Steelseries 3H Headset
By Edward “Computer Ed” Crisler
This time around as we have done our gaming peripheral shootout, we wanted to look at a bit more budget oriented products. With this in mind we asked for membrane based keyboards and mice plus headsets that where solid values. For this Steelseries sent us the 3H Headset to review. Priced at around $30 the 3H is a small budget oriented headset that is designed to deliver “Pro Gaming” sound according to the folks at Steelseries.
This is a very no frills package with no drivers needed for the analog headset and no fancy lights or bling. The headset itself is an on ear design, meaning the padding for the cups rests on your ear, and folds up to be very compact. The result is a headset that is much smaller that what we have reviewed in the past.
The microphone uses Steelseries patented method of retracting it back into the headset itself and this helps with making the overall headset very small. The design is very light weight and the headband is very comfortable.
I have to tell you I was not happy when I started to use these, the reason why is the on the ear design is just not comfortable for me. The headset felt very small on my head and that tied to the light weight design made me feel constantly as if I was about to break it. However when I let people with smaller heads make use of it they did not have the same issues I had. This is a purely subjective feel.
When I got past how these felt on my head I was blown away by the sound. These little headphone produce sound quality that is very close to their big brother, the Siberia. Despite a smaller driver the sound is big, deep and rich. In fact I would go so far to say that in their price point there is no headset I have heard that sound better. The mic was of solid quality, matching the clarity of the Siberia headset as well.
This will seem a quick and simple review to many but this is a quick and simple headset. This would be awesome for traveling or if you have a smaller head or even for a child. The sound output is outstanding.
- Value Priced
- Great Sound
- Very Compact for Traveling
- On the Ear Design
- Small Cups
Thank you to the folks at Steelseries for providing us the 3H Headset for review.
Segment aired the weekend of July 13th, 2013