SteelSeries Siberia RAW Prism - An entry-level headset for PC gamers

The SteelSeries Siberia RAW Prism is an entry level gaming headset for PC, Mac & PS4, this is the first time SteelSeries have delved into the cheaper market for headsets, a hybrid of the iconic Prism & Siberia peripheral lines.

The headset features an over-the-ear design made of a lightweight plastic and soft-padded cushions. Connect the headset to your PC or device conveniently by a single 1.5 m USB cable. The headband is adjustable and the plastic design is actually quite flexible, there is a lot of room to adjust the headset for a comfortable fit without it clamping your head. The cotton mesh that covers your ears and top of your head is soft and the material is similar to memory foam. I was surprised at how comfortable the SteelSeries headset were to wear, for casual play and for long game sessions I would choose it over my old premium headset.
SteelSeries RAW Prism headset gaming
The RAW Prism has one colour & design available, white plastic, opinions are likely to be mixed as they can appear cheaply made at first sight. White and shiny looks impressive if you keep it clean!

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The audio quality of this headset is clearly the selling point, it seems SteelSeries have cut costs but prioritised keeping the top sound at it's best. Out of the box with no drivers the headset works perfectly and has balanced sound. You can also download the optional (although I think it's a must) software called SteelSeries Engine 3 that allows you to further customise audio settings with game sound profiles. I feel that most gamers will be happy with the audio quality of the RAW Prism, however if you are planning to splash out for the best sound quality to double up as a music headset or for atmospheric games, I would recommend checking out a higher model with 7.1 surround sound.
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The RAW Prism microphone is a tiny spec on the left earpiece that is fixed and cannot be retracted - it is a design that you will either love or hate. Personally I dislike fixed microphone booms on headsets as I'm not always on TeamSpeak and find a mic gets in the way more often than not. The convenience of having a micro sized microphone does not outweigh the disadvantages however, without the option to bring the boom closer to your mouth it is difficult to avoid background noise without playing around with the sensitivity levels or using Push-to-Talk. Easily missed is the quick mute button by pressing the left ear which is useful although it lacks a light indicator to tell if you are muted or not.

The optional SteelSeries Engine 3 software support is a great touch, it allows you to customise and backup audio profiles as well as accessing additional illumination options. The 15.5 million colour lighting options makes the RAW Prism comparable with overpriced Razer Chroma series, I never expected great lighting options for a budget priced headset. A unique SteelSeries feature is GameSense that makes gameplay affect the lighting of your headset, currently supported games are Counter-Strike: Global Offensive & Minecraft, remember to turn it off if you are low HP in a CSGO LAN tournament!

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