Steelseries Arctis Headset - Reviews of Each Edition
The Steelseries Arctis Gaming Headset is one of the most popular gaming headset choices among gamers. With the rise of e-sports and the heavy saturation of headsets on the market, it's important to find a brand that provides everything you are looking for. That's where Steelseries Headsets come in.
With three different gaming editions to choose from, Steelseries Arctis Headsets provide an affordable, high quality option to headset-seekers. In this post, we will deep dive into each member of the series and explore the benefits of each.
SteelSeries Arctis 3 Review
The Arctis 3 by SteelSeries is a great gaming headset in the ~$60 range. It offers a comfortable fit, sleek design, rich sound, and clear microphone. The volume control wheel, retractable microphone, and mic-mute button can all be found on the left ear. However, these features do not crowd each other and there is plenty of space change your settings.
SteelSeries is very well known for producing ultra-comfortable headsets. The Arctis 3 is a dream to wear for hours on end. It has a flexible headband, soft ear cups, and has a unique ability to accommodate different head shapes. It also is lightweight compared to similar-priced headsets, and lacks rigid edges that can create discomfort.
Connection - While the Arctis 5, 7, and Pro all offer USB connections, the Arctis 3 does not. The Acrtis uses a 3.5mm input. This may present some problems for PC users who prefer a USB connection. That being said, you can still edit your surround-sound and equalization settings. You have to create a SteelSeries account on their website, input a long product code, open the Engine 3 software, and then set your settings. This process is much easier on the more expensive SteelSeries editions.
Microphone - The mic has a nice rich sound and is fully functional for gamers. While professional streamers may want to look elsewhere for the absolute best quality, the Arctis 3 mic is perfectly capable for everyone else.
Sound - The Arctis 3 is built with s1 speaker drivers, and is engineered to produce low distortion audio. That means the sound details are crisp and can be heard easily. The headphone frequency response is standard, 20 to 22000 hertz. The microphone frequency response is also standard, at 100hertz to 10000hertz microphone.
For hobby gamers, the Arctis 3 is a great choice for consoles and mobile devices. But if you can spare another $30 (especially you PC gamers), upgrade to the Arctis 5. It's certainly worth it.
SteelSeries Arctis 5 Review
SteelSeries has some of the most comfortable gaming headsets on the market, and the Arctis 5 is no exception. Like the Arctis 3, it's light and flexible without having any rigidness. The headband conforms very well to the head, and you can easily adjust the Velcro straps to provide a closer seal.
Connection - The Arctis 5 provides a USB connections. It runs on the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, which allows the user to customize all sorts of preferences. This includes the ability to activate and deactivate surround sound, select equalization options, customize your mic, change how much you hear your own voice, and input noise reduction. You can even have preset options that change depending on the game you are playing. Compared to the Arctis 3, the Arctis 5 gives a much bigger array of customization options.
Microphone - The Arctis 5 microphone is as clear as they come. Like all SteelSeries mics, it has a rich sound that competes with even a high-end microphone. Again, top streamers will probably want something a bit more professional. But for gamers, the Arctis 5 mic checks every box.
Sound - The default sound of the Arctis 5 is great. However, the best thing about the Arctis 5 sound is it's customization options. Through the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, you have an array of sound options that you can set depending on the game your playing. If you have the time to set your preferences, the possibilities are endless.
Lighting - One of the additions to the Arctis 5 is RGB lighting on the ear cups. Sure it doesn't add to the actual performance, but it certainly provides an extra level of style. You can also control and customize the lighting.
The Arctis 5 is a great gaming headset with a comfortable design, rich sound, and easy-to-use software. However like many headsets, the one annoyance is the wires. A feature that is removed in the upgraded Arctis 7.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Review
The Arctis 7 was chosen as PC Gamer’s Best Wireless Gaming Headset in 2019. This model is nearly identical to the Arctis 5 except for two things. It's trades in the cords and RGB lights and instead is designed as a wireless headset. It's just as comfortable as it's predecessor, featuring soft and breathable ear cushions with a flexible head band.
Connection - The Arctis 7 uses a lossless wireless audio system and 24-hour battery life. It's compatible with PC, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch via wireless USB. Specifically made for gaming, the wireless 2.4G connection delivers great audio with ultra-low latency and zero interference.
Microphone - The Arctis 7 microphone is recognized as one the best mics in gaming. It is retractable and delivers studio-quality clarity. It also provides a great background noise cancellation, so you can be heard crystal clear no matter your surrounding.
Sound - The S1 speaker drivers gives a beautifully rich sound, and are engineered to produce the lowest levels of distortion. The SteelSeries Engine software also allows for complete customization for each game, but also with apps like Spotify and Discord.
At the price point, the Arctis 7 is one of the best priced wireless headsets for gamers. Anything under $200 for wireless headsets is a bit of a crapshoot.