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October 13, 2023

Steelseries Siberia Raw Prism Review

Siberia is one of Steelseries' longest-running series of headsets, and this new model is the result of nearly a decade of gamer feedback. It's a closed-cup design with an adjustable headband (rejoice, tiny-heads) and generously cushioned pads that stay comfortable even after hours of use. It doesn't have all the extra gubbins of higher-end models such as a travel bag, swappable earcups in different fabrics or LED lights illuminating the outer rim of each cup, but it is still compatible with the Engine 3 software that allows you to create custom sound profiles. You'll need a PC or Mac to make use of this, and a standard 1.2m cable means no inline remote or mic mute button, but multimedia controls can be handled through the operating system itself.

The audio is good, though it doesn't reach the show-stopping levels of its pricier siblings, with the Raw Prism just edging out the V3 for clarity in the mid-range. It doesn't produce any cheekbone-shattering bass, either, but that's fine; subdued bass is always preferable to exaggerated high-end distortion. The closed-back design is also effective in insulating the headphone, though it leaks some sounds out of the cups, which might not be ideal for public usage.

The design is stylish and classy, and it's a big step up in terms of comfort from other competing headsets that might look just as fancy but feel like they belong on the head of a pro gamer at a sweaty convention centre somewhere. It's not a headset for everyone, but for the $60 price tag it's an excellent option.