Cooler Master have done very well when it comes to releasing new products. Clearly, a lot of research goes before designing and building, a fact well advertised by the CM Storm Series line. To complete the trifecta consisting of hit gaming mice and mechanical keyboards, Cooler Master released their first headset called the Cooler Master Storm Sirus.
Sound and sound quality are largely in the realm of heavy subjectivity, so it can be difficult reviewing something based on preferences. When you throw in comfort and feel, those are just two extra variables that make it more challenging.
Even price. The usual argument between gamers is if a headset exceeds the $150 range, the better deal is to get quality headphones paired with a cheap $5 microphone. While it may seem like a pedantic alternative, there is a point to be made. Headsets, cheap or expensive, rarely ever come with outstanding microphones.
Manufacturers tend to prioritize sound quality (and rightly so); the ability to voice chat is an amazing immersive social connection, but you do not necessarily need a studio microphone to converse, especially when you also have text chat in games…which brings the entire argument back full-circle.
Why pay for a headset instead headphones when sound quality is the main feature? Aesthetics come to mind, as well as having everything attached to one piece. Exterior additions and different jacks for connecting are also two enticing features. Again, the argument comes back to preference.
In this case the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 headset will undoubtedly look to break this cycle. For $100 it comes jam packed with a ton of unique features and goodies – moreso than any headset we have seen to date. What matters most though is how it performs, and if it is worth paying for it, or going the alternative route.
The CM Storm Sirus comes in the usual CM Storm packaging – red, black, and a see-through window. I love the detail and excellent meld of colours Cooler Master uses for their Storm line, giving the peripherals a menacing feel:
The sides and back contain features specifications, and contact information, outlining exactly what to expect from the Storm Sirus:
Opening it up we have the Storm Sirus 5.1 headset nicely wrapped around a solid plastic clamshell layer: