June 12, 2021

No Going Back! Lenovo Legion H600 And S600 Review.

Let's start this review with the main reason I even bought the Lenovo Legion H600 wireless gaming headset and S600 Game Station headphone stand, and that's because the H600 will charge whenever it's resting on the S600 headphone stand.

Because the H600 and S600 work this way, you will never have to concern yourself with charging your headset ever again, nor will you even have to bother with keeping track of their battery consumption and gone are the days where you need to shuffle around your desk to quickly charge or replace your headphones in a middle of a heated battle in a game or during a work call.

Interesting concept, but does it work? Well, all you need to know is that I've had these for 3 weeks and the battery never died out on me while I was listening to music, watching movies, being in work calls all day, or playing the occasional game here and there. The experience and convenience that Lenovo is promising with these two devices used together has been delivered as promised. They also sound really good.

So, how does this work exactly? The headphone stand charges the headset through two magnetic contact points. There are two small 3mm pins that stick out the back of the headband which when making contact with the contact points on the stand will begin charging the headset. The H600 has a battery life of about 20 hours and can charge completely in about two and a half hours, either by charging with a USB cable or the S600 stand.

You might worry that having pins stick out of your headphones is not a good look (unless they're cat ears and you're into that) but as I said they're only 3mm short, and they come out from the back of the headband, so they won't show up on camera while you're streaming. The only time you'll feel them there is when you're holding the headset from the middle of the headband which is where they're located.

It would have been cool if they implemented Qi wireless charging because it wouldn't matter in which direction they're facing when on the stand. Because the charging points on the headband are facing backwards, that means that you will always need to place the headphones with that side facing away from you. This is a little bit inconvenient for me because when I take the H600 off my head, I'll need to flip them around to put them on the stand to charge, and vice versa when I want to start using them. Not a deal breaker by any measure, but still something worth noting.

It wouldn't be fair to review the experience of using the H600 and S600 together without going through them individually, and before I start with the $99 H600 headset, you need to know that I'm not an audiophile and my review of their audio performance will not be technical at all.

In short, these sound really good and I'm very satisfied. I don't know what $99 wireless headsets should sound like, but I was surprised. They can get really loud and without any noticeable distortion at high volumes. The output is also powerful and punchy and feels rather full. I've caught up on my Netflix shows and YouTube videos, listened to some synth and rock albums as well as some podcasts, and played some Borderlands and Overwatch with these and I couldn't be happier with the overall audio performance.

Audio performance is half the battle when it comes to headsets, so let's get into the mic performance. I used the mic the most during Teams calls and I got told a couple of times that the volume was low. However, that only happened a couple of times in three weeks and when I readjusted the mic I was told I sounded fine. I never encountered that when recording voice notes on Web WhatsApp or during Zoom calls. While the quality is okay and people will understand what you're saying, being able to adjust some settings would have been welcomed, and I won't be recording any podcasts using this mic.

As weird as this may be, but there's more to headsets than just how they sound and the quality of their mics. These are not necessarily deal makers or deal breakers, but there are features and quality of life improvements that could matter to some people.

The H600 connects to your PC using a 2.4 Ghz wireless dongle that measures around 27x20x7mm (excluding the Type-A USB plug). It's not too big and is narrow enough to plug into USB ports in hubs or the back of PCs where the ports might not be spaced out enough. What's really impressive is the range of these headphones. The audio transmission goes through without any drops or connection issues all the way at the end of the corridor outside my room which is a bit over 10 meters long, or even if I go into another room and shut the door.

On the right earcup, there's a power button in the back that powers on the headset with a short press, and powers it off with a long press, both of which can be identified by a short tone and a long tone.

On the left earcup is where you'll find everything else with the headset. There's a 3.5 mm audio jack, and when you plug in an auxiliary cable, the H600 will power off and start receiving audio from the wired connection. The audio performance in wired mode is good and sounds very similar to when using the H600 as a wireless headset.

There's also a USB Type-C port for charging (unfortunately, there's no USB audio passthrough), and a volume wheel that is independent of the system volume of the device that the headset is connected to, which means it also works when using the H600 as a wired headset.

On the side of the left earcup is the mic that you can flip up to mute, which can be confirmed by a short beep as well as a different beep when unmuting. Sadly, the mic is not removable or replaceable in any way which is very unfortunate because even though the arm is flexible and very sturdy and stays wherever you position it, there's no telling if that will still be the case many months later and I would prefer being able to replace the mic if needed rather than having to buy a new headset.

When using the H600 as a wired headset, the mic was actually a lot better.

So far, the H600 seems to have enough good things going for it, however notably missing (although not at its price range) is any software. There's no app that allows you to change the audio and mic settings or give you any power indication or management features. Everything just works as it is out of the box with no personalization possible. This alone could be a deal breaker for some people, especially since an app could have helped with the mic's shortcomings.

The build quality of the H600 is pretty good and there's no indication of any weak points in the headband or the hinges. The headset never creaked as I was adjusting it or putting it on and taking it off, which is always a good sign to me.

There's just enough padding across the inside of the headband, as is the comfortable padding on the earcups. The material of the padding is a soft and breathable fabric which is something that concerns me a little as I'm not sure how they will fair with any sort of condensation or sweat, however for now I haven't really felt any heat building up around my ears when I have the headset on for long hours.

The headset does not fold into itself, however the earcups do flip almost 200 degrees, allowing you to easily lay them flat with the earcup pointing out or in. There's no travel case or even pouched provided with the H600, so if you'll be moving around with these, you need to make sure you get a third-party case that fits them.

There's subtle branding all around, albeit a bit more than I would like. A small Legion icon can be found in the center of both earcups, while the typographic logo is on the top of the headband, and the Lenovo logo is printed on the back of the right earcup, just above the power button.

What I'm going to do now is compare the H600 with the only wireless gaming headsets I have at home, which usually were amongst the recommended wireless gaming headsets by tech youtubers for a couple of year: The Logitech G Pro X Wireless LIGHTSPEED and the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless.

Since both the Logitech and Razer headphones can be personalized with their respective apps, the audio and mic comparisons I did with the H600 were with all personalization features turned off.

Starting things off will be the sound, and in my opinion, the H600 wins this round as the audio from this headset is louder than the other two out of the box and it just feels more powerful, with the Logitech falling behind in third place. In terms of clarity of the audio, I can't really say that I noticed a difference between any of the headsets as they all sounded very clear to me.

As mentioned earlier, the range of the H600 was impressive, and it consistently maintained that 10+ meters range across several tests, which is roughly 1 meter more than the Logitech and Razer headphones were able to manage.

Both the H600 and the V20 Pro are powered on by a button while the Pro X has a switch with on and off positions. What's great about having a button instead of a switch is that when the headset turns off automatically when not in use, a press of a button will turn it back on rather than having to turn the switch to the off position first then back to the on position.

Where the H600 really falls short in comparison is the mic volume. It's noticeably lower than the Pro X and the V2 Pro, and this is with both their mic settings set to default with no boost of any kind. Seriously, I believe that some software that allows you to tweak the gain and perhaps add a voice gate or some sort of noise suppression would have been really good for the H600, but at $99 MSRP, I guess that would have been too much to ask for.

Even though the arm is a lot sturdier than the V2 Pro and the laughable build quality of the Pro X's mic arm, the fact that it's not removable like those two is another sore point in the mic department for the H600.

Now let's check out the S600 Game Station headphone stand which retails for $89.99. It's a heavy stand and is very sturdy and solid, and with a height of about 25 cm, there's more than enough space and rigidity to hang the biggest and heaviest of headphones.

At the base of the stand is a 2.5 W Qi wireless charger, perfect for your phone or other peripherals (as long as they don't interfere with any headphones while they're hanging above).

There's a port for the included 45 W wall adapter which you will need to provide power to the Qi wireless charger or to charge the H600 headset through the contact points.

The S600 Game Station is also a USB hub, and while Lenovo states that the two Type-A USB ports operate at USB 2.0 speeds, which goes up to 480 Mbps or 6 Megabytes per second, I think there might have been some sort of error on my end or I'm just brainfarting real hard as I kept getting around 20 MB write and 40 MB reads on all my tests.

There's no RGB lighting, so if that's your thing then you're out of luck. The S600 does look sleek and you can only find the Legion logo in the center of the base, which happens to be an indicator of where to place your Qi-enabled device for wireless charging.

As a wireless gaming headset, the H600 is actually pretty good and has excellent value. To my ears, it can deliver a loud and clear sound and I really enjoyed using it as my main headset and I don't think I will be changing them out anytime soon. Having said that, I hope in the future Lenovo uses detachable mics and include a simple app to help tweak the audio a bit.

The S600 Game Station headphone stand is also good on its own; it's solid enough to support any bulky or heavy pair of headphones, and can also wirelessly charge your phone while providing you with two USB Type-A ports to transfer your files or even charge other devices.

And if you get both the H600 and S600, which together will cost around the same as any standalone wireless gaming headset such as the Logitech G Pro X or the Razer V2 Pro that I previously owned, then you'll have a very unique and spoiled experience which frees you from the hassle of constantly charging your headphones every other day while providing you with a solid out of the box audio experience.