SteelSeries Arctis 7 Review
SteelSeries has become a household name for many gamers as the Danish company has built its foundation on dominating the esports industry. I consider myself a SteelSeries fanboy as the quality and performance of their products are exceptional and makes gaming an absolute pleasure. Today I get to look at the SteelSeries Arctis 7 and see if it can deliver on their high standards, or could this finally be the end of our relationship?
The Arctis 7 is a simple, yet gorgeous looking headset that is surprisingly light. Its ski-goggle headband offers a huge amount of adjustability along with being as comfy as a Christmas Day siesta. This unique design caters for both small heads like Chris and larger sized heads like Shaun’s with a simple velcro strap, proving that the Arctic 7 is a great option no matter how big or small your head is!
The Arctis 7 shares a close identity to the Arctis Pro — The ear cups are finished in a tactile rubber with extra padding featuring along the headband for extra comfort. The earpads are thick and made of airweave fabric that provides a premium look and feel for the headset.
The left ear cup houses the retractable and adjustable microphone, along with other functions such as a dial for volume, USB port for charging, mic mute, and a 3.5mm input for use with your PS4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch. While the right ear cup is less crowded with only chatmix volume and the on/off button located on it.
Performance and Specs
The Arctis 7 delivers a very clear, neutral sound that provides exceptional audio quality to please gamers and audiophiles alike. It is loud (how I like them) and somehow still manages to prevent any distortion at all.
The Arctis 7 features 40mm neodymium drivers with 32 Ohm impedance and a frequency range of 20-20,000Hz. This performance is backed up with an effective wireless range of roughly 12 meters and an impressive battery life of around 20 to 25 hours. The microphone offers a frequency response of 100Hz-10,000Hz with 2200 Ohm impedance and a bidirectional pattern. As you would expect from SteelSeries, the microphone is good and does stand up against any other top headset on the market. However, in honest opinion, any mic on a headset will never be as crystal clear or a pleasing as a desk mic for PC gaming.
The Arctis 7 works on the 2.4Ghz wireless frequency by using a disc-shaped wireless transmitter that connects to a PC or console via USB. In the box, the Arctis 7 also includes a 4-pole 3.5mm cable to connect with Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. This adds a tonne of flexibility to the headset and ensures that the Arctic 7 can be used on a number of different platforms.
The wireless transmitter allows for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch gamers to enjoy the freedom of wireless gaming, but not in surround sound. Nintendo Switch can enjoy wireless gaming when it is docked, however in tablet mode, you do require a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm cable to be connected to the Switch’s audio-out with line-in on the transmitter.
For someone who prefers a traditional wired headset and in fact, has never used a wireless headset before, I was definitely impressed with the Arctis 7 and its wireless performance — I experienced no latency issues or dropouts thanks to its lossless 2.4 GHz wireless that is purposely designed for low latency gaming. I always thought the wireless rage would get the better of me while gaming or the battery life would limit how long I could binge game for, but the Arctic 7 was flawless!
DTS Headphone:X v2.0 virtual surround technology powers the sound space of the Arctis 7. However, it didn’t add anything to my music or gaming experience. While some say that virtual surround sound helps be more precise with footsteps and gunshots in-game, I always fail to experience it. In my opinion, virtual surround sound on any headset is a gimmick and I prefer stereo output for gaming.
SteelSeries Engine 3
In the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, you can create custom profiles for individual games or preferences. The software is easy to use and allows you to easily change the mic volume, enable/disable surround sound, bass enhancement, dialogue enhancement, and boost the high-mids. Most of these I didn’t play around with too much as the performance and EQ settings of the Arctics 7 straight out of the box provides exceptional sound without any tweaking required.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Review
- AUDIO - 91%91%
- QUAILTY - 91%91%
- VALUE - 85%85%
I would find it hard to recommend the Arctis 7 to any console players out there but for my PC brothers and sisters, it is a no brainer. The only thing that might drive shoppers away is the price tag of roughly $300AUD but the audio clarity and comfort make up for this. Combined with its sleek design and exceptional sound quality, the Arctis 7 won’t let you down!
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