The SteelSeries Siberia 200 V2’s are a great gaming headset but for those who like to watch movies “on-the-go” they offer comfort and great sound with “stand out” style. Rory Fish takes a closer look…
SteelSeries has a long-established reputation amongst gaming fans of producing quality headphones with unidirectional microphones. Every time the manufacturer, which has developed a strong market presence in multiple international markets, unveils a new release to its catalogue, gamers sit up and take note. The Siberia 200 is no different. A classy, robust headset ideal for passionate gamers who want to get ahead in the online gaming world.Why is the SteelSeries historically so popular? Because it listens to gamers. The Siberia 200 was developed because of the popularity of previous versions, with the community encouraged to put forward their ideas about design, pros and cons, microphone capability, flexibility of movement and comfort. eSports players were front and centre in these deliberations and thus the Siberia 200 was born.
Indeed, the basic inspiration for the colours and design are based on the styles recommended by professional eSports athletes with the Siberia 200 geared towards their personal branding and gaming needs. Therefore, serious gamers can rest assured the headset – if it fits their price range – will deliver the requirements expected.
In fact, speaking of price, the headset fits neatly amongst its mid-market competitors in the $80/£50 range. In cost terms, this puts it up against the likes of Kingston’s HyperX Cloud and Tt’s eSPORTS Cronos. Perhaps more satisfyingly, for build and sound quality the Siberia 200’s compete equally well, out-performing its chief competitors in some areas.
I’ve heard some users say the V2 is a massive improvement over the V3 model. I’d agree. The sound quality is a step above while the retractable microphone allows for flexibility and thus a better immersive experience. The headphones are also very comfortable to wear with the SteelSeries name ensuring the plastic body feels sturdy, durable and long-lasting. Indeed, the over-ear pads provide the ultimate comfort while providing a good level of noise reduction from the outside environment, once again adding to the immersive nature of the game.
Of course, ultimately, it’s about the sound produced by the Siberia 200’s. We’d call it excellent. A good spectrum of sounds from low-end bass to high level trebles. While you’ll find the same level of sound quality for music or film listening exclusively, you won’t find many as good with a integrated microphone. If you’re watching on the commute to work and the phone rings you’ll have instant access to answer the call.
A lot has been said about the wire which provides enough length to provide quite a bit of movement. Certainly a result of working with professional gamers, the wire gives users who can’t sit still the chance to leave the comfort of the armchair. The wire is complemented by a volume control and microphone mute button. From the box you’ll see the wire comes with dual 3.5mm jacks and an adapter for hardware that requires a 4-band 3.5mm jack. Prospective buyers should note the wire is permanently attached but appears to be as durable as the headphone’s body meaning it’ll most likely last a considerable amount of time.
For most reading this, you’ll be thinking: can I use these headphones for watching movies on-the-go. Yes, the sound is good and the addition of the retractable microphone provides users on the commute the chance to answer phone calls. That said, the headphones lose a few points against similar headphones without a microphone and designed primarily for music which can be found cheaper with a similar or better sound experience.
For gamers though, the Siberia 200’s offer quality, comfort and the ability to stand out thanks to the seven colour options. At $80/£50, these headphones are competitively priced and perform well against similar brands and models.
Top 10 Films was provided the Siberia 200’s (in red) for review purposes by SteelSeries.