SteelSeries FLUX In-Ear Pro

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Product: SteelSeries FLUX In-Ear Pro Headset
Provided By: SteelSeries
Price: ~$90.99 MSRP at time of publication

Introduction:

Hello folks, today I have a new set of ear buds produced by Steelseries resting on my test bench. Steelseries is known for a variety of gaming components including: headsets, keyboards, mice, and surfaces.  Founded in 2001, Steelseries has been producing quality, consumer driven gaming products ever since.  I'm pretty excited to get a chance to see what they have to offer.

FLUX Box

I'll be taking a closer look at Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro headset. I'll be the first to say I'm not really keen on ear buds, but I've heard a lot of good things about Steelseries so I'm approaching this review with no reservations.

 

First Look:

The Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro came packaged in a stylishly-printed outer box that contained a sturdy inner box for shipping protection. Everything was further protected by a molded plastic holder that kept everything in its place.  I personally feel that a company's packaging says a lot about their products and the company as a whole.

Open Box

 

The Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro came with its own soft storage case to keep it from turning into a tangled mess in your pocket or bag. Tangled wires are always a major hazard for me as I'm on the go a lot and tend to lump a bunch of stuff into a backpack.

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Goodies For The Pouch

 

They also came with rubber cable directors for keeping the cable behind your ear and out of the way. The directors also offer support for the bud itself. Without it, the buds tend to fall out at the slightest provocation.

Directors
"Directors" Keep FLUX Pro Secure

 

The Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro comes with four distinct ear-bud styles. Three are soft rubber, ranging from small to large. The forth is their Comply style, which consists of a soft foam that when compressed it will expand to fit any ear. I chose the Comply style because it offered the best fit as well as supreme noise cancelling while in use.

Ear Tips

Outside Inside

 

The Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro also has two different connector styles, whether you want to use them for your computer or phone.  One splits for a standard mic and headphone jack, the other is a 4 pole combination jack.

There is an inline mic on the left ear-bud cable. When used with the four pole jack, there is a button on the mic that allows you to answer and hang up your phone.  This button also allows you to pause media of all types. 

 

In-Line Mic
In-Line Mic

Connectors
Connector Options

Finally, the main cable is an ample 1.2 meters. It is also flat which allows it to be rolled up, keeping it neat so it fits in the case easily.

On the next page we'll take a look at the features and specifications before we test out this headset.


Features:

The following information has been pulled from the SteelSeries product page and posted here for your convenience. If you want all the details and the most updated information, always make sure you check out the product page.

  • Flat CableBALANCED ARMATURE
    Highly accurate drivers allow you to experience a new dimension to your sound.
  • FLAT NO-TANGLE CABLE
    Flat cable means no tangly mess right out of the pocket.
  • SWAPPABLE CABLES
    Swappable cables ends enables use with both your mobile device and PC.
  • COMPLY™ FOAM TIPS
    In addition to silicone tips, we included comfortable, squishy memory foam ear tips.
  • CARRYING CASE
    A carrying case is included to protect your headset and carry your extras.
  • FLUX IT ALL
    Look for multicolored ear tips available on our webshop.
  • EAR GUIDES
    Included in the box are ear guides to keep those cable in place over your ear.
  • EAR TIPS IN 3 SIZES
    Silicone ear tips are included in 3 different sizes: S, M, and L.

 

Specifications:

Specs
Specs
Specs

 

 

On the last page we'll take a look at testing and then share our final thoughts.


Installation:

Installation is simple; you just choose the right plug for the device you want to use. Put the Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro in your ears and presto, you're all set. Yeah, it's that complicated.

 

Testing:

Testing was pretty easy for these. I like to stream a lot of music on my phone so they fit right into my daily routine. 

When used with my phone, I found the Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro had great sound and functionality.  My home can get pretty noisy at times and the Comply ear bud style really blocked most of the background out.  These really offered a rich sound to music, movies, and phone calls. As a hands-free, on the go headset for my phone I found these were awesome.

I'm also a gamer, but I found the sound and mic was lacking when paired with my computer.  Games sounded ok, but I'm spoiled with a 7.1 surround headset and these buds didn’t touch it. Voice over the mic was hard to hear for some of my friends as well. I didn’t feel these really fit in the category as a gaming headset. On the go they would be fine, but the depth of sounds produced by some higher end games isn't present when these are used.

 

DriverConclusion:

In conclusion, I found that the Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro was a pretty good set of ear-buds for on the go.

There are 4 different styles of ear-buds to fit any ear. The two sets of connectors allow for use with pretty much any device.  With the carrying case they can be thrown about anywhere without becoming a tangled mess. 

The sound was great on my phone while I listened to music, talked on the phone, or just streamed some YouTube.  On my computer, I found it lacking some of the sound quality if a gaming headset.

All in all, I'm happy to keep using these with my phone as they offer superior sound to my current ear-buds.  They weren't a hit on my computer, but they do a great job when you're on the go and want some tunes.

 

Pros:

 
  • Stays organized and untangled when case is used
  • Has many different ear-bud options
  • Two different connector styles keep your options open for almost any device
  • Cable directors keep ear-buds in place 
 
Cons:
  • Didn’t stand up to games with a greater range of sound depth
  • Mic was quiet when used with the split 3.5mm jacks

BCCRating

 

I'd like to thank SteelSeries for sending these our way for the review. If you have any questions or comments, please drop us a line at the link below.