SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

The SteelSeries 5Hv3 headset is by no means a great headset, but we aren’t left entirely disappointed. The 5Hv3 is very dependent on the quality of the audio source. Headphone sound quality was greatly degraded by entry-level and low-end audio devices such as motherboard integrated audio and even smartphones and MP3 players. On such outputs, the 5Hv3 was very revealing of flaws and lack of detail. The headset sounded drastically better when paired with higher quality audio sources such as dedicated sound cards.5hv3_06_band

The 5Hv3 is a very comfortable headset thanks to the generous padding, gentle clamping force, and lightweight plastic construction. When properly adjusted, the headband couldn’t be felt. The three-piece detachable headband and earcups is a practical portability feature for those who can make use of it, though without a carrying case, one runs the risk of scratching or breaking the headset with irresponsible handling.5hv3_02_box

There are obvious concerns with the 5Hv3’s build quality. The headband is constructed mostly out of plastic and the detachable disassembly mechanism introduces mechanical weak points. Despite SteelSeries claiming the 5Hv3 to be an improvement over the 5Hv2, the continued material reliance on plastic casts doubt on the long-term reliability of the newer headset.

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Overall, the 5Hv3 is acceptable headset. The sound engineering is good for games and movies and decent for music. However, the usage of plastic at the joints and headband gives an impression of cheapness. Additionally, the ability to disassemble the 5Hv3 introduces more locations for damage than the typical headset. It’s also rather expensive at $80, which puts the 5Hv3’s price too close to that of the SteelSeries Siberia V2, a headset with a more reliable design and better quality.

 

Legit Bottom Line: The SteelSeries 5Hv3 gaming headset gets marks for its style, comfort, and so-so sound quality, but it’s hard to look past its overpriced plastic construction.

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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.