SteelSeries Arctis 7X Review
Recently I had the opportunity to try out the new SteelSeries Arctis 7X wireless headset for Xbox. Now, I am no stranger to the SteelSeries range of headsets and even reviewed the SteelSeries Arctis 9X last year, so I was interested to see what if anything made the Arctis 7X stand out from the rest of the impressive range. There is one obvious difference; there is an Xbox 7X variant along with a PlayStation 7P variant that both feature a colour scheme relating to the desired console. Both headsets are also cross-generation so they will connect to both current and next-gen consoles (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X). So let’s see what the SteelSeries Arctis 7X variant has to offer on my Xbox Series X!
As we have come to expect from the SteelSeries range of products the Arctis 7X has a sleek, understated design focussed on comfort and practicality over fancy gimmicks such as RGB lighting & oversized boom mics. The Arctis 7X design is almost an exact replica of the Arctis 9X for Xbox, it offers a high quality matte black plastic/steel frame with Xbox inspired green pattern throughout the elastic ski-goggle designed headband. Note: The PlayStation version comes in a White/Blue colour scheme based on the PS5. In my personal opinion, the ski-google design headband is one of the things I most like about the Arctis headset range.
I find it incredibly comfortable for those long gaming sessions and never feel like I need to take it off for a break. It makes the headset feel as though it’s floating just above your head and puts no weight on any pressure points the same way some other headsets do. They can be thrown over hats, hoodies, beanies and pretty much anything else you can think of putting on your head if you choose too, all without having to make any adjustments to get the same level of comfort.
The airweave material used on the earcups allows your ears to breathe and moulds comfortably around the ears. In my opinion is far superior to any leather, or plastic-type materials and there’s nothing worse than taking your headset off and wiping away a few hours of ear sweat!
Keeping practically in mind the headset offers only a few easy to navigate controls on the rear of the right and left earcups along with a few different connections and charging ports. The game & chat volume/balance controls are positioned to easily make adjustments on the fly without taking the headset off and are not easily knocked by the headrest if your leaning back on it. The boom mic is flexible for positioning and retractable for those times you want it out the way.
Overall the SteelSeries Arctis 7X offers the same high-quality design seen on other Arctis headsets with comfort and practicality at the forefront. The fact this model has two different versions to match the console of your choice is a little aesthetic option that I’m sure gamers will enjoy.
The Arctis 7x is a true allrounder for connecting to just about any device you choose. It utilises a 2.4Ghz signal to a USB-C wireless dongle that can be connected to most android devices and Nintendo Switch & Lite. The headset also comes with a USB-C to USB-A adapter cable allowing the user to plug it into anything with a USB drive such as Xbox (both generations), Android devices and PC.
This is where the Arctis 7X has a huge advantage over the Arctis 7P as it will also connect to a PlayStation (both generations), the USB-C dongle has a switch to change from Xbox connection to USB, the same is not found on the Arctis 7P meaning that it will not connect to an Xbox. In my opinion, this really takes the Arctis 7P out of the equation unless you really don’t want to use it on an Xbox, or you really want that Blue/White colour scheme.
Utilising the 2.4GHz wireless dongle makes connecting a breeze, it’s as simple as plugin and play. Also included in the box is a 4-pole 3.5mm audio cable allowing the user to a connect to any device such as controllers through a wired connection if you so desire.
In terms of wireless battery life, SteelSeries claims 24hours, from a full charge I got about 21 hours out of them so its fairly close and more than enough for those long grind sessions. The Arctis 7X does not offer a Bluetooth connection like its big brother the Arctis 9X so the user can’t connect multiple devices and listen to music, or take phone calls over the gaming audio but I think it makes up for that by connecting to just about any device and can be used wirelessly on all four major gaming platforms which the Arctis 9X cannot do. If your looking for a top-quality audio gaming headset that will cover you on all platforms the Arctis 7X can do just that.
The audio on the SteelSeries Arctis 7X performs well across all platforms but I did have a few minor issues that I thought should have been better on a headset in this price point and inconsistent to other headsets in the Arctis range. The mid-range is excellent and I can’t really fault it and that is where a majority of gaming headsets will excel.
Gun-shots are clear and crisp, environment, vehicles and background audio sounds are great but the bass is really lacking for those deep audio effects and immersion. After spending some time trying to play around with the settings on the headset and then updating the firmware in the SteelSeries Engine 3 program on the PC I found it really didn’t make much difference to the bass. It’s in no means a deal-breaker but was still a little disappointed as I have not had this experience with any other Arctis headset including the entry-level Arctis 1.
The microphone is discord certified and offers clear and crisp communication but I did have a few issues with feedback coming through game chat on the Xbox Series X on a few occasions. Overall the audio quality is good and consistent across all platforms if you are a gamer that likes playing competitive shooters the headset can manually be adjusted through the SteelSeries Engine 3 on the PC then applied to other platforms.
The Engine 3 allows for changes to the equalizers and dynamic range compression which once turned all the way up can let you hear every footstep and reload on the battlefield at the cost of immersive audio, its a great feature for gamers looking to get the edge over the competition, the only downside is multiple audio settings cant be set up on the headset alone, if you want to change it back or to another configuration it needs to be connected to the PC and Engine 3 again.
Overall, the SteelSeries Arctis 7X is a very high quality, comfortable & versatile gaming headset. The ability to connect with every gaming platform and deliver high-quality gaming audio and chat means this really is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking for a one size fits all option. The understated design won’t have people giving you weird looks on the bus whilst you game away on your Nintendo Switch or Android device and much like the rest of the Arctis range the comfort is second to none. There is also the aesthetic option for the gamer who wants to match the console of their choice but keep in mind the PlayStation 7P version won’t connect to an Xbox console.
For a price tag of around $300 AUD, you can’t really go wrong with the SteelSeries Arctis 7X for any platform you choose to play on, especially if its all of them. The only problem trying to get your hands on a pair as SteelSeries has yet to release the Arctis 7X locally, this means you will have to try your luck over at SteelSeries.com.
SteelSeries Arctis 7X Review
- DESIGN - 95%95%
- PERFORMANCE - 85%85%
- VALUE - 100%100%
The SteelSeries Arctis 7X is being labelled one of the best new headsets for the next generation of gaming consoles. I was lucky enough to test one out for myself on the Xbox Series X but this headset offers more than just great gaming audio on the next-gen consoles but also across the previous generation, Android, PC & Nintendo. The Arctis 7X really is the ultimate all-rounder for all wireless gaming no matter what platform you choose to play on, especially if its all of them.
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