When I first took the ROG STRIX Go out of its travel case, the first thing I noticed was how light the headset was. Immediately I went online to check out its weight and was surprised that it only weighs 290g. This extremely lightweight design cannot go understated, and after using the headset for extended periods of time, I can say that it's probably the best lightweight headset I've ever used.
Moving onto the earcups. While I was examining the lightweightness of the headset, I noticed the earcups had a nice soft leather coat over them, and that there wasn't much of a gap between the earcup and the speaker. Since the leather was quite bouncy, I found that my ears were extremely close to the speakers, and while this might bother some users, I didn't mind it as much. The leather earcup wraps around your head very nicely, securing the headset in place around each of your ears.
My only complaint is that due to the earcups being on the smaller side, sometimes either the top or the bottom of my ears weren't sitting inside in the earcup. This can be quite uncomfortable when using the headset for longer periods of time but can be simply solved by jiggling the headset around while it's on your head.
The headset itself is quite flexible; the earcups can rotate further than 180 degrees, meaning that users will have absolutely no problem resting them on their shoulders. As you probably gathered from the above images, the ROG STRIX Go can fold for easier transportation, hence the carry bag. The hinges on the headset feel quite strong, but I did notice they are made out of plastic, so I'd advise users to still be quite careful with them as one simple mistake could lead to an expensive hinge break.
The top of the headset is one of my favorite parts about the ROG STRIX Go. It features the same leather that is on the earcups but has much more padding. The headband is extremely comfortable and is honestly one of my favorite headbands I've ever experienced while reviewing headsets. As for the overall build quality of the ROG STRIX Go, it seems to be a very sturdy headset. This is due to the metal frame and hard plastic coverings.
Moving onto the left earcup control buttons. Here's where ASUS lost me a little bit. ASUS decided to hide the mute microphone button under the volume control, and while the 'volume control' looks like a wheel, it isn't, as it doesn't rotate. Users simply push up and down to increase/reduce volume, and once maximum/minimum volume is reached, the headset blasts you with this strange beeping sound that is super annoying. This could just be me, but the beeping really gets to me due to how loud it is. I decided to put the volume of the headset at max, and then control the overall volume through Windows, so I'd never have to hear it.
I also really don't enjoy how ASUS decided to put the microphone under the volume control because sometimes when I'm trying to quickly mute my microphone, I accidentally increase/decrease volume. Another aspect of the mute/unmute microphone that I really dislike is the voice that is heard in the headset whenever it's enabled. Pressing the mute microphone button causes a women's voice to override all audio in the headset with the words "microphone off" or "microphone on". I understand what ASUS is trying to do here as it's more of a portability feature, but instead of a human voice telling me what mode the microphone is in, how about we just get a LED? The best location I've found for a microphone status LED is at the end of the microphone; this way, gamers can visibly see the status of their microphone without having to take the headset off.
The other control buttons on the left earcup are quite standard; we have a 3.5mm headphone jack for wired mode, a multimedia control button, a slider between wireless and wired mode. I have no complaints with these.
ASUS has done quite a great job with its software, and if you are interested in downloading it and checking it out, a link can be found here.
Once you have downloaded the software and plugged your ROG STRIX Go into your PC, you will be presented with the above window. As you can see, the first window contains everything you will need to tweak and alter the ROG STRIX Go as you see fit. Users can enable virtual surround sound at the flick of a button, save their favorite profiles, choose reverb settings, play with the equalizer, boost base, add compression, change voice clarity, enable AI noise-cancellation, and fiddle with 'perfect voice'.
My first recommendation once you have opened up the software is to navigate to the 'power' menu of the headset and change the default Sleep Mode setting from five minutes to something higher. I personally put mine to thirty minutes as I couldn't stand the headset turning off on me every time there was a small break in audio.
My overall experience with ASUS's software for the ROG STRIX Go headset was quite a good one. All of the settings are put plainly in front of you, and even someone who has limited audio knowledge would be able to navigate around the software with ease. Great work here, ASUS.