CM Storm has come leaps and bounds in regards to their whole peripheral range. Seeing them start off as an-off shoot of the popular case, cooler and power supply brand Cooler Master, they've really made a name for themselves thanks to feedback from sponsored professional gamers and some solid R&D groundwork.
With this being my first take-home CM Storm offering, I decided to keep a very open mind. I've followed their development throughout the last few years, often making my way over to their booths at various of trade shows, eSports events and competitions that I have either been competing in, working at or visiting as a spectator.
Previously using the Tt eSPORTS Dracco Captain, I expected this to fare quite similarly. Both headsets are of similar price ranges and both companies have similar experience in the peripheral field. However, rated slightly cheaper ($20 on average), the Ceres 500 comes with the ability to function on multiple platforms including the Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC, whereas the Dracco Captain is natively PC-only.
As mentioned, this is a mid-range headset. Coming in at $55 when seen on Amazon, this offering from CM Storm will provide you with a basic 2.0 stereo sound output powered by 40mm drivers. Its sensitivity is rated at 116dB ± 4dB and the frequency response is listed as 20 Hz - 20,000 Hz.
One of the interesting inclusions is their microphone attachment. Set as a 3.5mm connection, it snaps in quite nicely and can be dismounted quickly stored away as you see fit.
Although rated at 1.06 lbs in total weight, the headset feels quite light in the hands and when on the head. This would be thanks to the plush leather headband and large cloth circular ear cups that are over-ear in design - easily fitting over my large head without providing pressure on my skull or ears.
Furthering the list of specifications and features includes the actual connection options to various devices. Unfortunately, this headset will connect to your PC though USB, seeing the 3.5mm jack used for audio console applications and the USB then turning into a power-only supplier.
Lastly is the microphone specifications - stated by CM Storm, with the sensitivity at 1kHz, the Ceres 500 is rated at -54 ± 3dB with the frequency response being 100 Hz - 10,000 Hz. My friends in mumble and Skype were able to hear me loud and clear - marking what I believe to be a turning point in gaming headset microphone technology. Gone are the days of microphones being bass-less and washed out by almost any background noise. I've come to discover that most decent headsets released from early 2013 onward generally has a very decent voice option.
Pricing & Availability
As previously mentioned, the CM Storm Ceres 500 is listed for a low to mid-range price point of $55 when seen on Amazon's US store. This is rated at $20 above its smaller-sibling, the Ceres 300, which offers a very similar package without some of the luxury extras and comfort options.
What's in the box?
Featuring various console and PC connection cables, CM Storm's Ceres 500 also comes with a very handy guide showing you clearly displayed diagrams on how exactly you should connect it to each system - this guide states what cables to use and where they go. This is something that is overlooked by other companies, seeing them often assume that you know how these things work.
This is a surprisingly simple package from CM Storm, with no extensive manual, carry pouch or accessories of any kind included. In the future, we'd like to see CM Storm follow suit of companies by providing handy carry-pouches for their products. Not only is it a cool looking inclusion, but it actually helps in general transporting use and product protection when travelling.
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United States: The Cooler Master Ceres-500 Foldable Gaming Headset retails for $59.99 at Amazon.