We ended last week with a look at a rather cool keyboard from Roccat so lets stick to a similar plan this week! Welcome to our Roccat Renga Review…
Roccat Renga Review – Packaging and Bundle
The Renga arrives in a fairly large box which gives us a nice clear view of the headset while also listing some of the key features, including support for PS4 and PC. Inside the box we get product documentation and a cable to take our dual 3.5mm cables and combine into a single 3.5mm 4pin for devices such as smartphones and some laptops.
Roccat Renga Review – The Headset
The Renga is a stereo over the ear headset with open back design and uses a predominantly plastic construction. The headband uses a tension design, extending until the headset is balanced perfectly on our head and the overall weight is 210gr. Dimensions are 21x20x10cm.
Each of the earcups has a significant amount of foam with leatherette covering. The 50mm neodymium drivers are covered in fabric and have a response of 20-20000Hz with impedance of 32 Ohms. Max SPL at 1KHz is 110dB.
A rotating mic is found extending from a flexible arm on the left side of the headset and it has a sensitivity of -52dB with 2.2kOhms impedance. Also extending from the left cup is a ruberised blue cable which has a control pod part way down (volume dial and mic mute). It ends after 2.5m in two 3.5mm connectors.
Roccat Renga Review – Conclusion
Roccat make a lot of claims on their packaging and website about studio grade sound and the like. We’ll get to that in a moment but first, the build quality and design. Overall the headset feels solid, it may be mostly plastic but it is a sturdy plastic and there is a decent amount flex to the headset and the main thing which struck us over our time testing was the level of comfort. The Renga is light at 210g but the use of the tension/extending band makes it feel ridiculously light. Add to that the open design of the earcups, certainly the most open we have seen in some time also adds to the comfort, allowing our ears to remain cool during extended play and we were more than happy with the level of pressure that the cups produce, holding the headset steady on our head.
The open design of course will mean that there are limits to the environment you can use the headset in. It lets out noise and of course, lets in noise too. So keep that in mind (this isn’t specific to Roccat, just to open design in general).
As far as sound quality goes, the Renga performs well. We wouldn’t call it studio grade necessarily. A high end set of headphones outperforms it. However in its price bracket of £39/$49 it is very impressive. Bass isn’t quite as strong as we would like but clarity is great and the headset offers a good level of volume. The microphone offered clear communications with our team-mates and we were pleased to see the multi-platform compatibility which despite not being noted on the box, like PS4, also includes Xbox One.
Summary: Super comfortable, decent build quality and audio which is very good for the price bracket wins the Renga our Value award.