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I read all the reviews and looked around online for some reviews and YouTube and what have you. I was a bit wary as I had come from the Razer Kraken originals, got quite attached to them but they were falling apart after six years of use - anyway, these seemed like a good choice overall and these were the 2019 edition, meaning most of the problems that the legacy pair had, have been addressed, which bought a lot of comfort. So I took the plunge and made the purchase.
I wasn't disappointed; they are extremely comfortable for long periods of time, for that special WoW or LoL sesh, the sound quality is fantastic straight out of the box, however, it does improve if you install the software for them.
**POINT OF NOTICE** - when I bought these, the microphone was muffled and made me sound like Sean Connery, this is normal behaviour for these headphones straight out of the box. Simply go the sound setting, recording devices and set the quality to 48000HZ (studion quality), clear the quality up to perfection. Hope this helps someone.
I bought this as an upgrade from an entry level headset as I really enjoy stereo headphone gaming. This was a huge upgrade in quality! It's a nice length cable and easily fits together, the head strap being hugely adjustable is a welcome feature for myself (I have quite a large head!). The ear cups are huge and fit comfortably over my ears (also large!). The ear cup material is super comfortable and really great for long gaming sessions which I've done recently. The controls are easy to use with an accessible wheel for volume control and a button for muting yourself easily. Plugging the headphones into your laptop or PC via USB opens up a lot of options too for adjusting some settings using the SteelSeries software. I haven't really dipped into this but did have a look and there are a lot of settings you can change. If you're using a cheaper headset at the moment and are looking for a decent mid level upgrade then I would HIGHLY recommend these.
Bought this for my sons PlayStation and pc. Usb connection to ps4. there's a seperate 3.5mm input on the headset he also plugs into his pc. Out of the box there's no way of sending your own voice back to your headset for feedback but we figures out if you download the steel series software on your pc - plug your headset into your pc temporarily - then you can make a multitude of personalisations to the headset like voice feedback, graphic equaliser and even customizer the colours of the headset. He's altered the colour cycling to match his led lighting. He's very happy with these and says they are loads more comfortable than his previous turtle beach. I will buy a pair when my turtles eventually fail!
Ich habe das Headset nun ein Paar Monate im Besitz und kann eine klare Kaufempfehlung geben. Die Haptik des Headsets ist sehr gut. Das Material ist Soft-Touch-Kunststoff (bis auf das Kopfband), der sich sehr angenehm anfühlt und sehr hochwertig wirkt. Die gute Verarbeitung springt einem direkt ins Auge sowie das moderne aber doch schlichte Design, was Nachhaltigkeit bietet. Ich habe mich immer noch nicht satt gesehen :) Wie man ein Kopfband so stilvoll in ein Gaming-Headset integrieren kann, ist mir immer noch ein Rätsel.
Design ist ja bekanntlich Geschmacksache. Aber so hochwertig es sich gibt, so hochwertig sitzt es auch auf dem Kopf. Es schmiegt sich quasi perfekt meinem Kopf an und das ohne zu drücken oder der gleichen. Es sitzt so gut, dass ich mir dachte: Das muss irgendwann spürbar werden.. Aber weit gefehlt. Das Headset bietet auch bei langanhaltenden Sessions Komfort. Es ist dabei so leicht, dass man teilweise vergisst es zu tragen. Trotz alledem ist es wiederum extrem stabil. Es wirkt auch nichts locker oder bruchanfällig... im Gegenteil: Der Kunststoff ist sehr elastisch!
Außengeräusche sind während einer Session nicht wahrzunehmen. Im Vergleich zu anderen Headsets dichtet es sehr gut ab. Die Software ist benutzerfreundlich. Leicht zu bedienen und klar überschaubar bietet aber für diese Preisklasse tolle Features, wie z.B. Hintergrundgeräuschreduzierung am Mikrofon in 4 Stufen regelbar, einen Equalizer mit voreingestellten Setups, anwendbare Apps wie z.B. für CS: GO (Dass die Beleuchtung mit Aktionen im Spiel interagiert) und bei der RGB-Beleuchtung kann man sich generell richtig austoben! Die RGB-Beleuchtung mag jetzt für PC-Spieler zum Alltag gehören ist aber für PS4 Nutzer eine tolle Möglichkeit sein Setup in Szene zu setzen.
Ich finde es gut gelöst, dass sich die Bedienelement am Hörer selbst befinden und nicht mitten am Kabel. Diese dienen nämlich als Sollbruchstelle.. einmal aufs Kabel getreten und schon ist der Wackelkontakt da . Daran sollte sich Razer mal ein Beispiel nehmen.
Eine am Micro eingebaute rote LED zeigt einem an ob man gemutet ist oder nicht. Jeder kennt es: Wenn man vor sich hin quasselt und auf einmal merkt man: "Oh, ich bin ja Stumm". Ich finde das wirklich komfortabel, weil ein Blick reicht um zu erkennen, in welchem Modus man ist.
Der Sound ist für die Playstation wirklich on Top. Für mich in dieser Preisklasse definitiv der beste Sound bisher. USB Headsets auf der PS neigen ja dazu, einen eher leisen Sound auszugeben (in meinem Fall beim Alpha X Cloud). Ich bin es gewohnt alle Einstellungen voll aufzudrehen um einigermaßen zufrieden zu sein... Naja, das Arctis hat mir fast die Ohren rausgehauen :) . Es hat wirklich Power und der Bass lässt sich mit Hilfe des Equalizers, in der Software, sogar noch mehr rauskitzeln. Steps können klar geortet werden!
Es gibt 2 Kontras: -Das wirkt auf mich jetzt nicht störend und ich weis nicht ob das evtl. nur bei meinem Produkt so auftritt. Es ist so, wenn ich die PS4 anschalte und das Headset ist schon vorher angeschlossen, höre ich mich selbst. Ich muss einfach das Headset kurz abziehen und wieder anschließen. Kein Act für mich aber andere könnten dafür anfällig sein. -Und ich finde die Microfon-Empfindlichkeit zu gering. zwar bestätigen meine Kollegen, dass meine Audio-Ausgabe sehr gut sei aber sobald das Mikro etwas verrutsch, bin ich zu leise.
Ich bin wirklich begeistert von dem Produkt. Und in der Preisklasse kenne ich persönlich nichts vergleichbares..
I got these as a recommendation from some glass-wearing friends. My head is small (I'm petite and a female, I have the whole combo) and on top of that I'm prone to having headaches and I wear glasses. This means that I've never managed to wear a headset for over an hour without having a massive headache that usually lasts 2-3 hours.
Ever since the lockdown started (I'm in UK) I've had to attend meetings and lectures online which meant I would be using a headset for over 4-5 hours a day, so it was URGENT to get a proper headset and this does it.
I have been wearing it and the ski-type headband is the best idea I've ever seen. I can feel how the weight is nicely distributed and the padding on the cups is the perfect amount for me. It doesn't press too much against my glasses and even though I need to do some tiny adjustment from time to time, I am overall happy and have not suffered from a single headache since I started using them (amazing).
Sound-wise, I am a bass-head and I normally would listen to music through my SkullCandy Crushers with bass enhancement, so this ones being more real, pure sound, do sound weird to me, not in a bad way but simply different. However, the sound is quite involving thanks to the virtual 7.1 sound system so if you're not a sound purist (or if you just wanna hear the music / sound of your game sharply, these will do nicely.
I do like the pick-up range of the mic, because it will pick up my voice even if I decide to mutter, but it won't pick up other loud noises occurring nearby such as strikes of my mechanic keyboard (which is quite loud) nor my dog barking next to me (as long as it is not a very loud bark). My classmates have reported to hear me sharply and comfortably.
The Game-Chat system seems a bit pointless to me but just because I don't give it much use (I prefer single-player games where chatting ain't that important and I usually don't speak while playing), so I cannot say much about it.
I would like it to have a longer Jack 3.5 cable extension as it is surprisingly shorter than the USB one, and I dislike having such a short cable wondering around. Losing this bit will probably be unavoidable long term if you're slightly messy as am I.
The external design of the headset has me mesmerized. The feeling is sturdy even though it's plastic, but also smooth and the matte finish makes it look elegant while still having a nice gaming touch with those RGB circles. There are buttons on the left ear cup, but as I have disappointingly realised, the mute unmute button does not sync with Zoom (it doesn't even recognize it as a key if you try and modify it from settings). I haven't tried it with discord yet though. The other thing that could be nice is an option to turn the RGB off if you feel like it, but this is not vital and I don't even have a huge preference for it, but it would be nice to have the option anyways.
The little wheel below the mute button on the left ear cup is smooth, but doesn't run on her own. It regulates the volume as well as the Game-Chat wheel that comes attached to the USB connection cable. The wheel itself feels a bit more plasticky than the rest of the set, but it runs smooth, although a tad too smoothly imo, I've accidentally lowered the voice because the cable moved and I touched it with my arm.
Last comment: the retractable mic is comfortable, but I am sceptical and I feel it a tad soft, making me think that maybe I would not fiddle too much with it if I want it to last long. I hope that time proves me wrong!
Overall, I recommend this, particularly, if you have issues with headsets due to glasses or due to pressure feeling on the top of your head because of the weight of it. I also recommend it if you look for a nice involving sound that it is not too bass deep.
The headset design it self is top notch the sound is brilliant after a little bit of fine tuneing with the EQ. But the problem I have with it is the 7.1 sounrround sound setting enabled. It's way better with it turned off for me I just couldn't want able to pin point where the firing was coming from with it turned on but with the 7.1 surround sound turned off I was able to pin point where things was coming from around me. Other than that these are great for gameing and listening to music or watching movies with and really comfortable for long gameing sets. I forget there on my head sometimes. And the RGB is just a bonus.
Having used Kraken chroma 7.1 headsets for a few years the earshells fell apart so I thought I would buy a headset with material shells. Having owned a Steelseries Apex motherboard which had caused me no end of trouble I was hesitant in buying another Steelseries product. When the package arrived today I unboxed it but didn't post a video. I downloaded the Steelseries Engine and pre-installed it. Connected the in-chat volume mixed and headset. The cable is longer than most, which I find really useful. Anyway Windows 10 automatically set up the headset, then I opened Steelseries engine and connected the headset usb into the motherboard usb. A warning message appeared telling me I had to download an app to get the headset working correctly, went to the page in the message link, closed steelseries engine and then restarted the app. Message gone and all options available. Yes the setup is a little fiddly so take your time. Putting on the headset the ear shells are over ear and fit great and are comfy, the left ear shell has the volume control and mute mic button which is handy. To set up the headset I put on a couple of mp3's so I could adjust the volume and presets, enabled DTS 7.1 surround and wow what an amazing sound, it doesn't mess with music as the software has a setting for 7.1 gaming and stereo music / audio. Put the sound compression to medium and pure quality sound. Stopped music, started Battlefield 5, 7.1 surround sound is very good, excellent in Division 2 as well. Mic quality is great and the mixer does work well especially when using discord voice in noisy battles.. Yes I do recommend these Steelseries Arctis 5 Headsets and I think the price is worth paying.
I've struggled with headsets for years as most of them fall off my head as they don't adjust down to my size. My husband bought the pro version and I tried them and was shocked to find they fit so I bought the arctis 5s immediately as they all seem to have the same size adjustments.
I was really impressed to find that even though I'd bought a lower end model, most of the compromise seemed to be in the cost of the materials rather than any real loss in functionality. His headset has metal parts whereas mine is all plastic, he can change the style of the cups whereas mine don't pop out. I don't feel like there's any compromise in the mic or sound quality. His noise cancelling is better than mine I think but that's not something that really bothers me and I might be wrong as I've just used it ootb but he's played with all his settings.
The only difference in what arrived in the box was that the arctis 5 doesn't come with the pop filter for the mic so I may need to buy one separately if I find I need it (haven't so far)
On the whole we are both really happy, the products look good and they really feel like the manufacturer listened to users and thought of the little things that we actually want - unisex to mean unisex, comfort for long sessions, a retractable mic for when you're still playing but want to quickly mute yourself and munch on a pizza without hitting it. For the wireless version the batteries are removed and swapped to recharge so the biggest drawback of wireless has gone, you can still play while you charge!
I had a cheaper Sennheiser headset for video conferencing. They were good sound quality but they were not comfortable or adjustable and kept slipping off my head. A friend recommended these which were on offer. After reading around I decided to go for it. Very comfortable (my main issue), nice retractable microphone and mute-on light, which is helpful. Sound quality is good. At first I thought they were a bit quiet, but you can adjust the online dial between game noise and chat. For conferencing I keep it at the mid point, but is good to be able to have the option if you are listening to media or talking to someone with less than optima sound. Glad I went for them.