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Steel Series 5HV3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 101 reviews of Steel Series 5HV3. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Headsets for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and comfort. The usability and microphone are also appreciated, but the size and reliability get critical comments.

sound, microphone, usability, comfort, portability

reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headsets the Steel Series 5HV3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Steel Series 5HV3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 74 user reviews of Steel Series 5HV3 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Headsets on People really like the portability and microphone. The sound and comfort are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the size and reliability.

usability, comfort, sound, microphone, portability

reliability, size

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, Tablets, and PhonesSteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, Tablets, and PhonesSteelSeries SteelSound 5H Headset

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Syed Muhammad Usman Pirzada (

Steelseries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset Review


The SteelSeries 5Hv3 is the same's second best offering in terms of Tournament Headsets and at Amazon's price, its an absolute steal.

Overall, a very decent quality headphone but the price ($50 on Amazon, $79.99 listed) can be a serious deal breaker. Adding a few bucks ($20) more will net you the Sibera V2 which is far superior in terms of Audio performance overall (quite heavily in...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Kaeyi Dream (

SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset Video Review


Today Kaeyi Dream tests out the SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset the latest upgrade from the award winning 5Hv2.

Dec, 2013

Consumer review by: madcuzbad (

defective extension cable out of the box


Sound is pretty average based on my experience with headsets which is not that extensive. Microphone quality is fine

The mic lead on the extension cable you get with it was defective out of the box. Mic works fine without the extension PC cable, and the sound works with the extension cable, but not the mic. Steelseries will only alow RMAs for refurbished products...

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: Sean (

Greatest buy ever


You're missing out.

Bought this headset a month ago as refurbished for 24.99. I previously had a Steelseries Siberia v2 and I must say I prefer the 5h; the 5h has a more sturdy build quality and has some nice features like braided cables

Maybe a longer retractable mic? Feels a little short at time but thats just preference. It picks up my voice fine and clearly

Oct, 2014

Consumer review by: N/A (

Very decent


Generally a very solid offering and the sound is pretty good for the price. If asked for a recommendation of a gaming headset, I am not sure I would have them at the top of the list. Definitely a close second, but not for consoles.

They look pretty nice, light weight, fit pretty well and had enough adjustment to fit me comfortably. The sound quality is far above any in-ear phones. The retracting microphone is a neat feature, retracts and pulls out easily. The mic is flexible to...

The packaging is barebones. I believe it is sufficient to ship the product safely, but lacks the presentation that many other products have which generate great first impressions ; The instructions were lacking. Headphones are not rocket science and we...

Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: Wormhole_Tour_Guide (

Good sounding headphones


The sound quality was very good and it made for a very immersive experience when gaming. I could hear footsteps clearly when players were running or walking. When using the microphone, I had to add a little bit of gain via the Windows control panel....

The 5Hv3 are a light feeling good sounding set of headphones. I tried these out playing games, listening to music and for voice over IP phone calls. They performed well in all situations. The ear cups are soft and padded and did a good job of sealing...

The 5Hv3 lacked punch on the low end. When playing games, explosions did not have the deep bass sound you would expect. When listening to music, I adjusted the EQ on my sound card but that did not add a lot. The bass was muddy

Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: GObonzo (

Decent cheap alternative from a respected gaming co.


Have had wireless headphones, gamepads, even had a couple good pairs of wireless gaming keyboard & mice. If you need a cord it needs to have super-7.1 digital surround+ and/or charging capabilities for it's wireless use. I have spent an hour or two at...

Very lightweight. Their lack of weight makes them easy to wear for extended periods of time ; The microphone works and recorded a very nice sample of my voice. Retractability is also a plus, no clue there's a mic when listening to music ; Could be a...

Not a short cord length but ; I feel i have graduated passed cords. This would be the only setback if I was thinking of purchasing ; Also, sound is not very well amplified. Not very loud compared to my Bluetooth headphones or my Bluetooth earpiece

Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: michael b. (

SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset


SteelSeries 5Hv3 Gaming Headset great the sound quality is crisp,clean and clear even if it is used on a laptop or phone it will still sound almost as good as if it were plugged into a dedicated sound card, if you can get the 5Hv3 for around $ 50 than...

The 5Hv3 is an update to the 5Hv2, The new 5Hv3 has all the same features with a three piece assembly, padded ear pads, in-line controls, braided cable, and retractable microphone but now with a few changes to the headset’s appearance and accessory...

Now as far as con go their is not very many, I did not like the vinyl ear pads because after extended use can cause them to get a bit sweaty and cloth ear pads would have been a better option, and the other thing I did not like that it is rather...

Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: Dereck Smith (

Don't Step on them.


There are a lot bad said about these but the truth is the Weakness of these headphones are actually their strength. They are Light and manageable for hours of non tiring use. The Wire can be elongated for distance to the machine using it. Its great for...

Light ; Comfortable ; Dynamic ; Stylish ; Convertible ; Retractable microphone ; Wire length can be changed ; Control on the wire easy to use

Can be broken Easily, not for young children ; Not for Audiophiles

Aug, 2014

Consumer review by: Edward (

Head Trip!


The microphone retraction could be a weak spot in the design and at the same time it's a niece feature. Time will tell.

These are great headphones! The sound reproduction to my 45 year old ears is pretty good. The retractable microphone is a nice feature but I wonder how long it will last before it fails or gets stuck. The headphones are very light and my ears did not...


Jul, 2014

Product Specifications


Display: No
Integrated Amplifier: No
Microphone Boom Arm:Adjustable
Multi Compatible Gaming Function: No
Mute Control: Yes
Sound System:STEREO
Volume Control: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Connection:MULTICONNECTOR / ONE 3.5 mm Plug
USB Dongle: No

General Features

Compatibility:Not Applicable
Form factor:Headband Headset