Last week saw the second of the two recent releases from SteelSeries – the Siberia V2 Gaming Headset, which as the name suggests is the successor to the original Siberia headset which was a success in it self – not just in the gaming world but also within the music industry which is a credit to the quality of the original.
Hoping to build on that success the Siberia V2 boasts a range of improved features and new additions that not only make it great for gaming, but also makes it better for use with MP3 players and iPods etc, and of course when combined with the SteelSeries mobile phone adapter, including the likes of the iPhone!
So without further ado let’s have a look at it. The full headset has a nice form, not looking too cumbersome but also substantial enough that it won’t snap in your hands, and comes in a glossy white, it’s hardly unattractive (if a little cliché) in the “Apple-age”.
Perhaps the biggest change to the previous version is the addition of an ‘invisible’ microphone which slides out from the left ear cup which presuming the quality is retained is a great idea as you get the functionality of a microphone, but not the inconvenience of it when you’re out and about – it also reduces the chances of it being broken when you’re in transit, which is always nice to know!
The actual sound quality has also been improved as the slightly larger 50mm speakers now have a frequency response of 10-28,000 Hz, and this quality is what can make the difference between winning and losing in gaming, something SteelSeries are more than happy to point out! The speakers also have a closed cup design, which should aid noise cancellation which is rarely a bad thing especially in noisy households, or at tournaments.
“Every element of the Siberia v2 has been optimized for pro-gaming, making this headset a preferred piece of equipment for the world’s best competitive PC gamers,” said Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries. “What’s even more impressive is that the headset is multifunctional with its ability to deliver an unparalleled audio experience for music lovers and VOIP users.”
On a purely practical level it has also been slightly changed from the original Siberia: the volume regulator and chord have all been ‘upgraded’ to make it better for use with portable devices and the main chord has been shortened to 1m to make sure it doesn’t get tangled around everything (but don’t worry, a 2m extension is supplied with it for use on a static PC).
There will be two versions available: one with and one without a USB soundcard (although the exact difference in price isn’t yet clear) but the addition of the 7.1 virtual surround and onboard software means you can guarantee the same sound wherever you go, which if you have ever played the same game on another PC can be a little off putting!
The Steelseries Siberia V2 Gaming Headset is currently on sale for €80 (which is £70 give or take) and is available from Amazon. Personally I think this looks to be a good addition to the range, and certainly is a worthy successor to the original Siberia headset, and it could be equally if not more successful!