For gamers, not only visual abilities can enhance the gaming experience. Audio is also one of the important factors in playing games. This time Asus is trying to bring powerful audio quality through the ROG Cetra II Core.
The word “Core” itself implies that these conventional wired earphones only focus on providing an excellent audio and communication experience, without having additional features. Call it ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) or RGB light effects like those on standard ROG Cetra earphones.
Asus ROG Cetra II Core Design
Not much can be reviewed from the design of these earphones except for the earbuds. These are in-ear-monitoring or IEM type earphones, which are equipped with eartips for a snug fit. The design of the earbuds still gives a strong gaming impression. There is a ROG logo on each side of the earbuds with a red print. Using a matte black metal material. The benefit is that it is light in weight and safe even though it is often hit by other objects.
For extra protection, Asus provides a pouch to store these earphones. Inside there are many additional eartips. Asus provides three silicone eartip size options. Not only that, there are still a pair of black earbuds that use foam material in the sales package. The advantage is that it can isolate noise more effectively and the sound output can be maximized. Meanwhile, the disadvantages are that it gets dirty more easily, is difficult to clean, and has a shorter service life. In addition, there are two sizes of ear fins that can be used to make the earbuds not easily separated from the ear.
The end of the 3.5mm jack is made quite small with an L-shaped design. So that when plugged into a smartphone, it doesn’t interfere much with the position of the two hands that are holding the body on the left and right.
For how to operate, you only need to connect this earphone to a smartphone and use it immediately. In other words, it is a plug-and-play type of earphone. For ROG devices, you will find special settings for optimal sound output. You can find it in the settings along with the equalizer.
There is a microphone equipped with 3 buttons, namely the volume up button, volume down button, and the play/pause button. These earphones are also designed to be multiplatform. You can use it on various smartphones, PCs, PS5, Xbox X/S, Mac devices, and Nintendo Switch. There is also a splitter if you want to use these earphones in conjunction with a separate microphone.
Asus ROG Cetra II Core Performance
When used to play FPS games, you can still listen to the enemy’s footsteps and the sound of the enemy clearly without having to turn up the volume to the maximum. The bass is also really powerful. If you use it to listen to music like R&B, Pop, and EDM, you can still say it’s suitable. However, for those of you who prioritize vocals, it might feel a little less dominant.
When paired to the ROG Phone 5 and some Samsung smartphones, the sound output is fairly neutral. But for other Android smartphones and iPhones, you have to adjust the equalizer and lower the bass level so that it doesn’t get too warm and close the mids and highs. Overall, the audio quality is quite satisfactory. It’s just that on some devices you have to make adjustments first.
Asus ROG Cetra II Core retails for $56.01. These earphones can be one of the best choices. For users of ROG Phone 5 and other compatible consoles, these earphones will certainly work optimally and are worth considering.