Asus ROG Strix Fu­sion 300

No more an­gry owls

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Al­though not ex­actly the most un­der­stated head­set in the world, the ROG Strix Fu­sion 300 is a far sight more laid back than some of Asus’ pre­vi­ous gam­ing head­sets. Sure, it still has con­trol­lable light­ing (though the only colour avail­able is red) and some ROG brand­ing and de­sign el­e­ments, but oth­er­wise the head­set is fairly un­der­stated. One thing it does have in com­mon with many of the pre­vi­ous Asus head­sets is that the Fu­sion 300 is quite a heavy head­set, weigh­ing in at 360g. Thank­fully, the am­ple pad­ding on the metal and plas­tic head­band, com­bined with the good clamp and nicely padded earcups dis­trib­ute the weight well, so it doesn’t pres­sure the top of your head too much. Speak­ing of earcups, the box comes with a sec­ond set of cush­ions made of a hy­brid ma­te­rial that lets out a lit­tle sound but should keep your ears a lit­tle cooler if that proves to be a prob­lem.

Each earcup sports one of Asus’ 50mm Essence driv­ers, and they do some fine work. The bass is ex­pan­sive but not over­whelm­ing, and the mid ranges are pleas­antly open. The tre­bles are a lit­tle weaker than we’d like, but only slightly. On the left earcup there is a sin­gle button that tog­gles vir­tual 7.1 sound on and off. Out­side of prop­erly mixed sources the sur­round sound is vir­tu­ally un­no­tice­able, and while it does a de­cent job de­liv­er­ing sur­round from a proper source, it’s not spec­tac­u­lar by any means. The fold out mic is quite good, and even though it’s re­mark­ably short seems to have no prob­lems de­liv­er­ing crisp voice in games or over Skype. Some on-ear or in­line vol­ume con­trols would have been nice, but you can’t win them all. DANIEL WILKS

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