We previously had a chance to review the ROCCAT Syn Air Pro wireless gaming headset which we really did enjoy a ton. As a matter of fact, that headset is still on site! ROCCAT has decided to take the Syn Air to its maximum potential in a new Max version of the headset. This version spares no expense in combining the best of both Turtle Beach’s and ROCCAT’s best proprietary technology and features. Syn Max Air features Stellar Wireless technology, a rapid charge dock, cooling ProSpecs earpads, 3D audio, 50mm Nanoclear drivers, Superhuman Hearing, built around a lightweight aluminum frame priced at $249.99. This headset is compatible with PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, mobile devices, or anything with Bluetooth technology.
First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room which is the astronomical price tag of $249.99. One of my first concerns in adding some of the higher-end features was weight but the Syn Max Air is still in the ultralight category at 325 grams. Aside from this, I would have to stop this review and call ROCCAT if they didn’t include a charging dock, but they do, with RGB lighting! It’s a pedestal of greatness where everyone in the room can admire my $249 purchase in “Awe”. It’s the ultimate compliment to your headset. RGB Lighting on the dock is also programmable with ROCCAT’s AIMO eco-system. Its shape and design are very similar to the Syn Air Pro which we reviewed as a solid 9.
Syn Max Air’s most noticeable upgrade is the material used in the ear cushion and headband. They switched from the mesh texture to a flat smooth surface on the outside. Its ear cushions are the same setup as Turtle Beach Stealth 700. They feature a cooling gel-infused system and a super soft surface on a thicker memory foam which gives you more of a “Cadillac” type of comfort. These are extremely comfortable ear cushions. A detachable boom microphone gives you the “Go ahead” on rocking this headset in your daily lifestyle routines. Once again, we are a huge fan of this clean black murdered-out look. They add just enough RGB on the outside earpieces to keep the integrity of the clean look which is also powered by the AIMO ecosystem.
Our biggest complaint about the first iteration was the lack of compatibility due to it not having a Bluetooth connectivity option. This is now solved and has opened up compatibility with more devices that we love. Stellar Wireless Technology which boosts your signal strength has taken a step back in battery life. According to the technical specs on the ROCCAT website, the Max version is only suitable for 16 hours compared to the Pro’s 24 hours. 16 hours is still a respectable amount of time, no one should be gaming that many hours it’s just straight unhealthy.
Expect immersive 3D audio here starting with its 50mm Nanoclear drivers. Adding the proprietary Superhuman Hearing technology which boosts games’ most critical sounds was a win. Simultaneous Bluetooth enables you to mix in VoIP chat, phone calls, and other devices. Essentially, they added all the best technology from Turtle Beach’s flagship Stealth 700 model into the Syn Max Air. You will also find comfort in the microphone quality powered by TruSpeak technology. Sounds quality and performance are top tier which is to be expected for this model at this price point.
This honestly is one of my favorite headsets due to the combination of lightweight, quality sound and excellent wireless technology. I would like to see this priced at $199 or below due to the loss of battery life but other than that it is hard to argue a lower cost. Any gamer would want this headset it’s top tier but are you willing to fork out the dime?