ASUS Echelon Camo Edition Headset
The packaging apes the digital camouflage pattern we can see on the headset itself through the window. There is something about being able to see the product before purchase that we always enjoy. The specifications are clear and everything is neatly laid out. It shows the simplicity of the product that the reverse is dominated by a photograph rather than a monster specification table.
Comfort is a vital part of any headset. Even with the greatest sound quality in the world you wouldn't want it weighing a ton and digging into your head. With the Echelon that shouldn't be an issue as both the headband and the earpieces themselves are extremely well padded with thick foam coated in soft vinyl.
The outer shell is very sturdy plastic with no flex at all. These are as rugged as they look.
The ear pieces themselves are open-backed which gives more of an spacious feel to the sound at the expense of some bass tightness. The honeycomb covering neatly apes the colour scheme of the blue camouflage. The little touches always make a difference. The markings on the sides are very much a love or hate thing. We can understand that an expanse of plastic would be dull, but we're not sure this is the solution.
The microphone is recessed into the left ear piece and extends in a smooth fashion. It's flexible enough to sit wherever you place it and yet sturdy enough to remain there.
Unexpectedly for a mid-priced headset the height adjusters are two metal braces. The benefits to the rigidity of the Echelon that this gives are pronounced.
The inline remote has the regulation volume control as well as a microphone mute. On the reverse is a clip so you can attach it to your top if you so desire. The braided cable ends in two gold-plated jacks.