If you are a fan of RGB lights, the Asus ROG Delta S gaming headset is right up your alley. With its flashy earcups and gamer-centric design, the Delta S is anything but subtle. But don't dismiss it before you try it. This wired headset actually packs solid audio chops. I was especially impressed by the clarity and detail of its sound, which makes games even more immersive. Music, too, sounded good.
- Detachable microphone
- USB-C connector (USB-C to USB-A adaptor included)
- 50mm driver
Design-wise, the Delta S is similar to the older Delta headset (now available in Gundam colours). The new model comes with an improved ESS 9281 quad DAC, though I doubt I could hear the difference. More importantly to gamers, the Delta S is slightly lighter. In terms of comfort, the headset's metal band did not grip too tightly, while its D-shaped ear cups are adequately padded. A spare set of hybrid mesh-leatherette ear cushions that offer more ventilation are included in the box. I found it quite finicky to attach these removable ear cushions to the headset.
The headset controls and the detachable microphone are all located on the left ear cup. Besides the usual volume rocker, there is a switch to toggle between the Asus Aura Sync RGB lighting and Soundwave Light Effects. The latter basically syncs the headset LEDs with the audio from the microphone. It's cool, I suppose. As for the Aura Sync RGB lights, there are plenty of customisations, but you'll need to install the Asus Armoury Crate app.
As a USB-C gaming headset, the Delta S works with any device with a USB port, including smartphones, computers and game consoles. A metre-long USB-C to USB-A adaptor cable is included. This extra cable was handy when I used the Delta S with my game console — the combined length (1.5m for the USB-C and 1m for the USB adaptor) was just about sufficient to reach my sofa. One minor grouse about the microphone: It picks up my voice very well, but it is not as flexible and is hence more difficult to bend into place.
Audiophiles may perk up here — the Delta S is apparently the first gaming headset to support MQA, a hi-res audio format supported by niche streaming services such as Tidal. But this is probably moot for gamers, who will be pleased at the headset's comfort, audio performance and RGB lights. The Delta S is available online at Lazada at S$399. And if RGB ain't your thing, check out the Logitech G Pro X wireless gaming headset.
Note: Review unit provided by Asus.
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Buy it at Lazada