SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 Flux Gaming Headset Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts


We've had a few listens to the Flux headset before our test unit arrived, and we were still reserved about our expectations.  It's a great little package, but we never had the chance to game and really put them through the proper paces.  We were surprised in a very good way.  Not only does music performance hold up very well, gaming performance was just as good.  As an all-around headset, we've praised the Siberia v2 for shining in games and music, and really, the Flux doesn't trail by much.  The fact that it's an over-ear means you lose a bit of the completely-closed sound, but sound isolation was still surprisngly good, and they don't trail the Siberia v2 headset by much.  The bass isn't as pronounced as on most larger headsets, which is to be expected, but we also don't think it lacks it enough to knock them for it.  Since you lose a bit of immersion with on-ear headsets, being able to hear footsteps isn't as well-pronounced, but yet we didn't feel any mnajor shortfalls over many hours of Battlfield 3 and Borderlands 2 gameplay.  Voice transmissions come over reasonably clear, one of the best in-line mics we've tested.  I was especially surprised with how little ambient noise was transmitted.  When we were playing, it wasn't as though we were constalnly aware that we were using the Flux, which means it didn't fall short anywhere that kept us from thinking that it isn't a fully-capable gaming headset.


The build quality is fantastic, and the ability to customize everything but the primary headband color is a nice touch.  Being able to daisy-chain Flux headsets together to share audio is nice, but is relatively limited in its uses.  These fold into a very small package, and the flexible headband provide a little resiliency for rough treatment when packing them away.  The earcups are rather hefty, which does make them feel as though they'll fall off when you look down because they rock on the swivel mechanism, our only gripe about the Flux.  It's also pretty comfortable, although over-ear headsets are still my preference where comfort is concerned, but that means they're bigger and less-portable.


So, we've got a highly-portable, yet fully-capable headset decked out in a clean special edition Guild Wars 2 scheme.  The price: $99.  A 100 dollar bill is quite a bit for any headset, but the Flux will have serious appeal for some people who value the portability.  You do get very good sound, and they'll suit well for music as well as games or movies.  But, you've really got to like the portability factor, because they aren't quite as comfortable, or perform quite as good as the Siberia v2, which can be had for $10 less, and are reasonably portable themselves.  But if you're the coffee shop gamer or someone who is playing games on the go alot, the Flux headset might be just what you've been waiting for.


The Good


The Bad

  • Good overall sound
  • Great build quality
  • Compact and portable
  • Customizable look
  • Well-executed GW2 scheme
  • Tendency to rock and slide when looking downward
  • The $100 price tag


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