The Siberia 800 wireless gaming headset flagship from SteelSeries does come with a Dolby-certified console and can be connected to a wide variety of devices thanks to the inputs/outputs on both breakout box and headset but also thanks to the supplied cables. The dual-battery setup is quite unique and permits us to swap between these in just under ten seconds. The display of the console is always on thanks to the OLED technology, shows a lot of settings which we can perform depending on the chosen interfaces and on the main screen we do have the battery levels listed, current volume levels, Dolby feature when enabled but also more.
We have tried the headset while listening to music, watching TV shows, movies but also while gaming and we can say that it can offer an optimal sound quality even with the flat EQ; Dolby can be enabled when needed and offers a nice experience while watching video content. Do not expect though this headset to offer stellar volume levels; while with other models we were usually listening under 50% volume levels, with this one we needed to adjust from the console over 75% but this cannot be considered a negative point for the product. If we consider that the default EQ is not enough for us, we can choose from a set of predefined profiles like Immersion, Performance, Entertainment, Music, Voice or even create a custom EQ of our own.
Regarding the supplied batteries, we were able to squeeze about 17 hours until the battery needed a full recharge; SteelSeries recommends thought that we should recharge the batteries when around 25% in order to preserve their capacity for longer. This is an easy process to accomplish since the console always shows us the battery level when we power on the headset, during use and also when it drops a line. Why the console needs a separate power adapter connected to it? Well, while the Siberia 800 can operate well without it when the computer is on via USB, if we turn off the computer then no power will be supplied to the box so the charging process of the extra battery will be also turned off. The power adapter will make sure that everything stays fully functional even without the computer and we can always connect other devices to the breakout box and keep on rocking this way.
Which are negative points you may ask? Well, there are two: first, the device is advertised as being compatible with the SteelSeries Engine 3 on the box and at least at the moment it is not. We have tried to install the software while we had the headset connected on USB and it is not detected at all. Windows though sees the device and we can select it as our default communication device right away. The secondary small issue is that the console still identifies the device as SteelSeries Siberia H on the OLED display so only a firmware update will be able to get this fixed.
Considering the amount of features and overall build quality, this is clearly a device for enthusiasts and gamers which are usually buying their devices to use for a long time. This also reflects in the selling price, which is currently about 337 Euros online.
SteelSeries Siberia 800 Wireless Gaming Headset is Recommended For:
We would like to thank again to SteelSeries for making this review possible!