ASUS ROG CETRA True Wireless Gaming Headphones Review


ASUS is no stranger to gaming headsets, but with the ROG CETRA True Wireless, it officially breaks new ground with a headset designed for all your entertainment needs. It features active noise cancellation, high-fidelity customizable sound, and low-latency gaming. At $199, it’s not cheap, but it might be the only headset you can use for everything.


  • Current price: $199 (Asus)
  • Main characteristics:
    • Low Latency Wireless Audio: Game Mode provides better synchronization of audio with video for competitive gaming.
    • Active Noise Cancellation (ANC): Hybrid ANC technology detects and filters noise from inside and outside the headphones, enabling immersive audio experiences.
    • LONG BATTERY LIFE: Features a 27 hour battery life with fast charging technology.
    • Wireless Charging: The case can be easily charged via wireless charging.
    • Touch Control: Simple touch controls allow for quick in-game adjustments.
    • Water Resistance: IPX4 splash-proof water resistance adds protection.
  • Usage scenario: games, multimedia
  • Interface: wireless
  • Connector: BT
  • Bluetooth Codec: Supports SBC and AAC audio codecs
  • Support Platform: PC, MAC, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, Bluetooth device
  • Driver Material: Neodymium Magnet
  • Driver Size: 10mm
  • Headphone impedance: 32 ohms
  • Headphone frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
  • Microphone directivity: omnidirectional
  • Microphone sensitivity: -38dB
  • Microphone frequency response: 100Hz – 10KHz
  • AI noise canceling microphone: no
  • Active noise cancellation: Yes
  • Channel: Stereo
  • Aura: No
  • Battery: 4.8 + 17 hours (ANC on), 5.5 + 21.5 hours (ANC off)
  • Foldability: No
  • Lester:
    • Helmet (each side) 5g
    • 42g charging case
  • Carry Bag/Box: No
  • Additional ear cushion: No
  • The black color
  • Accessories: 2 pairs of ear tips, charging cable (60 cm), quick start guide

ASUS ROG CETRA True Wireless – What is it?

The ASUS ROG CETRA True Wireless is the successor to last year’s ROG CETRA II, a pair of wired gaming headphones that brought active noise cancellation and hi-fi audio to the portable gaming world. As you might have guessed from the name, the CETRA True Wireless cuts the cord entirely and opts for an AirPods-like design designed to be worn all day, whether you’re gaming or listening to music.

These headphones aren’t limited to portable use, but you’d be crazy not to take them on the go. Not only are they priced in line with other high-end true wireless headphones, but the feature set is designed to meet the needs of your entire day, not just while you’re sitting in front of your gaming PC. Active noise and ambient modes let you block out or turn on the outside world depending on your situation. They also feature water resistance, intuitive touch controls, Armory Crate app control with spatial audio and customizable EQ, and fast charging.

The buds themselves come in a sleek little box. Inside, you’ll find the buds inside their case with the battery terminals covered for safe transport (but be sure to fully charge them before using them). There are also three sets of silicone tips and a charging cable. The layout is simple, and at this price a few extra ear tips would have been welcome, but you get everything you need without wasting time.

The fit and finish of the buds and case are very nice and are iconic “ROG”. The Republic of Gamers brand has a very unique aesthetic and you can clearly see that DNA here. In the center of the case is a small LED matrix, displaying the ROG eye logo with cyclic colors. The edge of each earbud also features a matrix that displays charging and connection status, but is otherwise off when they’re in your ears. There’s also some pretty bold ROG and eye branding, but it doesn’t look bad when worn – unlike over-ear headphones, no one will give you a side eye for wearing a “gaming headset” out of the house with these buds.

The CETRA True Wireless uses the classic AirPod “bud and stem” design, which works well for comfort and call clarity. The buds are secured both in the ear canal and are also supported by the outer ear, making them comfortable for long gaming sessions and hours away from home. Each bud has a microphone just at the bottom of each stem, positioning it closer to your mouth for better grip. Curiously, these buds lack ASUS’ AI noise cancellation, so they suffer more from background noise, but are overall clear.

These microphones also have a dual function for noise cancellation. Two other microphones are positioned inside the bud to cancel out any noise that makes it inside your ear. It is a hybrid, feed-forward, feedback approach and is useful for tackling mid-frequency noise rather than just low humming sounds (like motors). For users sensitive to active noise cancellation, there are heavy and light noise cancellation modes, as well as an ambient mode for when you need to hear your surroundings. Cycling between these is easy with just two taps on the left bud.

Inside those shells, the CETRA uses ASUS’ Essence drivers, the same ones we’ve seen on the company’s flagship gaming headsets. These are big 10mm speakers, capable of pushing a lot sound. Whether you’re gaming or listening to music, you’ll have no trouble getting enough volume. ASUS also deserves a lot of kudos for these drivers. The Essence drivers are some of the best wireless drivers I’ve ever heard. They are the silver bullet, the real deal, and Craft these headphones.

When it comes to battery life, the CETRA TWS are good but not innovative. Without ANC you can count on 5.5 hours or 4.5 hours with ANC on. As that’s probably how you’ll listen to them, 4.5 falls on the light side. They support fast charging and 10 minutes in the case returns 90 minutes of listening time. The box has a robust battery, enough to provide 27 hours of listening time in total, which is particularly impressive considering its small size. It also supports Qi wireless charging, so you have one less wire to worry about.

ASUS ROG CETRA True Wireless – Performance

That said, make way for games and music! This is the most important quality of any pair of headphones and is exactly where the CETRA excels.

ASUS’ Essence drivers are truly excellent. The stock tuning is V-shaped, so there’s plenty of bass to fuel explosions and cinematic moments, but it doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the listening experience. In fact, CETRA is remarkably balanced. There’s plenty of detail across the spectrum, so you’ll never have to worry about missing an important detail in your games. This includes everything from teammate callouts, to tiny immersive details in MMORPGs, to the most important footsteps in competitive shooters.

As a huge music fan, I was particularly surprised at how well this sounded for listening to music throughout the day. The headphones have exceptionally good layering and separation, making music rich and layered. You can easily compose the multiple layers of instruments and vocals and hear them distinctly. It’s a class above any other gaming headphones I’ve heard and even most over-ear gaming headphones. ASUS nailed it with sound – and those same qualities translate directly to gaming. You’ll hear everything, crystal clear and with exceptional positioning to identify where every sound is coming from.

Above all, ASUS has also integrated a gaming mode into these headphones. Turning it on, either through the app or by holding the right earbud, dramatically reduces latency, so there won’t be a noticeable delay between what you see on screen and what you hear. in your ears. This reduces how far you can walk away from your phone or PC before the signal drops out, but if you’re gaming you’re probably sitting down anyway, so it’s a fair trade-off.

The app also extends functionality with a full 10-band equalizer and a healthy range of presets to customize your sound. I’ve had mixed results with the presets and generally enjoyed the basic sound above all else, but they’re there if you want to tweak to your liking. There’s also a Bass Boost slider if all you’re looking for is some extra noise. While there’s also a Game Mode toggle, there’s no option to adjust ANC, so you’ll have to do that on the headphones themselves.

The app also has a Virtual Surround Sound option, although I would only suggest using it on the PC and not the Android app. Enabling virtual surround sound on Android adds a glaring digital effect that sounds absolutely terrible. Instead, I’d recommend enabling Dolby Atmos if your phone supports it, or going without spatial sound altogether. This doesn’t happen on PC, though, so you’re safe there.

The ANC on these headphones is good, but doesn’t rival the AirPods Pro or Jabra Elite 7. It’s a nice feature to have and use in conjunction with music to really block out the outside world, but on its own, the ANC on these headphones is good. The effect is only moderately effective against vocals and keyboard sounds. It works well on typical humming sounds like PC case fans, motors, and HVAC units. I was disappointed to find that you can’t just use these headphones for ANC, as they automatically turn off when sound isn’t playing. So using them for studying or working isn’t great if you’re just looking to enhance your own personal calm.

Final Thoughts

Taken as a whole, the ASUS CETRA True Wireless is an impressive gaming headset that can also serve you all day. It’s not perfect, but offers impressive sound quality, gaming performance, and comfort, which helps balance its high price tag. And on this point, it seems a bit too expensive for the misses we find here. If you’re a gamer looking for an “all-in-one” headset that puts sound quality first, this is definitely worth a closer look, but it’ll be an even better buy to reduced price.

The product described in this article was provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes.


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