SteelSeries Diablo III Gaming Headset Review

Final Thoughts


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If the feature set of the Diablo III Headset sounds appealing, but the gamer-centric styling doesn't suit your fancy, the Sibera v2 Frost Edition sports the same capabilities in a somewhat less eccentric frame. Both have an MSRP of $119.99, which is a $10 premium over the standard non-illuminated Siberia v2 USB headset. For fans of the Diablo franchise, the styling is about as good as it gets, and the red illumination adds a nice splash of flair for showing off at LAN parties. Despite there being a large amount of additional plastic on the frame for styling purposes, the dark matte finish looks very good, and the overall construction doesn't betray any flimsiness.This is especially true of the suspension headband and the thin wires attached to it. They may be disconcerting to those who haven't handled the headset before, but anything short of grabbing the headband and violently waving the headphones around shouldn't test their durability. For example, the Siberia v2 Frost Edition 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 active noise cancelling microphone is a joy to use over Skype calls and various game clients, as it transmits very clearly without letting ambient noise through. The overall sound of the Siberia v2 family is very good, and we love that this performance carries across various forms of media. Whether it's music, movies, games, or VOIP calls, you're not likely to be disappointed. They are somewhat lacking in immersion, leading to a loss of directional awareness in-game, but it's hardly enough to make us feel as though we're missing out after using true 5.1 surround headsets for months before our first Siberia review. However, the lack of 7.1 virtual surround, which is included with the $10 cheaper Siberia v2 USB via a detachable sound card, does make it harder to justify the $120 price tag, especially with options we've loved in the past, such as the 5.1 virtual surround equipped Plantronics GameCom 780 at $80.  What you gain with the Diablo III headset are striking looks, customizable illumination, and better overall sound quality across many different forms of media.

The Good

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Well executed theme
  • Great overall sound
  • Dynamic lighting that isn't too harsh
  • EQ profiles and settings
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The Bad

  • No virtual surround
  • $120 price tag

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