|CM Storm Ceres 400 Wired Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Greg Schepers|
|Thursday, 08 November 2012|
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Closer Look: CM Storm Ceres-400
Cooler Master's vision when designing the CM Storm Ceres-400 was to provide consumers with an affordable, yet feature-rich headset that exceeds the typical performance of a headset under $50. With a retail price of $49.99 (Newegg / Amazon), Cooler Master has succeeded in making the Ceres-400 look the part of a higher-tier headset.
Retail packaging is certainly not one of a consumer's primary concerns. However, it can indicate an organization's attention to detail, hinting that the product inside is likely well-crafted. In my experience, the CM Storm subsidiary has always had excellent retail packaging, and they did not cut any corners when designing the retail box for and packaging the CM Storm Ceres-400.
The headband is constructed of flexible, yet extremely durable plastic and will maintain its original shape. It has a number of different settings and should adjust to fit just about anyone's head. The soft padding on the headband has a generous span, ensuring that it will provide the necessary coverage and comfort for the top of your head.
On the business-end of the significantly large 90mm ear cups, you will find some ear pads that are quite comfortable. Having worn this headset for hours at a time, I can report that I have been extremely impressed by the overall comfort level provided. If I was to log a minor complaint, it would be that the external material of the pad is a bit coarse. This wasn't a concern when wearing the headset for a long period of time; it was more of an initial reaction. I have no doubt that other users would state that I am picking nits here.
Weighing in at 40mm, the drivers in the ear cups were designed to provide the range of acoustics desired not only when gaming, but also for multimedia experiences, such as listening to music and watching movies. Considering the overall girth of the ear cups, Cooler Master wanted to ensure that the Ceres-400 was able to deliver the full range of treble and bass, enhancing the user's experience.
When seeing the Ceres 400 for the first time in person, my first reaction was that it looked sturdy and well-constructed. The large size of the ear cups and the overall size of the headset may lead you to believe that it is on the heavy side. That is certainly not the case; the CM Storm Ceres-400 is lightweight and quite comfortable. In addition, the headset is aesthetically pleasing. It has been given a simple, traditional design and employs both glossy black and matte black surfaces with red trim and the CM Storm logo to round out its attractive look.