If you are looking for a gaming headset on a budget that provides surround sound, a noise-canceling mic, and a comfortable ski-band headband, this is the right choice for you. As mentioned before, the headphones belong to an affordable price range without compromising with the features and functionality. The wireless USB pairing makes it perfect for PS4 gaming, whereas it can be a hassle with Xbox One. If wireless gaming with Xbox isn’t what you really want, go for this headset without giving a second thought.
- Great sound quality
- Excellent mic with noise cancellation
- Great battery life
- Great surround sound
- Inconsistent audio delivery for music
- Poor noise isolation
Are you tired of tangling wires while playing your favorite games? Or do you often feel that the audio file has lost its real essence? This headset by SteelSeries is a one-stop solution to all these issues. The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a lossless wireless headset that promises seamless music and gaming experience with utmost comfort. This headset has quickly made its place in the gaming community and still makes it one of the best affordable gaming headsets. Despite the budget price point, the headset doesn’t compromise with the features and performance.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Key Features
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are on-ear closed-back headphones and boasts its lossless audio support. Here, lossless refer to the audio files that typically have a high bitrate, usually over 500 kbps. Such audio files mostly come in FLAC, WAV, or ALAC formats. The most significant advantage is that these files retained all the depth and details of the original recording for a seamless audio experience. The headphones also support DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound so that you can indulge in the game environment.
|Connectivity||2.4GHz wireless RF USB dongle|
|Active noise cancellation||No|
|Battery Life||24 hours|
|Special features||7.1 digital surround sound, ClearCast bidirectional microphone, ChatMix dial|
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 delivers excellent sound quality with clarity across frequencies. The bass emphasis is good but not as strong as other gaming headsets giving it a much subtle bass boost. The 7.1 digital surround sound support by DTS Headphone: X 2.0 can be your next favorite thing while gaming because it does its job quite well. You can have one of the best immersive gaming experiences regardless of the type of game. Games like Overwatch and The Witcher 3 sound great with subtle bass and surround sound, whereas flat genre games sound great too!
The gaming headset also supports ChatMix dial, which is a great feature providing you chat-game audio balance. Most hardcore gamers look for this feature in their ideal gaming headset. However, in terms of music experience, it is not as great as gaming. The most obvious reason is that it’s specially designed for gaming purposes. Nevertheless, music presets are available in both stereo and surround sound mode so that you can adjust accordingly.
Overall, the headset has an excellent audio profile in gaming and does a fair job of listening to music; none of them sounds awful.
The headset comes with a non-detachable boom mic like most gaming headphones. The mic is situated on the left earcup, which is retractable and extends up to 4 inches. It is a clear cast bidirectional microphone that is used by aircraft carrier decks. What makes it unique is that instead of picking up noises from all directions, it is specially designed to emphasize voice from your mouth. The voice clarity is brilliant, and the chat game audio balance lets it shine through more. In terms of noise isolation, it succeeds in blocking most ambient noises. Overall it’s a good microphone with no issues while gaming.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have a premium plastic chassis with a metal headband. The earcups are large and are more rounded than most gaming headsets which seem more squared. You can even choose separate headbands and back plates on their website if you look for a flashier appearance. Talking about comfort, the ear pads are incredibly comfortable due to their thickness and airweave cover. The airweave fabric sits somewhat between velour and leather, which gives it a more premium feel.
While the headphone ensures comfort, the overall design may feel bulky, making it less portable. Although it’s not that heavy, weighing just about 354 grams, the headphones are massive. However, they are pretty stable and clamp nicely on your head. You can use these headphones for light sports and workout sessions. All in all, the Arctis 7 stands out as one of the most comfortable gaming headphones on a budget.
These headphones are compatible with PC, PS4, and PS5. This, the headphones also operate through a wired connection with the 1/8″ TRRS cable. This cable also helps you connect the Arctis 7 to your Xbox One and Xbox series X. Also, the headphones have an extensive battery life offering up to 24 hours of playtime in one single charge. This is enough for multiple gaming sessions or even a marathon.
Unlike most wireless headphones, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 supports a 2.4 GHz wireless RF USB dongle for connectivity. Yes, these are not Bluetooth compatible. The headphones have low latency making them perfect for gaming and watching movies. Also, you get some handy cables inside the box, such as a micro-USB to USB-A cable for charging the headphones and a wireless USB dongle.
Controls & Comfort
The headphones come with an array of buttons for easy play and pause—the left earcup houses a mic mute button and a volume dial. You can also find these various ports-3.5mm, Micro-USB, and four-pin ports. At the same time, the right side has the power button and a dial for switching between the game and chat audio channels made possible through the ChatMix function, hence giving it the name ChatMix dial.
In terms of comfort, SteelSeries Arctis 7 are incredibly comfortable due to their thickness and airweave cover. The airweave fabric sits somewhat between velour and leather, making it more premium.
Warranty & Support
The SteelSeries Arcris 7 comes with 1-year manufacturer warranty.