SteelSeries is a fairly common household name these days. It was one of my first words as a baby, as it turns out, shortly after “frag.” I was probably a troubled child. Anyway, one of SteelSeries’ most popular headsets was the Siberia V2, a lightweight low-to-mid-price wired headset that offered solid audio for a reasonable price before being discontinued.
Worry not, fans of exquisitely enclosed gaming sound, as today we’re looking at the successor to the V2, the Siberia 200 Gaming Headset, which looks and, more importantly, sounds much like the V2 while continuing not to crush your bank account.
Like the V2, the Siberia 200 focus on audio over frills. First, and I feel like this must be said given my love of wireless headsets: you’ll be running this set with a standard 3.5″ plug. Your sound will come from a source, down a wire, to the Siberia 200’s 50mm Neodymium drivers. These will then push high-quality sound straight into your ear holes.
What I’m saying is that it’s not wireless…but the sound is damn good, which certainly helps make up for it. In particular, this one is all about that bass; unlike a pair of Beats or such, for instance, the Siberia 200 brings the boom without over-bringing it, allowing you to enjoy percussion without having it dominate the soundscape. One perk of the wired setup is the inline mic mute and volume controls, which provide a convenience I’ll admit to missing when I’m using most wireless gear.
Likewise, the microphone is fairly standard, but that doesn’t mean there’s a problem. I tend to be biased toward headsets with high-quality mics, given that I spend a lot of time on voice chat and hate it when folks complain about audio quality. That’s not a problem with the 200, where you’ll come through crisp and clear; any audio issues are then the fault of the complainer and their garbage Internet connection, which is sweet indeed. Given this is a wired set, solid mic quality is something I’d expect rather than praise, but it’s still nice regardless.
That’s not to say there aren’t a couple minor tricks up the 200’s sleeve. For one, that microphone is retractable. When you don’t want something dangling in front of your face, leading you to bat and swipe at it like a kitten, just push the mic back into the headset and your problem is solved. It’s also got an unusual build, with a second set of steel wire supporting the top half of the headset. This makes the 200 look fragile, but in fact this one of the more comfortable headsets I’ve used, thanks to the way you aren’t holding the entire weight of the thing on your poor widdle head and the lightweight construction of the headset.
The SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset will run you around $80, a perfectly acceptable price for some perfectly acceptable hardware. You can get one in a variety of cool colors – I’m partial to the red, myself – and I’d assume it’ll last longer than you will. It’s a comfortable headset that provides high-quality sound and won’t torture your voice chat pals with awful microphone quality. Really, my only complaint about the 200 is the wired connection, and if that’s not an issue for you then you’re good to go; the 200 is a solid default choice if you’re looking for a wired headset that nails the fundamentals without too many extras.