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

Good Bye Corsair Headsets, Hello SteelSeries Siberia V2

The Corsair Vengeance 1500 isn’t a bad headset by any standard. Virtual 7.1 Surround sound, very comfortable, easy to use, great sound quality for gaming and good for music. All that I was looking for. I really loved this thing for a while. Until, short of 6 months of use, the microphone stopped working. Two days later, I couldn’t hear anything either. It went from being the best headset I’ve owned, to just another RMA. Mind you, this isn’t my first Cosrair headset. I had the HS1, and while it was great too, the right earcup stopped functioning after 6-7 months as well.

Sadly, I had a similar experience with most of the headsets I’ve purchased in my life time, but the Vengeance 1500 and the HS1 were the two best headsets I had gotten thus far.

After two dead headsets from Corsair, I decided I should give a shot to another company. For headset power users, the market is convoluted with gimmicky hardware that’s priced anywhere from $20 to $400. And the price doesn’t ensure it won’t break after the first year of use. So finding the right headset is tricky. And maybe the SteelSeries Siberia V2 isn’t going to be the one. But I’m giving it a shot. At around a $100 for the USB version, it seems like a decent contender to the Vengeance 1500 and the other headsets on the market in that same price range ($80 – $130).

Right before I was heading off to work, UPS stopped by and dropped off my package from Amazon. I’ll be doing a personal review of the SteelSeries Siberia V2 (USB) some time next week, mostly comparing it with what the headsets I have had in the past.