ASUS TUF H7 Wireless£111.81 (RM 600.32)
- Good built quality
- Multi-platform Compatibility
- Well Designed
- Good battery life
- Excellent microphone quality
- Lacks Bluetooth feature
The TUF H7 is a wireless gaming headset from ASUS that aimed towards gamers. The headset is compatible with PC, Laptops, Mac and PlayStation 4. This was made possible by the manufacturer to prioritize your gaming crave across multiple platforms. There is another two TUF H7 gaming line, known as TUF Gaming H7 Core and TUF Gaming H7 pricing slightly lower than the H7 Wireless. The headset comes in two color offerings, a black-yellow and fully black. The unit lend to us is a black-yellow variant that adds a sporty impression to it.
The key features of TUF Gaming H7 Wireless Gaming headsets are:
- Embedded with 2.4GHz wireless technology with dual-antenna for stable and lower audio latency.
- Multi-platform compatibility
- Longer battery life up to 15+ hours and a wider 25-meter coverage area
- 53mm ASUS Essence drivers with exclusive airtight chamber technology
- Clamping reducing force for improved comfort for longer gaming sessions
- Though stainless-steel headband revised by 20% for longevity
The specification of the unit can be viewed here.
The box of the TUF H7 considerably quite huge due to the size of the headset, presumably.
The standard accessories given via the purchase of the headset are a unit of TUF H7, a 2.0 USB charging cable, a 2.0 USB wireless receiver, a user manual book and a warranty brochure.
Speaking of design, the TUF H7 holds the biggest earcup size compared to ROG Delta and Jabra’s Elite 85h (“I won’t be comparing the audio comparison of TUF H7 Wireless with Elite 85h”). From my point of view, the headset seems to well designed to fit all head sizes by default, in other word, you can allow a maximum utilization from the headset to fit your usage. According to ASUS, the TUF H7 combines a specialized, fast-cooling fabric and leather for a better sound isolation that enhances the audio experience further. In addition, the fast-cooling fabric reduces the heat dissipation from each cup by 25% and its headband structure was redesigned by ASUS to minimize the clamping force by 20% for a longer gaming hour session. For the gamers wearing glasses, this headset equipped with pressure-reducing material for a better comfort gaming session.
Next, looking at the physical (i.e. button) features offered by the TUF H7, the right cup acts as the master cup (the cup that responsible to take the charge). The right cup offers a power-button, a microphone toggle switch and a volume wheel. Based on my previous experience with several headsets, the button is in the position that can be easily accessed by the right-handed people. These positions of the buttons may be a slight disadvantage for left-handed people.
The wireless receiver appears to be as a standard looking thumbdrive size, embedded with dual-antenna design featuring 2.4GHz wireless technology for a stable audio latency. The receiver also has a single LED indicator that serves as an indication of the current activity by the unit.
Setting up for first use
The process of warming up the TUF H7 is pretty easy. The wireless receiver should be plugged into any of 2.0 USB port in your client-device i.e. PC. The headset, then can be paired with the wireless receiver with a single click of the button and a small beep sound will indicate the headset is ready to use.
Armoury II Driver
The TUF H7 further can be customized with its own dedicated driver. The advantages of the headset are, it utilizes ASUS’s Armoury II driver. The interface is quite similar with ASUS’s Strix Soar user customization interface.
From the driver, you can further personalize the EQ via given presets or customize the EQ settings according to your requirement. The Armoury II driver is compatible with other ASUS’s peripherals as well so that, you can control everything from a single driver.
The TUF H7 Wireless has one of the best battery life when it comes to a wireless gaming headset. According to ASUS, the TUF H7 Wireless can go up to 8 days with a single charge and 15 hours or more for the non-stop intensive gaming session. In addition, the headset does allow you to hover around the your house to take a short rest while wearing the headset only to be within the 25m radius from your client-device. We actually did try the claims and it appears to be true. I faced the audio distortion when I move out from the recommended radius of operation.
Personally speaking, I’ve reviewed quite a number of headset ranging from entry to highest end available in the market and I find the TUF H7 Wireless has the best earcup sizes out there. I feel comfortable wearing the H7 Wireless and I can vouch that, in a single usage, the TUF H7 holds the longest record of the headset I’ve ever put on.
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By default, the TUF H7 Wireless has its 7.1 surround sound enabled. However, you can turn off the feature via the Armoury II driver. Based on my initial impression towards the headset, I was expecting that I might experience a good bass, deep bass shall I say? ASUS mentioned that, and I quote, “the H7 Wireless inherited the iconic airtight chamber and 53mm ASUS Essence drivers that provide a deep bass for a natural-sounding, immersive gaming experience” – Source, well speaking of it, the audio quality is pretty decent only when the settings were in its stock state. As much as expected right for a headset out of the box. Things be a little bit trickier when the settings, particularly the EQ settings were tweaked without additional standalone audio quality settings tweaked (disabled completely). The outcome of the audio quality is slightly disappointing, at least based on my deep analysis. I further carried out try-and-error method to find which settings will be the best for my preferences. I’ve disabled the EQ, standalone audio options such as Virtual Surround, Reverb and Compressor only to be left with two standalone audio option, Bass Boost and Voice Clarity. Based on my final experiment, I figured out that, this setting improves the quality of bass and highs drastically. These settings were only to be meant to be used for music and movie session and is not suitable for a gaming session.
Next, testing the headset with Virtual Surround option turned on for a gaming session with additional microphone’s standalone audio settings (for voice chatting during gaming) were tweaked as well. Based on my deep audio analysis, the headset’s performance scores a decent mark here. I’m not tempted or have a pleasant feel when gaming with H7 Wireless since I find out that it’s lacking that power from its Essence driver. Turning off the Virtual Surround option during gaming, especially for the gaming that require constant action and focus is a bad move since the gameplay become unplayable and it is highly advisable to keep the virtual surround option to be active as it should be.
One of the advantages of the TUF H7 Wireless is its microphone quality. How do I should express it? Good? Better? or Best? Well, based on my testing, the microphone quality simply the best and the quality can further improve with a little touch over the Armoury II driver. This headset will be a good addition if you’re streaming your gameplay live through the social media while doing commentary about the gameplay.
The TUF H7 was well designed and built from the feedback of the users to ASUS’s engineer. Personally, I don’t like to purchase a headset that doesn’t offer its own dedicated driver to allow a maximum utilization and that’s where the TUF H7 stands. The only downside of the headset is, the TUF H7 doesn’t feature Bluetooth function as standard. Otherwise, the headset is worth to be invested in. According to ASUS, the TUF H7 is currently available in the market, worldwide. To summarize the entire review, the TUF H7 offers a decent bass with a crystal clear highs that fits gaming enthusiasts requirement.