PC gaming has reached the point that there is simply no excuse to still be using generic mice and keyboards for gaming. Competitive gaming or e-Sports has evolved to the point that equipment is just as important as skills and manufacturers are certainly seeing this as an avenue to grow. With much of the e-Sports scene dominated by select titles for each gaming genre, manufacturers have also made it a point to offer c0-branded peripherals for hardcore fans. Today we’ll looking at a set of such peripherals brought to us by SteelSeries in cooperation with Valve; we have the Kana, Siberia V2 and Qck gaming peripherals all of which feature signature CounterStrike: Global Offensive artwork and styling. For this article we’ll be focusing on the Siberia V2 headset. Will it give you the edge you need in warfare? Read on.
SteelSeries is a gaming peripheral company with a port-folio filled with gaming mice, keyboards and headsets tailored for specific gaming needs. SteelSeries has a distinct style to their products, favoring basic stylings layered over purebred performance rather than bling and marketing. For this set of reviews, SteelSeries spiced-up their existing line with some bling though for the CounterStrike fan. Let’s check out some specs and images.
Keeping it in theme, the SteelSeries CS:GO Siberia V2 features a subtle CounterStrike artwork in the front with the CS branding visible below the large see-through window for us to peek in the product. Typical SteelSeries marketing details are found on the back with nothing really bold standing out.
Inside the packaging we have the Siberia V2 headset, some documentation and a SteelSeries logo sticker.
And here is the Siberia V2 CS:GO headset. Display stand not included.
The Siberia design utilizes overarching bands for retention and a strapped headband for support. This is a signature of the Siberia line and with the exception of the Diablo III edition, features mostly identical designs save for subtle differences like prints and colors. In the case of the CS:GO Siberia V2, the headset features a jungle-camo pattern in the headband and earcups. Some fine CS:GO artwork can be found on the retention band for subtle visual effect. The mic is retractable and is hidden in the left-earcup and is highly flexible.
The camo pattern is more pronounced on the headband and cups and gives the CS:GO Siberia V2 that street soldier feel if you want to rock it in the streets. Ties the ATH-BB500 in terms of execution of the camo style.
The CS:GO Siberia uses straight-sleeved cables in its wiring and is quite kink-resistant but unlike the braided sleeves of other models in the line-up, it just doesn’t have that premium feel to it. The audio jacks are gold-plated for bling and wear-resistance.
USER EXPERIENCE & CONCLUSION
We test out the SteelSeries Siberia V2 CS:GO headset in multiple usage scenarios using our test rig using built-in audio care of the MSI Z87-GD65 GAMING board featuring a Realtek ALC1150 with Audio Boost. Portable audio is tasked to our Sony Xperia Z.
The SteelSeries Siberia V2 line has some models featuring inline USB audio devices so each model has a distinct audio character. The CS:GO Siberia V2 does not have an inline audio-chip. That said we hooked-up the CS:GO Siberia V2 to our mobile phone to see how it performs in music and listening. We’ve used a Y-splitter to utilize the mic in our phone. Not included in the package.Â Our playlist consists of 320Kbps VBR MP3s of multiple genres of music. Now I used to go specific on these section of the tests but we’ll just breeze past these since this is a gaming headset. Straight up, the Siberia V2 was a little flat but that’s due to our smartphone not really giving much punch. Still, the Siberia V2 managed to produce clear mids and punchy bass.Â Moving over to gaming, we get a little clearer audio thanks to more drive courtesy of the onboard audio from our system. With a more powerful chip driving the 50mm speakers, the CS:GO Siberia V2 had a more brighter range and highs are more clearer. We also get to taste what those 50mm drivers are capable of in terms of bass as explosions really pop and have more boom to them. Audio quality is very solid and should be sufficient for most gamers who don’t double-duty as audiophiles because you’ll be wanting more than this.
Now what really sets the Siberia V2 design apart is the comfort it offers. Mostly gaming headsets are tailored for audio performance and general appeal but for gamers who use their gear in long sessions, something light and comfortable should be in order. SteelSeries’ choice of leather pads on the earcups as well as the separation of the headband from the retention band make the Siberia V2 a very light headset therefore giving it an edge over heavier options.
Overall, the SteelSeries Siberia V2 CS:GO headset is a solid-performing headset capable of delivering clear audio for music and games but can also double as a headphones for the go as the retractable mic doesn’t distract much from the looks of the kit. The jungle camo helps it stand-out more and give it a certain swag that most headphones don’t have. All in all, we’re fans of the Siberia V2 headset and so much more so the CS:GO model. Coming in atÂ â‚±3,800, it’s a reasonable asking price if you’re a CS:GO fan or just want a solid pair of cans for your games.
We give theÂ SteelSeries Siberia V2 CounterStrike: Global Offensive Edition Gaming Headset our Recommended award. TheÂ SteelSeries Siberia V2 CounterStrike: Global Offensive Edition Gaming Headset is backed by a 1-year warranty.