CM Pulse-R Headset ReviewBluePanda - July 29, 2013
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CM Storm Pulse-R Headset Closer Look:
Looking at the headset alone, it is quite beautiful. It has the essence of being wireless without actually being that way. I love the idea of throwing the cable in the bag separate from wrapping it around my headset to nevertheless get tangled into a huge mess. The pads on the ear cups and headband are super soft and if they are to be leather or not – I'd believe them to be leather by looks and feel – they just look that nice. These are just sexy to start with…
The detachable cable comes with mic and audio plugs along with an additional USB plug for additional power to power some LED lights? What? This is a rather stupid feature – to add a USB connector JUST for lights…I don't understand. I was expecting a USB amp when I first saw it, but after digging into it, it's just for stupid lighting on the ear cups that you can't even see while you are playing. I will just chuck this one up to a fail from CM – though the company usually doesn’t have too many fails and lighting from a USB doesn't have to end it for this headset. Let's hope it has a little more wisdom to share yet.
The other end of the cabling plugs into the headset itself. It's a cable of its own – not a standard micro or mini port cable that you have around. It supports the volume control and everything to the headset. The inline volume control is a little bulky, but with the extra cable length, it isn't bothersome. You have an inline mic mute (plus simply pulling the mic from the headset) and volume up/down control. The mic itself is completely removable with a standard 3.5" plug and is super bendy for your positioning needs (though holds very few positions) and picks up quality sound despite poor placement on your part.
Taking a closer look around the headset, we'll start with a shot of the aluminum plate on the ear cup. It's completely removable with two torx screws on each one. You can pull them off, paint them whatever color you want, put a vinyl wrap on them or do something crazy – make them yours. It's up to you. I like how it's somewhat easy to customize it without fear of breaking something you just bought – this makes up for the silly USB lighting (I guess). Inside the ear cup is a CM storm pattern fabric that just adds a little touch that shows a little effort in the making. It looks real neat and hides the drivers well. It gives a nice overall feel.
The overall headset is also set up to be fit for big heads and us normal "tiny" headed people. I've got a rather small head – I'll admit, I wear kids glasses and have to buy kids sunglasses as well (haha, get all your laughs out), but this headset fits both me and the big headed (literally) hubby without any trouble, and even has room for growth (perhaps for a giant?). The headset has a nice range of sizes with rather small adjustments to get it just right.
All around, the Pulse-R headset is just pretty sexy. It has the looks, the build, and the quality. The black and aluminum look is very classy without any annoying overblown reds or stupid "gaming" colors that overly stand out. You can make them what you want them to be instead. Everything is pretty subtle in looks and even the labeling is tucked neatly by your ear – like being on the bottom of a mouse – well hidden. I'm just falling in love with this headset.
Take a moment to recall my words about the cable. Here's a close-up on the headset plug locations. The big round hole is for the mic to plug in. It clicks loud and takes a little effort to push in. It's notched, but it still almost feels like you might break it. The rounded rectangle box is for that cable plug. It only fits one way. Easy to do, and looks good when it's done (and still clean when you're not using your mic).
And I think we'll end the images with the little rant about that USB port again. Here's the white lighting on the ear cups; and though I didn't love the idea of lighting on a headset at first, the mic does look pretty stellar lit up. It's a quick indication (if you take your headset off) to see if your mic is on or off – personally I'll just check the switch, but still a neat addition.