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Steelseries Arctis 1 Review

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86
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The SteelSeries Arctis 1 headset excels in gaming in terms of comfort and latency. However, audio and mic performance is lacking, as the sound is imbalanced, cannot be customized, and doesn’t record well.

$39.99

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is an entry-level wired gaming headset that debuted in 2019, offering cross-platform support for consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. It has a boom mic that supports in-game chatting, and the microphone is detachable. Browse our top-rated gaming headsets for other devices. It works with PCs, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, and boasts 32 Ohm drivers.

There are on-ear controls on the Arctis 1 for volume adjustment and muting. It doesn’t have a graphic EQ or companion software for advanced customization. Read about how the SteelSeries Arctis 1 compares with the best SteelSeries gaming headset.

Consensus

our Verdict

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 headset’s audio production is poor, with imbalances as the basses are overpowering and deplete the clarity of the mids and dialogue. On top of this, there’s no companion software, so users can’t adjust sound settings to make up for the poor soundstage. It’s also unsuitable for mic purposes, like recording or communicating via live gaming. The mic has a limited frequency extension range, resulting in an unnatural degraded sound. Certified testers rated the mic 6/10, which ranks in the bottom half of our certified tested gaming headset category.

However, there is some upside. The headset is comfy, sporting thick, cushiony padding and a highly adjustable headband for sufficient weight distribution. Additionally, there are no audio-visual delays, given its wired connection delivers a 0 ms latency.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Comfortable Fit
    • Users will find the headset comfortable for long gaming sessions, as the headband is padded and distributes weight efficiently. The cups have a wide range of motion and are padded lightly so as not to overheat or crowd the ear.

  • No Latency
    • There’s no delay between audio and visual, as the wired headphones are tested to experience a 0 ms delay, eliminating any synchronization issues. This is as good latency for gaming headsets as you’ll find anywhere.

Reason to Avoid

  • Unbalanced Audio Quality
    • Gaming audio is inconsistent and can easily be degraded by headset positioning and seal. The bass and treble often come through too powerfully or weak, leading to a lack of detail and accuracy since the frequency is limited to 100-10,000 Hz, below average for a gaming headset.

  • Subpar Mic Quality
    • The mic struggles to produce well-balanced recordings, as it has a tested frequency extension range of 20-8,800 Hz and was rated 6/10, placing it in the bottom half of gaming headsets.

  • No Companion Software
    • Gamers can’t customize or tweak sound, given the headphones don’t come with software or an EQ.

Steelseries Arctis 1 Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandNo
Battery LifeBattery Lifen/a
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsAndroid, Gaming Laptops, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Controllers
Connector SizeConnector Size3.5mm
Detachable MicDetachable MicYes
Driver SizeDriver Size40mm
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialAirWeave Fabric
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Response20,000 Hz
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Response20Hz
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingNo
Product WeightProduct Weight0.55 lbs
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsNo
WirelessWirelessNo
Wireless ConnectivityWireless Connectivityn/a

All Specs

Test Results

Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)7.3
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)39.46
BT Latency (ms)0
Non-BT Latency (ms)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)76.608
High End Roll Off (Hz)8,736.026

All Tests

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Market Context

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is an entry-level wired gaming headset that debuted in 2019, offering cross-platform support for consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. It has…

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is an entry-level wired gaming headset that debuted in 2019, offering cross-platform support for consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. It has a boom mic that supports in-game chatting, and the microphone is detachable. Browse our top-rated gaming headsets for other devices. It works with PCs, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, and boasts 32 Ohm drivers.

There are on-ear controls on the Arctis 1 for volume adjustment and muting. It doesn’t have a graphic EQ or companion software for advanced customization. Read about how the SteelSeries Arctis 1 compares with the best SteelSeries gaming headset.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is very similar to the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition, featuring a pleasant sound profile and 3.5mm analog cable providing cross-platform…

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is very similar to the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition, featuring a pleasant sound profile and 3.5mm analog cable providing cross-platform support. However, while the SteelSeries Arctis 1 has a detachable mic, the Arctis 3 has a retractable unit. You can learn more in our SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition review.

With a more neutral sound profile, the SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition sounds better than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. It also boasts DTS 7.1 virtual…

With a more neutral sound profile, the SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition sounds better than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. It also boasts DTS 7.1 virtual surround sound, unlike the Arctis 1. Check out our SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition review to learn more.

Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis 1, which connects solely via a 3.5mm analog cable, the Sony PULSE 3D has a detachable 3.5mm cable and a USB…

Unlike the SteelSeries Arctis 1, which connects solely via a 3.5mm analog cable, the Sony PULSE 3D has a detachable 3.5mm cable and a USB dongle for wireless connectivity. The Sony model also boasts 3D virtual surround sound, providing compatibility with directional movie and gaming formats, but the SteelSeries device doesn’t have a virtual soundstage. Learn more by reading our Sony Pulse 3D Headset review. Or, if you want to check out a bass-heavy model, we have a Sony MDR XB50AP Extra Bass review.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

No

Yes

Battery Life

n/a

n/a

Compatible Platforms

Android, Gaming Laptops, iOS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Controllers

Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Connector Size

3.5mm

3.5mm

Detachable Mic

Yes

Yes

Driver Size

40mm

40mm

Earcup Foam Material

AirWeave Fabric

AirWeave Fabric

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

86

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True Score

82

Expert Scores

  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    61
    The SteelSeries Arctis 1 are alright for neutral sound. While they fall a bit flat… Read More

    By:

    Jean-Simon Bonneterre
  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless gaming headset is one of the very few ways you… Read More

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Gamers with only $50 to spend on a gaming headset should invest in the SteelSeries… Read More

    By:

    Marshall Honorof
  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Rating

    74
    If the Arctis 1 was twice the price, it would still merit consideration. That it’s… Read More

    By:

    Sam Moore
  • Tom’s Hardware
    60.08

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    SteelSeries’ Arctis 1 offers a more affordable wireless option while still delivering a pair of… Read More

    By:

    Nate Rand
  • Tom’s Hardware
    60.08

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    There’s a great package crammed into the SteelSeries Arctis 1, considering its budget price. But… Read More

    By:

    Phil Iwaniuk

Customer Scores