SteelSeries, maker of such fine products as mice with the gimmick LED’s has come out with another item.
Although the SteelSeries Siberia 200 was released a while back, we just now got around to using it.
Normally I use a Corsair V2000 headset with its cushion-like headpiece and its adjustable features, but I can never get it to sit right on my head. It is quite uncomfortable at times. I feel like I have ear-muffs on and I get really hot. Not to mention it collects dust on the headpiece because it’s made of cotton or some similar fabric.
But I figured it was time for a change so I decided to try another SteelSeries product: the Siberia Forge Red 200 and I must say I am really impressed with the headset. In fact, I would go to such lengths as to say it’s possibly one of the best headsets I’ve ever worn.
Its headphones are comprised of synthetic leather which rests comfortably on my head and the audio quality is superb. I really enjoy how crisp the sound is. The headband section rests comfortably on my head with easy adjustments. Since it’s a wired headset I don’t have to worry about charging the battery at all.
If you are in-game and don’t want to switch off your microphone via software, you can use a switch they have placed on the cable to shut it down without any trouble. The microphone itself picks up crystal clear audio as well, with zero feedback (although this depends on several factors, such as your computer’s ambient noise level).
However, I did encounter one tiny issue with the headset: it’s only meant for 3.5mm input and not USB like my Corsair. I have had no onboard audio devices since the burnout in my Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard. So I had to use my wife’s laptop for the review of this product.
Do I recommend the SteelSeries Siberia Forge Red 200? Of course, I do. If I had a working audio card I would be using it now and would keep this headset around for emergencies.
There is a reason why SteelSeries sponsors massive gaming tournaments and why competitors like Team Navi, Evil Genius, and Tyloo use the brand. This product is definitely one of the best that I’ve ever tried and I recommend it to anyone who needs a new headset.
Update: This headset served me well traveling between countries and on various laptops before meeting its grim end on a bus, even up until its untimely demise this was by far the best headset I have ever used or owned in my entire life; a flight of angels sings it to its rest and everything.
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