Normally sells for around £60 for the 5H v2 and £70-£80 for the 5H v2 USB. (5H v2 is currently £56.91 @ Currys, 5H v2 USB is currently £74.99 @ Amazon or £67.56+delivery @ Ebuyer).
It's worth noting that the only difference between the two is the detachable USB soundcard (headphone jacks plug into the USB device, but are removeable and can be plugged directly into your PC). However, for the avid gamer the 7.1 surround sound USB soundcard is definitely worth the upgrade - though in this case it works out cheaper anyway!
This is a fantastic headset. As someone who has gone through her fair share of Sennheisers, Creative Fatal1tys and many more, I believe that this is a high quality headset and I am extraordinarily pleased with it - so much so that I bought it when it was on offer a couple of months ago for £44.99, and since using it have given the first one to the boyfriend and have been waiting to try get hold of it for that price again!
Some of the high points from a gamers point of view: both microphone and sound are high quality, microphone can be slid back inside the headset on a smooth mechanism, headset is detachable into 3 parts for easy travel (lan parties/tourneys), the wires are covered with fabric and seem a lot more sturdy than the wires on most models (which from personal experience are easily damaged by being so long around chairs with wheels!) and most importantly of all, the headset looks and feels incredibly sexy with big sturdy ear muffs that cuddle your head! :D
I would have no qualms recommending this to anyone, it hands-down beats my previous headsets.
A great gift for the gamer in your life!
You'll find the exact specifications and manufacturers spiel below:
The SteelSeries 5H v2 USB soundcard offers a consistent sound experience allowing gamers to always play with the exact same sound and settings, no matter where in the world or at what computer they are playing. This product was designed for gamers with onboard soundcards and/or gamers who regularly find themselves playing at third party computers.
The USB soundcard supports the following systems: Win XP/Vista/Win 2000/Win 98/Win ME/Mac OS. Download the newest driver here
SteelSeries 5H v2 USB is one of the most popular gaming headsets on the planet. This headset has been used by talented gamers to win major international events like Electronic Sports World Cup, World e-Sport Games, World Series of Video Games, Kode 5, World Cyber Games, Samsung Euro Championship, ESL Extreme Masters and many others.
When wearing the SteelSeries 5H v2 USB you´ll immediately notice the enormous full-size ear cushions which gently fit around your ears and reduce background noise. The comfort is something that has to be experienced first hand, either at a friends house or at one of the many LAN-centers and internet caf?that offers the headset to their customers.
The headset features a custom-engineered soundscape designed to enhance performance and immersion in FPS games. This headset was developed and optimized specifically for in-game sound frequencies found in the most popular shooters - making in-game sounds like footsteps, alerts and gunfire especially clear. You will be able to hear and pinpoint the location of your opponents, often before they hear you. Thanks to the USB soundcard you can boost and lower frequencies of your own choosing, allowing optimization for your favourite games.
The SteelSeries 5H v2 USB can easily be dismantled into three separate parts, that easily fit into a bag or a carrying case. This makes transportation of the headset both easy and safe. The pull-out microphone is practically invisible when not in use.