Here"s what we think of the touch-enabled ROG Strix Fusion 500 gaming headset

Here"s what we think of the touch-enabled ROG Strix Fusion 500 gaming headset

ByLewis Painter, Senior Staff Writer


With the recent price drop, the Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500 is now more tempting than ever before. Boasting 7.1 surround sound tư vấn, high-unique audio output, a gorgeous thiết kế và customisable LED lights, what’s not lớn like?

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While Asus’ Republic of Gamers (or ROG) brvà has produced a number of great gaming-focused products in the world of PCs, laptops và even smartphones, the manufacturer wants to lớn extend that high-over look khổng lồ gaming headsets. The ROG Strix Fusion 500 isn’t the company’s first gaming headmix, but we bởi vì think it’s one of the best it has produced, despite a couple of issues. Find out why the ROG Strix Fusion 500 stands out in our Reviews.

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ROG Strix Fusion 500: Pricing and availability

Though the Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500 has an RRP. of £159.99/$179.99, the headmix can be picked up at discount from various retailers. Those in the UK have a choice between Amazon (£117.99), Overclockers UK (£124.99) & Very (£159.99), while those in the US can piông chồng the Fusion 500 up at Amazon ($158.99), Walmart ($158.99) or Best Buy ($179.99).

That certainly makes the ROG Strix Fusion 500 a tempting option for PC gamers, especially with a high-end build, virtual 7.1 surround sound tư vấn và the ability lớn work on consoles too.

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In terms of kiến thiết, the ROG Strix Fusion looks slichồng. Sporting metallic, glossy earcups và a thick fabric-and-plastic headb&, it’ll certainly turn heads – và we haven’t even mentioned the built-in RGB lights.

The headphones feature RGB strips on the rear of each cup that can be customised via Bluetooth & a điện thoại thông minh tiện ích (or the ROG tiện ích on your PC or Mac). The best part? You can sync the lighting khổng lồ match other ROG peripherals, giving you a slichồng, futuristic look whether you’re an eSports player or a dedicated gamer at home. The downside is that the Bluetooth không dây connectivity is exclusively for RGB syncing, and you can’t actually connect smartphones or other devices wirelessly.

The headphones feature a touch interface, removing the need for clunky buttons that can be hard khổng lồ locate on-the-fly (and providing a much tidier overall look). Using swipe functions, you can adjust the volume & control media without having lớn leave sầu your game.

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It works well overall, though it requires multiple swipes to turn the volume up or down more than four percent, và it doesn’t always detect swipes. Oh, & despite boasting overall compatibility with PS4, the swipe features won’t work on the platform, meaning you’ll have sầu khổng lồ adjust the overall volume on the PC beforeh& và finetune it on the PS4.

Anyway, it’s in the audio department that the Fusion 500 really shines. Due khổng lồ the wired nature of the headset, Hãng Asus could pachồng in some impressive audio tech that’d drain the batteries of many wireless headsets. First up, it boasts an ESS 9018 DAC that delivers 24-bit/96kHz lossless playbaông xã with an ESS 9601 amp on hand lớn provide punchy bass, making huge explosions and epic game soundtracks sound incredible.

You’ll also find virtual 7.1 surround sound developed with Bongiovi Acoustics that’ll help you locate the exact direction of those nearby footsteps. Overall, the audio is crystal clear with no noticeable distortion, even at high volumes, though we must note that it is pretty bass heavy (standard for gaming headsets).

You’ll also find a retractable digital boom mic that automatically mutes when retracted, negating the need to lớn fiddle around with controls when you need to lớn have a private chat (or accidentally leaving it unmuted for the whole buổi tiệc ngọt to hear!).


With the recent price drop, the Hãng Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500 is now more tempting than ever before. It may not have sầu some of the bells and whistles of other gaming headsets on the market, but it’s well-built, comfortable lớn wear and most importantly, it sounds incredible.

The virtual 7.1 surround sound support immerses you in your favourite games, allowing you lớn piông xã up directional audio that can enhance your overall gameplay experience – especially in fast-paced online shooters where split-second reaction times are a necessity.

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