Steelseries Siberia V/2 Review

Hey there, internets! This is Liz Poisonkiss, altruistic gaming hedonist extraordinaire! Today I’d like to discuss the merits of a super cool pair of headphones from Steelseries: the Siberia V/2 Full-Size headset.

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I’ve had these headphones for about a month now and have they seen some action! They have been smushed  in my backpack next to my laptop and heavy load of graduate study textbooks, tossed around wildly while getting caught around my feet and my cat’s paws, and it’s cord tangled and untangled repeatedly as I hastily put them away before class (or sex!). This sturdy piece of hardware took all my abuse and begged for more, working flawlessly every time I plugged it into my various devices.

So what kind of performance are we talking about here? I played games, made Skype calls, watched movies/TV, and listened to lots of music through these and I must say it was excellent! When listening to music I could hear the touch of the piano keys, the tangible twang of guitars, and the breathing of the performers.  I was particularly impressed at the bass reverberating in my ears as if I had a tiny portable subwoofer.  And the 3D sound was magnificent as well. While gaming I could head the footsteps of my teammates and enemies as I stalked around being all rogue-y. But when I was caught or a monster roared in my direction you better believe I jumped out of my seat.

Speaking of rogue-y types things, did you know that these headphones have a little rogue microphone hiding inside them?! Curled up in the left headphone is a tiny extendable microphone.  And besides soaking up clear and crisp sound, I love the fact that it’s retractable. It stays out of the way unless I need it.

Oh, and the comfortable leather pads around my ears are soft and allow me to ignore the rest of the world while I have them on. Yay for not being interrupted! And boy can I have these suckers on for a long time. Not only are the headphone pads comfortable, but the unique design of the headset’s headband doesn’t squeeze my head or place the weight of the device on my head allowing me to play for hours and hours. However, there is a risk of going deaf! Be careful, these guys go up to 11. I’m sure the handy in-cord volume and mic control can keep that in check.

Oh, and the nicest part about these headphones is the price. At $89.99 performance like this is a bargain. They come in a rainbow of colors so you can match them to your personality. No matter what you use these babies for, they are sure to provide you with years of premium performance. I just am crazy about these new headphones and anyone who enjoys premium performance for a great value will enjoy them too!

Tech specs:



Frequency response: 18 – 28,000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ohm

SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 112 dB

Cable length: 9.8 ft. (1 + 2 = 3 m)

Jacks: 3.5 mm


Frequency response: 50 – 16,000 Hz

Pick up pattern: Uni-directional

Sensitivity: -38 dB

Power Pyramid Supreme

Power Pyramid Supreme
Power Pyramid Supreme

Originally written J.A. Laraque for Evergeek

While controller recharging solutions abound, Konnet is one of the few vendors to cater to tech heads and core gamers that happen to own two new-generation consoles, namely a PlayStation3 (PS3) and an Xbox 360 both, each with a couple of controllers.

The Power Pyramid, as the name suggests, is a charging station shaped like a miniature Egyptian tourist attraction… well, a post-modern, nouveau-technologieartistic interpretation of a step-pyramid with a pair of prongs sticking out of two opposing sides, anyway.

It’s available as either a four controller cradle for PS3 or Xbox 360, or as a two-each cradle for both controller types in one unit, dubbed the Power Pyramid Supreme (reviewed here).

Powered through an AC adapter that snakes discreetly out of the base of the unit, the Power Pyramid will charge each controller from empty to full in a couple of hours, all at the same time, if need be. With Konnet’s “Intelligent Protection System,” moreover, it will stop trying to charge fully charged devices, so no worries of “Vampire” power drains or overloads, with the Pyramid simply storing the controllers openly like so much tech-deco art.

An array of LED lights, meanwhile, glow red when charging, blue when done, completing the Egyptian sci-fi motif.

In an odd take on “console wars,” but really for symmetry’s sake, presumably, the docking cradles hold a PS3 controller on top of the Xbox 360 slot on both sides. Seeing as the Xbox 360’s controllers are bigger than the PS3’s, the thing would look lopsided if four controller were mounted head to head.

Being a pyramid-shaped Pyramid, the device’s natural sturdiness is augmented by four slim rubber feet so it doesn’t slide around if shoved or knocked accidently. The out-jetting prongs that hold the controllers are similarly reliable, holding them firmly if jostled but not ferociously, if you just want to yank one out to play with.

Konnet sells the Power Pyramid Supreme for $50 online, but some dealers are selling it for less – about $40 if you shop around. Either way, it’s a pretty good deal considering you get a double duty charger taking up the space and power consumption needs of one.

There have been reports on some units where the PS3 docking ports stopped working, though Konnet’s customer service asserts that the fault was with a specific batch of units and will replace any defective Pyramids as needed.

Otherwise, the Power Pyramid Supreme is a solid, stable and efficient charging solution that will also cradle and display your double whammy gamer gear with a little bit of style.

Sony Webbie MHS-CM1 HD Camcorder

Sony Webbie MHS-CM1 HD Camcorder
Sony Webbie MHS-CM1 HD Camcorder

Now don’t shoot, I know this isn’t a game or a controller or anything, but this little device is pretty cool for taking Youtube videos of your LAN party or taking it to a convention. It’s cheap, small and pretty darn good for the price. Check out this review and maybe you will want to add one to your media kit.

A camera for the Youtube generation, the Sony Webbie HD camera provides a low cost option for recording hi-definition videos, but as the old saying goes; you get what you pay for.

The pocket sized camcorder fits easily in the palm of your hand, at 1.7 inches wide and 2.4 inches tall, travability is one of the Webbie’s strong points. You can shoot footage in high-def (1440×1080/30p, 1280×720/30p) or standard definition (640×480/30p). The video is saved to a MP4 format which allows you to record up to 8 hours of HD video on a 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duo media card (sold separately).

The webbie lacks the sturdy construction found it higher end cameras, but is good enough for even daily use. Its 2.5-inch LCD screen swivels 270 degrees allowing self-shooting footage and has a clear and bright picture when playing back video.

As for shooting video itself this camera offers five scene selection modes Sports, Landscape, Low Light, Backlight and Auto, but it is definitely made for either the outdoors or brightly lit rooms indoor no matter the mode you select.

When shooting in normal light the video comes out dark even when using the built in video light and in low light and pixelation is visible during playback. However, when filming outside in sunlight or in a well lit room the video looks much better on digital and even large screen hi-def televisions. Another downside is the Webbie does not offer image stabilization so a tripod or a very steady hand is a must.

The Webbie camcorder has a 5x optical and a 20x digital zoom which is very fast and regains focus quickly, a surprise for a camera in this price range. While the Webbie does record audio in full stereo it also picks up the focusing and zoom mechanisms as well as ambient noises.

Setup is fairly easy, once charged just by opening the LCD screen will turn the unit on. From there you can set the data and time and you are set. The button layout could have been better designed, on the back of the camera it is easy enough to hit the record and zoom buttons, but the side buttons, such as the menu and trash buttons, are harder to push meaning you will need two hands to use them.

The base memory for the Webbie is only 12mb which will only net you 10 minutes of video on its lowest quality setting. When you add a PRO Duo memory stick in its expansion slot you can increase your storage to about 50 pictures per 128MB of memory and 15 minutes of 720P video per 512MB of memory.

The unit comes with an AC adapter to charge it so no batteries are needed. At full charge you will be able to record video for about 80 minutes with a playback time of just under two hours. Also included are video component and composite cables that allow you to connect your camera to your television or monitor for playback.

With the included USB cable you can connect the Webbie to your PC to transfer movies or pictures; it can even be used as a webcam. An added bonus for Playstation 3 users it is recognized by the PS3 internal software so you can view and transfers your videos and pictures to your console for viewing.

The Picture Motion Browser software allows you to transfer videos and images not only to your PC, but internet sharing sites as well such as Facebook and Youtube. Though the camera itself is compatible with PC and MAC the included software is PC only, however, you can download a MAC O/S version on Sony’s support website.

The bottom line is if you are looking for a HD camera for special moments or advance filming this is not it. The Webbie is meant for smaller shorter videos you would upload to social media sites or share with friends and family.  Its price range can vary depending where you shop from $299 USD at the high end to as low as $149 USD.

***Update*** This camcorder is being phased out for a new one so you can find it pretty cheap at any Sony store!