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Written by Greg Schepers   
Thursday, 08 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Ceres 400 Wired Gaming Headset
Closer Look: CM Storm Ceres-400
CM Storm Ceres-400 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

CM Storm Ceres-400 Final Thoughts

The ability to fully appreciate a gaming experience greatly depends upon the audio capability at a gamer's disposal. In fact, it is no secret that audio capability can directly impact a serious gamer's performance. Having the ability to hear an enemy approaching is paramount. Clear communication between teammates is detrimental. For those individuals that overlook the importance of having a quality gaming headset, the CM Storm Ceres-400 will certainly be, for lack of a better term, a game-changer.

Owners will tell you that this headset is an exceptional value. Sure, it does not have a detachable microphone. Yeah, a braided cord would be a nice touch. However, for under fifty bucks, you get a great looking headset that sounds very good and allows you to maintain the ability to communicate flawlessly. From the 2.5m cable to the 90mm ear pads, the CM Storm Ceres-400 was well thought out and well designed.

CM Storm Ceres 400

CM Storm Ceres-400 Conclusion

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Designed with budget-conscious gamers in mind, the CM Storm Ceres-400 by Cooler Master is a solid headset and, overall, a very good value. The construction of this headset looks and feels rugged, yet is very appealing visually. Most of this relatively large headset is matte black with just a few areas that have a glossy black finish. Red trim, silver trim, and the CM Storm logo rounds out the design.

Let's be honest; the aesthetics aren't why we purchase a gaming headset. This headset, however, performs every bit as well as it looks. The 40mm drivers are a nice size and deliver deep bass while gaming, watching movies, or listening to music. The test revealed that the bass might be a bit heavy during gaming sessions, yet it is not a deal-breaker. The bass will be appreciated when watching movies and listening to music. The CM Storm Ceres-400 may not be the choice of an audiophile, but its high-quality sound will satisfy most of us.

Comfort is also a primary focus when in the market for a gaming headset. The padding on the headband of the Ceres-400 is wide, long, and strategically placed in an effort to avoid leaving any part of your head exposed to hard plastic. In addition, it has large 90mm ear pads that are soft. The material used on these pads feel a bit coarse, but it isn't terribly noticeable. When gaming for long sessions, I almost forgot I was wearing these headphones. Simply stated, they are light and comfortable.

The CM Storm Ceres-400 just feels solid and should provide you with several years of enjoyment. When adjusting the headband, which should easily fit anyone's head, you can feel the quality of the design as it clicks into place. The same goes for the microphone boom when it is being adjusted; it doesn't freely glide around. It has what I would describe as a mechanical feel to it. Again, this is a quality design.

Cooler Master has a developed a winner here. However, I have a couple of issues with the claims on their website regarding the Ceres-400. First, it is marketed as being an "ultra portable gaming headset." Considering its size and the fact that it does not fold up, I would suggest rethinking that tagline. And second, the ear pads are described as, "sound absorbing cushions [that] sit comfortably on your ears and help block out distractions...." Again, the Ceres-400 does not live up to that claim. In fact, it does nothing to even remotely reduce outside noise distractions.

The final word on the CM Storm Ceres-400 is that for $49.99 (as of October 2012) from Newegg or Amazon, you will have a well-built, solid performing headset that should last you for years of gaming, watching movies, and listening to music.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval

+ Quality, durable construction
+ Comfort level during long sessions
+ Deep bass
+ Large 40mm driver
+ Visually appealing design
+ Adjustability of headband and microphone

Cons:

- Marketed as ultra portable. I disagree.
- Marketed as preventing outside noise, which it does not
- No detachable microphone

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.50
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 7.25
  • Value: 8.75

Final Score: 8.55 out of 10.

Recommended: Benchmark Reviews Seal of Approval.

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# fpsRick 2012-12-10 07:06
Greg, I play mostly fps counterstrike. these are on sale at newegg for $39.- Can I assume you'd recommend then at that price and can bass be adjusted through graphic equalizer to smooth out? Rick
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# RE: fpsGreg Schepers 2012-12-22 12:54
Sorry for the slow reply Rick. For $39, this headset is a steal. I only have on-board audio, but I would imagine that, if you have a separate soundcard, you would be able to manipulate the levels and set them to your preference.
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# microphoneJoćo 2013-06-12 16:42
Sorry, but I cant make my microphone work can you please help with these.
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# RE: microphoneGreg Schepers 2013-06-12 18:59
Hello Joćo, sometimes it's the most obvious of solutions... been there. Go to Control Panel/Sound, click on the "Recording" tab, highlight the Ceres 400, and click on "Set Default." If that doesn't work, let me know.
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# RE: RE: microphoneJoćo 2013-06-13 04:29
Thank you, problem solved, but another problem just appeared. Yesterday I was at TeamSpeak with some friends and they sad that the sound wasnt clear, like is I were talking in the deepness of something, I've tried approach the microphone, hange some configs, none of them worked.
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# RE: RE: RE: microphoneGreg Schepers 2013-06-13 08:55
This is where you may have to make some soundcard adjustments. For me, I have onboard audio and can go to Realtek HD Audio Manager and play around with it until I get it dialed in. Go to your control panel and see if you can find that application or the application that manages your soundcard. If it is the Realtek application, try checking or unchecking "Noise Suppression" and "Acoustic Echo Cancellation." Also, there are other adjustable features, such as the "Microphone Boost" button, that you can manipulate. Let me know how this turns out for you.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: microphoneJoćo 2013-06-13 14:59
I've tried check and uncheck those functions with realtek adio manager and according to my friends all remain equal, I just hadn't tried that "microphone boost" button because I don't realy know where it is.

Please, if you have an xfire add me, nickname: coisadas, or if you dont have an xfire add me on skype, skype name: joao.miguel.nogueira.farinha
I believe it was faster if both of us went to a team speak channel, this way you would probably identify the problem easier.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: microphoneGreg Schepers 2013-06-13 21:32
Hi Jo?o, I'm not sure what additional guidance I can provide to you, so I recommend contacting Cooler Master for assistance. They will certainly have better advice for you regarding the troubleshooting of your Ceres 400.
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# MicrophoneFabian Dominguez 2013-10-28 15:44
Sorry, but I cant make my microphone work, i tried with Panel/Sound, click on the "Recording" and it didnt solve the problem
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