The gloves are off kiddies, as SteelSeries officially announces its new Arctis high performance headset lineup. Now we said “high performance”, not high priced, which unfortunately seems to go hand-in-hand most times, seeing how some headsets can cost hundreds of dollars.
Thankfully that’s not the case with SteelSeries’ freshest headset creations, but let’s break down the entire Arctis lineup starting with the Arctis 3. It features a wired USB connection, SteelSeries 7.1 surround sound, and a half wrap headband.
The Arctis 5 features all of the above, as well as an illuminated connection, DTS Headphone: X 7.1 surround sound, USB ChatMix control to level out the volume of incoming voice chat, and Prism RGP illumination, which is also found on several other models of SteelSeries’ headsets.
At the top of hill sits the Arctis 7, which is a wireless headset that features a full wrap headband, zero latency voice and sound, an on-ear ChatMix dial, a 15 hour battery life, and a 40 foot/12 meter range.
All three headsets feature a ski goggle suspension band, an auto-adjust hinged hanger design, AirWeave ear cushions, a newly designed ClearCast microphone, and the same audio drivers found on SteelSeries’ top-tier $300 headsets. They also sport on-ear audio controls, an audio share jack, and SteelSeries Engine 3 software support to store user profiles, EQ customizations, and microphone settings.
In the future SteelSeries will also be selling custom headband wraps for the Arctis series of headsets through its online store for those who want to personalize their setup.
The Arctis headsets are available now exclusively at Best Buy with the 3, 5, and 7 models running $79.99USD, $99.99USD, and $149.99USD respectively.
Techgage is in line for a review sample, so stay tuned for a full review shortly.