SteelSeries Arctis 3 – All-Platform Gaming Headset – For PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, Android, and…

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Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the discord certified clear cast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation, microphone sensitivity 48 decibel

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Designed for everywhere you game, with superior sound, comfort, and style on all gaming platforms, including pc, PlayStation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, and mobile via detachable 3.5-millimeter cables
Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the discord certified clear cast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation, microphone sensitivity of 48 decibel
Sound is your competitive advantage with the s1 speaker drivers, engineered to produce ultra-low distortion audio so you hear every detail; headphone frequency response 20 to 22000 hertz; headphone sensitivity 98 dB; headphone impedance 32 ohm; microphone frequency response 100hertz to 10000hertz microphone sensitivity 48 dB; microphone impedance 2200 ohm
Play all day with athletics inspired performance fabric air weave ear cushions that keep your ears cool and dry; cable material: rubber
Windows sonic spatial audio: fully compatible with native surround sound built into windows 10 pcs and Xbox one consoles; headphone sensitivity: 98 dB

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  1. Amazon Customer

    So first off… I can’t comment on battery life, but it’s advertised 24 hours without charge? So if that’s true… 5 star, but 4 star until tested.Otherwise, simply 5 star. The fit is AMAZING. I have a big head… most headset are OK, but never really TRULY perfect… these are so soft, and at the same time incredibly snug around my big ol ears.Sound quality (tested mostly on PS4) is great. Compared to my G430 Logitech, insane. AND… 100% wireless on PS4 & PC. XBOX i think still needs a cable to the controller (peasants) but us Sony boys… pure… cord free… sound. And with the most recent firmware update, volume is a non issue. Max volume on PS4 = a comfortable 50% on the headset dial volume control.PC offers the 7.1 software control that i’ve yet to test, but if my $35 off brand Sentey’s can do it, I’m sure Arctis will deliver.Hands down the best thing I’ve ever had to date. For PC & PS4, this is 110% worth every cent I spent.Comfort, Quality, Sound, Compatibility… all 5*.

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  2. Ben

    I bought the Arctis 1 for my son who is getting into gaming and I didn’t want to go overboard with his headset (I am a gamer and have more expensive equipment but not about to have him start on that!). I was really surprised with the Arctis 1. It is very comfortable and light weight. The head strap padding is pretty good and the fit works both on my head and my sons head (12 years old). He really likes the detachable mic (personally I don’t care as I just use it for gaming, but he likes that he can connect it to different devices that don’t use the mic and therefore doesn’t have a large mic in his face). I was a little skeptical as SteelSeries makes great products, but hasn’t done that well at this price point. However, after using it and seeing my son’s response as well, would highly recommend.

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  3. Destinys Chyld

    I want so much to love this headset…

    I was excited to get another headset from Steel Series, My old one I have had forever and I loved it so much… I had the SteelSeries Siberia v2 and broke my heart when it started to act up and not work anymore. To be fair though I had that headset for almost 3 years and I took very good care of it.This one? Well I was super happy to find a headset that had the air weave cushions for the ears… Leather is SOO SOO hot… these are super comfortable, and I love wearing them… but theres a catch… The strap on the top to “adjust” it so it fits everyone? well it doesnt… The headset constantly slips off my head since its too large for me, the velcro isnt really adjustable. If I tip my head back even an inch it just falls off. Ive tried to adjust it and it just cant be fixed..Now for the mic, it is not clear my old one was super clear and I sounded like myself. Now? This is not clear at all, its tinny and I sound distorted.. I am so very disappointed but I have no choice but to stick with them since I cant get my hands on another set of Siberia for cheap ( ish )Next thing I absolutely HATE about this headset, its the wire… Its split into three parts, two if you are using it with PC like I am. You have a wire that goes from the headset to the middle of the full length of the wire.. You connect it there to a button that is so sensitive that if you bump it even a little, it messes with the sounds. Lowering the sounds of some things and making other things louder. I get thats its function, but its soo so so so sensitive. That is my third point of what I hate about this headset… The button in the middle of the wire. Its fine that its there, but why is it so easy to move? Just bumping it with my elbow? or it brushing on my arm? come on…I wouldnt recommend these to anyone. I would shop around… This is a bad headest imo… and rather expensive ( which I dont mind because I pay for quality I would be fine with the price if the product wasnt so badly designed.

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  4. Brad

    Many Wireless Headsets – Arctis 7 Wins!

    Wireless Headsets I went through before keeping this one: (problem from memory in parentheses)HyperX Cloud Flight – Bought/Returned (pressed ears slightly?)Corsair HS70 – Bought/Returned (pressed ears)Corsair Void Pro – Tried in-store (pressed ears)Logitech G533 – Tried in-store (clunky, harsh cups)Razer Nari – Bought/Returned (heavy)Astro A20 – Tried in-store (pressed ears)Sony Gold Wireless Headset (late 2018 updated version) – Tried in-store (pressed ears)Bluetooth aptX Headsets (we’ll get into why later if you’re interested):TaoTronics TT-BH036 – Bought/Returned (latency)Avantree HT4189 – Bought/Returned (latency, clamping force, pressed ears)Comfort:This is the most common reason I returned/did not purchase many of the previously mentioned headsets. I apparently have a very weird head. I’m super sensitive to shallow cups (ears stick out causing pain if pressed for a long time) and clamping force (big head causes headaches if squeezed for very long). Heavy headsets can still “squeeze” my head due to weight on top of my head even if they don’t have much clamping force on the sides. Due to this, I feel confident that I am as critical as it gets as far as headset comfort goes. The Arctis 7 was kept because it did not cause discomfort when wearing for many hours. There is a caveat: As it comes in the box, it has too much clamping force for me. Luckily, the headband is made out of “sheet metal” and an adjustable strap. The strap can be loosened to let the headset contact as much of the top of your head as possible (distributing weight to remove pressure points). The metal band can be bent backwards to reduce how hard it squeezes your head. I found a forum post somewhere made by an acclaimed Steelseries employee who advised this, so that is what I did, and it worked great. Just be gentle, do it a little at a time, eventually it will be perfect! There is no padding on the interior of the cups which scared me as I usually need it, but these cups do not touch my ears somehow so it is not required.Latency:This is more of a side note for the bluetooth headsets. Most everyone knows that bluetooth headsets will have higher latency than headsets with proprietary wireless transmitters. What some don’t know is that there is a variant of bluetooth protocol that aims to correct this, it is called “aptX”. To use it, both your transmitting and receiving devices must be aptX enabled. I will admit, the latency was very low for the aptX bluetooth headphones. When watching videos it was unnoticeable, however when playing an FPS, it was very very soft but it was there. Switching over to my wired headset confirmed this. If you are going for a wireless headset for gaming, you currently must get one designed for it. The Arctis 7 does not have noticeable latency, nor did any of the other gaming headsets I tried.Speaker Quality:I’m definitely not an audiophile but I have higher than average taste in sound. This headset sounds nice. I have not played with the EQ, but I may try to turn up the lows a little bit.Mic Quality:It’s wireless, and a gaming headset, so it is what it is. It seems to pick up more depth to the sound than other mics, your voice won’t sound as flat, however I suppose this comes at a cost on background noise cancellation as it seems a little more prevalent in this headset than others.Construction:This is one of the more well-built units I’ve got my hands on. Time will tell how it holds up, but the build quality seems upper-tier.Battery:I can’t comment on this, but I highly advise that you get some magnetic micro usb cables. Basically, the cable becomes two pieces. You plug a little micro usb dongle in your headset and then you can connect the corresponding cable any way around. The dongle and cable magnetically snap together. Makes plugging the headset in so easy that you won’t ever be conflicted with “should I fumble with the connector or should I skip charging for now and just do it later”. Any time I set the headset down, I charge it, because it’s super easy to do so now. Therefore I will never be able to comment on batter life.If you too are plagued by comfort issues, and maybe do not want to go wireless just yet (cost being the only reason I can think of), I would highly recommend the HyperX Cloud Silver. They’re not cheap but they are worth it. To this day they are the most comfortable headset I have ever worn, with good sound and great build quality.

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  5. Brad

    Wireless Headsets I went through before keeping this one: (problem from memory in parentheses)HyperX Cloud Flight – Bought/Returned (pressed ears slightly?)Corsair HS70 – Bought/Returned (pressed ears)Corsair Void Pro – Tried in-store (pressed ears)Logitech G533 – Tried in-store (clunky, harsh cups)Razer Nari – Bought/Returned (heavy)Astro A20 – Tried in-store (pressed ears)Sony Gold Wireless Headset (late 2018 updated version) – Tried in-store (pressed ears)Bluetooth aptX Headsets (we’ll get into why later if you’re interested):TaoTronics TT-BH036 – Bought/Returned (latency)Avantree HT4189 – Bought/Returned (latency, clamping force, pressed ears)Comfort:This is the most common reason I returned/did not purchase many of the previously mentioned headsets. I apparently have a very weird head. I’m super sensitive to shallow cups (ears stick out causing pain if pressed for a long time) and clamping force (big head causes headaches if squeezed for very long). Heavy headsets can still “squeeze” my head due to weight on top of my head even if they don’t have much clamping force on the sides. Due to this, I feel confident that I am as critical as it gets as far as headset comfort goes. The Arctis 7 was kept because it did not cause discomfort when wearing for many hours. There is a caveat: As it comes in the box, it has too much clamping force for me. Luckily, the headband is made out of “sheet metal” and an adjustable strap. The strap can be loosened to let the headset contact as much of the top of your head as possible (distributing weight to remove pressure points). The metal band can be bent backwards to reduce how hard it squeezes your head. I found a forum post somewhere made by an acclaimed Steelseries employee who advised this, so that is what I did, and it worked great. Just be gentle, do it a little at a time, eventually it will be perfect! There is no padding on the interior of the cups which scared me as I usually need it, but these cups do not touch my ears somehow so it is not required.Latency:This is more of a side note for the bluetooth headsets. Most everyone knows that bluetooth headsets will have higher latency than headsets with proprietary wireless transmitters. What some don’t know is that there is a variant of bluetooth protocol that aims to correct this, it is called “aptX”. To use it, both your transmitting and receiving devices must be aptX enabled. I will admit, the latency was very low for the aptX bluetooth headphones. When watching videos it was unnoticeable, however when playing an FPS, it was very very soft but it was there. Switching over to my wired headset confirmed this. If you are going for a wireless headset for gaming, you currently must get one designed for it. The Arctis 7 does not have noticeable latency, nor did any of the other gaming headsets I tried.Speaker Quality:I’m definitely not an audiophile but I have higher than average taste in sound. This headset sounds nice. I have not played with the EQ, but I may try to turn up the lows a little bit.Mic Quality:It’s wireless, and a gaming headset, so it is what it is. It seems to pick up more depth to the sound than other mics, your voice won’t sound as flat, however I suppose this comes at a cost on background noise cancellation as it seems a little more prevalent in this headset than others.Construction:This is one of the more well-built units I’ve got my hands on. Time will tell how it holds up, but the build quality seems upper-tier.Battery:I can’t comment on this, but I highly advise that you get some magnetic micro usb cables. Basically, the cable becomes two pieces. You plug a little micro usb dongle in your headset and then you can connect the corresponding cable any way around. The dongle and cable magnetically snap together. Makes plugging the headset in so easy that you won’t ever be conflicted with “should I fumble with the connector or should I skip charging for now and just do it later”. Any time I set the headset down, I charge it, because it’s super easy to do so now. Therefore I will never be able to comment on batter life.If you too are plagued by comfort issues, and maybe do not want to go wireless just yet (cost being the only reason I can think of), I would highly recommend the HyperX Cloud Silver. They’re not cheap but they are worth it. To this day they are the most comfortable headset I have ever worn, with good sound and great build quality.

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  6. Anonymous89

    Proprietary Cable???

    Yeah, you read the headline correct; a cable that if lost/damaged/broken will send you on a witch hunt through realms you thought not yet existed in your mind. Steelseries decided it was a ethical business idea to create some strange usb cable offspring of a USB-Micro & USB-Mini… The result is something you will not find anywhere, not even on Steelseries’ website; as it is SOLD OUT. ($10 for cable, $10 more for shipping of said cable) The only reasonable conclusion I have come to is that the company Steelseries wanted to make an extra buck and design their own cable. Without this thin, easily breakable cable; the headset is rendered useless. Good luck finding a replacement anywhere, I found my own way but I dare not reveal that here lol. Other than that, the headset is amazing; 9/10.

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  7. R & J

    I’m going to keep it simple:~ Super comfortable! I’m extremely sensitive to clamp pressure and get headaches *my head is on the larger size. These are by far the most comfortable, light weight and i can play for 5+ hours without fatigue. Ear cups, weight, clamping force all pass.~ Sound! Very accurate and well balanced, almost the designed for FPS shooters. Mid’s are forward and bright, and for FPS shooters you can hear gun shots in right and left ears clearly. Only grip is that compared to other headsets, the volume could be stronger. I’m about 85-90% on volume as with other headsets I’m about 60-70.~ Battery! Solid, i get 15+ hours no problem…..I charge ever few days. You can also use the headset wired while charging and they provide a additional cord for 3.5mm plugs.~ Wireless signal! Strong and clear, goes through 1 bedroom and when i take bathroom breaks, no loss of signal.~ MIC is clear! Simple, retractable and clear. Love the red light while muted.~ Software is nice! Easy to use, and adjust presets and other adjustments. I use stereo for gaming and DTSx for movies.

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  8. J. Gerstorff

    I purchased the Arctis 3 2019 edition wired headphones. I am thrilled with these for the price. The sound is comparable to my v-moda crossfade LPs, maybe a little more boomy on the lows but not too bad. They were like 1/3 of the price though. They feel solid, but not too heavy which is good for long sessions. I use them for gaming and work conference calls which can last a long time.I find them extremely comfortable. Some people say if you have a large head they are not comfortable or the velcro strap is not long enough. I have a pretty big head…i use all but the last 2 or 3 pegs on a snapback. They fit me just fine. I guess if you have a watermelon head, beware they could be a tight fit.

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  9. J. Gerstorff

    Great Headphones

    I purchased the Arctis 3 2019 edition wired headphones. I am thrilled with these for the price. The sound is comparable to my v-moda crossfade LPs, maybe a little more boomy on the lows but not too bad. They were like 1/3 of the price though. They feel solid, but not too heavy which is good for long sessions. I use them for gaming and work conference calls which can last a long time.I find them extremely comfortable. Some people say if you have a large head they are not comfortable or the velcro strap is not long enough. I have a pretty big head…i use all but the last 2 or 3 pegs on a snapback. They fit me just fine. I guess if you have a watermelon head, beware they could be a tight fit.

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  10. Patrick Freas

    I have been a fan of SteelSeries headsets ever since I bought my Siberia V2’s 7 years ago. The Siberia V2’s still work flawlessly but the thin rubber coating on the foam ear pads started peeling away and leaving black specks stuck to my head and hair, so it was time to upgrade. I saw no reason to switch away from SteelSeries, and I’m glad I didn’t as they continue to impress with quality headsets. I’m so far loving this headset, it’s an improvement over the Siberia V2’s in every way. And the few Cons I’ve been able to find are minor and not deal breakers.PRO’sThe first thing I noticed about the Arctis 3’s was the ear pads have a fabric coating, as apposed to the thin rubber coating of the Siberia V2’s. This, to me a huge upgrade, as that coating peeling away was what prompted me to make this switch in the first place. It’s good to know I will not be running into that problem this time around.Another positive change over the V2’s is that the Arctis 3’s use a headphone jack as apposed to USB. I travel a lot and therefor game on a laptop, and that means limited USB ports. Not having to dedicate a USB port to my headset is a big positive improvement.Sound quality is the same amazing standard that I’ve come to expect from Steelseries.Retractable mic means you can use the headset as actual headphones for your phone or music device when not gaming and not look like a tool.CONsThis is personal preference most likely, but I don’t like the rubber coated cord. It makes it feel cheap and fragile to me. Would have preferred they went with a threaded cord.The cord is kind of short. This isn’t a problem for me, as I game on a laptop, but I could see this easily becoming a problem on a desktop depending on where your headphone jack is located.Mic is quiet. Had to turn my settings all the way up in order for people to hear me talking, and even then most people on Discord had to turn my volume up on their end. And the Mic won’t even pick up my voice unless it’s fully extended and placed directly in front of my mouth.The location of the volume control and mute button are on the back of the headset. This isn’t so much of a problem but you just need to be conscious of the controls if you ever rest your head back.

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  11. Team Dallas

    Bought these for my teenagers for gaming but also for general use for their devices and think they’re a great value for the price. They are well made – better than others I’ve bought them in the past for a similar price-, comfortable and have good sound quality. I like that the microphone detaches so they can be used to listen to music or watch videos. I haven’t bought Steel Series before. Will definitely buy again,

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  12. Team Dallas

    Wow. Great, versatile headset at a good price

    Bought these for my teenagers for gaming but also for general use for their devices and think they’re a great value for the price. They are well made – better than others I’ve bought them in the past for a similar price-, comfortable and have good sound quality. I like that the microphone detaches so they can be used to listen to music or watch videos. I haven’t bought Steel Series before. Will definitely buy again,

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  13. paul province

    These are not the headphones for you, or your child, here’s why

    Please do not buy these for your child for a present. You won’t return them, and they will be stuck listening to an overpriced marketing gimmick that sucks. If you did buy these for your kid ask them to be honest with you. If they say they enjoy them..buy them a differentI honestly believe steel series pays all those review sites to list their product in the top 10. I am a hard core gamer, a hardcore bass head, and an amazing sound seeker.K. That’s out of the way. I will compare these headphones to a pair of Astro A10’s that I bought for my gaming pc with an after market top of the line sound blaster sound card to push them. On my PC the A10’s have excellent Bass and overall Sound, and their max volume is way louder than I can handle. I never reach max, not even close. I used both headsets on my PS4 Pro. The astro a10’s have to be plugged into the contoller using the 3.5mm jack on the controller. Whereas the Arctis 7 uses its hdmi bluetooth wireless dongle to connect to the PS4.Comparison: Same sound. Any change in sound was so negligible that I would say both headsets are trash, ON THE PS4. The A10’s couldn’t get enough power to do anything even when I MAXED OUT the volume. I believe the same problem applies to the Arctis 7. There wasn’t enough ooomph to push them.Arctis 7: what I did to set them up:1) Downloaded and installed the steel series engine on my pc, and installed the latest firmware.2) Tweaked and played with the steel series engine ‘equalizer’ (it’s a pathetic piece of software) to get better sound. I did get it, but it was still trash.3) Googled for other peoples settings to use on the equalizer..didn’t find much. Apparently, it’s not a very popular thing to do; Post your equalizer settings.Pros:1) Long battery life for me. I’ve been playing God of War all weekend and haven’t had an issue with running out of charge. I’m a grown man though so my sessions only last a couple hours before I go do something else.2) Comfort- They are so light and so comfy you forget you even have them on. you could potentially step in the shower with them on.3) Nice design overall.Cons:1) All those nice pros don’t make a good headset for gaming.2) There is no bass. These are not the headphones for you if you enjoy Battlefield Games, God of War, or watching movies with booms. You will not feel like, ‘i’m in the movie/game’.3) Highs are weak, or maybe they’re overpowered as you’ll hear the sound of the explosion nicely, but you definitely wont feel it. Have Kratos do a Slam into the ground and you’ll hear the sound nicely, but you wont feel the slam, at all. Kratos must be the weakest fool in the Universe.4) Max Volume. The max volume cuts off about 3-4 notches short of being loud enough. They are quiet headphones.Suggestions: For the playstation 4. Buy a headset with a DAC or a mixamp. The playstation 4 is incapable of pumping out good sound. This Arctis 7 wireless dongle (with built in equlizer software for you pc) is very weak, underpowered, and is incapable of pumping out good sound.Products I’m looking at now to solve my headset issue:1) Astros with mixamp2) Steel Series Pro with DACHaven’t tried either of those products, but I’m about to. Good luck. PLEASE don’t buy these for a kid.

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  14. Roger Anderson

    As soon as I opened the box, I knew this headset was a winner. The unboxing experience itself was a fun process, and taking the headset into your hands for the first time is when you really get a sense of the quality that SteelSeries put into these.First off, the frame is a dark aluminum, not plastic as the other Arctis series. The ski-goggle style headband is interesting, but if you want to get a custom band off their website, that’ll be nearly another $30. For some color. On the other hand though, this style is very comfortable. It fits my head nicely, and has some room for adjustment but not much. I wear these without the band at all, and it’s still quite comfortable.The sound quality is great, it has lots of customization options such as EQ presets, and even sliders to customize to your own preferences. It is noise cancelling, which means you’ll have a hard time hearing someone call your name if these are on even at 25% volume. But it adds a LOT to the immersion. Noise canceling also means you’ll have that echo-ey sound kind of like you’re hearing yourself talk.. You get used to it though.The dark aluminum frame is nice to the touch, and feels very sturdy. The dark accent with the black band and the RGB ear cups are really nice. Like, nice to the point you could wear them out in public and not feel awkward.The RGB is completely customizable with the color picker, but not many effects besides the typical breathing and wave. The magnetic ear caps are interesting and nice, but again if you want to buy some custom ones for another $30 or more, the choice is there.The one thing that annoys me is the proprietary cable that SteelSeries has come up with for the headset. Basically, to use this headset with my phone, I need the special cable to plug into my headset, then take the dongle and attach that to the end to turn it into a 3.5mm jack. If you have an iPhone X or newer, plan on adding that 3.5mm to lightning dongle, and you got a really long, 3 piece headset cable. Nice.Ah yes, I almost forgot. The Mic is great as well, but very sensitive. The pop filter that comes with the headset is nice, but doesn’t help much. Plus, you’ll have to take it off everytime you push the Mic into the headset. Eh. I don’t use it. Everyone in my discord says I sound great, and I’m happy with my purchase of this headset for sub $200.

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  15. Philip

    SteelSeries Is My New Favourite!

    I love this headset. It has a great sound profile with really good high and low end. It’s on the neutral side out of the box but that’s what I prefer in headsets and with the computer app you can customise your sound profile as you like it. Overall it isn’t the best sounding pair of headphones ever made but it’s really dang good.The headset offers excellent passive noise cancellation by forming a good seal around your ears. Which is excellent because I usually have a fan running in my game room and it’s nice that it doesn’t overpower the headset as the fan is quite loud.I find the headset to be very comfortable as well, I’ve seen some reviews complain about comfortability so I don’t know maybe I have small ears or something all I know is as a glasses wearer this is one of the few over ear headsets I can wear for long periods without discomfort.The microphone quality is some of the best I’ve ever heard from a non XLR mic and the background noise filter on the clear cast mic is excellent to the point where all my friends I play with have been unable to hear much background noise at all.The build quality is also very good I love that the headset has a steel band To reinforce it. It makes the headset feel very durable and is crazy flexible.Battery life is also excellent.However the headset isn’t perfect. I can not for the life of me understand why it doesn’t have independent chat and audio controls at this price point it’s really not ideal.The headset should be Bluetooth for mobile devices the fact that I can’t use this headset wirelessly without plugging in a dongle is again not ideal at this price point and Bluetooth isn’t that expensive.This may be subjective but one reason I stuck with Turtle Beach for so long despite the issues with them is the built in mic monitor (the ability to hear yourself in the headset when you speak). I can say with 100% certainty this feature is underrated and I really miss it.Most glaringly though is that this headset charges using Micro USB and not USB C. This headset features a USB C dongle yet charges via a completely different port. It is really frustrating to see manufacturers continue to use this unreliable and inferior interface to charge devices. Not to mention just think of how much more quickly the headset could charge if it used USB C. Let Micro USB go the way of the dodo and go extinct please.PROS:Great sound.Excellent noise cancellation.Comfortable (for me anyway).Great microphone quality.Build quality.Excellent battery life.CONS:No independent voice and audio controls.No Bluetooth.No built in mic monitor.Charges via Micro USB instead of USB C.

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  16. Ryan Haws

    “The” Bang for Your Buck Headset of 2019

    I picked up the Arctis 7 2019 Edition (not to be confused with the Legacy Edition) for a mere $118 + tax, and it is by far highest quality product I’ve ever seen at this price point. Simply put, everything about this headset screams “luxury” straight out of the box. The design is sleek, sturdy, and visually satisfying. It’s incredibly difficult to see a difference in build quality between the Arctis 7 and most $400 flagship headsets.The design is just the tip of the iceberg: I was pleasantly surprised to hear these for the first time. They deliver an audible punch that is hard to find in wireless headphones at this price. While I initially assumed they’d sound “good enough” for a cheap gaming headset, these exceeded my expectations. They’re loud, smooth, clear, & the bass packs a punch. There is no noticeable lag or delay. The equalizer you can play around with in the easy-to-use SteelSeries Engine 3 software allows for almost endless customization. The microphone itself is on par with the quality of the audio, and indeed is one of the best you can get on a wireless gaming headset. I was satisfied with how my voice comes through clearly with no obvious change in tone or pitch. I sound much better through these headphones than I do when, say, listening to recorded playback of my voice through a smartphone video.This headset also does everything you need it to with gaming. They handle cinematic-style audio with flying colors, and you’ll feel fully immersed while playing your games. I tested these on Diablo 3 and Metro: Exodus, and wearing the headset really boosted the experience. The directional audio is flawless; it’s easy to determine where sounds are coming from and having this feature activated doesn’t sacrifice the quality of audio. While playing Metro, a Watchman came charging from behind me. I could very clearly hear it’s footsteps running across a train-cart, and I nearly had a heart attack! I’d forgotten how much more terrifying/intense directional audio can make games, but also how useful it is.Comfort is one of the most crucial features of the Arctis 7, which fit my head straight out of the box. Right away I noticed how comfortable they are, especially the plush, airy, well-made ear cushions which fit snugly around my ears. Thanks to the air-weave fabric, my ears don’t feel hot or get sweaty at all. I can also barely feel the adjustable strap, which fits around the top of my head snugly, but not too tightly. The only gripe I have, which is minor and doesn’t bother me too much, is that the set does feel a little bit heavy due to being made with high quality material. But I’d much prefer this than the set feeling cheap or flimsy. My neck was a little stiff from wearing them, but I’ve gotten used to it with time.In the end, I couldn’t be happier with this purchase. I was facing a dilemma: unsure if I was willing to buy a wireless headset at this price. My rationale was that wireless wouldn’t be worth it if it meant sacrificing audio quality, so I almost didn’t buy them. I was certain that it wasn’t possible to find a quality wireless headset without spending hundreds. Man, was I wrong! After reading reviews, I just had a gut feeling that these would be what I was hoping for, and they turned out to be that and more. There’s obviously a reason they were rated the “Best Gaming Headset of 2019” by numerous reviewers.I absolutely, without hesitation, recommend these to anyone who just wants an amazing gaming headset without needing studio quality sound. Below is the list of features and how I’d rate them:Overall Audio: 4.0 / 5.0 starsDirectional Audio: 4.8 / 5.0 starsMicrophone: 4.7 / 5.0 starsBuild & Design: 4.8 / 5.0 starsEase of Use: 5.0 / 5.0 starsComfort & Fit: 4.8 / 5.0 starsPackaging: 3.9 / 5.0 starsValue: 4.7 / 5.0 starsOverall: 4.5 out of 5.0. Amazing product! Highly recommend!

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  17. jordin

    So so

    Honestly I’m conflicted because all the things I’ve read about the reviews I feel the opposite.I was comparing these to the HyperX CloudX.The sound quality was bad. There was no real separation between the highs and lows and even the directional sound was hard to tell. Whereas other reviews stated Arctis was better.The ear cuffs were very comfortable and kept my ears cool in comparison to the leathery HyperX. Also they’re big so there’s no issue with pressure on your ears. They also did a good job keeping sound out.Now for the mic all the reviews I read said it was the worst part about this set. But from what my game chats said they hear me very crisp and clear and didn’t pick up as much background noise as the cloudx even with it’s cover. Also my favorite part is that the mic is retractable.It’s kinda funny looking with the two bands over your head. But that’s not the big issue here. Overall, ehh buy them at a better price than $70

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  18. Ben

    Good value/fit/comfort

    I bought the Arctis 1 for my son who is getting into gaming and I didn’t want to go overboard with his headset (I am a gamer and have more expensive equipment but not about to have him start on that!). I was really surprised with the Arctis 1. It is very comfortable and light weight. The head strap padding is pretty good and the fit works both on my head and my sons head (12 years old). He really likes the detachable mic (personally I don’t care as I just use it for gaming, but he likes that he can connect it to different devices that don’t use the mic and therefore doesn’t have a large mic in his face). I was a little skeptical as SteelSeries makes great products, but hasn’t done that well at this price point. However, after using it and seeing my son’s response as well, would highly recommend.

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  19. S. Huang

    After vacuuming up the cord of my very old Razer Cacharias (?) headset, it finally declared its death when my Discord group mentioned I was cutting in and out, and so it was time to replace my headset. For a very terrible 3 months, I bought a discount headset with plasticized ear cups, and while I could hear and communicate, it was very uncomfortable. I was looking into other Razer alternatives but didn’t really feel as if their features were as interesting as the Steelseries, and I also had a few recommendations for Steelseries from others. Attach to it RGB function (my tower is needlessly fluorescent) and I decided to plop down the funds for this wired version. I’ve never been a fan of wireless, just something about connection and not having to worry if the wireless is up in a clutch moment is just my style.The headset is very stylish. I’m a small person, with an average size head and average but slightly pokey-outey ears. The fabric and the stretch fabric on the headset is very comfortable and breathable. It angles just a touch forward when I wear it, which is not noticeable after a few minutes. The retractable microphone works very well, and my raid leader says I’m very crisp – definitely not the case with my knockoff cheapo headset.Length of the plug leading from the headset to the dial toggle is very generous, as well as from the dial toggle to the computer. Due to USB hogging I have to use the top of my tower USBs, but no problem at all, very forgiving in length. I haven’t had it fall out yet but I’m not headbanging while raid healing. The dial toggle is very cool! I can use it to easily mute out game noise if there’s an issue, or vice versa if everyone is just talking about nothing and I want to tone them down. At neutral, it’s equal for both.RGB functionality is initially a bit complicated looking but is through Steelseries’ app that you can download, and you can make separate profiles. I have a violet/blue shifting thing for my Tauren Shadowpriesting and have several other profiles – glowing gold for my paladin, green for druid, etc. And there are sound function toggles.Sound is great, crisp, and no reverb at all. The surround function at least in World of Warcraft is excellent and positionally is usually great, although for some reason sometimes when I’m mounting up on a specific mount the sound will originate more to the left, but, this isn’t always, and maybe is a function of my setup.I especially like this for Youtube progressive house mixes, bass turned up! The noise cancellation is not really cancellation, but the muffling is enough that it takes out more ambient noise. I live by a freeway though, so there’s nothing killing that noise. Definitely softer.I really like this headset. I would recommend if you’re in the market, give this a good try, I hope mine has a lot of life left in it. It’s a lightweight headset and the cords are fairly lightweight but give you great range.Also a good wow factor, if anyone is watching you game, and I can make it match my tower RGB, hah hah. The little things, eh?

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  20. Gavyne

    This wireless gaming headset is amazing! Initially when I first put them on, it felt really weird. I was like, wt.. there’s no way this is going to feel comfortable. Then 10mins later, I totally forgot they were even on my head. I was walking around the house, taking bathroom breaks, getting food/drinks, all the while still be on comms and able to hear what’s going on in the game. I played CS:GO and Guild Wars 2 with them, two very different games. The sound is precise, I could hear footsteps very well in CS:GO without any delays. And for the MMO the sound is deep and rich.The headset is very comfortable. I was able to play for 3 and half hours before my ears felt a bit sore. That’s when I took the headset off for a few. To be able to play for nearly 4 hours straight without feeling a thing on your head is very nice. And honestly if you play for that long, it probably is time for a lil break anyway. But really, this headset is very lightweight and comfortable. Don’t judge it based on your initial try.I don’t know why others have some issues with them. I was almost scared off by negative reviews, I’m glad I gave this a try. If you play games, you should get this.

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