Step back a year ago and you would be hard pressed to find an illuminated headset. Even today, there aren’t that many choices, most notably the Afterglow headset and a few Steelseries Siberia V2 “colors.” It’s a product niche that hasn’t been heavily exploited yet and Cooler Master is taking notice with the soon-to-be released Pulse-R headset.
Despite the Pulse-R’s heavily stylized appearance and laundry list of features and specifications, Cooler Master doesn’t try to make this headset the king of the hill. At $81.99 shipped on Amazon, it’s a modest asking price for what that price could be. The generous use of aluminum in the headband, detachable microphone, and earcup lights give an aggressive aesthetic that could fools others into thinking the Pulse-R was a top-the-line gaming headset. Instead, underneath all that is a 40 mm driver in each earcup for stereo audio connected to the PC by 3.5 mm analog jacks – no surround sound. That’s fine by me since I prefer my audio coming out analog since it provides the option of using a dedicated sound card.
While I mention audio, the Pulse-R headphones don’t sound perfect, but they don’t sound terrible either, which I cover in much greater detail in further in this review. It’s incredible how much Cooler Master was able to deliver without making too many compromises.
CM Storm Pulse-R Features and Technical Specifications: