CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset Review


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CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset Review

By Hank Tolman

Manufacturer: Cooler Master Ltd. Inc.
Product Name: CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset
Model Number: SGH-4330-KATA1
UPC: 884102021114
Price As Tested: $84.99 (NewEgg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.

I’ve never been a big fan of headsets. Instead, I’ve always tried to use a speaker system whenever possible. After my fourth kid was born a few months ago, however, my home office was converted into a nursery. That meant that my trusty 5.1 surround speaker system that had traveled to Iraq and back with me, was now a set of paperweights. Since then, I’ve become somewhat of an audiophile, seeking the most comfortable headset that produces the highest quality sound for the best price. Recently, Benchmark Reviews received the CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset SGH-4330-KATA1 for testing. In this article, I will outline my experience with the CM Storm Pulse-R and show you where it fits in the gaming headset niche.

CM_Storm_Pulse_R_SideCooler Master’s gaming division, CM Storm, produces a wide variety of computing peripherals and accessories aimed specifically at gamers and enthusiasts. While some gamers might have unlimited funds and can spend hundreds on audio peripherals like a gaming headset, that isn’t the case for everyone. For those gamers that desire high quality sound and a comfortable headset without breaking the bank, CM Storm offers the Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset SGH-4330-KATA1. We have a set here at Benchmark Reviews and I was actually quite impressed with their balance of cost, comfort, and quality.


Optimized for Gaming – 42mm drivers deliver clear highs as well as powerful bass in all range of tones, creating an unprecedented audio experience for gamers. Cushioned ear cups and headband provide a luxurious feel and remain comfortable even after the most epic gaming sessions.

Light ‘Em Up – Stylish white illuminated grooves within earcups and mic (USB powered) intimidate your foes and keep your gaming gear looking stylish.

Durable Aluminum Plating – Ready to Mod – CM Storm’s Pulse-R is the first gaming headset that empowers users to take their creativity to new levels and create a product that represents their individual style. Remove the aluminum plates and customize it as you see fit. The ultimate E-Sports headset.

A Versatile Weapon – Reinforced cushioned ear cups and headband give noise cancellation and maximum comfort during long gaming sessions. Unique lightweight, adjustable aluminum headband keeps you concentrated on what matters – winning.

Convenient In-Line Remote With Volume Slider and Mic Mute Switch – Easily control volume and mic levels within arm’s reach with the sliders. The cable is detachable for easy storage and transportation.

Command With Clarity – Detachable microphone arm with noise-canceling mic system ensures clear in-game team chats. When you see the white LED on, you’re ready to command.


Model Number SGH-4330-KATA1
Driver 42mm driver
Frequency Response 20Hz-20KHz
Impedance 50O
Connector 3.5mm headphone jack
Cable Length 3m Removable Cable
Pick-up Pattern Omni-Directional
Frequency Response 100 Hz – 10000 Hz
Sensitivity -42 ± 3dB (0dB = 1V/pa.1KHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio 60dB or more
Removable Mic Volume control and Mic mute


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