|ASUS Orion Pro Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Sunday, 10 March 2013|
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ASUS Orion Pro Detailed Features
Here is one of the features that really sets the ASUS Orion Pro apart from other headsets in this price range; the ROG Spitfire USB audio processor, which is bascially an external USB soundcard. You do not need a driver for this headset (a driver isn't available anyway); just this USB dongle does the trick. The three buttons on the Spitfire really enhance the audio quality of any application. The AMP button does what you'd expect it to do, it boosts performance.
The SURROUND button activates 7.1 Virtual surround. And last, but not least, the FPS button amplifies less significant battlefield noises, such as footsteps and suppressed gunfire, that allow you to locate your enemy. The ROG Spitfire's use is not limited to the ASUS Orion Pro gaming headset; it can be used with any headset that has 3.5mm jacks.
The in-line volume control makes the manipulation of the volume a simple task. The volume control wheel is on the side and the mute switch is on the front. On the back, there is a spring-loaded clip that makes convenient placement of the volume control a reality.
The 3.5mm headphone/microphone jacks can be seen below. To get the most out of the ASUS Orion Pro gaming headset, most users will be plugging these into the ROG Spitfire USB audio processor. Also visible in this image is the braided cord, which is of high quality and is, at 2.5m, quite generous in length.
The retractable microphone is a great feature and I think it really looks good as well. There is no need to worry about losing your removable microphone here. In addition, folks on the other end will have no problem hearing you loud and clear due to its noise-filtering capability.
Below is a better view of the metal extensions on the headset. They are very generous in length and will hold the position you select.
The padded portion of the headband is one of the main features contributing to the extreme comfort of this headset. It is like having a pillow sitting on the top of your head. The exterior is the same protein leather that can be found on the ear pads.
This will certainly not be the most celebrated of the features that the ASUS Orion Pro gaming headset has to offer, yet, it shows the attention to detail that ASUS invested in this project. Considering the significant length of the braided cable, the cable organizer, seen below, is sure to come in handy.
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