Roccat Syn Max Air: One-minute review
The Roccat Syn Max Air is finally expanding the Syn Air lineup. Not so much the successor of 2021 Roccat Syn Pro Air as is the elite model, very similar to the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless and for the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless. And as such, it’s loaded with more features than the Syn Pro Air.
We had high hopes for the Syn Pro Air when we tested it last year. After all, it looks unique with its cuboid headphones and gorgeous honeycomb RGB lighting – a refreshing change from the usual gaming aesthetic that frankly made many computer gaming headphones seem very derivative. Unfortunately, while it did well in certain areas – namely soundstage, sound imaging and microphone performance – it failed in others, notably sound quality and tuning.
Clearly, Roccat listened to their customers’ feedback. However, instead of following the Syn Pro Air with a V2, the brand has chosen to put these improvements in a new model. As a result, the Roccat Syn Max Air features much better audio performance, more balanced sound, better fit and more features, while retaining all the things we already love about the Syn Pro Air. He was also inspired by his sister’s brand Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max – particularly the ProSpecs feature.
Unfortunately, it is also much more expensive. wireless headphones, with Roccat giving an extra $100 to US customers and £80 to UK customers. So while it’s an improvement and a nice addition to the lineup, it’s hard to say if it’s been done enough to deserve that big price jump.
Roccat Syn Max Air: Price and Availability
- How much does it cost? $249 (£209, AU$399)
- When is it available? Available now
- Where can you get it? Available in the US, UK and Australia
Roccat Syn Max Air: SPECIFICATIONS
Interface: 2.4GHz transmitter, Bluetooth
Platforms: Windows 10 and 11 for software support, PS4/PS5, Nintendo Switch, mobile devices
MIC: Detachable TruSpeak microphone
The sound around: 3D audio
That’s right. The Roccat Syn Max Air is priced high at $249 / £209 / AU$399, which means you’re paying $100 / £80 / AU$150 for its improvements over the Syn Pro Air and features additional features such as your own charging base. It’s also pricier than the Arctis Nova 7 ($179/£174/about AU$310), which in our opinion is its closest competitor, and the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max ($199/£179/AU $319), whose ear-friendly foam goggles were adopted by the Syn Max Air.
Both options have very similar features, but they also offer superior sound and longer battery life. So we’re wondering what exactly we’re paying more for here. Is the included charging dock, which doubles as a wireless receiver, really worth that much? More importantly, is it worth paying that much when a USB receiver and USB cable could have easily seen the headset’s wireless connectivity and charging?
It’s a little hard to sell. After all, Roccat could have reduced the price without it, and many would have been satisfied.
Roccat Syn Max Air: Design
- Great comfort, even with glasses
- Volume wheel does not work with Bluetooth connection
- Fast charging dock makes things convenient
Roccat appears to be striving to add value to its products by including features and accessories in its peripherals at no extra cost. O Roccat Kone XP Air the mouse, for example, came with its charging dock in the box, proving it’s much better value for your money than its rivals if you want the convenience of wireless charging.
It appears to be doing the same thing with the Roccat Syn Max Air, which comes with a charging dock that has customizable RGB lighting, fast-charging capabilities, and magnetized earcups for easy docking. We would like these magnets to be as powerful as the one in the Astro A50 docking station, but they work fine. What’s more, this charging station also doubles as the USB wireless receiver, so you know you won’t lose it and replace it soon.
As we mentioned before, this Roccat gaming headset is following Turtle Beach’s offerings – specifically its memory foams which are glasses compatible. And thanks to the ProSpecs feature, the pads are luxuriously soft and comfortable to wear. This with or without glasses.
Adding to your comfort are its cooling properties, which according to Roccat are a combination of the cooling gel inside and the breathable fabric that covers the part that comes into full contact with the sides of the face. We found ourselves sweating under these ear pads, but only while learning a new dance on TikTok. When you are playing games or watching movies with them, you should be sweat-free.
Unlike the Syn Pro Air, you also get Bluetooth connectivity, which makes the Roccat Syn Max Air a great headset for Nintendo Switch gaming and for catching Rings of Power episodes on your phone. It’s a little bizarre, however, that your physical volume dial doesn’t work with this connectivity. This is especially weird as you can do this to your rivals.
In addition to the volume dial, there are three other physical controls present: the power button, the microphone monitor wheel, and the Bluetooth button. There is no mic mute button because the mic itself is flip-to-mute. This is a much easier and more intuitive way to ensure that a private conversation is not overheard by your teammates during a game session.
The Roccat Syn Max Air looks a lot like the Syn Pro Air and comes with the same elements too. This includes its durable plastic housing with a matte black finish and the same headphone joints. This time, however, Roccat has opted for a soft-touch leather flourish for its ear foams and headband, giving it a more premium feel. Naturally, the beautiful honeycomb RGB lighting on each earcup is back and a little brighter.
Roccat Syn Max Air: Performance
- Good sound, mostly balanced
- The microphone has a slight hiss
- Battery life is only 16 hours
The Syn Pro Air’s biggest flaw was its sub-par sound, so the fact that the Roccat Syn Max Air improved on that is very welcome. Roccat highlights the Turtle Beach 50mm Nanoclear speakers used in this gaming headset, which is apparently designed to deliver a wide soundstage and immersive 3D audio.
So naturally you’re getting a good soundstage with good sound image. Testing this in games and movies, we felt a lot of character movements and individual elements. At the same time, because of the way the headphones are designed with thick foams, the drivers are a little deeper and further away from your ears, giving you a performance that is more like a grand hall or theater experience rather than a venue. intimate. This is an advantage when you are playing a game and want the feeling of being in it. The superhuman hearing boost in the app also enhances critical sounds in your game.
However, all of this would have made a bigger impact if the headset had been louder. We found it a bit quiet and to get the full experience we turned the volume up to around 75%.
The sound quality of the Roccat Syn Max Air is good and mostly balanced. As we said, it’s definitely an improvement over the Syn Pro Air. All frequencies are represented in such a way that no one frequency is overpowering the others.
However, we can’t say it’s the most amazing sounding headset we’ve ever used. There’s a decent high level, but it’s not very detailed. There’s a solid bass presence that isn’t overpowering, but it’s also a little restrained and won’t give you much of that satisfying bang. As for the mids, they are slightly set back.
Fortunately, the supporting software includes a 10-band EQ – along with other customizations – so you can certainly improve those frequencies a bit.
The microphone sounds good, so you can be sure your team will hear you clearly. However, it is slightly compressed and the sharpening of the edge results in a sort of hissing noise in the background. There’s also a little sibilance here, so your S’s will be a little more pronounced.
Unfortunately, the battery only gives you 16 hours of gaming on a full charge. But honestly, it doesn’t matter in this case because of its wireless charging and included charging dock. When you’re done playing, just pop it back in the dock and don’t even think about charging it. If you want to use it as a pair of headphones on the go – although we doubt you will, as it’s a pretty sizable headphone – it comes with a USB-C port so you don’t have to carry around the massive dock of loading.
Should I buy the Roccat Syn Max Air?
Don’t buy if…
Roccat Syn Max Air: Bulletin
|Value||It’s expensive, but it comes with a charging base and more features than the Syn Pro Air.||3.5 / 5|
|Project||It is very comfortable to wear and is eyewear compatible. Plus the charging dock makes things convenient.||4/5|
|acting||The sound quality is good and mostly balanced, without one frequency overlapping the others. The soundstage and sound image are also good.||3.8 / 5|
|Total||It doesn’t quite reach 4 stars, with mostly the price holding it back.||3.5 / 5|
- reviewed for the first time October 2022
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