Steelseries 7H Headset Review
One of the most important things that you attach to your computer for gaming is your headset. In today’s multiplayer games, communication is key, and a quality headset can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing on the virtual battlefield. Consequently, there are a ton of headsets on the market. Today we’re looking at one of the newest, the Steelseries 7H.
Even in the package, the 7H looks very nice. Remove it, and you’ll be even more impressed. The 7H is very solidly built, but doesn’t weigh a ton. Inside the box, you’ll find a 6.5 foot extension, and a short headset cord. At first glance, you may think something is wrong because there’s no cord attached to the headset, but don’t worry. That’s intentional. You also won’t see a microphone at first. That’s because like many Steelseries headsets, the microphone retracts into the left ear cup when not in use.
The braided cable on the 7H attaches to the headset using a microUSB plug that’s surprisingly hard to accidentally knock out. The short headset cord is perfect if you’re gaming on a laptop or using a keyboard that offers audio connections on it. The extension is there if you’re still plugging things into the back of your desktop tower.
The 7H also includes an extra pair of ear cups, but instead of leather, these are made of cloth. Once you try them both out, you’ll see why. The leather cups surround your ear and do an awfully good job of blocking out background noise, making it all that much easier to hear what’s going on in-game, especially if your wife is across the room playing games of her own with speakers on like mine does. If you want to let a little background noise in, like at a LAN party or tournament, you can pop on the cloth cups to allow the noise around you access to your precious ears.
The 7H also breaks down nicely for traveling, transforming into 4 pieces so you don’t have to worry about them getting twisted or broken in your luggage. The short headset cord helps out here too, as you don’t have to haul around eight or nine feet of wire.
All this stuff built in here is great, but the most important thing to have in a headset is great sound. Luckily, the 7H delivers on that. Voices sound great coming over, game sound is great, and even music sounds good coming through this headset. The low end sounds great but isn’t overpowering, and the highs won’t take your head off. Even at high volumes, there’s no audible clipping or buzzing in the speakers.
Best of all, wearing the headset for long periods doesn’t hurt your head. While the fit is snug, it’s not tight, and even after a couple of marathon gaming sessions, my ears were pain-free. About the only drawback to this headset was that in warm rooms, the leather ear cups cause me to sweat. Of course, you could always switch to the cloth ones and alleviate that.
Microphone quality is pretty good. I wouldn’t recommend recording your next album with it, but it’s very serviceable for what it’s intended for: in-game communication. I’ve yet to experience any issues with it at all.
Honestly, the biggest drawback of the 7H is the price – around $130. While that sounds a little steep for a headset, this is definitely a case of getting just exactly what you pay for.
Overall, the Steelseries 7H is one of the best gaming headsets I’ve had the good fortune to review. Great sound, a good mic, comfortable fit and solid construction combine to make something that any gamer looking for a new headset should definitely check out first. You can get more info on the 7H at the official Steelseries site.