All-in-all, the ASUS ROG Centurion 7.1 is a very good headset, though it does have a couple of niggling issues.
To start with the negative aspects of the headset, the first annoyance is the need to use the included external USB station. This station just adds weight and is another thing to carry around if you are going to a LAN party, for example.
My biggest gripe with the Centurion, though, is that the cable is both too short and that is wired from the left ear-cup, not the right one. I just found the cable got in the way, despite my best attempts to tuck it out of the way. ASUS could do with making it another metre longer.
Other than that, though, I loved using the Centurion. The audio quality is simply fantastic – it has great depth and richness about it, while being very well balanced thanks to the crisp top-end.
That is before we even get to the true 7.1 surround, another feature which is just incredible. Virtual surround simply does not come close to the real thing – the effect of the 5 drivers in each ear-cup is simply stunning. It meant I was able to pick out in-game details with great accuracy, something which could definitely give you a competitive edge.
It is also very comfy, the ear-cups fit very well and the headband is perfectly soft. The mic’s noise-cancelling feature is also effective.
We must mention the price of the Centurion, though, as it is pretty steep – coming in at £219.95. Granted, it is a top-quality, true 7.1 surround sound headset, but even then, that is a lot of money for a gaming headset. I had to think long and hard about the value it offers before writing this conclusion.
I was also able to spend some time with the Corsair VOID 7.1 headset alongside the Centurion to use it as a comparison. The VOID is a virtual 7.1 surround sound headset that retails for about £75 – significantly less than the Centurion. That being said, I would not say the margin of difference between the two headsets is that big, and in my opinion, not big enough to justify the extra outlay. The Centurion of course offers features that the VOID does not, but for the money, the VOID acquits itself very well and is a compelling option for those looking for a surround sound headset without the huge price tag.
As such, I must give my final verdict on the ASUS ROG Centurion. It is undoubtedly the best sounding headset I have ever used but the price is just very steep, while I do find the short cable to be annoying. As such, the Centurion does not win our top award, but it certainly comes highly recommended.
If you are after the absolute best in sound quality and do not want to compromise on that, the Centurion will serve you very well.
You can buy the Centurion from Overclockers UK for £219.95 HERE.
- Excellent audio quality.
- Very comfortable.
- Ear-cups fit very well.
- Replaceable ear-cups included.
- Noise-cancelling mic is effective.
- A lot of money for a gaming headset.
- The USB station is not ideal for transport or keeping your desk tidy.
- The headset’s cable could be longer.
KitGuru says: The ASUS ROG Centurion is definitely the best-sounding headset I have ever used. However, the true 7.1 surround sound comes at a very high price and the headset’s cable is a bit short.