Steelseries ARCTIS 7+ Review

Steelseries ARCTIS 7+

SteelSeries recently introduce the latest mid-range on-ear Gaming headphone Steelseries ARCTIS 7+. The headphone come with a new compact USB-C dongle support, 30 hours of battery life, Bidirectional noise cancelling microphone, 40mm Neodymium drivers, and more. Additionally, it is offer early access to SteelSeries Sonar, our all-new audio software that enable 7.1 Surround Sound, ChatMix and much more.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Decent sound
  • EQ
  • 2.4GHz wireless USB-C and 3.5mm connectivity options
Cons
  • Sonar is not that good
  • Extra bass

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Price and availability

Steelseries ARCTIS 7+ come with a Black colour variant. It is price $199.99. You can purchase this headphone from the company’s official website steelseries.com.

Who should get Steelseries ARCTIS 7+?

  • The Headphone is best for Gamers.
  • For those who want on-ear Gaming headphone with a good microphone for voice calls.

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Box Content

  • Arctis 7+ Headset
  • Wireless Dongle
  • USB-C to USB-A Adapter Cable
  • USB-C Charging Cable
  • 4-pole 3.5mm cable

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What is the design of Steelseries ARCTIS 7+?

Steelseries ARCTIS 7+

Steelseries ARCTIS 7+ on ear headphone looks most stylish and premium than the Steel Series Arctis 1 Destiny Edition. The headphone come with a slightly different headband design. The headband built with a durable steel material. Moreover, the headband offers an adjustable ski Google Suspension design. Which lets you adjust the headband as per your comfortable. The award winning headphone offers a most advanced joint connection between headband and earcups.

Moreover, the ear cup padding is made from mesh-like fabric just like the rest of the line-up. They also have a detachable boom mic which can give them a more casual look. Also, the Airweave Ear Cushions earcups are perfectly tight with an ear to create a passive isolation. These entry-level gaming headphones are made of thin plastic material. Which doesn’t seem very strong. The padding of the headband is not cite. Even after very little use, it is already coming out of its slot on our unit. Which suggests that they can be easily broken by a little physical stress. If you want a pair of wired gaming headphones that look and feel significantly more durable. check out the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or Austrian Audio Hi-X55.

In addition, the headphone does not offer an IP Ratings support. Means, you should not use them while swimming or running or while raining. However, the earcups fold 90 degree to perfectly fit into the charging case.

How do you control Steelseries ARCTIS 7+?

Looking for control, the left earcup holds the built-in boom microphone that retracts inside the earcup when not in use and features a red indicator LED on the capsule to let you know when it’s muted. Along the left earcup’s bottom edge sits a micro USB port for charging the headset, a proprietary connector for the included four-pole 3.5mm cable, a volume wheel, and a mic mute button. The power button and a game/voice mix wheel sit on the right earcup. The mix wheel is effectively the only difference between the Arctis 7+ and the PlayStation-focused Arctis 7P+ variant; both headsets connect to the same devices, and have nearly identical hardware, but the Arctis 7P+’s right wheel adjusts mic sidetone instead of game/voice balance.

Should you download SteelSeries GG?

Steelseries ARCTIS 7+

SteelSeries GG is the new one-stop-shop for your SteelSeries software needs. Where SteelSeries Engine used to be a standalone service, it is now a part of GG, and continues to operate directly as usual – there are options for headphone EQ, power saving functionality, mic volume and more, all on one page. Has been placed. However, with the release of SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless, SteelSeries decided to start a replacement for an engine called Sonar (the engine is still fully usable).

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What is SteelSeries Sonar?

Sonar helps you determine your enemy’s position before you see him with Sonar. Which is a breakthrough in gaming sound that trains you to listen to the most important things. However, with parametric EQ, for the first time in gaming, you can tweak the entire spectrum of sound with magical precision. Parametric EQ lets you amplify or minimize highly specialized in-game sounds to hear footsteps, reloads and bomb plants better than ever.

Additionally, Pro Presets optimizes your in-game sound with the click of a preset. Sound engineers worked with pro players from teams like FaZe, OG and SK T1 to give you a quick edge. Also, presets are the easiest way to start using parametric EQ. Want a little more bass back? Personalize the preset and enjoy your climb to the top.

The audio mixer radically refines your audio and gives friends a clear sound, so you can pull that clutch. However, the ground-breaking audio processing of the mixer lets you tune each game and chat app separately, mix the volume level independently and send it to your headset in real time. With a microphone, whether you’re calling shots or not, you’ll want to keep in touch with your team – no matter what. Specify your comms by optimizing your team chat as well as your mic. Custom EQ settings and set effects like noise reduction and volume stabilizer.

Now, you can tune gameplay and discord team chat separately so you don’t spoil your teammates’ voices. Take a break from reality with Sonar’s Virtual 7.1 surround sound. Even with a headset, you’ll find a theatrical sound. Through proprietary sound algorithms, we create an “around you” experience that will make you lose sense of time and place.

How is gaming with the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless?

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ is excellent for wireless gaming. It’s very comfortable, which means extended gaming sessions are easy to handle. The impressive battery life of the headset means that you will be able to fit in a lot of gaming before you need to charge it.

The headset handles the audio needs of a game like Valorant very well on PC, and SteelSeries Sonar’s spatial sound makes it easy to place things like footsteps. The Valorant EQ profile available in Sonar also seems very helpful, as it removes almost all the bass from the headset’s audio output, making it a little easier to hear various situational sounds.

The headset handles the 3D audio feature of the PlayStation 5 very well. Hanging around New York City in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales sounds great, and the sound of traffic really sounds like they come to meet you whenever you swing close to the ground.

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How does Steelseries ARCTIS 7+ sound?

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ come with a 40mm Neodymium drivers to provide a high treble sound with clear and punchy bass. The 98dB headphone sensitivity and 32Ω Impedance provide a distortion free sound and clear voice. Moreover, it produces wireless (cyan) sound which follows the same meaning for our target curve (pink), but deviates very wildly at that point. Sound up to 300Hz is dramatically emphasized, which means that a lot of music instruments will come out loud, but not necessarily clear.

The frequency response (20hz-20khz) of the Steel Series ARCTIS 7+is poor. Like many gaming headphones, their bass and trouble delivery varies greatly among users. And these headphones fit on your head, are sensitive enough to seal and position.

Does the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless block out noise?

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ offer a ClearCast Bidirectional Microphone. Which is widely recognized as the best mic in gaming. Moreover, the retractable Discord Certified Arctis ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation. However, the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless features good, not great isolation—pretty standard for a gaming headset. This is plenty adequate for the quieter sounds you’d hear at home.

Does the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless have a good microphone?

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ has a good microphone for a wireless gaming headset. It’s not good enough to record podcasts with, but it’s loud and clear – great for voice chats and long working calls. However, it is worth noting that while the microphone looks pretty cool all the time, it is significantly clearer with a wired 3.5mm connection.

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How does the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless connect?

Steelseries ARCTIS 7+

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless headsets primarily use a 2.4GHz USB wireless dongle to connect to the device of your choice. It adopts the USB-C connection as offered by the Arctis 7P+ and Arctis 1 wireless. Switching to USB-C means Arctis 7+ can connect to wireless mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch when it is not docked in addition to the PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 and the docked Nintendo Switch. Again, you can also use a USB-A adapter if needed.

On top of that connection method, the Arctis 7+ Wireless also supports 3.5mm through its charging port and wired connection over USB. Adding 3.5mm means you can also use this headset with Xbox consoles.

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How long does the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless battery last?

In the matter of battery, the Arctis 7+ Wireless can last up to 30 hours on a single charge, but in our testing, we found it exceeds that pretty spectacularly. At a consistent output of 75dB (SPL), the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless lasted 71 hours, 42 minutes on a single charge. Not only is that more than four times the battery life of SteelSeries Arctis 7, but it also beats the pants off pretty much every other gaming headset we’ve tested — it lasts almost 20 hours longer than our next best results. The headset charges over USB-C in about two hours, and as I mentioned before you can play while it charges.

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Conclusion

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ brings all the best elements of Wireless Arctis 7 and arguably improves on its two weakest aspects. Even after SteelSeries updated the firmware to help, the Arctis 7’s battery life is still not very impressive, and the Arctis 7+ wireless pulls it out of the water (along with almost every other gaming headset on the market). Moving to a USB-C dongle extends the headset’s wireless compatibility to mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch even when it is not docked. These are not the most exciting additions, but they do have a big impact on the overall user experience

What should you get instead of the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless?

If you’re really bargaining, but it’s too sweet to pass a USB-C dongle, a handful of wireless options for around $ 99 USD can tickle your fancy. The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless lacks its older sibling suspension band and airwave earpads, but has excellent sound, good battery life, and a comfortable build, and was the first gaming headset with a USB-C dongle. The Razer Opus X is also an excellent option, with ultra-light build, good sound and excellent battery life.

LucidSound LS15X is also a good option to buy against the SteelSeries Arctis 7+. It is provides Light weight design, Mic monitoring, rechargeable battery, and removable boom mic. Additionally, the headphone has to offer superior sound with three EQ modes.

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FAQ

What’s different on the 2021 Arctis 7+ compared to the 2019 Arctis 7?

We listened to customers and made our amazing wireless headset even better. The battery life now supports 30+ hours of usage and we added USB-C to make charging easy, and a new, compact multi-platform wireless dongle for maximum versatility.

Does the Arctis 7+ use Bluetooth?

No, it uses something better: the same gaming-grade 2.4GHz wireless platform used in the Arctis 7+ and Arctis Pro Wireless headsets. This gives you significantly better performance than Bluetooth. The audio is lossless instead of compressed for far better audio quality. It also has ultra-low latency so that you hear every sound as it happens on screen, as opposed to Bluetooth, which can have significant delays.

Does voice chat work on all phones or iPads with USB-C?

Newer iPad Pro or Air models with USB-C ports will work for both voice and audio with the Arctis 7+. Most Modern USB-C Phones do work, but some older Samsung Galaxy phones (Galaxy Note10 or earlier) only support audio and not voice functionality via USB-C due to Samsung firmware not being updated. You can still listen to games, music, and videos, but will not be able to use the headset mic for calls or voice chat.

Is the Arctis 7+ next-gen ready for PlayStation 5?

The Arctis 7+ works with PlayStation 5 and fully supports Tempest 3D Audio. as well as being backwards compatible with PlayStation 4. The USB-C dongle supports multi-platform compatibility. Read more about how to connect your Arctis headset to PS5.

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