SteelSeries H Wireless review

SteelSeries is getting next-gen capable and living room ready

Steelseries H Wireless headset

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The SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset is an impressive offering on the higher end of the headset spectrum, delivering excellent performance and a lot of beneficial perks for the money. It is quite a bit of money, for sure. But for those looking to invest in a headset that'll work with nearly everything and warrant that level of cash, this is certainly a worthy option.

We liked

Excellent virtual surround sound delivers big, bold sound with crisp mids and really nice highs. You can always tweak the EQ settings to your liking to emphasize desired parts of the spectrum.

It's an extremely comfortable and surprisingly lightweight headset – one that stays snugly fit on your head without squeezing your skull. And with two 20-hour battery packs, you never need to stop using it to recharge.

The OLED display on the transmitter makes it easy to customize and save profiles, as well as bounce through the settings – all while staying on the couch. That and the swappable batteries are the biggest advantages over the Astro A50.

We disliked

The bass performance is slightly underwhelming on the SteelSeries H, even with EQ tweaking, and the volume dial could stand to go a notch or two higher for some types of media.

You won't find very much help or direction within the included booklet, which is minimal to a fault. The website has more to offer, but there should be much more within the box for even basic use.

Final verdict

At the $300 (£254.66, AU$399) level, a gaming headset needs to not only be devoid of significant issues, but also be a really refined and awesome addition to your game-playing experience. Luckily, aside from a couple of audio-related areas in which it could have gone a step further, the SteelSeries H proves its worth as a superb, versatile option.

It's very comfortable to wear for long sessions, the sound quality is great, the interface is refined and it's meant to be used with just about anything – console hardware limitations permitting, of course. While still a tough investment for the average gamer, it's one you can make knowing you're getting top-of-the-line gear that'll keep you humming along happily for some time.