Today we are looking at the Steel Series Siberia 800 (formerly H Wireless). I love this thing. I know, no suspense, but since it arrived I have basically not taken it off, I can’t help myself, I’m going to gush. We’ll jump into the specifics here in just a moment. The H Series is Steel Series competitive gaming headset line, and the H Wireless is their most expensive headset by a large margin – for good reason.
First of all, it is wireless. Many gamers (including myself) see this as a disadvantage in gaming peripherals as it introduces the possibility of latency and interference. Now, I know a fair bit about how wireless transmission works, and I have to say I’m pretty dang impressed with the frequency switching feature the H Wireless implemented to literally avoid interference in every possible situation you can think of. I have all kinds of other wireless devices, and use them in close proximity to the H Wireless and have had no problems or even a hint of latency or poor signal quality. I even wore it next to my microwave while heating up dinner (before you tech Nazis and professional trolls jump in, yes, I realize microwaves cause EMI not RFI) and had no issues, and that was a fair distance away from the transmitter. Of course, wireless means it runs on batteries, which WOULD be a problem if it didn’t ship with two rechargeable batteries that charge inside a convenient slot in the transmitter. I have not run out of juice even once.
In terms of build quality, the H Wireless does not feel flimsy in the slightest. When you look at ear cups, head band, and mic placement, the H Wireless is remarkably comfortable, for extended sessions lasting multiple hours. I do feel – strictly in terms of comfort – the Siberia Series is better, but only just.
Sound quality is fantastic as well, as we have come to expect from Steel Series and their 50mm drivers. Our testing put the frequency response right at the advertised 20Hz-20kHz, which again, is really quite good. The bass quality is excellent, no rattling or shaking even at full volume (which I would never recommend using aside from testing), and perfect driver matching.
The H Wireless packs a few features besides the ones I have already mentioned that make it stand out from other headsets in its class. Steel Series goes way out of its way to make sure you know that this thing is cross platform, cross country, cross everything. It includes a huge number of adapters and alternate region power converters, some of which I’ve never even seen before. Since there is no “line” for there to be an in line volume control, there is instead an in cup volume control, which doubles as a mic mute. The mic itself is stored in the ear cup, and has a visual indicator on the tip in the form of a red ring, which tells you if the mic is muted.
Literally the only con I can think of for the H Wireless is the steep cost, and considering what you are getting for the money I think it is well worth the investment. I’ve grown so attached to mine that if it breaks I’ll be buying another right away, even at the $300 price point. The H Wireless excels in performance, comfort, versatility, and style. I can’t recommend this headset enough.
Model: H Wireless
Price at time of review: $299
Review unit provided by the manufacturer.
Build Quality - 9.5
Sound Quality - 9.5
Features - 10
The H Wireless excels in performance, comfort, versatility, and style. I can't recommend this headset enough.
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