Thanks to the new chipsets from Intel and AMD, as well as an influx of new video cards, a lot of companies are rushing to get in on the massive PC movement that’s kicking off right now. Turtle Beach and Roccat are already taking off with some of their latest tech, starting with the Roccat Syn Max Air Wireless Headset, which stays cool and comfortable for as long as you use it while offering some pretty neat bells and whistles.
While removing the headset from the awesome box it’s packaged in, I could immediately feel the premium quality of the headset as it’s surprisingly light yet durable thanks to a nice mix of strong aluminum and tough plastic. The giant and comfortable earcups feature Turtle Beach’s ProSpecs technology to make sure those who wear glasses like myself are kept comfy while wearing these and have cooling gel-infused memory foam cushions to boot.
This makes for one of the most pleasant headsets I’ve worn yet. The 16.8 million colors of RGB lighting on the outside of the earcups is a nice touch as well, and there’s the standard volume wheel you can adjust as needed. Thanks to the Syn Max Air’s powerful 50mm Nanoclear speakers, users are able to get a true 3D audio experience that might not be Dolby Atmos quality, but it comes fairly close with thunderous, bass-filled booms and mid-range sounds coming from everywhere.
I was even able to hear low sounds I couldn’t previously pick up on some of my other headsets in games such as Destiny 2 and Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis, and even previously sounds and instruments in some of my favorite music playlists. I also love how there’s four preset EQ options to cycle through that will fit whatever you’re listening to.
Even better is that Turtle Beach’s exclusive Superhuman Hearing sound setting is back for this headset, which boosts those critical in-game sounds such as enemy player footsteps, weapon reloads, and other sounds that give you a serious advantage when playing against others.
(Editor’s Note: I’ve been informed by Roccat’s PR that one of the latest Windows 10/11 updates may cause an issue with the audio drivers with Roccat’s Swarm software, which interferes with the 3D audio, Superhuman Hearing, EQ presets, and other audio settings. Thank goodness I didn’t run into any of these issues, and Roccat’s software team is thankfully aware of it and working on a firmware solution that will be available soon.)
I’m happy to say the microphone is no slouch either, as it features Turtle Beach’s TruSpeak technology that gives you noise-cancellation, a flip-to-mute option which is always a plus, and the option to completely remove it altogether with a handy mic hole cover at that.
Those who are looking for a great all-purpose wireless headset will love that this one connect via Bluetooth and 2.4ghz wireless, which allows it to connect to just about any tech you have, and you’re able to switch between gaming and calls should you choose to connect to your PC, consoles, phone, tablets, etc. The main thing this device has going for it is the handy and neat looking charging dock that’s included.
Anytime you’re ready to take a break and charge the device, you can set them on the dock and get nearly 5 hours of time from just a 15 minute charge that’s perfect for “opps, I forgot to charge” emergencies, with the company stating it can provide up to 16 hours of play time, give or take how many of the features you’re using on it, etc. It also has very nice signal strength and a range of 50 feet or so as I was able to walk around my apartment with plenty of walls between myself, my console and PC with no signal loss.
The dock also features some sweet RGB lighting, and you can adjust the headset audio, RGB settings and more via ROCCAT’s Swarm software, but this is only available when used on PC. Should you take your headset over your friend or family’s place and don’t have the dock, you can directly charge it via a USB-C cable which thankfully is included.
If you’re in the market for a really great wireless headset, you can’t go wrong with the Roccat Syn Max Air Wireless Headset. It feels great even after long periods of use, it sounds amazing thanks to its 50mm speakers and Turtle Beach’s tried-and-true audio engineering and tech, has a good mic and some nifty features that rivals some of the best out there.