Game review: SteelSeries Flux Headset

SteelSeries Flux Headset

SteelSeries Flux Headset

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I don`t know about you folks but these days I find myself amassing numerous gadgets like a smart phone, tablet, laptop, PC, console - the list is endless. The one thing they all have in common is a headset socket.

Now I personally can do without numerous kinds of different headsets lying around, so the obvious answer is a multi-function headset that works with all of them.

Well I have the answer - The SteelSeries Flux Headset does the job perfectly.

The SteelSeries Flux Headset is a very impressive piece of kit especially its versatility. They are not officially listed as a gaming headset, yet these little beauties certainly work well.

The SteelSeries Flux headset comes neatly packaged in an easy open box so no need to search for an unboxing video. They come in two base colours, black or white, and the side plates on the earpieces, the cables and the SND BLOCK ear cushions can be customised with different colours.

Powered by 40mm drivers, these really bang out the sound and with the added use of the SNDBLOCK (noise reducing acoustic material) ear cushions you are pretty much in your own world with these on.

The first thing I noticed about them is the two cables that come are supplied both with control unit/mic attached.

What you have is one for the PC and one for your other devices and because of the unique way they attach to the headset (3.5mm jack straight into the headset), it means you don`t have to detach your cable from your PC when you want to use another device.

The PC cable has two jacks at both ends, one for mic the other for sound and with an extension lead (included) you can connect them easily.

The other end is a standard 3.5 jack plug that can fit in either the right or left ear piece, thus enabling someone with another headset the ability to plug into your other ear piece and listen in.

A great idea for long flights if you only have one headset socket on your laptop and your partner wants to watch the same DVD or listen to music.

The 3.5 jack sockets on the ear pieces are a great idea and enables a fair amount of versatility - just what we want.

Word of warning, though, don`t connect two devices at once to the headset it doesn`t like it, and can cause irreparable damage.

The SteelSeries Flux Headset fits comfortably and is really light. It did tend to slip forward when I bent over but they didn`t fall off so that’s a good thing.

The Omni-directional Mic on both cables work really well my voice could be heard well online and when it was connected to my Nokia Lumia 710 windows phone.

Another problem I find with headsets is transportability - that’s how most of my other ones have fallen flat.

Well, with these it’s no problem, they fold up nice and neatly and come with a good quality travel bag.

I tested these with a PC game and the sound is impressive, perhaps a little distortion with high notes yet hardly noticeable unless you’re a perfectionist.

Bass is good and it would have been nice to have some EQ settings, yet all that aside as an all-rounder these are great, the mic works really well and my voice came over nice and clear.

I then tried it with my Windows phone and again very nice good sound and the mic worked well with phone calls (you have more functions available with the iOS and android phones).

Now because these days the fashion is to walk around with massive headphones on, the The SteelSeries Flux Headset actually looks good and you don`t feel self-conscious whilst wearing them outside.

I tested them in my local park and thanks to the SND noise cancelling ear cushions I couldn`t hear a thing externally.

The SteelSeries Flux Headset does not work directly with an xbox or Playstation 3; there is an adaptor available for around £35 which you can find here (http://steelseries.com/products/audio/steelseries-cross-platform-audiomixer)

Summary

SteelSeries have always produced quality products and this is yet another well put together and thought out headset; ideal for the casual gamer who wants an all-round and stylish headset. I have tested these outside near a main road and it was impressive how well the sound proofing works.

SteelSeries Flux Headset is great value for money and the sound and build quality is excellent.

SteelSeries Flux Headset

40mm drivers

Customisable side plates/ear cushions

PC and mobile/mac cables

Carry case

Easy storage

Price: £79.99

www.SteelSeries.com

Usability: 5/5

Comfort: 4.5/5

Value for money: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

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