|Item Model Number||61506|
|Hardware Platform||Gaming Console, PC|
|Product Dimensions||20.14 x 17.98 x 9.09 cm; 294.84 Grams|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||20.1 x 18 x 9.1 centimetres|
|Item Weight||295 g|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||28 August 2018|
SteelSeries Arctis 3 - All-Platform Gaming Headset - for PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, Android, and iOS - White
- 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 3.5mm cables
- 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
- Play all day with athletics inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions that keep your ears cool and dry
- 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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Arctis 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. Arctis 3 brings pure performance and style without compromise.
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Crystal Clear Audio
Designed for everywhere you game, including PC, PlayStation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, and mobile.
Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the Discord-certified ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation.
Premium Audio Drivers
The S1 speaker drivers give you the competitive advantage of incredible sound clarity. Engineered to produce ultra-low distortion audio, you’ll hear every detail.
Athletic Inspired Performance
Windows Sonic Spatial Sound
Arctis 3 is fully compatible with the native surround sound built into Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles.
AirWeave Ear Cushions
Play all day with athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions that keep your ears cool and dry.
Ski Goggle Suspension Band
The exclusive ski goggle suspension headband perfectly contours across your entire head, comfortably distributing the weight and eliminating pressure points.
Easy Controls and Sharing
On-Ear Audio Controls
Ergonomic on-ear controls give you easy access to volume and microphone mute. Game-time adjustments are as easy as tapping the ear cup.
Built-In Audio Sharing
Share your game audio with friends with the built-in share jack by simply plugging in any headset or earbuds into the Arctis 3.
Constructed with strong, ultra-lightweight materials for maximum comfort and durability.
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Mic doesn't work very well at all and people can't hear you without turning you up 20+ on TS or discord.
Distortion in the speakers even at lower volumes and I have only had the headset a month.
Trying to get RMA but SteelSeries are making it so hard that I may just save time and money by buying another headset from a competitor. NEVER buying from SteelSeries again. First and LAST time
The microphone is somewhat problematic for me and I have real trouble getting it to work consistently. When it works it is great. I use a noise gate with discord and discord has a very hard time outputting sound to the headphones. Most times I just use my streaming, stand-alone mic and I concede that the issue may be with my setup and not the headset itself. If this was your only microphone input then it would possibly not be an issue. It does not play nice with multiple mics however. The wireless signal also is quite strong and I have been up to 10m away from the transmitter before the connection starts to de-sync. Which is great. Overall I am happy with the purchase and quality of this headset. Worth considering in the $190 range.
Sound is decent.✔
Great wireless range.✔
long battery life.✔
The only gripe i have is the 7.1 channel is just marketing although they simulate surround sound well they are not 7.1 and the actual sound quality is far from the likes of high end headsets from the likes of Bose which are more music and studio orientated. For the my needs they are great.
recommended for medium gaming use.
I’ve been using an old, but still really good, set of Bose QC15s to play games with on Xbox One. They sound really good using windows sonic audio.
The Arctis 3s support the signal too and I was surprised that for such an entry level set of headphones, they perform quite well. The overall sound quality and how they handle game audio is nice but not great. The Bose have a nice broad soundspace but the Arctis 3 lack treble that you can pick up with the Bose. Bass is nice and punchy and voices and sound effects are clear.
Fit is quite nice too. I was a bit worried when I found out the headset earcups can’t actually be pulled to fit different height heads, but the ski band was stretchy enough to give me a nice overall fitmemt. The earcups are soft and they can get warmish after a while but nothing uncomfortable. The earcups are a bit loose/not tight enough on my ears so there’s a lot of noise bleed both going from and into the headset. The build quality is very plastic and hollow but I don’t mind as they were $78 and they’re not in the premium range.
Overall I actually recommend them. Sound quality is nice, which is my number 1 buying factor for headphones.
Until now, I have been using my HyperX Cloud II which are probably a little better/louder than these but they are tethered. The fact that I can wander around my house, go grab a drink out of the fridge and come back without losing a beat is great.
Audio isn't as loud as I would have thought, but they make up for the need of high volume with crystal clear sound and noise cancellation. Because of the noise cancellation (I cant even hear my Echo when I am sitting next to it if I have these on with no sound playing) it doesn't NEED to be loud. The SteelSeries software package has a half decent customisation system so you can adjust the base/treble etc.
Overall, I am very happy with my purchase.
Only negative I can think of, I would have liked a longer cord for the wireless reader purely because I have an under-desk PC so for me to place the reader up high, I had to add a USB extension cable.
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Well guess what? The sound is crap. Fresh out the box, I updated the Steelseries Engine 3 software and patched the headset, but the soundstage in my ears was skewed around 30 degrees to the left. That means that everything I hear in my ears seems to be coming from the left. Sometimes, there was nothing to the right. Whether I was listening to music or playing games, the sound was skewed to the left. I tried tweaking different settings in the Engine 3 but to no avail.
So I did what any logical person would do -- I contacted the Steelseris customer service on 30 September 2018. Every reply from them takes around 2 - 3 working days. Slow responses notwithstanding, the customer service representative did not seem to know why the issue was happening. He only suggested 2 options.
Firstly, he told me to reset the hardware via a magical button hidden in the left earcup. I had to peel off the cushioning, find one of those iPhone pins, and then hold the button for a certain amount of time, at which point the headset should reset. There is no indication anywhere so I had to just hope it worked. (It works when you realise you have to re-pair the headset to the USB receiver that came with it.) After re-pairing with the receiver, the issue was improved by maybe 5 degrees but the soundstage was still skewed to the left. The issue becomes more apparent at lower volumes.
The customer service rep's next solution was to go straight to the RMA process. After asking me to send in my receipt, they agreed to RMA the product conditionally if I send in evidence (screenshot) of the destroyed product - i.e. breaking off the left earcup and showing the serial number.
Which I did on 14 October.
It's 16 October and my reply from them was that my RMA is declined -- with NO EXPLANATION WHATSOEVER WHY.
So basically, let's recap -- Steelseries sold me a product that has some weird issue, took 2 weeks to correspond with me, agreed to RMA my purchase, and then after I had destroyed it, proceeded to screw me over and tell me the RMA is rejected.
Take this as a lesson learnt -- DO NOT BUY THEIR PRODUCTS. WONKY. FAULTY. PATHETIC CUSTOMER SERVICE. AND WILL ABSOLUTELY SCREW YOU OVER FOR NO REASON AT ALL.
The quality of the wireless mic is as good as the best wired mics I've heard. Even in an environment dense with devices on 2.4GHz, I get great range.
The quality of the speakers is good, but with some tweaking with PEACE (equalizer) the speakers are EXCELLENT. Do a quick search for Arctis 7 eq curves.
Comfort-wise, the headset is very easy to wear for long periods. My ears get a little warm, but not sweaty.
Battery life is good. I charge it once a week.
Honestly.... there's nothing I can be critical of.
First off, I wear headphones 12-18 hours a day, 7 days a week. For work, recreation, and to help me fall asleep. I know headphones, and have a decent collection of a dozen or so.
1) HOLY DISTORTION, BATMAN! Listening to music at volumes any of my other headphones can handle (including the cheap-o $30 bluetooth units), these units produce massive amounts of distortion. I cannot believe how bad these are at volumes over 50%! Give it one tonal range to cover, and it seems to do okay, but toss in two or three (like bass guitar and a high-hat at the same time.... or, ya know, almost all music) and suddenly you can't make out what you're listening to anymore.
2) The volume roller is EXTREMELY easy to accidentally adjust. I mean, unbelievably easy. I am CONSTANTLY messing with the volume when adjusting the headphones or mic, and since it's so loose it's almost impossible to dial in "just the right" volume. Very very annoying!
3) There's no media controls on these. Why? A push-button volume button combination would easily solve the "too easy to adjust" volume, and allow media controls through long presses.
4) The ear pieces are EXTREMELY hot. I wear headphones quite a bit, but these burn my ears up in a matter of minutes, which makes me adjust or remove them temporarily. This also reiterates point #2 in that the volume knob is ALWAYS being adjusted by accident.
5) These block absolutely no out-side sound, and people often can hear what I am listening to or playing. This doesn't make sense since the ear-pads don't seem to allow ANY airflow.
6) The mic disable button turns ON a light........ What? So when your mic is on, there's no light. When you mic is OFF, such as when listening to music, hanging out, whatever, there's BRIGHT RED LED on 100% of the time....... Huh???? How does this make sense?
7) the audio volume is easily 1/3 of every other headphone I own. I crank every setting up to 100% just to be equal to 30% on any other headset... Why?
8) mic is garbage!!!! I can't imagine anyone with any sense of intelligence thinking this mic is anything other than painfully sub par. Everything either sounds tinny, or incredibly digital (like using one of those $5 voice oscillators that make you sound like a robot.
9) while the ear pads do go around your ears, the speaker mesh is too shallow and will contact your ears. This makes it unbearable by itself, but combined with every other issue.....
10) FINALLY the surround sound effect is negligable. Playing the same surround sound tests, I cannot tell a difference between regular 2.0 phones and these. At all. There's also a VERY VERY VERY specific place you HAVE to position these, or you'll only hear about 70% of what it's putting out. Unfortunately the VERY SPECIFIC spot these must be placed is absolutely HORRIBLE. You must bend and fold your ears to position them even remotely correctly.
11) I know I said 10 was the final number, but it brings me to another point. These are so uncomfortable in almost every way. After a short session your jaw will hurt, as the bottoms press right into the hinge of your jaw, your ears will hurt and be sweaty from the complete lack of ventilation (it's like putting your ears in a wool coat in July in Florida -- a swamp!)
From a company that specializes in headphones, these are full of awfully poor design choices! One of the worst overall headsets I've ever owned.
Do not recommend to anyone for any purpose!
Does this headset deserve a 1 star: No. It's not that bad, but for the money and drawbacks, you can do a lot better; and so I find they are completely not worth your time and money. I hate it when people review a product and say that there is better out there, but then leave it to you to find said product, so I will also say, I bought Razer Naris instead. Wireless range isn't as good, but is very comfortable.