Product Provided By: SteelSeries
Platform : PC/PS4/Android/iOS
Editor: Carrie Crockett
With all of the innovations and technology that can potentially be packed into a headset, designers can sometimes create a product that feels too heavy for the human head. Within 30 minutes to an hour you may have to take the headset off to avoid cramping headaches. You will not find that issue with the Arctis Wireless Pro. While it isn't more lightweight than you’re typical gaming headset, this bad boy is designed from the ground up for maximum comfort while retaining a refined design. We have tested the Wireless Pro in several gameplay sessions with some lasting upwards to 5 hours. With almost every over ear headset, there is a minor issue with heat output and the Pro does escape this. This is not a real problem however since the ear cups are made of highly breathable materials.
Battery life is simply fantastic due to the exclusive dual-battery module. Just like this sounds, two batteries are always better than one, meaning you can charge one battery, while the other powers the headset. Swapping out the battery is painless and left us wondering when this beast will actually die. The side panels that hold each battery are held on with magnets meaning you can take off the cover, pop out the battery and stick it into the charger. If you wanted to, you could do all of this one handed without ever taking off your headset.
The manual claims the headset can last up to 10 hours on a single charge, but we often found the actual battery life surpasses that. During our battery life tests, we managed to get up to 14 hours of juice before we had to swap batteries. The batteries can be charged directly in the transmitter station that comes included with the Pro Wireless. This means that while you play, you should have no problem running out of battery life as long as you keep your transmitter handy.
We spent a lot of time fine tuning the equalizer and volume to figure out what worked for our favorite genres of games. Those that play FPS or multiplayer games were pleased to find that you can easily alter your own chat volume with the transmitter box so you are not blasting yourself and others whenever you call out a tactic.
Calling out orders in a game has also been improved in the Arctic Pro Wireless due to the incredible clarity with the retractable microphone. While it won’t give you a perfect professional quality sound, it is honestly the most clear audio we have ever heard from a gaming headset. It still has that slightly muffled sound that every small microphone has, but every word is heard perfectly.
There was never an issue where our team mates misunderstood what we were saying. Not only that, but most standard background noises are quite limited, if not cancelled out entirely. While you could still pick up some noise if someone was in the room talking to you, most of it was so quiet that it would be difficult to make out. Overall, it made playing multiplayer online games more convenient.
This will provide a more reliable experience than you can get with your mobile device’s bluetooth and help guarantee 100% quality sound. And while we are discussing this products connectivity, it should be pointed out that there is one downside when it comes to device connectivity, specifically for those using an Xbox One. For such a high priced headset, one might expect it to connect to any gaming platform, but that is simply not the case. This is not so much due to a flaw with the headphones as much as it’s an issue with Microsoft using proprietary wireless features instead more standardized technology. Since our reviewers consist of Playstation and PC gamers, this did not become an issue when testing out the device. It is one thing that must be considered though when looking at the price point of these headphones, and may very well deter some potential customers.
One of the most impressive features with the Arctis Wireless Pro has to be the fact that when wireless it still outperforms anything we've ever experienced. It is seriously mind blowing that the wireless transmitter helps provide a completely lossless and low latency audio quality. SteelSeries claims that you can have up to 40 feet of interference free range, but we had to change floors to notice signal degradation. This meant that getting up to grab a between match snack caused no static or loss of sound signal. This became even more invaluable when listening to music, as our favorite songs would not be interpreted when moving about the place, or even during an impromptu dance session. This is something we can honestly say we have never experienced in a headset before. Bravo, SteelSeries.
Overall, the SteelSeries Arctis Wireless Pro is perfect in almost every way except price. If you want the best gaming headset money can buy, this is it. The Arctis Wireless Pro will even give audiophiles a run for their money offering quality unseen below the $500 price point for headphones. If $320 is too much for you, we have to recommend the Arctis 7 available for only $100. SteelSeries has managed to impress us yet again with their magnificent prowess.
We here at Game Rampage give the SteelSeries Arctis Wireless pro a perfect score of 10/10. Pick one up on their official website now!
+ Lossless Audio
+ Comfort For Hours
+ Wireless Beats Wired
+ Audio Fluidity
- Not Compatible With Xbox One