CM Storm Ceres-400 Headset ReviewWaco - October 7, 2012
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Before I reveal the headset itself I want to focus your attention on the inline microphone and volume control. Not only does this control sit a perfect distance down the wiring to avoid tangles but it is also extremely lightweight. The volume slider moves very easily with a flick of a finger and the on/off switch for the microphone has just enough resistance to avoid being toggled by accident but not so much that it's hard to reposition when needed. The cable itself is also rather lightweight and is long enough (over eight feet!) that even those with cases positioned relatively far away from them will have no issues plugging in. The cable itself is a single line all the way till the last eight inches or so where it splits for the separate audio and microphone plugs.
Behold the CM Storm Ceres-400 headset! Let me be very clear here – this headset is not only very lightweight but it also has a huge range of adjustment. I have a pretty big head and it seems that most headsets are designed to cater to that. Not only does this headset fit my large globe without any issues (and I only need about half of the adjustment range for comfort) but it also fits my fiancée's relatively small head without even trying. Even she has to adjust them larger from the minimum setting! This range of adjustment is not only needed but extremely appreciated as I think this headset will appeal to the huge numbers of gamers with smaller heads that tend to have to compromise between good quality and good comfort. With any luck this headset will have both but more on that later. Moving to the top of the headset you can see the fairly wide band connecting the ear cups together. This should reduce any pressure points on the top of your head and work hand-in-hand with the light weight to keep comfort high during extended listening/gaming sessions. At the largest adjustment there is a gap that opens up in the middle of the headband, which serves as a quick visual indicator of how large you have them adjusted. The actual locking mechanism itself has enough resistance to it that you won't be accidentally adjusting them when putting them on.
The microphone on this particular model is not detachable like the CM Storm Sonuz's but it does swing up and out of the way. The rotation itself is notched to keep it in place while gaming and in addition to that the microphone itself mutes when in the fully-up position. Combined with the inline microphone mute these features should make it extremely simple to avoid transmitting anything you don't wish others to hear.
The ear cups themselves are fairly large and are garnished with the usual CM Storm colors of red, silver, and black. The left ear cup holds the microphone arm and proudly displays the model name. The right ear cup is decorated with a simple CM Storm logo along with a red ring that I personally find very attractive (I'm a sucker for clean and simple designs). The backside of the headset mirrors the front and shows off the fairly thick padding on both the earcups and the headband. Long-term comfort looks to be a prime design point here and I can't say I'm anything but happy to see it.
Taking a closer look at the massive 90mm ear cups reveals the double-layered padding along the outside edge of the can as well as the padding on the interior of the earpiece. This cloth covered foam is just soft enough to form to your head without being squashed instantly by the light pressure it exerts on the sides of your head. On the opposite end of the spectrum the padding isn't so stiff that they won't mold to your head either – I had no issues with comfort even when wearing them with my glasses. The headband has a similarly comfortable swath of padding that is almost unnoticeable when wearing because of the light weight of the headset itself.
The CM Storm Ceres-400 has another feature that I love to see on headsets: an adjustable microphone. Not only does it swing up and down to line up with your mouth but it also can be adjusted towards and away from your face with a firm push. Once moved into position it does not move of its own volition, which is something that some manufacturers still haven't managed to master. The microphone arm itself is a bit shorter than I usually see but this is a good thing considering this design doesn't include any noise-blocking foam on the actual microphone. The short arm should keep the microphone itself out of the way of any breathing noises so the foam omission is understandable.