|Item model number||61505|
|Hardware Platform||PC, PC, Playstation 4|
|Item Weight||12.5 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.76 x 6.89 x 3.58 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||7.76 x 6.89 x 3.58 inches|
|Batteries||2 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
SteelSeries Arctis 7 - Lossless Wireless Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround - For PC and PlayStation 4 - Black
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- Designed for gaming, the 2.4g connection delivers rock solid, lossless wireless audio with ultra-low latency and zero interference
- Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the discord certified clear cast microphone delivers studio quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation
- Sound is your competitive advantage with the s1 speaker drivers, engineered to produce ultra-low distortion audio so you hear every detail
- Immerse yourself in 360 degrees of precision audio with next generation DTS headphone: x v2.0 7.1 surround sound (pc only)
- 24 hour battery life gives you enough continuous play for even your longest gaming sessions; compatible only with pc,mac,ps,switch and mobile; headphone sensitivity: 98 dB
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The Most Awarded Wireless Gaming Headset Ever
The Arctis 7 combines the proven Arctis 2.4 Ghz ultra-low latency wireless audio with 24 hour battery life and tons of premium features, making it the most awarded wireless headset in gaming.
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Arctis challenges everything you know about gaming headsets with completely overhauled audio, a new mic design with unmatched clarity, and improved comfort with materials inspired by athletic clothing. Arctis 7 features lossless wireless audio, 24-hour battery life, a premium steel headband, on ear game/chat audio balance, and DTS headphone: x v2.0 7.1 surround. Arctis 7 was PC Gamer’s Best Wireless Gaming Headset of the year for 2019. Compatibility : PC wireless via USB, DTS headphone’s surround, SteelSeries Engine 3 support, chat mix mic, wireless via USB; PlayStation wireless via USB; Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite wireless via USB in docked mode, wired via 3.5mm cable in tablet mode; Mobile wired via 3.5 mm analog. Headphone frequency response- 20–20000 kHz.
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Well guess what? The sound is crap. Fresh out the box, I updated the Steelseries Engine 3 software and patched the headset, but the soundstage in my ears was skewed around 30 degrees to the left. That means that everything I hear in my ears seems to be coming from the left. Sometimes, there was nothing to the right. Whether I was listening to music or playing games, the sound was skewed to the left. I tried tweaking different settings in the Engine 3 but to no avail.
So I did what any logical person would do -- I contacted the Steelseris customer service on 30 September 2018. Every reply from them takes around 2 - 3 working days. Slow responses notwithstanding, the customer service representative did not seem to know why the issue was happening. He only suggested 2 options.
Firstly, he told me to reset the hardware via a magical button hidden in the left earcup. I had to peel off the cushioning, find one of those iPhone pins, and then hold the button for a certain amount of time, at which point the headset should reset. There is no indication anywhere so I had to just hope it worked. (It works when you realise you have to re-pair the headset to the USB receiver that came with it.) After re-pairing with the receiver, the issue was improved by maybe 5 degrees but the soundstage was still skewed to the left. The issue becomes more apparent at lower volumes.
The customer service rep's next solution was to go straight to the RMA process. After asking me to send in my receipt, they agreed to RMA the product conditionally if I send in evidence (screenshot) of the destroyed product - i.e. breaking off the left earcup and showing the serial number.
Which I did on 14 October.
It's 16 October and my reply from them was that my RMA is declined -- with NO EXPLANATION WHATSOEVER WHY.
So basically, let's recap -- Steelseries sold me a product that has some weird issue, took 2 weeks to correspond with me, agreed to RMA my purchase, and then after I had destroyed it, proceeded to screw me over and tell me the RMA is rejected.
Take this as a lesson learnt -- DO NOT BUY THEIR PRODUCTS. WONKY. FAULTY. PATHETIC CUSTOMER SERVICE. AND WILL ABSOLUTELY SCREW YOU OVER FOR NO REASON AT ALL.
First off, I wear headphones 12-18 hours a day, 7 days a week. For work, recreation, and to help me fall asleep. I know headphones, and have a decent collection of a dozen or so.
1) HOLY DISTORTION, BATMAN! Listening to music at volumes any of my other headphones can handle (including the cheap-o $30 bluetooth units), these units produce massive amounts of distortion. I cannot believe how bad these are at volumes over 50%! Give it one tonal range to cover, and it seems to do okay, but toss in two or three (like bass guitar and a high-hat at the same time.... or, ya know, almost all music) and suddenly you can't make out what you're listening to anymore.
2) The volume roller is EXTREMELY easy to accidentally adjust. I mean, unbelievably easy. I am CONSTANTLY messing with the volume when adjusting the headphones or mic, and since it's so loose it's almost impossible to dial in "just the right" volume. Very very annoying!
3) There's no media controls on these. Why? A push-button volume button combination would easily solve the "too easy to adjust" volume, and allow media controls through long presses.
4) The ear pieces are EXTREMELY hot. I wear headphones quite a bit, but these burn my ears up in a matter of minutes, which makes me adjust or remove them temporarily. This also reiterates point #2 in that the volume knob is ALWAYS being adjusted by accident.
5) These block absolutely no out-side sound, and people often can hear what I am listening to or playing. This doesn't make sense since the ear-pads don't seem to allow ANY airflow.
6) The mic disable button turns ON a light........ What? So when your mic is on, there's no light. When you mic is OFF, such as when listening to music, hanging out, whatever, there's BRIGHT RED LED on 100% of the time....... Huh???? How does this make sense?
7) the audio volume is easily 1/3 of every other headphone I own. I crank every setting up to 100% just to be equal to 30% on any other headset... Why?
8) mic is garbage!!!! I can't imagine anyone with any sense of intelligence thinking this mic is anything other than painfully sub par. Everything either sounds tinny, or incredibly digital (like using one of those $5 voice oscillators that make you sound like a robot.
9) while the ear pads do go around your ears, the speaker mesh is too shallow and will contact your ears. This makes it unbearable by itself, but combined with every other issue.....
10) FINALLY the surround sound effect is negligable. Playing the same surround sound tests, I cannot tell a difference between regular 2.0 phones and these. At all. There's also a VERY VERY VERY specific place you HAVE to position these, or you'll only hear about 70% of what it's putting out. Unfortunately the VERY SPECIFIC spot these must be placed is absolutely HORRIBLE. You must bend and fold your ears to position them even remotely correctly.
11) I know I said 10 was the final number, but it brings me to another point. These are so uncomfortable in almost every way. After a short session your jaw will hurt, as the bottoms press right into the hinge of your jaw, your ears will hurt and be sweaty from the complete lack of ventilation (it's like putting your ears in a wool coat in July in Florida -- a swamp!)
From a company that specializes in headphones, these are full of awfully poor design choices! One of the worst overall headsets I've ever owned.
Do not recommend to anyone for any purpose!
The headset is very comfortable. I was able to play for 3 and half hours before my ears felt a bit sore. That's when I took the headset off for a few. To be able to play for nearly 4 hours straight without feeling a thing on your head is very nice. And honestly if you play for that long, it probably is time for a lil break anyway. But really, this headset is very lightweight and comfortable. Don't judge it based on your initial try.
I don't know why others have some issues with them. I was almost scared off by negative reviews, I'm glad I gave this a try. If you play games, you should get this.
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The quality of the wireless mic is as good as the best wired mics I've heard. Even in an environment dense with devices on 2.4GHz, I get great range.
The quality of the speakers is good, but with some tweaking with PEACE (equalizer) the speakers are EXCELLENT. Do a quick search for Arctis 7 eq curves.
Comfort-wise, the headset is very easy to wear for long periods. My ears get a little warm, but not sweaty.
Battery life is good. I charge it once a week.
Honestly.... there's nothing I can be critical of.
Does this headset deserve a 1 star: No. It's not that bad, but for the money and drawbacks, you can do a lot better; and so I find they are completely not worth your time and money. I hate it when people review a product and say that there is better out there, but then leave it to you to find said product, so I will also say, I bought Razer Naris instead. Wireless range isn't as good, but is very comfortable.
Comfort: I thought the "ski band" style would be super comfortable, not the case. It's decent, but slides off your head and really applies alot of the headset pressure to one small area. Even with the 2019 edition your ears will touch the inside of the headset..
Sound: worst part about them. Sounds suuuuper flat. I use hyper x clouds and i thought they sounded flat, but nothing compared to how flat these sound. Plus, max volume with these is not very loud.
Mic: no complaints, picks up a fair amount of background noise.
Wireless: works great. Wireless adapter seamlessly changes between outputs depending if the headset is on or off. My adapter had an issue and only played left audio.. which led to me returning them.
The build quality seems pretty good, in particular the swivel for the ear cups. The microphone is able to work in it's "retracted" state. I do wish that there was an option to have the mic auto-mute when retracted.
I have owned many headphones and currently use a pair of Bose QC15s, and they work fantastic. I bought these for my son who has a pair of ten-year-old Razer SC2 headphones thinking they'd be an upgrade. They sound tinny, and heavy bass seriously distorts these headphones in the lower ranges, making them down robotic or metallic. I spend countless hours adjusting sound volumes, installing custom EQs but no adjustments we can make come close so the Razer SC2 headphones from ten years ago, or my Bose QC15 headphones.
A good song to test on is "To Forgive" from Smashing Pumpkins. These headphones cannot handle the beginning bass and intro of this song, no matter what type of adjustments you make.
I am not sure why these headphones are rated as high as hundreds of websites have rated them. If you know anything about psychology, then I'll refer you to the term 'Social Proof.' There is only one way these headphones could be rated so highly, and that's if the manufacturer paid for these reviews.
Furthermore, the material the ear pads are made out of squeak if you move your head. It's hard to explain, but super, super annoying and it's a terrible choice for ear pad material.
If you got conned and purchased a pair of these, make sure you return them before your time runs out and purchase something with better sound quality. Your ears will thank you.
I know you're reading this article thinking 'Well, that dude is just some crazy audiophile, they'll be fine for me!' I can assure you that I am not that picky. I'm just some average dude who knows what quality is and what is not.
I've never had the issues with pressure or fit others have seem to have, the band is adjustable to a certain degree and cheap to replace if worn out.
The sound in game is fantastic, although coming off of some more studio focused headphones the music experience is less then desirable out of the box.
Thankfully, the software allows for in depth control and allows for multiple profiles to tune each of your experiences.
The mic isn't out of this world, but no worse then competitors in this price range so no complaints on that regard.
Battery life is fantastic, a small issue is the audible beep every 20 seconds or so if the battery is low.
I highly reccomend if most of what you do is gaming.
The only minus when comparing is the sound quality: it feels a little less accurate and crisp than the previous one. However, for the usage I have of it, and for the decent price, I still recommend those very much.
The microphone is somewhat problematic for me and I have real trouble getting it to work consistently. When it works it is great. I use a noise gate with discord and discord has a very hard time outputting sound to the headphones. Most times I just use my streaming, stand-alone mic and I concede that the issue may be with my setup and not the headset itself. If this was your only microphone input then it would possibly not be an issue. It does not play nice with multiple mics however. The wireless signal also is quite strong and I have been up to 10m away from the transmitter before the connection starts to de-sync. Which is great. Overall I am happy with the purchase and quality of this headset. Worth considering in the $190 range.
Microphone fonctionne bien. La voix est claire et précise. Mes amis gamer apprécient.
Ma fonction préférée: Le réglage de volume jeu/discord. Un must.
Le casque est confortable avec lunette. Il est vrai que l'on entend le bruit de la mousse sur le plastique de la lunette lorsque l'on bouge ou parle, mais seulement si aucun autre son. On oubli rapidement le casque une fois enfilé et aucune douleurs après plusieurs heures.
- Excellent battery life
- Excellent range; I can literally walk all over the house and I did not loose the connexion
- lots of controls, connexions: volume, chat volume, mute, direct wired connexion, mute light is visible, power on/off, external connector for sharing sound with another headphone. There are also input and output connectors on the transmitter itself; very handy if you want to connect other devices.
- retractable microphone
- very good quality microphone (but no noise cancellation)
- Engine software works with Windows and Mac; lots of controls including EQ, microphone feedback, battery level, discord integration and many other plugin applications available.
- The cans are very big, so OK for a big head but looks big on medium and small head; I would not walk in the street with these. Also, the mat black plastic looks cheap.
- Adjustment is only with a ski goggle elastic band; not very comfortable. I prefer the traditional steel sliders.
- Comfort is very average; the cans weight create pressure on the top of your head and I do not think it will be comfortable for many hours. The cushions are made of material with a soft foam; they feel warm after a while, probably hot during summer days; I prefer memory foam with leather or fake breathable leatherette.
- The sound quality is OK but lacks bass and volume; I need to put the volume to almost maximum. Even using the EQ, I cannot produce enough bass. Several other headsets offer much better sound quality for the same price (but not compatible with Mac)
- While the microphone offers very good quality, I have to crank the input level to the max; it would be better if I had some range.
- The headset turns automatically off after a preset time (30 to 90 minutes) if nothing plays in the headset. While this is a good power saving feature, it could be a problem for sessions where you need to talk and there is nothing playing in the headset. So make sure to set the power off to 90 minutes if you need to give talks for more than 30 minutes.
- The connector for the analog input is propriatery instead of being a standard 3/8, weird.
- The power connector is micro usb; it would have been better to be USB C
- The volume controls are analog and they can be easily be changed accidentally; it would have been better if they would have more resistance and be digital.
- make sure you plug the transmitter directly into the computer; an external USB hub is not reliable.
- No DTS surround on Mac software (does it matter?)
To summarize, this headset is a good wireless option if you use a Mac but otherwise, other options might be better for the price.
3 stars because I otherwise have no complaints, they are comfortable and sound quality is good.
2018 Gaming Headset Of The Year
The headset is well made. Heavier than I expected, the "ski strap" headband design and the large oversized ear pads, are meant to distribute the weight around your head. (Most headphones are uncomfortable for me, with too much clamping pressure, apparently designed for smaller heads). Unfortunately your ears actually rest AGAINST the cloth-covered speaker (the soft earpad cushions don't actually rest ON your ears, but rather AROUND your ears).
At first the headset feels heavy, but after about 10min one acclimates somewhat, especially when immersed in a game, but the weight/clamping force is always there (they also press your glasses pretty tight against your head - don't know why someone hasn't invented a fix for that problem), and they do get warm and uncomfortable after a while.
line in/out (you can hook up your phone/external speakers);
gaming/chat levels mix (so you can chat on the phone and still hear the game as well - your significant other will love that - or mix the game's sound/chat levels).
The good: immersive, surround-sound for gaming improves the in-game experience.
The bad: If you're expecting good audio quality, you'll be disappointed: "boxy" sounding with no real mids/highs definition. Not good at all for music; at best for TV and gaming only ( Again, one has to wonder in the design of these things, why audio quality doesn't seem to be considered. The noise-cancellation works fine, but over-the-ear phones cut off outside sounds well enough without it. I'd rather not trade high-fidelity sound, for an unneeded NC feature.
Using their downloadable software helps some, but no amount of tweaking will make these headphones sound very good if the hardware just isn't there (Their higher end model supposedly has very good sound, but haven't tried it.
The sound sometimes cuts out completely for no reason I can figure out, then will suddenly reappear (wired and wireless both). Sometimes the headset automatically shuts itself off, even though the battery is fully charged.
Though the product description says the battery charge lasts for 24 hours of gaming, the one I got runs out after only a few hours (at least the headset still functions while charging, so you can still use them, as long as you don't mind the usb charging cable plugged into it.)
Finally got the "highest rated gaming mic" to work: you need to use the downloaded software to get it to work.
No amount of tweaking Windows 10 settings, or the other audio options on my pc, resulted in any sound at all.
The mic sounds decent, but for some reason it's hard to get enough volume (tried everything - maybe because the mic only extends to the edge of your mouth?)
Overall a decent gaming headset, as long as you're willing to overlook the lackluster audio-quality and the weight.
Update: I've since tried some other comparably priced models, and in retrospect this model was the best.
If someone came out with a truly decent, affordable gaming headset, they'd lead the pack. Why doen't this happen?
As I really like the features on this headset, decided to give it another go.
The clamping force is a bit less than the earlier ones I tried, but the sound quality is worse, the SteelSeries Engine Software has no effect that I can hear, and the sound sometmes cuts out completely (wired or wireless) for no reason, especially in the game Fortnite. The ears press hard against the hard plastic speaker cover (the ear cushions/cups are not deep enough to keep the plastic off your ears - very uncomfortable, I have to take them off every half hour or so (more if I've been playing longer, as your ears to hurt after awhile).
Love the features, got it on Black Friday, so almost worth keeping just for gaming (music, tv, etc sounds very dull).
Overall not enough volume - has to be on 9-10 most of the time.