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Plantronics RIG 500 Pro – Review

The current market for gaming headsets is flooded with choices. With all those choices, there are excellent headset and there are simply terrible ones. I am happy to report that the RIG 500 Pro might be the very best headset I have ever used. The RIG 500 Pro can be used on PC, PS4 and X-Box One with ease. Simply plugging in the 3.5mm jack into the controllers and you are good to go. To my surprise, this also works flawlessly with Nintendo Switch, which was key for me as I have yet to find a headset that was as comfortable as my Turtle Beach that I use on my other consoles. Lightweight, comfortable, and sexy, the RIG has the big sound to match its gorgeous looks.

Built for Comfort

 

One of the most important features to me when picking a headset is comfort. The thick padded ear pads fit over me ears with ease, which is an incredible feat because my ears are jerks. The head strap has a nice thick pad as well and the plastic top is flexible but stiff enough to hold form. Once the RIG 500 Pro is on your head, you forget it is there. That is the absolute best attribute of the device. To my delight, the headset also stayed on my head as I hop skipped and jumped all about my living room in anticipation of a Victory Royale (spoilers I lost as the final kill). I had not gotten to final 2 prior to this moment and I have a feeling that is all due to the incredible sound coming from this headset.

A Sound Foundation

A headset can be the most comfortable thing on Earth, but if the sound coming out of those ear muffs is all kinds of butt, that doesn’t matter. The RIG 500 sounds like I am in the recording studio recording the sound effects myself. Lows are low and highs are high. Mid range sounds stand out yet all these sounds blend together perfectly. Hearing that rocket in the aforementioned final 2 in Fortnite whiz passed my face was  a sound to behold, even if the end result was my body being pulverized to smithereens. The fact of the matter is; every step, crack, bullet and click was heard loud and clear. I had an advantage, and it was due to the crisp, clean, and downright gorgeous sound coming out of the RIG 500 Pro. Just to be sure, I also tested the set for music and podcasts. I usually use Sony MDR-XB950B1 headphones and if I wouldn’t look like a total nerd on the train, I would swap them out for the RIG 500’s in a heartbeat.

A Clear Winner

The one thing I was worried about when I opened up the RIG 500 Pro was the stick mic it comes with. I had many issues with the mic on the RIG LX1 I reviewed last year and it spoiled my whole experience with the headset. Fortunately my apprehension was quickly overwritten with delight as my teammates heard me loud and clear. I also tested the mic using Audacity, to see just how clear I was. While I was nowhere near as clear as with a studio mic, it was absolutely serviceable for in-game chit chat. There was very little popping or spiking, which was very nice.

My New Headset

Being the most comfortable headset I have ever put on, and having crisp and clean audio,  the RIG 500 quickly became my new gaming headset. The added control to mute and raise or lower volume with ease is a bonus. Being a 3.5mm jack, this headset’s biggest strong point is its diversity of use. When you buy the RIG 500 Pro, it could very well become your new headset for much more than just console gaming. The RIG 500 Pro retails for $89.99. 

The RIG 500 Pro was provided by Plantronics for review.

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Pepcom Holiday Spectacular! East

Pepcom Holiday Spectacular 2017 Highlights

On an unseasonably warm night in the fall, I walked through the front doors of the Metropolitan Pavilion to be transported to a winter wonderland full of the hottest new tech. Pepcom’s Holiday showcase was in full swing, and gamers have a ton to look forward to this Holiday Season. While Pepcom is no E3 or CES, they certainly showcase some high-end gadgets from the likes of Logitech, SanDisk, and Catalyst to name a few. Here are some of the highlights that the Proven Gamer community can look forward to in the coming months.

 

HyperX – Cloud Alpha Gaming Headsets.

HyperX is the gaming accessories portion of Kingston Technologies and they came with guns blazing. The brand new Cloud Alpha gaming headsets are meant for casual and pro gamer alike. According to the press release given to Proven Gamer,  the new headsets offer “a range of new and enhanced features, including HyperX Dual Chamber technology for better sound and less distortion. With 50mm drivers, the dual chamber design allows HyperX to tune the bass frequencies separate from the mids and highs, creating a dynamic sound that makes gaming, music, and movies more realistic and immersive.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The headsets felt really well made, solid but lightweight. One of the coolest features is being able to use these headsets on basically any gaming system/pc you can think of including X-Box One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch to name a few. Proven Gamer should have a full review of this product soon.

The Cloud Alpha is now available at Amazon for $99.99 MSRP.

Logitech

Logitech showed up with a nice array of products for Proven Gamers. Two products that caught my eyes…or…ears for that matter, were the super comfortable Logitech® G433 7.1 Gaming Headset, and the Jaybird RUN True Wireless Sport Headphones.

Jaybird RUN True Wireless Sport Headphones

When you think of sports earbuds you might not think gaming, but The Jaybird RUN earbuds have a versatile array of features that would be great for streamers. Sometimes having a bulky headset on with a mic in your face can be obnoxious. The Jaybird RUN’s allow you to run with just one earbud in without having the second one dangling about. You can also adjust the levels to fit the game you play or the music you listen to. It may be unconventional, but I do see many practical uses for gamers here. Especially if you are on the go a ton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jaybird RUN True Wireless Sport Headphones are a bit pricey at $179.99, but if you are into running AND gaming, these could be a really nice option.

Logitech® G433 7.1 Gaming Headset

Logitech brings simplicity back with an audio kick with the Logitech® G433 7.1 Gaming Headset. Simply put, these are a simple design that packs a helluva punch. They have a standard 3.5mm jack, which allows them to be played on anything that supports one. Sorry iPhone7,8, and X users, you’ll need that dumb adapter to use these bad boys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Logitech® G433 7.1 Gaming Headset is available now for $99.99.

SanDisc Nintendo Micro SD Cards

Normally, there isn’t anything impressive or noteworthy to report about 32 or 64gb micro SD cards, but Sandisc knew how to grab the attention of this gamer with the officially licensed Nintendo SD cards on display. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to use them, so there really isn’t anything to report other than that they have Nintendo characters on the packaging.

Kingston Technology’s DataTraveller Bolt (micro) Duo

The DataTraveler Bolt Duo

 

This little bad boy had me excited. For those of you who love to make YouTube videos about your gaming escapades, this little dude makes it super easy to store and share video and photos directly from your phones. You plug this into the USB (if you have the microDuo model, or lightening port if you have the Bolt model) charging port and it instantly becomes a storage device for your videos. You then unplug from your phone and throw it right into your computer. It is seamless and you no longer have to worry about running out of space on your phone again. I will personally be using this when the video version of Nintendo Duel Screens starts production.

The DataTraveller micdoDuo 3C

The Bolt/microDuo comes in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variations. They retail for $59.99, $89.99 and $119.99 respectively.

Norton Core Wireless Router

Norton is melding function with style with the Norton Core. These decorative art looking routers are fully compatible with any ISP and boast impressive range, but the most important feature is its security. The router has built in security that helps fend off various threats from malware to hackers. Gamers can game in peace knowing that this router is doing some heavy lifting. As you can see from the sleek design, it will also blend in nicely with the decor of your home, but is almost small enough to be tucked away if need be.

Plantronics RIG 800LX, 400LX Headsets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plantronics looks to raise the bar when it comes to gaming headsets and their new partnership with X-Box only adds to the mystique of these bad boys. The RIG lineup features Atmos compatibility included in the box which will really set the new standard for high-end headsets.

The RIG 400LX, 600LX and wireless 800LX for use with Xbox One and Windows 10 will be available this fall at Plantronics.com and major retailers for $99.99, $129.99 and $149.99, respectively. Additional Atmos-enabled models will also be announced later in the year. You can look for a review of the RIG 400LX right here on Proven Gamer.

All in all, Pepcom is a nice little event that had a lot of cool gadgets to show off. It looks like gamers will have a lot to look forward to when it comes to the tech that adds to their experiences. Audiophiles should have a lot of options to choose from this holiday season outside of the usual players as well. We here at Proven Gamer look forward to the next showcase from the people at Pepcom.  Keep your eyes peeled for some reviews on the products previewed here.

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Plantronics Backbeat FIT

Plantronics has come out with a new Bluetooth headset called the Backbeat FIT.  Along with the headset, you get  a smartphone armband case for your phone which you can use on your daily workouts, walks, or runs.  The headset is extremely light and flexible and they are very easy to put on and take off.  The Backbeat FIT comes in various colors such as fit fuchsia, stealth green, power blue, sport grey and black. One of the amazing things about the Backbeat FIT is that they are waterproof and sweat proof.  It takes 2.5 hours to fully charge, and when you turn the headset on, it automatically tells you how much time the headset has left in use.  Once the Backbeat FIT is fully charged, it has up to 8 hours of usage, you get up top 6 hours of talk time, up to 14 days standy mode, and up to 180 days in deepsleep mode.

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I take the train on a daily basis and the headset is amazing for me. I can listen to my music, watch Netflix, and watch videos without any background noise from the people around me.  We all know first hand how loud people are when communicating to work in groups. They don’t realize how loud they are and most people in the morning and evenings want to zone out and relax before a stressful day at work or relax on their way home after a long day at work.  The sound on this headset is outstanding and you can adjust it by using the button on the headset.

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Another reason why I love this  headset is that they wrap-around the back of your neck to your ears.  The Backbeat is secure-fit and you don’t have to worry about the ear bud falling out because it doesn’t fit properly or accidentally pulling the headset off when doing something. The clarity of the Backbeat when you’re on a phone call is awesome.  I didn’t have to adjust the volume or ask the person on the other end to speak louder or to repeat themselves while we were talking.

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I highly recommend these headsets. This is the first headset that I am comfortable using and not having to keep adjusting it in my ears or keep putting them back on.

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You can find Plantronics Backbeat FIT at Best buy, T-Mobile and AT&T for $129.