Sometimes, a headset sells itself as much on the experience of owning it as it does when perched on top of your head. Republic of Gamers have been honing their craft over the last few years across a range of hardware, but now they’re coming for your ears, and the Strix Go 2.4 experience is pure gold from start to finish.
When you first grab the box you’re going to be immediately taken by the weight of the package. It shouts, from the neon emblazoned box and the aggressive ROG logo, that this is a serious piece of kit, and as you delve into its cardboard recesses things only get more intense.
The inner box sleeve welcomes you to the elite Republic of Gamers community, and speaks of immersion, thrills, and attaining the next level of gaming mastery. It’s undoubtedly all marketing nonsense speak, but in a welcome change from the norm, the Strix Go 2.4 has the chops to back all of those claims up.
Sometimes with headsets, you need to dive straight into the audio that they pump out. The Go 2.4 is Hi-Res Audio certified, and whether you’re piping high definition audio through them or not, they sound exquisite. Boasting perfectly tuned 40mm drivers, games sound utterly brilliant whether it’s yet another spot of Overwatch, a smidgen of Madden 20 or cruising the streets in Need For Speed Heat.
Tops are detailed and crisp, mids are balanced, and the bass is warm and powerful without becoming overwhelming. The Go 2.4’s sound is fairly neutral, letting games, music and movies shine naturally without any additional bells or whistles. This is what they’re supposed to sound like, and it’s brilliant.
They really come into their own if you do opt to plug them into something capable of firing out Hi-Res audio, and you’ll be able to pick up details that other headsets simply wouldn’t be capable of. Combine these with a Tidal music subscription and you’ll be well on your way to musical perfection.
The Strix Go 2.4 comes in a lovely embossed hard case, reminiscent of the kind of thing you’re used to seeing from top-tier Bose or Sony headphones. It’s got sleeves, pockets and sockets for all of the additional kit that the Go comes with, including the removable mic, charging cables and the USB-C wireless transmitter. As far as headset unboxing experiences go, it’s a great start.
The Strix Go 2.4 is the kind of headset that aims to be all things to all people, and it’s got the connectivity options to make that a reality. First up, it has a 3.5mm jack connection, which is an all too easily missed option that gives you the option to connect your headset to pretty much everything ever made, apart from modern high-end smartphones for eternally baffling reasons.
If you can’t connect via 3.5mm, then perhaps the USB-C wireless transmitter will have you covered, and alongside most modern phones and laptops, it works especially well with the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode. There’s even a USB-A adaptor so those with more old-school connections can get in on the action, and that includes your Switch when it’s docked too. I’m pretty sure that’s most of the human race sorted.
Given that you can take it anywhere and plug it into most things, it’s a good job that the Go 2.4 looks brilliant. That is to say that it doesn’t look anything like an atypical gaming headset, and instead is much closer in appearance to those high-end headphone Bose cans its case is so reminiscent of.
The majority of the external surfaces are solid matte black plastic and they feel exceedingly tough, which is perfect if you’re going to use them at home and on the go. There’s a few relatively subtle logos here and there, topped off by silver highlights and tracks for the headband sliders, and it all comes together to make a headset you’ll be proud to walk the streets or ride the bus wearing.
The top of the headband is embossed with Republic of Gamers and wrapped in soft leatherette, with plenty of foam on the underside to protect your bonce from the pain an ill-fitting headset can cause. At 290g it’s not the lightest headset out there, but it’s also not particularly heavy, staying the right side of comfortable and letting you keep gaming without worrying about what your headset is doing. My ears did begin to warm after a while – it’s a common problem if you’re covering them with a load of foam, leather and electronic parts – but it never reached uncomfortable levels.
While the Go 2.4 sounds fantastic, it’s the detachable microphone that proves to be the headset’s party trick. Technically it’s an AI noise-cancelling dual microphone, but in reality what that means is that it’s clever enough to block out all the noise around you, whether that’s a gaming arena or a house full of loud angry people trying to talk to you. This truly is next level stuff, and it works stupidly well.
When you’re on the go though there’s a built-in microphone too so you don’t need to look like a tank commander while you’re answering your phone. Despite all of the connection options in the box, it’s a shame not to have Bluetooth as well which would make this truly universal. Maybe that’s a bit greedy, but us gamers are an entitled bunch and the Strix Go 2.4 is a premium-priced headset with an MSRP of £159.99.
If Bluetooth is the be-all of your connectivity needs, the closest thing is going to be Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless, which is an amazing sounding headset, but while you’re adding in the missing Bluetooth it uses older USB standards, won’t be as portable wirelessly, and you’re also going to pay around £60 more for the privilege.