The front of the headsets do not look too dissimilar from other Siberia headsets. The pink set is finished in a bright, matt pink colour whereas the Frost Blue is a gloss white. Save for the (L) and (R) depicted on each ear cup you would be hard pushed to tell the difference from the front and the rear. The only give away is the microphone which is neatly folded away into the left cup.
The rear of the headsets are pretty much a carbon copy of the front.
Each cup is angled towards the front of the ear which serves to create a bigger sound stage at the rear enhancing bass levels. The cups do not swivel on the horizontal axis save for the pliable materials used. The hinges only work on the vertical plane; top to bottom with no left to right. This isn't an issue though as in use, they are extremely comfortable to use and fit like a glove as you will read in the testing section of the review.
Both headsets have an identical dual head band. One section (the bit that touches your head) is made from a combination of padded velour and faux leather while the main frame extends above this, sitting proud of the skull.
The cushioned head band is adjustable through a set of sensitive elasticated metal wires. This may sound odd but works very well in practice. Rather than adjusting the headsets girth you simply put the cups over your ears and the elsticated headset does the rest for you.
Each cup is made up of a fine mesh material which covers the drivers. The mufflers are leather covered foam which assist in noise reduction to the surrounding environment. They are also very comfortable. Neither headset has replaceable/alternative mufflers though I would not expect them to easily damage.
The microphone on the Pink version is identical to the one on the Frost blue version. However, as the Frost blue is supported through SteelSeries Engine software, noise cancellation is added to its list of features which is a Godsend for those who game in noisy environments.
As mentioned previously, the major difference between the two headsets is the connection. The Pink version features a standard 2x 3.5mm audio/mic jack affair. The headset has a 1m fixed cable attached but this is extendible by utilising the 2m extension cable making the cable length 3m in total.
The Frost Blue version has an integrated soundcard which allows full compatibility and detection with SteelSeries Engine software (covered on the next page). I was never a fan of USB audio as purists would argue the sound stage can be ruined by USB connectivity. I must say that in recent months the quality of USB headsets has risen dramatically, so much so that the audio produced from the Siberia Blue is indistinguishable from my older analogue Sennheiser HD595's. Audiophiles are sure to baulk at the thought of using a USB headset but gamers and for that matter, everyone else will just love the high trebles and deep bass produced by the Frost Blue.
Yet another difference between the Pink and Frost Blue versions is the illumination of the Frost Blue headset, where it gets it's name. The illumination of the headset works extremely well and brings the headset alive.
The light shines through the meshed outer rim of each ear cup creating a ring of pale 'Frost Blue' which can be set to a variety of intensity levels along with varying pulsation settings. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, the Frsot blue headset is sure to gain approval from the Apple crowd as it would match perfectly an iMac or similar gloss white device.
Sadly, neither headset feature a braided cable which was a shame, especially for the higher priced Frost blue set but in SteelSeries defence, this may not be such a bad thing as white braid will inevitably get dirty quite quick, ruining the aesthetic appeal of the headset.
Let's take a look at the Steelseries Engine Software...