ASUS ROG Orion Pro Gaming Headset ReviewBluePanda - May 16, 2013
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Pulling things from the box, we start to get a full image of what the ROG Orion Pro headset looks like. Packaged nicely in a form-fitting plastic casing, the headset is sure to travel nicely from the manufacturer to your doorstep. A VIP Membership Warranty info pamphlet, user guide, and cable organizer are neatly packed behind the headset. Pulling it all from the packaging and removing the plastic covering on the glossy ROG logos of the ear cups, the Orion Pro comes to life. The USB sound card dongle presents itself nicely with a simple connection between the mic/headphone jacks to USB. This seems awesome – I will be able to use these during travel (with the retractable mic) even with the lack of USB on my iPad. Just a nice versatile feature.
With the mic tucked away neatly, the Orion Pro looks like an ordinary pair of headphones. They have quite the secret weapon of a mic hidden to badmouth those who aren't up to par in whatever game you may be playing, while having the ability to sit discretely on an airplane or in public as just headphones for your musical needs.
In the typical gaming scheme of red and black, the ROG Orion Pro really fit in. Although I'd personally prefer another color option, I won't really care as long as they sound good. Ultimately, they are pretty sexy as a headset. They have upper class appearance and almost scream a high price tag; fortunately the headset comes in at a very affordable ~$110 on Amazon (ATM) which fits needs for gaming and jamming.
The mic is probably one of the most entertaining components of this headset. The fact that it retracts neatly away into the headset is the most valuable feature in my opinion. To be able to use them as just headphones without looking like a gaming nerd is awesome. But when you do pull the mic out, it's a bendy magical wand, in less scientific words. It bends to almost any position you want to put it in, practical or not. The mic is actually pretty neat and looks awesome in pictures. It's got a little bit cut open for bringing in the sound in the red bits. You can really see the almost-infinite bend in the mic underneath the rubber coating. Surprisingly with the mic all the way in, you can actually still fuctionally use it. The mute button for the mic is located on the in-line switch (shown next) and does NOT mute when you push the mic in. Audibly you can still be heard, it just might sound a little hollow with sound bouncing off the walls. All in all…the Orion Pro mic can be spoken for.
Shown first below is the in-line control for the headset. The red indicator on the front switch shows that the mic is muted. This allows you to take a phone call while in-game or talk to someone else in the room. You can really use it for whatever, but the main point is that it turns off mic input. The USB driver-less sound card plugs into your USB port and connects to the headset's 3.5mm mic and headset ports. It's pretty simple and not having to download or install anything is a major plus.
The mic and headphone jacks plug in nicely to the Spitfire USB audio processor, and if you're not feeling like talking, you don't even have to plug in your mic. The cable on the headset has an in-line cap into which to plug your mic when not in use. This means when you are on travel, you can plug away the mic to avoid static bombing your headset…pretty neat and keeps the extra cable line out of the way. Zooming in on the USB controls, you can see there are three optional settings: FPS, Surround, and AMP. The AMP button does exactly what you'd expect – it amplifies whatever it is you are listening to. The Surround provides even more depth through 7.1 sound (though quality is still incredible without the dongle altogether). The FPS button adds the volume compensation Windows provides. It allows quiet sounds to be louder, louder sounds to be quieter, and an overall leveled sound. I wouldn't use it for music for obvious reasons, but movies and such could benefit from the reduced dynamic range.
The cable management rubber included in the box provides an easy way to roll up some of the cable. The in-line volume control doesn't really curl up well with this, but it does help to get a good bunch of the cable bundled and out of the way. It turns out that 2.5m of cable is quite long when whatever it is (including your computer) isn't that far away from you. The accessory is a neat little addition, but I can't say I'd really keep it around.
You overly-large-headed friends out there will really appreciate this; the ROG Orion Pro really extends far for giant heads. All the way out, these headphones are ginormous. Yes, I have a small head being female and all, but I easily wear these about all the way in on both sides (slight adjustment out). They do adjust in rather small increments and seem almost continuous compared to most discrete positioning headphone positions.
Overall these headphones are pretty awesome, and skipping ahead in the review a bit, they actually sound pretty awesome too. They are really comfortable easy to wear for hours on end. The sound is remarkable for the price and they seem to have the durability to last quite some time (a few upcoming business trips shall help prove this). The Orion Pro gaming headset is more than just a gaming headset, but an ultimate pair of headphones that double as a way to talk to friends during game play or Skype. These things are beasts.