Conclusion: The ASUS Orion Pro looks the part of a high-end gaming headset. The high-gloss black and matte black surfaces, along with the addition of red accents, were smartly utilized by the designers and resulted in a stylish look. The ROG logo on the outside of the ear cups was placed on a reflective surface, which looks sharp. The braided cord and the protein leather really add to the quality appearance.
Pros: FPS mode maximizes sound positioning, Retractable microphone, 7.1 Virtual surround provides excellent game and multimedia audio, No additional software/drivers required, 30dB passive noise cancellation, Very light headset, Extremely comfortable, ROG Spitfire audio processor, 2.5m braided cord
Cons: Ear cups do not swivel laterally, No software/drivers for customization
Gaming headset review: Asus Orion Pro vs. Thrustmaster Y250-C
27 February 2013
Excerpt: Asus and Thrustmaster sent us very similar gaming headsets in terms of pricing and features. Both are large and black with red highlights, and have a boom microphone. On paper the Thrustmaster Y250-C has the wider frequency response. Hardware.Info tested both the Thrustmaster and the Asus Orion headsets.
Conclusion: Having completely despised the Vulcan ANC headset from ASUS, I honestly expected – and was ready to – hate this headset as well. However, I was completely blown away by the ROG Orion Pro headset. It was beyond my expectations in sound, depth, and overall performance/ease of use. I wanted to hate them after the Vulcan ANC headset had disappointed me so much, but I just couldn't. The sound quality and depth of songs just left me in awe with the Orion Pro headset.
Pros: Price (I don't think I've ever said this)., Quality sound – full range with multiple applications., Retractable mic, great for travel and non-gaming purposes.
Cons: Sweaty ears? Pleather ear caps can take their toll after hours of game play
Summary: Overall, the ASUS ROG ORION PRO performed very well with games, videos, and music. I expected a little bit better sound quality from them, especially since the ROG Vulcan were mighty good. But I wasn’t let down. I would probably get the Orion Pro over the Corsair Vengeance 1500, even though I like Corsair’s earcups better.
Compared to other headsets like the Corsair Vengeance, the Orion Pro is a notch above in sound quality, but a notch below in ergonomics.
Conclusion: That said, you’re paying a premium mostly for the USB amplifier, otherwise the regular (non Pro) Orion headset is an awesome headset. The 50mm drivers with large earcups are make a powerful package, and should be considered by any PC gaming enthusiast.