SteelSeries Arctis 5 Review : Surround-sound Gaming Headset

steelseries arctis 5 review

Our Verdict88

The SteelSeries Arctis 5 carries a modern-age gaming experience with flashy RGB illuminated earcups and great sound quality. On top of that, the Clearcast bidirectional does an excellent job of game chat, live stream, and podcasts. Although we don’t find the build quality sturdy, the overall headset delivers superior performance, user-friendly app support, etc., making it a popular choice among gamers.

For

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Excellent microphone
  • App customization support
  • Comfortable for long hours of gaming

Against

  • Dodgy build quality
  • Lacks active noise cancellation

Steelseries has a significant presence in the gaming community because of its great gaming headsets. The Steelseries Arctis 5 is a budget gaming headset that provides a decent wired gaming experience. Apart from a top-notch microphone and RGB illuminated design, you get plenty of customization options that most budget headsets lack. Although you can use the wired headset for mixed usage, it is most suitable for console gaming. However, in terms of durability, it might not be as impressive as other Steelseries lineups. Let’s find out more about what it has to offer.

Steelseries Arctis 5 Key Features

The Steelseries Arctis 5 is the perfect blend of gaming and style. It is one of the few gaming headsets with a prism RGB illuminated design that looks absolutely premium. Also, the headset supports next genDTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound and is known for its Discord-certified Clearcast bidirectional microphone.

Type Over-Ear
Connectivity Wired
Active noise cancellation No
Drivers 40mm
Impedance 32 ohms
Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz
Battery Life No rechargeable battery
Weight 363.01 g
Special features 7.1 surround sound, ClearCast bidirectional microphone, ChatMix dial, Ski Goggle Suspension Band

Sound Quality

Rating: Rating:
Audio Clarity
Good
Bass & Tone
Good
Gaming Sound Enhancement
Good
Frequency Response (Hz)
20-20000
Noise Cancellation
No
Surround Sound (7.1)
Yes

The Arctis 5 has a well-balanced sound with a slight bass-heavy profile. This makes the overall sound quality quite bright and provides that extra thump you need with battle games. However, the frequency response is quite average and inconsistent. Also, the bass intensity would differ across users based on the fit and seal of the headset. While listening to music, the bass-heavy profile makes EDM and rock genres delightful. 

The 7.1 surround sound support is pretty great and provides you with an immersive gaming experience. But because of the closed-back earcups, the audio still sounds not-so-natural and confined. You also get the ChatMix dial function which comes in handy to play multiplayer games or live stream. It lets you balanced out the game audio whenever you speak through the microphone. The Steelseries lacks ANC feature, thus providing mediocre noise isolation. So, using them in fairly loud environments is not a good idea. Overall, we found the sound quality of Steelseries Arctis 5 to be crisp, balanced, and bass-heavy. 

Microphone

Rating: Rating:
Available
Yes
Voice Clarity & Compression
Good
Sound Isolation
Yes
Detachable
No
Mute Button
Yes

You get a non-detachable boom microphone that can be retractable into the earcup when not in use. It’s a Discord-certified Clearcast bidirectional microphone that delivers precise voice reproduction. The voice quality is so good that you might also use it for podcasts as the speech sounds clear and detailed. On top of that, it also does a great job of noise isolation. That’s right; the microphone can even perform well in pretty loud situations such as a gaming convention! You won’t get such a quality mic in most budget gaming headsets.

Design

Rating: Rating:
Look & Shape
Good
Colour
Black, White
Material
Plastic
Headphone type
Closed-Back Headphones
Earpads Replaceable
Yes
Earpads Material
Foam
Durability
Average

The overall look and feel of Steelseries Arctis 5 look gorgeous due to the prism RGB illumination on the earcups. Especially if you get the black-colored variant, the illuminated earcups are a charm. You can get this headset in two monotone variants – black and white. So, if you are into flashy looks, the Arctis 5 has it all. However, the build material is all-plastic, including the headband and the durability is doubtful. Although it doesn’t feel as cheap, they don’t feel that solid either. Thus, we won’t recommend trying a free fall! Other than that, you get a ski goggle suspension headband that rests comfortably on the head.

The earcups are medium-sized and well padded with memory foam. Also, the airweave fabric covering the earpads feels nice on the skin. This makes the headset pretty comfortable for long hours of gaming, but they aren’t outdoor-friendly at all. Despite the snug fit, using them for sports and workouts isn’t suitable because they aren’t sleek. Overall, the Steelseries Arctis 5 carries a fancy yet sophisticated appeal with the average build quality.

Compatibility

Rating: Rating:
Compatible Devices
PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, MAC, and mobile devices.
Plug & Play
Yes

The Steelseries Arctis 5 is compatible with most gaming consoles and devices like PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, MAC, and mobile devices. Thanks to the 3.5 mm adapter provided in the box, which enables easy plug-and-play.

Connectivity

Rating: Rating:
Wireless
Yes
Length/Range(m)
1.5
Type of Jack
USB audio jack

This is a wired-only gaming headset that primarily comes with a USB connection. Although the USB connection works on PC and PS4, you need to use the 3.5 mm adapter provided in the box for other devices like Xbox One. The primary USB cable is detachable too and is 5 ft long, providing you ample moving space. As it is a wired gaming headset, there is no rechargeable battery.

Control & Comfort

Rating: Rating:
Comfortable to Use for Long Hours
Yes
Volume Wheel
Yes
Earpads Memory Foam
Yes

You will get user-friendly controls on both, headsets as well as app customization support. Yes, you can access plenty of EQ presets and other customizations with the SteelSeries Engine App. Other than that, you get the usual physical controls on the headphones, such as a volume wheel and mute mic button. You also get a channel mixing knob which you can use to balance the game-chat audio.

The SteelSeries Arctis 5 is pretty comfortable about the comfort level due to its good quality headband and airweave fabric earpads. And, the overall headset is also lightweight, unlike most gaming headsets. So, if you are into marathon gaming, they are comfortable for long hours of gaming.

Warranty & Support

Rating: Rating:
Headphones
1-2 Years
Wire
1-2 Years

The warranty of Steelseries Arctis 5 varies according to the country and applies when purchased from its official website. EU countries offer a 2-year manufacturer warranty, whereas you only get a 1-year manufacturer warranty for countries outside the EU.

Is Steelseries Arctis 5 Worth Purchasing?

The Steelseries Arctis 5 is an absolute value for money. The exceptional mic quality, decent sound, and super-attractive design are some of the deal-breakers. Considering its affordable price range, the overall quality remains uncompromised and is suitable for gaming across devices. So, if you are looking for a wired headset for console gaming, it is indeed a great option.

About Nikita Swargiary

Hi, I’m Nikita from Delhi, India. I am a content writer and a Tech enthusiast who acquires good knowledge of an array of gadgets and devices. I am working on writing technical reviews on products that all of us rely on in our daily lives. I aim towards quality content and unbiased reviews to come up with a reliable platform for all. Nevertheless, I am willing to explore beyond my comprehension and looking forward to embarking on entrepreneurial marketing.

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