SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless – Best Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is an outstanding gaming headset that combines the connectivity options of the Arctis 7 and Arctis Pro GameDAC by incorporating a wireless transmitter that also functions as a battery charger and even integrates Bluetooth into the headset. The result is a highly versatile wireless gaming headset that can simultaneously mix audio from a console and a mobile device. The Arctis Pro Wireless is a comfortable, well-designed headset that sounds great and has a great battery system and great microphone. It is quite expensive and, like many gaming headphones, quite bulky and has poor isolation performance. However, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is otherwise a remarkable gaming headset.

Design

The Arctis Pro Wireless is a responsive headset. Although the looks and design of the Arctis 7 and Arctis Pro + GameDAC are similar, the Arctis Pro Wireless has a more versatile control scheme thanks to a special Bluetooth sync button that also controls music and voice calls. It is a comfortable gaming headset that feels a bit tight with larger heads, but is not too heavy and has a fairly good stability. Although it has a soft, porous padding for the outer ear, it is not very breathable and is not suitable for use while running. They are very well built headphones and feel sturdy enough to withstand your toughest gaming sessions. They feature a retractable microphone that increases their versatility and can be wired or wirelessly used.

Sound

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are closed, over-the-ear gaming headphones with impressive sound. They have an incredibly accurate audio reproduction with almost perfectly neutral bass and mid range. Their bass has a good amount of punch while their highs are detailed and present. If you are not a fan of the neutral tone signature, you can use the transmitter or the SteelSeries app to tune the sound to your liking. They also have great imaging, so you can pinpoint the sound in the distance and know exactly where it comes from. This is perfect for games. Unfortunately, their bass and treble tend to inconsistencies between different users and positions. Overall, they are not only suitable for games, but also for a variety of music genres and even for audiobooks or podcasts.

Isolation

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have the same porous pads as the Arctis Pro GameDAC and the Arctis 7, which leave a lot of sound in the headphones. They form a decent closure around your ears that prevents high frequency noise from entering your audio, but does not turn off the deep rumble of a bus motor when you use it during daily commute traffic with your phone. Fortunately, the power dissipation is quite good, so the headphones are not too loud to distract the surroundings. So you can mask some of the ambient noise by increasing the listening volume.

Microphone

The boom-microphone performance of the Arctis Pro Wireless is excellent. In a quiet environment, the voice recorded or transmitted with this microphone sounds full and easy to understand, but a little light and airy. In noisy environments, the microphone suppresses a lot of ambient noise, making the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless ideal for use in very noisy places such as a gaming event.

Active Features

The Arctis Pro Wireless have excellent active features. They have an excellent battery, namely 2 replaceable batteries, which are charged either directly in the transmitter or by inserting the headset itself. The battery survived more than 15 hours of uninterrupted playback in our test, which is longer than indicated. This should be more than enough, even for your longest gaming sessions, especially if you can always charge a second battery in the transmitter. Although it is not clear when the battery is 100% charged, it seems to be fully charged in less than one and a half hours, which is good. There is also a customizable auto-off timer that you can set in the app. The SteelSeries Engine offers a variety of customization options to help you enhance your personal gaming experience with features such as a graphic equalizer, DTS surround sound, and a live microphone preview.

Connectivity

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless offer a variety of connectivity options. They have the same great wireless capabilities as the Arctis 7, but with additional Bluetooth support and an updated wireless multi-input transmitter. The radio transmitter also acts as a docking station, where the battery of the headset is charged. Arctis Pro headphones can be used wirelessly with the USB transmitter to provide a low-latency gaming experience on your console or PC, or via Bluetooth to chat with your smartphone or tablet or listen to music. You can also use this headset with the included audio cable to avoid latency.

Conclusion

Mixed Usage

Good headphones for mixed use. The Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile than Pro + GameDAC and Arctis 7 because they are wireless and support Bluetooth. They can be easily combined with mobile devices and offer with the extendable microphone a more universal appearance for everyday use. They are not the best choice for commuters or athletes because they have a rather bulky design and do not isolate sounds so well. However, due to their multiple connectivity options and balanced sound, they are great for watching movies, games and critical listening.

Critical Listening

Ideal for critical listening. Their neutral sound profile is very flat and they have excellent audio fidelity. Their bass offers enough punch and rumble to bring bassier genres to pop without overloading the instruments and vocals in the midrange. The heights are detailed and present. Our test unit also had a great imaging that will be useful to locate game sounds like steps. Overall, they provide a balanced, neutral sound that will satisfy most listeners, especially as you can customize it with the included transmitter or SteelSeries software to your liking.

Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. You can pair the Arctis Pro Wireless with your mobile devices via Bluetooth or use it passively with the included audio cable. Although they do not isolate the sound very well, the microphone is retractable and very comfortable. They are therefore a great option for commuting, if you do not care about the over-ear design.

Sports/Fitness

Above average athletic with gaming headsets. They are bulky, but have breathable upholstery on the ear cups. You can also wirelessly use them on mobile devices and are reasonably stable thanks to their tight yet comfortable fit. However, they are not very practical for physical activity, as you have to exercise with them quite warm and they can easily slip off.

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