CM Storm Pulse R Headset Review
Up Close continued
As with a few high-end headsets both the microphone and cable are removable. The microphone for the Pulse-R is a boom style, with some flex in the arm. We like these as they reduce the possibility, that is sadly all too common, of people 'eating' their microphone. By limiting where you can position it hopefully there will be fewer problems with plosives and sibilants to enrage the listener.
We saw on the Mech keyboard that the aluminium was removable to 'aid in easy cleaning', but realistically to allow you to customise the colour to your hearts desire. The Pulse-R continues this trend although, being a headset, without the pretense that it's for cleaning purposes. You also get a glimpse of the LED, which we'll come to in a moment.
The padding on the ear-pieces is extraordinarily plush. The foam is deep and comforting, helping to spread the weight of the Pulse-R across the head. On the underside of the left ear-piece is the connection for the cable in a proprietary format, and the regulation 3.5mm jack for the microphone.
The cable itself is good quality with two 3.5mm jacks for the audio and microphone, and a USB to power the lighting. Yes, this glows white when the USB cable is plugged in, further indicating its coherence with the Mech keyboard and Reaper mouse.
The in-line remote is a slide bar rather than a wheel for both the volume and microphone muting.
With the USB cable plugged in the section behind the metal outer covering lights up in a soft white glow, reminding us of the Mech keyboard and the Reaper mouse. The white and aluminium look is very classy.
Despite the 50 Ohm nature of the CM Storm Pulse-R, our Xonar Phoebus supports headphones up to a whopping 600 Ohm impedance, so the Pulse-R will get all the power they require.