|ASUS Orion Pro Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Sunday, 10 March 2013|
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Testing & Results
The ASUS Orion Pro gaming headset was used for 10 days for approximately 3 hours per day. Also, it was tested not only by playing a number of games, but it was also used to run a number of applications as well. The games played included Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Assassin's Creed III, and Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor. The audio and video applications employed included, Netflix, Pandora, Youtube, Window Media Player, and Cyberlink PowerDVD 10. The ASUS Orion Pro was also used to communicate via Skype and through in-game communication.
Test Results: Comfort
Let me preface the comfort section by saying that ASUS will concede that a great deal of research was done and feedback utilized from gamers in order to develop the most comfortable headset possible. Rigorous testing was conducted, which included extensive clamping force tests. The result of this attention to comfort level was a headset that exceeded my expectations in this category. The headset is light, the ear pads and padding on the headband are remarkably soft, and the clamping force is perfect; not loose, but certainly not tight. The ASUS Orion Pro gaming headset is one of the most comfortable items, not just headsets, I have ever had on my head, period. The one item that could be a drawback is that the ear cups do not have any lateral swivel. This does not apply to me, but others, especially those wearing prescription eyeglasses, may take issue with this. Now, the headset does have some lateral flexibility, but this is not the same as having built-in swivel.
Test Results: Gaming
The primary focus of ASUS in terms of the gaming audio capability of the ASUS Orion Pro was centered squarely on the competitive FPS gamer. This headset, coupled with the ROG Spitfire audio processor, has second-to-none FPS gaming audio, and I'm confident few would disagree that it delivers exceptional audio no matter what the gaming genre. While playing the aforementioned games, I became aware of noises that I had not previously heard. This came to bear especially while playing games in the FPS genre. I could easily hear more subtle audio events, such as footsteps and suppressed gunfire, in greater detail and determine the direction from which they were produced like never before. Talk about a huge advantage over your enemy!
Test Results: Communication
Communication with the ASUS Orion Pro gaming headset went well. Utilizing Skype, I came in loud and clear on the other end and there were no reports of any type of distortion, delays, or interference, even while communicating with my brother stationed in England. In fact, he was impressed by the clarity of the conversation. In-game communication was equally trouble-free, even with ambient noise purposely added to the equation.
Test Results: Video
Not only is the 7.1 Virtual surround beneficial while gaming, but it is also a huge plus when watching movies and listening to music. I fired up some movies that have some significant audio events in Windows Media Player and Cyberlink PowerDVD 10, such as Band of Brothers Part 2 - Day of Days, Star Trek (2009), Patton, Gone in 60 Seconds, and Anchorman. Well, Anchorman does not quite fit into the "significant audio event" category, but it's just a funny movie. I also watch some television episodes on Netflix, including Walking Dead, That 70's Show, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Finally, I watched several Youtube clips. The bass was deep and rich and the treble had tremendous clarity. The 7.1 Virtual surround is amazing, helping to make the most of significant audio events, such as bullets whizzing by, bombs detonating, and engines roaring.
Test Results: Music
I listened to a number of different music genres with the ASUS Orion Pro gaming headset through both Pandora and Windows Media Player. Live performances, such as The Rolling Stones performing Paint It, Black sounded fantastic. Even music from the Big Band genre sounded great. What helps is that the ROG Spitfire audio processor provides you with some customization of the audio. However, I found that having all of the modes active resulted in the best sound.