Today we continue to look at the gaming peripherals from ASUS. Not so long ago, I told you about the ASUS ROG CHAKRAM CORE – a mouse with the ability to change switches without tools and with a built-in analog stick. And now we will talk about the ROG Strix Go gaming headset in the version with Type-C connection. The competition in the plus or minus $100 range is enormous, and to attract buyers, the company has to exert every effort in trying to distinguish its product.
ASUS ROG Strix Go: What company promised?
The promotional brochures promise us Hi-Res sound, intelligent noise cancellation, and ease of use, but we’ve heard this many times before. However, after spending about a month with these headphones, I am ready to admit that many of the “marketing” promises turned out to be true.
ASUS ROG Strix Go: Design and Built Quality
In this model, the company did not experiment with lighting or expensive materials, limiting itself to simple but high-quality solutions. The headphones look strict, completely devoid of bright accents, allowing you to use them outside your gaming place safely.
Most of the body is made of plastic, a metal headband is used as a flexible base, and the upper part and ear pads are made of dermantine with soft padding. I note that the ROG Strix Go is very pleasant tactilely, despite the materials’ general simplicity.
ASUS ROG Strix Go: Connectivity
As the name implies, these headphones are connected via USB Type-C. They can be used with smartphones or laptops and with devices without such a connector, thanks to the complete extension cable adapter for full-format USB.
There is only one little thing that confused me a little – the connection wire is “tightly” connected to the device case, so it will be quite difficult to replace it with any other Type-C in case of a breakdown of the native one. You can’t do without a soldering iron and straight hands.
Plus, the design itself allows you to give the headset more compact dimensions for carrying, but since the wire interferes with this whole business, it isn’t easy to fold the headphones usually.
ASUS ROG Strix Go: Is it comfortable for long use?
For me personally, the main characteristic of any full-size headsets is the fit on the head. This is all very individual, but my favorite HyperX Cloud Alpha begins to deliver some discomfort after only half an hour. They just put pressure on my head. But in ASUS ROG Strix Go, I can sit quietly for two to three hours, after which certain inconveniences also appear. I have not yet found the ideal fit headphones for myself.
ASUS ROG Strix Go: Sound Experiences
Two 40mm neodymium speakers are responsible for the sound here, and I can tell you that they do it perfectly well. For all the “gaming” positioning of the headphones, they are very well suited for listening to music or watching movies. Strix Go can create a broad stereo base, and you plunge into the “sound.” The frequencies are well separated and do not merge into a mess—high, medium, and low in exactly the amount you need.
I gave a few people to listen to these ears, and a couple of them noted not enough “fat” bass, which I would write off to personal preference. After all, some models frankly hide an average sound behind oversaturated low frequencies. Right there, everything is really balanced, and I was listening to music more, and not playing in this headset, just having fun.
Both heavy and trending tracks play out very succulently, so I can imagine using these headphones outside the home. They look restrained, well insulated from external stimuli, and there is more than enough power reserve. For example, I did not raise the volume level above 80 percent because that was enough for my head.
By the way, I checked the performance of these ASUS, both with Windows and Mac, and even Android. All three systems responded adequately to the headset, and the volume control and pause button did their job.
If the last two systems can only output sound to Strix Go, then in Windows, it is possible to install an application for a more detailed adjustment of the equalizer, proprietary “enhancers,” and other things.
ASUS ROG Strix Go: Noise Cancellation
And all these chips actually work. Take the active noise cancellation system in a microphone, for example. It is really capable of filtering out most of the ambient noise, from the hammer drill to the keyboard. But at the output, we get a somewhat distorted voice, which is quite suitable for a chat. By turning off this system, we already get a better voice recording, which is pleasant to listen to.
Speaking about the intended use in games, I was delighted with their work. I am not an adherent of online shooters and any “KS,” but I have a general understanding of how good gaming headphones should work.
Positioning and ambient noises are reproduced well, allowing you to understand exactly where the enemy is and where to expect trouble. And the immersion in the gameplay of Strix Go is just perfect. If it were not for the integrated non-removable cable, which causes some inconvenience, and the harsh fit on the head, this headset would have been a 100 percent hit on the target. But even taking into account my quibbles, ASUS headphones came out wonderfully well. I would take it.
ASUS ROG Strix Go: Conclusion
Be careful when choosing this model, as there are several variations on the market, both with a wireless connection and a connection via a 3.5 mm jack. And their sound may differ. As for the rest, ASUS ROG Strix Go is an excellent choice for $200!
ASUS ROG Strix Go$199.99
- Immersive, full audio
- Wireless USB-C/USB Type-A or 3.5mm connection
- Carrying case with space for extra cables, mic
- Detachable and on-cup mics
- USB-C dongle can block PC ports
- No way to check battery life
- Occasional dropouts may occur
- Questionable headband durability