SteelSeries Arctis 7 – Wireless Headsets From SteelSeries !
The Arctis 7 is one of three new headsets from Steelseries this year and it’s the wireless version of the line which caught our attention. For years now, we’ve been on the hunt for a solid wireless headset that meets our requirements in both design and durability. So did it line up? Let’s find out. We took it for a spin here at Gameranx after two weeks of intense use: from conference calls on the elliptical to many late night, rage inducing Overwatch ranked sessions we’ve ran the gamut–and taken the headset with us every step.
First and foremost, the Arctis 7 is a wireless headset. Simply plug in a wireless amplifier to a USB port on your computer, pair that amplifier with the headset, and you’re good to go. The wireless is crystal clear, and worked from up to about 30 feet in my tests.
The Arctis 7 runs on the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, a clean, intuitive and well-designed program that keeps tabs on just about every modern SteelSeries peripheral. In addition to setting up sound profiles, you can also toy around with mic options; otherwise, the program doesn’t offer too many bells and whistles for this particular peripheral. Unlike on the Arctis 5, there are no colored RGB lights on the ear cups. In my opinion, this is a negligible loss, as users can’t see colored lights on their own headsets anyway.
One thing in particular that I liked was the program’s Library sections, where it keeps tabs of all the profiles you’ve created for various games, and stores every peripheral’s profile under the same heading. If you’ve made a mouse, keyboard and headset profile for The Witcher 3, for example, you’ll see them all in the same box. This is a very convenient way to sync all of your peripherals, provided they all come from SteelSeries.
You can also leverage the device’s wireless capabilities for a phone or speaker, although doing so is a little convoluted. By supplying your own audio cable, you can plug a phone into the amplifier, or the amplifier into a speaker. While this is not as convenient as having Bluetooth built in, it does mean that you can stream wireless audio to and from more than just a computer and a headset, which is more than I expected from a $150 wireless peripheral.
- The headset’s aesthetics are awesome. Looks aren’t everything, but Steelseries has upped their game with the Arctis line of headsets. The band is stylish and changeable, the fit is comfy, and it has a distinctly minimalistic design that stands in sharp contrast to the latest trend in gaming headsets to add too many bells and whistles.
- The sound and microphone quality are solid. Steelseries hasn’t always been known for their mic quality, however, the Arctis line really holds up in this department. Sound bleed is minimal and the headset mic is decent. It works well for music and gaming, which is about as much as one can hope for a middle price tier gaming headset.
- The battery life is over twelve hours–and we’ve had it go as long as fifteen before. It charges through USB, as well, which is a huge improvement over their past wireless headsets which required a tedious swapping and charging of batteries externally!
- Good connectivity. Headset lasts over thirty feet from its location, which was enough to work fine in all areas of a 970 square foot apartment. We may or may have not taken it to the mailbox, as well, where it still held up.
- Unlike many gaming wireless headsets, it has a wired adaptor for PS4 and XBox controllers making it a wireless choice for console gamers as well.
In short, this headset is great. Factor in the price point and the battery life, though, and it goes from great to amazing. This is a perfectly priced headset for any gamer looking to go wireless without worrying about sacrificing any quality. And trust us, after a lot of returned and miserable wireless experiences, that means a lot.