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If you own a high-end laptop, chances are you relish your gaming mobility. Being able to haul that puppy from house to house, from MOBA tournament to FPS showdown is exactly what you paid for.
So what else do you need in your bag? Definitely a mouse, maybe even a slick mousepad. How about a headset? You need something that can localize enemy footsteps, and stand up to being shoved in a case with your Razer Blade or Series 7 Gamer laptop.
At a reasonable $99/£79.99 for the basic set (the luxury version comes with extra accessories), it’s hard to argue with the Flux. Spend a litte more on a bulkier headset and you can get some more auditory oomph – the Sony DR-GA100 and Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Wrath come to mind – but not one that’s going to travel light and take a beating like the Steelseries Flux. And thanks to in-line pause/play controls and a hidden microphone, it can double as a decent pair of headphones without making you look like a telemarketer.
Other than the box’s suggestion to “Flux yourself,” the first thing you’ll notice when unboxing this new headset by Steelseries is how springy and malleable it is. Built with several points of articulation, it’s made to stretch and flux-tuate.
The Flux doesn’t fold up so much as curl into a foetal position. It’s not only easier to toss it into a bag, it’s more durable this way. Reduced clearance means there’s a smaller chance something will crush and snap when you kick your laptop bag down the street.
The cords are made for travel too. The thick rubber they’re encased in doesn’t tangle easily. We routinely jammed them in pockets or bags, only to pull them out ready to go. It’s also great that they can disconnect completely from the Flux, so there’s no chance of them snapping off in a port.