The last time we came across Roccat was when we took a look at their true 5.1 headset, the Kave XTD Analogue. While the 5.1 headset was comfy, I didn’t really see it appealing to many gaming enthusiasts due to its size and weight during longer sessions. However, the new Renga, although not a 5.1 system is a lot lighter than its older brother making it more appealing to people who game a lot in their spare time, or even professional level players.
The Roccat Renga is a stereo gaming headset advertised as a studio grade audio experience. Inside the box you will find the headset itself, an adaptor to use it with a mobile device and a set of instructions. The length of the cable conntected to the left earcup is more than enough to route it around your desk. In our office the headset was able to be cable managed behind our desk with a lot of room to sit back comfortably which I haven’t seen on many new headsets.
A short way down the blue rubberised cable is an inline remote. This enables the player to control the volume and microphone muting on the fly. The distance of the remote from the headset is in a great position so you’re not fumbling around your desk trying to find it during a match. At the end of the cable are two 3.5mm auxilary jack plugs: one for the audio, one for the microphone.
The earpads themselves are very comfortable as well swapping to these from a Steelseries Siberia 200. The padded cups meant that we could game for a pretty long period without adjusting the headphones or even finding our ears sweating from the lack of air. The headphones are open back, giving you a more accurate representation of sound during gameplay. There is a band that stretches over your head which helps keep the headphones in place. This helps greatly with how comfortable the headset is.
If there is one thing I’ve learned during my time working on TechNuovo is that Roccat love their bass. For listening to music through iTunes, this was a great feature. It was present but not overpowering enough to knock the higher frequencies out. We tested the audio against Battlefield 4 for those casual gamers and Counter-Strike for the more competitive among us. Battlefield 4 sounded great. Guns felt meaty, jet engines had that whirring sound to them and orders from squad leaders were prominent enough over the sound of war. However, with Counter-Strike relying more on placing players through audio queues such as footsteps, they fell short due to the heavier bass.
The microphone is attached to the left earcup swivelling nearly a full 180-degrees. The microphone also picks up omnidirectional sound giving your team mates a clearer voice to listen to. I used the built-in microphone to speak to my buddies over TeamSpeak and had no complaints from the clarity. It’s not as clear as having a condenser microphone like the Blue Yeti on your desk but it does the job.
Roccat really do build premium gear. The Renga has become our daily driver on our gaming PC. It sounds great during gaming sessions and listening to music and it’s pretty comfortable compared to other similarly priced headsets on the market. It’s a shame that we found the bass to be a little heavy during crucial gaming moments on Counter-Strike so I can’t recommend it for the pros, but if you’re like us who enjoy a few hours of casual gaming at the weekend with your mates, then this is definitely up there. It’s even compatible with the PS4 too so if you’re looking for an aftermarket headset, then look no further. For more information you can visit the Roccat official website.