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SteelSeries Rival 100 Optical Gaming Mouse Review – A fantastic budget mouse!

Pros: Sensor performance, price, software, design and looks, overall build quality, GameSense
Cons: Ergonomics for non-claw grip users

Build Quality: 9/10
Design & Looks: 8/10
Performance: 9/10
Software: 10/10
Value: 10/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Purchase Date: February 2016
Purchase Price: £27

SteelSeries Rival 100 - Colours

First of all I would like to thank Steelseries for sending me the mouse for review. After having reviewed other SteelSeries gear and other mice, I was intrigued to see how the Rival 100 would perform. You can purchase the mouse on AmazonUK for around £27 & AmazonUSA for $40. Full specs of the mouse can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review of the mouse:

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SteelSeries Apex M800 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review – A clever and well designed board

Pros: Design, GameSense activation, software, full programmable
Cons: Lack of accessories, QS1 key switch feels like a membrane rubber dome keyboard, price

Build Quality & Accessories: 8/10
Design & Look: 8/10
Software: 9/10
Value: 8/10
Performance: 8.5/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10

Review Date: August 2015
Review Price: £140 / $190

 

SteelSeries Apex M800 - Looks

After having previously reviewed the original Apex gaming keyboard, I was very much intrigued to see how the new RGB mechanical keyboard, that utilises SteelSeries’ very own QS1 switch would compare and furthermore stack up against other mechanical keyboards out there on the market, namely those using Cherry MX switches.
I would like to thank SteelSeries for yet again sending me the keyboard for review.
The Apex M800 can be found for around £140 on AmazonUK and around $190 on AmazonUSA. I should note the version I got sent has the UK Layout keyboard.

Before getting into my written review, here’s my video review of the Apex M800:

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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Review – A flawed headset that had great potential

Pros: Sound quality for a headset, build quality, comfort, software, looks and design
Cons: Recording problems, physical size, price

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 10/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 9/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Microphone quality: 2/10
Software: 10/10
Review price: £180
Value: 7.5/10 (at £180 price tag)
Overall rating: 5/10

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having previously reviewed the Siberia Elite, I was interested to see how the newer version would compare, both in terms of sound and overall value.

I however had a problem with the recording quality of the headset, where the microphone would pick up a sort of “clipping” sound. I complained to SteelSeries and they sent me two additional pairs, one of which was from a newer non-pre sample batch. Unfortunately the issue persisted throughout my test.
After looking on Google, it was funny to see that several months ago SteelSeries also identified the issue as a known problem on Reddit.
SteelSeries explained the issue on Reddit: “The issue is 100% the soundcard and we have implemented a fix that has been in production for some time now.”
Despite their best efforts and my patience of 3 months (as I held out publishing the review, until I was sent a newer revision of the headset) – the issue is still present.

SteelSeries might have fix it after this review goes live, however for the time being all I can say is that I was sent a brand-new headset, after having 2 sets that had the problem, which came from a brand-new batch.
If my headset comes from a brand-new batch, I can’t being to think what batches resellers across the world have. Of course you can always return the headset after purchasing it, but I’m sure that’s not what you would have in mind for a gift or a headset you wish to buy – so let this introduction to the headset serve as a warning.

In terms of purchasing information, it can be bought from AmazonUK for around £180 and on AmazonUSA for around $200 (prices do fluctuate, but those are the unit prices that I had back in February and will be basing my review on).
As there’s a lot of similarities with the original Siberia Elite, there might be a few sections that are identical to the previous review.

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism - Colours

 

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review:

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Review of the Steelseries Siberia V3 Gaming Headset – New isn’t always better

Pros: Build quality, comfort, lows, can be used wth the PS4 and Xbox One
Cons: Mids, highs, isolation, no included USB soundcard (like on the V2 model), sound quality is limited by your on-board soundcard, no volume/recording control

Build quality: 7.5/10
Comfort: 9.5/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 6.5/10
Isolation: 6/10
Microphone quality: 10/10
Value: 8.5/10 (at £100 price tag)
Overall rating: 7/10

Steelseries Siberia V3 Headset - Design

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having received the Siberia V2, 9H, Siberia Elite and H Wireless, I was interested in knowing how the V3 had changed over the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Heat Orange Gaming Headset.
The headset can be bought for around £115 on AmazonUK & AmazonUSA for $100. Prices of the headset vary greatly – from £75 to £130 -therefore this review will be based on the £100 price tag, just as the V2 was priced when I reviewed it.

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review:

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Review of the Steelseries Flux In-Ear Pro – An outstanding earphone for audiophiles and gamers

Pros: Bass response for a BA driver, lightweight design, price, build quality, cable, multi-purpose
Cons: Slightly rolled off highs and veiled mids

Packaging & Accessories: 9/10
Build Quality: 8/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 10/10
Isolation: 8/10
Comfort: 10/10
Audio Quality: 8/10
Value: 9/10
My final Rating: 9/10

Purchase Date: November 2014
Purchase Price: £105

Steelseries Flux Pro - Looks

First of all, I would like to thank Steelseries for sending me the Flux In-Ear Pro for review. You can find the full specs and more info on the earphones on their website.
They can be bought for around £105 on AmazonUK & AmazonUSA for $130.

Before getting into the written review, below is my video review on them:

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Review of the Steelseries Sensei Wireless Gaming Mouse Review – An expensive wireless mouse

Pros: Design, build quality, battery life, customisable, software
Cons: Small wireless lag, lack of buttons, no weight adjustment, no dedicated physical profile button switch

Build Quality: 8/10
Design & Look: 7/10
Battery life: 10/10
Wired performance: 10/10
Wireless performance: 6/10
Software: 10/10
Value: 5/10
My final Rating: 7/10

Purchase Date: November 2014
Purchase Price: £120

Sensei Wireless - Charging on bay

First of all I would like to thank Steelseries for sending me the mouse for review. After having reviewed the Steelseries Sensei [RAW] Heat Orange, I was intrigued to see how the Sensei Wireless compares, both in terms of performance and value for money.
You can purchase the mouse on AmazonUK for around £120 & AmazonUSA for $120, which is more than double the list price of the non-wireless version.

Before getting into my written review, here’s my video review of the Sensei Wireless:

Now let’s get into this written review!

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Review of the Steelseries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset – A comfortable contender

Pros: Build quality, lows, comfort, software, looks and design
Cons: Mids, highs, physical size

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 9/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 7.5/10
Isolation: 8.5/10
Microphone quality: 8/10
Software: 10/10
Review price: £115
Value: 9/10 (at £115 price tag)
Overall rating: 9/10

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having received the Siberia V2, 9H and H Wireless, I was interested in knowing where the Elite would fit into the equation. The Elite, should sit between the 9H and H Wireless price bracket – however after checking, whilst writing this review in late September 2014, it seems that the 9H is actually more expensive than the Elite – which surprised me. This therefore brought me a lot of interest as I would be interested to know how the Elite would fair, at a cheaper price but yet supposedly better on paper than the 9H.
The headset can be bought for around £115 on AmazonUK & AmazonUSA for $200.

On another note, when I first laid my eyes on the Elite, it reminded me of my old favourite headphone, the Sony MDR-XB700s – those Sony headphones were essentially bass driven pillows. Amazing to my ears several years ago – where I used to be a bigger basshead than I am now.

Steelseries Siberia Elite - Range

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review:

Now let’s get into the written review!

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SteelSeries 800 Wireless (H Wireless) Gaming Headset Review – The best all-round headset I’ve ever come across

Pros: Build quality, wireless integration, cross-platform integration, sound quality, microphone clarity, retractable microphone, accessories, different types of connections
Cons: Maximum sound volume

Build quality: 10/10
Comfort: 9/10
Overall sound quality for a headset: 10/10
Isolation: 8/10
Microphone quality: 9/10
Review price: £235
Value: 8/10 (at £235 price tag)
Overall rating: 9/10

SteelSeries H Wireless - Looks

First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review. After having reviewed the Siberia V2 Heat Orange Gaming Headset and the 9H Gaming Headset I was very much curious to see how the wireless offering by SteelSeries would compare, both sonically and in terms of its overall performance as a headset. The H Wireless can be found on AmazonUK for around £235 & AmazonUSA for $278. Thus this is an expensive headset, it competes with a lot of audiophile headphones in its category, let alone headsets. I put it up against the Denon AH-D2000 which has been modded and will thus be the equivalent to a D5000. I spent £270 for the headphones, incl my mods – thus my Denon’s and a ModMic 4.0 offer an audiophile headset equivalent. So the H Wireless has a lot to play for.

Note: At the time of review – it was named the H Wireless, but has since been updated to the 800 Wireless. They are the same headsets, just re-named! 

For more information about the headset and its specifications can be found on SteelSeries’ website.

Here’s my video review:

Now let’s get into the written review:

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