Overview of Wireless Gaming Headset SteelSeries Siberia 840
Today, any self-respecting manufacturer periphery in the range of products required to have low-end models for the widest possible audience, as well as the flagship device, which let themselves be able to only the most affluent buyers, who appreciate high quality and comfort. Not so long ago I told you about the game Siberia headset 100, developed in the walls of the Danish company SteelSeries. Today, I would like to dedicate my review of their new flagship model - Siberia 840. Talk about this headset is for me - one big pleasure, because it was the culmination of the work of talented engineers and designers, and has incorporated the most advanced technology.
"The world's best wireless gaming headset" reads a slogan on the front surface of the box. Pretty bold statement, I thought to myself. But all doubts were dispelled at the very moment when I put the headset on your head, and felt the first time the love that SteelSeries engineers have invested in their offspring. Box is able to tell us not only about the bold statement producer. Among other things, we immediately see that the headset supports Dolby Headphone technology, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Dolby Digital. And it is compatible with virtually all devices capable of delivering sound, including computers running MacOS (I still can not get used to the new spelling of the name of the operating system), and the Windows, game consoles PlayStation and Xbox families, media centers, home theaters, and also all kinds of mobile devices. Siberia 840 supports Bluetooth BTLE technology with low power consumption, so you can connect it to almost anything.
On the reverse side of the package, in addition to the transfer of the supplied items and descriptions of sets in multiple languages, we can first see that Siberia 840 is supplied with an external sound card, and in combination transmitter with a built-in OLED-screen controls. At the top of the box visible removable batteries, which included two that allows you to use a headset continually: while charging a battery, just use the second.
The side edges of the box show us the headphone cups, equipped with built-in controls, as well as a retractable microphone with red LED ring-shaped at the end, comes on if you have activated the Mute mode.
When you first unpack the headset, once you understand what the manufacturer has done everything to impress you attention to detail. Plastic mold perfectly fits the headset, not allowing it to hang inside the box. Here carefully adhered desiccant bag, avoiding dampness electronics if it is stored, for example, inside the room with high humidity.
From the papers in the kit I found a manual, is designed as a simple and intuitive set of images. Want to connect Siberia 840 to such a device - please stick this wire here, and then click on this button. With the connections and settings will be able to understand even a small child. In this regard, everything is very intuitive and user-friendly.
itself headset makes a very good impression. You know, I for some reason it reminded very expensive presidency of any large company, covered with genuine leather and it exudes a powerful energy of his influential owner. Already very elite look at the device.
In spite of the elitism, the headset is made of very high-quality plastic. As I tried, I could not find any large metal parts in the device. Decorative cover headphone cups, though metal seems, in fact, are not. This is just a stylized metal plastic. But most interesting is that despite all this, the headset still looks great. You have not arise even fleeting desire to doubt its high quality.
The outer part of the headband contains a rubber grip with company name the SteelSeries, which eliminates the possibility of slipping out of the device out of your hands, even if his hands were sweating in the fierce online battles. It would seem a trifle, but in fact - is a very useful feature. The only drawback of this material is that it is perfectly collects the dust. But it can be easily treated by wiping the surface with a damp cloth.
Inside the headband is lined with five separated pillows, filled with foam with memory effect. The longer wearing the headset on your head, the better it adapts to it, memorizing the shape and features of the structure of your skull. In fact, in terms of comfort Siberia 840 - one of the most comfortable headsets that I have tested.
The headband can be easily adjusted in height. In this case, I have not found inside the metal frame. Oddly enough, that the manufacturer did not use this material to strengthen the structure. Still, the device is in the high risk group, because it is often dropping, in a burst of feeling throw on the table or carelessly pulled off the head. On the other hand, the plastic frame looks quite impressive, as it strengthened several reinforcement ribs.
Both cup headset rotated around its vertical axis by 90 degrees and one at about 15 degrees in the other direction. This allows you to wear it around his neck in between gaming sessions. In this case, the cup is very convenient snugly to your body and did not interfere. And to put the headset on the table is so much more logical, because the speakers the sound will be muted, and will no longer disturb others. About a horizontal axis of the cup also rotated 30 degrees, which allows them to fit snugly to the maximum head of almost any shape and size.
Under hidden ear pads 40mm dynamic transducers with neodymium magnets. It's nice that the manufacturer has even hidden from the user's eye plastic decorated slogan "Victory - our everything!".
is also filled with foam ear pads with memory effect, and are decorated with bright orange mesh and stitched orange thread. Its corporate identity designers SteelSeries try not to change over the years. Soundproofing headset at a very decent level. However, personally, I thought that at first too headphones are applying pressure on the ears. But over time, "memory foam" is doing its work, and feeling light discomfort goes away.
In the left cup hidden removable battery. Round cap unscrews easily and just as easily put in place. The arrow indicates in which direction it needs to be rotated to close the lock. Battery capacity is 1000 mAh, and according to the manufacturer of a full charge should last for up to 20 hours. Of course, the maximum time during unable to squeeze out of the battery during testing me, but it is worthy stayed somewhere 15 hours, which is also considered an excellent result considering that I constantly walked around the apartment, thus further burdening the headset.
In the right cup is hidden from prying eyes port Mini-USB, through which you can pour on the headset the latest official firmware.
On the plates are located and other important items. For example, here is the wheel is not only gradually adjusts the sound, but is also used to navigate through the menus displayed on the transmitter screen (about it we'll talk about later). Scrolling up and down you move the cursor and pressing the wheel - choose a menu item. It's simple, and incredibly convenient. This is especially true when the transmitter is from you far enough, and you want something to change settings without leaving the cozy sofa.
The two keys, one of which you'll probably use very often. This switch sets the power and the creation of Bluetooth-pair with another device. Near rubber stopper for hiding two slots 3, 5 and 2, 5 millimeters. The first is used in the case, if you suddenly decide to connect to the sound source via the analog cable. The second is called the Share Port - much more interesting: it allows you to connect to your headset still some headphones to, for example, to watch a movie with your half or the other, without disturbing others who are with you in the same room. Very convenient and useful feature, I must say.
Default Microphone deeply recessed into the left cup of the headset. At its tip, you can see the LED ring that lights up red as soon as you activate the Mute mode. The microphone transmits the sound quality is enough to vote, but it is omni-directional, allowing your interlocutors hear you, for example, typing on the keyboard. When I first started using the headset, I noticed that very well hear the work of their mechanical keyboard. Only then I realized that this is not a problem with noise-isolating headphones, and only work the microphone. Turn it off, I solved the problem. To mute the microphone, you must once press the power button on the right cup headset. On forget about it as microphone, slightly fonit collecting the ambient noise, and while listening to music or watching a movie is you can stop to enjoy the sound.
The microphone is equipped with comfortable adjustable stem in an extended state looks very impressive. There is in him something of the works of Hans Rudolf Giger with all this black translucent surface and the small ribs inside her.
But the transmitter and which is a small box with rounded corners of a translucent black plastic, through which shines places its contents. On the front surface of the transmitter is round handle for stepless adjustment of the headset volume, which in addition is also capable of rotation pressed inwardly with the characteristic "click". This allows the user to surf the on-screen menu. If you need to go up one level in the menu, you can help a small button to the left of the handle.
The right side of the transmitter housing has a small slot where the discharged battery is inserted. It is very convenient that all important functions concentrated in one small box. Given that the bundle just two batteries, you will be provided with a substantially continuous operation of the headset for several years (until the battery is exhausted their resources). Generally, Hot Swap technology by which you can replace the battery "on the fly", it is convenient, but it can boast only expensive models of headsets and wireless headphones. Expensive and tasteful - this is just about 840 Siberia.
On the rear surface of the device are important ports and connectors. Analog input supply to the transmitter signal to the devices without digital interface, next to him - an analog output, which you can combine the 3, 5-millimeter cable to the same connector in one of the suites of cups. Here lurks input for the power supply. And Mini-USB port for connecting to different devices and transferring digital audio. In the right-most part you can see the optical input and output, covered with flaps that protect them from dust.
The majority of the bottom surface of the transmitter is a rubberized insert, which excludes its smooth sliding along the surface of the table or tables for the TV.
What I was really shocked, so this abundance of cables, which I found in the box with the headset. Here you can find some wire to connect it to a variety of game consoles, mobile devices, USB-ports and, of course, an optical cable with two plastic caps. Options truly royal, because sometimes buy myself a brand new headset, and she had only a 4-pin connector without adapters important, for example, for the PC. Manufacturer Siberia 840 directly encouraged their generosity and attention to detail. Included is everything you need. And even more.
Another small detail: Each is equipped with cable birochkoy describing its purpose. So you never mix up the wires and can quickly find a desired in a given situation.
The power supply comes complete with four plugs for outlets of different countries. I have found in the box plug European, American, British and even Australian. You never know where life will throw you, and everything is on hand for long-distance travel.
Plugs very simply put on the power supply. To remove them, you need to press the button with the inscription Open. The adapter gives the standard for USB-ports the voltage and current, so that it may well be replaced by any similar source of power. When connected to a personal computer, transmitter power supply and digital sound through a single USB-cable.
OLED-screen transmitter displays the most important information about the system. Shows the current volume level, battery capacity is inserted into the battery charger, as well as the remaining battery power, which is currently used to power the headset.
Menu transmitter allows you to adjust the sound with the help of a full-time equalizer, to enable or disable the Dolby sound processing technology, set up your caller's voice is a balance in relation to the sound of the game, as well as much, much more.
You can create multiple profiles and adjust the sound input to the transmitter from various sources. For example, the sound from the PlayStation 4 will be handled differently than the sound from your PC. Profiles and sources can be given unique names. Of course, a few uncomfortable typing with the help of wheels and input buttons, but use this feature you will hardly too often.
You can adjust the brightness of the screen to associate the headset with any audio source, the Bluetooth, set up the system menu sounds, put the system into sleep mode if you do not plan to use it soon, reset everything to the factory settings, or even activate the screensaver.
You can always find the current version of the firmware, and, if necessary, upgrade to date. In my opinion, the transmitter menu is very understandable, user-friendly and highly functional. Today rarely found combination of these qualities in any device.
It's time to talk about the sound. In video games Siberia 840 produces great sound as expected. Virtual Dolby Surround 7.1 covers you from all sides and allows you to hear every rustle with incredible positioning accuracy. Suddenly I realized that I no longer want to use your old headsets. After Siberia 840 begin to hear their candid disadvantages, so it is very difficult without sadness to look at other models. As for listening to music - all here as very, very well. No, I am not a spoiled expensive headphones and warmed wires audiophile, but even I can hear the highest sound quality, issued by the same headset. Without exception, all frequencies are heard wonderful, bright, expressive, and crystal clear. Incredibly deep bass and full of that feel particularly good in the compositions of my favorite musical genre of trip-hop. The stock volume in Siberia 840 very good. I could not hear it at full volume as worried about the safety of the ears, so turn down the volume until about half and completely dissolved in your favorite music.
One of the incomparable advantages of the headset is a technology support No-Lag, which compensates for the delay in the transmission of sound through wireless protocols are constantly changing radio frequency. Siberia 840 is clocked at 2, 4 GHz, but permanently adapts it, minimizing any delay in signal transmission. The maximum operating distance of the headset allows you to move away from the transmitter to 10 meters with no loss of sound quality and signal. I have a wireless headset by Sony, and that it loses the signal even when I'm away from the transmitter to the kitchen for some water. In the case of Siberia 840 I went into the back room apartment and being separated from the transmitter tromya brick walls covering about one and a half meters thick, did not feel any discomfort.
The headset is compatible with the official app SteelSeries Engine 3. With it, you can adjust the equalizer, and create multiple profiles directly from your computer. You can also adjust the ratio of the sound of voices and the sound of your interlocutors games using ChatMix LiveMix and regulators. To be honest, I have always admired the SteelSeries software: it is extremely concise and clear, there is nothing superfluous. Yes, and it always works without problems, which is also important.
- SteelSeries Siberia Headset 840
- User Manual
- Two lithium-ion battery.
- The transmitter of the wireless signal.
- The optical cable with plugs.
- cable to connect to the Xbox 360.
- Cable for PS4 and Xbox One.
- cable to connect to mobile devices.
- Analog cable.
- Power supply.
- Color: Black / Orange
- Headphones Type: covering, closed-type
- Material: plastic
- Mode: Wireless / Wired
- Radius: 10 m
- Radiators: Dynamic, 40 mm
- emitters Properties: neodymium magnets
- Frequency Response: 20-20000 Hz
- Resistance 32 w
- Sensitivity 108dB
- Weight 318 g of (battery)
- Chart orientation: non-directional, noise-canceling
- Resistance 2, 2 k
- Frequency response: 100-10000 Hz
- Sensitivity -44 dB
- Ability to disable not
- Great sound in games, music, and movies.
- Excellent positioning sound sources in all the games.
- The headset looks and feels like a very expensive product and comfortable.
- Impressive battery life of the charged battery.
- Two batteries provide almost continuous operation.
- External transmitter with bright screen and a built-in charger.
- to connect to the headset optional headphones.
- Built-in headset cups comfortable controls.
- A lot of thin sound settings available in the transmitter menu.
- Support for Dolby Digital technology, Dolby Headphone and Dobly Pro Logic IIx.
- No perceptible delay in wireless audio transmission.
- Compatible Software SteelSeries Engine 3.
- exhaustively rich headset equipment.
- The microphone is devoid of noise reduction and protection from the wind.
- Inside headband there is no metal frame.
- It is the high cost of the headset.
Siberia 840 - a premium product and undoubted flagship line of SteelSeries headsets. Minor flaws did not detract from the fact that we really the best wireless headset for today's players. It does not matter if you play on a PC or on a game console, a professional you're a gamer or just like to relax after work. Nothing better in the class of wireless gaming headsets today you just do not find. The only thing that can really scare the buyer from Siberia 840 - its high cost. To date, the headset costs about 27,000 rubles. But the good thing is never cheap cost, I think, to argue with this postulate is just silly. If I gave in their reviews medals, Siberia 840 necessarily would have received gold or even platinum in its category.