The 5HV3 is the mid range H-series headset by Steel Series. The H-series is designed specifically with competitive gaming in mind, as we will see. We have come to expect very high quality out of pretty much everything Steel Series puts out, even in their lower end products, and the 5HV3 doesn’t disappoint.
When I first picked up the 5HV3, I was a bit skeptical of the build quality. It felt a little too light and fragile. However, after extensive use (one could argue abuse) over the past month or so, I can vouch for their durability. The 5HV3 comes with the standard features we are used to in Steel Series headsets, most notably the retractable, low profile mic and the optional cable extension. I’ve said it before and i’ll no doubt say it again, Steel Series understands gaming to the point that they realize not everyone has the same gaming setup, and they cater to people with small and large gaming spaces.
One of the features unique to the H series is its portability. The 5HV3 can be disassembled into 3 pieces, not including the detachable ear pads. This is a huge bonus for competitive or LAN gamers who are constantly moving their rig and peripherals around. I have only taken the set apart a couple of times, however my main concern with any additional moving parts in any product is durability. More moving parts tends to mean more things can break – however I have not had this issue with the 5HV3.
Our testing put the 5HV3 at 21khz highs and 20hz lows, both numbers are very respectable and more than enough for gaming purposes. We also did a full volume bass test, and the bass tones were clear – no static or rattling at all. In our driver matching test, we were surprised to find that the drivers matched perfectly (meaning every sound sounded like it was coming from where it was supposed to be coming from) – slightly better than the Siberia V2 we tested earlier this year.
I will say I personally prefer the Siberia series, but only just. Both headsets are fantastic – the 5HV3 is the clear choice for any competitive or traveling gamer.
Price at time of review: $50
Review unit provided by manufacturer.
Build Quality - 8.5
Features - 9
The 5HV3 is a clear choice for any competitive or traveling gamer.
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