SteelSeries Flux In-Ear and In-Ear Pro ReviewFebruary 20, 2014
The main difference between the two is the price – the Flux In-Ear retails for roughly $49.99, whereas the Flux In-Ear Pro has an MSRP of $129.99. Obviously, the gap in pricing would lead one to believe that the In-Ear Pros are the superior option, and while this is true, both headsets sound great and have a high portability and comfort factor. Both come with carrying cases, extra ear tips of varying sizes and shapes, and flat cables to prevent frustrating tangles. So let’s get into what makes them different.
The Flux In-Ear headset provides rich, punchy bass – a bit more so than the Pro, which may be due to the passive noise cancellation. That said, the upper mids and highs aren’t quite as clear as they are on the In-Ear Pro headset. Using the right set of ear tips is a major factor in the sound though, so make sure you try them all out right away. The default tips provided almost no bass in my ears, and were constantly falling out while walking or running on the treadmill. Once I switched to the smallest ear tips the experience was ten times better. Both headsets feature an in-line microphone which works quite well considering its size.
The Flux In-Ear Pro headset has a bit less bass than its little brother, but has much better clarity in the mids and highs. The Flux In-Ear Pro also includes the exclusive Comply memory foam tips, which make a big difference as far as sealing the sound in your ear canals. You simply roll the tips between your fingers and then stick them in your ears, and they slowly expand to match the form of your ears perfectly. I definitely recommend these over the silicon tips. I often forgot that I was wearing these, and overall the In-Ear Pros offer more comfort and a more immersive gameplay and audio listening experience than the Flux In-Ear.
The In-Ear Pro’s Balanced Armature Technology features a smaller, more precise driver for a higher comfort level and more accurate sound reproduction than the In-Ear. Its swappable cables allow it to be used with PC, Mac or mobile devices, and the included ear guides help the cables stay wrapped over your ear. For those that prefer a standard in-ear listening experience, you’re perhaps better off with the standard In-Ears, but you can use the In-Ear Pros in this manner by swapping the left and right earpieces.
In the end, SteelSeries has provided gamers with two stellar mobile in-ear headsets that work equally well for music, movies, and video games. Which one is right for you? That all depends on your price range and what you’re looking for as far as features. Both feature perfectly capable in-line microphones, carrying cases, and extra ear tips, but the extras exclusive to the In-Ear Pro, as well as its superior sound reproduction and comfort factor, give it the edge.