The Asus Cerberus V2 is a gaming headset from one of the world’s most reliable computer brand, bringing the Asus Cerberus V2 into the mid-range market. Asus is no stranger to making excellent devices that set the bar regarding quality and reliability. Although the company and its new product face stiff competition from popular rival models like the HyperX, the Cerberus V2 can excel far ahead because of its stylish design and remarkable audio quality. The headset is a premium product that features the best of stereo quality. It is designed for those who want to take their gaming experience to the next level without having to spend too much money above budget.
What we liked about the Asus Cerberus V2
- The design is attractive
- The sound quality is great
- Good for various applications
- Construction is robust
What we did not like about the Asus Cerberus V2
- Limit to size adjustment
- In-line mic has some limitations
- Metal band design can be frustrating
The Asus Cerberus V2 Design & Features
Boasting a unique design, the Asus Cerberus V2 comes in three different colour combinations. You have the chance to choose red or green, or black with blue. . Therefore, whether you are the type that loves NVidia, AMD, or Intel, your choice and loyalty are ultimately protected. It is on record that Asus are very much distinct from the host of other headsets in this category.
The headset resembles a metal band that secure the lots together, bearing a solid faux leather padded strap perfect for fitting and for weight distribution. It also features plastic made ear cups. The quality isn’t cheap, and black ear cup design gives it an outstanding presence when pictured.
The Asus Cerberus V2 headset features an adjustable elastic headband that you can adjust to fit your head size accordingly. For those gamers or users with extra-large heads, adjusting the size may be a bit difficult because of the limitation incorporated in the design by the immovable metal headband.
The Asus Cerberus V2 Headset is without doubt a top-quality design, but no product is without its limitations, and this is the case with this headset. While it is a robust, mid-range headset with lots of options to like, it is not that portable and is chunky. However, the audio quality and the entire construction compensate for the few shortcomings. For all its quality, you’re also getting it at a good price point too.
The Asus Cerberus V2 ear cups and comfort
Talking about the cups, they only have a fair degree of flexibility, meaning it would be hard to rotate and fits them easily into a bag. This is one area in which the HyperX Cloud Stinger manages more effectively than the Cerberus V2, but itself is a lot smaller and is built for travelling, whereas, the Cerberus V2 is the better choice for the stay-at-home user.
To enjoy this headset, you only need to fit it tight enough and nothing can make you to be happier walking around the neighbourhood with this headset connected to your phone. The Asus Cerberus V2 headset provides lot of comfort during long hour use. The pads on the faux leather ear cups performs excellently in keeping sweat away, while the cups on their own are spacious and airy enough to prevent overheating.
See our video Review on the Asus Cerberus here
The Asus Cerberus V2 Innovative Microphone
One remarkable thing about Aus Cerberus V2 headset is the implementation of two microphones on a single headset. When the better of the supplied boom microphones is connected in to a device, the other one known as the in-line microphone simply deactivates and immediately picking up your voice. So what you need to do in order to make use of the in-line microphone is to remove or pull of the boom microphone form the connector. Just hold it and pull it off the device Microphone hole.
The main 1.2m cable terminates right within a single 3.5mm TRRS connector. Because Asus were smart enough to implement the two microphones it gives you the ability to choose which of them you prefer to use when gaming on your console or when you are recording audio on your Smartphone. What this means is that you’re not compelled to make use of the in-line microphone while chatting with your friends.
The Asus Cerberus V2 free cable extension
Inside out box we got a free extension for the headset this proved to be an absolute game changer as we could suddenly move without thinking too much if we were pulling our game PC off the table. It also split the sine so that we could use the dedicated Mic input and Audio output jacks on either the front or back of the PC, without it you have to rely on the standard dual use port jack, like on mobile phones and tablet / laptops. This actually means that they have covered all eventualities here!
The Asus Cerberus V2 Mic Arm
The arm of the Asus Cerberus V2 boom microphone features a metal construction and is very flexible. It can be adjusted in all directions, which makes it easy to put in the highest position possible. It is very solid and can even survive a fall from the top of a table. It doesn’t get damaged when pulled out of its connector and very durable
The Asus Cerberus V2 Audio & General Microphone use
Since classic audio quality is a must for any headset vying to be crowned the best, the Asus Cerberus V2 Headset does a good job of meeting all the requirements in that regard. Thanks to Asus, the 53mm audio drivers render good performances in both music and games.
The audio background appears to have a bit more bass compared to what the keen audiophile one would have preferred. Nevertheless, the balance is just fine. If you are looking for something that has more refined music experience, you might want to consider a dedicated pair of wired or wireless headphones.
In respect of gaming, the audio experience is very impressive. The scratching sounds, the screeching of tires, gunshots and in-game music all sound and resonate wonderfully well.
As for the microphone, the general performance is good. The boom mic is clear, although it has some hiss on the background. However, the hiss is no problem when it comes to in-game chat which effectively dims the hiss when you speak. There might be a bit of nasal distortions and some hissing that you are more likely to find when using a cheap headset. Another issue that affects how the headphone performs is that because the headset’s band is fabricated from stainless steel, hitting it with any object close to you would cause a disturbing clanging noise that could last for about five seconds. What makes this more disappointing is that extra damping on the cups, especially where the steel band joins the earcups would have gone a long way in reducing that unnecessary noise.
Overall, the audio quality will depend on the device you are using. If you are using cheap laptops or poor-quality audio connectors, don’t expect much quality output, and you would probably get some static in the audio mix; especially with the microphone.