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The Perfect Traveling Gaming Headset? – ASUS ROG STRIX GO 2.4 Review

The ROG Go 2.4 is Asus’s first gaming headset that’s more to do with you getting out of the house and more on the go. The 2.4 is aimed at making on the go more confident with it being more compact than most other gaming headsets but still delivers all the features you would want. So if you are a switch owner, mobile gaming or just in the market for a all rounder headset then the GO is a great fit for you. 

Price

So then starting of with pricing, the Go 2.4 is expected to retail for around $200, (150pounds, R3500) which is quite expensive, with more and more good cheaper gaming headsets coming to the market. But let’s find out if it’s worth the price.

Inside the box

Taking a look at what you get inside the box, you get a very nice carry case, with the folded up headset inside, the USB C wireless adaptor, a Type C to A adaptor, a 1m USB-C charging cable, a 1.2m 3.5 mm audio cable and finally the detachable microphone.

Build

Now as for the headset itself you get a more compact design closer to something like the Sony WH1000’s or Bose QC 35’s which just like the name implies makes it much better for traveling. The headphones are made of mostly plastic but it does not feel cheap even though it only weighs 290grams. The headband does have some nice soft foam padding at the top and is able to adjust a fair amount to fit larger heads. Along with that the headband can flex quite a bit, more than you would really need and thanks to the metal frame on the inside you don’t have to worry about it snapping in two.

For the ear cups they have a nice smooth rubberish coating with some subtle ROG branding on the sides. The ear cups are able to fold inwards for better packaging, it’s able to tilt a small amount and then swivel more than 180degrees too comfortably rest on your neck or just on the table. The earcups folding hinges do feel quite sturdy but it does look to be mostly plastic here as well so of course just don’t go hulk mode on it.

Now on the earcups you do get all of your connections and controls. On the right earcup you only get the type c charging port which does not allow any audio passthrough which is unfortunate but there are other options.

As for the left earcup at the back you do get the volume control knob which also allows you to mute the mic. Below that you get the track controller which allows you to play or pause with a single press, skip with a double and triple press goes back to the previous track. Next you get the wired or wireless switch because next to that you do have a 3.5mm jack that allows you to use it wired mode if the battery is dead. And then finally you get the detachable mic connection.

Comfort

Now then getting into comfort I am happy to say that the GO is definitely comfortable. I’m usually not a fan of these smaller ear cups where it touches your ears but it wasn’t really that big of a deal with the GO. My ears did cozily fit inside thanks to the extremely soft cushions. Now they are not thick at all, so my ears did press against the driver wall which is usually a problem for me but I was able to wear these for more than 3 hours in a single sitting and it didn’t bother me that much. However this is going to depend on the users, so if you do have quite large ears then they might be more on-ear headsets really. As for clamping force I would say it’s pretty much spot on, with it not falling off too easily and not crushing your skull. 

Features

Now Just like the 2.4 in the name implies is a wireless headset that uses a 2.4ghz adaptor instead of Bluetooth. Which of course is much better for gaming because of the lower latency and better audio quality. Range is also decent with me being able to go roughly 2 rooms away which is around 15m with 2 walls in between. Interestingly enough Asus states that the Go is the world’s first USB-C 2.4 GHz headset which allows the adaptor to be much smaller than most other 2.4ghz headsets. Another positive  is because most mobile devices are switching to Type C it makes it much more convenient to use with your phone or Nintendo switch, with no need for cables, adaptors or Bluetooth which I usually ask for in more of the suttle designed wireless gaming headsets, but never get. But again with the GO because the adaptor is so small Bluetooth is not needed.

Audio

Now getting into the audio quality this is unfortunately the weaker point of the GO. Now in all honesty its not that bad but for the price it could have been better. The highs are decent with clear vocals but mids do sound more pronounced with the the lowend just behind. On max volume it does get plenty loud which allows you to wear it around your neck and still hear everything clear enough. However running it in wired mode it does sound a bit better with the treble being pushed a bit more to the front and not sounding as muffled. Also this quite common but the wired mode is around 25% louder from my testing, but again wireless was loud enough for me. 

As for sound isolation and sound bleed. The GO does a good job at canceling out background noise even without NC. However sound bleed was a bit more than what I would have liked, if people are very close to you they might be able to somewhat hear what you are listening to when on the louder side. I will say that I kind of wished Asus would have added some ANC especially for what this headset is aimed for and then for the price point.

Charging

Then finally for charging and the battery Asus states that you can get up to 25hours of listening time. I would say it’s roughly close to that because from my 2 weeks I only really needed to charge it 2 times. So you could easily get between 2-3 days of normal use out of  a charge. Also with only a 15minute charge you can get around 3 hours of listening time which is not bad if you don’t have a lot of time. However like I mentioned before the type c charging port does not allow audio through, but you can still use the headset either wirelessly or with the 3.5mm cable while charging. Something to mention as well is that the sleep time is very short at only 5 minutes, and the only way I found to wake it up is by switching between the wireless and wired mode switch on the headset. 

Software

Now you can also download the ROG Armory which gives you more control over EQ, virtual surround, refurb and then more controls the microphones. However I couldn’t find the battery indicator or sleep timer Asus mentioned on the product page so maybe they will add that in later.

Conclusion

So then in conclusion even though the ROG GO 2.4 is a bit more on the expensive side it’s still good with a light but sturdy construction, decent audio quality and a good/great/decent mic. I did see the only review currently on Amazon UK mentioned how bad the audio quality, the comfort and mic was for him but in all honesty he makes it sound useless and it is definitely not. You also can’t really compare the GO to most other gaming wireless headsets because they are designed for different environments. I can still recommend the GO 2.4 for gamers who are looking for a more travel friendly headset that they can still use for gaming. It’s not perfect but I enjoyed my time with it and wouldn’t mind owning one because I don’t have a headset like this currently. As for the price point I would like to see ASUS drop it down a bit more. But we all know the ROG products do have a bit more of a premium on them and the ROG fans will definitely like this headset.

So finally just for a quick rating I would give the ROG STRIX GO 2.4 a 7 out of 10, mostly just due to the higher price tag.

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Written by Ruan Bronkhorst

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