Here's The Spec:
Steel, Plastic, SofTouch™ Surface Treatment, SoftFeel™ Earcups
Black, White, Red, Blue
Dynamic, Closed back,
16µ, Neodymium magnet, Φ40mm
Gold-plated Φ3.5mm stereo mini-plug with aluminum sheath
What Comes In The Box:
The first cable we get is a one metre long four pole cable you will use if you are using the Flo as a headset. This one features inline controls which we will get to in the design section of the review. Next up we have a two metre extension cable that can accept both four and three pole cables, splitting near the end into 3.5mm audio jacks four audio and mic connections, remember you need a 4-pole cable to use the mic. Finally our last cable is a very simple, one metre plain 3 pole cable for if you want to just use the headphones without the mic plugged in or a bulky inline control getting in the way. Other than the cables, the only extra accessory we get is the detachable mic which plugs in just like the cables do with a 3.5mm audio jack. It also features a flexible mid-section for the unidirectional pick-up.
Headphones Ex. Mic:
BitFenix as we have already discussed provide two main cables to connect to headphones with, one is a simple one metre cable that is 3-pole and therefore headphones only while the other being a 4-pole, is for being used with the included microphone. The 4-pole also being one metre long has an inline control that allows for you to turn the microphone on or off as well as control headphone volume.
I am not happy at all with the length they chose to go with for these cables as for the most part it's under the assumption you will use it with the extension cable when at a computer. I have gotten used to the 1.2 metre standard on headphone cables, it works, it's the perfect length for almost every scenario, why change it? 1.2 metres for me is a great
Both supplied cables are particularly thick which is great for protecting the internal wire and feels very high quality, the downside being it's less flexible. The audio jacks themselves are just as high quality as the cable between them, with an aluminium exterior and solid connection to the cable you won't see any degradation to this part of the cable over time which we commonly observe on thinner cables. I do like the fact it is also completely removable as well because most of the time, this is the part of headphones to break first so if it DOES break, you can just replace it! I also like the shape and design of the inline controls as although it's a little bulky, its simple and easy to use without needing to take your eyes of what you are doing and with an overall quality feel too it, props to BitFenix as it's tricky to find the right design for a good inline control. The slider is responsive with enough friction to not get knocked by accident.
The only outright unattractive part of the ear cups is this little black portion here. I have no idea if this could be avoided by using a different colour, I just think it kind of halts the overall flow of the design and looks a little cheap.
Turning the cups around however reveals something quite the opposite. The SoftFeel earcups which I can only imagine are made of
My only grudge to this design is looks... mostly. As opposed to the standard single band design (insert every single other set of headphones we have reviewed) it looks quite weird on the head which can be a problem for people who go out in public with their headphones and want a pleasurable experience. It just looks awkward having a large gap between the upper band and your head. Functionality wise it's obviously a superior design as it constantly readjusts to your head as you move, providing a superior fit all around but I kid you not, when bending over while wearing these, I have accidentally gotten caught and hung them on a wall hook, removing them from my head. Maybe that's just an outcome of me clearly getting way too intimately close to the wall and my own fault, I'll leave that for you to decide.
HeadPhones Inc. Mic:
With a flexible mid section and short stature, the microphone is very unobtrusive and depending on how you wear it, it can be completely out of your field view, perfect for gamers who can find visible microphones easily distracting.
The biggest positive caused by this design however is very much correlated to how tight they are, this being it's sound isolation. The tight fit coupled with the ear cup material make for a seamless barrier that stops sound leakage to the point I would have to turn my volume up to full and sit in a silent room for anyone else to be able to distinctly hear my music. Active-noise cancellation is not a feature of the Flo but I don't believe it needs it, for the same reasons as its high performance in sound isolation. Overall a relatively uncomfortable fit for long-term use for me but with quite a lot of important benefits for short-term uses such as your daily commute.
As far as soundstage is concerned, it's not extremely impressive given the size of the headphones, though we aren't told how large the drivers are (I expect 40/50mm at least due to 68ohm impedance). Most people will be more than happy with it and in movies and music unless you constantly use better headphones you wont even notice. In FPS gaming situations however a large soundstage can be seen as a huge advantage as it makes it easier to pin-point your target by allowing you to hear a lot more clearly where each part of the audio is coming from. I haven't reviewed many gaming headphones in the past, just the CM Storm Pitch, but I can only assume if their market is anything similar to the normal headphone market, for £40 this is a little better than average just not as good as more expensive headphones you may be going up against.
Sound quality is something I never expected to be this good first time around. The Flo's flat frequency response makes them adaptable and usable for multiple purposes, even audio production on a budget. The response is impressive too with an all round solid performance, I just wish the soundstage was that tiny bit bigger for a fully immersive experience.
Price wise the Flo headset is good choice for performance and for anyone who maybe even just wants the headphone functionality without the mic. In summary the only things I can see holding the Flo's back are comfort and aesthetics. They look nice but not nearly as nice as many others and the comfort levels just aren't high enough to achieve its maximum potential as a headset.