Page 2 - Physical Look - Hardware
When it comes to design, the ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless uses a black and white color scheme. The structure of the ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless is that of your typical closed-back gaming headset. The ROG logo is printed on the side of both earpieces. There is no RGB LED lighting on this headset, although this does not take away from the quality of the product by any means. The shell is made out of a smooth plastic that feels very solid. The earcups and headband are wrapped in protein leather, which I find very similar in feel to PU leather, except a little squishier. Protein leather is an artificial leather that combines protein powder with a resin. It should be noted that each material used on headphones have their own advantages and disadvantages that affect the user experience, whether it is leather, synthetic leather, or another type of fabric. The internal frames and extending arms are made out of steel, which is also typical for headphones. The headset as a whole is solidly built and well put together with no creaking or suspicious noises when pressure is applied.
We can also see all the included accessories in the photo above. Here, we have a 1m USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable for charging the headset. The cable is braided, which is something I always like to see. Next up is the USB Type-C receiver dongle that is angled 90-degrees. This is used for connecting your headset to any device with a USB Type-C or USB Type-A port. This 90-degree angle is a bit annoying as it blocks other ports or buttons when plugged into your PC. Because of its shape though, it can be stored inside the right earcup, which is great if you are planning to take this headset around with you on your daily trips. I used this to connect to my phone, PC, and even Nintendo Switch, all with success. Lastly, we have a USB Type-A dongle, which the USB Type-C receiver can connect to if users do not have a USB Type-C port on their machine.
Moving on to the ears, the cups are wrapped in protein leather, which I found comfortable enough in day-to-day use. The ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless ears are D-shaped, which should be a good fit over most ears. The ROG logo can be seen printed on the inside of the ears. Underneath the surface, the Delta S Wireless uses neodymium magnet drivers. The frequency response is 20Hz to 20kHz with an impedance rating of 32Ω. The arms that the ears sit between can tilt to best fit your head. As mentioned earlier, the earcups on the headset can rotate so they rest flat if you wear the headset around your neck. This also makes it easier to carry around. Two extra ear cushions are included as well, which are made out of a mesh-fabric material.
Moving up, we can see that the arms on the ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless can extend out to optimally fit the size of your head. There are visible marks on the sides to indicate how far out the headphones can extend. The arms are notched as well, so you can get an idea of how far the arms have extended. The rest of the headband is made out of protein leather with steel underneath. The protein leather here is thick and creates a nice cushion that can rest on the top of your head. This also helps reduce the amount of pressure that can be felt from the top. Text indicating the left and right earcups is engraved on the lower ends of the arms with the ASUS logo printed above.
With overall comfort, the ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless is generally comfortable to wear, whether you choose to game or just listen to music. The protein leather on both ear cups feels nice and makes for good material when using this headset for long periods. The clamping pressure is good without making it feel like your head is being squeezed. The ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless is decently light, weighing in at 310g. I did not feel the weight of this headset too much during use.
The bottom of the headset contains the control buttons most headphones these days would come with. All the controls are located on the left ear cup, with these controls being the analog volume wheel and a media control button. The analog volume wheel allows users to control the maximum volume of these headphones. The same volume wheel can also be pressed, which will mute or unmute the output. The dedicated media button has a few different functions to it. Pressing it once will pause or resume playing music or media, pressing it twice will skip to the next song, and pressing it three times will restart the song. We can also see the wireless controls, which comes in the form of a sliding button. There are three states, with one being the 2.4GHz RF connection, second being a Bluetooth connection, and the last to power off the device.
According to ASUS, the built-in microphone offers a frequency response range of 100Hz to 10kHz and -37dB microphone sensitivity. The microphone is built into the headset and is not visible. The microphone has AI noise cancelling, which is nice if you are planning to use this headset in a noisy environment. It also has a bi-directional pick-up pattern, meaning the signal will be picked up from both directions.
The ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless, as the name suggests, is a wireless headset powered by battery. The battery is rated at 1800 mAh and is advertised to provide 25 hours of non-stop play, which we will test in the next page. With that said, this is a lower figure when compared to competitor models like the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX, rated at 48 hours, and the Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX, rated at 40 hours. Fast charging is also advertised, with 15 minutes of charge being enough to provide an additional 3 hours of use. The wireless range is rated for 25 meters, which we will also test.
Armoury Crate is the latest software by ASUS that allows you to monitor and modify compatible products. The download process was easy and straightforward with no issues. There is a lot going on with this software, so I will do my best to explain all the features. Starting with the basic device settings, users can adjust the volume of the playback device, change the attributes of the channel, and adjust the volume of the recording device. Users can choose sound optimization options that work best for them, with some of these options including Communication, Flat, Gaming, and Movie. The channel volume of each side can be seen along with other settings such as the reverb and equalizer. The virtual surround sound can be toggled on and off along with bass boost, compressor, and voice clarity, with these three selections allowing users to choose a level that suits them best. Finally, microphone attributes such as the noise gate, perfect voice, and AI noise-cancellation can also be toggled and set to a certain level once activated.
In the power tab, users can view the battery percentage that the headset is at. It only displays in increments of 5, which I find a bit annoying as I would like to know the exact percentage of the headset rather than guessing if it is closer to 70% or 65%. Users can also change how long it takes for the headset to automatically turn off when no audio is being fed through. The options, in minutes, are 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 30, or never. Finally, there is a firmware update tab that will check to see if the headset has the latest firmware or not. If not, it will give the download to the latest firmware. Overall, I found Armoury Crate to be straightforward to use with its graphical user interface and design.
With all these in mind, I fired up the ASUS ROG Delta S Wireless for some auditioning and tests.
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. Physical Look - Hardware
3. Subjective Audio Analysis