Thermaltake eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset ReviewWaco - October 31, 2013
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Thermaltake eSPORTS CRONOS Gaming Headset Closer Look:
You didn't think I'd break out the headset right away did you? Before taking a closer look at the CRONOS itself we'll take a look at the included cables that really give it its utility. First off we have the red and black braided cable that comes with a nice Velcro cable tie to keep things tidy when not in use. The braiding feels extremely nice and will definitely keep the cable from tangling itself into an anger-inducing knot from hell. Inline on this cable is a small volume control and microphone switch. While I tend to control my audio volume via the Windows control it is nice to be able to adjust the output without resorting to keyboard shortcuts. The microphone cut is nice as well for the times when you really don't want your teammates to hear you yelling at your significant other (or getting yelled at!). At the input end of the cable you have the usual headphone and microphone jacks along with the addition of a USB plug. The USB plug is purely for the red lighting on the earcups and microphone; this is not a USB headset. At the opposite end of the cable is the micro-USB plug that attaches to the headset.
Switching gears to the "mobile ready" red cable things are a bit more simple. On one end of the cable there is a single combination headphone/microphone jack that is compatible with most mobile devices. At the other end is another micro-USB connector for the connection to the CRONOS headset. These plugs fit extremely tightly (almost annoyingly so) but you can be sure they'll never come loose in the middle of a gaming session.
At last, the CRONUS is revealed. The red and black color scheme really screams "gamer gear" and is quite aggressive in appearance. The flexible boom microphone can be swung up and out of the way and will hold itself in whatever position you desire. While a bit surprising, the microphone does not automatically mute when swung up and out of the way, so make sure you use the inline control to mute the microphone should you decide to do something other than talk to your friends.
The first time I swung the earcups flat I had the panic-inducing thought that I'd just broken the CRONUS. Most headsets are done for if you spin the earcups off-axis, but the mechanism built into the CRONUS is actually quite strong and doesn't feel the least bit flimsy. Folding the headset flat makes them far more portable as they will easily fit inside a regular backpack or laptop bag. The red Lycra headband is extremely comfortable even for long-term gaming sessions deep into the night and the band has enough adjustability to fit anywhere from tiny heads to massive melons like mine.
Inside of each earcup on this shining example of the eSPORTS line shows off the Thermaltake Battle Dragon in bright red. The bottom of the left side earcup is where the micro-USB connection lies and if anything this connection could be half as strong and still be adequate. Attaching and removing the connector is a bit harrowing the first few times you do it but as I mentioned before I highly doubt it will ever come unconnected unintentionally. The microphone boom itself is not muffled but has many small holes with an internal mesh to avoid breathing noises. The reverse side of the arm has a small strip of translucent red that lights up when the USB connector is plugged in on the main at-home cable.
I apologize for the color in the following picture but the red on the CRONOS is rather intense and blew out my camera! While it appears rather uneven in the picture let me assure you that the blood-red lighting is extremely even and extremely red. The real question is whether or not the sound of the CRONOS matches up to the aggressive styling and writing; keep reading to find out!