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Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset Review

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CM MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset Closer Look:

Out of the box, the CM MasterPulse Pro feels like a pretty nice gaming headset. It's rather lightweight with an aluminum frame, which also adds a touch of class over your standard plastic. The headband has individual cushions and nice pleather padded ear cups. They look to fit nicely over the ears without adding excessive heat, but added noise cancelation/reduction. I will put it on the table here and now, these are quite monstrous in size. They will fit a pretty average or melon-sized head, but those of us with smaller heads (yeah, me, shup), well they are going to fit a little large – although I'll try not to make that the main focus of the review, because my pea brain head is beside the point of the quality of the set. But I want all fellow pea heads to know these aren't the headphones you're looking for.

 

 

The in-line remote control box provides a lot of features quick and at your fingertips. There is no need to open up clunky software or update drivers to have what you need. The big button on the front of the controller is for LED illumination control. You can switch between a varity of colors, as well as put it on a "chameleon" mode – which is much like any "breathing color" from other CM products. It also lights up to show when you have virtual 7.1 surround sound toggled on.

Naturally with an in-line control you have a subset of buttons for various needs – the most obvious being volume control. This allows you to quickly change volume in game without a key combo or tab out for volume access, which is quite nice when you've got that one annoying friend with the overly loud, or overly quiet, mic. But what about the other buttons? The back of the controller also has a little bit of labeling that might be a little small and hard to read, but is at least present. There is also a nice spring loaded clip – so if you were worried about that dangling cable problem – you can clip on to your shirt or whatever.

Focusing on the buttons again, you have a slider for mic mute, volume up/down buttons, a 7.1 on/off switch, and a press button with illumination for various audio profiles. A red light indicates "music," blue for "movies," and magenta/purple for "gaming." The light is off with no pre-set equalizer option enabled. Again – all buttons are quite easy to quickly access and change, so you can hear the difference immediately (and not just the volume controls).

The last bit to mention, which I held off from commenting on, is the fact that this headset is USB. It makes sense for the controller being in-line and providing more or less a USB sound card. Unfortunately, this means you won't be using it on the plane or at the airport with your MP3 player or phone. Not sure how I feel to argue this one at this point – so I leave my thoughts to the conclusion.

 

 

 

The included pamphlet user manual includes quick info on the in-line remote, as well as how the Bass FX works. It sounds silly and almost a little backwards from what you know about making bass louder, but removing the side panels from the headset actually gives you the bass boot and thus "bass-on" as shown in the user guide. It's a quick means of changing sound by physically changing the driver enclosure. With Bass FX on, you can expect enhanced explosions and growls of low frequency effects in game and bring a serious step up in you bass game for music (where I feel most headsets often fail). The side panels are held on with four neodymium magnets each and have alignment groves that help you put them on without taking them off your head.

I will point out that CM at least thought about it a little when making these side panels for the headphones. It actually made the portion with the logo pass through the RGB lighting from the headset itself. So no matter your preference or use case, you can glow brightly. I find it funny to have lighting on a headset, but I guess we're in a day and age where it must all light up!!

 

 

 

The left side of the headset features an L marking, while the right side a fancy R. Helps you keep things straight, but honestly if you put these on the "wrong" way you'll feel a bit uncomfortable with the shape of the headset slightly contoured with a preference for wearing one direction. The other downside to putting them on wrong will be your mic is behind you. Rather than a boom mic, the CM MasterPulse Pro has just a little tiny hole in the left ear cup for the mic. It's omni-directional and can pick up your voice without the huffs and puff some of you have trouble with on your boom mic'd sets. While it's not customary, I like the simplistic look and no need to lose the mic when you want to travel with them just for music (one of my common complaints about non-removable mics). I'll talk quality of sound for both the ears and mic in the results section, so keep reading.

 

 

Overall, the CM MasterPulse Pro is a shmexy looking set with its monochrome look and accented flat red cable. There's a lot to speak for in appearance alone. The build quality seems like it will stand up to some long hours on your head without weighing down on you and reminding you that you are wearing them. But if looks were all that mattered – well, then I wouldn't have to do much typing for you at all. Read on to find out more about the sound and mic quality… and enjoy a couple more pieces of eye candy on your way there.

 




  1. CM MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. CM MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset: Closer Look
  3. CM MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset: Specifications & Features
  4. CM MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset: Testing & Results
  5. CM MasterPulse Pro Gaming Headset: Conclusion
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