ASUS ROG Vulcan ANC Headset ReviewBluePanda - May 14, 2013
» Discuss this article (13)
ASUS ROG Vulcan ANC Closer Look:
Alright, I did it again, I made you think you'd get to look at the headphones right away – nope. Let's take a quick look at what comes with the headset. Pulling everything out of the neat carry case you've got: the headset, detachable mic, cable, and airplane adapter (Ha, my thought of airplane mode was quite acceptable). The plugs are neatly labeled in red and green to respectively show mic and headphone connections. The other end of the cable has the plug connector for the headset itself; you'll see how this works a little later. I'm just happy to see that I can take the cable off the headset completely. I've always wrapped up my headset with the cable to attempt to keep it neat – but now I don't even have to worry. The cable is also rather light and has a bouncy, rubber feel to it. It doesn't want to naturally tangle – and to be honest is rather difficult to try and tangle.
The mic detached has a "stylish katana-shape"; ASUS' words, though quite fitting. The plug end fits nicely to the headset and is form fit to fit on only one way. The middle segment is a soft rubber that allows for some adjustment of the mic closer or further from your mouth; however, it doesn't really hold small changes very well.
The cable also has an in-line control to both mute the mic and control volume up and down. The mute allows you to turn off output to your mic so if you need to talk with someone in the room without telling everyone in your game what's going on, you can quickly flip the switch, well at least if you aren't using press to talk, though it's quite a nice option. The red coloring behind the switch lets you know you aren't transmitting. There's a clip on the back of the controller that allows you to connect it to your hoodie or shirt so you always have quick access to it. The volume wheel rolls up and down to a maximum and minimum volume with quite a large range, so you'll be able to have it loud enough no problem. The image also corresponds to up and down in volume, so if you aren't quite sure which way is quieter, just look at the picture before you blast you ears.
Finally back to the headphones! Pulled straight from the carrier they are folded up quite nicely, ear cup inside ear cup. The red color is very bright and shiny up against the matte black plastic finish. The ROG logo is on the outside of the ear pieces in a shiny plastic, faux carbon fiber look. Unfolded, the headset doesn't look too much different from an average non-folding set of headphones. The only thing I find slightly annoying at this point is the natural tendency for the headset to want to fold at these points. So no matter how I seem to pick them up they just want to fold back up for storing.
Looking from the top down you can get a little more of a perspective on the headset. Closed complete (so in the smallest head position) they seem rather small. However, my pea-brained head is almost still too small (go me!) but they do fit alright. The top of the headset has nice padding rather than just a plastic bar. These should be quite comfortable for hours of gameplay. Folding in one of the arms you can get a better look at the ear cup. There is red even on the insides of these hiding the speaker from you. The pads are memory foam covered in a leather feeling material making them quite comfortable. I'm usually more accustomed to cloth ear pads as they usually don't cause heat to be trapped in, but we shall see how these work out.
Looking at what would be your left ear cup if you were wearing the headset, you can see the two holes for the mic and the actual cable connection. The ANC switch that I've talked so much about is shown here as well. A small LED next to the switch lights up in red to show that the active noise canceling switch is enabled. Plugging in the mic and cable is quite easy work, and once in place stay in place without any issue. The shaped groove of the mic really sits nicely against the outer shape of the ear cup. It looks like it is a part of the headset rather than just the removable part it is.
The end pops right off the right side of the headset with the simple press of the button just at the bottom of the black plastic edge. Behind the panel is a spot for a battery to allow the active noise canceling feature to work. It takes a single AAA battery, and unfortunately ASUS didn't include one with the headset. After digging through the junk drawer I resulted to pulling a battery from my calculator to use temporarily. Just keep this in mind if you decide to get your own – grab a pack of batteries while you're out. Either way, the battery pops right in like any other battery powered toy you may have, and it's ready to go. Just pop the panel back on and it's game time!
Before I leave you to go listen to what they sound like; I didn't want to leave those of you with a rather large head out. This headset expands a great amount, about 1.5" on both sides. I'm not sure who out there would have such a large head but I guess anything is possible. They even look nice expanded out and if my head wasn’t so small I'd probably wear them out a notch or two just because it looks so nice. But like I said, the minimal setting is barely "fit" worthy for me – so if you've got a small head, you may want to reconsider.
Overall the headset isn't bad looking at all. The mic being removable is a feature I've always loved, as you can wear them more as just headphones to listen to music or watch movies on the airplane or just on campus. You don't have to look like the nerdy gamer you may be out in public while watching Netflix on your laptop – you can still use your headphones, just without the mic. It's great! The cable coming off also makes it easy to untangle, though I've had a hard time getting it to tangle, but nonetheless these are all great features. I can't wait to put them on and get a good listen to what they sound like. I hope they sound as good as they look.