Since 2004, SteelSeries has released several Siberia headsets: V1, V2, V3, and elite. The Siberia V2 is arguably the most classic of them. But after the interruption of the product line, SteelSeries finally released the upgraded Siberia 200 gaming headset. Siberia 200 headset inherits the appearance of the Siberia V2, and has been upgraded on the basis of the V2. It has a new name and comes in 7 different colors.
Siberia 200 headset’s appearance is a comprehensive inheritance of V2. They use similar adaptive head beams and closed half-wrap ear cup designs. So, what are the main differences between the Siberia 200 and V2?
- 7 colors available;
- The design of the ear cups becomes matte design, which effectively avoids the occurrence of scratches and fingerprint collection;
- The unit has been fine-tuned to further extend the frequency response range while retaining the characteristics of low resistance and high sensitivity.
Of course, whether these changes actually bring good results needs further review.
The black SteelSeries Siberia 200 headset’s packaging uses a well-known orange and black tone, which is almost the same as the previous Siberia V2. From the outer packaging, we can also see that the main body of Siberia 200 is still the same as the V2.
SteelSeries Siberia 200 gaming headset is positioned in the mid-range market, with fewer internal accessories, only a product certification, a SteelSeries logo sticker, and a 3.5mm adapter. And the extension cable is gone. Although the cable of the Siberia 200 has been extended to 1.8 meters, I think the extension cable is more practical!
This headset adopt SteelSeries’s classic design: adaptive head beam + closed headphone design.
|Speaker Drivers||50mm Neodymium|
|Headphone Frequency Response||10-28000 Hz|
|Headphone Sensitivity||112 dB|
|Cable Length||1.8 m, 5 ft|
|Cable extension included||Yes|
|Adapter||Single 3.5mm, 4-pole plug|
The head beam of the SteelSeries Siberia 200 adopts an adaptive head beam design without manual adjustment and increases the area of the head beam and the head to reduce pressure.
The headband is also relatively soft, and the contact area with the head is large enough, it will not give the head a significant sense of pressure, which is suitable for long-term wearing.
The SteelSeries Siberia 200 ear cups are made of matt material, which solves the problem of the high-gloss surface that the previous version is easy to stick to dust fingerprints when using. The ear cups can be rotated within a certain angle, which can effectively fit the head; the sound insulation effect is also good. The SteelSeries Siberia 200 ear cups are not removable, which leads to some inconveniences in cleaning.
|Frequency Response||50-16000 Hz|
The MIC of the Siberia 200 gaming headset still uses a retractable design like V2. When in use, it can be pulled out from the ear cup and adjusted to the position close to the mouth. The curvature of the microphone can be adjusted at will.
As for the wire, a 3mm rubber wire is used, and the flexibility and elasticity seem good ( I hope to improve it into a braided wire to enhance durability). Compared with the previous V2, the length of the wire has been greatly improved, from the previous 1 meter to the current 1.8 meters, but the extension cable that was previously provided is canceled (I personally feel that extension cables are more practical than adapters).
SteelSeries Siberia 200 gaming headset’s audio control is the same as the previous V2. It has a microphone mute toggle and a volume adjustment key, both of which are adjusted by dialing up and down. On the side is the potentiometer, but some users reflect that it is easy to produce poor contact after a long time using.
Siberia 200 still uses a 50mm Neodymium Driver.
SteelSeries Siberia 200 gaming headset still inherits the previous lightweight design, wearing comfort is slightly better than previous generations, wearing experience is very good. Maybe a little stuffy in the summer, but this is a common problem with all similar ear cushions.
As a gaming headset, the overall sound quality of SteelSeries Siberia 200 is very good. The only disadvantage may be the low frequency is not deep enough comparing with HIFI headphones. For gamers, SteelSeries Siberia 200’s sound quality can fully meet the needs of gaming and daily entertainment.
As a classic FPS game, “Call of Duty” is perfect for testing SteelSeries Siberia 200 headset’s gaming performance. During this game, the Siberia 200 performed well. The sound of the gun was crisp and powerful. The sound of the shell fell to the ground was clearly heard. Accurate sound localization helps you easily determine the direction of enemy bullets.
“DOTA 2” not only has excellent graphics, but also makes great sound effects. The sound of wind, rain, and birds, the details of the environmental sound effects are all done to the extreme.
SteelSeries Siberia 200 headset can express all these sounds during the game.
Pros and Cons
- Reasonable Price
- 7 Colors Available
- Retractable MIC
- Comfortable to Wear
- Accurate Sound Localization
- Wide Frequency Response Range
- Too Few Accessories
- Ear Cups Rotation Angle is Too Small and Not Removable
- Low Frequencies Not Deep Enough
Positioned in the mid-market, SteelSeries Siberia 200 inherits almost all the advantages of V2. At the same time, some disadvantages of V2 are improved, and there are 7 colors to choose from. Excellent workmanship, perfect gaming performance, comfortable wearing experience and reasonable price make SteelSeries Siberia 200 gaming headset a cost-effective gaming headset in the minds of gamers.