SteelSeries Arctis 5 – Gaming Headset – RGB Illumination – DTS Headphone:X v2 : Very pleased

When my trusty logitech g930’s finally went to silicon heaven, i spent a long time reading product reviews around the web, before buying these highly rated gaming headphones. I really wanted to like these (they were a lot of money), but having used them now daily for months, they’re difficult to like. The pros:- they look smart- they sound decent. – they are comfortable for long sessions- they materials feel like good quality, with soft touch plastics, etc. The cons:- the usb transmitter thing works well for a desktop setup, but you can’t coil the wires up into it if you want to use these on a laptop and there’s no usb stick style alternative supplied. – the wireless range is fairly poor. – the micro usb charger is fiddly to plug in- they’re very small for someone who has a normal human sized headthe plain daft:there are 2 volume controls, the left one is for overall volume, and the right one is for chat/game mix. Fine in principle, but they are very sensitive, and for some reason steelseries decided to put these underneath each can (at 6 o’clock). So if you do wear clothes and have a normal human sized neck which hasn’t been artificially extended by (say) a series of brass neck rings placed incrementally over the course of your adolescence, it’s far too easy to accidentally catch the volume controls, resulting in either turning the volume up full or completely off. Sometimes it completely turns off just voice comms, leaving your teammates screaming at you for wiping them out once you figure out why they all went quiet a minute ago and died. Also, on my set, the left can seems to be the master (it has the overall volume control), but the right “slave” can seems to want to break free from this regime and choose whatever volume it bloody well likes (usually slightly lower than the dominant left), unless the overall volume is on full. The only real world solution to this is superglue the buttons on full left volume, and “middle” chat/game mix, but i’m fairly sure that’s not what steelseries designers were aiming for. Overall, these would be great if i were a senior member of the south african ndebele tribe, but i am just a normal middle aged gamer with a human sized neck who wears clothing, so they’re not ideal for me without aftermarket superglue mods.

I’ve been using these for well over a month now and i must say they are fantastic. Easily the best headphones i’ve ever owned. Great volume and sound quality, good mic, great functions and a battery that seems to last a whole week if not more. And they are very comfortable. There is a volume mixer for voice/game chat on the headset which is fully compatible with discord. No longer will you need to alt-tab to lower the volume of teammates in a game where you need to hear your surroundings, simply adjust the mixer and it seamlessly and instantly adjusts the volume. You can even make the game quieter and discord louderthe wireless range is also great. I often wear these and mute the mic via the headset’s button (to be fair, this button could be a bit easier to toggle on) while i get up for a quick drink/pee break in between respawns and i never lose connection to my pc in the next room.

After using these headphones for a few months i can say they are great for gaming – terrible for quiet music. There is an ever-present audible hiss, like static, that is incredibly distracting when listening to quieter music. In games, the general atmospheric music, background and upfront sfx etc cover the hiss. I bought these primarily because they work with the ps4 and the freedom of not being tethered by a wire. These headsets have 2 ouput channels, arctis game and arctis chat. With some setup i was able to get proper surround sound from the ps4 slim while being able to listen to voice comms and youtube videos etc on the pc, and be able to raise or lower the volumes of those two independently of each other thanks to the chatmix feature. The battery life is pretty good, and with two batteries you will always have 1 charging meaning when the one you’re using does run out it takes mere seconds to be back up and running. But in order to listen to music i find myself plugging in a 2nd pair of headphones. For £300 i find that pretty disappointing. All the other features are great, but if i’d have known there was this static hiss i would have opted for the wired version instead.

I’ve been looking for a new wireless headset for ages with the options coming down to the corsair void pro (i’m a fan of corsair), the astros and this pair. Steelseries at first didn’t come to mind due to the massive cost but when factoring in that i wanted a wireless headset with good battery life, no latency and good sound quality the choice soon gets narrowed down. This is by far a superior headset for competitive gaming and holds up well for listening to loud music. The foam / fabric cups are a comfy fit and once the elastic headband is adjusted correctly is comfortable for a few hours wear (although it is good to take it off every now and then to relieve some pressure). As for gaming, the mute button on the back of the cup is great as is the built in volume control wheel. Retractable microphone boom is a plus to hide the mic when you’re just listening. Sound quality has been spot on for playing csgo competitive. Forever hearing reloads and footsteps when my team are oblivious to it so would recommend for gaming alone. Then couple in the cool oled received and battery charger (oh yeah, hot swap batteries.I can go a few days on a single battery but being able to swap it when it’s low is another easy 10/10 reason to save your money on getting a cheaper pair and just buy this quality piece that will last you).

Loving the arctis 7 2019 edition wireless headset – i’ve install the steelseries app and left on default and the sound is really nice , bass is just about right and not to punchy – mid tones are nice and handle everything , battery last long enough maybe charge every couple of days. 00 i paid for them direct from amazon. . Really happy with the headsetnote : i did try the old version of these and i hated them so yes theses are very different .

I was really taking every single thing into account before making this purchase and i have to say this is an amazing pair of headphones. The sound quality is very good, not the best but very good. The mic seems to be on the quiet side compared to a turtle beach set (but tb picked up all the background noise in the world). The build quality is phenominal and it feels fantastic on your head. The ski strap works well for me with a medium sized head but i do use the maximum length of it. Be warned if you loosen the strap completely then you’ll feel the metal band so stop just before. Also the wireless range and quality is immense. The convenience with a wireless headset is great.

I thought these were a little price and was very hesitant i new that i could send them back if i wasn’t happy. The good features are high quality sound when your on your game,you can here every move from loading your gun to enemies sneaking up on you crisp mic for (just like the free one you get with your ps4 ) for people in your chat party to here your voice and light on the ears,make sure you position ur mic right you will need the setting on game and chat in the party settingthe only things i found disappointing is that you need to use the jack to you phone ;note you will need the jack lead for you iphone to plug these in tothey will fit a small head but will leave a gap from the elastic to the top of the band so a bit of altering may be needed but over all im happy.

The headset feels like it’s done from very cheap materials. Does not looks like it will last long time – the plastic feels like it will break after while. The box connected to pc its always on, thas another annoying point, as i hate when i don’t use something i wont it off, but there is no option to turn it off. Only way i can do it – unplug all cables from pc. The sound is like you put empty cans on your head. I tried different settings and etc. But no better sound coming out. I read somewhere you need to download third party software if you want to make it sound a bit better, but for the price you pay it should include a software which lets you make it sound as you want.One good thing is battery – i played games for around 12 h without additional charge, and next day it was still 2 bars of battery left witch lasted around another 12 hours before i need to swop batteries. The package comes with 2 batteries – one in head set another separate in pack. So you can charge one, and use another. You will never run out of the batteries – to charge battery from fully discharged to full charged takes just around 40-60 min. After long time use, it does not feel very comfortable, the cushing’s are little to hard, and if you use for long time, your ears starts sweating, even now is winter and in my house i keep +22 temperature, so imaging in summer when outside +30, i guess you will be in the ‘shower’ from your ears wearing this headset. In the end of the day you don’t really get the performance and quality for your money.

  • Good for Gaming, Wish I’d Bought Wired
  • Excellent headset
  • Very pleased

SteelSeries Arctis 5 – Gaming Headset – RGB Illumination – DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround for PC and PlayStation 4 – Black [2019 Edition]

Style Name:2019 Edition  |  Colour:Black  |  Size:Arctis 5
Product Description, Arctis 5 is a USB-enabled PC gaming headset with DTS Headphone: X v2.0 surround sound, Prism RGB illumination, and Clearcast, the best mic in gaming.

Box Contains, Headset, cables, manual


From the manufacturer

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

Multi-platform and Mobile-Ready

Play on every platform and take it with you wherever you go.

ClearCast Bidirectional Microphone

Widely recognised as the finest mic in gaming, the retractable Arctis ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and exceptional background noise cancellation.

Exclusive AirWeave Ear Cushions

Inspired by fabrics found in athletic clothing, AirWeave ear cushions keep you cool, dry and comfy for hours of gaming.

Ski Goggle Suspension Band

Perfectly contoured across your entire head, the weight of the headset is evenly distributed to eliminate all pressure points.

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

DTS Headphone:X v2 Surround

Immerse yourself in 360-degrees of precision audio with next-generation DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound.

Premium Audio Drivers

The S1 speaker drivers give you the competitive advantage of incredible sound clarity. Engineered to produce ultra-low distortion audio, you’ll hear every detail.

USB ChatMix Dial

Easily balance the volume between your game and chat audio on the fly (PC and Mac only).

Prism RGB Illumination

Make your headset one-of-a-kind with 16.8 million different colours and dynamic lighting effects.

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

SteelSeries Arctis 5, Gaming Headset, RGB Illumination

On-Ear Audio Controls

Ergonomic on-ear controls give you easy access to volume and microphone mute. Game-time adjustments are as easy as tapping the ear cup.

Lightweight Design

Constructed to be so light that you will forget you’re wearing them.

Personalise to Perfection

SteelSeries Engine software allows you to personalise the audio for your Arctis, from EQ to surround sound settings.

Competition Ready

All Arctis headsets are made to meet the demands of competitive gamers around the world.

Arctis 3 Console [2019] Arctis 3 [2019] Arctis 3 Bluetooth [2019] Arctis 5 [2019] Arctis 7 [2019]
Ski-Goggle Suspension Band
ClearCast Bidirectional Microphone
Surround Sound Windows Sonic (Windows 10 and Xbox One) Windows Sonic (Windows 10 and Xbox One) DTS Headphone: X v2.0 (Windows 7+ Only) DTS Headphone: X v2.0 (Windows 7+ Only)
Exclusive Airweave Earpads
On-Ear Audio Controls
Prism RGB Illumination PC, Mac & PS4
Wireless Audio PC, Mac, VR, Mobile PC, Mac, PS4, VR
Wired Audio PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, Mobile PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, VR, Mobile PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, VR, Mobile PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, VR, Mobile Xbox One, Mobile
Game/Chat Balance PC & Mac PC & Mac
Connection Analogue Analogue Analogue+ Bluetooth USB, Analogue USB, Analogue

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Got these for christmas for my 12 year old son for his ps4. He does use them with the cable for his phone iphone 5 and ipad 4 i think. The sound quality is great and he gets so immersed in his games he can’t hear me shouting him (or he chooses not to). Only little thing i would say is the lights don’t work unless they are plugged directly into the ps4 which is only a little thing but it would of been a nice feature to have without all the wires. Overall i and my son highly recommend these headphones.

If you are buying these for a ps4 you must understand this:the surround sound does not function. This much they are clear about when you buy them and on their website so no surprises. However what they don’t make clear is that the chat/game balance function does not work either. This means that you cannot adjust the level of chat volume without affecting the game volume unless you do it in the ps4 party options. If you are playing a game using the native chat in-game you will not have the ability to control the volume independently from the headset. This is a shame as the headphones themselves are lovely and very comfy. Sound is on the “trebley” side and not as bassy as turtle beaches. I swapped mine for the turtle beach stealth 700. They do everything they say they will albeit they aren’t quite as nice to look at. I can’t see them when they are on my head though.

Very good quality which i always experience from steelseries. If you don’t want to read the full review, i would give them 8/10 over all. For some background i still use my siberia v2 headset which is still going strong, and i bought it about 4 years ago. Look after your equipment and it will look after you. Sound:the quality is nice and clear but isn’t as loud as i would have liked, but i usually use a usb headset which can draw a lot more power. I have trialed it with several games such as xcom 2 and red dead redemption 2 and some netflix programmes, but i would only use it for games. 1 you aren’t hearing 360 degree’s, but i am happy to say i can get at least 180 degrees and know where bullets and explosion’s are coming from in games. Build quality:these are made out of a lot of plastic but it feels good and comfortable after multiple hours of wear. The ear cup foam could be firmer, but i am just being picky as they are very soft and flexible.

No pure audiophile will buy wireless headphones for listening to their favourite bands. But these are surprisingly good with excellent range and clarity. They are extremely expensive but oddly i feel like they are worth it, you get a lot more for that premium especially on pc with the ability to auto mute speakers plugged into the wireless transmitter when the headphones are turned on and switch back when you power them off. You can also take phone calls on a paired phone etc lots of little touches like that allow you to rearrange your workspace and throw in options should you want them. One of those rare occasions where you pay for what you get.

Chat/game audio mixer is great. Headband is weird to figure out but gives a very good fit: you never have any soreness on the top of your head thanks to it. Only con is that, so far, it hurts my ears a little bit. Considering i have been using in-ear earphones for the last few weeks/months, this doesn’t surprise me. It’s too early to tell but i expect after a few weeks that it won’t hurt my ears. The setup is easy, battery lasts ages, and the software is quite easy to use. The sidetone is great, lets you subtly hear your own voice so you don’t feel like you need to shout over game audio to be heard by friends.

I did a lot of research before buying these. I’d had a previous pair of fairly budget, but very good gamsecom 780 wired headphones – sadly these had fallen apart and so i wanted to find a good replacement. I was worried that wireless headphones, like many ‘wireless’ options wouldn’t be all that great. I can say with certainty i wouldn’t go back to wired headsets again. I knew of steelseries, but had never tried their products before, however after reading multiple reviews for ‘best gaming headsets around £100’ i decided that the arctis 7 was the correct choice for me. I happened to find the (newer 2019 edition on sale for less than the older version (legacy)the newer edition has enhanced ear cushioning, and so is very comfortable to wear on longer gaming/music sessions. Sound quality is nice, with some fairly hefty bass for a small headset. They look great – i got mine in white. The headband is a nice touch that i believe is unique to steelseries. ]

Ive had problems replacing my old worn out 3. 5mm headset since some of the new usb ones seem to have quirky issues depending on your pc setup. Specifically the issues with windows 10. Thankfully these worked and work very well without any issues. The audio is clear, the mic is clear. You get 2 meters of cable to tangle yourself in and a handy dial to change voice/system sound levels on the fly. Another strong plus is the fabric, its soft and breathable i can think of many other headphones this comfortable. Not sure why they light up though since you cant see when wearing them it but hey, guess thats whats cool now.

The sound quality is out of this world, both for music and with the microphone. People said i sounded like a radio broadcaster with this mic. However, i found the cloth strap (underneath the hard plastic connector between ears), to be annoying. The ear cups felt really tight and i wear eyeglasses, so that was uncomfortable. In the end i had to return these because the microphone mute/unmute button stopped working. It worked great at first, then started only working intermittently. For a set of headphones at this price, the quality should be extremely high and these should least for years. The switch that controlled the mute button obviously gave out well before its intended wear-out date.

  • Good for Gaming, Wish I’d Bought Wired
  • Excellent headset
  • Very pleased

SteelSeries Arctis 5 – Gaming Headset – RGB Illumination – DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround for PC and PlayStation 4 – Black [2019 Edition]

The headset is wired so battery obviously would be full starsthe surround sound is amazing with crisp and clear sounds, the suspension band i believe you call it helps the headset fit very well, i have a slum face so this helps for the ear cushions to fit properly and not leaving any sound leaks. The mic i believe sounds clear enough for voice chat (but for recording it’s ok not the best as i have been told by my subscribers)the lights are a nice addition to the headset with changing coloursonly gripe i had at the time was at first i was using a extra piece that connects to controller and not the extra additional cable and dial for game or chat, when i first tired my ps4 didnt seem to pick this up and only yesterday i now know it does work plus to get benefit of surround sound lights you need it connected to the dial cable if you want freedom with the extra attachment you won’t get the full benefit. In addition there is a program you can download giving you full control of the sounds and surround sound features and more. So i defiantly give this 10/10 despite the extra piece that connects to controller not also working lights and extra sound features, just make sure to use all the cable with the dial you may be wired to the console or pc with out the freedom but the cable is long enough and you will receive more benefits from the headset.

I got these at the reduced price of £44 and i’ve got to say in my opinion that is an outstanding bargain. I needed a good all-round gaming headset suitable for travelling and these fit the bill perfectly. Firstly the sound quality is good, crisp and clear. I have a pair of astro a40’s and although they don’t have the same punch as those the sound quality is definitely on par. I hooked the 3’s up to the mixamp tr and the surround worked perfectly. They are the most comfortable pair of headphones i have ever worn. The sport band is a genius touch and the ear cups fit around my ears like a glove. I’ve not had chance to use the microphone yet but when i do i’ll update the review straight away. Another nice touch is that they are windows sonic compatible.

I’ve had this a few months now and i’m happy to say this is a brilliant headset. The voice/game sound separation is an excellent feature i’m able to turn down the environment to hear the people im talking to. It does this by creating 2 separate devices, one for chat applications one for game sounds, so you just set this as your voice device eg in discord and away you go. It’s very comfortable and the range is excellent. Battery life is good and sound quality is crystal clear. The bonus feature of being able to plug your speakers into the transmitter so it pipes the sound through it when the headset is in use is great as im always forgetting to turn my headset on before launching games.

First of all, i want to say how impressed i am with the comfort of this headset. The ski-band resting on the head is really comfortable and also provides a lot of support, unlike my previous logitech headset; the arctis stays in place when i look up and down. The audio drivers are great in this headset, certainly loud enough that you’ll be reaching for the volume rocker in intense gunfights. The microphone is very clear (or so i’m told by my party) and the mute button is not as difficult to find as i’ve read in some review. The huge let-down of this headset is the lack of microphone monitoring, the noise reduction of the headset is very good, however you cannot hear yourself in the headset; which proves annoying to both your party and neighbours when they tell you you’re shouting down the microphone. So close to 5/5 but the microphone issue is more of a problem that first anticipated. . Nevertheless a well deserved 4/5.

*i’m not an audio expert*i can’t deny that these headphones are really comfortable, and coming from the plantronics rig 500 i thought it would be hard to find some as comfortable as those. Well, they are very close but have more clamping force which the 500s didn’t have at all. These are a little heavier than the 500s but nothing substantial, so yeah they’re incredibly comfortable and have just the right amount of clamping force on the head in order to keep them on. However there seems to be a lot to desire with the sound (especially the volume) and the mic. The mic audio comes out quite nasally, which i assume is the background noise reduction in play, but it still takes away from the audio quality of the mic. The audio quality itself isn’t astounding but it’s definitely not bad but the volume is the issue. So i have these hooked up to my pc in the rear audio ports, and these come with a 3. 5mm splitter in order for your headset to fully work. I don’t know if this is what’s causing the audio to seem rather quiet but i have tried this splitter with my rig 500s and they still seem a bit louder than the arctis 3s. I have also tried to use the realtek audio manager in order to boost the volume +12db across the board and it is louder but it often gets pretty muddy and it starts to crackle which is seemingly none existant with the rig 500s using the exact same splitter.

Features and Spesification

  • Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the Discord-certified ClearCast 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 surround sound
  • USB ChatMix Dial lets you balance the volume between your game and chat audio on the fly
  • The Year that is on the product is manufacturing Date
  • The exclusive ski goggle suspension headband perfectly contours across your entire head, comfortably distributing the weight and eliminating pressure points
  • Prism RGB illuminated earcups let you personalize to perfection with 16.8 million color options
  • Ergonomic on-ear controls give you easy access to volume and microphone mute
  • Constructed with strong, ultra-lightweight materials for maximum comfort and durability
  • Share your game audio with friends with the built-in share jack by simply plugging in any headset or earbuds into the Arctis 5