The flavor of multiplayer games over the years has changed, but team communication has remained a staple. Though the big days of cooperative multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft are decaying out of age, a surge of competitive multiplayer games has driven a continued need for gaming headsets. SteelSeries has been keen to push its name within the competitive gaming scene and has become a highly recognizable brand as a result. On the 5Hv3 box, SteelSeries proudly associates itself with four accomplished esport organizations: Na’Vi, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Tyloo, and Fnatic.
SteelSeries is no stranger to gaming audio since 2005 when the original 5H was announced. The recently released 5Hv3 we are reviewing is among a few new SteelSeries headsets that mark a return to the H-series. Particularly, the new 5Hv3 as well as the 3Hv2 are presented as more budget friendly options compared to the rest of SteelSeries audio offerings, respectively costing $79.99 and $39.99.
The 5Hv3 is an update to the 5Hv2, the latter which can still be found at the time of writing both in retail channels as well as the Alienware Tact X headset rebrand. The new 5Hv3 has all the same general features – three piece disassembly, padded earcups, in-line controls, braided cable, and retractable microphone – but now with minor changes to the headset’s appearance and accessory cables for mobile device compatibility.
SteelSeries 5Hv3 Features:
SteelSeries 5Hv3 Specifications:
The 5Hv3 headset comes included with a SteelSeries sticker, a product safety notice, and an infographic on how to use the accessory cables as well as the accessory cables themselves. The 5Hv3 has two swappable ends – one for computers and one for mobiles devices – and an extension cable for the dual headphone/mic 3.5 analog plugs.