Gaming headsets are swarming the budget space, with more established brands like JBL and Sennheiser swooping in to get a piece of the pie starting 2020. We’ve reviewed plenty of them this year and now Asus’ ROG Delta is also dropping in just around the holiday season.
Will the Delta S continue the ROG legacy like its laptop brethren or does it compromise for the budget?
The sharp angular design is unmistakable ROG and pretty much a standard aesthetic for the Delta headsets by now. Even the box that these come in are over-the-top and instil a sense of occasion the first time you open it.
The headphones themselves are lightweight and offer great flexibility and pivot for the earcups. Its D-shaped ear cups are quite uncommon in the headphone circle yet distinctly Delta for their looks. The oddly-shaped ear cups also wrap over your ear perfectly irrespective of the ear shape.
Unfortunately wearing these for extended periods is not quite fun. The protruding driver started to rub against my ears after two hours or so of use. The thin cloth in the earcup of the mesh cushion is only comfortable for short periods and the softer, protein-leather ear cushion cannot be worn without an AC blasting over your head. Humid places like Mumbai won’t allow you to sit without collecting sweat wearing the comfier leather cushions and the mesh cushions have a thin lining to protect your ears from chafing.
On the audio side, the Delta S is a bit of a mixed bag. We played La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong and the Delta S pushes the trumpet above everything else. The ear tiring sharpness to its sound is alarming. To no one’s surprise, the vocals are very pronounced and forward. Armstrong’s voice is crisp, clear and very… chat-like. These are unmistakably made for games.
Shifting to rap songs and even Mirchi by Divine lacks finesse and power. It’s just sharp and has boosted vocals.
Baby It’s You by London Grammar has some precision and openness to vocals but again, rather overpowering.
Delta S doesn’t offer any special sound hack for games like Valorant but even in stereo, these deliver a good sense of footstep detection and enemy location. It’s not as precise as the HyperX Cloud Alpha S or JBL Quantum 600 but enough to be happy.
The Delta S belong to single-player story-driven games with a fantastic background score. Cyberpunk 2077 absolutely fun wearing these. The Delta S deliver dynamic feedback from sweaty gun-fights to toe-tapping music from in-game radio stations to intense head-scratching conversations.
It’s also using USB Type-C for a direct connection to the PS5, Nintendo Switch and PCs. It’s pretty much sorted in terms of connectivity and controls. A single scroll wheel lets you adjust volume and mute mic, and a toggle switch lets you control the RGB on the headset.
The microphone had some issues during my testing. I would often hear complains from the other side of my discord server on the quality of my voice. The robotic voice was quite a recurring issue until I re-plug the headphones to fix it.
The Delta S look pretty and fit even better. The build quality is top-notch but too bad the earcup padding isn’t as great, nor is the microphone quality.
We wish it could do a bit of all but the Delta S is fairly meant to be used for gaming solo and diving into immersive games. It’s got a better sound signature than the sharp sounding HyperX but it focuses too much on vocals. With no software equaliser and software smarts to aid it, the Delta S will require serious thought before picking up.