quality and comfort, you may want to spend the 30 extra bucks for a solid product in the RIG 700HX. You won’t be disappointed. Check out the Plantronics RIG 700HX wireless headset, for either Xbox One & PC or PS4 & PC, here.
† As usual, there are no affiliate links contained within this post. We were provided a Plantronics RIG 700HX Wireless Gaming Headset for review purposes and were not compensated for this review.