Overall and Final Verdict
So going into this review I mentioned that I had extremely high expectations, so forgive me if I was a little harsh on the Siberia V3’s throughout the review. Before testing the headset out I was a little disappointed in the new design because it feels a little cheap when compared to the Siberia V2. Part of that is due to the headset being more flexible but also because of them dropping the metal mesh on the earcups for a plastic panel with holes in it. The new headband design looks cheaper without the end pieces on each end as well, on top of that the square end are a little pointy. Ironically, when I actually started testing the headset I found that the new lighter design really helps in the comfort department and the audio performance was a nice improvement over the originals.
The Siberia V3 may be a slight step down aesthetically, but when it comes to actual performance it is a nice step up. The larger internal capacity earcups combined with the loss of the open air design really stepped up the audio, especially the bass. The new microphone works extremely well and like I already mentioned the lighter design and new earcup foam make the Siberia V3 very comfortable.
I don’t like that the headset feels a little less refined but the flexibility that I originally had a problem with ended up being a good thing. If SteelSeries were to add the mesh back over the earcups and round off the corner on the headband, I really don’t think I would have too much to complain about with the V3. Most importantly, it is a great performing headset. I’m going to give our recommended award because I do think everyone will love the headset but it missed out on the top honors simply because I feel like they did miss a few things that made the Siberia V2 such a great headset. At just under $100 you might still find Siberia V2’s on sale to be a better value for a while, hopefully we see V3’s popping up at similar prices to what the V2’s did in the near future.