The Audiphile ROG ORION PRO Gaming Headset
Today we’re pleased to bring you a review of the ASUS ROG ORION PRO gaming headset. It did take quite a while to get them here in North America, but after I have had an extended chance to play with them, they’re here and they are good. Speaking of the world, judging by the press about headphones at CES, 2013 will be a big year for headphones. This can only mean one thing: even more celebrity endorsements of headphones. Brace yourselves. During my train commute to work, I see a gallery of heads wearing mostly the signature white earbuts from our favorite fruit flavored toy maker, but also quite a few Beats too. This is also why I took up biking to work in the last few months.
Headsets, however, the soulless redheaded stepchild of headphones, tend to be a different beast altogether. If you play any sort of team game, TF2, BF2/3, even WoW, you’ll be using a headset. If you're just a casual gamer, you'll probably still have a headset. Point being, you'll be inside, late at night, kickin' ass, but wouldn't it be nice to have a headset with good sound, comfortable, and some style? That brings us to the ASUS Orion Pro. It is the fourth in the line of new-ish headsets from ASUS.
ASUS have their own gaming brand, ROG, for quite a long time and it maintains the sleek, high-quality construction, red and black color scheme, and not a single gaming related endorsement anywhere on them. But they are a gamer's headset. You get some extra value with the bundled Spitfire sound card, and overall very good sound quality that you should expect from a ROG product.
At $120US online, these are not a cheap date by any means, but you do get a lot for your money. Premium features like a braided cord, gold plated connectors, and the USB audio interface, make for a pretty good bang for the buck. We’ll take a deeper look at the Orion Pro, the audio and build quality, comfort, microphone, and the included USB audio dongle and its features.
In the meantime, let's check 'em out.