Published: 8th January 2010 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: |
Along with the full-monty 5H v2, SteelSeries also make a neckband variant of the popular Siberia series. SteelSeries have taken the already eye-catching design and pure white colour scheme of the original Siberia and, with comfort advice from DJs and pro-gamers, created a neckband design.
Those same people were also used to tune the soundscape to ensure that these aren't a sole gaming headset, but useful for a multitude of audio tasks. SpawN, who regular readers will remember from our recent Zowie reviews, was then drafted in to fine tune the final sound levels to optimise it for gaming.
If you own a Xbox 360 these will also plug directly into the pad to ensure combined voice and audio but with the comfort of the SteelSeries design.
Following the very clear packaging of the 5H v2, SteelSeries have returned to a more standard type of packaging for the Siberia Neckband. The outer box is designed with a very clear vision. A nice coherent theme runs throughout and the dark theme of the box only accentuates the whiteness of the Siberia Neckband itself.
Taking out the packaging we see a similar plastic holder as we've just seen on the 5H v2 although not quite as tactile.
Taking them out of the packaging it's clear how compact the design is as a neckband rather than the full size headset. The microphone is neatly stored within the right earpiece with the same neoprene coating that we saw on the 5H v2s. The action in taking them in and out is easy and very smooth indeed. It's clear a lot of thought has gone into the design by enabling them to have a very clean appearance, whilst still retaining easy functionality.
Whilst the 5H has a closed back, the Siberia Neckband has an open back design, the influence of the musicians in its design shining through. This also really highlights the white of the cans themselves and provides for a very pleasing aesthetic.
Let's take a quick look at the Siberia In-Ear Headset and then we'll put these to the test.