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ROG Delta S Core Gaming Headset – Review

From laptops and handhelds to motherboards and keyboards, hell let’s even throw in phones, ‘Republic Of Gamers’ seems to make everything gamers need. With the philosophy ‘Technology never sleeps, nor should the action’, I humbly agree that it isn’t fun until you are fully immersed in it.

Compatible and supported with a range of platforms; Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Mac, PlayStation 4|5, and Nintendo Switch, the ‘ROG Delta S Core Gaming Headset’’ throws you right into the action in an audio sense.

Fresh in the box, you will find your ROG headset, a 3.5mm cable that is 1.5 metres in length, a 1 metre 3.5mm audio/mic splitter cable, and a detachable mic. You will also find included for your convenience and durability, extra ear cushions. Great value and genius inclusion to extend the wear and tear on your peripherals.

The ROG Delta S Core is sleek, that can be stated for sure. Coming in a matte black design, this lightweight, 270-gram headset has an adjustable and bendy headband wrapped in soft black pleather which sits very comfortably. With red metal accents that connect the ears to the band, these D-shaped soft, memory-foamed ear muffs come in a decent size covering the whole ear fully.

The left cup is where you will find a slide-to-mute button and a volume wheel. The ROG design and logo are embossed into the band and stamped on the ear cups, which is nice as it is subtle and not too gaudy. It is wired to use but the cable is braided and decently lengthed minimising tears and stretching. The detachable mic is very flexible but it seems a bit flimsy and has no indicator of whether you are muted or not.

Functionality-wise, the ROG Delta S Core runs in Stereo and 7.1 Surround Sound with Windows Sonic applied. Delivering quality audio with its 50mm Neodymium magnet ‘ASUS Essence’ drivers, I zipped around as Spider-man in the latest Playstation 5 sequel with the hustle and bustle of the streets of New York buzzing away. Maxing out at 40kHz, they pick up the lows and mids of environmental noise, but also deliver the booms of bass needed in action scenes.

The balance of treble and bass makes these perfect for listening to music or a movie too, especially since the internal tilting of drivers at a 12-degree angle means the sound goes straight to your ear. Sadly, there is no ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) so some environmental sounds of the real world do tend to leak in.

The microphone pickup is also unidirectional meaning your words get delivered straight to your targets allowing for clear voice chats in Discord or Team Speak for on-point call-outs in games. A must for a good gaming headset.

Unfortunately, what you hear is what you get. Due to not being compatible with ROG’s ‘Armoury Crate’ software (which you can check thankfully on their website), there will be no tweaking or customisation of audio profiles if you are inclined to create particulars for different circumstances. Something I was sad about as the Armoury Crate is a software I am very confident and well versed in using as of late.

Overall, coming in at about $AU170 at a range of Australian retailers, the ROG Delta S Core Gaming Headset brings the action with its pristine audio input and output capabilities. While missing some top-tier features like audio profiling with customisation software, it covers all the bases for a decent and affordable headset.

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The Good

  • Lengthy braided cable
  • Sleek and stylish in appearance
  • Lightweight
  • Flexible and comfortable headband
  • Large ear muffs
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • 50mm tilted drivers
  • Great audio quality
  • Decent microphone pickup
  • Reasonably priced for the quality

The Bad

  • Mic has no mute indicator
  • Not compatible with their own Armoury Crate software
  • No ANC

Written by: Stacey


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