I don't have any hard data that would give me an idea about the popularity of the first edition of the Asus Cerberus headset, but hey – it's Asus, and it's a gaming peripheral named after a monstrous three-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld. For your average gamer, that alone is going to be more than enough to make them whip out their wallet and spend some cash.
In case you seem to remember seeing different peripherals going by the name of "Cerberus", other than the headset, you're not in the wrong: the Cerberus line also includes a membrane keyboard and an optical mouse.
In Asus's own words, the Cerberus V2 is the long awaited follow-up to their best-selling gaming headset, now equipped with better audio drivers - Asus calls them "Essence drivers" - capable of digging even deeper into the lowest part of the sound spectrum. The headband is now made out of stainless steel, and the ear cushions also got some upgrades in order to improve overall comfort and durability. If you're mainly interested in the differences between the Asus Cerberus V2 and its predecessor, I directly compared the two further on in the review.
However, we're not here only for that, but also to find out if the Cerberus V2 can keep up with its competitors and live up to its $75 price tag. That's not cheap, and when you decide to spend that kind of money on a gaming headset, you have every right to set your expectations high, both in terms of sound and microphone quality and additional features.
When it comes to non-standard features, the Cerberus V2 offers two microphones: a detachable boom microphone and an in-line microphone affixed to a surprisingly stiff, braided cord that comes out of the left ear cup. Before you ask - no, the cord itself isn't detachable, which means you won't have an easy way out should you break it.
The fact that the Cerberus V2 is equipped with two microphones clearly tells us that Asus would like for us to use it with PCs, consoles, and mobile devices; we should take it with us when we leave our homes. I don't find it particularly suitable for the latter, though - more on that later.
The Cerberus V2 comes in red, green, or blue to better match your personal preference or perfectly fit into your game room, in case your color scheme features one of these colors. Don't take it too literally, though - we're only talking about the color of its accents, such as the stitching on the headband, the fabric on the inner side of the ear cups, and the rings that sit between the ear cups and the cushions. In all three cases, the base color of the headset is black.
- 53 mm dynamic driver (neodymium magnet)
- 32 Ω impedance
- 20-20,000 Hz frequency response (specified by the manufacturer)
- Closed back, over-ear design
- Detachable uni-directional boom microphone
- Omni-directional in-line microphone
- 1.2 m + 1.4 m braided cable
- Weight: 344 g