Steelseries Headsets

SteelSeries 5H v2


SteelSeries 5H v2 USB

In recent times it has become very popular for headset manufacturers to provide a USB soundcard along with their high-end headsets to ensure that the sound quality remains consistent no matter which PC you are using them with. SteelSeries are no different and supply the 5H v2 with a 7.1 virtual surround soundcard. However, unlike most manufacturers where the addition is nice, but the headphones are so bulky that one wonders where you'd use them, the SteelSeries 5H v2 easily disassembles for those lanparties and gaming tournaments.


Unlike a lot of fancy packaging that only gives you a hint of what is inside the box, SteelSeries have chosen to go for the attractive clear box which nicely highlights the 5H v2.

Taking the clear box off we can see the a nice pale insert holding the headphones themselves that is an almost suede feeling plastic.


Flipping the box around shows off the very crisp screen printed SteelSeries brand logo across the band of the headset, in a white that nicely matches the cans themselves. The actual headphones are a closed-back design which not only should ensure a tighter sound quality, but also allows you to increase the volume without having the "drum and bass guy on the bus" problem. Especially good for those of us with our PCs in the room with the TV.

One of the key points about the SteelSeries 5H v2 is it's ability to disassemble easily for transportation around wherever you might need them. There are two incredibly sturdy clips that allow the ear sections to be removed from the headband. These re-assemble with a very satisfying clunk and any doubts about the longevity of such a system can be dispelled. Even the most heavy-fisted attempts to bend, stretch and generally mutilate the 5H v2 were shrugged off.


The microphone is a very swish piece of design resembling a tadpole or a stretched spade for those of you who play cards. It recesses back into the left earpiece when you aren't using it, but has a nice thick neoprene coating and is very easy to slide in and out.

Special mention must be made of the cables. Rather than the standard plastic coated cables we're all used to that you can never quite put where you want and over time become a little stiff or twisted, the 5H v2 come with braided cables. And not just any old braid either but some of the finest braid we've been fortunate enough to see. It's super soft and really tightly weaved. Very nice.


Time for a look at the Siberia Neckbands.

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Most Recent Comments

08-01-2010, 06:48:00

We take a look at the 5HV2, Siberia Neckband and the Siberia in-ear headsets

Continue ReadingQuote

09-01-2010, 07:03:06

the in-ear headset should get a higher score than the other 2 headsets imo, kickass noise reduction perfect for lan eventsQuote

10-01-2010, 08:48:49

Great review tho i missed "SteelSeries Siberia v2" in the test.. one of there most famous serie for gamers...

but anyways thanks for reviewQuote

10-01-2010, 09:12:31

Those were the headsets steel series asked to be reviewed, have got more planned for a later date though Quote

10-01-2010, 09:41:29

Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
Those were the headsets steel series asked to be reviewed, have got more planned for a later date though
Nice review! Looking forward to a review of the Siberia v2Quote

10-01-2010, 19:41:58

Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
Those were the headsets steel series asked to be reviewed, have got more planned for a later date though

looknig forward to it m8!Quote

18-01-2010, 12:33:09

Completely agree with the verdict on the 5H v2 headset. When I had a set for testing I just couldn't get used to the lack of bass and would go as far as to call them tinny. I tried to compensate with varied audio settings but they just couldn't manage it.

They were good in game in terms of clarity but when it comes to games like CS, if one was willing to sacrifice ace bass for accuracy they would opt for 5.1 headphones. They're slick and very handy for LAN as said. They struck me as a jack of all trades and a master of none.

Great review too, very difficult to describe sound quality as you did Quote

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