SteelSeries H Wireless Headset review
These days, no gaming set-up is complete without a quality pair of gaming headphones. Having a kick-ass HD TV isn’t enough anymore, and lets be honest for a moment, who wants the hassle of setting up an impressive sound system in the bedroom anyway? SteelSeries is making a play for the next-gen audio throne with its latest set of wireless headphones; needless to say, the SteelSeries H Wireless Headset is an impressive piece of kit for anyone that can afford the somewhat pricey £249.99 cost.
STEELSERIES H – DESIGN
The H Wireless certainly looks the part. A stylish and compact black matte design ensures the headset is a great partner to the Xbox One’s imposing console design. The foam headband is comfortable enough, and we were incredibly impressed with how light this wireless headset actually is (especially when you consider the cans house a Lithium Ion Battery). That said, it’ll sit quite tightly around your ears – perfect for those times you need to wander to the kitchen to make a cup of tea mid-game and want to continue the Xbox Live chatter, but expect to feel the burn on extended gaming sessions.
Despite its minimalist design, the H Wireless Headset hides a ton of buttons and connections away in the cans. On the right, you’ll find controls for volume, power and muting the set, as well as a port for voice chat and another for receiving audio through a standard 3.5mm jack cable. On the left, there’s a concealed (and easy to remove) rechargeable battery and a retractable microphone. It’s flexible too, ensuring you’ll never have a problem getting it into a comfortable position.
Included in the package is a transmitter for the Wireless Headset – more on that later – which will sit attractively enough underneath your television, boasting a full-lit OLED display, capable of delivering all of the information you could possibly need. Overall, between the headset and the transmitter, we have no complaints about the design. It feels great, and it’s certainly durable, just expect a little tightness around the ears to begin with.
STEELSERIES H – SOUND
The H Wireless Headset is built for gaming, and that’s where it clearly excels. Unlike the Turtlebeach XO series, we don’t see the SteelSeries being a viable headset for listening to music on the move – but, then again, that £250 you’re spending is delivering some outstanding audio from your favourite Xbox One games.
Of course, not all games are designed with outstanding audio in mind, but if you blast through a round of Battlefield 4 or race a circuit in Forza Motorsport 5, expect to be engrossed in the game experience like never before. The lows aren’t particularly strong, this is especially noticeable on games the fall back on booming bass to kickstart your heart, but the SteelSeries performs better than its immediate competition. The H Wireless Headset provides a surprising amount of dynamics to regular game sound, and this is especially noticeable when the game volume is boosted. If you’re looking to hear the footsteps of your enemies, the roar of an engine and the crackle of a gun ripple through your body, we can’t recommend this set of headphones enough.
If you want to get game chat on the go you’ll need to buy the Official Microsoft Stereo Adapter (sold separately, obviously), but once you do, you’ll find incredibly crisp sound waiting for you.
The headset also supports virtual 7.1 Dolby Surround sound, and again, performs exceptionally with film and television. As we mentioned above, it isn’t great for music, but the included transmitter does give you plenty of scope to tweak the EQ to your hearts desire.
STEELSERIES H VERDICT
The SteelSeries H Wireless Headset is a fantastic accompaniment to your Xbox One set-up. If you’re looking to seriously invest in Twitch gaming, Xbox Live competitive play, or just to enhance your everyday gaming experience, you’ll find very little to complain about with the SteelSeries H. For the price, we’d expect a little more bass output, but, overall we are very impressed with this product. SteelSeries has set a new benchmark for wireless audio on Xbox One.