ROCCAT Cross Multi-Platform Gaming Headset

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Product: ROCCAT Cross Multi-Platform Over-Ear Stereo Gaming Headset
Provided By: ROCCAT
Price: ~$79.99USD Online at Time of Publication

 

Introduction:

Here at BCCHardware we have seen a lot of different sound purveying devices and today we get another one from ROCCAT! The device we get to look at today is the Cross multi-platform gaming headset.

For those of you who aren't sure where ROCCAT is in the tech world; they are the makers of many different peripherals and accessories such as, mice, headsets, keyboards, mouse pads and other products relating to the gaming industry. ROCCAT tries to set themselves apart from the competition by only releasing top-quality products at different price points. The Cross we are looking at today, comes in as a cost-effective option that still promises good quality audio.

ROCCAT Cross Box - Front
ROCCAT Cross Box - Front

ROCCAT Cross Box - Back
ROCCAT Cross Box - Back

 

Closer Look:

Upon initial inspection, we see that ROCCAT has kept to their usual standards in giving us some of the best packaging we can expect. It has very catching graphics of the Cross and the terrific usage of the many shades of blue that we have come to expect.

Once we crack the sucker open we find that they have put a nice clear plastic surround around the device, and behind that we find the installation document and a bubble bag containing the two audio cables for this headset - one 2.35m computer cable with boom mic that incorporates both the headphone and microphone jack - and the 1.2m mobile/console cord with inline mic. Both are easily attached and removed from the headset giving you excellent flexibility.

Phone Cord
Cord w/ Inline Mic for Phone

PC Cord
Cord w/Boom Mic for PC

 

Once we remove the device from the plastic we can see that the whole design of the cross headset is superb! They have a nice sleek appearance with the ROCCAT name embedded on the top of the headband, which is adjustable and has some nice stitching on it to add a very refined and well made look. On the underside, it has a generously thick foam pad to make extended wearing of this headset very comfortable.

ROCCAT Cross
Cross Headset Bundle

 

The ear cups are clearly labeled with an "R" and an "L" to distinguish how they are to be worn. On the left cup, we find ROCCAT engraved into it and on the right their signature logo. Also on the left cup we find a volume dial on the back and on the bottom the port for the removable cables. Both cups share the nice foam cushions and a slight tilt forward so they fit very comfortably on the ears.

Side Other Side

 

After the two cables are removed from their bag we see that the computer cable has a nice braided cable with a boom mic and audio jack on one end and a mic and headphone jack on the other, while the mobile/console cable is much like an average auxiliary cable only with an inline mic and multimedia button close to the headset end. Another thing worth noting is that the mobile cable is not sheathed in nylon but simply the average plastic cable found on many peripherals.

Headband Top Bottom

 

On the next page, we'll look at the features and specifications before we jump into testing the Cross headset.


Overview:

The following list of features and specifications have been pulled from the ROCCAT product page for the Cross and posted here for your convenience. If you want all the details and full product information, please check the product page here.

WORLD-BEATING SOUND
High portability doesn’t mean low quality sound. The Cross is designed as a primary headset for world-beating audio everywhere, not a secondary device with convenience as its only benefit. Head and shoulders above the competition in its class, the Cross provides unmatched audio quality. It features large 50mm neodymium magnet driver units for studio-grade stereo sound with deep bass, perfect for gaming, calls, music and movies. With earcups and driver units aligned perfectly to your ear, it guarantees top quality sound at home and on the go.

MULTI-PLATFORM
Designed for today, adaptable to the future. That is the ROCCAT® philosophy, and the Cross has it ingrained in its DNA. It represents a headset optimized for every gamer’s portfolio of devices. That means that whether you’re playing a mobile game while waiting for your bus or hours into a marathon PC-gaming session, it’s perfect for each scenario. Not only is it compatible with all the leading devices such as PC, Mac, mobile, PS4 and Xbox One*, it’s purpose built with them in mind, for a totally fluid experience for gamers.

Volume Control

Volume Control

 

DUAL MICROPHONES
In line with its promise to offer a fluid, multi-platform experience, the Cross comes complete with dual microphones – one designed for PC and one designed for mobile. Each of the two mics is built in to an anti-tangle cable, both of which are provided with the Cross. The mics are detachable and plug into a neatly-placed port on the underside of the left earcup. Out and about? Use the discreet and unobtrusive in-line mic. Gaming at home? Use the boom-arm mic. Swappable in seconds.

STYLE & COMFORT
Unmatched audio quality and seamless adaptability are worth nothing if the ergonomics aren’t on point. And why rock it on the streets if it doesn’t look fresh? The Cross solves this by focusing down on what style and comfort means in terms of gaming audio. The result is an on-trend headset with an understated black design. It provides a snug, streamlined fit with memory foam earpads that adapt uniquely to each wearer provide a new level of comfort. At only 185 grams in weight, it’s over 70 grams lighter than competing headsets in the same class. Despite its weight, it’s durability and robustness are outstanding, for superior comfort that can keep up with your lifestyle.

 

  • UNMATCHED AUDIO QUALITY - 50mm neodymium drivers for studio audio with deep bass
  • AERODYNAMIC DESIGN, LOW WEIGHT - perfect for extended wear, weighs only 185 grams
  • IDEAL FOR EVERY PLATFORM - works great with PC, Mac, mobile, PS4 and Xbox One*
  • DETACHABLE DUAL MICROPHONES - swappable: boom-arm mic for PC, in-line mic for mobile
  • MEMORY FOAM EARPADS - max comfort uniquely adapted to each wearer
  • VOLUME CONTROL - quick-access volume control on left ear-cup

 

Specifications:

Specs

 

  • DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT - Width 14.9 cm., Height 19.6 cm., Length 8.0 cm., Weight 185 g
  • SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS - 3.5mm jack socket required

Extended Headband
Headband Extended

Installation:

The Cross headset really does shine in way of installation; all you must do is plug in the cable for the device you want to use; either computer or mobile/console, plug it into the device and away you go!

 

On the next page, we'll jump into testing and then wrap things up with our final thoughts on the ROCCAT Cross multi-platform headset.


 

Testing:

Now we have come to the part of the review we have both been waiting for; the how-good-is-it stage. The first thing I did with the Cross headset was to plug them into my gaming rig and start playing. I generally played combat games and I must say the sound was great. There is not an overwhelming amount of bass, but that is a good thing; the sound remained clear and distinct even in the heat of battle!

When I retired from my gaming I went to music playing and I was not disappointed either. I tried it out of multiple styles ranging from metal to rock to hip-hop and all sounded great with appropriate amounts of bass.

On the mic end, it performed well enough, the sound had a bit of feedback but it didn’t ever cut out, that being said, for the hundred-dollar price tag I would have like a little bit better mic. Flexibility in the mic is top notch, being able to move it up or down back or forth. The nylon sheathed cable also seems to be of optimal length for PC usage.

I eventually tired of being at my desk so I went to go relax and play some console games. After switching to the mobile/console cable and plugging it into the bottom of my controller, I went at it again! The sound performed mostly the same except for when I had it plugged into my PS4 controller, I notice I would get a tiny cut out of audio from time to time, which isn’t the worst thing in the world but would prefer not to have it happen; although it didn’t do it for my Xbox One or Chromebook.

In-Line Microphone
In-Line Microphone

 

The mic for the mobile cable captured sound pretty well, again with some feedback, although I pleasantly surprised for how it worked for an in-line mic. For mobile devices, the Cross shines quite well. The inline mic also has a button on the side of it for different things; on Apple devices, it can answer calls, end calls, switch songs forwards and back, pause songs, as well as fast forwarding and rewinding. Sadly, for Android users the only functions you get are to pause songs and also answer and hang up calls.

On a separate note, the cable switch for this headset is so simple, just pull one male end out and put the other in. You can’t even mess up which end you plug in considering they have a certain shape on one end the fits with the headset itself.

Build quality is something I must mention as well. The plastic used seems to be fairly good. All the finishes look and feel high quality. The extending bands are metal on top and plastic on bottom so it should be robust enough to last. Flexibility is also something that I noticed, they twist quite far and easily so it shouldn’t buckle under everyday pressure.

 

Comfort is on the forefront too. Both the headband and the ear-cups have ample padding to be comfortable but not overheat your head. The Cross doesn’t squeeze your head like a lemon, it simply rests on your head with the slightest bit of tension, and I have a big head. Something I find cool is that the ear-cups are canted at a different angle to the traditional 90 degrees that most are and this adds a lot of comfort to the great fit for my ears.

We have been confronted with good, but that inevitably leads to the bad and the ugly. This won’t take long but these are points worth noting. First on my list is the fit of the boom mic into it’s socket; it has quite a bit of play which makes me wonder how long the connection will remain remotely static. This is my main reason for being leery on modular design headsets. Second is that the mic pickup quality isn’t there yet, with it’s slight bit of feedback. Next, is the lack of support for the many multimedia functions that are supported on Apple devices. My final beef is that the mobile cord is the traditional plastic and not nylon wrapped like its PC counterpart and it is about a foot shorter that I would have liked.

Boom Microphone

Boom Microphone

 

Conclusion:

I find myself with a dilemma. The ROCCAT Cross headset certainly is a good device that works well and sounds great, but with it's minor problems with the mic and its lack of full Android support is it really worth $100 CDN? As much as I'd like to give them a glowing "Must Have", I think the minor issues don't justify the price tag as there are other options that are a bit less money that perform equally well. They are very versatile and work with virtually everything. So here is how it breaks down:

 

Pros:

  • Build quality
  • Comfort
  • Price
  • Sound Quality
  • Versatility

 

Cons:

  • Mic feedback
  • Boom Mic Fit
  • Lack of Android Functions

 

At the end of the day, I think they are worth a silver award as I score them at a 8/10 for the versatility, comfort and build quality, but they fall short of our Gold Award as there are a few issues that I’d like to see addressed in the next revision.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this review, please feel free to post in the forum right here.