There was hardly any doubt that SteelSeries 5Hv3 will not fulfil our expectations. SteelSeries took an already amazing headset and made it even better. The 5Hv2 is widely used in gaming tournaments due to its superior performance and extreme comfort. It will surely be replaced by its successor which does the same job but a little bit better. The 5Hv3 breezed through our technical testing with just one drawback. The headset had tinniest of trouble matching the drivers of each ear cup together but only a music enthusiast can point it out. Apart from that, the sound quality was great and instead of heavy aching bass, the headset produced soft deep bass which enhanced the overall experience.
Since SteelSeries 5Hv3 is a gaming oriented headset, it excelled in almost every game played using the headset. Battlefield 4 made the best use of the headset with a lot of sound effects coming together through the stereo drivers. Explosions, footsteps, airplanes, gunfire etc. were perfect; I was completely indulged in the game. FIFA 14 and Need for Speed Rivals were also spot on, the only disappoint came during F1 2013. It seemed like the headset does have a little trouble at high volumes but when adjusted to a more reasonable volume level; all the problems fade away. Though it should perform equally well at maximum volume as well so points should be deducted here.
Moving on to movies and music, the 5Hv3 performed better than many gaming headsets. Use of FLAC files during testing eliminated any possible loss in quality of audio source. Overall, it was a pleasant experience listening to music at respectable listening volume. The tournament grade audio drivers could have been tweaked a little more to make music sound better but well, a gamer is only interested in in-game music with other sound effects so judging this headset on music enthusiast standards isn’t really fair.
The 5Hv3 gets perfect points for comfort. I have used the headset for as much as 6 hours in one sitting and not even once I felt the need to take them off. The heat build-up was obviously there but it was bearable. You feel the heat once you take the headset off but as long as you have it on your head, you won’t feel uncomfortable. Either you can compromise on comfort or deal with this minor issue which will be present in any headset with leathery earcups.
SteelSeries 5Hv3 are available for $80 and for this price it’s an excellent headset. Budget oriented gamers can surely look forward to buying the 5Hv3 but if you have deep pockets then better options are available.
- Good sound quality
- Powerful bass
- Swappable cables
- Excellent sound isolation
- Extremely comfortable
- Retractable microphone
- In-line audio controls
- Easy dismantling
- Heat build-up inside the ear cups
- Rattling sound at high volumes
- No travelling case provided