Reliable wireless headset for gaming

The Strix Wireless headset is designed to look like an owl, the company’s mascot.
The Strix Wireless headset is designed to look like an owl, the company’s mascot. PHOTO: ASUS

The Asus Republic of Gamers Strix Wireless headset is reasonably priced and delivers very reliable, adequate sound. However, the headset is also a little large and can feel heavy after a long gaming session.

It is a striking device, designed to look like an owl, the company's mascot. The ear cups have bright orange eyes, and the headband and microphone also have orange accents.

The ear cups can be folded flat and the boom mic removed, which the Asus website says is a "travel-friendly design".

At 350g, the weight of the Strix Wireless is on par with other wireless headsets, such as the SteelSeries Siberia 840 (318g) and the Razer ManO'War (375g).

However, because of the balance of the headset, the Strix Wireless feels heavier than it actually is. A lot of the weight feels like it is resting in the ear cups, instead of being distributed evenly across the head.

The cups are overwhelmingly large, and have quite a high clamp force. Also, as the foam headband adjusts automatically, I found it difficult to get a suitable fit. The bottom of the ear cups ended up hovering somewhere near my jawline, which was too low to be comfortable.

  • TECH SPECS

  • PRICE: $199

    DRIVERS: 60mm neodymium magnet

    FREQUENCY RESPONSE (HEADPHONES): 20 to 20,000Hz

    FREQUENCY RESPONSE (MICROPHONE): 50 to 16,000Hz

    SENSITIVITY (MICROPHONE): -40dB

    WEIGHT: 350g

    BATTERY: 900mAh

  • RATING

    FEATURES: 4/5

    DESIGN: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 3/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5

    BATTERY LIFE: 4/5

    OVERALL: 4/5

Once you get used to the fit though, the Strix Wireless delivers consistently fair sound quality.

Set-up is simple, just plug and play with a USB receiver. It also comes with 3.5mm auxiliary input, so gamers can use it easily with their smartphones. While there is a micro-USB port on the headset, it is only for charging and not for data.

The noise isolation on the headset is impressive, and it provided an immersive gaming experience. Once I put on soft background music, I could not hear my friend beside me talking.

The sound profile on the Strix Wireless is decent for gaming, but it is not the best for listening to music.

Listening to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, I found that it struggled with the subtlety of the music.

During a crescendo, the bass would overwhelm the details from the higher-pitched instruments.

Using the Strix Wireless to play Overwatch was a better experience. With the headset's virtual 7.1 surround sound, I was able to easily pinpoint enemy locations and fire.

The low-latency 2.4GHz wireless technology also performed like a dream, and I did not get any drops or lag, which can be an issue with wireless headsets. The mic was quite sensitive, and my teammates were able to hear me clearly over Skype, although they said I sounded a little fuzzy on Discord.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2016, with the headline 'Reliable wireless headset for gaming'. Print Edition | Subscribe