On paper, the Asus TUF Gaming H7 Wireless has the potential to be Asus’ first featured gaming headset. It is wireless, offers 7.1 virtual surround sound and emanates a high quality construction. It is also a bit curious, available in black and yellow (in the photo) or in a more black and gray color, so streamers who care about that aesthetic could find themselves looking at the H7 Wireless.
There is much to like about the Asus TUF Gaming H7 Wireless feature-rich. But we have reservations about the shape and character of its sound outside the box. However, much can be remedied through the software.
At the time of publication, the H7 Wireless (Asus also has headphones with a lower price TUF Gaming H7 Core and TUF Gaming H7 cable) is on sale in Amazon UK only in its Gunmetal color scheme. However, Asus told us today that the headphones should reach the US. UU. On Amazon and Newegg in about 2 weeks.
Asus TUF Gaming H7 Wireless Gaming Headset Pros Cons
- Great looks
- Comfortable headband design
- Software setting options
- Microphone sounds fantastic when adjusted
- Virtual surround sound is enabled by default
- The bass dominates the mix  The software occupies a remarkable amount of storage
- Improper adjustment for smaller heads
Wireless cans certainly pack a lot in a headset. Leaping directly from the spec sheet are those 53mm drivers, much larger than those of rival headphones. Asus has a tradition of going big with drivers, including the funny but flawed Angry Birds looking for Asus Strix Pro 60mm drivers. But for my ears, bigger is no better. And while these function-rich cans have a lot of potential, you’ll need to play with the software to bring it to light.
Asus TUF Gaming H7 wireless specifications
|Controller type||53 mm neodymium magnet|
|Microphone type||Unidirectional electret condenser|
|Connectivity||Wireless (via USB receiver)|
|Weight||0.8 pounds (399 g)  Cable length||N / A  Battery life||15 hours|
|Software||Asus ROG Armory II|
Design and comfort
The H7 Wireless removes the weight of the top of the head with a suspended headband design, where a well-padded and elastic synthetic leather contact band is located under a lightweight aluminum headband that forms the skeleton. Along each side of the elastic band there are high quality seams (not a single thread was out of place in our review sample) in the accent color, and some “TUF Gaming” marks are printed on the top .
There are more TUF Gaming brands on each side of the headband base, which are attached to matte plastic bases for each headset and finished with an aluminum bolt with the TUF wings logo.
The headphones are huge and are finished in matte rubber plastic that looked great when I took it out of the box for the first time, but quickly gathered fingerprints and other brands.
Another thin band of accent color marks the edge of the glass, and on the back left is the volume wheel, the microphone’s silence and the power button. All controls, especially the microphone mute switch, feel well done and durable. The volume wheel is staggered, so it is a little more complicated to make precise adjustments than with a freewheel control. But in the heat of the moment, you are less likely to accidentally maximize it and explode your eardrums.
Moving in, large pads are pleasantly soft, finished in a microfiber cloth with a microfiber cloth with an internal synthetic leather cloth for, according to theory, better sound insulation. There is a certain degree of lateral and vertical torsion adjustment in the headphones; although, you cannot fold them inward to reduce your profile for travel or storage.
The only sound you hear when you put on the H7 Wireless is the elastic band that stretches to fit, which speaks very well of the quality of construction and the materials used at all times. A detachable gooseneck microphone is connected through a 3.5mm asymmetric connector, so it is easy to open and close, and there is no improper bursting or cracking when you do.
In terms of comfort, the headband design is well designed to provide only the right amount of support around the ears. The H7 Wireless will not fly out of your head if you sneeze or celebrate a victory with too much exuberance. At the same time, they also don’t feel they are digging around your head.
However, we are not sold on that massive headphone design. This humble critic has a smaller head and bigger ears, and that meant that my ears ended up pressing against the driver’s grilles. Obviously, this becomes uncomfortable after a very short time, since the grilles are hard surfaces. The larger circumference also has side effects on the sound, which I will see below.
It could also come directly to the blow: the overall sound performance of the H7 Wireless out of the box is disappointing.
Outside the box, which has 7.1 virtual surround sound enabled, there is a lot of low-end power available. In certain situations, especially in intense action games with many explosions, the overall response was dramatic. You would expect that from a headset with “Gaming” in its name, right? A bit of exaggerated low-end is fine to sell the sound and fury of bombastic action titles and multiplayer shooting games.
The problem is that any dialogue in the middle of the explosions was lost under all that bass. That was also true when communicating with friends or teammates through Discord. Finding the balance was complicated, since lowering the volume of the game meant risking losing important sound tracks. But to clearly hear other voices, this is often what I was willing to do with the H7 Wireless. Having a virtual surround sound activated by default is an unfortunate movement, because the function really exacerbates the muddy bass and the inaccurate stereo dispersion.
There is better news, however: you can significantly improve the sound with some adjustments in the Asus ROG Armory II Software. By deactivating the virtual surround sound, the sound intensified immediately. This is expected with any headset, but it was especially noticeable here. When it came to games, I avoided this feature; The sound space simply does not work.
In stereo mode, the bass was still a little too strong for my ears, but I was much better able to retain the brightness of higher in the equalizer and articulate the small details in the mixes of songs that I know intimately. The small breaths in the vocal performances and the scratches of the fret as the guitarists changed the chords were audible, although they were not captured as clearly as I heard in the competitors.
More appropriate for full multimedia use, but I am not convinced of the fundamental sound design. Placing a 53mm driver in a camera as huge as this seemed to bring more inconvenience than benefits, including noise leakage. The contact pads do not sit comfortably on the head, so some sound escapes, which affects the resonant frequencies inside the headset. It also means that the H7 Wireless does not isolate the sound very well, neither for the user nor for those nearby. It goes both ways.
In terms of wireless range and stability, I experienced virtually latency-free performance and it remained within range almost anywhere in my house, on three floors.
Microphone performance is also a happier story. The output is thin but clear with the default settings. I was able to improve performance and achieve pleasant warmth and a complete response using Armory II software, which I will arrive now.
Features and software
Greedy peripheral storage programs are a favorite motive of mine, so Armory II will not get rid of occupying 439 MB of storage on my PC without mentioning it. However, in all other aspects, this program is a lifesaver when using H7 Wireless. In addition to the virtual surround sound toggle control, here are a large number of sound usage presets, 7 in total, which alter the EQ and reverb settings.
You can enable or disable reverb independently or toggle between 6 presets and adjust using a wet / dry mixer (wet audio is processed and made with a special audio device, and dry audio is unprocessed and unprocessed).
Armory II is as rich in features as we have tested in a complementary headphone program, and although I didn’t find any practical use for reverb settings, some music genres sounded more fun and fun when using the Music preset. There is also a 10-band manual equalizer for audiophiles to play with the contents of their heart.
I was also impressed with the microphone software settings. Five adjustable effects, which include a compressor, noise gate and de-esser, really have a profound effect on the output of your microphone.
Even when using the default settings, the microphone produces a much richer and more complete sound than the microphones of most competitors. It is not up to independent models, such as the Blue Yeti, but it is not expected to be a $ 100 headphone microphone. The surprising thing is that it is even close.
Battery life is a real strength of these cans. Asus sets it at 3 pm, and that really is true in the field. That is partly due to a very enthusiastic auto-off function that activates after 5 minutes without receiving an audio signal, but the rare occasions when you can get caught by this are fine and really compensated for a charging time. So gigantic
The Asus TUF Gaming H7 Wireless has a lot to offer. It’s elegant, the headband is cozy, its software and microphone impress and its wireless technology never failed me.
But it lacks the fundamentally great sound necessary for an unreserved recommendation. The headset requires too much violin to clean the sound. I prefer a better plug-and-play experience. Also, the virtual surround sound didn’t sound good during games, due to the overwhelming bass. That is disappointing considering that this is a key feature of the headphones.
However, other areas, such as construction quality, are on point. If you can find this headset for around $ 100, it is as rich in features and functionality as you might expect from a similarly priced competitor.