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Steel Series Siberia v2 CS:GO Edition Headset

/ Sep 28th, 2012 No Comments

Siberia v2 CS:GO

Steel Series is still one of the top manufacturers of gaming hardware on the market and you don’t have to be a massive techie to have run into their name at one point or another. Personally, I only own quite a few peripherals to enhance my gaming experience and Steel Series makes up for half my setup. Yes, I am not a gaming legend myself (I’m working on that) but I like to work with equipment that makes me feel comfortable. Gamers want something that feels natural but can be customized and made to adjust to certain situations. The last place you want to be at is playing a team death match game and throughout the game your questioning your equipment, it’s a reflection of you as a person. Not to take things literally, but if you have a mouse that doesn’t perform various functions or a headphones that can’t allow you to yell at your roommate while your throwing down a game, you look stupid. Certainly, that will not be the case with the unit reviewed here as I’m evaluating the Steel Series Siberia V2 Special Edition Counter-Strike Global Offensive headset.

What’s in a Headset?

steel series siberia v2 Counter Strike edition

The Siberia V2 features:

Volume regulator, 2 male extension cords with 3.5 mm mini jacks to connect to your PC or other audio sources and a retractable built-in mic. Other important facts:

Frequency = 18- 28,000 Hz
Impedance = 32 0 hm
Cable Length = 1,0 + 2,0 = 3 m possible
Jack = 3.5 mm

Comparing this to my current headset, the Razer Cacharias, the differences are subtle but make a big difference on your gaming experience. There will be no bias here, as I’m thinking about not just the mainstream gamer, but the casual gamers out there looking for a high performing headset. Plain and simple, what I like from Steel Series are the many options from a cabling standpoint, with separate mic and line cables allow you plug into different devices.

Performance

While throwing down some Black Ops on my Counter-Strike series headphones the sound overall was fine, noticing mobs from different directions was well defined in each headphone. The sound was crisp and clear and if you’re playing with friends the separate mic jacks allow for quick detachment if your in a pinch, and switching from talking to your teammates to a phone call is easy to execute. Though the switch itself feels like a less-than-stellar plastic case that could break if the owner had a slip up, perhaps by either sitting on then or accidentally dropping them. Those things do happen, but overall they are rather sturdy and the cable feels like a tough rubber that doesn’t seem to easily break and that is a huge plus. Several other quality headphones get so much right and then screw up on something simple like the sturdiness of the cable, which Steel Series has done right with the Siberia V2. The ear cups do a great job of canceling out the noise around you, but your ears will get warm quicker then the Razer Cacharias. That’s also due to the snug fit provided by the Siberia V2.

Overall

When compared to my current headset, the Steel Series Siberia V2 CS:GO headset is easily the winner. The retractable mic is easy to adjust, the sound is good, and honestly you could take these anywhere, even school and not look like a gamer when you have them on if you needed them for other reasons. Steel Series does a good job from an audio aspect as players sneaking up on me were easier to detect. Gunfire sounds great and this is worth the $90 dollar price tag it commands.

STEEL SERIES SIBERIA V2 CS:GO EDITION HEADSET

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall83%

SOUND8.5

Games sound crisp, with its 28k hz, frequency, hearing those elite players sneaking up on you is easy to detect.

PRESENTATION8

The Counterstrike edition looks fresh in the gaming world and in the real world. Bring em where ever you go.

VALUE8.5

Sturdy, stylish and a good price. You can't go wrong with these


Carl Armstrong

Carl Armstrong

Associate Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Carl Armstrong has been with GI for over four years, serving as a review writer, on-site reporter and Associate Editor. He's worked as an award winning radio show producer for The Mighty 1090 sports station, Xtrasports 1360 and was the executive technical director for the San Diego Chargers radio network from 2008-2012.

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STEEL SERIES SIBERIA V2 CS:GO EDITION HEADSET

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall83%

SOUND8.5

Games sound crisp, with its 28k hz, frequency, hearing those elite players sneaking up on you is easy to detect.

PRESENTATION8

The Counterstrike edition looks fresh in the gaming world and in the real world. Bring em where ever you go.

VALUE8.5

Sturdy, stylish and a good price. You can't go wrong with these

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