SteelSound 5H V2
Published: 5th February 2007 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: |Conclusion
Overall the SteelSound 5H V2 headset fell short of my expectations. Its best features ( lightweight, comfortable, portable) are just as common and easily found in a lot of budget and mid range headsets. Its sound output was nowhere near what I or any of the other reviewers had expected. I can honestly say I would opt for Sony In-Ear earphones over the 5H V2 for sound quality and even when gaming I was surprised that they did not perform.
On the other hand, this headset is sold as a gaming headset, an area in which voice communication is a lot more important. This would be where the 5H V2's high quality microphone would serve the user well.
The headsets physical features are also the type which frequent LAN goers would look for but these features are not things upon which one can justify charging around £45 (see OcUK £46.94) . They are things that make for pleasant extras and quirky party tricks.
Several months ago I made the move to 5.1 headgear in the shape of the Speedlink Medusa headset. This, in my eyes, was the single greatest purchase for my gaming performance. The sound quality in-game is avery good and the sense of immersion is fantastic; The two main points on which the 5H V2 headset is sold (and fails to meet), for a lower price.
So in conclusion, yes, the headset is comfortable, it is fairly clear and is ideal for transporting around but for the price they are just not good value for money. They simply do not meet their purpose as a gaming headset, the sound quality and stereo sound just doesn't cut it anymore in a gaming situation.
+ Dismantle for transportation
+ High quality retractable microphone
- Very mediocre sound quality
- Stereo sound not as good as it could be for gaming
- Build quality is lacking
Thanks to SteelSeries for the Review Sample
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It is worth noting that 3 reviewers have taken a look at this headset and come to the same conclusion. We have also had 2 sets of these to test to make sure the first was not DOA.
Feedback From SteelSeries
SteelSeries were rather surprised and disappointed with the result of our review and believe in their product to be the best headset for gamers. We will continue to work with SteelSeries and appreciate their "taking it on the chin" in this instance.
Overclock3D have tried to give a fair review and we want to make sure that our readers know we gave the headset every chance. We will certainly look forward to any SteelSeries products for review in the future.