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Even though the name of the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless consists of mostly a bunch of random, cool words jumbled together, the actual headphones themselves are extremely well put together and deserve a wonderful review. The only word in the title that means anything of importance is “Wireless,” and these are indeed great wireless headphones.
A bit of context about these: The ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless (I will be referring to it by its full name, just to re-emphasize how silly it is) is the basic model of a set of three headphones. The two upper-end headphones are the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 500 and the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700. These two “deluxe” models have a few extra features, but they’re not terribly important.
(Bonus context about the naming: I looked up “Strix” and according to ASUS, it’s apparently an ancient Greek and Roman word for “owl”, signifying good sight and hearing; there’s your word fact of the day!)
The ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless has extremely good sound quality. These things cost over a hundred dollars, so they had better have good quality! And thankfully, they do. These headphones are extremely good for both gaming, and they don’t mangle the sound in any way.
You will see a noticeable increase in quality when going from a pair of cheap or old headphones to these headphones – the rich, buttery smoothness of the sound is a little addictive.
The only problem with the sound is that music (and only music from what I can tell) sounds a little flat, but most people shouldn’t notice. Even then, the headphones come with software that lets you alter the sound to your liking.
The bass for these headphones is extremely good due to what the website refers to as “its extra-large 50mm custom-tuned ASUS Essence drivers”. They make a big deal out of how they used metal covers on the inside instead of plastic ones, making sure the sound is pure and non-distorted as a result. I can’t say for sure how using metal instead of plastic affects the bass, but it makes sense to me.
Additionally, these headphones are wireless (it’s in the name) and have an extremely long battery life of about seventeen hours. As long as you leave these charging overnight (and they are rechargeable), you will never have to recharge them during the day.
Even though the official ASUS website says they last fifteen hours, they actually lasted seventeen from what my research could tell. If anything, the website is underselling these headphones, possibly in an attempt to get you to upgrade to the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 500/700 headphones. You will not have to recharge these headphones in the middle of the day. Ever.
Back to the software, these headphones come with ASUS’ “Armory II” sound software. It offers lots of customization like frequency, bass boost, voice clarity enhancements, reverb, sound optimization features, etc, and the software’s menu also has a tab devoted to device stats. There is a feature called “Perfect Voice” which doesn’t actually seem to do anything whatsoever from what I can tell, but it’s optional. In fact, all enhancements are thankfully optional, if you want a pure, unaltered experience.
Additionally, these headphones have a wireless reach of twenty meters (65.6 feet) which is honestly absurd: most people will be able to stay in range at nearly any location in their house or apartment. You’ll be able to keep these on when going to the kitchen, going to the living room, or going just about anywhere. In some cases, you might be able to go outside to grab the mail while wearing these, and not have your sound be interrupted at all.
These headphones, like most wireless headphones, work with both the PC and PS4, and I assume they also work on other consoles that support wireless headphones. I couldn’t verify that they work on the Xbox One, but Google seems to claim that the Xbox One works with any Bluetooth wireless headphones.
However, these are not Bluetooth, which is both a good and bad thing, since Bluetooth is infamous for latency, poor quality, and other problems when in anything other than a perfect situation, but at the same time, Bluetooth is a standard used by most devices. However, the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless headphones come with a wireless adapter and should work with just about anything that has a USB port.
Back to the wireless transmission – the 2.4GHz wireless receiver is far better than Bluetooth in both sound quality and overall convenience. I actually owned a pair of old Bluetooth headphones for a while, and gave up using them because they would only provide perfect sound quality at 4 PM on a Tuesday during a solar eclipse, and only if you asked nicely, and even then, not always. These headphones avoid all of that nonsense and let you have pure, non-mangled sound.
The wireless transmission and on/off mechanism do have one problem, however; they make an annoying beep when turned off or taken out of range, but this is a minor problem that not everyone should mind.
It has a wonderful matte finish on the sides, which actually isn’t as easy to get dirty as the glossy finish of the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 500/700, which actually makes these headphones better than the deluxe models as far as cleanliness goes. And, the matte finish isn’t as sticky as the gloss finish, which is another point in favor for these headphones.
Additionally, the matte finish also hosts an invisible touch interface that you can use to pause, play, change volume, and if you’re listening to music, go to a previous track or a next track. This was a great way of incorporating these controls without compromising the aesthetics of the headphones.
However, the controls are a bit unintuitive and imprecise, though thankfully none of these features are that important. The controls don’t get any better on the higher end models, so don’t get your hopes up if you plan on upgrading.
I love the ear cushions on this; they’re a combination of protein leather (an artificial fabric meant to simulate leather) and fabric mesh, and they’re far more comfortable than other headphones. This padding also shows up on the adjustable headband, and it almost feels like memory foam.
Overall, most people will not experience any kind of strain when wearing these. I don’t wear earrings myself, but from what I’ve heard, people with small earrings won’t experience any kind of discomfort from these headphones, which actually seems fairly impressive to me.
As far as durability goes, these should last about as long as any other pair of headphones. It’s made out of the same things as all headphones: metal, plastic, and a little bit of fabric.
However, the wireless nature of these headphones make them far more durable than headphones that use a built-in cable. Cables can tangle, snag, tear, bend, rip, and fray. If you move your chair in the wrong direction and get it caught on something, roll over the cable with your chair, or accidentally yank on the cord, or if the cord just feels like breaking today, then your headphones might be busted.
The ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless has no such problems, as there is no cable to destroy, and the little USB receiver is nearly impossible to rip out or damage on accident. Even if you drop the receiver, it’s light enough to where it’ll usually sustain no damage at all.
However, I suspect that the actual headphones themselves are still vulnerable to dropping. Thankfully, the adjustable headband and foam ear pads keep them on tight so they won’t fall off. These headphones should last for a long time as long as you don’t throw them against the ground.
There are a few other miscellaneous features that make this a great purchase. The headphones use an analog boom microphone that folds out of the side of one of the ears, and this thing is great to work with. You can turn it on by extending it, and turn it off by retracting it.
This is excellent for when you need to remove your headphones in a hurry; gently slap those headphones shut and your mic is off! It’s far faster than having to hold down a button to turn the microphone on or off.
Additionally, the headphones come with a second bonus set of ear cushions made out of 100% protein leather, just in case you prefer protein leather to a protein leather and fabric mesh mix.
The website also claims that the headphones and receiver come with an automatic mechanism to prevent interference, especially in places with crowded wi-fi networks. I can’t verify if this is the case or not, or if interference is something worth worrying about in the first place. However, I can confirm that nobody seems to be complaining about interference online, so make of that what you will.
In conclusion, these headphones are a good buy for people with a little bit of extra cash to spend on headphones. The only problems come from ever so slightly flat music, incompatibility with certain devices, and a few features that some people might not find useful.
Despite these problems, the device does just about everything else right, and that lovely matte finish even makes it better than its higher-end counterparts in a few ways.
Even though the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless is an absolutely stupid name, the product itself is not stupid at all. It’s worth buying if these kinds of headphones sound like your thing.