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  • 22/08/2017.

The Asus ROG Centurion is a gaming headset designed to produce the highest quality sound optimized for gaming experience. Asus aims to match video and gaming experience with superb audio from some 10 distinct audio drivers delivering a 7.1 surround sound system. The Centurion features some heavy accessories and features that compromises any attempt to be lightweight. At £219, it also does fair enough to justify its heavy price tag.

What we like about the Asus ROG Centurion

  • 7.1 surround sound
  • Distinct and Dedicated drivers delivering natural sound
  • Clear-sounding microphone
  • Fair performance for music and other non-gaming uses

What we didn’t like about the Asus ROG centurion

  • At half a kilogram, it is heavier than preferred
  • Two USB ports take up all the PC ports
  • Quite expensive
  • Clumsy and short length connection wires

ASUS ROG Centurion Design, Build and Features

The Centurion has to go down as one of the heftiest and largest gaming headsets in the market today. The top part of the 532-gram headset is made from a sleek grey plastic with an adjustable leather-like headband to size your head. The side cans are illuminated with an ROG logo and other smaller details. The ear cups are constructed from soft foam which doesn’t seem to be of enough volume, and is coated in a cloth. There is a higher likelihood to develop fatigue around the head due to the weight but the headset stayed on for about an hour and a half before any discomfort began to set in; this in my own opinion is fine but the gamers who might have an issue with this.

Conclusion

Total score

8.6

As whatever is worth doing, is worth doing well, the Asus ROG centurion delivers as a beast in its forte – gaming audio. However, if you can look past its heaviness and the little head fatigue from time to time, it is one of the best devices offering 7.1 surround sound in the market. The accuracy of the virtual surround sound is also one of the best I’ve ever used. The host of controls and software suite may seem like some serious work but once you tweak the headset to what you like, you’ll probably never have to revisit that part. The Asus is the perfect fit for die-hard games thirsting for surround sound and the advantages it brings along into their game escapades. While the music performance might be not so good, I genuinely felt like the hardware gives me an advantage over other gamers as I was indulged with excellent soundtrack that gave away their movements, allowing me effectively anticipate and counter their moves. The Centurion’s sound can be the difference between a duck and a gun shot and it can help increase reaction in tight combat scenarios. The cyborg looking device is expensive at £219 but the delivery on the surround experience makes that all too easily forgettable.

Our Vide Review off the ASUS ROG Centurion

ASUS ROG Centurion Mic & junction box

Communication and Audio inputs are done with the use of a large microphone that can be easily turned in any direction but is also retractable and can be folded away. Funnily, the controls of the Centurion are not done from the headset itself but from an included junction box that connects using USB and a DAC. The box is highly functional despite its cheap appearance and feel, housing controls for volume, preset EQ modes and LED lighting. The individual channel volumes are adjusted via the wheels and the whole box may prove a little smarter at first but you’ll be fine once you get the hang of it.

ASUS ROG Centurion Software

Asus offers even more precision and controls with its software that allows deeper customization and fine-tuning. The software is a free download and contains many virtual sliders that allow various degrees of adjustments. The suite also comes with preset preferences that can be edited and adjusted till you like what you hear. There are 10 distinct drivers, five on each ear cup that deliver real and balanced sound, there are also breathable foamy ear pads that ship with the headset which can be swapped out if they start feeling stuffy. A thick but not-so-flexible HDMI cable that allows every other thing to connect to the base station is also included. The cable is also short which means the amplifier has to stay in close proximity. The other HDMI port behind the amplifier allows connection and control of any existing speakers; this is a great opportunity to sync with other speakers but it comes at a cost as it gulps up 2 USB ports from your PC.

ASUS ROG Centurion Audio Quality and Performance

The Audio quality emanating from the cyborg-looking headset is good when evaluating overall performance. Looking more at it from a broken-down angle, the Centurion delivers a little overwhelming bass, a little muffled midrange and the high ranges aren’t exactly as crisp as we would have wanted. Whether you are using the headset in 5.1, 7.1 or stereo mode, the presence of multiple dedicated drivers in each ear cup guarantees a deeply rooted gaming experience and natural sounding audio in all direction during gameplay; if you are not experiencing the best outcome you desire, a little fumbling with the wheels and you will be tweaking the tweeters and mid-range drivers to get the best. I advise switching the preset ear cups from the gaming preset if you are just open to listening into some music as the former preset can sound a little unnatural.

ASUS ROG Centurion 7.1 surround sound

The FPS mode in gaming brings much details even down to the footsteps and effects. The 7.1 surround sound might be the biggest feature in the sound offerings here as the details are crisp and pleasant, the Virtual surround sound on the other hand is just as good at distinguishing sound sources while helping to identify what is coming from where, a very desirable feature in the first person shooter (FPS), racing and Role playing games (RPGs). In fact, the excellent gaming performance further reiterates the time and effort spent in making this headset as a gaming device and also makes the shortcomings of being overly-bassey while playing music of all genres forgivable. The microphone is clearer and crispier after the Asus software update as it sees better delivery of vocals and VOIP calls.

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