Continuing my expanded look into SteelSeries' Siberia gaming-headset series, this week, I'm checking the low-end, budget model, the RAW Prism.
Late last year, SteelSeries has updated their Siberia line-up, providing updated versions (and at least one new addition) to their most established brand. Siberia is SteelSeries' most popular peripheral, so bringing it to 2015 is a tall order to fill; one taller than it would've been a few years back. Now Beyerdynamic, Audio Technica and Sennheiser have also entered the field, and gaming audio has become a very busy place. That being said, Siberia still manages to retain its popularity.
Siberia V3 essentially builds up on the original; Siberia Elite PRISM is a remastered version of the original Elite flagship; lastly you have V3 Prism (this one being an USB powered V3 with pretty lights) and RAW Prism. The latter of the two is this week's focus: a budget headset, small, plasticky, but still good looking.
While the V3 borrows a lot from V2, RAW Prism seems to be built from the ground up with a new design in mind. I don't mind, in fact the classic-looking headset is quite interesting (from afar) with its minimalist aesthetic and RGB lit cups. Once you have it in hand however, it becomes obvious why it's a budget model.
That doesn't always have to be a bad thing. You can have low-end headsets that still perform and have a right to exist just as much as a flagship does.
So, is RAW Prism the budget-edition the Siberia series needs? Let's see.