The Arctis 3 headsets from steel series. The Arctis 3 7.1 is the least expensive in the Arctis lineup. Jumping up to the arch dis five we’ll give you a USB connection and RGB lighting and the arc does seven is wireless, but all of the artists headsets use the same Mike drivers and are extremely comfortable, so if you don’t need the USB connection, RGB lighting or don’t need a wireless headset that you can go with the Steelseries Arctis 3 7.1 and save some money. The artists three is available in black or white and they go for $79 I’ll put a link below if you want to check out the current price or purchase this headset. We’ll work with the PC Mac PS four, Xbox One and mobile devices, and if you use them on the PC, then they’ll also do 7.1 surround sound, although you’ll need to run this steel series engine three software inside of the box.
You’ll get the headset along with an activation card to register the headset with the steel series engine software and a user guide. You also get a few cables. First, you get a proprietary cable with a standard four-pole audio Jack in the end and the other is an extension cable with the headphone and Mike Jack broke out to use this on a PC, so you’ll unplug the end of the standard Jack and plug in the extension. The quality of the headset feels top-notch across the board. Everything’s plastic for the most part, but the plastic has a nice feel to it. It’s solid and it doesn’t feel cheap and it’s lightweight without feeling hollow. The headband is a single piece of plastic with rubber lining on the inside. The most unique thing about the [inaudible] headsets is the headband steel series uses a ski Goggle headband with Velcro to adjust the size, the headband, super comfortable, and you don’t feel any pressure on the top of your head.
My only little complaint is that the Velcro itself is pretty small. I have the headband set to the smallest size and it still feels a little big for my head. They could have made the Velcro larger. Obviously, this isn’t a problem if you’ve got a big head or lots of hair, but it might be something to think about if you have a small head. Steel series also sells different headbands for $15 each. If you want to personalize these, the ear cups pivot up and down and they’ll swivel so they can lay flat. These just feel well made and solid. The swivel super smooth and nothing creaks. The ear cups are lined with a nice rubber material that feels good and doesn’t show smudges or fingerprints. The fabric cushioning on the ear pads is soft and comfortable. I prefer fabric to leather for gaming.
Since these don’t get warm at all, the cushions are removable and you can buy leather cushions from steel series for $15 to me, this is the most comfortable headset I’ve used. The ear cups are very roomy and deep, so they don’t put any pressure on my ears and the headset just feel so light on your head. There’s very little clamping force almost too little for me. They fit a little loose. These would be easy to shake off your head or if I’m looking down they will start to side, but for me, that’s a trade-off. I’m okay with these. They’re easy to wear all day long and I forgot I was wearing them when I was working and the music stopped. The headset is a clean and simple look. If you want something a little flashier, you can jump up to the arc dest five which adds RGB lighting.
All your controls are on the left of your co. There’s a volume wheel which is easy to get at when you’re wearing it and it sides smooth and right above that is a mute switch for the mic. That is a nice click on the bottom of your audio jacks here you also have a shared Jack, which is a standard 3.5-millimetre audio output. I’m not sure why anyone would want this, but you can plug another pair of headphones into these if you want it to. Also on the left ear cup is the mic that’s retractable and flexible, so here’s the sample of what the mic sounds like. It picks up very little background noise and sounds good. The mic sounds clear without sounding nasal or making it seem like I’m in the distance. Moving on to the sound quality. The Steelseries Arctis 3 have 40-millimetre drivers which deliver a rich sound that’s more natural than other gaming headsets which tend to boost the low end.
These have nice lows but they aren’t the most bass-heavy headset out there. If you’re looking for a base at the same price, the razor crack-in provided to have a better low end, but the base here is tight and punchy and more in line with an accurate pair of headphones. Testing these with a wide range of music. The mids are very clean and detailed. Vocals and dialogue are clear without being drummed out. The arc just three handles high is well to delivering a nice bright sound without sounding harsh, even at full blast. These have a nice wide soundstage, making it easy to pick out in enemies location. The arch dis three will also deliver simulated 7.1 channel surround sound when used on a PC. To do that you’ll need, use the steel series engine three software here you get the ability to enable virtual surround sound.
The surround here is good enough. It’s all done through the software. You get a good sense of width and 3d space, but you won’t miss the surround sound if you’re using this on a console. You get a 10 band DQ and a handful of presets, and if you like more bass than the bass boost gives you a little bump in the low end without sounding booming. You also get some mic controls like compression, a noise gate and noise reduction. So to wrap it up, I highly recommend the Steelseries Arctis 3. The build quality and design are top notches. They’re very lightweight and extremely comfortable. You aren’t going to find a headset more comfortable than this in my opinion. And these sound fantastic, although keep in mind that these don’t even emphasize low end that you’ll find in other gaming headsets. The retractable Mike sounds great and it’s out of the way.
When you’re not using it, you really can’t go wrong with this headset, especially for the price. If you’re gonna use these with a PC, then it might be worth it to spend the extra $20 and get the Steelseries Arctis 5, which adds a USB connection, DTS, headphone X around sound and RGB lighting. If you’re gonna use this with the PS four Xbox one, then you can save the money and just go with the artists.