Product Provided By: SteelSeries
Platform : PC
Editor: Carrie Crockett
The first thing we noticed about the Siberia 350 is how much attention and skill SteelSeries put in when developing it. The headset sports a sleek elegant design which looks as great as it feels. The inner headband flexes to your head and actually has a suspension element using wires that change length depending on what you find comfortable. These tiny details and intricacies involve everything from a fine matte finish to the incredibly comfortable memory foam ear cushions. And, of course, some of us tend to be suckers for devices that light up. This headset has RGB full prism illuminations that can be customized into millions of different color variations.
Moving away from the aesthetics and more into the construction, the Siberia 350 has a very durable design. The outer headband portion is reinforced with a steel frame, providing protection as well as quite a bit of flexibility. We did discover one flaw with the inner headband however. The actual headband has a strip of material (possibly plastic) that is covered with a soft fabric. It is very flexible when when flattening out, but we discovered that, if bent the other way, it is prone to snapping. This gave the inner headband a slightly warped look. On the plus side, it does not interfere with use or even comfort, but we feel it does require a mark down in the area of durability. The inner workings appear to be of a very high quality, assuring that they will have a significant longevity. Since we have a tendency to drop things, this is a vital aspect. It does not matter how well a product works if it can't last. Even the microphone has been created to be flexible, yet very durable.
The sound quality is also quite extraordinary. Not only does it block out ambient external distractions, but it creates very realistic audio. The Siberia 350 utilizes what is known as X 7.1 DTS headphone technology. This makes it seem as though your head set is actually a surround sound system. It puts you in the game you are playing, giving it a much more realistic feel. That NPC or combatant coming from one side will actually sound as though they are coming from the correct direction. When gaming with the Siberia 350 you feel a deeper sense of immersion, which truly allows you to experience games in their purest form.
This headset is not only for gaming however. We found ourselves using the Siberia 350 as the new main headset. Both movies and music receive a huge upgrade from your standard headset. We even found ourselves re-listening to favorite albums and experiencing them in a new way, breathing fresh air into old tracks. Who said you couldn't teach an old dog new tricks? The website provides free software that allows for customization of not only the RGB lighting, but the entire auditory setup. You can either pick one of the pre-made equalizer settings, or make and save your own custom setups to use all of the time, or for specific applications on your computer.
After a full day of gaming, the Siberia 350 worked its magic. None of us ended up with a headache, as sometimes happens. The headset did not seem to attract too much heat either. Very important for long gaming sessions, especially on a hot day. Other than the durability issue, the only other negative feature we could really find with the Siberia 350 was the rather short USB cable. This is fine for gamers sitting up close to their gaming device, but it does not work as well for those that like to lounge or even PS4 players where wireless playability is a key component. While the length issue easily fixed with a USB cable extender, we couldn't let this one go unnoticed.
Overall the SteelSeries Siberia 350 is the absolute best gaming headset for under $200 period. We here at Game Rampage rate the Siberia 350 a score of 8/10.