[Review] Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro Gaming Headset

Hello everyone. Today I am bringing you a product review, hopefully the first of many!

As many of you already know, SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of professional gaming mice, headsets, keyboards and other peripherals for PC (master race), Mac and Xbox 360 platforms. I’m very grateful to have the privilege of testing one of their newest products, the Flux In-Ear Pro’s. I’ve been using these for three weeks now, let me tell you what I think.

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When SteelSeries announced that they were going to sell in-ear headsets and market them for gaming, I was very skeptical. My previous headset, the SteelSeries Siberia V2, was (what I thought to be) perfect and I couldn’t imagine getting the same comfort and quality out of ear buds. Then I thought about my hair. My glorious hair. The only downside to the Siberia V2s was something that could not be helped – they messed up my hair! It was sort of like “hat hair” except more distinct because it was a straight line across the top of my head. Really, it did not bother me a great deal, but it was a con nonetheless. A con that an in-ear headset could (and did) fix.

 

Ok let’s get to it. The Flux In-…ugh I’m just going to call them IEPs. The IEPs will run you $129.99. Pricey. However, try to remember that the IEPs are headsets not just ear buds. Compared to headsets with the same audio quality and microphone clarity, that is a fairly average price. Even if it’s a little more expensive than the headset I had before, the versatility of the IEPs are worth the extra cost. Now would be a good time to mention the swappable cables!

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As you can see, the IEPs come with two cables, one for using the headset on a mobile phone and the other for your PC. This is a fantastic feature, it always felt weird listening to music on my iPhone as the microphone half of the cable dangled. Also regarding cables…I plug my IEPs into the extension cable that came with my Siberia V2s. Without the extension, they would hardly have slack, and that would be uncomfortable. Be sure to measure how far you need the cable to go. My cable measures 4 feet and a couple inches.

 

I play video games competitively, specifically Tribes Ascend (#tao). In Tribes, being able to communicate with your team is extremely important. If a teammate has a microphone that isn’t clear, it’s a pain to try and decipher what they are saying and it could cost the team the match. I remember bracing myself for the worst when I first opened Mumble/TeamSpeak and asked “How does my mic sound?” I was relieved when I heard “great“, “excellent“, “perfect“. So, if you are wondering, yes the microphone is just as clear as a “normal” headset (ex: Siberia V2).

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If you Google “comfortable gaming headset”, you are almost guaranteed to see “SteelSeries Siberia V2″ within whatever webpage you open. SteelSeries has a reputation for comfortable audio peripherals, and the IEPs are no exception. Included with the 3 sizes of standard silicone ear tip sizes is a pair of Comply™ memory foam tips. These are great. A quick roll between your fingers and they are ready to insert. It’s sort of cool to listen to the background noise slowly fading away as they decompress. I routinely wear them for 3+ hours at a time, not once have they fallen out or started to hurt my ear. In fact, I haven’t even bothered using the other tips yet, and probably never will. To clean the Comply™ tips, run them under warm, not hot, water and squeeze them. Let them sit out for a few hours before using them again, as the water could damage the ear bud. Note: The Comply™ tips can be rolled down much more than what the picture shows.

 

 Overview

Pros: IEPs will not mess up you hair. The microphone’s quality is excellent. Comply™ ear tips are very comfortable and have a snug fit. Great audio. Because the IEPs are not as bulky as a typical headset, they are ideal for travelling gamers.

Cons: The price will put a small dent in your wallet. The Comply™ ear tips must be cleaned and set out to dry. Also, a cable extension would be needed if I did not already have one.

 

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Thanks for reading, now go and treat yourself to a better audio experience.

Another Idea for Twitter

Hello everyone! It’s 4am and I’m really tired. I’ve been working on re-doing my website and such so I’m just gonna spit out the idea then head to bed.

So, Twitter.

I think that if I visit someone else’s profile page, ie twitter.com/katyperry, there should be a button that says “View Timeline”. When clicked, the clicker is shown what the timeline of @katyperry looks like. I mean THEIR timeline, the tweets that THEY see. Now their personal tweets, but the tweets of those they follow. Yeah, you get it. Twitter shows who I follow on my page and anyone who is really interested can read the tweets of those I follow. Because Twitter already offers all of this information it couldn’t be TOO hard to implement, surely. I think that this would be an insanely awesome way for people to find new people to interact with, don’t you?

Oh and happy New Year everyone!

Maybe I’ll start blogging often in 2013, I think I’d really enjoy it.

Twitter and (Sometimes) Interesting People

(Hey Jack Dorsey, thanks for providing a topic for my first actual blog!)

Part 1. The Twitter Experience. (Yeah, I can sub-title blog posts. What’s up.)

So, Twitter.  It seems like just yesterday my buddy was telling me how pointless and useless Twitter was as I logged in at school (the good ole days when it wasn’t blocked). After 3+ years and 8,400+ tweets, I would argue that Twitter is more than just another Facebook status. I’ve talked with celebrities, CEO’s, editors, developers, bloggers, speakers, entrepreneurs, and tons of other teenagers like myself that I would not have had the chance to engage with otherwise. Twitter has paved the way to many friendships that would have likely never been developed. The (awesome) people I follow on Twitter inspire me,inform me, entertain me, and help me.

I have met plenty of teens like myself with equal (and usually greater) knowledge of business, entrepreneurship, computer engineering, graphic design, etc (See teensintech.com for proof). It has been great getting to know these teenagers and seeing how they are changing the world. I look forward to seeing where these kids end up; I have a feeling someday you will know them as well. The amount of passion they possess for what they do is truly inspiring.

It is said that Twitter is faster than an earthquake. Isn’t it crazy that this statement is actually true? I cannot remember the last time I went to my TV to hear about news, even for local updates. I know something important or interesting is happening when I see 5+ tweets about it within a minutes time. That is what happens when you follow 1,500+ people who share common interests; the news that appeals to you will find you. If I happen to hear about something via word of mouth, a quick Twitter search is all it takes to get in the loop. Technology lovers, gaming nerds, verified news accounts, editors, and journalists keep me informed.

If you want entertainment on Twitter, check out FavStar and look at the leaderboards and pre-made Twitter lists. That is all.

I’ll keep this brief because I am already saying more than I planned about Twitter. There are a lot of smart people on Twitter. Seriously. Plenty of times I have gone to Twitter with questions ranging from “Hey Twitter, which Blizzard should I get at Dairy Queen?” and “I am having trouble with ____, can any tech wizzes out there help?”. Long story short, people on Twitter like to answer questions and help with problems, so ask away!

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Part 2. Twitter, Y U NO let me categorize myself?

Recently I have thought intensely about whether or not to post a certain tweet, sometimes going back at a later time to delete tweets, even. This is because I try to make my tweets appeal to every single one of my followers, which is not possible. I tweet mainly about three things: technology, video games, and random thoughts that go through my head (jokes, rants, etc). I have a suspicion that there are people that do not follow me because, to them, there are more uninteresting than interesting tweets from me. I am not offended by this because a) I do this too and b) it makes sense. If someone tweets 100 times and only one is interesting to me, I would not be convinced to click “Follow”.  I assume you get my point, so I will move on to my idea.

Instead of following every. single. tweet. from a user, I think that a system similar to that of Google+’s Circles should be implemented. Example time. I tweet about technology a lot, and I tweet about video games a lot. There are people that follow me for technology, people that follow for video games, a few that follow for both, and I assume a large number that don’t follow due to the other category being so prominent. Let me summarize my entire post in a few sentences instead of dragging on so long.

Tweeters can tag their tweets with their own categories. Followers can follow certain categories. Instead of

“Boy, Aaron is super cool and tweets interesting things about technology and business but I can’t stand his nerdy tweets about video games. I guess I wont follow him!”

it should be

“Aaron sure tweets a lot about video games. I’m too cool to be a nerd, so I will just subscribe to his other categories that seem more interesting to me.”

Hashtags do a great job of categorizing tweets, but I will still see #JustinBieberIsJesus hashtags in my stream…NOT interesting. Surely I am not the only one that wants this feature. Hopefully Twitter introduces something along these lines soon so I can get an even more consistently interesting stream!

Leave a comment and share your thoughts! Thanks for reading :-)

(I should probably note now that I rarely edit my writings so if you find a typo, nice! Maybe I will hide some, it’ll be a game for you grammar punks.)

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I will be updating this in the coming days, weeks, months, or years. Definitely decades. Probably. Meanwhile, visit www.wimp.com for unlimited entertainment!