• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Driver: 50mm Neodymium magnet
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Frequency: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Others: Detachable boom micUSB
  • Weight: 360g
  • Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Compatible with consoles
  • Cons:
  • Muffled built-in mic

A TUF Contender

For ASUS gaming peripherals, the Republic of Gamers sub-brand has always been the centre focus. Which is why it’s surprising to find one under the TUF Gaming moniker. This time, we got our hands on the TUF Gaming H5.

Toggling this turns on 7.1-channel mode

Toggling this turns on 7.1-channel mode

The TUF Gaming H5 has a full black matt plastic body for a simple but clean look, while the ring of yellow plastic around the earcups gives it that little bit of colour and personality. Since it’s for more budget-conscious people, there are no RGB LEDs here as well. In the box is a USB dongle you plug the headset’s 3.5mm cable to. Attached to the headset’s cable itself is a controller that can be used to control the volume or mute the mic. It also has a shirt clip and built-in mic for non-PC use.

Build quality is quite good here, with soft earpads and padding for the headrest. You can adjust the headset to your size by stretching it, while the earcups can also swivel so you can get a more comfortable fit. Not only is it comfortable once you’ve got the right fit, it isn’t too heavy so you can comfortably wear it for hours while listening to music or gaming.

Aside from PCs, the TUF Gaming H5 can also be used with consoles like the Sony PS4, handhelds like the Nintendo Switch, and even with mobile devices. For non-PC platforms, just plug the 3.5mm jack directly to the console or device and you will get audio – simple and user-friendly.

The sound signature of this headset works well for gamers, with its clarity on voice and vocals making it excellent when trying to listen to teammates in-game, as well as for listening to music. Having said that, it’s not exactly the best headset for music as the treble is average at best. It has decent bass, however, which is understandable since it’s tuned for games. You’ll get the best out of it on a computer since the 7.1-channel mode only works when the USB dongle is plugged into a PC. Switching the toggle on the dongle enables the 7.1-channel mode, which improves on the soundstage and gives the bass a stronger boom so those gunshots and explosions sound better.

To have more control over the settings, you need the ASUS Armoury II software

To have more control over the settings, you need the ASUS Armoury II software

The boom mic’s quality is decent too and we’ve had no issues communicating clearly with people in-game, nor experience too much artificial processing from noise removal. However, the built-in mic’s can sound muffled and you can sound nasally using it.

CHIP CONCLUDE: It’s comfortable and delivers decent audio quality, barring the inline mic’s recording quality, so it’s a good choice if you need a gaming headset.

(to be published in issue February 2019)

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