SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset Review

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Last year, I did a review on the SteelSeries Siberia P300 gaming headset for the PlayStation 4. These were headsets made especially for the PS4 that were both affordable and feature packed. They were one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever used and since then, my son had taken it upon himself to claim them as his own. Me being a nice dad let him have them, but not wanting to miss out myself on the comfort, I hit up SteelSeries again and was sent their newly released SteelSeries Siberia 200 and Siberia 350. Unlike the Siberia P300, the Siberia 200 and 350 are primarily marketed for use on PC/Mac but can also be used on PlayStation 4. In this post, I’m going to be looking at the SteelSeries Siberia 200 first and the Siberia 300 in a later post.

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Design

Like the Siberia P300, the SteelSeries Siberia 200 is one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever used. It features a similar suspension headband design that automatically adjusts to the user’s head. That’s mean not having to manually adjust sizing. Not only that, the improved headband evenly spreads the weight of the headset over the entire band and not just at a single point. Also, it really does amaze me just how light and thin the headband is again.

The SteelSeries Siberia P300 is also super comfy thanks to the memory foam ear cushions that it uses. The cushions also serve a secondary function of reducing outside noise that could leak into your headset. The combination of the memory foam ear cushions, self-adjusting headband, and the lightweight materials make for one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever used. It’s so light and long sessions never make your head feel tired or in pain.

What I also like about the SteelSeries Siberia 200 is the use of an adjustable, retractile mic. You can position the mic in almost any position thanks to its design and when you’re not using them anymore, just retract them back into the headset. This keeps the mic safe from damage while in storage or transport.

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Now, the SteelSeries Siberia 200 does have some major differences from the Siberia P300 I had before. For starters, the Siberia 200 has an inline volume/mute control. That means you can adjust volume on the fly by turning the adjustment wheel and can mute your mic too by toggling the mute switch. Another difference is in the connector. The Siberia 200 has separate connector jacks for the mic and speakers. This is because the Siberia 200 is really meant for use on PC/Mac. However, in the box you’ll also find an included adapter cord that will link the two and end them at a standard 3.5mm jack. This will then allow you to use the headset on either a mobile device or with your PS4 via the controller. I’ve used them on the PS4 and it works quite well.

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Usage

The SteelSeries Siberia 200 are really simple to set up. If you’re using them on PC/MAC, you just plug it into the speaker/mic jacks and if you’re using it on PS4 or mobile, use the included 3.5mm adapter. You can use the 3.5mm adapter also if your PC/Mac doesn’t have separate speaker/mic jacks. There are no drivers to install or setting to mess with. It’s basically just plug and play like any standard headset.

Using it on the PS4 is as simple as just plugging it into the controller. You may need to adjust some audio settings such as enabling all audio to come through the controller and adjusting the volume of your mic so it’s not too loud or to soft for those you’re talking to. The audio coming from the headphones themselves can be adjusted using the inline controller on the cable.

The SteelSeries Siberia 200 sound great for such an affordable speaker. These were just as good as the slightly more expensive Siberia P300 though I don’t think the mic quality is as good. My friends commented how sometimes I would sound like I was talking like a robot or out of a tin can at times and these pick up all the noises around you instead of just your voice. For the price though, they’re not bad and make for a decent headset for those who want something better than the crumby pack-in mic on the PS4. Not only that, you can easily use these on your PC/Mac as well.

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Final Thoughts

If you want a gaming headset that’s versatile and affordable, the SteelSeries Siberia 200 is a good choice. Not only can you use this on the PS4 like I did, but they can be easily used on PC/Mac as well. Sound quality on these is excellent although the mic had its odd performance issues at times. Like the previous SteelSeries headsets, the Siberia 200 is very comfortable and I had no problems wearing these for long periods of time. The inline volume controls were a welcome feature and being able to adjust volume on the fly sure beats digging through the onscreen menus.

Overall, the SteelSeries Siberia 200 are a great buy for those who want a gaming headset that can be used on multiple devices and one that is very economical. At only $79.99, this headset is at a much lower cost than the Siberia P300 and not only that, you can pick it up in one of seven different colors.

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