Review: SteelSeries Siberia V2 USB Gaming Headset

This is a comprehensive consumer review of the SteelSeries Siberia V2 (USB Edition) – Gaming Headset. This is my attempt to deliver a comprehensive opinion and comparison with other headsets I have owned in the past.

I will go over what makes a good gaming headset: sound, build quality, microphone, and price. From my experience purchasing headsets over the past few years, it’s overloaded with oft poor quality products that tend to either break easily, or simply cease to work after a few months of regular use.

I’ve owned Logitech, Creative, Corsair and now my first SteelSeries headset. I use a headset on a daily basis, most often for several hours at a time, so I need them to be comfortable and require for my sound to work optimally at all times. Does the SteelSeries Siberia V2 achieve that? Let’s find out.

SteelSeries Siberia V2

Sound Quality (4/5)For a Gaming Headset, it provides great sound quality, particularly with the 7.1 Virtual Surround sound USB. Sound is always clear, and the bass is fairly good. Shooting games are particularly visceral and exciting to play because of the surround sound. I had much of the same sound experience with Corsair’s HS1 and Vengeance 1500. Music doesn’t sound as stellar though. While its good, it’s no high end Sennheisers. If you don’t have a sound card on your computer, I suggest you stick to the USB version. Otherwise, the Siberia V2 is offered with 3.5mm connections as well (at a cheaper price).Build Quality (3/5)

The build quality is unfortunately no where near as good as Corsair’s headsets. Although the Siberia V2 is lighter than both the Vengeance 1500 and the HS1, its all plastic and it feels somewhat flimsy. This is particularly true for the USB dongle. It’s a cool option to be able to switch between 3.5mm audio and USB, but both the USB extension cable and USB dongle feel very flimsy (I ended up switching the extension cord with another mini-USB to USB I had aside). On a better note, it’s light; I wear glasses and the headset has turned out to be comfortable, only feeling a bit tight after several hours on (i.e. after 5-6 hours). You also get plenty of cable length by default.

Microphone Quality (5/5)

Ever since I’ve bought this headset, friends have reported that my voice actually sounds clearer and actually had less echo than when I was using the Corsair headsets. I’m also very fond of the retractable microphone and how it smoothly tucks away when not in need. The microphone is directional and requires to be angled more or less towards the mouth for best sound quality, but it’s fairly simple to do so. Overall, I’m very happy with the quality of the microphone on this headset.

Price (3/5)

At over $100, it’s expensive (especially in Canada). The price difference between the USB and the regular version is pretty astounding (nearly $20 more for the USB version). The US seems to be getting the better end of the bargain, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this headset on sale soon at most computer hardware and accessories retailers (TigerDirect, NewEgg, NCIX, etc.).

Overall Score: 75% (15/20)

Pros

  • Light & comfortable
  • Plug and play with 3.5mm
  • Easy to install drivers for USB version
  • Good audio quality
  • Great microphone quality
  • Flexible, one-size-fits-all approach

Cons

  • Expensive; wait for it to go on sale!
  • Flimsy USB dongle and entirely in plastic
  • Not adjustable