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SteelSeries Siberia 840 Review: A Wireless Headset With Plenty of Punch

SteelSeries Siberia 840 Review: A Wireless Headset With Plenty of Punch


SteelSeries were kind enough to send me one of their latest products, the Siberia 840 headset, retailing around £299 here in the UK, and €349 in the rest of Europe. At a fairly premium price, I wanted to know what the Siberia 840’s had to offer consumers, and so spent the weekend playing games, listening to music, chatting to friends and more to test-drive them.

SteelSeries Sibera 840  – In Review

Taking a look at what you get for £300, I’m impressed. Expecting just a jumped-up headset in a box wasn’t what I received. Instead, I unboxed a premium-looking headset with a control station and a whole host of adapters and cables, all handily labelled so you know what each does – thoughtful!

The control station is an understated black box bearing the SteelSeries logo on the top, an LCD display, a button and a dial on the front, a battery charging hole on the right (more on that later), and a range of inputs and outputs to the rear. The headset itself is a sleek mix of silver, black and orange plastic and leather.

On the left cup you’ll find the retractable mic and the removable side panel for the 1000mAh batteries, whereas the right cup houses the on/off button, Bluetooth pairing button, as well as some other inputs for Chat and Share cables and the volume rocker.

It’s an understated piece of hardware; the accents of orange can only be found on the inside of the cups and the leather ear-cup’s orange stitching. This isn’t a headset that screams “look at me!” but rather focuses all its effort into both a sleek stylish look and more importantly, on function.


What Comes In The Box?

  • Wireless Siberia 840 Headset
  • USB Control Station
  • Various Labelled Cables
  • 2 Rechargeable 1000mAh batteries
  • Plug Adapters
  • Documentation

The Numbers:

Price: £299 (as of publishing)
Speaker drivers: 40mm Neodymium Drivers
Headphone Frequency Response: 20-20000 Hz
Max Volume: 100dB* SPL @ 1kHz
Weight: 318g, 11oz (includes battery)
Microphone Frequency Response: 100-10000 Hz
Microphone Pickup Pattern: Unidirectional
Microphone Sensitivity: -44 dB
Microphone Impedance: 2.2K Ohm
Indication: Red LED on mute
Ports: Wired mode, Share port, Chat port, mini USB FW update port



SteelSeries Engine 3 – The Software

Much like the hardware, the SteelSeries software is a sleek and functional piece of software. Easy to navigate and use, every section is split clearly and labelled so that the user can easily find what they’re looking for – something that sounds basic, but is surprisingly commonly missed in user interfaces.

There are plenty of options to adjust sound levels, turn Dolby Headphone settings on and off, choose a preset for your sound experience, and adjust the ChatMix settings. You can even save profiles onboard the headset if you plan to use it on various systems, a great addition for those users attending LANs, competitions and so on.

Overall, a strong offering in the software side of things.


The SteelSeries Sibera 840 – What Is It Like To Use?

So, onto the heart of the review; how are the Siberia 840s? Having used them regularly for little over a week, I can safely say I’m quite in love with them. I’m not a huge fan of flashy pieces of hardware when it comes to wearables (yes, headsets count), and between the sleek style of both the headset and the control station, I’m pleased.

The sound quality is very clear, and playing games such as Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds found me hearing people’s footsteps much further away than on my own personal headset. Music sounded punchy and using the headset as a music listening device didn’t leave me wanting for much. The control station came in handier than I thought, showing me vital information such as the battery running out of juice, Dolby on or off, volume levels and even showing me when the secondary battery is charged.

In terms of range, the headset boasts a 12m distance from the control station, and I was impressed that I could head downstairs through my kitchen, closing several doors behind me, and still pick up quality audio – proving the strength and quality of the Siberia 840’s Bluetooth connection.


The SteelSeries Sibera 840 – Conclusion

In conclusion, I think the SteelSeries Siberia 840 headset is a gem. I thoroughly enjoyed my time using the device, and found both the aesthetics, performance and dare I say it, battery life, beyond expectations. Sound quality was fantastic, surprising me as someone who had doubts about wireless audio quality.

However, I do have a few nit-picks to point out. First, the set-up was a bit of a hassle. I had to Google to find out how to set it up. While the documentation does mention a set-up page, I found I was being redirected to the support section instead, not very helpful.

Also, until I googled it, I wasn’t made distinctly aware of the mute function on the headset’s microphone, a minor annoyance and something for SteelSeries to call out more prominently. Finally, the mic quality itself. For a £300 headset, I expected a little better from the mic than I got. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s not great either. Again, not a huge issue for someone who uses a free-standing mic such as myself, but definitely something to consider for those people who are seeking an all-in-one package.

Negatives aside, it’s a great headset. I’m loathe to return my review pair, but alas! If you’re looking for a high-quality wireless headset you can enjoy while gaming, listening to music or other media, and continue to do so around the house, the Siberia 840s are a strong choice.

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Ben Palmer-Wilson

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