[section_title title=”Conclusion”] Conclusion
The BitFenix Flo is an impressive pair of headphones at £50 and more so when you factor in the ability to double up as a communication device.
Firstly, the audio performance of the Flo isn’t at all disappointing. Across all media tested, there was never a point in which I felt the BitFenix wasn’t good, or indeed, surprising given the price tag. The only areas where as a set of headphones their limits were truly shown was when I went looking for the issues in Arcade Fire’s Reflektor. Part of this will be down to the make-up of the Flo, the other is due to closed-back design where the bass sounds too forced – this is the same for all closed-back designs though and is much a feature as a blemish depending on your preference.
Secondly, the pricing of the Flo is phenomenal, really. Search your favorite etailer and no doubt £40 is the real entry barrier for something serviceable. For £50 BitFenix will offer you a strong performing set of cans that don’t look ridiculous and can be worn pretty much anywhere that also be used as a headset for when you want to Skype, game or call someone. The inline controls have a nice and reassuring stiffness to them and even if the aesthetic choice is peculiar, the actual size and shape isn’t too bad for usage.
If there’s anything negative to be said about the Flo it’s that, for reason not made aware to me, it feels like the headset could have been that bit more if it wasn’t for the microphone. The performance itself is fine, but the detachable effort results in a mic you can’t take out and about with you and not expect stares and at the same time, is one that is partly jarring when you catch it in your eye-sight and can’t really be moved from said position. BitFenix clearly aren’t against you replacing the mic, so having one built into the inline controls would have been stupendous for the package as a whole.
So, for £50 I think BitFenix have knocked it out of the park with the Flo and certainly in comparison to some other recent headsets I’ve reviewed. The Flo is comfy, sounds great and has you covered for anything. It’s just a shame that the microphone isn’t slightly more practical as it would have been a star buy for me. Needless to say, the Flo is worth of our Value Award.
I would like to thank BitFenix for this sample and hope to see more from them in the peripheral market in the future.
The BitFenix Flo aswell as other products from the BitFenix range are available to purchase from Overclockers UK – http://www.overclockers.co.uk/mfrList.php?mfrid=556
Hard to criticise Bit Fenix’s efforts on the whole with the Flo as it’s a solid headset and an admirable performer in all regards. If only Bit Fenix had a bit more scope where the mic is concerned, the Flo would be an essential pick-up.
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