SteelSeries Arctis 7 in details: one of the best gaming headsets for any platform

September 27, 2017

SteelSeries Arctis 7 in details: one of the best gaming headsets for any platform

It used to be difficult to find a high-quality gaming headset that produces a detailed volumetric sound; one that is convenient for a long gameplay, has a large microphone for communication, and works with all platforms too. But, now there is the SteelSeries Arctis 7 that brings the gaming experience to a new level.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 headphones are ideal in almost every aspect: stylish design, excellent software, wide connectivity and DTS Headphone: X surround sound technology. Let's take a closer look at this gaming headset for more details.

SteelSeries Arctis 7: out of the box

Along with the colorful box, the set of gaming headphones Arctis 7 for $ 150 looks quite remarkable. The package includes a brief and understandable instruction, a small compartment for a USB charging cable, as well as USB dongle with a 3.5 mm cable.

The new SteelSeries gaming headset is minimalistic, with an elegant design and muted colors in the design.

Characteristics and design

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 headset consists of a metal static strip and an elastic pad, so that the entire weight is evenly distributed, and does not press anywhere. The size of the headphones is suitable for everyone, as I said, there is almost no pressure on the head.

The lining and upholstery of Arctis 7 are interchangeable, with different colors and materials available. Here, SteelSeries tries to please all customers, even the standard design is comfortable and beautiful.

The retractable microphone here is very flexible and can easily fit into your left earpiece. This allows you to use the gaming headset, like conventional wireless headphones, and carry it anywhere without attracting much attention.

Built-in controls are located on the bottom of the headphone cups, they do not stand out visually.

Setting up the headset

For a wired connection, simply plug the SteelSeries Arctis 7 cable into the 3.5mm port of any device. At the PS4 or Xbox One consoles, these connectors are located on the controllers, the Switch will have to be switched to manual mode. Owners of PCs and some game consoles will be able to connect the headphones using a 3.5 mm cable through the supplied USB dongle.

To connect the Arctis 7 headset wirelessly, you need to connect the dongle to a computer or PS4, and then turn on the headset. The SteelSeries Engine 3 utility for the PC is downloaded by reference in the instructions. After you’ve downloaded it, you need to update the firmware of the device, following simple instructions.


The SteelSeries Engine utility is designed to manage all SteelSeries products - mouse, keyboard, headset, etc. You will need to create an account for downloading the drivers, installing updates and full disclosure of all software features - but it's worth it.

You can adjust the equalizer and DTS 7.1, and then transfer all profile settings to other computers, by downloading the application and logging in with your data.

The ChatMix wheel is used to control the sound of SteelSeries Arctis 7 in a voice chat - it's useful when you need to make the chat quieter. Adjusting the microphone will allow you to control the volume of voice transmission separately from ambient noise. To change the settings, you do not need to stop playing the sound file.


The audio output on Arctis 7 with 40 mm drivers is not inferior even to powerful headphones such as Sennheiser GSP 350, only at maximum volume the sound is slightly distorted.

Each user can customize the headset, although the highest quality sound is set by default. The bass on the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is weaker than that of the Razer ManO'War 7.1, but this is fixed in the frequency response settings in the SteelSeries Engine 3 application.

DTS Headphone: X 7.1 technology provides spatial three-dimensional sound, without reducing the saturation in stereo mode. There are separate modes for games, music, and movies.

Superb microphone

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 microphone supports ClearCast technology for high-precision voice capture. To place a microphone should be closer to the mouth - with its flexibility is not a problem. The noise is automatically adjusted here. Usually, gaming headsets are not suitable for streaming audio through a microphone, but Arctis 7 with its exceptional recording quality, is superior to most competitors.

Range of operation

Among other types of headsets that are compatible with different platforms, Arctis 7 differs in that you do not need any additional accessories for the headset. There is not enough just support for surround sound on the PS4 as in Cloud Revolver.

The range of operation is up to 39 feet. During the testing, delays when working with a computer located in another room and PS4 did not occur.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 battery is designed to work for up to 15 hours and will not be discharged even after a full day of gameplay. The system will automatically turn off the headphones if nothing plays for a long time.

The result

SteelSeries Arctis 7 is the best wireless headset for PCs to date and one of the best gaming sets in general. When used with a game console, the functions are reduced, but not enough to yield to competitors.

The Arctis 7’s comfort, style and a wide choice of connections will please all gamers. Durability, simplicity of construction and regular updates guarantee you the long-term, high-quality work of Arctis 7.