- TECH SPECS
- Appearance, ergonomics
- Connection, autonomy
- Type: gaming headset
- Connection: 3.5 mm cable, Bluetooth, RF 2.4 GHz (adapter)
- Platform Compatibility: PC (adapter), MAC, PS4 (adapter), Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox one, Xbox Series S, Xbox One. Android smartphone support varies by device.
- Driver: 40mm neodymium magnets
- Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 40 kHz (wire), 20 Hz – 20 kHz (wireless)
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- Microphone frequency response: 100 Hz – 8 kHz
- Sound pickup principle: directional microphone
- Connectors: USB Type-C, 2 x 3.5 mm
- Weight: 290 g
- Extras: Supports 7.1 Virtual Sound and Hi-Res Audio (Wired), Discord and Teamspeak Certified, Fast Charging, Intelligent Noise Cancellation (Microphone)
- Cost: 12 490 rubles
- Carrying case
- USB Type-C charging cable
- 3.5 mm cable (1.2 m)
- Microphone (3.5 mm)
- Wireless adapter, Type-C connector
- USB Type-C to USB Type-A adapter
I think that most readers of Mobile-Review are familiar with the abbreviation ROG, which hides the Republic of Gamers devices from the ASUS gaming line. It includes both computers and laptops, as well as components, accessories and peripherals. The ROG Strix Go 2.4 in this lineup is not the most expensive, but not the cheapest model either. The idea to test the gaming model was born after I tried gaming devices in everyday work and realized that, despite the seemingly obvious direction, they may well help in ordinary, non-gaming scenarios.
The ROG Strix Go 2.4 is similar to many full-size headphones. Two rather large cups are coated with matte plastic with a “soft touch” effect, the ROG logo is applied on the right, and the ruler abbreviation on the left. The cups are swivel, it’s convenient: they can be hung around the neck or easily stowed away in the complete hard case, which is very similar to that in the Bose QC35 kit of any generation.
Plastic is relatively difficult to clean from dirt, even if the prints on it are practically invisible, but if the case is dirty, then you have to tinker. I was helped by a spray for cleaning equipment and a lint-free cloth. The material, in general, reliably resists external influences, but when dropped from the table and other careless handling, abrasions and scratches may appear on it.
The surface of the ear cushions is made of artificial leather, inside there is a soft filler that eliminates any discomfort. With the headband pad, everything is the same, even with the longest wearing, the headphones do not cause discomfort, nothing presses on the head, except that the ears get hot. The headband is adjustable in terms of head coverage, the run is quite wide, with a high probability it will fit any head.
On the right cup there is a charging connector, this is USB Type-C. All controls are on the back of the left cup. First of all, this is a lever for turning on and off / switching the device into passive (wired) mode. The activation of the wireless mode is indicated by a blue LED, the color changes to red when the battery is discharged to below 15%. Nearby are the volume rocker, somewhat reminiscent of a side scroll-joystick in old SonyEricsson devices, a voice assistant call button, two 3.5 mm jacks and an internal microphone hole. By pressing the volume joystick, the connected microphone can be turned on and off.
The manufacturer has provided various connection scenarios. Gamers will clearly appreciate the wireless scenario available via the included adapter. If a computer or laptop does not have the ability to connect to Type-C, then an adapter will come to the rescue, it is also available out of the box. Bluetooth-connection seems to be more universal, at least, this option is more often found in the same laptops. Finally, there is a wired scenario for those who appreciate the Hi-Res sound available only over a wire and / or don’t like to keep track of the charging of their headphones. All scenarios have their own accessory included, including a USB charging cable.
This approach impresses with the fact that the user is free to choose what and how he wants to listen, as well as to combine scenarios depending on his activity. For example, a person is sitting at a PC, listening to music, and then he needed to walk to the store. Easy – either a wire will help, or in the absence of a 3.5 mm jack, you can get the adapter from the PC, connect it to your smartphone, and that’s it, you can go, you just have to transfer the music via Spotify Connect to your smartphone. It is clear that this is just an example, albeit based on several cases from my user experience, but the flexibility in connection will make it easy to switch from one scenario to another without wasting time.
ROG Strix Go 2.4 delivers 25 hours of wireless performance on a full battery charge. At the same time, fast charging allows you to get 3 hours of work from 15 minutes of charging, which I often use. A full charge will take about two hours.
Two 40mm drivers are responsible for this aspect, inside of which neodymium magnets work. There is no active noise cancellation, passive at home copes with most of the noise. The volume margin is confident, although, like the listening experience, it depends on how you connect the headset.
Of course, the wireless scenario imposes its own characteristics on the sound of the music. By default, the headset sounds flat, the equalizer comes to the rescue, available for adjustment through the Armory Crate utility. Here you can tinker with presets and virtual sound, turn on reverb and save the settings to a profile. For each scenario, you can create and remember your own set of settings in the application, so that you can quickly switch between them later. At home, the ROG Strix Go 2.4 performs well overall, again after tweaking the equalizer.
For those who need more, there is a wired mode. But what is the use of games! Frankly, the current employment does not really allow me to get involved in games, and the hardware does not have too much, so at first I used the headset mainly in the music mode. And it’s in vain, it was worth going to Apex Legends, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much the headset improves the experience in the game. First of all, passive noise cancellation makes it easier to focus on the game, because with the ROG Strix Go 2.4 the accentuation of sound details grows. The headset provides very decent detailing and spatial orientation, at first you even get lost in this variety and omnidirectional soundtrack of the seemingly familiar “battle royale”. But then you definitely won’t miss a single sound that can give out the enemy’s plan or designate this or that event in the game. The gaming scenario pleased me, it will clearly be appreciated by players of different levels and regardless of the platform used.
There are no complaints about the quality of the microphone, I tested it a couple of times in Skype and Zoom, and occasionally checked it in Discord. The interlocutors hear well, they do not complain about background noise, apparently, intelligent noise suppression works.
It is quite obvious that from all the variety of devices for gamers to choose something worthy is not easy. ROG Strix Go 2.4 can be attributed to the confident “average” in terms of cost, but they work out their main scenario very, very confidently. At least the gameplay is clearly improving with them, the soundtrack is perceived in a completely different way. If you wish, you can buy such a headset for less than 10 rubles, the official price is 000 rubles.
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