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ASUS Gaming Headset Includes Rumble Feedback

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

And you thought rumble feedback was just for your hands.

Recently ASUS launched a new gaming headset called CineVibe, borrowing from console controllers by incorporating a rumble feedback feature, staying true to the "Vibe" portion of its name. Even more, CineVibe requires no drivers or special in-game settings on the PC or Mac end thanks to its USB-based plug & play compatibility.

"ASUS CineVibe is a USB gaming vibration headset and its ear cups conforms to a user’s ears for an enhanced bass experience," the company said. "This special feature gives listeners unbelievably live audio during gaming and movie watching." Apparently the rumble vibrators are actually tuned to low frequency sounds, making it less of a rumble feedback device and more of an audio enhancer.

Built for long gaming sessions, the CineVibe comprises of "breathing," anti-biotic leather cushions, a head-band made with high-density Styrofoam, and a foldable design for easy portability. A control box connected to the USB cable allows the user to set the correct speaker volume, various levels for the integrated microphone, and the amount of vibration. The headset also features a 30-mm sound driver, and comes in black or white models.

The ASUS CineVibe headset is currently on sale over in Europe for £58.99 ($93.69) and supposedly available at various online retailers (although availability looks rather slim). We're still waiting on a general availability in North America.

ASUS CineVibe

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    eugenester , August 4, 2010 3:14 AM
    The video was the usual promotional crud, but in my opinion the plastic looks kinda cheap and the "rumble" sounds like a gimmick. However, we'll see when reviews come out.
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    timberwolf1128 , August 4, 2010 3:14 AM
    Been done before. For less money.
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    subgum , August 4, 2010 3:39 AM
    My "Skullcandy Skullcrushers" already do this...
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    frye , August 4, 2010 4:06 AM
    Or you can turn up the volume and make any decent headphones do the same thing...
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    Anonymous , August 4, 2010 4:28 AM
    My medusa NX 5.1 headset does this, and no it's not a gimmick it actually adds to the game well. Tickles your ears too! All in all, not new tech
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    anamaniac , August 4, 2010 4:38 AM
    I think I prefer the MDR-V6's I have.
    You know, real sound, real comfort, and don't look like garbage?
    The ONLY reason I'd ever buy gaming headphones is for surround sound (where's the enemy sniper?) and a integrated mic.
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    falchard , August 4, 2010 4:54 AM
    What part is their like about this headset? Seems craptastic to me in so many ways.

    1. On-Ear design for a gauruteed uncomfortable fit after prolonged use.
    2. USB interface instead of 3.5mm plugs.
    3. Rumble Gimmick that probably is a bad idea for your health.
    4. Uncomfortable and heating head band that uses high density foam (Practically plastic).
    5. Cheap plastic unextendable microphone.
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    MattBauer09 , August 4, 2010 6:13 AM
    Asus, I always liked your products. They were often times quite unique. But this is just one territory I don't think you should tread into :(  I'll stick to Sennheiser, AKG, Beyerdynamic, Audio Technica, etc. if I want quality headphones
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    dEAne , August 4, 2010 6:36 AM
    Rumble is not really that cool.
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    gagyilaszlo , August 4, 2010 7:43 AM
    Lol, when it vibrates, it looks like it'll suck your brains out.
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    ohim , August 4, 2010 10:26 AM
    Sheesh ... Teac had this system implemented ages ago... the drawback back then was that the headphones were on normal jacks so no power to draw from USB ... it used a remote control like on the cable to house 2 batteries. Teac HP-5-S.
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    pirateboy , August 4, 2010 1:04 PM
    These babies will give my testicles a great old time !
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    jgiron , August 4, 2010 4:52 PM
    u can get the the Fatal1y MKII headset ($99) for $24.99 right now on newegg (minus a $50 rebate+$25promo code)