SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset

Introduction

Introduction

SteelSeries is a name well known in the gaming community, sponsoring some of the best teams in the world and supplying quality gaming products, from security software to keyboards. One of SteelSeries' largest lines is their range of gaming audio equipment, under the Steel Sound brand. We all know that a good quality headset is a must-have for any hardcore gamer, unfortunately most headsets do not come cheap, and those that do never fail to disappoint in the long run. This is where the SteelSeries 3H headset comes in, offering more 'bang-for-buck' than either of its bigger brothers, the 4H and 5H V2 headsets.

3H front shot

SteelSound 3H at a glance;

* Foldable/collapsible lightweight gaming headset
* Retractable non-directional microphone system
* Comfortable to use, easy to transport
* Developed in cooperation with professional gamers
* Strong bass for optimal in-game sound projection
* 40mm SteelSound SunDancer(LCP) Units

SteelSound 3H is a compact and lightweight headset for gamers who frequently attend LAN events, and expect high quality sound. With it's foldable design the size of the SteelSound 3H makes for easy transportation, even in the most crammed situations. The small size also means that the headset is very light weight, which makes all the difference when it comes to wearing this comfortable headset. With pads that lightly press on top of the ears and a light headpiece that keeps the headset in place at all times, SteelSound 3H is hardly noticeable when the sound start playing. A strong bass and crystal clear sound will help you determine where you can expect the next encounter with your enemy. At a very affordable price, everyone will now be able to buy a high quality gaming headset build for and by professional gamers.


The 3H's successors unfortunately failed to make any great impression on us here at Overclock3D, which I must admit has left me relatively skeptical about how well this lesser, cheaper model would perform. The previously reviewed headsets had also been designed with the help of professional gamers, which showed in the comfort and physical features of the headset, but not the sound. However, here at OC3D we pride ourselves on our impartial reviews and prefer to let the facts do the talking.

Specifications

SteelSeries' website has a fair amount of technical specifications for potential customers to take a look at:

Headphones  
Frequency response 10 - 27.000 Hz
Impedance 50 Ohm
SPL@1kHz, 1Vrms 102dB
Cable 2 meters (6.5 feet)
   
Microphone  
Frequency response 50 - 18.000 Hz
Pick up pattern Non-directional
Sensitivity -40 dB
Impedance 2.2K Ohm

Not exactly a far cry from the specifications of the SteelSound 5H V2:

Headphones  
Frequency response 16 - 28.000 Hz
Impedance 40 Ohm
SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms 110 dB
Cable length 1 + 2 = 3 meters (10 feet)
Connectors 3.5 mm
   
Microphone  
Frequency response 75 - 16.000 Hz
Pick up pattern Uni-directional
Sensitivity -38dB
Impedance 2k Ohm

As you can see there are a few practical differences such as the relatively short cable. Other than that, the spec sheets don't exactly embarrass the 3H headset, especially when lined up with a £50 opponent.
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Most Recent Comments

04-04-2007, 10:18:28

FarFarAway
Llwyd took a look at the baby in SteelSound's gaming series headsets and tells us his throughts

Link

04-04-2007, 10:24:56

Phunky
I got sent the 5H V2's a while back, they had a great design but sadly i just cant use 2.1 Headsets.

Zalman Theatre 6 all the way, i've had two pairs of them for the last 4 or 5 years taken them everywhere from London to Singapore while playing CS Source.

Sadly you just cant find them in the UK anymore and im in desprate need of some more!

04-04-2007, 10:29:05

FarFarAway
Aye the 5H's we've reviewed too and didn't find them ameniable. However these look far better value for money

04-04-2007, 11:01:02

Dav0s
glad to see a steelseries headset performing well for a change, looks like good value for what you are getting.

04-04-2007, 11:03:25

Phunky
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Dav0s'
glad to see a speedlink headset performing well for a change
Speedlink? Dont you mean SteelSeries :P

04-04-2007, 11:06:22

FarFarAway
I would expect so

04-04-2007, 14:40:48

Dav0s
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Phunky'
Speedlink? Dont you mean SteelSeries :P
hehe yeah, ta for pointing that out

*checks inbox and finds 1392 death threats from speedlink*
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