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SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3

Steelseries Arctis Nova 3 Review

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The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 offers gamers and streamers excellent audio quality and comfortable wear. It boasts a clear microphone but no call or music controls.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 is a 2022-model wired gaming headset that uses a 40mm High Fidelity driver to deliver sound. This device was designed for PS4, but the 3.5mm cable also works on PC, mobile devices, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. It’s designed for comfort with a ski-band headband and memory foam earcup cushions. It has a retractable boom mic. However, see the best-ranked gaming headsets for a removable mic.

It has on-ear volume and muting controls and works with the SteelSeries GG companion software, offering access to a parametric EQ, presets, and mic-level settings. It also has customizable RGB lighting. Read our SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro review if you prefer a noise-canceling wireless device.

Consensus

our Verdict

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 is a compelling choice for gamers and streamers, offering remarkable audio quality and a clear microphone for effective communication. Its versatile connectivity options, durability, and customization features are impressive, making it a solid investment for those seeking immersive gaming experiences. However, the headset’s smaller earpieces and snug fit could pose comfort issues, particularly during extended gaming sessions.

Despite these drawbacks, the Arctis Nova 3 excels in delivering competitive audio performance at an affordable price point. It strikes a balance between quality and cost, making it a valuable option for enthusiasts looking to enhance their gaming and streaming endeavors.

Reason to Buy

  • Warm sound profile
    • The Nova 3 headset is an outstanding pick for gaming that offers a warm sound profile with a bit of emphasis on the bass, and the sound output can be adjusted through its customizable software.

  • Comfortable fit
    • The Arctis Nova 3 headset is comfortable to wear with soft padding, but adjustability is limited.

  • Excellent microphone quality
    • Owners will enjoy clear audio quality, which facilitates hassle-free in-game dialogue. It ranks in the top quarter of other tested alternatives for mic quality.

Reason to Avoid

  • Limited headphone adjustment
    • The ski-band on the Nova 3 is not designed to accommodate users with large heads.

Steelseries Arctis Nova 3 Specs

Adjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandYes
Battery LifeBattery Lifen/a
Compatible PlatformsAndroid, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
Connector Size3.5mm
Detachable MicYes
Driver Size40mm
Earcup Foam MaterialAirWeave Fabric
Headphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency Response22,000Hz
Min Frequency Response20Hz
Noise CancelingNo
Product WeightProduct Weight0.55 lbs
Programmable ButtonsNo
WirelessNo
Wireless ConnectivityWireless Connectivityn/a

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Test Results

Min Frequency Response (Hz)0
Max Frequency Response (Hz)0
Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)8.4
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)22.94
BT Latency (ms)0
Non-BT Latency (ms)0

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Market Context

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 is a 2022-model wired gaming headset that uses a 40mm High Fidelity driver to deliver sound. This device was designed…

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 is a 2022-model wired gaming headset that uses a 40mm High Fidelity driver to deliver sound. This device was designed for PS4, but the 3.5mm cable also works on PC, mobile devices, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. It’s designed for comfort with a ski-band headband and memory foam earcup cushions. It has a retractable boom mic. However, see the best-ranked gaming headsets for a removable mic.

It has on-ear volume and muting controls and works with the SteelSeries GG companion software, offering access to a parametric EQ, presets, and mic-level settings. It also has customizable RGB lighting. Read our SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro review if you prefer a noise-canceling wireless device.

With customizable RGB lighting, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 sets itself apart from the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1. Additionally, via the companion software, the SteelSeries…

With customizable RGB lighting, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 sets itself apart from the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1. Additionally, via the companion software, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 offers access to a parametric EQ and presets, unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1, which has no software. Otherwise, the two devices are similar in appearance and performance. Check out our SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 review for details.

Featuring Bluetooth technology and an analog cable connector, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X is more versatile than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3, which uses a…

Featuring Bluetooth technology and an analog cable connector, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X is more versatile than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3, which uses a cable connection only. The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 offers customizable RGB lighting, which the Nova 7X lacks. Our SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X review provides more info.

Equipped with virtual surround sound, the HyperX Cloud II provides more immersive gaming than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3, which lacks 3D sound. Additionally, it…

Equipped with virtual surround sound, the HyperX Cloud II provides more immersive gaming than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3, which lacks 3D sound. Additionally, it has a clearer microphone than the SteelSeries device. However, the SteelSeries model offers parametric EQ and mic level settings via its companion software, which the HyperX device doesn’t have.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

Yes

Yes

No

Battery Life

n/a

Wired

26 hrs

Compatible Platforms

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

Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, VR Box, Windows

Android, iOS, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, VR Box, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Connector Size

3.5mm

3.5mm, USB Type-C

3.5mm, USB Type-C

Detachable Mic

Yes

Yes

No

Driver Size

40mm

40mm

40mm

Earcup Foam Material

AirWeave Fabric

AirWeave Fabric

AirWeave Fabric

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Score Card

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Expert Score

80

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Customer Score

84

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True Score

82

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Score

    76
    The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 are decent for neutral sound. Out of the box, they… read more

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  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Score

    66
    The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 are decent for neutral sound. Out of the box, they… read more

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  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 provides rich gaming sound, a comfortable fit and a robust… read more

    By:

    Dagobiet Morales Alfaro
  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 provides rich gaming sound, a comfortable fit and a robust… read more

    By:

    Dominic Bayley
  • Techradar
    50.31

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Arctis Nova 3 lacks treble and doesn’t offer a wireless connection. However, for its… read more

    By:

    Marshall Honorof
  • Techradar
    50.31

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The Arctis Nova 3 lacks treble and doesn’t offer a wireless connection. However, for its… read more

    By:

    Unknown

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