BitFenix Flo Final Thoughts
The Flo is the first headset produced by BitFenix. BitFenix has been in the chassis business since 2010 and the Flo marks their first foray into the audio market. The Flo is being marketed as a gaming headset, but I feel what they have here is something a little more. Available online, this headset cost $69.99 (Amazon | Newegg). The BitFenix Flo needs to deliver at being a good gaming headset, and it does that very well.
The BitFenix Flo headset performed admirably as both a gaming headset and as portable headphones. The headset sounded great right out of the box and got better after a few hours of use. The supplied cables are well built and give you plenty of configuration to get the most out of the headset while at home or on the road.
BitFenix Flo Conclusion
Before we get to the final score, I will briefly go over my findings one last time. This is just a quick summary of the overall review to highlight a few important facts that may have been missed. I do however recommend reading through the entire review if you have the time to do so.
So how did they perform? From my testing I have to say that the Flo performed exceptionally. Music sounded great and gave me a reason to dig out some old songs that I had not listened to in long time. The headset really shined when watching movies – the lower frequencies that the 40mm drivers produced really brought the movies to life. The atmospheric sound effects of Metro: Last Light were reproduced perfectly and weapons sounded even more violent thanks to deep bass this headset produced. The microphone seemed to function very well. I don’t typically use a microphone, but I did test this one with Steam voice chat to see how it performed. The microphone is flexible, so it can be adjusted to just the right angle. I never got a complaint of not being heard.
In regards to appearance, let me just say the Flo is sexy! I absolutely love the way it looks and would not be ashamed to wear these out in public. They are available in four different colors, but in my opinion white looks most attractive. The cable ends come with aluminum covers that add a high quality look and feel to them. The headset is just the right size for my liking and is light enough that I never felt fatigue from wearing them. The headset really was designed to be used both at the PC and out and about if you wanted to use them as mobile headphones.
The construction of the headset is the only place that slightly disappointed. The headset is covered in BitFenix’s signature “SofTouch™ Surface Treatment”. This gives the headset a matte look and a super sexy soft feel that is a pleasure to hold in your hands. Thanks to this surface treatment, the headset feels (in my opinion) high-end. The one downfall though is the material BitFenix chose to use for the headband. The headband is just a thin band of plastic that is surrounded by a steel frame. It just seems “cheap” in comparison to the rest of the headset. Don’t get me wrong though, the headset is solidly built and very comfortable to use. I would have just like to have seen a little better design done on the headband.
Functionally, this headset does exactly what it is designed for and more. The Flo works great when using it as a gaming headset and works just as well as a mobile headphone solution. The microphone is functional when attached and can be removed when it is not needed. The added benefit of being able to switch between cables gives versatility to an already great device.
As of March 2014, the BitFenix Flo gaming headset cost $69.99 (Amazon | Newegg). In my humble opinion, they are worth every penny. There are a few other products out there in this price range, but I feel BitFenix did their homework and priced these right for the features the headset offers. Being able to swap cables on this headset also adds value, because not only do you have a quality gaming headset, you also have a quality set of headphones.
The BitFenix Flo gaming headset is a well thought out product and I would not hesitate at recommending these to anyone looking for a quality headset. I have no problem with giving this headset the Golden Tachometer award.
+ Impressive sound quality
+ “SofTouch Surface Treatment” feels superb
+ Great looking design
+ Perfect size
+ Interchangeable cables and microphone
+ Very comfortable
– Headband feels “cheap”
– Ear cups could use a little more padding
Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
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