CM Storm Ceres 400 Headset - Features In-Depth

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CM Storm Ceres 400 Headset
Features and Specs
Features In-Depth
Testing the Ceres 400
Final Thoughts

Features In-Depth:

As we delve in a little bit more into this headset and its features I would like to start with the looks, the frame and the ear pads.  The style and color of this headset is actually very clean and sleek with the different tones of black and the touch of red. The frame is also pretty light for a headset and seems pretty sturdy as well. The mic is easy to rotate but also stiff enough that with a light glancing touch or accidental touches, it won’t be excessively easy to move. As I move on to the band and ear pads they seem to have a good padding style and feel to them not to mention they have a comfortable fit and feel. Though some headsets don’t always focus on padding the band, it is my opinion that I truly think padding the band properly is very essential to a good quality headset and I believe they have achieved this part of it. The ear pads are quite comfortable for being on ear pads and from my later tests have found them to be pretty good for noise canceling.

Earpads

Though they are very nice and cushiony, they do have a down side to them. Though my experiences with headsets over the years and also in talking to many of my gaming friends on ear headsets tend to only allow you to game for certain periods of time before they start to hurt your ears because of the pressure applied. This is also magnified if the gamer is one that wears glasses. As I conducted my tests, this did turn out to be the case for me as it was with other on ear headsets I have used in the past. I have found that ear cups that surround the whole ear allow for the greatest comfort and even longer gaming time.

I believe that if Cooler Master turned these into ear cups and kept the material they same, it would make for an even better headset. As I continue on with its design I must comment on the in line volume and mic control unit. This in my opinion is a must have on all computer headsets and with Cooler Master including this has made this headset into a choice that would easily be pick over one that did not have one. I can’t tell you how important it is that adjusting inline volume is much easier and better than adjusting system volume, especially when gaming, watching movies, or listening to music. 

This is also the case with the inline mic mute switch, particularly when you receive a phone call while using voice chat and gaming at the same time. We all know those times when you are talking on the phone about dinner and when you get back to voice chat you hear, “so you are having spaghettios tonight? Last time I had those was when I was a young kid.” As it is plain to see, having a mic mute switch is really handy in situations like those.  While on the topic of in line control unit, I will slightly shift gears to the cord itself. It seems a like a standard headset cord but at the same time it also feels a little bit sturdier and thicker than a normal one. Installation was a breeze as the two 3.5mm audio jacks fit perfectly into the mic and headphone jacks on my computer. The noise canceling mic and the audio playback from the earphones will be reviewed more in depth in the testing section.