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Manufacturer: SteelSeries
Model: 5H v3
RRP: £60 (At time of review)

SteelSeries are a household name where peripherals are concerned and more recently, their association with high-flying eSports teams such as Fnatic and Navi has bolstered the name even more, and in today’s case, that of the SteelSeries 5H V3 headphones. Following on from the esteemed 5H v2, the 5H v3 looks set to continue the SteelSeries trend of great gaming gear suitable for competitive play as well as general play.

A little bit about SteelSeries:
From day one, SteelSeries has been focused on making high performance gaming gear used by the most demanding, top professional gamers worldwide and peripherals that provide superior quality and a competitive edge to gamers of all skill levels. We believe, as most gamers do, in winning, not trying!

Put simply, SteelSeries does not claim to invent or reinvent the gaming industry. Nor do we focus on one specific product, copy other companies or follow the crowd.

Instead we leave it to you, the gamer, our customer/partner/inspiration, to decide if we are deserving of such declarations and accolades. What we do promise, however, is to remain committed to you. We will continue to work with you and the gaming community to make the best products possible and give you that competitive edge. We will continue to do our best to support the growth of the professional gaming industry and give back to the gaming communities. By doing so, we don’t just talk a good game, we win!

Without further ado let’s take a look at the specifications of the 5H V3 headset…



  • Frequency response: 16 – 28000 Hz
  • Impedance: 40 Ohm
  • SPL@ 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


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

The 5H V3 also sports an in-line volume and muting feature for when you need to silence yourself or your victims screams. In addition to the in-line control, a swappable cable system is also employed that allows you to use the 5H V3 with with devices that rely on a single 3.5mm jack for audio and voice – such as phones and tablets and perhaps best of all, the DualShock 4! Last but not least, SteelSeries have build reliability as a top priority and have worked this into the 5H V3’s design with a rather robust retractable mic and an ability to break down the headset into 3 main pieces for easy transportation.

One last tidbit before we move onto the Closer Look is that the 5H V3 was used with a Xonar STX soundcard, and with that out the way, let’s take a closer look!


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