RIG 500Eby Plantronics

  • RIG 500E
  • RIG 500E
  • RIG 500E
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
83%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The modular design lets you swap ear cups, inner head strap and outer headband.
  • They're comfortable even through long hours of gaming.
  • The audio is great.

CONS

  • The headset is not wireless.
  • There are no in-line or on-ear controls.
  • The mic is short and you may sound distant to someone listening.
Plantronics’ RIG 500E is a headset designed for competitive gamers and e-sports players. It weighs a tad over 7 ounces and is meant for hours of continuous wear. The RIG 500E is highly modular and comes close to giving you two headphones in one. It comes with two sets of ear cups--one vented and one closed for greater isolation. The two sets are otherwise identical, both powered by 40 mm dynamic drivers. The RIG 500E comes with a headset frame, a self-adjusting headband, a removable mic and a USB adapter to go along with its 3.5 mm connector.
NameRIG 500EA50 Wireless HeadsetGAME ONE PC Gaming HeadsetG930 Wireless Gaming HeadsetEar Force Z300
ManufacturerPlantronicsAstroSennheiserLogitechTurtle Beach
Techwalla Score
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90%

With incredible sound quality, a great feel and the comfort to allow extended use, this is one best headsets I have ever owned.

With incredible sound quality, a great feel and the comfort to allow extended use, this is one best headsets I have ever owned.

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90%

The RIG 500 delivered strong audio performance across a wide variety of games.

The RIG 500 delivered strong audio performance across a wide variety of games.

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84%

Plantronics' Rig 500E gaming headset is lightweight, easy to customise and capable of some boneshaking audio--pretty much everything you mig…

Plantronics' Rig 500E gaming headset is lightweight, easy to customise and capable of some boneshaking audio--pretty much everything you might want in a gaming headset.

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80%

The Plantronics Rig 500E is a one-of-a-kind headset that offers an impressive level of customization, and it has the sound quality to back u…

The Plantronics Rig 500E is a one-of-a-kind headset that offers an impressive level of customization, and it has the sound quality to back up its fancy features.

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80%

It's a solid option that you can customize to suit your needs.

It's a solid option that you can customize to suit your needs.

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74%

Plantronics has done a great job here of making sure that you can move the modular components easily while ensuring that they don't fall off…

Plantronics has done a great job here of making sure that you can move the modular components easily while ensuring that they don't fall off when you're playing away.

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This is the pair of headphones that you would and should use if you’re a hardcore or professional gamer that has to devote hours to the grin…

This is the pair of headphones that you would and should use if you’re a hardcore or professional gamer that has to devote hours to the grind.

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I personally wore them for around 12 hours without any discomfort, many times I forgot I was wearing them.

I personally wore them for around 12 hours without any discomfort, many times I forgot I was wearing them.

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What the headset misses in my opinion is an inline mic and remote for use with smartphones, and some sort of option for bigger earcups, as t…

What the headset misses in my opinion is an inline mic and remote for use with smartphones, and some sort of option for bigger earcups, as these simply weren’t big enough for my ears for sustained use.

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