|Brand Name||Cooler Master|
|Item model number||SGH-4600-KWTA1|
|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||8 x 7 x 1.5 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||8 x 7 x 1.5 inches|
Cooler Master Ceres-500 Foldable Gaming Headset with Powerful 40mm Drivers and Detachable Microphone for PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360
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- Powerful 40mm drivers deliver highest sound quality
- Over-ear, breathable mesh ear cups ensure reinforced comfort with greater noise isolation
- Built-in amplifier provides thumping sound and boosted signal levels
- Foldable design for easier storage and transportation
- Swivel ear cup design for leisure usage on shoulder
- Detachable, flexible Omni-directional microphone
- In line remote allows volume adjustment, microphone mute, chat volume (in console mode) and PC/ console mode switch
- USB powered audio output; no batteries or AC adaptor are required
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Ceres-500 is designed with full ear coverage and breathable mesh ear cups that not only provide great comfort, but noise isolation as well. Its foldable, swivel ear cup design gives gamers easier storage and transportation around LAN parties or during downtimes in between battles. Ceres-500 offers a dual usage mode to switch between Console/PC mode. A built-in amplifier paired with 40mm drivers provides gamers with a deep, full-range, and booming sound to give them the competitive edge in a match.
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Imagine being a Heavy Gamer Imagine falling to sleep in your chair not an uncommon occurrence right? now imagine waking moments later to find the weight of your own head has snapped the very thin piece of stabilizing plastic 0 tolerance for this kind of accident with this piece designed for gamers? maybe for a 4 hour office gamer DO NOT Fall asleep with this headset on!
Cooler Master is a pillar of enthusiast personal computing with a long history of high quality technologically advanced products. The CM Storm division of Cooler Master was developed in 2008 to focus and refine Cooler Master products for gaming enthusiasts. Cooler Master works directly with the gaming community through intensive testing and continuous feedback. CM Storm products include cases, mice, mouse pads, keyboards, headphones, and various accessories.
The CM Storm Ceres 500 is the first multi-format gaming headset supporting the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. The unit sports 40mm drivers and a built-in amplifier to boost signal levels. The mesh ear cups are breathable and are designed to also provide noise isolation through use of acoustic foam. The headband is adjustable, sports swivel ear cups for comfort and use when the headphones are worn around the neck to direct sound upward to the ears. As I show later in the pictures, the headphones are partially collapsible for easier storage and transportation. The microphone is omni-directional and is detachable. The 3 meter cable has an inline remote allowing volume adjustment, microphone mute, chat volume (while in console mode) and a PC/Console Mode switch. The headphones are USB powered and require no batteries or AC adapter. The front of the box features a cut-out allowing a view of the left ear cup and some of the padding. The back clearly lists the features along with inset photos.
If it were not for the detachable mic and the multitude of connections for the PC, Xbox and PlayStation, the headset looks like it could be designed for comfortable music listening on the go. The key that ties this headset to the PC or a console is that it must be powered by USB. Thus you will not be able to use this headset with a mobile device that does not have a USB port. The headset is made with a lightweight plastic material and faux leather covering a generous layer of foam on the top of the headband. The material on the ear cups is made of a breathable fabric and not the faux leather material covering the ear cups that you commonly find on gaming headsets.
The length of the headband to ear cup can be extended quite a long way and there are visible notches that help you to know if you have pulled out each side evenly.
The left ear cup houses the connector for the detachable boom mic. The boom mic is made of a rigid flexible metallic material covered with a durable rubber layer. The mic feels very durable and of good quality overall. The CM Storm Ceres 500 has dual amplified 40mm drivers covered by a black cloth with white print displaying the CM Storm badge. The ear cups are of a closed-ear design utilizing acoustic foam that help to cut out light to moderate external noises.
The inline remote has a lot of functions to accommodate the console mode (console/pc switch and mic volume adjust – usable in console mode only), the volume control and the mic mute button, which along with the amplifier makes it a slightly sizeable little box to be hanging off your chest. The whole inline unit is slightly longer than about two AA batteries stacked alongside each other. The cable length at 3 meters is more than adequate and is a welcome addition for those whose consoles or sound cards are a moderate distance from the seating position. The headphones are USB powered and require no batteries or AC adapter.
After running the CM Storm Ceres 500 through many hours of music and gaming I came away pleased with the quality and audio signature of the headphones in gaming, and reserved to the fact that they were not designed for music listening. Interestingly I found the most pleasing sound at lower volumes where the built-in amplifier likely boosted the sound in gaming akin to ‘loud mode’ in a car audio system. The sound at low volume also lacked any buzz or hiss, which served to keep the signals clear and crisp.
The CM Storm Ceres 500 excels at gaming performance. In games the sound was well balanced and directional to some degree. With only two drivers you are not going to experience the type of positional sound queues that a multiple driver cup will deliver, but the sound is so clear at even low volumes that it makes it easy to determine where the player sneaking up on you is coming from. It should be said that if you are expecting your high-end PC sound card to send sound to these headphones, you will be out of luck. As these headphones are USB powered they have their own amplifier/soundcard, but rest assured I found the quality surprisingly good for the price point of the unit. That being said I did find that the low end notes were lacking in this model. The highs and mids while gaming were crisp and well balanced, but even with the thud of a boss in Diablo III slamming his weapon into the floor I did not hear the low thud, but a mid ranged ‘thunk’ through the headphones. If you are looking for the best performance in games where accurate production of highs and mids is most important, this headset is for you.
I played PvP in World of Warcraft and found that I was presented with great audible awareness of my surroundings. I suspect that the Ceres units are attuned for FPS games, which would explain the acuity for the breaking of a branch or the crushing of a leaf by an approaching enemy. I tested them in World of Tanks and really enjoyed the audio performance of the rumbling tank topped off by the thump of a huge mortar being fired out to an unsuspecting tanker. I also played Diablo III and again found the sound performance to be on par, or even above similar units I have owned and tested in this price range due to the pleasing performance over the high and mid sound range. In World of Warplanes the fires from the guns sounded great, the rumble of the bi-plane sounded good when boosting and diving.
The quality of the sound when playing various types of music from my iTunes catalog was adequate, but not as accurate as a USB headset that utilize Windows programs to allow the switching of the equalizer profile from games to music. Classical music sounded pretty crisp and clear, but lacked the bottom end that I enjoy on other USB headsets at an admittedly higher price point. Pop music sounded best due to the audio profile being similar to that of games and rock music performance was disappointing due to a market lack of low end bass produced by the headphones. Overall, I would stray away from listening to music on the CM Ceres 500 due to the boosted high end, prevalence of mid-ranged sound and a marked lack of low end.
Build quality was common for headphones in this price range. The plastic used throughout was lightweight, but not substantial and polished. The breathable material on the cups is rather rough when first worn, but I found that over several days of testing that they broke in nicely to reduce the slightly abrasive nature of the raw material. That being said, the cups served well to keep my ears cool and free of any sweatiness or stickiness that is common on headphones with faux leather cups worn for an extended period of time.
The foam padding on the headband was adequate, but only just. If found that I had to perfectly position the top of the band on my skull to keep from feeling the dull pain of the headband pushing into my skull. The headphones are curved so that they fit very snugly to the sides of your head. The tightness was not a problem for me and allowed the headphones to stay securely in place when dropping my head to check my keyboard. If you have a larger than average head and are sensitive to any pressure on the top or side of your skull, you may wish to take heed. Overall once I positioned the headphones perfectly to my alien head, wearing the headphones for over an hour straight produced no pain or headaches.
The white matte plastic material that is covered by a black mesh looks attractive and modern, but is prone to scuffs. I found that when folding in the ear cups that the black plastic rubbed against the white matte plastic and left visible marks. These marks were quite small and were only about 2 mm in length, but did not clean off with water and a cotton cloth.
Overall, for a headset with the flexibility to connect both to your PC and your console for only $59 at the time of this writing on Amazon, the CM Storm Ceres 500 is a steal! The build quality concerning the tinny feel of the plastics and the initial roughness of the ear cup material was initially displeasing, but once I wore the headphones for over an hour I appreciated the noticeable lightness of the unit and once the ear cup material wore in a bit it was comfortable against the skin around my ears. The audio quality at low volumes is most pleasing, music performance is just adequate, and overall gaming performance is better than average at this price point. The CM Storm Ceres 500 is a good value for those looking to use them both on consoles and their PC that performs well when gaming.
The only downside i see for it, is that it needs USB to function, so you can't plug it into your smartphone, but hey it wasn't meant for that, which is a shame, as the design is very appealing and i wouldn't mind going out with them.
The funny thing is, i got this only by a chance, since my brand new Logitech G230 started producing very bad white noise, and the store i returned it to only had Razer ( most of which i already had ) / Logitech / Steelseries, so i picked this up, just to give it a try...
Overall great product, well worth every cent.