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SteelSeries 5H V2 Gaming Headset

Depending on your point of view products targeted at 'gamers' are either a better-featured, if expensive, necessity or a pointless additional expense over a perfectly decent 'normal' alternative - the difference likely hinging on whether you interpret "1337" as a number, or as a rating of ones Modern Warfare 2 prowess. Whatever your option, there are clearly sufficient numbers of that latter group because the SteelSeries 5H V2 headset is the latest update to the original 5H, which launched some years ago now.
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Outwardly little has changed. The example loaned to us has a rather fetching glossy white finish, but if that doesn't appeal a black version is also available. The same three-segment design remains, with the ear-cups detaching from the headband making for easy storage during transport to any LAN parties you might be attending. If you've ever placed headphones in a backpack only to have them emerge in more pieces than you remember putting away you'll appreciate why that's a worthwhile feature.

The headband is padded with foam covered in faux leather and is very comfortable. The large earcups should encase all but the most BFG-like of lobes and are padded to the extent that they exert a barely noticeable, though still sufficient, pressure. As such this is a headset that can be - and by me was - worn for multiple-hour-long gaming stints with no hint of discomfort.
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Also potentially useful is the shortened, braided cable emanating from the left earcup. This measures about a metre in length, with a further two metre extension available. As such if you have your PC close to you (say, sitting on your desk) then you won't have miles of wiring trailing all over the place. The connectors are gold-plated and an in-line control allows for volume adjustment and muting of the headset's microphone.

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