The line of gaming headsets ASUS ROG Strix Fusion includes models 300, 500, Wireless and 700. We have already talked about the first three versions, now it’s the turn of the oldest.
Outwardly, it is closest to the ROG Strix Fusion 500 — in fact, we have the same model, but with a Bluetooth module and an increased price tag.
|Model||ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700|
|Speakers, mm||50, with neodymium magnets|
|Principle of operation||Closed|
|Frequency range, Hz||20–20 000|
|Headset connection interface||USB 2.0/Bluetooth 4.2 (aptX, SBC)|
|Battery life||Until 5 p.m|
|Compatibility||PC, Mac, PS4, NS|
|Frequency range, Hz||50–10 000|
|Sensitivity, dB||–39dB ± 3dB|
Contents of delivery
ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700 comes in a large stylish box. The headset itself is shown in front and some of its features are indicated. On the back, all the functionality of the headphones is painted.
The box of the ROG Strix Fusion 700 is sliding, and the inner walls of the cardboard flaps are shiny, which is why the box with the headset looks as expensive and impressive as possible when opened. Adding to the luxurious look is the velvet finish on the plastic mold where the ROG Strix Fusion 700 is stored.
Inside: the headset itself, a two-meter USB cable in a nylon braid with a memory effect, a user manual, interchangeable fabric ear pads and a velvet pouch for storing the device with the manufacturer’s company logo.
As mentioned above, the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700 repeats the appearance of the ROG Strix Fusion 500 one to one. The same matte plastic on the wide headbands and the outer line of the cups and the same easily soiled glossy mirror plastic in the center.
The rugged and flexible rocker has the familiar ROG branded metal inserts on the inside, while the headband has a soft padding on the inside of the headband. On the sides there are indicators of the sides «L» and «R», as well as a fabric label with the inscription Strix. On the outer part of the arc there is an inscription Republic of Gamers.
Guides are hidden in the plastic headband, which extend from both edges by 3 cm. 12 latches on the inside allow them to be fixed in the desired position. Outside, they are decorated with branded drawings of the ROG gaming series.
Cups of the closed type, turn on 90 degrees. In this position, it is convenient to put the headphones on the neck between games, and also fold them into a complete velvet bag with minimal effort. On the outer matte part there is a figured transparent cutout for RGB lighting.
On the left cup are: a micro-USB port, a button to turn on virtual 7.1 mode, a Bluetooth on / off key with a charging indicator, a retractable flexible unidirectional microphone (hidden in the base of the cup and turns on when lowered) and a touch panel for controlling music. In it, the manufacturer installed a 900 mAh lithium-polymer battery and a Bluetooth module for synchronization with various devices.
The touchpad on the 700th model works flawlessly. A tap in the middle turns the music on or off, swiping up makes the sound louder, and down makes it quieter. Swipe forward — switch to the next track. Swipe back — go back to the previous song. Each finger movement raises or lowers the volume by four percent. There is no glitch here, as in the ROG Strix Fusion Wireless, when any touch could increase the volume to the maximum.
In the hidden state, the microphone is not active and turns on with a click when lowered. The leg is flexible, so finding the optimal distance to the microphone is not a problem.
Inside the cups are branded 50mm ASUS Essence drivers with neodymium magnets. An ESS ES9018 DAC and an ESS SABRE9601K amplifier are installed in the left cup.
Ergonomics and ease of use
ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700 massive full-size headphones weighing 395 grams (wired ROG Strix Fusion 500 weighs 360 grams). At the same time, the headset does not cause discomfort, it immediately sits like a native, does not put pressure on the head and almost completely drowns out the sounds of the environment. Of course, in fabric ear cushions, the sound transmission is slightly greater.
The matte plastic of most of the body shows itself perfectly in everyday use, does not gather dust and is not afraid of «fingers». But the glossy mirror part of the cups is very dirty and quickly scratched. In this case, you can leave the factory transparencies or use the headphones very carefully, otherwise the “premium” gaming headset risks turning into something worn out.
From the touch panel, the impressions are also twofold. On the one hand, this was not enough in the 300th model. On the other hand, the touchpad is convenient right up to the moment when you put on or take off the headset. In most cases, the hand clings to the touchpad, so the music either turns on or, conversely, stops. And it seems to be trifles and almost does not irritate, but in headphones for that kind of money I want everything to be perfect. On the first models of the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion series, I often pressed the 7.1 virtual sound start button when putting on or taking off the headphones. Now I don’t cling anymore and it’s not clear whether I’m used to it, or I initially pressed it by accident.
The unidirectional microphone is cleverly hidden in the left cup. It easily gets out of the groove with one movement of the finger, bends well, does not interfere and also quickly hides.
Claimed battery life is 17 hours. When listening to music at a volume of 20-50%, the headphones can really last that long. But if you listen to them louder, then the charge will last for 15 hours.
The headset easily connects to most home gadgets: smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, PCs or laptops. Whether wired or Bluetooth, you can connect these headphones to whatever you need at the moment. And this is very convenient, because you don’t have to get up from the computer, pick up a smartphone and put on other “ears”, and then sit down to play the console and use a third headset, and so on.
ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700 work with proprietary software ROG Armory. Here you can configure the microphone, RGB lighting and its variations (breathing, constant color, rainbow, and so on), synchronization with other ASUS ROG devices, as well as detailed sound settings, for example, for watching a movie or music. There is even an opportunity to create your own presets. For adequate sound in different games, you can choose one of the blanks (FPS, Action, RPG, etc.).
When connected via Bluetooth, the ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700 sound just a little better than any wireless headphones at a lower price. Weak bass, an almost complete absence of highs and an inexpressive mids — this is exactly what is heard through a wireless connection.
When you connect the wire, the sound of the headset improves significantly. And if you also set the digital audio format to 24 bit / 96 kHz in the program, then it turns out that this model is suitable not only for games, but also for music. ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700 are starting to produce rich, deep and spacious sound. At the same time, the basses do not overwhelm other frequencies, but the juicy highs and the expressive mids are just there and that’s good.
Virtual 7.1 sound, which was created by Bongiovi Acoustics, still does not cause adequate positive emotions. This is a very specific thing that flattens the sound and adds a little echo. The only use I have found for it is shooters. In games of this genre with 7.1 sound, the surrounding world sounds even clearer, and the immersion effect is maximum. Otherwise, digital surround sound is nothing more than a useless feature for advertising.
The retractable unidirectional microphone sounds adequate, although a little deaf, but does not «catchy» the sounds of the environment. For communication with teammates or communication on a smartphone, Skype or Viber will do without any problems.
ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 700 is an all-in-one wireless gaming headset with an eye-catching design, touch controls and RGB lighting. Among the shortcomings, the glossy parts of the cups, which are easily scratched, and the mediocre sound through a Bluetooth connection stand out. But over the wire, the headphones sound more than worthy and will delight both picky players and fanatical music lovers. If you have an insanely expensive gaming laptop, a gaming smartphone, or a PC for the price of an airplane, then these headphones will perfectly complement the VIP package.