ASUS ROG Orion Pro Gaming Headset ReviewBluePanda - May 16, 2013
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ASUS's Republic of Gamers (ROG) series has some of the highest quality, top-end peripherals on the market for gamers. Today, we'll take a look at the newest member of headset crew, the ROG Orion Pro Gaming Headset. The Orion Pro has 50mm drivers on a standard 3.5mm jack with a 2.5m braided cable. Unlike other headsets on the market with a USB sound card, the Orion Pro comes with a driverless sound card via USB that requires no setup whatsoever; the literal meaning of Plug-N-Play. The ear cups are over-the-ear circumaural and fully round (non-oblong) with soft pleather padding and red-accented cone covers. The band that rests on the top of your head comes with the same padding as the ear cups, and appear to have some potentially great comfort overall. In general, the Orion Pro has the appearance of some serious greatness in both features and physical appeal – however, no matter what the specs say, it's how they really sound that determines their true "goodness".
In the box, the Orion Pro gaming headset takes on the nice red ROG theme. The front of the box has a nice peek-through window that gives you a glance at the headset itself and perhaps a little more if you're willing to flop the box around. The main feature listed on the box is inset on the window as "Powered by ROG Spitfire USB Audio Processor" which is the ASUS driver-less USB sound card that providing 7.1 virtual sound and FPS EQ modes. Although there is no active noise canceling, there is an effective 30dB noise isolation for "full battlefield focus".
On the back of the box, there is a full sleek picture of the headset itself. The ROG Spitfire is explained a little more in detail, again referencing the lack of need for drivers. Here, we also find details on the retractable microphone (awesome for travel), the in-line volume controller, and an included cable organizer accessory. The specifications are listed along with a few pictures. Pretty simple, yet rather detailed for a box.