Review of: Steelseries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset

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On 28th December 2013
Last modified:4th September 2015

An in depth review world renown Steelseries 5Hv3 gaming headset with microphone. For PC/Mac gaming, also compatible with consoles if extra purchased.

When it comes to gaming headphones you not only want great sound quality but the comfort of the headset is also very important as gamer’s can wear these things for hours on end every single day, and if it isn’t comfortable then the headset is useless. This is a review of Steelseries 5Hv3 gaming headset with built in mic.


On the 5Hv3 box, the logos of 4 esport organisations are shown including: Na’Vi, Ninjas In Pyjamas, Tyloo and Fnatic. The original 5H was released way back in 2005, and has since been dramatically updated over the years, where we now sit at version 3 of the product. The 5H sits in the middle between the cheaper 3Hv2 (39.99) and the more expensive option 9H (159.99). It is made clear that both the 3H and 5H are designed for travelling, whereas the 9H is for those hardcore gamer’s. You can really see where this has been taken into account on the product as the headphones disassemble into 3 completely separate parts allows you to more easily pack them into a bag or case.
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  • 1 x Headset
  • 1 x Steelseries Sticker
  • 1 x Manual / product safety notice
  • 2 x Swappable cable ends (1 for computer, 1 for mobile devices)
  • 1 x Extension cable for the dual headphone & mic connectors.

The headset unlike the 3H is a full-size over the ear headset. The majority of the headset is plastic but this doesn’t make it feel cheap at all, but instead carries a good weight that would be comfortable to wear for hours. Comfort is taken further into account by the adjustable headband and also the leather trimmed ear pads, which easily remove if you wish to replace or change out. The microphone is located inside of the left ear-cup and is retractable. The mechanism works smoothly when pulling out, but if not pushed at the right angle can sometimes be a little difficult to push back in, but by no means a major problem.
I was quite surprised that Steelseries didn’t supply a carry case with these headphones, as mentioned before they are designed to be easily transported.

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  • Frequency Response: 16 – 28000 Hz
  • Impedance: 40 Ohm
  • SPL (Sound Pressure Level) @ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 110 dB
  • Cable length: 1.2 + 2 = 3.2m
  • Jacks: 2 x 3.5mm for PC
  • + 4-pole 3.5mm Mac, Mobile and Tablets

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  • Frequency Response: 75 – 16000 Hz
  • Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
  • Sensitivity: -38 dB
  • Impedance: 2K Ohm



All cables included are of high quality, and actually include a double-braided nylon cable unlike the 3H series. Along the braided cable is an inline remote, which includes a volume slider and a mute microphone switch, which come in handy.
As mentioned before there are in fact 2 swappable ends, one for computers/PCs and the other for mobile devices. The PC cable has 2 3.5mm jacks, one for the microphone and the other for the actual headset audio. The mobile device cable has one 3.5mm plug with 3 poles. An extension cable is also provided for the dual analog plugs.
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Good clarity of footsteps, running audio and spoken dialog. Bullet and environment audio was okay but not great. Absolutely fine for your everyday gamer. Microphone picks up voice well and even seems to amplify it on the other end. For casual game and voice chat – great.

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Depending on what type of song is being played the headphones can produce either a great clear sound or sometimes distorted audio. Certainly better headphones on the market if music quality is what your looking for.

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Audio is well balanced. Environmental sounds, and spoken dialog are clear and sharp. Dual channel audio is of great quality. The movement of sound between the left and right ear is fluid and of good emulated distances.


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A decent headset but a few areas where it could be improved. We found that if the audio input was not of great quality then the audio produced by the headphones was greatly degraded. The headset is incredibly comfortable to wear for hours on end thanks to the leathers trimmed ear pads and the headset shape. The dismantle function of the product is great for those who wish to carry the headset on travels, but as Steelseries fail to supply a carry case you may run the risk of damaging/scratching it. Obviously a few design weak points, such as where the 3 pieces detach, so just need to be careful of these. Also whole product is manufactured from plastic, so headset life maybe shorter than that of competitor products.

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  • Very comfortable
  • Support for Windows, OS X, Android and iOS
  • Inline remote
  • Swappable cable system

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  • Audio quality depends on input
  • Plastic body


Overall though a great headset for your everyday gamer, but if you’re entering any online tournaments you may want to check out the better, but also more expensive 9H series. If you wish to read up more on this product or even wish to purchase it, head over to the website below!

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