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SteelSeries ARCTIS 7 2019 Edition - White
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|Deal Price:||$210.25 + $15.29 Delivery|
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- Designed for gaming, the 2.4G connection delivers rock-solid, lossless wireless audio with ultra-low latency and zero interference
- Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the Discord-certified ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation
- Sound is your competitive advantage with the S1 speaker drivers, engineered to produce ultra-low distortion audio so you hear every detail
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Batteries : 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)
- Product Dimensions : 17.5 x 9.1 x 19.7 cm; 353 Grams
- Release date : 19 November 2018
- ASIN : B07GFW7GYX
- Item Model Number : 61508
- Best Sellers Rank: 210 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Arctic challenges everything you know about gaming headsets with completely overhauled audio, a new mic design with unmatched clarity, and improved comfort with materials inspired by athletic clothing. Arctic 7 features lag-free wireless audio, 24-hour battery life, a premium steel headband, On-ear Game/Chat audio balance, and DTS Headphone: X v2.0 7.1 Surround.
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The headset also has two separate channels for game and chat, and it is recognised as two different devices by windows. This also made it easy to specifically assign different programs to output to different channels (eg: discord on chat, youtube video on game) and mix between them.
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I particularly like the Game/Chat volume rocker that allows me to adjust the volume from 100% game 0% chat, 100/100 or 0/100% and everything in between. This 2019 edition now has a small bump to easily find and stay in the middle.
the built is really good, good non shiny/glossy plastics, metal band and the elastic band makes it really really comfortable. The 2019's pads are also thicker than the older ones which means they are very comfy all around.
The microphone is average/bad as the majority/all wireless headsets, it works, its loud enough and the noise reduction is good, but just sounds very nasally. its nice that the mic retracts, but i'd love it to automatically mute once retracted instead of having a separate button.
Now to the way they sound. Hate to be harsh, but these are easily the worst sounding headset i've ever experienced. On par with a £20-25 wired headset.
The software supplied and its "7.1" option makes it even work.
They have absolutely no bass and while i wasnt looking for "bass heavy" headsets, I appreciate an headset that can produce the full range and will give me some oomph if i up the lows on an equaliser (these cant handle it).
The EQ that comes to it, its absolutely terrible, makes everything sound very muddy on the lows and highs.
While I appreciate a flat signal (i have studio speakers as my main speakers) these headsets are not worth what i paid for them (£142).
If you decide to have a go at them, they can be tweaked to work "decently" with equaliser APO or Razer's own surround software. I manage to get them to sound rich enough with that as otherwise, I'd just return them.
So TLDR: If you want something that will wow you out of the box, this isnt it, but with tweaking on 3rd party software you can make them sound good, but not "wow". Probably best for gaming only as you'll be able to tell footsteps and so on apart much easier without distracting extreme bass as some others may give you (hyperx/razer)
I bought these to replace a G930 that was having severe connection issues. The G930 sounded much better/bassy/rich, but at least these never disconnected on me.
I ended up deciding on keeping mine as i tweaked it enough for my liking and the comfort and game/chat volume rocker were features that I absolutely loved.
If steelseries fixes the software and make it sound decent with their own software, Id up my rating to 4 stars.
My main issue though is with the sound quality, I have been using a razer headset for a few years but I had heard fantastic things about this, after purchasing I felt the sound was a bit "tinny" however after doing some digging online you can solve this by downloading external programs to resolve this and improve on the quality.
As it turns out I totally love them, but im using the razer surround software as that gives the best surround and sound quality, for that I have marked off one star as if the software provided by SteelSeries was better then a lot of people including myself would not have to revert to this method. I have only taken 1 star off though as this is a relatively simple process, there is also another program that i cant remember but its on all the forums/reddit.
The best comment i can make on these is that, they are that comfortable that you sometimes forget you have it on there and for that alone I totally love these
as it does not help with directionality in most FPS.
the drivers can sound acceptable with flat EQ but as soon as you play around with it you can hear all sort of distortions and buzzing/resonances especially boosting the base even a bit.
I absolute love the dial on the headphone "sound/chat" where i can finely adjusts with a flick of a wheel voip volume or audio/game volume.
I also love the feature that sends the audio to a 3.5mm exit if you switch the headphones off (or they go out of range). Shame the output is only a stereo jack and you can't connect your surround system to it. Be aware the casing around the 3.5mm will prevent most stereo jack from entering completely... I had to use a "slim" cable to fit on the transmitter.
If you want just to listen music on a wireless quality headphones and you hope to find "audiophile" quality, this is not the product for you.
if you want to game and you listen to some tunes without seeking the "audiophile" quality then you'll be satisfied.
Bit more expensive than I was looking to pay but all the reviews were very glowing for these phones. They are certainly very good. I have used them for gaming and for work phone/meetings and they haven't let me down. The speakers and microphone are good and everything is very clear - I have had nothing but good reports when asking colleagues about the mic quality.
Like the other gaming headphones I have tried, they are quite bass heavy out of the box - not as much as the others but still veering towards that end of the spectrum. For listening to music, they still can't compete with a pair of 'proper' headphones. I have some wireless AKGs for music and they are far superior but then, they were over twice the cost of these.
The range is great. I can wonder pretty much around my whole house while on a call and still stay connected. You get a beeping noise when you're on the edge so you know to shuffle back towards the transmitter. The dongle is a bit ungainly being as it's attached to a USB cable rather than being a 'stick' type affair, but it's OK. What would be good, is if you could leave the dongle plugged in and then whenever you turn the phones on they take over from the speaker, and when switching them off, the speaker comes back in to play. Unfortunately this doesn't happen so you either need to only plug the dongle in when using the phones or keep fiddling with the default out in Windows. Having such a feature would be a winner.
The software component is pretty good and worked first time - I installed iCUE on my machine when I had some Corsair phones and it would never run - loads of errors. Terrible. This is fine though, no problems at all. You can adjust a lot of tonal settings and switch on the 7.1 surround etc.
Physical quality seems good - nice and solid headset. The mic is retractable and glows red when on mute so you know when you can slope off to the toilet during a meeting without embarrassing yourself! The speakers are very comfortable and I can go hours with them on my head without getting bothered by them. They are heavier than my AKGs but that's not an issue if you're just sitting around the house.
Overall, very pleased with the experience so far.
I knew of Steelseries, but had never tried their products before, however after reading multiple reviews for "best gaming headsets around £100" I decided that the Arctis 7 was the correct choice for me. I happened to find the (newer] 2019 edition on sale for less than the older version (Legacy)
The newer edition has enhanced ear cushioning, and so is very comfortable to wear on longer gaming/music sessions. Sound quality is nice, with some fairly hefty bass for a small headset. They look great - I got mine in white.
The headband is a nice touch that I believe is unique to Steelseries. I have a large head, and no issues fitting me.
The microphone is retractable, and has a red LED that lights if muted. So no more wondering if teammates can hear you muttering to yourself about being outplayed by a 12 year old :D - Mic quality is also very good. Uses clearcast which supposedly eliminates background noise.
You also have on-ear mixers for volume and balance between game sounds and microphone communications. Very handy for online gaming.
Battery life is excellent - the Arctis 7 uses a Li-ion battery, and lasts me with casual usage at least two weeks before recharging. (Supposedly 24 hours continuous use)
If I had any negatives it'd just be that the surround sound is just ok. But that said, I've yet to find any headset that offers a genuine sounding attempt at surround sound/7.1
I use my headset on PC for music and playing games and am very happy in both scenarios. Can also be used out of the box for PS4, and Mac.
Wait for a good deal (around £100) and you should be very happy with your purchase.