SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset Detailed Features
In this section we take a closer look at the SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset and discuss its finer details.
The USB Soundcard V2 that ships with the SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset is a real simple design and has minimal I/O. The USB solution is essential if you want to enjoy all of the features of the Siberia Elite such as the LED lighting, game specific sound profiles, a 10-band EQ and Dolby headphone technologies. The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset will work independently of the USB Soundcard V2, and its use is recommended if you don’t have a dedicated sound card solution. The construction is not of the highest quality and would benefit from better materials or just better quality control. The unit was not falling to pieces but it did feel like it wouldn’t take much effort to break it.
Looking here at the right ear cup, the keen eyed will have noticed an extra 3.5mm jack port. this port works as input or output and allows users to daisy-chain their headphones and share one sound device between multiple users. The white dimpled plastic ring towards the center is actually a rotary volume control dial, it’s placement makes for intuitive and easy access for volume control on the fly. The dial has a rubberised coating for for extra grip while in use.
The left ear cup houses the retractable microphone and also has a rotary dial which controls microphone mute on/off. If it were up to me I would have the microphone auto mute when it is retracted into the ear cup, and I would use the dial to control microphone volume level instead.
The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset retains the innovative suspension head band design that was introduced with the original Siberia headset from SteelSeries. This great design removes the need to adjust the head band to suit your head. Instead, the Siberia Elite seems to mould itself to your head for a custom fit. There is plenty of range in the head band for large heads or big hair and small heads alike. Extra comfort is afforded by six individual memory foam ‘pillows’ incorporated into the head band.
The ear pads have a generous amount of padding and have a faux leather outer material that keeps your ears from overheating. The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset is all set for long usage periods without discomfort or sweaty ears. Despite looking like there is 35mm of ear pad, there is only 15mm of actual cushioning. 15mm is still quite generous, and the rest is a clever disguise for the large speaker enclosure and makes for nicer aesthetics.