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Asus ROG Orion Pro - Pricing Lets It Down Massively

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Plenty of padding and a retractable mic, but how does it sound?

Asus hasn't been in the headset market for very long, but its first entry, the Vulcan, is excellent. It sounds great, is comfortable and at $129 is also very competitively priced. Like the Vulcan, the new Orion Pro has Republic of Gamers branding and, as such, is clad in the traditional ROG red and black. It'll need to be very impressive to justify its $16 price premium over the Vulcan, however.

Asus ROG Orion Pro

Asus ROG Orion Pro

The headset is comprised of two 100mm padded earcups connected by a single headband, also padded. A retractable microphone sits in the left earcup, which is a neat feature, but it's flimsy in use and has difficulty staying in the position you set it to. The headset can be connected to your PC with a standard pair of 3.5mm jacks, or you can connect these jacks to the supplied ROG Spitfire USB sound card and plug it into your nearest USB port instead. There's also a clip-on in-line remote with volume control and microphone muting capabilities.

The headset is comprised of two 100mm padded earcups connected by a single headband, also padded.

The headset is comprised of two 100mm padded earcups connected by a single headband, also padded.

Thankfully, the headset is comfortable, largely due to the leather-finished padding. The earcups should be big enough to cover large ears fully, and they can be extended along metal rails to cater for bigger head sizes too. As it's rather lightweight and doesn't fit too tightly on your ears, it's comfortable during extended sessions too. The fit isn't as snug as the Vulcan, however, and though the 30dB of passive noise cancellation is certainly apparent, the Vulcan's active variant is naturally far superior.

Via a direct connection to the PC with the 3.5mm jacks, sound quality from the two 50mm neodymium drivers is great. It doesn't distort at high volumes, and sounds from low bass notes to higher trebles are clear but balanced so that neither is dominating.

The microphone's voice quality is fine, but one odd feature is that when connected via USB, Sidetone is activated by the drivers by default, meaning you can hear your own voice through the headset in voice applications like Skype. This is easily disabled under the properties of the speakers, however.

Via a direct connection to the PC with the 3.5mm jacks, sound quality from the two 50mm neodymium drivers is great.

Via a direct connection to the PC with the 3.5mm jacks, sound quality from the two 50mm neodymium drivers is great.

Rather than software, three buttons on the sound card itself are used to control the sound output. The FPS EQ button instantly increases the mid-high range, which is useful in games, since it makes voices and noises like bullet fire clearer, but it has a less pleasant effect on music. The Surround button activates the headset's virtual 7.1 surround sound, which again is detrimental to music but slightly beneficial in games. Finally, Amp mode is designed to complement the tonal performance of ROG headsets, and it works very well, making sounds in music, films and games more dynamic.

FPS, Surround and Amp are all activated by default when you connect the headset via USB, and the sound card does not save your previous setting. Evidently it has been optimised for gaming where FPS and Surround modes are actually beneficial. You can, however, use them in any combination or independently, with red LEDs illuminating the currently active settings.

FPS, Surround and Amp are all activated by default when you connect the headset via USB, and the sound card does not save your previous setting

FPS, Surround and Amp are all activated by default when you connect the headset via USB, and the sound card does not save your previous setting

The impressive sound quality is retained in USB mode, although it's still not quite as good as that of the Vulcan. The volume limit is also increased in this mode, but at the highest levels a noticeable hiss occurs, although it can be eliminated by turning your system volume down. Finally, with the extra cabling that comes with the USB sound card, you're left with a mass of wires to deal with. A cable organiser is provided, but it's fiddly to use and not as effective as it could be.

The Orion Pro is by no means a bad headset. Sound quality and comfort are very pleasing, and the USB sound card simplifies the process of sound adjustment while remaining very effective. However, the Vulcan headset is $16 cheaper, offers active noise cancellation, better sound quality and a far superior microphone, meaning that the Orion Pro's pricing lets it down massively.

Details

·         Price: $145

·         Manufacturer: Asus

·         Tel No: 0870 1208 340

·         Website: uk.asus.com

·         Required spec: USB 2.0 port

Ratings

·         Quality: 8

·         Value: 7

·         Overall: 7

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