Performance and Final Thoughts
As far as sound goes, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless excels in each direction, for both inbound and outbound.
The upgraded drivers of the headset deliver so much more than just fancy spec numbers on paper. You get powerful and clear sound coming in every listening scenario. Starting with wired usage, via the 3.5mm cable, you get to experience that crystal clear high res audio from your favorite media players. The drivers delivered vibrant surrounding bass with crisp acoustics and clear vocals.
When wireless on the PS4 and PC, SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless delivered powerful clear sound coupled with the latest that DTS has to offer in surround sound, DTS Headphone:X v2.0. Explosions and vehicles rumbled with an excellent low range presentation devoid of distortion. Thanks to the new DTS Headphone:X v2.0, footsteps and guns shots came across accurately and clear, helping me give accurate callouts to my teammates during Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris runs. Swapping from first-person-shooters to fighting games was seamless, as I simply flipped to the proper EQ’s in seconds, depending on the game I was playing. Fighting games teased me to swap to the preset music EQ, where I could best immerse in the fights when my favorite background themes where playing.
I personally loved the many chat and mic options that were available. Firstly, the ClearCast mic transmitted my voice as clear as day, where my teammates heard me loud and clear. When I didn’t need to talk, the mic retracted back into the headset with ease and the mute button was easy to reach for. When I did need to talk, I was able to use Discord on my phone while on the PS4 without issue. I simply had to balance Bluetooth volume and In-game volume to my preferred levels and I was off to the races. When I did all of my chat directly through the console or PC, the game vs chat balance screen was just as simple to manage. Adding more to the chat options, you were also able to implement mic sidetone, allowing you to adjust how much of your own voice you wanted to hear.
As I was too curious not to push the envelope and try it, I simply had to give the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless a go with the Xbox One. I thought it was cool that SteelSeries gave you the “well if you want to try it, here you go” set of instructions for using this headset outside of the advertised use cases. All I had to do was pair the headset with my phone via Bluetooth and use the Xbox app for chatting in parties. The transmitter connections for the Xbox One were pretty much the same as they were with the PS4.
Once I had tried this setup out, I was more than content with using the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless on the Xbox One. This speaks volumes about the flexibility of this product. I was able to enjoy all of the benefits of the headset on a console that is not even marketed for its usage. If you include this Xbox One use case, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is essentially a universal wireless headset in disguise, giving you high quality sound inbound and out. The high performance of the headset as well as its robust feature set dares you to find a gaming scenario that it cannot handle.
The feature set and customization options straight from the transmitter was an added bonus. While you can totally customize your Arctis Pro Wireless experience on the PC, it was pretty nice to not have to lose too much of that level of control when gaming on the console. Pretty much all of the headset’s options are right there at your fingertips, at any time. Not to mention, having the headset come with two swappable batteries is a very nice touch. If one battery is running low, pop a freshly charged battery in the headset. Minimize your downtime by plopping your used battery in the transmitter for recharge. Sure, charge and play via a USB cable is nice. However, being wireless all the time is even better.
At $329.99, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless does a great job at validating its price point. There are headsets out there in this price range that focus on maximizing driver performance and mic quality. Others focus on leaning on a wide set of features to merit the headset’s value. The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless gives you both the sound quality and feature set that you should expect in a high-end wireless gaming headset. Not to mention, the headset’s stunning yet subdued gaming appearance makes it a headset you want to take out in public. Should you take the plunge, this headset is bound to keep you from regretting it.
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†SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless headset provided by SteelSeries PR for review.