SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse and Headset Review

Conclusion

SteelSeries Diablo III Mouse and Headset Review

Conclusion

Branded products generally fall in to two categories. There are those items that are clearly using the logo solely to boost sales of an otherwise average to poor product simply on recognition value. On the flip side we have things that are so specialised they cost a fortune and aren't much use in anything else. The Sega Bass Fishing rod isn't much good in other games and we don't know any people who've tried to complete Mario using a dance mat. SteelSeries have hit the perfect sweet spot though with the Diablo headset and mouse that we have on test today.

The headset is very obviously based upon the excellent Siberia V2. It's a testament to how good the original design was that we've seen it in various guises and every time it never fails to impress. Big 50mm drivers have a wide range and allow for clear audio reproduction regardless of what you're using them for at the time. Whether it's music, pinpointing a sniper, some casual Youtube viewing, or going PvP in the depths of Diablo III the SteelSeries is capable of handling it with aplomb. It isn't just a case of slapping a Diablo III decal on either. The earpieces have been redesigned to echo our stylistic expectations of evil with gothic swirls and pointed bits. The red on the grills even looks great with the lights off. Turning the demonic red lighting on though really brings it all to life. With brightness being controllable, and a breathing effect should you desire it, the Diablo III headset stands out and gets you in the mood to fight your way to the depths of hell.

As for the mouse, it's everything you could want. With a very short lift-off distance, a sensor that is capable of tracking even the fastest movements and being as fast or slow as you are happy using, without resorting to software interpolation, it's a joy to use. The Kai/Sensei style body is very comfortable, all the buttons are in easy reach and the coating helps keep it exactly where you desire under even the most testing conditions. Thankfully the decision to utilise the Kai design template means that it's equally comfortable for left or right hand use, so the southpaws in the audience aren't stuck with yet another product they can't use. Coming in at the £45 mark it is very good value indeed.

Across both products the cabling is worthy of particular mention. It is double-braided, very smooth and robust and will withstand any amount of abuse you can give it. A vital addition given that Diablo III is almost built for LAN gaming conventions. The Diablo III skin on the SteelSeries Engine software is more than just a pretty coat, and the software itself is as good as ever, having a small footprint, regular updates, and it is very easy to use. Even better it's entirely optional so you can be up and running in moments.

Bad points are incredibly few and far between. The most obvious is that this is clearly Diablo III branded, so if you're not keen on dark red, satanic looking hardware, why are you here? The mouse is near flawless. The scroll-wheel feels a little too cheap and plastic and the notchiness that is a boon in gaming can be a little loud when just using the mouse normally. The headset is outstanding and the only real issue with it is the pricing. Standard Siberia V2s are about £50. USB ones around £70. This is pushing the £90 mark, which is expensive and equal to the SteelSeries 7H, which we prefer.

So all in all we have the rare combination of a branded item that has excellent hardware beneath it. The Diablo Mouse is the pick of the two and worthy of the OC3D Silver Award, with just the scroll-wheel letting things down. The Diablo Headset is up to the usual Siberia V2 standards with some excellent design touches too, but that price is a little hard to swallow and so it too receives the OC3D Silver Award.

Now we've got the hardware, bring on the game!

Diablo III Mouse

   

Diablo III Headset

   

Thanks to SteelSeries for supplying the Diablo III headset and mouse for review. Discuss in our forums.

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23-12-2011, 05:28:26

tinytomlogan


With the release of Diablo III now within touching distance we take a look at a couple of products sure to whet your appetite.

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23-12-2011, 06:03:53

trazomfr
Two elements of quality, but copyright Blizzard fills the bill. I find it strange that accesories are available before the game. This happens often?

23-12-2011, 06:38:39

VonBlade
Yes it's a regular occurrence. Don't forget that adding branding to a product is a lot easier than creating and bug-testing a game. Additionally, Blizzard are known for releasing their products late. Diablo III isn't late yet, but StarCraft II took its time.

23-12-2011, 08:03:48

StreekG
I have been tempted to buy a second mouse to switch over too, something simple like this for Diablo 3, rather than using my RAT7 which i do a lot of FPS on.

I have been tossing up between the Diablo 3 mouse and the Sensei, i remember Toms review of the Sensei was fantastic so i might go with that...

23-12-2011, 08:18:03

trazomfr
Thank you for that clarification VonBlade.

23-12-2011, 09:11:47

VonBlade
Quote:
Originally Posted by StreekG View Post

I have been tossing up between the Diablo 3 mouse and the Sensei, i remember Toms review of the Sensei was fantastic so i might go with that...
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/input_devices/steelseries_sensei_gaming_mouse_review/1

If you're going to quote who wrote something, it helps to get it right

23-12-2011, 09:29:47

F-alienware
If Razer hand over their new Star Wars products LMK. I'll be round to burgle your houses within the hour

I don't usually fall for that crap, but GOD DAMN that kit is incredible.

23-12-2011, 21:53:27

CocaCola
The Diablo 3 portion that lights up looks really cool. But, I'd much rather go for the Sensei.

24-12-2011, 05:27:14

StreekG
Quote:
Originally Posted by VonBlade View Post

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/input_devices/steelseries_sensei_gaming_mouse_review/1

If you're going to quote who wrote something, it helps to get it right
Lol whoops, too used to watching his review videos.

06-09-2012, 04:26:44

Dinoslawski
Just a friendly heads up - a good friend of mine bought the Diablo 3 mouse and the graphics on it started to come off in the first month of use. Pretty bad deal considering how they brag about durability of a mouse.

08-09-2012, 00:16:33

CPMFW
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dinoslawski View Post
Just a friendly heads up - a good friend of mine bought the Diablo 3 mouse and the graphics on it started to come off in the first month of use. Pretty bad deal considering how they brag about durability of a mouse.
they look pretty solid... i didnīt think it would only last a month
did he send it back?

08-09-2012, 01:24:03

Dinoslawski
He didn't bother with it. He just soled it to another guy for almost same price he bought it for - didn't seem to bother the other guy.

Other than that he said the mouse of great. It felt great in the hand and was joy to play with, but he just felt cheated somehow. I was surprised myself since you hear nothing but good things about Steelseries.

08-09-2012, 13:40:26

Yeren
fuuny how this subject has come up, but something completely unrelated to the comments, i tried to read the review, i click on continue reading, then you click anywhere on the screen and all it does is take you to that stupid advert on the sides.

anyone else geting this? and i mean click ANYWHERE

08-09-2012, 23:37:53

CPMFW
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dinoslawski View Post
He didn't bother with it. He just soled it to another guy for almost same price he bought it for - didn't seem to bother the other guy.

Other than that he said the mouse of great. It felt great in the hand and was joy to play with, but he just felt cheated somehow. I was surprised myself since you hear nothing but good things about Steelseries.
thats alright then...
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