SteelSeries Siberia V3 Prism Review

👤by Tony Le Bourne Comments 📅29-01-15
Performance Testing

Setup, Design & Observations
The setup is fairly simple and will work with proprietry drivers via 'plug n play', which will allow the Siberia V3 Prism to be compatable with the PS4. The SteelSeries Engine 3 can be downloaded and installed for Windows and OSX allowing you to access the customisable features.

The headset is very light with a light squeeze so shouldn't cause much, if any fatigue. The memory foam earpads are soft and squishy and remain comfortable for long periods. Though a matter of subjectivity, the comfort of the Siberia V3 is currently in its own class and is one of the most comfortable headsets available, though this may not apply to everyone, particularly if you are on the larger side.

The construction is mostly good quality plastics, likely reinforced with steel in places. The mute switch clicks solidly in place, though it can be easy to forget its position without an indicator of some sort (LED on mic tip works well on others). The cable is soft feel but not quite anti-tangle nor the pleasing finish of a braided cable. The cable length is fairly short (1.5m) which leads to the assumption that you will be using with the front panel USB ports.

Listening through familiar music tracks, I distinctly get a clear and more open sound when compared with the standard V3. This made for enjoyable music playback with a balanced audio signature. Bass is punchy and precise, the mids and highs come well accounted for. At maximum volume there is little to no distortion and is at a level that should satisfy most.

I spent some time in Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, when running into a FATE there is a lot of action going on and the V3 Prism is no slouch at sending every action to your ears. Despite the cluttered nature, it was fairly easy to identify what was going on and where. DOTA2 sounded great, from the thick of the action to ambient sounds nothing was unaccounted for.

The microphone seemed to be fairly sensitive in picking up background noises and needed to be set to a fairly low sensitivity. Once setup, it was said to sound good and clear. Though, it still wasn't immune from sending audio from any loud music or videos you may be listening to or watching to anyone else in your conversation.

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