Steelseries Gaming Headset
1. SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB (Premium Surround Sound Gaming Headset)
I was really excited when SteelSeries introduce the Arctis series of headphones. I have always been a huge fan of their Siberia series of headsets, so it was definitely refreshing to see the Arctis lineup that had a new design, and very tastefully done RGB lighting that looked subtle, but had a class of its own. The headset I am looking at today is the SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB, a middle of the road headset in their lineup that aims to deliver a great comfort, and sound quality.
SteelSeries is now focusing on a minimal design that is neutral enough to go with any peripheral of colour scheme you have. I love the soft-touch plastic because it feels good to touch, and feels premium as well. I honestly can’t think of anything I would like to change in the design, or the build quality. Both black and white versions are full of character, making this a whole package.
Thankfully, SteelSeries has paid good attention to the headset as a whole as the Arctis 5 is one of the most comfortable options available in the market, and one can wear them for long hours without having the need to adjust or take them off. This is really important because people who play a lot of games, or listen to music while working need something that is comfortable.
Speaking of listening to music, or playing games; the sound on both ends is excellent; I would not call it neutral as some frequencies are more pronounced than the others, but the music and gaming experience on the Arctis 5 is excellent with plenty of loudness to give the proper immersion. However, the one complaint I have in the sound department is about the surround sound as it happens to be average at best.
SteelSeries has also worked hard on the new software that you will need to customize the headset, and I am saying this because the software follows a no-nonsense routine, and it is extremely easy and smooth when it comes to the usage. I wish more companies could pay attention to this as it has become a norm in the industry to over populate your gaming software with features that you do not really need.
The only issue I face with the SteelSeries Arctis 5 apart from an average surround sound is that the cable of the headset is long and sometimes get convoluted. However, if you have a larger desk with proper cable management holes, then you should not have any issues with the headset cables.
Other than these small issues, the SteelSeries Arctic 5 RGB is a great gaming headset that does not cost a lot of money and delivers a fantastic performance as well.
- Near perfect sound quality.
- Great software.
- The build quality is excellent.
- Comfort level is great.
- The long cable might be bothersome.
- The surround sound is just average.
2. SteelSeries Arctis 3 (Best Budget Surround Sound Gaming Headset)
The list is almost done but we still have two more great gaming headsets to look at. I have already reviewed the SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB and raved about it, but if that happens to be a bit out of your budget, then do not worry, the Arctis series has more to offer. The Arctis 3 is basically the younger brother of the Arctis 5, and although SteelSeries had to make some compromises to bring the Arctis 3 into the series; the compromises are not all that big, meaning that the Arctis 3 does provide great value for money, and still has a lot of features that most of the people would want.
For starters, you do not get the RGB lighting of the Arctis 5, but the good thing is that the same matte finish build quality is already here. In terms of the shape, and look, the Arctis 3 largely looks like the Arctis 5, which is not a bad thing considering how I loved the Arctis 5 in terms of look. So, where did SteelSeries cut corners?
Well, as far as the sound quality is concerned, the Arctis 3 has a lovely sound range, and I am glad, because at a cost this low, you would generally expect to compromise on the sound quality. Thankfully, that is not an issue; as far as gaming is concerned, the SteelSeries Arctis 3 delivers on that front masterfully, and thanks to the lightweight, and sturdy construction, the headphones also offer plenty of comfort, so I can assure you that you will not run into any issues as far as the comfort is concerned.
As far as the downsides are concerned, there are some things that I do not like at all; for starters, the microphone is bi-directional, and although it is good, it ends up picking up some unnecessary background noise which is no phone at all. However, that can be solved using the software, so it is definitely a plus point. Sadly, the same software is definitely not polished enough to provide a good experience, and might annoy a lot of people.
In conclusion, the SteelSeries Arctis 3 feels like a product that does not belong in this list. I mean, I like the sound quality, I love how comfortable and lightweight it is, but at the same time, there are so many functionalities that it downright lacks. This ends up killing the entire experience to an otherwise great gaming headset. The software ends up holding the headset back a bit, what otherwise could have been a great product to say the least.
- The headset sounds pretty decent for the price.
- Carries the tradition of being lightweight.
- Really good comfort level.
- Looks and feels good in hand.
- The microphone is good as long as it gets tuned t through the software.
- The unidirectional microphone can pick up background noise.
- The software is unpolished and convoluted.
Posted 4 months ago by Asfand Yar