ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless
Gaming Headset (Wireless)
Wireless audio, the final frontier. These are the headset reviews of the U.S.S. AusGamers, charting into new audio territory with the help of the futuristic looking ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless gaming headset. Which as the name suggests is a wireless-only offering, compatible across PC and PlayStation 4 that offers up to 15-hours of pristine audio, comfort, and voice support in a package that does away with wires of any kind* across a standard 2.4 GHz stream.
That little asterisk there is to of course acknowledge that, sure, the micro-USB charge cable is technically a wire - but there’s no need to get all technical. Okay, there certainly is. So, let’s dig a little deeper into the areas that matter most when it comes to wireless audio – sound quality, weight, balance, comfort, battery life, and compatibility.
- Type: Closed
- Driver: 50mm ASUS Essence Drivers
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- Microphone: Unidirectional
- Microphone Frequency: 50 Hz – 10 kHz
As found in the ASUS TUF Gaming H5
headset we reviewed a little while ago the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless sports the same 50mm ASUS Essence drivers, which can also be found in many of the company’s headset offerings. Including the popular ASUS ROG Strix Fusion headsets. Although a name that it seemingly made up to represent its audio tech, the result is a crisp sound with clear high-end frequencies and booming bass that doesn’t drown out everything in its quest to be all encompassing. Which, with its comfort and closed design, the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless mostly succeeds at. In terms of quality and fidelity, going wireless here means no loss or noticeable degradation, with a clear and crisp sound that in a few instances improves upon its wired counterpart. Say, plugging directly into a controller or via the on-board audio jack of a generic motherboard.
Unlike other Strix Fusion variants though, this wireless only entry is limited to a default stereo sound out of the box, one that requires ROG Armoury II software for virtual surround or tweaking – exclusive to the PC. Which means when connected to a PlayStation 4 the surround options are limited. One strange omission though is that there’s no option to go wired, which is a trend we’ve seen in other brands that offer the ability to plug directly into standard 3.5mm audio ports for versatility. This limits the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless to being just that, wireless only. And so, when you run out of juice there’s no option but to wait for the 2-hours as it charges up again.
Design and Comfort
Where the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless excels and you begin to see why it commands a more premium price than some wireless headsets, comes down to the exceptional build quality. Sturdy, and robust in ways that stand out, from the leather and mesh-hybrid interchangeable ear cushions to the metal-plated joints to the headband and rugged cup shape and overall design. The lack of RGB Aura lighting, which would no doubt draws some power, does feel like an oversight. But as a purely visual flourish, it’s something we can live without. Everything else about the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless look is wonderful. And comfort-wise the sentiment rings doubly true with an over-the-ear closed design that not only focuses the game audio and any directional effects but is weighted and balanced in such a way as to be as comfortable as any of the wired ROG Strix Fusion headsets.
Where it all slightly falters though comes with one of its fancier design choices, which was to make the right ear’s entire outer shell a big touch-pad that you can tap to pause audio or run your finger up or down to increase or decrease volume. Yeah, it doesn’t really work – and lacks the finer detail that you sort of need when adjusting the volume. As a feature it’s something that we ignored and instead used the volume control found on our keyboard. Like the lack of proper software support this makes the headset’s PlayStation 4 usage once again feel inferior to when it’s plugged into a PC.
With the ASUS Armory II software and no immediate tweaking to the audio the initial impressions across titles like Apex Legends, Anthem, Resident Evil 2, and our recent indie obsession Ape Out – the results were uniformly impressive. Clear and crisp sound that amplified the finer detail and nuance of each title’s audio and music. Naturally there was only so much of Resident Evil 2 we could take – due to that gam being what it is – but it helped solidify the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless as a great choice for a wide range of genres. Especially once we were able to tweak or fine tune the audio via the Armory software. And although the virtual surround feature is present and able to be toggled on and off, the results were fine but up to par with the surround effect found in some other brands.
This makes the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless a weird one in that the quality of the wireless audio is great and the build quality exceptional – two areas that warrant the higher cost of entry. But in terms of versatility; no wired-option, weird touch-pad controls, no in-built surround, not that great for PS4 compared to PC - the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion Wireless are good but fall short of being essential.