SteelSeries Flux Luxury Edition Review
With mobile gaming becoming bigger and more popular, hardware brands are looking to expand into the same market. SteelSeries are one company that have made that move. They’ve released the Flux – an all-new headset unlike any produced by them before. The Flux is designed to be used anywhere you want and still work well. I’ve been using the SteelSeries Flux everyday for a week now and I think they are extremely good. It’s now a must-have accessory to take with me whenever I spend a night away from home.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Flux is the packaging – is not great if I’m honest, just plastic all over and looks cheap. However, when you take the headset out you can feel the quality instantly. If you have used previous SteelSeries audio products you’ll know they are big but light. The Flux though is small and light, which for the market this is aimed for is perfect. They’re much more compact, making them easier to take with you but pack the same great sound quality. I’m reviewing the Luxury Edition of the Flux, which is the Flux… but enhanced. Consisting of black headset, orange swappable mobile/Mac & PC cables, leather cushions and even extra black side-plates. They’ve also added a carry case to stow them away when your on the move.
Most games released on either the Android or Apple store don’t exactly demand the most from audio equipment. If you think that SteelSeries have made cuts to the quality just for mobile gaming, you’d be very much mistaken. The enhanced sound is just as good from the highly rated Siberia V2 headset, only more compact and redefined. So, using the Flux makes even the simplest sound effects more apparent and dramatic. As the cable comes with a in-line microphone, you can use it with your phone with calls. It literally covers everything for the mobile gamer needs on tablet or phone.
The Flux gets even better and more immersive when gaming takes a leap to handheld, with portable consoles like the PS Vita which using more advanced sound quality. The Flux now comes to life with distinct layers of sound to keep everything clear and crisp. It feels like the headphones are made from dozens of mini-speakers. Whether it’s gunfire or movement it comes through clear and you know where it’s coming from. If you take into account the price of £103 (through SteelSeries) for the Luxury Edition, you get a lot of quality for that price that can be used on the go. You can buy the standard SteelSeries Flux for just £79.99 (through SteelSeries) which is a bargain for gamers on the go.
I also tried using the Flux headset with the BAFTA award winning Battlefield 3, a true test for any headset. Now I know the Flux isn’t made for heavy hitting sound games like Battlefield but I wanted to find the limitations of the headset. To use Flux with an Xbox or PS3 you need an audio mixer, which is available from the SteelSeries website. I have to be completely honest… it performed much better than I was expecting. I thought it might struggle with all that action but it had no problem at all. Everything was so clear from footsteps to helicopters – it really took it on well. It gave me an slight advantage and that’s exactly what a headset should do. The Flux performs as well as a £160 gaming headset but with the advantage of plugging straight into your phone.
SteelSeries have decided the Flux can be customised with 1,152 permutations so if you don’t like the look, change it. You can choose from eight different coloured and styles of side plates, six ear-cushion colours, seven colours of PC cables and seven colour variations of mobile cables. So you can make your Flux very much your own and if you get bored of the look just mix and match.
Some less than positive parts of the SteelSeries Flux are nothing to do with the sound, which could be deemed as a good thing… but it’s the comfort. The SteelSeries Siberia V2 headset is one the most comfortable headsets you can buy. The Flux on the other hand isn’t as I spent 35% of my time using the Flux trying to get it comfy. After prolonged use I started to get pain on the top of my head from the headset. Comfort for a headset is important, as you should be able to wear it for hours without realising it’s there. After more use they do start to soften and become more pleasurable.
- Easily Portable
- Great sound quality
- Works with everything
Frequency response: 18 – 28000 Hz
Impedance: 29 Ohm
SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 118 dB
Cable length: 1.2 m + 2 m = 3.2m
Jacks: 3.5 mm
Frequency response: 50 – 16000 Hz
Pick up pattern: Omni-directional
Sensitivity: -38 dB