SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset
Published: 10th April 2007 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: |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.
|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.
SteelSeries' website has a fair amount of technical specifications for potential customers to take a look at:
|Frequency response||10 - 27.000 Hz|
|[email protected], 1Vrms||102dB|
|Cable||2 meters (6.5 feet)|
|Frequency response||50 - 18.000 Hz|
|Pick up pattern||Non-directional|
Not exactly a far cry from the specifications of the SteelSound 5H V2:
|Frequency response||16 - 28.000 Hz|
|SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms||110 dB|
|Cable length||1 + 2 = 3 meters (10 feet)|
|Frequency response||75 - 16.000 Hz|
|Pick up pattern||Uni-directional|
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.