SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset
Author: Llwyd Johnson
The headset's appearance is fairly timid, the whole thing weighs next to nothing just like the rest of the SteelSound range. The plastic the same matte finish as the other headsets but thicker, giving the headset a sturdier, more robust feel.
It's clear that the headset was designed with portability in mind. The folding system certainly serves to reduce their size well. This coupled with the lightweight structure is bound to save space in your backpack. Furthermore, the folding mechanisms make the headset adaptable to most head shapes, increasing comfort.
The earcups are surprisingly small in comparison to the rest of the headset, not only this but their shape is fairly acute. This was fairly concerning on the comfort front, leaving me worrying that too much attention has been spent on trimming size and weight off them.
The padding is, in my opinion, just the right thickness. On the 5H, the over thick padding reduced bass and sound quality in the search for comfort. Here the padding is just the right thickness. The padding is skinned with another synthetic leather, which while soft and comfy may lead to sweating around the ear after prolonged use.
The headband or 'bridge' between the two cups is of a similar system seen in headsets such as the Siberia headset. With a plastic upper half providing inward pressure on the cups and a fairly supple synthetic leather strap to support the headset and prevent sliding.
Unfortunately the 3H headset does not carry an in-line controller for regulating volume. I did not at first think this would be any problem at all but after starting up several applications only to have my eardrums assaulted while not being able to do anything about it quickly has lead me think that the inclusion of an inline control would be a nice improvement. The quality of the stereo jacks and 'Y' split is a fair way above average and look like they could take a serious bit of wear and tear.
The microphone with the 3H headset, as with the higher end models is retractable. This is one if my favorite features of the SteelSeries headsets. Unfortunately the 3H headset microphone boom is made from plastic segments, coated in plastic, this does not hold its shape as well as the metal segment system seen in other models. In addition to this, the boom is relatively short and when deployed, retains the curve from within the ear cup. This leaves the tip of the mic around the eye area, which is quite annoying and needs a good bend downwards to rectify.