Packaging and Overview
As we start with the front of the box we find that Cooler Master isn’t content to just give us the usual picture preview introduction to the Ceres 500's as the actual unit is peeking out the right side for us to get a look at.
The rear is where we get introduced to most of the features the 500 has to offer as well as the technical specifications. You can see the in-line volume controller has a built in amplifier for better sound, the microphone is detachable just like the Ceres 300s and the 500 series features a fold-able design for easy storage.
Inside the box we find a user guide, a quick connections guide, a 2.5 mm connection cable and the 3.5 mm to RCA pass-through cable for connection to your console systems. The last addition is the removable microphone
Finally we get our hands on the headset. The overall design is similar to the Ceres 300 but it is plain to see there is a bit more going on here. The earphones can be rotated 90o so the 500 can be worn around your neck and operate as a pair of small speakers for those times when you just aren’t in the headphone mood. This model is also fold-able and compact for travel, good for both LAN PC gamers and console users who like to take their systems with them.
The ear pads on the Ceres 500 are made from the same durable knitted cloth found on the 300’s to provide that long term comfort for marathon gaming sessions. The headband padding is made of leather and is adjustable to fit your own personal preference. The removable microphone connection jack is found in the left ear piece and this time around it with a more robust port that eliminates the plug in orientation confusion the 300’s had.
The connection cable for the 500 is a bit more substantial than your average headset as you would expect for a product aiming to cater to both markets. The in-line controller is one of the largest I have ever seen offering not only then usual volume and microphone muting abilities but also microphone volume control and a switch that allows you to switch between PC and console mode on the fly. The headset is USB powered meaning it will always need a USB connection to be used in any configuration. For PC use the USB connection serves as the audio connection as well (no dual 3.5 mm jack configuration here guys) but for strictly console use be aware that you will need a USB port handy for the headset to function.