ASUS TUF Gaming H5 Review

👤by Weston Dakin Comments 📅03-12-18

At the start of the review, we asked one simple question, and that was…. Do the ASUS TUF Gaming H5 do enough to stand out from the crowd? The answer is, on some fronts, yes and other, no. One area where the TUF H5 does stand out is with the design as these are different to the usual super clean headsets we’ve been seeing lately. The aesthetic really does fit the TUF brand without going too over the top, though the styling choices are likely to divide opinion. The build is another area where they fair well as most of the headset is well made. One build area that they do fall down on is the finish as in places it does scuff and mark quite easily.

Comfort is another strong suit as they are very comfortable, though not as comfortable as the Cooler Master MH752 we recently reviewed, the TUF H5 fair better than most. The sound is another key area where these score well as the quality is good. Bass is a touch lacking, though this can easily be fixed in software, the treble is nicely clear, and detailed and the vocals are good too. For gaming, they perform really well too as the treble allows you to easily pinpoint your enemies and sounds that could give away their tactics.

Another good core attribute is the TUF H5’s cross-platform support, this extended support means that not only can these be used on PC, but also on console as well as a mobile. The final strong card that these play is on the software front as Armoury II is one of the most comprehensive suites we’ve ever used. It’s also really nicely designed and easy to use which makes it that much more enjoyable.

Where the H5 do start to crumble is with the microphones. The in-line one is very quiet and slightly muffled whereas the boom one is better, but still not that great. The final small drawback is with the dongle, this dongle connects via USB and has a very short cable, this is fine for use with a laptop, but if you’re using a PC that so happens to be slightly away from where you are sat, then it becomes a bit of an issue to use. Of course, you could just set it and leave it, but it would be nice if it was more usable on-the-fly.

Overall for £85 GBP and $169 in Australia, the TUF H5 is a solid all-around headset with some strong attributes and some slight drawbacks. If you can live with those minor issues, then the TUF H5 is a good headset for gaming as well as using more casually. Furthermore, if you’re a big fan of the TUF Alliance and own multiple TUF branded products, then this is a great way to show your allegiance and keep your system cohesive.

The ASUS TUF Gaming H5 is a fine addition to the TUF Alliance thanks to a solid gaming performance, TUF styling and great comfort.

+ Comfortable
+ Strong sound quality
+ Great software
+ Cross-platform support
+ In-line controller is a nice addition

+- Mics aren’t the best quality
+- Styling is likely to divide opinion

- Dongle isn’t ideal for PC use due to short cable

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