SteelSeries Siberia v2 Frost Blue Edition USB Gaming Headset Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts


Fans of the black and red color scheme looking for an illuminated SteelSeries headset should check out their Diablo III headset. It sports the same USB sound card as the Frost Edition along with a few design tweaks to commemorate the game. Both have an MSRP of $119.99, which is a $10 premium over the standard non-illuminated Siberia v2 USB headset.  The clean look is really hard not to like, and the illumination, if you want it, adds a nice splash of eccentricity to an otherwise simple design.


The frame still looks and feels quite plasticy, but it doesn't betray any flimsiness or that it's "cheap." This is especially true of the suspension headband as it appears to be paired with thin wires. They had me concerned during my first look, but now I'm not worried about them in the slightest, as anything short of grabbing the headband and violently waving the headphones around shouldn't test their durability.  They've withstood 6 months of general wear-and-tear and some accidental abuse and absent-minded packing with little sign that they're more than a couple days old.


The microphone, which features active noise cancelling in the Frost and Diablo III versions transmits clearly via Skype and various game clients.  The sound is, overall, very good.  We love that they play nearly as well in music or movies as they do in any of the games we've played, ranging from RTS and racing to FPS.  The downside is the lack of any surround virtualization which does lead to a loss of directionality in-game, but as I've stated, this hasn't made me feel as though I'm "missing out" after having used a true 5.1 headset for almost a year before using the Siberia v2.  However, the lack of 7.1 virtual surround, which is included with the $10 cheaper Siberia v2 USB, does make it harder to justify the $120 price tag, especially with options we've loved in the past, such as the Plantronics GameCom 780 at $80.  What you gain with the Siberia v2, however, is subtler looks and better overall sound quality across many different uses, and the Frost Edition gives you the ability for customizable LEDs which are wonderfully-executed.


The Good


The Bad

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Clean looks
  • Great overall sound quality
  • Nice lighting (Sound activated option)
  • EQ profiles and settings
  • No virtual surround
  • $120 price tag


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# Kristine 2012-09-10 21:18
$120?!?!? :cry: