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SteelSeries Siberia 350 Headset Review

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SteelSeries Engine 3 Software

The Siberia 350 uses SteelSeries’ Engine 3. While it isn’t as integrated (each module launches that device’s configurator rather than keeping everything in the same window) as some other software drivers, I’m okay with this approach – especially since it doesn’t require a constant connection to the cloud like some other products. That option is there if you want to make use of it, but it isn’t necessary for the device to function.

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Each SteelSeries product you own (that is compatible, of course) will show in this list – just click on the product you’d like to configure and you’re on your way.

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If you’re content with a single profile (“configuration”), you can just customize the default settings. If you’d like different equalizer settings for specific games, you can add them as configurations to automatically launch with whatever settings you configure.

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A different LED color can be set for each profile/configuration, or you can just set it to cycle through a spectrum of colors with the ColorShift feature.

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There are only four ColorShift profiles, and the spectrum shift isn’t configurable in any of them. You’re stuck with a smooth transition between all colors, a “warm” and “cool” gradient, and finally a fade between red, yellow, green, teal, blue, and purple.

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I snapped a quick video of the ColorShift effect – the sample shown is a quick 15 sec .gif of the fourth ColorShift configuration (although 15 seconds wasn’t enough time to show the yellow fade, the rest of the colors are there).

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The rest of the settings involve audio. Of course, the leading feature of the Siberia 350 compared to some others in the lineup is the DTS: Headphone X support. This ability allows the Siberia 350s to recreate a surround sound experience through two speakers. While I couldn’t tell much of a difference between the three DTS Headphone X presets of Movie, Music and Game, the expanded sound stage was noticeable when switching the DTS Headphone X feature on.

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Standard equalizer presets are available as well, with each one accentuating a different portion of the audio spectrum. This can be custom tweaked as well and saved under the “Custom” setting for each configuration.

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Finally, the microphone setting is pretty straightforward. A volume wheel controls the volume, and a feature called “Mic Auto Optimization” can be enabled (according to the description, this feature seems to act like an automatic gain for your voice – it will level out the loud and quiet sounds coming through the microphone).


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