CM Storm Ceres-400 Review
A Closer Look at the CM Storm Ceres 400
The packaging for the Ceres-400 is quite reminiscent of most CM Storm products on the market. We’ve got a clear view of the headset up front and some product features on the back in a number of different languages.
You didn’t expect any accessories did you? Neither did we. The Ceres 400 is a 3.5mm plug and play analogue headset, so the only thing that’s going to come in the packaging is the headset along with some documentation.
The industrial design of the earcups look quite good despite the material of choice here being plastic. The outer circle is treated with a soft touch matte finish and actually provides a lot of grip and more importantly, makes the headset feel a lot more expensive than it really is. The very center of each earcup has a circular glossy piece of plastic. On the left side, there’s a microphone and the right side is simply a CM Storm logo. Not a huge fan of glossy plastic as it’s a huge fingerprint magnet, but oh well. At least it looks good right out of the box.
Here we can see the usual swiveling noise cancelling microphone. It’ll swivel about 120°starting from its initial resting position.
The headband here is plastic, but it is quite thick so it should hold up pretty well considering its price point. Unfortunately, the height adjustment notches feels kind of flimsy, but it does its job.
There’s an in-line dongle attached to the wire. It has 2 simple controls – volume adjustment and mic on/off.
With the earcups, Cooler Master has gone the comfort route and has included large, 90mm closed-ear cloth ear pads with the Ceres-400. The earpads are covered with a porous cloth to provide ventilation, so they’ll be quite comfortable in comparison to leatherette earcups when gaming for extended periods of time, but out of the box they will feel a little stiff. However, after the initial break-in period, they will become quite comfortable.
As with all analog headsets, the Ceres 400 also comes with two 3.5mm jacks – one for audio and the other for the microphone. The cord isn’t braided, but it’s a fairly thick plastic wrapped cord, so it should handle a good amount of abuse just fine.