Product Name: Arctis Pro Wireless
Product Type: Gaming Headset
Cost at Time of Review: £299.99
Works With: PC & PS4
Release Date: Out Now!
I have seen the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless do its rounds recently with some extremely high praise. SteelSeries is well known for making gaming products and quite a few for budget prices all the way up to high class, high quality and now they throw at us the most expensive gaming headphones money can buy and say it’s worth every penny. Is it really worth £299.99? We’re here to put it through its test and find out.
Appearance + Features
Straight off the bat, picking it out of the box, you can feel the coldness of the metal and the weight to the headset. Instantly, the feeling of premium, just what you want for £299.99, a solid build with the best materials. SteelSeries, compared to its previous headphones in the Arctis range, have kept it simple here. There is zero RGB on the headset. Right now, it’s the craze in most PC gamers, getting everything to match their setup, getting in those insta shots. Look at this way, a wireless headset is going to last a lot longer and has more space for the hardware inside of its earcup to add more features, keeping that value for money up.
The shape of the headset is again pretty simple but extremely sleek. It has a perfectly rounded flat oval design on each cup that fits beautifully over each ear with very little to none space between the sponge of the headset and your head making less noise leakage to the outside world. Helpful, if you’re competitive and playing in 7.1. Inside of the ear cups, you have an airy sponge called AirWeave Performance Fabric that is comfortable to sit against your head, especially for long instances of gaming. Inside where the speakers are, your ears sit close to the wall but just enough where it doesn’t touch, a perfect angle to allow that feeling of your ear floating while less room for sound to bounce around causing unnatural sounds given it a true direct noise straight to ear. This also allows less noise from outside to feature inside and distract you from gaming or your movie or whatever you’re using your headset for.
The headband going around your head is solid metal but never meets your head, it is supported via a stretchy band which can be adjusted via velcro. The design is being labeled by SteelSeries as an exclusive Ski Googles suspension design. Definitely a smart looking design. I was dubious about the feel of this until I tested it, my god I was wrong. The headset helps spread the weight around your head allowing longer sessions of usage keeping, again, that comfort. I always experience a burning sensation on top of my head after long usage and at no point did I feel any sort of pain even after managing to Platinum Spider-Man after approx 30 hours with using just this headset.
SteelSeries has kept the main features as simple as possible, keeping up with that simple, sleek design. The mic is a hidden mic that can be pulled out with a red LED on the mic itself indicating mute. On the right cup you have an indented button for Bluetooth a bellowed out button for power. Easy to figure out, with just a touch of your finger you know straight away which one is which. On the left cup where you mic is situated, you have a small yet plucky volume button, a few main inputs for the likes of cable charging (which pretty much will never be used) and an aux input. On both cups, you can actually take off the plates. One has a battery behind which can be replaced with the charging battery in the dock and the other is empty which both can be replaced along with the Sky Goggle strap with more of a design featured plates and strap to meet your needs. I do have to say, they are a little bit of a fingerprint magnet also but nothing a good cloth can’t clean up.
Moving on over to the wireless dock. It features a nice simple LCD display on the front with many settings. On the right side, you have a scroll wheel that will allow you to go through your options on screen as well as adjust your volume. In the scroll wheel is your enter button and to the left of that is a back button. As simple as that. Going through the setting you can adjust you 7.1, what output, your sidetone and many other features that give you that advantage over any other headset that I’ve come across. The only other headset in this range would be the GSP 500 combined with the GSX 1000 with how features it contains.
The most amazing part and I have no idea why this hasn’t been done before, is that the headset is wireless it is bound to run down the battery. The dock contains a second battery that is charging while you use the other headset meaning a simple swap over when the battery is running out and you’re back to being wireless. That is definitely the best feature I’ve ever come across for a wireless headset.
For a wireless headset, it’s incredible. Simply put. You could put it in the range of some of the most expensive headsets that are even wired and still go up strong against them. I put it through main tests. Videos, Music & Video Games. The 3 most things that people do when looking for a headset especially for PC users who use their PC for everything.
The headset has its own presets set that is accessed in 2 ways. Using the wheel on the dock or the volume wheel on the headset. You have 6 options and this helps you range through for the likes of your music, videos etc. I set it up on Entertainment watched some Netflix and the sound tones are amazing. Extremely little noise being leaked in from outside, on such a high level that it goes up against Active Noise Cancelling and it doesn’t even have this built into the headset. The way it rests on your ears and covers so well that it keeps any noise out. The bass is absolutely on point. Throughout using it on everything I put at it, it picked up on the bass while keeping any sort of surround sound and keep the clarity of sound, picking out lyrics that aren’t being washed out. Which can happen more often than you think.
Discussing surround sound, I noticed it’s not set up immediately so I advised to go straight into the settings and mess around with the settings a bit to meet your criteria and turn on the 7.1. Especially when gaming. Testing out the 7.1, it’s some of the best I’ve heard. The best 7.1 I’ve heard is actually from the Roccat Khan AIMO (review), which I was blown away with, the SteelSeries, wirelessly goes up against this and dare I say it, being better at 7.1. While the surround sound is 7.1 is virtual, the dock makes it sound so real.
While gaming I used it both on the PS4 and PC and played many rounds of online games that utilize sound, music, bass, surround sound etc and you cannot tell the difference apart between PC and PS4. It’s nice to have a 7.1 headset on PS4, not many out there. The mic also is superb. Discussing it with many friends it does pick up every time you speak, little surrounding noise like outside cars, TVs etc. The only thing that was mentioned was I did sound a little bit distant when talking but it wasn’t bad to a point they can’t hear you and is extremely clear.
The last feature I think is amazing is the Bluetooth features it contains. Connect it to your phone and you can answer your phone during a game, or be notified when you have a text or even just watch a video. This feature definitely helped me out being in a relationship, I’m terrible at replying and get a mouthful when I don’t reply! I’m sure many people can relate.
My favourite headset is the GSP 500 combined with the GSX 1000, it had everything needed to be used for everything a PC user required but it’s wired and only works truly on PC. SteelSeries has done something incredible here. They have come out with possibly the best headset ever made and it’s all wireless AND can be used on PS4. It has everything a wired headset can dish out and give you that freedom of movement. Nobody can say that, not even the biggest companies out there. SteelSeries pulled this out the bag and I have to say this is the best headset I’ve ever had the chance to use.