SteelSeries 5H v2 USB Headset
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 05-26-2008
Provided by: SteelSeries

Whenever we review monitors, mice, and keyboards, we always remind our readers that, despite the heavy duty hardware they might tote, the entire computer experience ultimately comes from peripherals. Most consumers, especially gamers, can't see beyond their CPU / GPU. Of those who can think outside of the case, so to speak, even fewer know that there is more to life than a monitor. Indeed, hardly anybody thinks about their audio equipment if only because it is beyond the scope of a good visual experience.

Because soundcards, speakers, and headphones are so commonly neglected, it is even harder for the average consumer to get a good idea of what's out there, and what's high quality. For a lot of people, an all-in-one bundle from a popular brand is just what they need; it would minimize the research work for finding quality, and it would combine soundcard and speakers/headphones to further reduce consumer work. Enter the 5H v2 USB headset from SteelSeries. This headset not only comes backed by the name that so many people trust, SteelSeries, but also comes bundled with a USB soundcard for a cheap upgrade over onboard sound.

The 5H v2 USB comes in a very attractive display type box, with select features and specifications detailed on the back in a variety of languages. The box is labeled USB, to differentiate from the standard version of this headset, which arrives without a soundcard. You will also find banners for professional gaming squads on the back, all of whom SteelSeries sponsors with peripheral equipment. Full specifications, from the SteelSeries website, are:

The SteelSeries 5H v2 has a lot of things going for it. With virtual 7.1 surround sound, a retractable, flexible microphone, and a USB soundcard, it could just be everything the gamer in you needs. Continue on as we find outů

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