SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset Review

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SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset

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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.5hv3_02_box

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.

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SteelSeries 5Hv3 Features:

  • Advanced dynamic drivers for detailed sound
  • Superior comfort and noise reduction via replaceable leather cushions
  • Retractable unidirectional microphone
  • In-line  controls
  • Swappable cables for both both PC, MAC and mobile devices
  • Easy dismantling into 3 separate pieces for easy and safe transportation

SteelSeries 5Hv3 Specifications:

  • Speaker
    • Stereo
    • Frequency: 16-28,000 Hz
    • Impedence: 32 Ohms
    • Sound Pressure Level (SPL) @1KHz, 1 Vrms: -113 dB
  • Microphone
    • Mic Pattern: Uni-directional
    • Frequency: 75-16,000 Hz
    • Impedance: <2.2 KOhm
    • Sensitivity: -38 dB
  • 1-year warranty worldwide, 2-year warranty in Europe

 

5hv3_04_contentsThe 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.

 

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  • LONINIFINITY

    I own a 5hv3 and have for a couple of months. I must say, it’s the greatest headset I have ever owned. Best audio quality, most comfortable, best microphone quality, and all for a very affordable price. If my current one breaks, I’m getting a new one of this. I like ‘em too much. Only downside is the microphone’s kind of quiet, so you either have to boost it with software (which I did), move it very close to your face (which is easy given the kind of microphone it is), or speak louder.

  • Jon Jones.

    Thanks for the review and please note my comments are based on my 5Hv2 set so things may have changed for the worse but I understood the changes were mostly cosmetic. I’m surprised at the reviewers (of course subjective) findings that the sound quality was only average. Through a discrete soundcard I found the quality to be rather good for the money. I agree it is far from hi-end and the bass was lacking out of the box but a little tweaking via software soon fixed that. Yes they can be bettered in every department including build quality by more expensive kit but they are very, very comfortable, even for hours on end and I think for mid-ish entry level cans they are worth the asking price.