SteelSeries Flux Headset
Posted by: editor on: 21.01.2013 12:03:06 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Steelseries named the Flux headset that name simply because by definition it means to change and the Flux is a customizable headset, but more details on that part later, let us just begin with the basics. SteelSeries have supplied us with the Black edition but it is also available in white as well, the whole of the body like many a headset is molded out of light weight plastic so the headset is super light, a really important feature when you plan on wearing your headset for more than a few hours.
There are a few different textured plastics in the Flux and by this I mean some parts have a soft and shiny plastic and in others you will find a rubberized. You have a wide section at the top which slopes in down to cup your ears.
The Flux headset has been designed with mobility at the forefront so it's no surprise that SteelSeries have made them to be collapsible, this is achieved in a couple of easy folds as shown above.
I have reviewed foldable headset before and they normally snap at the hinge but the Flux doesn't do that, you can barely hear a sound when you fold the cups back and forth which makes a. SteelSeries have also added a logo just above this area and they have used a real metal piece that has been placed into the glossy plastic, so when you run your finger along the surface you can feel the metal edge.
Turning our attention to the 40mm Drivers that are the important part of the Flux, SteelSeries have included SNDBlock acoustic material located inside the padded cloth cushions that help eliminate background noises. They also have breathable air pockets woven into the material as shown.
I think the padded area could of been slightly bigger as there isn't much overhang when you look at the sides of the headset, but they have been design to fit well within the boundaries of the 40mm Drivers and when pressed can't feel any of the plastic which houses the driver at all. The only time you can feel any hard plastic is when you touch the inner section of the ear cup which is covered by a thin black material that allows the sound to come flooding through.
The customization comes into play with the ear cushions on the Flux headset, SteelSeries has enabled you to pull off the padding and slide on the color of your choice which are all available at the website, not a simple undertaking but once in place the padded cushions are not going. The Flux headset is the most customable headset SteelSeries has ever developed so they have put in every effort to make the look how you want them too.
Shown above you can see that SteelSeries have also branded the inside of the 40mm Drivers with their slogan 'Winning is everything' which is a nice added touch as this area is normally left blank and plain as you're not really going to be viewing this part of the headset much, but it just goes to show that SteelSeries really have put a lot of effort into the Flux headsets overall styling.
In addition to the portability of the Flux, SteelSeries have also integrated into the design a rotating system that enables you to turn the ear cups a full 90 degrees for maximum fitting over the ears but that's not all. They have also added this feature so the Flux can again be stored more simply by laying them flat.
The centre of the 40mm driver is where another part of the customization is really shown off, SteelSeries have designed it so that the side plates of the drivers can be removed so other colors and designs can be located there instead.
Notice how the bottom area of the drivers have been designed so there is a bump, this has been stylishly blended into the body of the Flux so you can simple pull off the side plates by pulling under the sleek bump which removes them.
Once removing the side plate I was surprised to see that SteelSeries have also stamped "Flux yourself" into the plastic face that sits over the 40mm Drivers, it’s all in the details with Steelseries and their quality is shining through..
Flipping the side plates to reveal how SteelSeries have managed to design them so you can easily remove them which showed they have a small magnet located in the middle of the side plate which then when placed under pressure allows you to clip it away from the driver.
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