• Wireless Connectivity: 2.4GHz wireless
  • Driver: 60 mm Neodymium magnet drivers
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98dB/mW
  • Microphone: Uni-directional
  • Mic response: 50 ~ 16000 Hz
  • Mic sensitivity: -40 dB
  • Weight: 350g
  • Battery Life: 10+ hours
  • Pros:
  • Ease of use
  • Good mic quality
  • Cons:
  • Bass too boomy
  • Heavy

Wire-free Audio

While some elitists like to spew their often-annoying PC Master Race shtick, there are plenty of gamers that are multiplatform. These users can’t use regular PC headsets with their consoles, unless it’s through a cable. For a true wireless experience, wireless headsets like ASUS’ STRIX Wireless is required.

The STRIX Wireless came in the kind of plastic box that’s seen all too often with gaming headsets. You’ll find the important components inside a black hard-paper box: a micro USB cable to charge the headset, standard audio cable, splitter cable, the detachable boom microphone, and the wireless dongle.

Although it doesn’t look all that different from previous STRIX headsets, the STRIX Wireless does away with the glossy plastic cover on the back of the ear cups. The owl eyes on the back of the ear cups are back again, though now better looking due to the sleek matte surface and bold orange ‘iris’ for colour contrast. Its body is mostly plastic, while the headband and ear pads use memory foam and leather for better comfort while wearing it.

The STRIX Wireless’s build quality is good, with less creaking and a sturdier body than its predecessors. You can still rotate the ear cups inwards for up to 90-degrees, making it possible to fit most people. On the flipside, the clamp force for this headset is noticeable and the headband doesn’t do much to alleviate its considerable weight (350g).

Getting the STRIX Wireless setup isn’t hard. All you need to do is plug the wireless dongle to your PC or game console, then turn the headset’s power on to start using it. Or if you’re worried that the 10+ hour battery life isn’t enough, you could connect it to the audio cable and use it like a regular wired headset.

It’s easy to tell that the STRIX Wireless’s audio is tuned for gaming. Bass is enhanced so you could hear things like footsteps better, or better enjoy the sound of explosions. However, it does lean on the boomy side, which can be bad when used with consoles since there isn’t a software equaliser to tweak the audio.

The boom microphone is not the best and there’s obviously some postprocessing in place, but other than a slight nasally quality to it the results are decent for voice communication in games. It’s also handy that you could adjust the boom mic however you want, or disable it via the toggle switch on the left ear cup.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you need a wireless headset that’s multiplatform ready, then this is a decent option to consider.

(previously published in issue February 2017)

ASUS STRIX Wireless Gaming Headset