SteelSeries Siberia V2 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Edition Headset Review - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts


The CS:GO edition of the Siberia V2 may not have as clean an appearance as other Siberia models, but its construction and the sound it produces are top notch. The design is lightweight without being too delicate as our original Siberia V2s have demonstrated  over their lifetime and are 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 this CS:GO edition, buyers can find Playstation and iPod-compatible models, along with an 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 the base V2 will cost you $89.99, which is already quite high for a headset. Now factor in that the CS:GO edition costs an extra $10 and you'll probably start to question your loyalty to the CounterStrike franchise. 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. While it isn't camoflauged like the CS:GO, the $79.99 GameCom features a design inspired by the headsets worn by real military pilots. If you're sold on the Siberia V2 form-factor 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 "wear everywhere" styling, which also holds some of its value in its versatility.  The comfort offered by the Siberia v2 still trumps anything we've tested so far, and is a factor not to be overlooked, as the best sounding headset that is painful to use is ultimately worthless.


The Good

The Bad

  • Unmatched comfort
  • Great versatility in function and usage environments
  • You pay a $10 premium over a price that's already a little too high


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