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SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Headset Review

Posted on March 1, 2013 at 11:42 am by Justin Cavender

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SteelSeries has quickly become Geek Legacy’s go-to manufacturer for gaming peripherals. After my trip to PAX in Seattle last year, I was pretty much sold on their products, including surfaces, keyboards, controllers, mice, and audio equipment. Earlier this week, I got my hands on two new products: the SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Gaming Headset and the SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Pro headsets.

Starting with the Flux In-Ear headset (earbuds), let me just say that the comfort level is through the roof. Our ears come in all sorts of fun sizes, and SteelSeries was kind enough to include ear tips to accommodate three different sizes (small, medium, large). That’s a huge plus in the consumer needs column, and we thank them for that. Another great feature is the amount of noise-cancellation from the tight fit the ear tips provide. My wife was standing 3 ft away from me, and I had no idea what the heck she was saying. The quality of these things might get me into trouble some day.

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Small, Medium, and Large Ear Tips

The headset comes with a carrying case for easy storage, and the flat cable will ensure I’m never left with a tangled mess. So far I’ve used the Flux In-Ear headset on my iPhone, Wii U, and MacBook Pro. The headset delivered phenomenal sound on all three platforms. The microphone + button to answer/end calls and control media works wonders in the car and office environment. I often have iTunes blasting in my skull, and by simply pressing the tiny button, I’m able to pause my music or answer/end calls.

“The Flux In-Ear headsets are designed for mobile gaming and entertainment, which for us means the quality of sound should be as amazing as it is when you’re at home on your computer. The fit and feel of in-ear headsets are what makes users love them, or can be what stops users from wearing them,” said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. “By choosing small drivers, it allowed us to make an in-ear headset that showcases powerful audio, but with a noise-reduced, comfortable sealed fit.”

The Flux In-Ear Pro headset is more sophisticated and includes a few more items and features. Not only does it come with three different ear tip sizes, but SteelSeries also included memory foam tips. The foam tips will expand to the size of your ear, creating a firm seal to enhance your listening experience. The Flux In-Ear Pro also features swappable ends for easy connectivity for your PC gaming needs. Simply swap out the single 3-pole 3.5mm jack to the PC cable (included) that has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3.5mm microphone jack. Super easy, and takes maybe 3 seconds to swap-in or out.

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Swap connectors to use the mic on your PC.

The Flux In-Ear Pro is designed to be worn over the ear rather than under for a more secure fit and acoustic seal. Obviously, not everyone is accustomed to wearing headphones in this manner (myself included), and the user may wear them under the ear as well. Simply switch the earbuds’ intended sides, placing the left earbud in the right ear and the right earbud in your left ear. Problem solved and you can rock out to iTunes, yell at your buddies over Skype, Ventrilo, or Mumble whilst slaying Internet dragons.

If you are in the market for a new headset I strongly recommend either the Flux In-Ear ($49.99 MSRP) or Flux In-Ear Pro ($129.99 MSRP) for your mobile, gaming, and entertainment needs.

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