SteelSeries is a company that has been giving us some of the best headsets around. Its latest collection includes the likes of the Arctis 7, Arctis 5, and Arctis 3 headsets, and we sure love the Arctis 3 and 5 ones. But this time, we’re going to see if the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is just as awesome as their previous headsets.
The Arctis 7 is one of the company’s luxury gaming devices for PC and Playstation gamers who require a reliable set of headsets that can definitely do justice to their favorite games. It combines an outstanding set of stereo drivers with a very stylish look and expensive feel to it. The Arctis 7 is the flagship device of the SteelSeries headset lineup and it does look extremely promising.
Though one question that we have is, can it deliver efficiently and live up to the SteelSeries name? We put the Arctis 7 to test to see how well it performed, and to see if its features and specifications are up to your standards.
But before anything else, let’s check out what’s inside the device’s package and see what other accessories are included.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Review – What’s in the Box?
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 comes in a square box with an attractive appearance because of its color-combination of red and black. On the top portion of the package, you will see a full photo of the headset itself along with the brand and the product name; under the box is the headset’s key features.
There aren’t a lot of details to see on the box so we went straight to check out what’s inside. When you open the box, you will see a sheet of random stickers that you can use, and beneath this, you will find headset itself. The device is placed neatly in a plastic tray that takes the shape of the headset to keep this protected especially when delivering the box to your home.
Under the tray is a plain black box that contains documentation related to the headset and its accessories which includes the following: a USB wireless amplifier setup, your regular 3.5-millimeter auxiliary cable, and a micro USB charging cable.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Review – The Best There Is
If you compare the Arctis 7 with the Arctis 5, you will see that these two headsets are nearly identical. We’ve got the white headset with us but if you want a different color, it is also available in black. Aside from its color, we also liked that the headset is sophisticated and sleek; plus, it also has a streamlined, elegant appearance, as well as a foolproof alterable headband. Instead of having to struggle with stiff extendable rods, you can simply adjust two Velcro straps to let the flexible headband adjust to the size and shape of your head.
Though quite similar, the Arctis 7 has its own unique features from the other Arctis headsets. For example, the Arctis 7 features a sturdy metal frame beneath the headband that gives a more solid and premium feel compared to other similar products in the market. Its elastic headband also slightly differs in the design and you’ll just need to adjust the size via the topmost tab. Compared to the other SteelSeries headsets, the Arctis 7 features both the wired and wireless connectivity.
When it comes to the wireless connectivity, you won’t be connecting the Arctis 7 via Bluetooth; the headset comes with its own wireless transmitter that you need to connect to your PC’s USB port. You will also get to link your headset without going through any pairing processes which we find really convenient. Generally, the Arctis 7 is slightly bigger than your typical audio headset, it is still small enough to toss and keep in your backpack.
Another thing we liked about the headset is that you can even rotate the ear cups to make the Arctis 7 lie flat. Speaking of the ear cups, it is still similar to other gaming headsets around since the Arctis 7’s ear cups feature a closed-back design. The back of the ear cups feature a rubberized matte finish which is really nice since the material is fingerprint resistant; not only that, it also has a smart look to it which is really great. We also really liked the foam cushions since these are covered by a special material that is exclusive to the SteelSeries collection – the AirWeave material. This is generally a breathable and light fabric that keeps your ears comfortable and properly aired when being used.
For its headband, the SteelSeries collection features a ski goggle-like design instead of the more conventional style. If you need to adjust and loosen the fit of the headset, you just need to adjust the Velcro strap to make it fit you perfectly. Its metallic frame also features a comparatively thin piece of rubber padding so your head doesn’t make direct contact with the frame.
The Arctis 7’s wireless mode gives you a variety of controls on the device itself: on the left ear cup, you will find the mic’s mute button, the mobile cable input, micro USB port, the aux port, and the volume wheel. For the right ear cup, you will find the chat volume slider and the power button. You can find a regular volume slider on the left ear cup, together with a micro USB port for charging; it also includes a proprietary port that can link to a 3.5-millimeter audio jack for mobile audio.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Headset is compatible with your PC, Mac, VR, Playstation, and mobile phones. For its frequency response, it ranges from 20 to 20,000 Hz, and it also has a sensitivity of 98dB and an impedance of 32 Ohm. When it comes to the Arctis 7’s built-in microphone, it features noise cancellation and a bidirectional pattern and its frequency response ranges from 100 Hz to 6500 Hz. Its sensitivity is at -48 dB and its impedance is 2200 Ohm.
The Arctis 7 has a lot of excellent features and we’ve made a list of these for you to check out.
Air Weave Ear Cushions
The material that SteelSeries used for their ear cushions can be found in athletic clothing and the like. It is amazingly soft to keep you dry, cool, and comfortable despite long hours of gaming.
DTS Headphone: X 7.1 Surround Sound
We learned that SteelSeries partnered with the DTS Headphone: X to make use of a whole new algorithm for the Arctis series. The DTS Headphone: X goes beyond and above other surround-sound solutions and we think that this collaboration made the Arctis 7 even better. You can readily determine positional audio which includes environmental cues and enemy locations.
Another great feature of the Arctis 7 is that despite it being slightly bigger than other headsets, it is still lightweight and very comfortable to use. You’ll even forget that you’ve been wearing it for long hours – this is something that happened to us when we tested the headset during our prolonged gaming sessions. It also features a minimalistic design which is really sleek and classy in our opinion.
Clear Cast – The Best Gaming Mic
The Arctis 7 was designed to have a clear, broadcast quality mic since Clear Cast picks up and reproduces a wide range of frequencies. This makes your voice sound very natural, clear, and audible.
Ski Goggle Headband
This suspension band can easily be wrapped around heads of all shapes and sizes; plus, it also evenly distributes the light weight of the Arctis 7.
With the SteelSeries Engine, you’ll definitely get the most out of the Arctis 7 since you’ll be able to easily customize your EQ settings, surround sound, and mic settings based on your needs and preferences.
- Neodymium Drivers40mm
- Effective Range12 m, 40 ft
- Headphone Frequency Response20-20000 Hz
- Headphone Sensitivity98db
- Headphone Impedance32 Ohm
- Headphone Total Harmonic Distortion< 3%
- Headphone Volume ControlOn Ear Cup
- Microphone Frequency Response100Hz – 6500Hz
- Microphone PatternBidirectional
- Microphone Sensitivity-48 db
- Microphone Impedance2200 Ohm
- Microphone Noise CancellationYes
- Microphone LocationRetractable
- Microphone Mute ToggleOn Ear Cup
- Connector TypeWireless USB and Wired analog options Single 3.5mm, 4-pole plug when wired
- Cable Length1.2m, 4ft
- Cable Material Rubber
- AdapterSingle 3.5mm, 4-Pole Plug
- Share JackYes
- Detachable CableYes
- Product Information Guide
- Arctis 7
- Wireless Transmitter
- Mobile/Console Cable
- Micro-USB Charging Cable
The program utilized to run the Arctis 7 is the SteelSeries Engine 3 Software which is a simple, clean, yet well-designed program that is complete with a lot of options for the headset. It offers an excellent parametric equalizer that features a compressor, presets live preview, DTS surround sound, and even volume control for the microphone. You can also save your settings under the configurations tab that allows you to immediately switch between the various sound profiles and microphone settings you’ve saved.
Although the program doesn’t have the complex calibration features like the apps of some other headsets, the SteelSeries Engine 3 application is efficient and user-friendly so you won’t have to worry about figuring out how to use it. Also, all the controls can be seen on a single page which gives you the convenience of not having to go to multiple tabs.
You can easily connect the Arctis 7 using the included USB transmitter. If you’ve noticed, the headset is slightly bigger compared to other similar products in the market, but despite this, it gives off a ridiculously strong signal which we really liked. We tried shifting to an adjoining room, shut the door and checked if the signal was still as strong, and to our surprise, it was. We’re giving SteelSeries a thumbs-up for this.
Though the microphone is built-in and cannot be detached, you can neatly retract this into the headset when not in use. SteelSeries also included a bright red LED light at the tip of the microphone to notify you when the mic is muted. You can adjust the microphone levels by controlling the buttons and dials on each ear cup since both have options for the headset and the microphone. We liked that the microphone picked up clear recordings and our voices didn’t sound muffled or inaudible.
The noise-canceling feature also works very well since it reduced the background noise in our recordings. If the recording isn’t loud enough, you can simply boost the background noise and adjust the tunes to your liking via the SteelSeries Engine 3 software.
Design and comfort are important factors for the perfect gaming headset; however, the most essential aspect is the sound quality. The Arctis 7 does not only have a great design, but its sounds for gaming and music makes it an even more impressive device. It gives off clear vocals that isn’t overpowered by instruments in the background and it produces rich sounds without the bass being too loud; the mid-range is well tuned and there is also a little boost in high-mids.
We really like the headset’s overall sound profile and the fact that we can make changes in the equalizer. Although the audio is much better for gaming, music enthusiasts will still appreciate what this headset can offer. Overall, we can say that the SteelSeries Arctis 7 produces clean, clear, and crisp high-quality sounds.
The battery life met our expectations. We tested the headset by using it for really long hours and it lasted for two weeks without charging. We greatly appreciate this since SteelSeries claims that the battery lasts for more than 24 hours and they were able to deliver. This is something that every gamer will appreciate so a thumbs-up for its battery life.
How to Use
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is an outstanding headset that isn’t only visually pleasing, but its design is also functional which makes it an excellent gaming headset for continuous gaming sessions. The wireless range and battery life are unbeatable; plus, the headset also delivers excellent audio to make the most of your music. We also liked that the headset has a standard audio jack so you can use it as casual headphones.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a great headset for gaming and listening to music, it has a well-designed body, and produces great sounds. Aside from the great headphones, its retractable microphone is also excellent since it records sounds clearly. The battery consumption is also highly notable since it was able to last longer than we expected.
If you’re searching for a high-quality headset that can be used for a lot of devices, we highly recommend the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
Where to Buy
Go get yourself a SteelSeries Arctis 7 headset, no really. Its $179USD over at the official website. Do it.