ASUS Orion Pro - Jack Of Both Trades

5/10/2013 5:50:24 PM

When buying a new pair of headphones, it’s always vital to first determine where you would use it most. For playing music, a well-balanced sound is what audiophiles usually look for, but this is not the case for gaming headphones. When you play games, you don’t always need balanced sound. Sometimes you need to hear the small details that are not present on the screen (like an upcoming enemy’s footsteps). ASUS took these into account in creating the Republic of Gamers (RoG) Orion Pro gaming headset.

ASUS Orion Pro

ASUS Orion Pro

The overall build quality is primarily made of plastic. It is bendable and feels a bit flimsy, but it’s not all that bad since it is really meant for indoor use. Gaming headsets are never complete without a microphone for in-game voice chats; that’s why ASUS was thoughtful enough to include a cool flexible boom mic that retracts.

The key to this product is the included Spitfire USB amplifier. It is a driver-free audio processor that delivers a specific sound output for you to hear what you need to hear. It has three presets: FPS, Surround, and AMP. FPS mode is for first-person shooter games to let you hear the precise details needed to win a match. This EQ setting also boosts the bass performance for powerful explosions in the game.

Surround mode activates a virtual 7.1 surround sound, excellent for watching videos and playing games. By recreating the game’s environment and putting you in the middle of all the action, a more immersive and enjoyable experience is achieved.

The Spitfire USB amplifier has three presets: FPS for games, Surround for 7.1 surround sound, and AMP for music.

The Spitfire USB amplifier has three presets: FPS for games, Surround for 7.1 surround sound, and AMP for music.

If you want to relax and just lean back after an intense gaming session, you can switch to AMP mode and play music. It balances the sound coming out of the 50mm neodymium speaker drivers and transforms your gaming headphones instantly to a regular pair of musical cans. These three presets can be activated one by one or all at the same time.

Since the Orion Pro was built to take users to a different world through sound, audio quality was very impressive in our tests. The 30dB of noise isolation blocks out most of the outside noise. In addition, it carries 20 Hz-20 kHz of frequency range coupled with 32 ohms, meaning users of the Orion Pro can choose to not use the Spitfire amplifier and connect directly to the computer.

What good is a gaming headset if it doesn’t have a mic for voice chats? ASUS included a retractable boom mic that bends.

What good is a gaming headset if it doesn’t have a mic for voice chats? ASUS included a retractable boom mic that bends.

The Orion Pro gaming headset is lightweight at 268 grams. Partner that with the full size 100mm over-ear cushions and you can say hello to sleepless nights full of gaming. With these headphones, ASUS captured the attention of gamers and music enthusiasts alike.


§  Driver: 50mm with neodymium magnet

§  Ear cup diameter: 100mm

§  Impedance: 32Ω

§  Sensitivity: 30dB

§  Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

§  Microphone: -30dB sensitivity

§  Cable length: 2.5m, braided

§  Weight: 268g without cable

§  Website:

At a glance

§  Type: Closed-back

§  Design: Headband

§  Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz

§  Sensitivity: 30dB

§  Price: $145.9


§  Verdict: 8.5

§  Physique: 8.5

§  Features: 9.0

§  Performance: 8.5

§  Value: 8.5


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