SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Features
The most important feature of the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is its USB-C dongle. SteelSeries claims that this dongle will eliminate a lot of the pain points traditionally associated with wireless Switch headphones, particularly since they often require cumbersome Bluetooth dongles. As such, I tried switching between all the game systems in my home, using only the USB-C dongle (and the USB-A adapter), timing how long it took before the sound started up in each case.
The results were extremely impressive. I started with the dongle in my PC and then transferred it to my Switch in handheld mode. It took 7 seconds for the sound to kick in, and that wound up being the longest I had to wait. From there, I transferred the adapter to my Android phone, then to my Switch in docked mode, then to my PS4. Each time, the sound took 5 seconds to kick in. This is a big difference from Bluetooth devices, which can often take 30 or 40 seconds — or even longer if you’re just pairing them for the first time.
The sound quality was also consistent and stable, without any kind of lag or dropped signals. I placed my phone in the center of my apartment and then walked to every corner, in every room, to see how well I could hear my music. No matter where I ventured, I didn’t lose any signal. I would estimate that the signal holds up for about 30 feet, but since you’ll likely be within 10 feet (or 2 feet, for handhelds) of your sound source at all times, it’s not all that important.
You can also tweak a variety of options with the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, including equalization, mic sidetone, and time until the device powers off. It’s pretty straightforward, and it’s handy that your equalization options carry over to other systems. (The changes you make on a PC will still work on a Switch, in other words.) You can also monitor the headset’s battery life, which is about 20 hours.
The microphone continues to be something of a mixed bag. It recorded my voice extremely clearly, with very little fuzziness or distortion. However, it also picked up nearby sounds indiscriminate, making it a tough sell for a crowded office or a noisy living room. It’s fine for casual multiplayer, but you may have to repeat yourself a few times if you’re competing with a spouse, roommate, or kids in the same living space.
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- Excellent wireless connectivity
- Compatibility with almost everything
- Decent sound for gaming and music
- Comfortable fit
- No elastic headband
- No iOS compatibility