ROG Cetra RGB ANC Earphones Review

This is the ROG Cetra RGB USB-C ANC gaming
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Hey there, it’s XTMM from Salty News Network
And as promised, I’m back to
review the ROG Cetra RGB gaming earphones.
These were announced earlier this year,
And it’s basically a refreshed version of last year’s Cetra
Except it has RGB now!
It cost RM499, which is pretty cheap for active noise cancelling earphones.
It’s also a USB-C type, so it works with the Nintendo Switch, newer laptops and most phones.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s get to it.
First of all, I just wanna say that the packaging is
very confusing
BECAUSE…it says gaming HEADPHONES instead of earphones.
But just so we’re clear, these go in your ears, and not on your head okay?
After you open up the magnetic flap, you’ll see the
earphones along with an ROG-branded carry
Which is always nice to have.
I nside the case are all the spare bits
Including extra ear tips, spare ear fins, and a cable clip.
If you tug on these 2 ribbons hanging out
You can easily remove the top layer to reveal the quick start guide and warranty card underneath.
Now, on to the earphones themselves.
As expected of ROG, these look very ‘cool’ and gamerlike, and are made of black plastic.
Sadly, the cable is rubber instead of braided nylon,
Which is what I’d expect after paying almost 500 bucks.
On the earphones, you’ll find these shark-like fins
Which are meant to sit inside your ear
For a more secure fit.
They come in 3 sizes, and can be completely removed if you want to.
Personally, I find the earphones more comfortable without them, so I will just…
Pop them out like this
And used them normally.
The earphones themselves have a metallic sheen, which looks very nice with the RGB lighting,
Which you can tweak and sync with your other ROG peripherals via Aura Sync.
If you’re not a fan of RGB
You can also switch it off completely…
Or just buy the non-RGB version
of the Cetra
Don’t bodoh bodoh spend money ok
Anyway, above the logo is the microphone used for noise cancelling,
And on the other side is where the 10mm Essence drivers pump music into your ears.
Moving down the cable, you’ll find an inline microphone that sits nicely below your chin
So it doesn’t slap against your face even if you’re jogging
Or doing some other vigorous activities.
Surprisingly, the microphone’s quality is very good
I’m using it right now and it sounds very natural,
Unlike most other earphone mics that tend to sound more nasally or even staticky.
So this is a great addition for those who need to communicate with their teammates on the go.
Further on down, you’ll find the inline controls,
The plastic does feel a bit cheap and light,
But the buttons are sturdy enough.
On the front you’ll find the volume up, volume down, and multi-function button.
Which can be used to pause, play, switch tracks, and even answer calls.
Do note that the multi-function button doesn’t work on EVERY phone,
So remember to check the product page to make sure it’s compatible with yours.
On the side, you’ll find the ANC toggle.
Pressing the button will cycle between ANC, Ambient, and Normal mode.
Which will be indicated by this
white LED here.
Solid white means ANC is on,
Blinking means it’s in ambient mode
And no light means that ANC is off.
Now, on to the most important part.
The sound quality. Let’s start with its ANC feature.
To be honest, the ANC on the Cetra RGB is pretty subtle
It works best in relatively quiet
environments like the office,
Where it will cut out aircond and fan noises very well
But you will still be able to hear louder sounds like your own typing.
So, what you can do to increase its effect is to pair it with better passive noise cancelling
By using the foam tips included in the package.
Just give them a good squeeze and let them expand in your ear,
And you’ll get a pretty good seal.
Unfortunately, while there are 3 pairs of silicone tips included,
ROG only provided one pair of foam
tips so you’d better hope they fit you lah 🙂
By turning on ambient mode will drastically lower the volume of your music
And use the noise cancelling mic to pick up and transmit the sounds around you into your ear.
Now, for music listening the Cetra RGB is pretty decent
It has great highs and mids by default,
So it sounds great on pop songs with lots of vocals.
If you want a little more bass, don’t worry as you can head into Armoury Crate and tweak the settings from there.
But most importantly,
How does it sound while gaming?
I gave it a go on PUBG Mobile
Where positional awareness is key, and I found that it performed extremely well.
Gunfire was punchy
and the footsteps were clear.
I could clearly tell where enemies were shooting from, which is the most important thing.
Overall, it really helps
immerse you in the game and it also gives you an edge with great positional audio.
So, is the Cetra RGB something you should throw your money at?
First of all, the ANC effect is pretty minimal and
definitely can’t fight higher-end earphones,
But it’s decent enough to block out annoying aircond and other ambient noises.
Plus, the inline controls are pretty finicky as well and doesn’t work on every phone.
On the bright side, the earphones have excellent positional audio and sound great for gaming,
Which is exactly what it’s built for
With some tweaking in Armoury Crate,
It’s also great for listening to music,
Though obviously it won’t fight a good set of audiophile earphones.
The RGB lighting looks super nice if you’re into that kind of thing,
And it’s also compatible with Aura Sync so
it can match your other ROG gear if you have them.
The mic is also exceptional by earphone
At RM499, it’s definitely a bit pricey
But if you’re looking for a cool-looking pair of USB-C gaming earphones
With entry level active noise cancelling
and a great mic,
This is definitely something you
should consider.
So, is the ROG Cetra RGB something you’d be
interested in?
Or would you rather drop money on
audiophile earphones instead?
Let us know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon. Kthxbye!

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