ASUS ROG Cetra II is here as an audio device in the ROG line to enhance the gaming experience to make it more immersive.
Compared to the Core version, ROG Cetra II has the most major difference in support for Active Noise Cancellation and uses USB-C as a connector. Of course, there are also slight changes to the design side to accommodate the features it brings.
ASUS ROG Cetra II is wrapped in a design that feels quite premium when held in aluminum material which not only makes it sturdy and more scratch resistant but also remains lightweight when worn.
In addition, aluminum also gives an elegant impression which further shows that this earphone is a quality audio device. Equipped with a 9.4mm driver inside, the main body of the ROG Cetra II extends further back so that it will protrude more when placed in the ear.
Meanwhile, these earphones have silicone eartips that are available in three sizes from small to large and eartips with foam or foam material. In addition, there are additional fins that can be attached so that the position of the earphones can be more awake and not easily separated during more intensive activities.
For the position of each eartip itself is not exactly in the middle but slightly to the side so that it can fit more into the ear canal and is more comfortable to use even for a long time.
ROG Cetra II has a matte-coated cable that’s soft and hard to tangle when stored. In the middle there is an in-line control with an indicator light that provides several buttons ranging from volume +/-, play/pause, and ANC/Ambient mode.
The in-line controls are plated in metal with ROG writing on the back which harmonizes with the overall design of the ROG Cetra II. Meanwhile, USB-C with a gold coating is the connector of choice to connect to various types of devices ranging from cellphones, laptops, to consoles, replacing the 3.5mm audio jack.
The presence of USB-C makes using ROG Cetra II not as practical as an audio device that uses a 3.5mm audio jack because it is often not detected. On a cellphone, for example, it takes a while before the earphones can be used. While on laptops with Windows 11, it is necessary to install Armory Crate first so that the earphones are detected.
Powered by ASUS Essence drivers made of liquid silicone (Liquid Silicone Rubber), ROG Cetra II is able to produce sound with fairly clear quality without distortion at maximum volume though. Moreover, the powerful bass is in the spotlight when it comes to audio.
Every boom will feel vibrating the senses of hearing which will certainly make the experience of playing, watching movies, or listening to songs even more exciting. Every sound effect in the game is getting louder so the battle feels more intense.
No wonder ASUS focuses on this because indeed ROG Cetra II is one of the products from the gaming line, so those of you who like kicking bass certainly won’t be disappointed with the sound it produces when playing games, especially the FPS and MOBA genres.
In addition, ROG Cetra II has been equipped with active noise cancellation technology or better known as Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). This technology can block the sound around you from being heard, so you can enjoy a more immersive and focused audio experience.
The combination of ANC technology with the tip of the bud that fits right in the ear to provide an airtight effect is finally able to effectively reduce surrounding noise quite well even though there are still some types of noise such as engine noise that will still enter.
Meanwhile, when you want to listen to the sound of the surrounding environment without having to remove the earphones, ASUS has also embedded an Ambien mode which allows sound to enter the earphones. It’s just that the sound is still not as clear as listening to it directly by removing the earphones.
Both the ANC and Ambien modes are fortunately also accessible via the side button on the In-line Control. That way switching modes can be done quickly and accurately instead of using voice commands or touch like on a TWS device.
Therefore, ROG Cetra II is not only suitable for playing games but also for listening to music and watching movies. The sound will still be heard clearly in various conditions so that the content can be enjoyed with minimal interference.
The ROG Cetra II also has an omnidirectional microphone that picks up my voice pretty well. However, because the scope of his capture is very wide, it is also easy to catch sounds from the surrounding environment.
Overall ROG Cetra II is an audio device that is reliable enough to be used in enjoying entertainment content, especially games. The ANC feature is an additional sweetener that further enhances its capabilities.
The material quality of the ROG Cetra II also feels premium which will certainly be compatible with all types of devices. In addition to having a wide selection of eartips, there is also a small travel bag that can be used to store and carry ROG Cetra II anywhere. It’s just a shame that ASUS doesn’t also provide a USB-C adapter to the 3.5mm audio jack.
By reaching $104.13, ROG Cetra II can be an option for those of you who want the NFC feature and synchronize device themes via Aura Sync. But for most users, I think ROG Cetra II Core offers a more attractive bargaining value because it is not much different in terms of quality and still has a more practical 3.5mm audio jack.