SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset Review

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The SteelSeries 5Hv3 has a few interesting features that captured our attention. The first of these we’re covering are the headset’s detachable pieces. The headband and earcups can be unclipped and the lightweight plastic construction allows for convenient storage or transport. However, no carry bag or case is included which runs the risk of scratches or damage from careless transportation.

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Along the braided cable is an inline remote control with a volume slider and mic mute switch.

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The 5Hv3 has two swappable ends – one for computers and one for mobile devices. The swappable end for computers has two 3.5 mm analog plugs, one for the headphones and the other for the microphone. The swappable end for mobile devices has one plug with three poles.

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A 7 ft. male-to-female extension cable is also included for the dual analog plug.5hv3_15_cables 5hv3_16_cables

 

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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.