SteelSeries Arctis 7
SteelSeries Arctis 7 features
First and foremost, SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a wireless headset. Simply plug in a wireless amplifier to a USB port on your computer, pair that amplifier with the headset, and you’re good to go. The wireless is crystal clear and worked from up to about 30 feet in my tests.
The Arctis 7 runs on the SteelSeries Engine 3 software, a clean, intuitive, and well-designed program that keeps tabs on just about every modern SteelSeries peripheral. In addition to setting up sound profiles, you can also toy around with mic options; otherwise, the program doesn’t offer too many bells and whistles for this particular peripheral. Unlike on the Arctis 5, there are no colored RGB lights on the ear cups. In my opinion, this is a negligible loss, as users can’t see colored lights on their own headsets anyway.
One thing in particular that I liked was the program’s Library sections, where it keeps tabs of all the profiles you’ve created for various games, and stores every peripheral’s profile under the same heading. If you’ve made a mouse, keyboard, and headset profile for The Witcher 3, for example, you’ll see them all in the same box. This is a very convenient way to sync all of your peripherals, provided they all come from SteelSeries.
You can also leverage the device’s wireless capabilities for a phone or speaker, although doing so is a little convoluted. By supplying your own audio cable, you can plug a phone in to the amplifier, or the amplifier into a speaker. While this is not as convenient as having Bluetooth built-in, it does mean that you can stream wireless audio to and from more than just a computer and a headset, which is more than I expected from a $150 wireless peripheral.
The headset also comes with a retractable, flexible mic in the left ear cup. Like the mic on the Arctis 5, it’s a high-end device that captures sound is clear and subtle patterns, although it still goes a bit heavy on the “p” and “s” sounds. I wouldn’t record a podcast with it, but it’s more than adequate for competitive gaming or streaming on Twitch.
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- Great sound
- Comfortable fit
- Reasonable price
- Seamless wireless
- Fine-tuning music takes some work
- Clunky phone and speaker functionality