RIG 300 Pro HS Gaming Headset Review

Like an ancient prophecy in a fantasy film, there’s got to be a pair of headphones for every pair of ears. They just make games better, whether it’s helping to block out the rest of the world so you’re fully immersed in the action, or letting you play multiplayer games while talking to your friends. The RIG 300 Pro HS is RIG’s budget wired headset, and while it’s only asking for £35, you’re getting a lot of audio goodness for that price.

The RIG 300 Pro HS are loud. So loud, in fact, that you might wonder if you’ve plugged them into your PC and the speakers are still set as the output. This should please those who have a masochistic desire to damage their hearing, but when so many headsets can be a touch lacking in this department, it’s nice to have one where you’re setting the volume slider well below the halfway point. The inline volume control is unobtrusive and easy enough to find in the moment, and the slider feels solid and stable, so you’re unlikely to knock it and startle yourself with excess noise.

While RIG’s industrial design isn’t for everyone, I like it, and there’s clearly some weight-saving benefit to their honeycomb headband. The RIG 300 Pro HS is gloriously light, and you can merrily head into an Overwatch 2 marathon without it starting to weigh you down. The plastic build feels sturdy and there’s no creaking, even after a heap of unlikely twisting and pulling. The distinct design helps it to look like a more premium headset – helped by all of RIG’s headsets looking the same – and it’s only the fold-down microphone arm that looks and feels a little cheap.

It’s a solid, one-piece mic arm that you can’t remove and has no adjustability, so you’re stuck tinkering with your console’s software if people can’t hear you. The pickup does seem good though, and friends reported that the mic was clear and that they had no problems hearing my various complaints after dying (again). The mic mutes if you flip it up, but there’s also a microphone mute switch on the inline control… which seems a tad excessive.

The RIG 300 Pro HS are very comfortable for long sessions, and while the low weight is a key component of that, the soft plush fabric and memory foam innards of the ear cushions and headband ensure that it feels like your head is being cushioned rather than clamped. The balance with that is you’re not going to get much noise isolation from the 300 Pro HS. While you have a ton of volume to block out your family/pets/washing machine, the more you push it, the more they’ll hear your gaming. That might not bother the washer, but it sure as hell might bug your significant other.

It’s hard to complain though when the 300 Pro HS costs half the RRP of a current gen game. You’re getting a seriously comfortable and light headset, and with its 3.5mm connection you can use it for every gaming platform in your house. They also sound excellent, with RIG having thrown in a pair of powerful, and enjoyably accurate, 50mm drivers. Audio is warm and well-rounded, and though it doesn’t convey the sparkling detail of RIG’s top-tier headsets it does an excellent job at this price point.

The 300 Pro HS also works particularly well with the different virtual surround options out there, and both Dolby Atmos on PC or Xbox and Tempest 3D Audio on the PS5 gave a great impression of space, expanding the 300 Pro HS’ soundstage beyond its closed-back design. Playing Overwatch 2 on both platforms I was ably assisted in locating those pesky other players, and I’d wager they helped me to a good few wins along the way.

If there’s anything to dislike, it’s the dual cabling, with each earpiece taking a separate cable rather than a single one that’s routed through the headband. Other than that, it’ll come down to whether you buy into RIG’s design scheme.

There’s a fair bit of competition down here in the budget headset section, but few match up to the RIG 300 Pro HS. There’s the Astro A10 which has similarly great audio, but weigh a fair bit more, while the Turtle Beach Recon 500 comes close on the comfort front, but loses out to the 300 Pro HS’ audio.

Summary
The RIG 300 Pro HS is budget headset royalty, offering comfort, universal compatibility and great-sounding audio.
Good
  • Warm well-rounded audio
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Can get seriously loud, if you need them to
  • Microphone does a decent job for chat
Bad
  • Cables running to both earcups
  • RIG's industrial design remains polarising
  • Next to no noise isolation
  • Be careful not to damage your hearing
9
Written by
TSA's Reviews Editor - a hoarder of headsets who regularly argues that the Sega Saturn was the best console ever released.