ASUS Cerberus V2
Available from several online suppliers for well under $100, the ASUS Cerberus V2 gaming headset offers big sound and solid build quality for gamers on a budget. With large 53mm “Essence” drivers the sound leans heavily towards the bass side of the spectrum, but even so the frequency response is impressive for what you pay for. Throw in a metallic headband and comfortable ear cushions and it’s a definite winner from ASUS, offering great sound and even better value for money.
As a sequel of sorts to the original ASUS Cerberus gaming headset the V2 improves on the original by decreasing the size of the drivers from 60mm to 53mm, which leads to more ear room and a more comfortable design. As a stereo headset with standard 3.5mm connections it can easily connect to any PC or console or portable device with a regular headphone jack. At 344 g the Cerberus V2 is also on the lighter side of the headset spectrum, and has clearly been designed for gaming or listening sessions that can be measured in the hours. In fact, at a glance you wouldn’t really think that it was a budget or mid-range entry from ASUS. Technically and physically the parts all add up to something more - even the included cables are braided and heavy duty.
Strangely, the only place where ASUS seem to have cut corners with the Cerberus V2 seems to be with the microphone, which has trouble with low talkers or those that tend to whisper.
- Type: Closed
- Driver: 53mm
- Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Cable length: 1.2m + audio/mic splitter cable
- Microphone Pickup pattern: Uni-directional
- Frequency response: 50 to 10,000 Hz
Design and Comfort
By switching to 53mm drivers for V2 the Cerberus becomes one of the more comfortable headsets from ASUS, with large cushions and a headband that never feels too tight or loose. The mix of metallic and plastic works well and doesn’t really factor into the overall weight. The mic is also detachable for those that tend to use headphones as much for solo play as well as multiplayer - which is a nice touch. The only real design issue that we had was that the in-line volume and mic controls are placed way too high on the attached cable. Meaning that there will be a chunk of plastic sitting just under your neck-line no matter where or how you use the Cerberus V2. The controls also have a clip which means that you’re supposed to attached it directly to your collar. Which is a strange choice for a headset. As the cushions are circular in shape and the headset itself rather large, portability could be an issue. These headset boots weren’t meant for walking, so to speak.
In terms of sound, there’s no two ways about it – you get what you pay for. On the high frequency spectrum there’s a definite divide between the Cerberus V2 and the more premium headsets out there. But even so the soundstage is clear, punchy, and detailed. And when you factor in the larger 53mm drivers you get bass of the booming variety, and the all-important mid-range frequency detail. Perhaps a little too much bass though, which can drown out other sounds when gaming. As a stereo headset with standard 3.5mm connections it’ll be up to your own device or software to adjust the EQ to get things sounding more natural. But, when adjusted or coupled with a decent amplifier the response can be impressive across games, movies, and music. For the price.
In the end the ASUS Cerberus V2 headset is a showcase for what you can get without breaking the bank. The large 53mm drivers are unique for a headset in this price range, so even though that means a lot of bass it’s never artificial or distorted. Apart from the somewhat underwhelming mic, the ASUS Cerberus V2 is a definite winner.