Roccat Renga Review: A Decent Stereo Gaming Headset?

Roccat Renga Studio

QUICK SPECS


  • Driver Unit: 50mm
  • Frequency: 20 Hz – 25 kHz
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
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    Mic Sensitivity: -52dB

Not a lot of users are willing to splurge and invest in a high-end gaming headset, and you shouldn’t have to. If you are the type of person looking for a great, value-for-money deal, and willing to relinquish on a few features, have I got a deal for you!

The Roccat Renga stereo gaming headset is an affordably priced choice, with above average stereo quality, comfortable design, and ear cup ventilation.

If your gaming needs don’t require surround sound or heightened background audio, you may want to consider this model. This is an ideal first headset to buy, maybe even give it as a gift since it is not as expensive as others.

To better help you with your decision, I’ve compiled a list of the Roccat Renga’s advantages and disadvantages, and will be discussing each very briefly. If at this point you are still strongly considering buying this model, I suggest you read on below.

Features:

Adequate Sound Quality and Strong Bass

While the Roccat Renga does not give the same level of crisp, clear sound of the Logitech and Kingston gaming headsets, it goes have above average audio quality.

The 50 mm neodymium magnet drivers, found inside each ear cup, provides a strong bass sound, which is a baseline requirement for most games.

It allows you to hear strong explosions, gunshots, and other such sound effects, which are actually quite realistic and help add to the game’s intensity. 

Adequate Sound Quality and Strong Bass
ROCCAT RENGA Stereo Gaming Headset

What it lacks, however, is a precision for background effects and noise that more hardcore gamers look for in a gaming headset. The heightened sound detail guides players to detect hints in the background and gives them an edge over their opponents. Despite the Roccat Renga lacking these features, overall, it still gets the job done.

However, as acceptable as it is in gaming, the same cannot be said for other activities. The strong bass in video games can overshadow the Renga’s lack of proper acoustics and poor audio detail, but it is a dead give away when listening to music, where they serve a much important purpose.

The sound dynamic is fuzzy and unclear, which will make it difficult for users to appreciate songs while using this device. If you intend to use the Roccat Renga for this purpose, you should just look for other models on the market.

Stylish Design, Open Back Design, and Comfortable Features

In terms of exteriors, I like that the Roccat Renga uses a black finish for its headband and ear cups, and then choosing a contrasting sky blue color for its cable. It gives the headset a stylish, modern-looking design. I am sure a lot of users will appreciate this.

Aside from its color combination, it also sports a lightweight and ergonomic design that is 30% lighter than other choices. This give you added comfort when you play, even if its for longer than usual hours.

This model also uses an open back feature, which means there is a space between the ear cup and the sound driver. Creators at Roccat have said that this feature is designed to provide additional ventilation to the side of the head. 

Stylish Design

While it does serve that purpose, and even gives you a more firm fit, I’ve noticed that there is tendency for sound to escape through the gaps. As a result, you won’t be able to enjoy the full effect of you movie or video game.

Also, you won’t be able to listen to music when you are in enclosed spaces (like in an airplane or at the library) without disturbing the people around you. As much as I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that their heart was in the right place, this is a severe misstep, and it does more harm than it good.

As comfy and easy to wear as the Renga is, it is still largely a design failure. It is difficult to overlook the open back feature, and the negative effect it has on using the headphones. I hope the manufacturers make the proper changes and improve on future models.

Strong Cable with Built-in Control Panel

An often-overlooked feature in any gaming headset is the durability of its cable. The Roccat Rengo kit comes with a 2.5 meter-long rubberized cord, which is both elastic and sturdy. It is difficult to find a cable that hits a nice balance of both: some are too soft that they easily break, while others are too rigid and stiff.

This feature has a lot of practical uses because it gives you enough space from your console to move around, while giving you peace of mind that it won’t break easily. The cable is also permanently attached to the left ear cup so you won’t have to worry about losing it.

At the end of the cable, you’ll find a 3.5 mm jack adaptor, which makes your headset compatible with PCs, Macs, tablets, and smart phones as well as other consoles such as the PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U, just to name few.

Having this kind of flexibility is always a plus for any headset. You save a lot of money not having to buy additional adaptors, while being able to maximize the uses of your headset.

Strong Cable with Built-in Control Panel

Finally, a control panel is located near the middle of cord. It gives you the ease to control the volume of the device as well as the mute button. Personally, I would have preferred if it we closer to the handset, but I can’t complain about the convenience that it gives.

All in all, I think that its strong cable is one of the Roccat Rengo’s best features. Cord are normally one of the first things that get broken in a headset, so having this box checked is a clear win for users.

Affordability and Value for Money

Owning this model will not cost you more than $55, and that is the clearest and most valuable feature of this headset. There are not many choices on the market that give you what the Roccat Rengo can, at such a competitive price point. While this is a headset that is far from perfect, and I’ll be the first one to agree with you, there is still no denying that this is a clear value for money deal.

PROS

  • Competitive price point
  • Strong bass sounds which give you that added intensity when playing games
  • Durable cable and strategically located control switch
  • Comfortability and aerodynamic design
  • Compatilibility with other devices and consoles

CONS

  • Limited sound dynamic and precision to detail
  • Gap between the ear cup and drivers cause sound to leak out
  • Not advisable to use when listening to music
  • Headset itself is not so durable
  • Control panel could be placed closer to the headset

Who is This Product For:

This product is ideal for low-maintenance gamers who aren’t very particular with sound dynamics or audio precision. If you are the type of person who is looking for a simple, entry-level model that gives you the basic sound features as well as a comfortable fit, then you should consider buying this.

In addition, if you are working with a tight budget, the price point of the Roccat Rengo should really appeal to you. It is very inexpensive, yet you still get enough features to consider it an affordable choice.

Who is This Product Not For:

If you are a hardcore gamer who takes sound precision and heightened audio very seriously, you should be looking at other more high-end headsets. The Roccat Renga stereo gaming headset will not give you that surround sound quality or dynamic that you are looking for in a gaming headphone. I am also pretty sure that the open back design that this model has is going to piss you off more than make you happy.

Also, if you are a user that likes using their headphones when listening to music, you will be very disappointed with this model.

Conclusion:

If I were to describe the Roccat Renga stereo gaming headset, I would probably call it simple, maybe even basic. It will give you the most standard requirement a gaming headset should, but nothing much more. Like I’ve stated early, this is meant to be an entry-level unit. If you need something more sophisticated, I would rather direct you to other models, with higher specification. Just be prepared spend more than $55, that’s for sure.

Considering its very modest price, it still gives you average sound quality, comfort while you play, and a strong cable with wide compatibility features. While it doesn’t add anything more to these, and there a lot of improvements that Roccat should be looking into, we can’t complain much. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Overall, I would still recommend it to first-time gamers or those that are on a tight budget, just because I think it gives enough to warrant its price. Basic features for beginners: that seems about right.

Roccat Renga Stereo Gaming Headset Review
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Summary

This ain’t the greatest headset to be honest. It delivers decent sound and the comfort is not too bad either, but that’s all it is – decent.

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