Players come in all shapes and sizes, ages and backgrounds, and the range of games available is seemingly endless. So it makes sense for gaming hardware to be equally diverse. When it comes to sports games, there is no better way to get involved, with the exception of racing simulators, in the game than the good old driver. Whether it’s Xbox, Playstation, or PC, the form factor is pretty much the same, but there are some differences in design and capabilities. For the past few weeks, we’ve had the RIG Pro Compact controller and the 500 Pro HX headset in review, and they are a great combination.
Rig Pro compact controller
When it comes to game controllers, as we have said in the past, there is a lot you can do with them in terms of ergonomics. Over time, since the first Xbox, a lot of research, time, and engineering has gone into controllers to develop what we have today. But there is nothing wrong with making some adjustments to a winning formula, right?
The Rig Pro Compact is not actually that compact but, with the slight reduction in size, it is much more useful for people with slightly smaller hands. Despite the slight reduction in size, it maintains the layout you’d expect from a game controller, including the d-pad and joystick on the left side. A pair of buttons that, on other controllers, are more central, have been moved further to the sides of the device, making them easier to access in the heat of battle.
A highlight of gaming use is the calibration of the vibration motors. When playing a racing simulator, it was noted that traction problems generated a very different feel from cornering vibration motors and very different from hard braking or brake lock and car skidding.
Designed for Xbox (Xbox One or Series X / S) or PC users, it offers everything you need from a controller and a huge advantage. That bonus is a built-in Doby Atmos controller when you plug in a headset. For games where you rely on directional sound, this is not just an advantage, it is an advantage in your game, but more on this shortly.
The feel of the controller is pretty generic in that the grips are the standard shape and angles. The biggest point of difference from a standard controller is that the buttons are slightly larger and more pronounced, and the RT and LT buttons have a comparatively short range between 0 and 100% application. The more compact design with button placement meant less muscle fatigue and longer, more comfortable gaming sessions.
The layout is correct, the buttons are more pronounced, slightly larger and wider than on a standard controller. So if you have nervous sensitivity or even some minor motor function issues, this controller is definitely worth considering. But it is not just for a niche market, it is a very comfortable controller but requires a bit of adaptation. Any changes to the gaming peripherals do, so it is not a criticism of this controller, just a fact.
After that adjustment, the lightweight build and decent cable length were welcome. They add some flexibility to your game and add a nice touch to a great user experience.
RIG 500 Pro AX Headphones
The RIG 500 Pro AX headset is an interesting beast, it looks great and is definitely geared towards the gaming market. It’s a bit different in design and fit than “the norm” and while it’s fine, it won’t be ideal for everyone either.
I have please be nice to jokes, big head, so much that a lot of hats don’t fit me and that makes some headphones problematic too. In this case, where most headphones have an adjustable arm, it has a fixed arm with a suspended headband inside that adjusts elastically. It’s not a bad thing, but it does limit the adjustability of the headphones quite a bit.
Once I got past the earbuds’ initial fit, to their fullest stretch – the earbuds have walked a fine line between super soft and overly firm padding, at least for my preference, and with the balance of the earbuds on the headband, it’s the comfort. offered by the RIG Pro HX is worthy of a much higher price.
Landing at $ 119.00 it’s a very reasonable outlay for some pretty decent headphones, the impression was pretty good. The aesthetics are quite good, although it remains a bit subtle, as there is no RGB lighting or other visual effects. It feels lightweight without feeling too light or cheap and solid enough to last for a few moments of rage. My only immediate wish (when the cost of the headphones is considered benign) is that the cable is at least a meter longer. It is fine for laptop use or if you are using it on a controller, but if you want to connect it to a computer, you will have to keep the PC on your desk or buy a 3.5mm extension cable.
Audio quality and controls
The short story with the controls is that there is nothing more than a volume slider on the cable. The microphone is exceptionally good for communicating in games or on video calls while working from home. It captures clear, quality audio and minimizes background noise, which can be really helpful if you, like anyone else locked up right now, have children at home during the day. As long as there is physical To mute the mic, it’s easy to do just by flipping it up away from your face in line with the top band.
Audio is interesting and depending on your choice of games it could be a problem. For some games, where you just need a little directional hearing, it’s absolutely fine, actually a very good option. But when depth (distance from your location) of sound is a must as FPS, I found it difficult to determine how far away a particular threat was.
On the contrary, the music listening experience is consistent, clean, and overall, really enhances the experience of this particular headset. There is no sharpness to the sound that is unwanted, the only downside is that the low register is a bit flat if you are listening at a low volume. But who honestly sits there listening to their favorite songs at low volumes?
The collective experience
As a standalone item, both run the risk of disappearing into the hardware crowd. As a combination with the Pro Compact controller, they are an excellent match. We mentioned that the sound is a bit hit and miss with regards to directional sounds and clarity of depth and positional audio. That is until you play a game that supports Dolby Atmos connected to the RIG Pro Compact. While the list isn’t huge at the moment, it elevates it all! Spatial awareness is outstanding, the depth and clarity of the sound intensify as you are more deeply immersed in the game you are playing.
NB. It is important to note that any headset will do this, the two devices were submitted to Ausdroid as a collective review pair.
Who should buy one or both of these kits?
The controller will only cost you $ 89.00, and for what you’re getting, it actually feels like it’s undervalued. It’s comfortable to use, it’s lightweight, the controls feel responsive and good while staying true to the “expected” design, so transitioning from another controller is a breeze.
Combined with the headphones ($ 119.00), it creates a really good gaming interface that has the ability to really immerse you in a game. This is a setup for casual gamers that I would gladly recommend or spend money on for my close friends or my children. If you are looking for more elite Settings There are more precise options, but RIG’s options are reduced to offering a great value experience.
As standalone items or a pair, the RIG Pro compact controller and 500 Pro HX headset represent good value for money and a solid performance option. If you have the budget to buy something better than the basics, but don’t want to spend money on big brands, this is definitely an option on the market. Both are available from a variety of online retailers or, if you prefer, brick-and-mortar stores. So if you’re interested in taking a closer look, check with your preferred retailer for stocks near you.