SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Review

Steel Series Arctics Nova 7

SteelSeries always offer a some of most comfort and quality in their gaming headset on the market for years. I use Arctis 5 as my main headset. But because I use headset for almost all the time and because of the bulkiness I needed a gaming earphone for multitasking. Thought it’d be a major downgrade from my Arctis 5 but surprisingly it’s very good. And in no time fell in love with the sound quality and hot swappable battery packs that gave it nearly infinite battery life. Now, Steel Series ha introduced a new member to their headphone family the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7.

We spent a week with the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless and learned everything you need to know before purchasing the headset. However, the recent Arctis Nova Pro headsets changed the look quite a bit, and now new headsets are taking similar cues. The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless is the first major revision to the Arctis 7 since its release, and it appears to keep everything great and update the other stuff.

The Nova 7 Wireless comes in three versions: The 7X for the Xbox, 7P for the PlayStation and 7 for PC. The Nova 1 is also available in three versions. Let’s check what other exciting features available in this headset.

Price and Availability

Steel Series Arctics Nova 7 come with a Black color variant. It is priced $199. You can purchased this headset from company’s official website steelseries.com

Who should buy these headphones?

  • Gamers looking for something they can wear for hours will appreciate the Arctis Nova 7.
  • People who work from home may enjoy the comfortable build, less overtly gamer aesthetic, and Bluetooth support.

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Box Content

  • Arctis Nova 7 Wireless Headset
  • Compact USB-C Wireless Dongle
  • USB-C to USB-A Dongle Extension Cable (5 ft / 1.5m)
  • USB-C to USB-A Cable (5 ft / 1.5m)
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm Audio Cable – 5 pole to 4 pole (4 ft / 1.2m)
  • 2x Removable Magnetic Ear Plates
  • Product Information Guide

What’s it like to use the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless?

Steel Series Arctics Nova 7

I already said above that I use the Arctis 5 as my main headset. Arctis Nova 7 is something different. And after some time of use, you will find it more comfortable than your Arctics 5 headphones. However, if you see design wise, then you find the best in-class premium quality headphone. The Arctis Nova 7 has a semi-elastic suspension strap held in place by pins. Although, it’s not as stretchy or soft as the ski-goggle style bands of older Arctis headsets, but it’s still very comfortable.

The headphones hang with offset hinges that can rotate to lie flat and tilt slightly to accommodate different head shapes. The joint between the headband and ear cups are more secure, and doesn’t provide a much discomfort. Speaking of comfort, the games who has eye glasses may find this an beautiful aspect.

The headphone offers a complete design that fits for gamers. The headphone built with a soft material, so that you can wearing them for longer hours without much distortion. The microphone is attached to a bendy wire that makes it easy to find the right position by your mouth.

How do touch controls justify its function?

The touch controls are pretty reliable and straight forward. All the button included has the single function. On the right ear cups, there are power buttons, Bluetooth pairing and gaming adjust /chat balance. On the contrary, the left ear cups feature mics and volume dial. The headphone also attached microphone on the left ear cups. You can retract the mic to sit flush with the side of the headphone, which wasn’t the case with older Arctis headsets.

The touch controls like this can feel a little messy when the buttons and dials all look and feel the same. But that’s not really a problem with the Nova 7 Wireless. Separate dials between left and right means you’ll end up mixing it up pretty quickly. Since there’s only one button you might want to use mid-session (mic mute). But, the risk of accidentally switching the headset off is too high.

SteelSeries Software GG

The Nova 7 Wireless also feature “SteelSeries Software GG” extra settings.  The GG offer a EQ settings, menu, tone setup and more. Engine looks pretty dated compared to SteelSeries’ newer software suite.

The headphone also offers Steel Series Sonar, that configure EQ profile for game channel and mics. Plus, audio sources and outputs for the headset. The Audio Suite also adds options to turn on spatial sound, increase overall gain, and reduce mics noise. In a way, it’s a one-stop shop for everything you might need to tailor your headset to a PC audio event. Of course, however, none of these adjustments will carry over to consoles.

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How does the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless sound?

Speaking of sound, the headphone come with a 360° Spatial Audio and quickly recognize the direction for your next move. You can easily hear your opponent foot-steps while playing games with X-Ray Hearing of Sonar Audio Software Suite. The Nova 7 provide a complete control over your sound with the Pro-grade Parametric EQ. A first in gaming.

It come with a High-fidelity sound, which reproduce the clear sound and depth. The 2.4Ghz Bluetooth offer parallel gaming and mobile audio mixing. In addition, the AI powered noise cancelling mics reduce background noise by up to 25dB. It come with a 40mm dynamic driver to complete reproduction of sound and give crystal clear sound for voice calls.

How good is the Active noise canceling of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7?

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 did a great job to blocking out background noise.  The Nova 7 does not offer ANC feature. So, it’s quite obvious. That all the noise reduction is simply because of passive isolation. The results are pretty average for a pair of over-ear headphones. But, if you consider this headphone for home usage. Then, you shouldn’t have any issues with typical sounds like the clattering of dishes or TV blaring down the hall. The hum of a fridge will come through pretty noticeably, and you’ll hear things like doorbells and when someone talks to you, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

However, the lack of an ANC means that getting this out and about is a less attractive proposition. This is a shame, given the headset’s Bluetooth compatibility and retractable microphone mean it could be a decent option to take to cafes.

Can you use the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless for voice chat?

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 has a pretty good microphone for a gaming headset. It doesn’t sound like something you could record a podcast with, but for voice chat, it’s loud and clear and sounds pretty clean. The microphone doesn’t reject noise terribly well, which means that keystrokes and room reflections will definitely come through (unless the program you’re using crushes that kind of sound). The maneuverability of the microphone means you should be able to avoid breath sounds pretty easily, at least. If you’re looking for something for getting through long Zoom meetings working from home, this is definitely a viable option.

How does the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless connect?

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 has three ways to connect to your device of choice, and depending on which one you use, you should be able to connect to just about anything out there. The primary connection method for gaming is the included 2.4GHz USB-C RF dongle, which you can plug into your PC, PlayStation 5, or Nintendo Switch for lag-free wireless audio. The headset also supports Bluetooth 5.0 connections with the SBC Bluetooth codec, opening up mobile compatibility and an alternative Switch option (which we wouldn’t recommend for gaming).

On top of the wireless options, the Arctis Nova 7 also supports wired audio over 3.5mm connections, which opens up compatibility with Xbox consoles, and gives you something to fall back on when the battery dies. Though the headset has a USB-C charging cable, it doesn’t support audio over wired USB connections.

All these options mean you can easily connect to any gaming platform from the PlayStation 3 on, and the Bluetooth connection means you can use it with your phone or laptop just as easily. The headset also supports simultaneous connections, so you can pair it to your phone via Bluetooth and to a console with the USB dongle. You can’t do either in conjunction with the wired connection, however, as plugging into the headset’s 3.5mm jack immediately shuts the battery off.

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How long does the Arctis Nova Pro 7 Wireless battery last?

Steel Series Arctics Nova 7

SteelSeries advertises 38 hours of playback on a single charge while the Arctis Nova 7 Wireless is connected with its USB dongle. In our battery test, which consists of a standard file of real music peaking at 75dB (SPL), the Arctis Nova 7 lasted 41 hours, 15 minutes on a single charge. That result is well above average and exceeds the official spec. However, it doesn’t really hold a candle to highlights on the market like the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, SteelSeries Arctis 7+, or Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX—that’s right the Arctis Nova 7 Wireless battery actually underperforms compared to its predecessor by about 30 hours.

The Arctis Nova 7 also supports fast charging, which is relatively rare among gaming headsets. Just 15 minutes of charging will net you 6 hours of time powered on.

Conclusion

If you like the look of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, but can’t fit it into the budget, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless might be just the ticket. The default sound is disappointing, but everything else about this gaming headset is excellent. It’s very comfortable, it works everywhere, it has great battery life and it’s easy to use. The addition of fast charging softens the already mild blow of poorer battery life than its predecessor. The Steel Series Sonar really fills almost any (gaming) feature gap nicely.

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

If you have a budget problem than consider buying, the Sony INZONE H3. Whichis best alternative to the Arctics Nova 7. It is comparatively low price and offer premium quality features. The Sony INZONE H3 come with an advanced 360 spatial sound for Gaming. The wide, soft headband cushion distributes weight evenly across your head for long-term wearing comfort. In addition, the headphone provides a high sound quality boom microphone. It can be brought closer to your mouth, ensures you’ll always be heard clearly.

LucidSound LS15X is also a good option to buy against the Arctics Nova 7. The headphone come with a 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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