SteelSeries has been around for nearly 20 years, and has been pioneering the gaming peripherals market since 2008 with the production of headsets, keyboards, mice. I’ll go a step further and actually say SteelSeries was probably “the first” to develop products for the gaming enthusiast. Today’s review is looking at the SteelSeries Siberia 150. The Siberia 100 and Siberia 150 are virtually the exact same headset, except that the Siberia 100 uses the older 3.5mm audio plugs.
SteelSeries Siberia 150 USB Gaming HeadsetIn the world of “Gaming Headsets” finding an entry level headset that’s full of features and set at a decent price point can be a struggle. The Siberia 150 is really designed as an entry-level headset for gamers, or you’re first headset to immerse you into the electronic gaming realm.
Audio: The audio frequency range of the Siberia 150 has a response range of 20Hz on the low end to 20kHz on the high end. It matches the exact audible range of the human ear, so you’ll be able to experience deep base at the 20Hz spectrum and high trebles and armor ricochets on the at the 20kHz end. Because of its ability to match the exact audio spectrum of the human ear, this headset plays digital and CD quality music perfectly without missing a beat.
Cable: The cable on the Siberia 150 is your standard rubberized cable that inserts into the left ear cup. The cable is 1.5m (4.9ft) in length and plugs into your gaming system via a USB plug.
Microphone: The microphone on the Siberia 150 is a molded microphone that does not extend out from the headset. While this feature (known as an omnidirectional mic (or all directions)) tends to pick up more than its share of background noises (like when you’re yelling at your kids to come up for dinner), it does lend itself well for its purpose. Because it’s molded and non-removable, there’s less parts to break on these – the exact opposite of “folding” microphones that are molded to the outside of the ear cups.
Muting the microphone is a simple process of just pressing the left ear cup. When the left ear cup button is pressed, the headset produces an audible beep to let the user and those around know the microphone has been muted.
Cushions: The ear cushions on the Siberia 150 are non-removable, so care should be taken to keep the ear cups and cushions clean. Gently wiping them down after extended use will prolong their life. What’s surprising on this headset is that it ships with leather ear cushions, which tend to breathe and prevent your ears from overheating.
Headband: The headband on the Siberia 150 is made entirely of plastic with a black foam padding material on the underside when the unit rests against your head.
Adjuster: The headset uses a sliding adjuster on each side made of plastic and provides for approximately 1/16” adjustments per side. As you may have read from my other posts, I really dislike this type of adjuster as it’s difficult to get an “exact match” of your head shape, but in the case of the Siberia series headsets, it’s also the weak point for breakage.
I’ve owned two (2) pairs of these so far and both have broken at the adjuster where it slides into the upper headband.
Lighting: The Siberia 150 uses a surprising 16.8 million color combinations for illumination. The default color out of the box is the orange. This can be adjusted using the Steelseries Engine 3 application to modify the illumination options on the outside of the ear cups.
What I Like
What I really like about the Siberia 150 is that it’s actually designed for kids, all the way up to adults. The versatility of the headset and it’s decent price point have found this to be the gaming headset of choice at many (if not most) gaming competitions.
I really like the range of sound that this headset provides at this price point. It’s clear that Steelseries didn’t neglect the frequency response on an entry-level unit.
The Siberia headset uses leather for the ear cups. I constantly get hot ears from using headsets and headphones that don’t breathe, but by using a natural product, the Siberia 150 gets around the issue of hot, sweaty ears. This is a huge selling point for me.
I also like the ability to modify the color of the Siberia 150 to nearly every color or range of colors under the sun. With 16.8 million color choices, you can completely match any color of your choosing, or match it to your gaming system colors.
What I Don’t Like
Because I’ve had the liberty of owning two (2) pairs of these headsets and both have broken in the exact same location on the adjuster, I have to say that I really don’t like the cheap, brittle/weak plastic that is used and how it inserts into the headband. I understand fully that SteelSeries is marketing these as an entry-level headset and I think if they were to change the material or even the thickness of the adjuster material that it might increase the price point, but it doesn’t negate the fact that this known weak point should really be addressed.
Verdict – Would I Buy It Again?
Despite owning two of these and each breaking in the same spot, I would buy these again, but for a specific purpose. My son is one who uses and abuses electronics, so having an ability to get him into a set of quality headphones for a decent price is perfect.
These are arguably the best headsets you can buy for children on the market today. The closed ear design helps neutralize ambient background noise, so they’re able to listen to music and play games at a much lower volume, thereby reducing the risk of hearing loss when they’re older. For any parent looking to get a decent sent of headphones for a child, I would honestly skip the plasticized toddler garbage (that breaks on their first few uses) and get a Siberia 150 or Siberia 100 (for in-vehicle electronics).
I also think if I was running a gaming competition, you just can’t go wrong with these. They match the audio spectrum heard by the human ear and at this price point, nothing can beat them.
Detailed Product Information
Product: SteelSeries Siberia 150 Gaming Headset with RGB Illumination, DTS & Dolby 7.1
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon
Warranty: 1 Year
My Rating: 5 out of 10