SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Headset Review (Natus Vincere Edition) - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts


If we could use one word to describe the the SteelSeries Siberia v2, it would be "clean" - clean looks, clean sound, clean construction. SteelSeries did a great job of retaining functionality while minimizing the headset's profile, and the performance of the new 50mm drivers is admirable. The design is lightweight without being too delicate, and it's seen its fair share of punishment over its lifetime and is every bit as solid as the first time we lifted them free from the box. SteelSeries offers an extension of the Siberia V2 family for almost any application. Aside from the Natus Vincere unit that we received, buyers can find Playstation and iPod-compatible models, custom-themed versions, and also along with illuminated Siberia v2 Frost and a seriously wicked-looking Diablo III USB version. There's even a Siberia headset specifically designed to be worn on the neck, if that's how you roll.

Now let's talk price. The Siberia v2 offers excellent comfort, great aesthetics, versatility, and reliable operation, but we don't see these strengths justifying its $89.99 price tag. Unless you are opposed to velour ear cups, we recommend the Dolby 5.1 virtual surround sound equipped, competitively priced Plantronics GameCom 780 without hesitation. If you're sold on the Siberia v2 but desire some surround sound enhancements, pick up the Siberia v2 USB with 7.1 virtual surround and 12-channel equalizer for $109.99. You'll retain the ability to disconnect the headset from the USB extension for use with standard mic/headphone ports. It may only come in black, but we think the Siberia v2 USB is the best bang for the buck in the vast Siberia lineup.  What the Siberia lineup offers over most other gamer-centric headset, however, is the retractable microphone and overall "where everywhere" styling which also holds some of its value in its versatility.  The comfort offered by the Siberia v2 also trumps anything we've tested so far, and is a factor not to be overlooked, as the best performing headset that is painful to use is ultimately worthless.


The Good


The Bad

  • Mostly plastic construction is very lightweight
  • Suspension headband floats the ear cups in the perfect spot
  • Sleek design is worthy of being seen on the street
  • Detachable mic/headphone extension gives you freedom from wires on the go
  • The $89.99 is a little much considering the price of some surround sound-equipped competitors


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