REVIEW | ROG Strix Fusion Wireless Headphones – Minimalist Gaming PowerhouseSeptember 13, 2018
RGB lighting, decked out software, intimidating look and design – We’ve all been accustomed to the usual “Gamer” design. However, the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless Headphones sets a new look for the sophisticated and modern gamer with their less messy take on the peripherals over your head.
- Platform: PC, PS4, Switch etc (Basically anything that can accommodate the USB dongle connector
- Driver: 50mm, Neodymium
- Type: Closed Back
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- Frequency: 20Hz-20KHz
- Microphone: Uni-directional, 50Hz – 10Khz, -39 dB ± 3 dB
- Connection: Wireless USB Dongle – RF 2.4GHz
- Battery: 15 hours, 2 hours charging time
- Inclusions: Extra set of mesh earcups, USB dongle, Thin braided micro-USB cable, instruction booklet
Packaging on the Fusion Wireless looks, feels, and is premium. The whole package is properly secured without making the main box hard to open. I wish they didn’t Include “ROG” on the main name of the headset since the logo of the brand was enough “Strix Fusion Wireless” sounds a bit more fitting to the minimalist gamer look they’re going with.
The cable included is carefully thought of, the thin braided design makes the cable still flexible while offering a decent amount of protection to the cable itself – not to mention it isn’t prone to the tethering of thickly braided cables like other peripherals.
The fusion wireless actually flexes a look that we’re not accustomed too – and we’re glad that it did. The minimalist gamer look it had was sophisticated to look at.
It adhered to the matte finish that was a bit similar to the brushed metal features of most ROG laptops in the market. The matte finish meant that it wasn’t a fingerprint magnet and it blended more to the non glossy colors of the other features of the headphones.
The headband was a bit flexible and we didn’t bother to flex it too much due to the non-stiff nature of the construction
This is where the Fusion Wireless excels at.
The circumaural design of the earcups coupled with the oval-ish design of the earpiece made the experience not just comfortable but relaxing due to bottom of the earcups creating a comfortable grip that meets the top of my jaw joint. Though it features only the basic headset adjustment options – It was still enough to let me mark this a 6/5 in the comfort department
Hardware and Performance
The Fusion Wireless went with the “less is more” idea by going for a minimalist design and that includes the controls – The left earpiece plate is actually a touchplate which has these controls
- Slide up and down – Volume settings (up for increase and down is for decrease)
- Slide left and right – Song selection (forward for next song and backward for repeat or previous song)
- Middle tap – play and pause
The touchplate was responsive and didn’t feel clunky – it did however became annoying sometimes if I accidentally perform any of the control movements when handling the headphones
It’s a great thing they didn’t include the main power button to the touchplate and have it as a mechanical button in the bottom part of the left earpiece (Loving how everything is located in the left earpiece including the micro-USB port)
The mic was flexible and locks into place if fully pushed in its compartment and mutes it if you’re in the PC.
Here is a sample of the mic sound
I would recommend modding a mic foam to act as a filter for wind because it really doesn’t shine that much on the noise cancellation department
Lastly, who can wrap up a headphone review without the test for the sound quality – We’ve prepared a couple of songs and a dry run to a game for further testing.
– The Less I Know The Better by Tame Impala (Lows and Mids)
– Ballroom Blitz by Krokus (Great and Mid Highs, Mids, and Lows – Space)
– Slow Ride by Foghat (Lows and Mid Lows)
– This is Home by Cavetown (Mids and Mid Highs)
– Rainbow Six: Siege (Compatibility and Caveira Silent Step Test)
Tests were done without any software modification and just the bare headphones itself. The Fusion Wireless sound quality is a surprise to me as most gaming marketed headsets would excel mainly on Lows and Mid lows to feature bass and create a sound experience that leaned toward games and scenic sound.
The Fusion Wireless excels at the Mids and Highs with support from good performance of the bass (lows) – to put this in a more simple context, instruments and vocals sound extremely natural and pleasing to the ears coupled with the support from a mellow bass means it isn’t being overpowered by the lows – It’s hard for me to do game testing when I’m enjoying the Fusion’s quality in listening to music; that’s how good the quality of the sound is.
What about game performance? We tested this on Rainbow Six: Siege where sound carries a lot of information including a character with near to non-sounding footsteps; Thanks to the above average mid and high performance of the Fusion Wireless, gunshots and other sounds feel more lush and bring more depth – this means there are more things that separates this gunshot sound from let’s say a background gunshot sound from outside the map and a lot more. The decent bass of the headset also had it pass the Silent Step test for both PC and Console and while we’re here I just had to say that this headset does not lose anything if you use it on the console or just the PC.
I’ve tested some headphones before that lose some qualities and capabilities when changing platforms, this headset is different in regards that it displays the same quality sound across all supported devices. And may I say that linking up with the PS4 is just oh so easy.
The only software that you need for the Fusion Wireless is the linking tool from ASUS itself.
The only downside of the Fusion Wireless is that the linking program is fiddly and takes a bit of trial and error at first to know what’s going on.
Do note to have the application open before connecting the USB dongle and Headphones through the USB cable to have it link without problems – There are also some time that you may need to repeat the whole linking procedure for some reason.
The ROG Strix Fusion Wireless Headset is the gaming trend the world needs to understand and get going.
You don’t need RGB, you don’t need all the fancy stuff hanging out of the headphones, and most especially you don’t need to design a headphone to just look gamer-y. The minimalist fleek of the headphones already shows a sign of sophistication while still boasting some differently engineered sound quality.
Excellent mids and highs supported by a great low signature? Lush and live sound that carries over from when your gaming or if you’re just listening to music – count the Fusion Wireless on that.
Comfortability is an understatement, rather the Fusion Wireless excels at making the experience relaxing and soothing thanks to their carefully designed earcups and positioning.
The mic can do some work but I’m not complaining as it pick ups my voice clearly and it still works for team communication during games.
It did feel a bit lacking that you can’t use this in a wired configuration and they could have added a detachable mic foam in the package – I also found the pairing software to be a little bit inconvenient.
- Sound Ambivert – A mix of excellent Mids and Highs with a good supporting bass makes sound lush and lively which made listening to music or games a great experience
- Comfort Engineering – Excellent comfortability, it’s not just a matter of using these for hours – it’s actually comforting and relaxing to wear
- Jack of All Platforms – The excellent quality of the headphones carry over from any platform you manage to use it on
- Power Friendly – Great battery life and I’ve been using this headset for 3 days without charging it. Sound quality doesn’t crackle or shifts with extended usage
- Only the Essentials – An extra set of earcups? A slim braided gold plate micro USB cable? ASUS got you fam
- 2018 Minimalist Look – RGB? No thanks, we got you covered with the elegance and sophistication of the subtle matte colors that scream “flex your money yo”
- Look Ma, No Wires – You’re stuck with wireless, not that it’s a bad thing but as we always say options are a perk these days
- Mic Mediocrity – Mic doesn’t stand out as a premium, but it’s good for the use. mod in some mic foam and you’re good to go
- Average Lows – Bass for the headset comes in as a support for the excellent mids and highs, for some users that want to overexpose on bass, this might not be the headset they want
- Pairing Pain – The pairing tool coupled with the headset is flimsy and I think it could do some work (Maybe ASUS would revamp it?) Or maybe the headphones can have an update in which it didn’t have to pair to the PC using an application instead everything should be integrated on the USB dongle and should just pair automatically once the USB dongle drivers install upon plugging in
- Price tag not for the faint of heart – Retailing at around 9800 pesos or a little under 200$, the price might not suit some enthusiasts. but the same goes for other similarly priced premium pair of wireless headphones – it just fits the criteria.
We’re pleased to give the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless Headphones the “Premium Pass” Award – for displaying premium qualities to a product that can spark future changes to the market and the “Break the Trend” Award – for simply breaking the RGB trend and showing that the minimalist getup has its own look to fit in with the current audience.