SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset Overview
First impressions are that the SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset is ridiculously huge. Gaming headsets are traditionally oversized but SteelSeries have taken this to new heights. Despite the size and construction, the Siberia Elite isn’t too heavy. Weighing in at around 400g, you barely notice you have these on your head. Plush memory foam cushions in the head band and ear pads provide a great level of comfort for extended usage.
A steel arc gives structure to the SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset and the signature suspension head band ensures hassle-free automatic adjustment to all head sizes. The retractable microphone is also an original innovation created by SteelSeries. The microphone boom is not as flexible as I would have liked but it works well all the same and serves its purpose just fine.
The original Siberia Headset had a plastic arc for structure which keeps weight down but compromises on strength. The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset is built with stronger and higher quality materials for better durability and longevity.
Despite the appearance of 35mm thick ear pads, the cushions on the inside are only around 15mm thick. The speaker enclosure is the largest part of the ear cup assembly, which is great for sound reproduction, and is cleverly disguised as the ear pad for better aesthetics.
The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset has a unique flat SATA style cable with a proprietary 8-pin mini connector unique to this headset. The cable measures 1.2m and comes with a few different end connectors as seen below.
The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset ships with the USB Soundcard V2 accessory as default. I would only recommend using this accessory to users who don’t have a dedicated sound card or who don’t have a very good quality on board sound solution. A 2m extension cable gives extra flexibility if you have a large PC desk or if you need a bit of range to move around while on your PC. The next accessory is a 8-pin to 4-pole 3.5mm jack connector for mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Last but not least is the 8-pin to headphone/microphone splitter for users who have their own dedicated sound solution.