Plantronics RIG 800LX Review – Should you Buy It?January 29, 2019
In 2019, we have wireless everything. If you are looking at updating your Xbox One gaming headset to a wireless one, the RIG 800LX is one you should definitely consider. Today I will be running through a Plantronics RIG 800LX Review. I wrote a comparison review a few months ago on the best gaming headset for Xbox One and forgot to include this gem….sorry. I will be discussing the Pros, Cons and going over all of its features.
One of the most attractive things about the 800LX is the price, compared to other Wireless Headsets for the Xbox One, this one is a bargain. You can usually pick the Plantronics 800LX up from Amazon for more than $100 cheaper than the Astro A50 I reviewed before. The question is, is it better than the best wireless headset benchmark, the Astro A50?
- Dolby Atmos Support
- Battery Life
- Cheap Build Quality
- No Charge Dock
- Driver: 40mm + Bass Tubes
- Frequency Response : 20 – 20,000 Hz
- Connection Type: Wireless
- Audio Type: Dolby Atmos
- Audio Controls: On Headset
- Frame Type: Modular
- Memory Foam Ear Cushions: Yes
- Extension Cable: N/A
- Microphone Type: Non-Removable
- Noise Cancellation Mic: Yes
If you are familiar with the current Plantronics Over-Ear lineup the 800LX fits right in. The design language is very gamer focused and when you look at the headset it’s the first thing you think. These would be very out-of-place in say, public transport scenarios.
Made almost entirely from plastic this headset doesn’t feel very premium, but it does feel well-built. The modular ear cups can be adjusted to 3 preset heights. This is achieved by simply pushing the cups out of the bands and inserting them wherever suits. The ear cups are soft and form a decent seal around your ears, but they don’t fully isolate you from the outside world. The headband is auto adjustable and provided you have positioned the cups correctly, the fit will be perfect for any head shape.
This headset is noticeably heavier than similar Plantronics wired models. It comes in at 289 grams due to it being wireless and the bass tubes they have added. The left cup contains all the controls, volume, game/chat mixer, on/off, and non-removable mic. The right cup contains just a singular button that controls 4 preset equalizer settings, these will be discussed in the next section.
The 800LX comes with a flat Bluetooth dongle that you plug into the back of your Xbox One. It also comes with a micro USB cable to charge the headset. All in all, the build quality isn’t anything to write home about, but it gets the job done.
This headset is one of the first on the market that supports Dolby Atmos. It comes with an activation code in the box and you have to download a small app to enable Atmos. Granted the game you are playing supports Dolby Atmos, you will get a full 7.1 surround sound experience. The list of supported titles is pretty small at the moment, but expect that to grow as more game developers embrace it.
Current Xbox One titles that support Dolby Atmos:
- Assassin’s Creed Origins
- Final Fantasy XV
- For Honor
- Gears of War 4
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Super Lucky’s Tale
If your favorite game isn’t listed above you can still use Windows Sonic. Windows Sonic is Microsoft’s platform-level solution for spatial sound support on Xbox. After playing almost 12 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, I can confirm that the spatial awareness provided by Windows Sonic is exceptional.
Moving on from Atmos and Sonic, the overall audio experience isn’t bad. The 40mm drivers reduce the distortion that usually comes with bass tubes and the sound profile seems very neutral. The sound profile can be modified on the fly with 4 preset equalizers,1 – Pure (Standard and music), 2 – Seismic (Footsteps and bullet directions in FPS), 3 – Intensify (Movies and music), and 4 – Vocal for (VOIP). Personally, I use Seismic 99% of the time because I mainly play FPS. There is a noticeable difference in the 4 profiles and they will completely change the way you use this headset. I have to mention that the bass on Intensify profile is somewhat muddy and distorted when used in games, but it’s great in movies.
The mic on this headset works a treat. My regular party members noticed much clearer communication that blocked out most room noises. There is not much to say here, the mic works. Lifting it up mutes the mic, and there is an audible tone to let you know when it is muted as well.
We have already covered Sound so this section will focus on the overall performance and experience. Battery performance is second to none, Plantronics claim 24 hrs and I can confirm this. There isn’t a product on the market that gets close to this battery life on a single charge. When turning the 800LX on you will be greeted with a vocal indication of the battery life. This is a nice touch seeing as there is no external indication for battery life.
The pairing of the headset is very easy. Once you have plugged the Bluetooth dongle in it will automatically pair with the headset. The headset will automatically pair with a profile and controller once you set it up in the settings. There is no companion app to set up this headset, its all done on the Xbox One. I’m not really a fan of having to plug the headset in after every use, but that’s being nit-picky.
As far as I’m concerned, comfortability is a performance metric. The Plantronics 800LX is comfortable enough for extended gaming sessions. I felt no discomfort around the ears from pressure and the weight is a non-factor. Going from a wired to a wireless headset I noticed an immediate increase in comfort. Not having wires is a very freeing experience, once you experience it, its hard to go back.
Having a lot of controls on the left ear cup is overwhelming initially. Once you memorize the button placement, it is a dream. Being able to modify chat and game mix on the fly is awesome. If you don’t have an amp this is an Xbox menu option only, not with this headset. This is seriously my favorite feature of this headset
Overall, Performance wise these are amazing. They are comfortable enough for long gaming sessions and they have the battery life to support long gaming sessions on a single charge.
The RIG 800LX is a standout wireless gaming headset. In my opinion, it is one of the best wireless gaming headsets on the market. Is it as good as the Astro A50? No, and it shouldn’t be. The 800LX is $100 cheaper than the A50 and we should hold the A50 to a higher standard. If you own a wired headset, this headset it a great upgrade.
Based on this Plantronics RIG 800LX Review I can confidently recommend this headset to anyone looking to enhance their gaming experience, but not looking to break the bank in the process.
I hope you enjoyed this review, comment below and let me know what you think of the Plantronics RIG 800LX.