The MasterPulse Pro Headset is nice. I like the design and aesthetics. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with the lack of a boom mic on this headset. It’s great for gaming and music listening. But for voice chat, it’s lacking.
Cooler Master could have used a detachable boom mic instead to keep the headset clean looking when the mic isn’t required and that would keep me happy with having a good mic when needed instead of the hidden mic that is performing poorly.
I would also suggest an adapter for using the MasterPulse Pro with a mini-jack. This is a minor gripe, as I don’t really need it to be compatible with a mini-jack, but having options is nice.
Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Conclusion
Performance of the MasterPulse Pro was very good when listening to music, gaming, or during voice chat. The mic however is lacking and sounds soft and distant.
Appearance of the MasterPulse Pro is pleasing to the eye. The aluminum frame is light yet sturdy. The red cabling is a bit eye catching at first and I’m still kind of on the fence about how it looks. Although, tangles do not seem to be an issue with this cable, as Cooler Master claims.
Construction of the MasterPulse Pro is excellent. Everything is well put together. Nothing seems out of place or mis-aligned. Even the plastic in-line controller doesn’t feel like it’s going to break without some effort.
Functionality of the MasterPulse Pro is nice. All the switches and buttons are easy to get at. You can adjust volume, EQ, and lighting without having to look at the controller once you get used to it. The mics functionality is a bit of a let down. I think Cooler Master could of implemented a better system for the microphone. 7.1 virtual surround is a bust as well.
Value for MasterPulse Pro, with it’s price of $99.99 (Amazon | Newegg), seems a bit high to me when comparing it’s cost to the Corsair Void Surround, which is sells for around $79.99 (Newegg) at the time of this writing. Launch pricing may vary, so it’s hard to put a value on the MasterPulse Pro. But given the prices that I see, the MasterPulse Pro was the better performer in my opinion, making it worth more than the Corsair Void Surround. $20 bucks more? Maybe so.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a gaming headset that works well when listening to everything, this is a solid choice. If you really need a headset that has a great mic for voice chat, this headset is not the one for you.
+ Dynamic range and immersive sound
+ Light and sturdy construction
+ Bass FX
+ RGB lighting
+ Built-in EQ
– Poor microphone performance
– Limited connectivity options (USB only)
– Virtual 7.1 surround doesn’t work