• Driver: 50mm Neodymium magnet
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Frequency: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Others: Extendable boom mic, detachable cables
  • Weight: 360g
  • Pros:
  • Comfortable
  • Compatible with consoles
  • Cons:
  • Slightly heavy

Mixing Comfort With Quality

Gaming and e-sports are undoubtedly becoming more mainstream, which is what made gamers see gaming peripherals as important tools – or even fashion statements – something to add to their gaming setup. One of the latest in the bunch we’ve received is the ROG Strix Fusion 300, a gaming headset from ASUS.

Although the ROG Strix Fusion 300 is on the larger and heavier side, it didn’t look too tacky. It has a black body that has dark grey ear cups, with some red plastic within a cut out to allow the red LED lights to shine through. By default, the unit comes with the cable detached. Users get to choose whether to plug it in to a PC or console via USB, or directly to a controller like the PlayStation 4’s DS4 through the included 3.5mm cable. There’s also an attached boom mic on the left earcup, which can be hidden when not in use.

This headset is heavier than many others due to the thick headband and large earcups, with solid build quality to go with it. Thanks to its extendable headrest with audible clicks for multiple stops, getting it to fit most people isn’t an issue. The headrest itself has soft foam padding to ensure that it sits comfortable on our heads for long hours, while the pleather ear pads are equally comfortable and help keep sound sealed in.

It did get slightly warm after long sessions in the August heat when we were testing it, but users can just swap in the velour pads included in the box if they want to. We did note that the driver units feel too close to our ears and though it does provide higher max volume, the lack of filter/padding there might bother some people. You can swivel the earcups a bit and rest them around your neck when your ears fatigue, but it can be uncomfortable due to the size of the earcups.

When plugged into a device through USB, the Strix Fusion 300 can output virtual surround sound, which you can activate using a button at the back of the left ear cup. It’s also very loud when plugged in this way, compared to using the cable with 3.5mm jack. The virtual surround sound isn’t felt with music playback, but it’s relatively accurate for basic audio positioning in games. Even though it doesn’t have the HiFi-level DAC the Fusion 500 has, the overall audio quality does equally well for gaming, music and movies. As for the microphone quality, it doesn’t sound too processed and there’s some background noise suppression, leading to good voice clarity overall.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A bit pricey for a gaming headset, but it’s comfortable and the audio quality can’t be faulted.

(previously published in issue September 2018)