As proud partners of Plantronics South Africa for almost a year, CN&CO has focused on helping to develop the brand’s social presence as well as assisting with communications and PR for the South African market.

Plantronics has once again linked up with the wonderful Pippa Tshabalala, best known as ‘Unexpected Pippa.”

Pippa holds a degree in Fine Arts and a Masters degree in Fine Arts (with a specialisation in Digital Animation) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She taught at the University of the Witwatersrand between 2006-2009, primarily as the Digital Animation lecturer for Honours and Masters. During this time she began presenting PlayR and The Verge on DSTV (first on Go! and then on Vuzu) which aired between 2008-2012. She worked at Don’t Look Down Convergence Agency between 2010-2012 producing content for The Verge, research for Prankz/Clipz, as well as working on a number of live performance and broadcast systems including Quartz Composer and VizRT for VideoWars (Channel O) and Jy Druk Play (MK).

Pippa has written for a variety of publications including NAG, SA’s premier gaming magazine, tech magazine Techsmart as well as gaming and tech website Gearburn, and Mweb Gamezone. She is currently On-Air Manager for a major broadcaster and between 2014 – 2015 was the Editor of Spliced Magazine, an online pop culture and lifestyle magazine. She also freelances as a creative consultant and MCs events.

Having partnered with Pippa before, there was no better person to have write a Plantronics product review then Pippa herself. Here is what she had to say about the RIG100HX gaming headsets. This is a read you most certainly won’t want to miss as she is also giving away a BackBeat FIT headset… thats what we like to call a win/win situation!

I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that I’m a big Plantronics fan. Recently I was asked to review a different set to the ones I already have – a gaming headset, the RIG 100HX.

I’m not actually a big fan of gaming headsets – I realise that sounds really weird – most people know me from my days on The Verge, but I actually don’t like playing online that much. It’s not to say I never do, but you won’t find me playing loads of Call of Duty of Battlefield online with people I don’t know.

While this headset might not convince me to change my mind about online gaming, it was exceptionally comfortable to use however, and if I was a big online gamer, this would definitely be among my top choices.

I tested out the Xbox One version

I tested out the Xbox One version but… wait for it… on a Playstation 4. I don’t own an Xbox One, but luckily although they’re customised colour wise to fit their appropriate counterpart, there isn’t really much difference (or so I’m told) in performance whether it’s on a Playstation or Xbox.

There are easy controls on the cable so you can adjust volume at the touch of an easily accessible button. This is also a single cup headphone, which is a bit weird for me as I’m used to dual cup headphones because of my day to day work. That said, this was surprisingly comfortable to wear, and the adjustable mic doesn’t get in the way at all. It sits comfortably, the audio quality is great, and they’re super light, which means you can enjoy hours of play without feeling like you’re weighed down at any point. The ear cup is in fact adjustable, so you can move it up and down easily to make it more comfortable for you. It’s designed more for in game chat, so while you can use it for game audio, where it really shines is the online multiplayer scenarios – yes, the places I don’t often venture…

Final Thoughts

I don’t often use wired headsets any more, so that would maybe be my only complaint – I would prefer something wireless – however that said it certainly wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me. If I was going to venture into the world of online multiplayer, this would likely be the companion I would take along for the ride. They retail at just over R500.00.

Did I mention something about a competition?

I’m sure I did… In fact my previous Plantronics BackBeat FIT competition was so popular that I’m giving away another pair of these terrific fitness headphones – hooray! In case you’ve forgotten what they look like, see the lovely pictures I didn’t take below.


Tell me in the comments or on any of my social media platforms below why you NEED these in your life (and trust me you do). Competition closes Monday 9th April at 12:00 midday. Winner will be announced Tuesday 10 April. Open to SA residents only.


For more on product reviews, gaming, tattoos and opinions, don’t forget to visit Pippa’s awesome website: Unexpected Pippa.

Whether you are looking for a headset for lifestyle, gaming or fitness purposes, Plantronics offers something for everyone. for all things Plantronics visit their Facebook and Twitter.