I got a surprise package from SteelSeries, and one of the things inside it was the SteelSeries H Wireless Gaming Headset. It’s a Wireless 7.1 Dolby surround sound headset that works on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3, and Xbox One and PS4 with limited features. As I currently own FOUR OTHER PAIRS of surround sound headsets, I’d say I’m quite the connoisseur. And so far, I like what SteelSeries has here.
In the box, the SteelSeries H Wireless headset comes with several cables: Besides the power cable and the base station, it has an optical cable to hook up to any of your game systems, a USB cable for mic support on the PS3 or PS4 (Firmware update 1.5 added support for USB headsets), and an Xbox 360 chat cable. It also has two 3.5mm audio cables, with one angled to be optimized for mobile devices. Currently, the H Wireless headset doesn’t support chat on the Xbox One, but this is not a problem that only affects SteelSeries; every 7.1 headset, including those from Tritton or Turtle Beach are suffering from this. The Xbox One is supposed to get a headset adapter in the very near future.
The front of the receiver has a dial that can be pushed in, along with a small button next to it. I wondered how the heck this was supposed to work, because I couldn’t see a display on this receiver box. When I plugged it into power, the front of the receiver came to life, sporting an OLED screen that I had no idea was there. It looks awesome. The box is very small and can fit anywhere in your entertainment center. The screen feels flush and looks like it belongs there. It offers a small number of options, like setting whether chat should be set for Xbox or PlayStation. For the most part, controls are set on the headset itself, but I found those controls inconveniently located and hard to find.
When it comes to battery life, I’m going to have to say that the H Wireless Headset rates at infinity. It uses a solution that I’ve also seen in the Tritton Warhead for Xbox 360; it has two batteries. One is put into the headset, while the other charges in the base station. Battery runs out? Just swap out and keep going. By the time the battery dies, the other one will be charged and ready to go.
The audio performance of the H Wireless is strong. Very strong. I tried it on multiple systems, and was pleased with the depth of sound I could hear. Soft mid-range tones were very clear, which is something a lot of cheaper headsets gloss over. Bass is good; perhaps you could argue the Pulse Elite might have better bass, but that’s kind of an artificial solution. The H Wireless has natural bass. If I had one complaint about the headset itself, it would be that the way the padding is set up on the inside of the headset makes it slightly loose on my head. Your head may vary.
The H Wireless Surround Sound headset is simple to set up and basically just works. The quality of sound is superb. I don’t really know what else to say; here’s a product that does what it advertises and does it extremely well. The only thing that might steer you away is the very high price: currently going for about $300 on Amazon. But they say you get what you pay for, and this is basically the perfect solution to a problem.
Ted tried the H Wireless Headset on the Xbox One, PS4, and PS3. He received a free unit from SteelSeries for review purposes.
Available on: PC
Version Reviewed: PC