SteelSeries Arctis Pro Review

9.4
Expert Rating

If you’re in the business for the gaming gear to compliment your setup, then look no further than the SteelSeries Arctis Pro, equipped with a game DAC for audio tweaking. Its audio quality steps into surround sound, providing clear sounds, even for the lowest of whispers without drowning everything around you. And music sounds all more full than before.

Why We Like It –

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro wraps excellent sound quality, comfortable design, and a list of audio features, all packed into an expertly built wireless headset.

Pros
  • High quality audio
  • Comfortable on the ears and head
  • Plenty of options with DAC
Cons
  • Expensive

Performance

The audio performance is top notch, both in terms of gaming and music. Using Metallica’s “Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)” as a reference, the bass was at optimal levels without being uncomfortable, or to its detriment. That hi-res audio also extends to gaming as well.

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro isn’t true surround sound, but it’s incredibly wide virtual surround sound does an excellent job of sucking you into an immersive experience, utilizing DTS Headphone X 2.0 to make it happen. Smaller sounds like the chirping of birds overhead are much more clearer, without drowning the bulk of the game’s audio. And you’ve got a solid 10 hours worth of battery life to hear it all.

Design

This particular wireless gaming headset is unapologetically simple in design, shooting for an ergonomic shape over sharp angles and rigid shapes like the ASTRO Gaming A50 headset. In fact, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless changed very little in terms of design from previous Arctis headsets, specifically the Arctis 7.

Audio sound is fantastic, but wasted if you can’t wear the headset for too long; the SteelSeries Arctis Pro does not have this problem at all. The cushions are made with airweave, a very comfortable fabric that feels stiffer than plus velour, but softer than leather. It’s a fabric combination that feels good to wear—especially for long periods of time. An excellent option if you plan on combining it with Oculus Quest, or lounging in a Vertagear S-Line SL4000 gaming chair.”

Value

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDac offers even more value by providing a list of various audio outputs such as Optical Audio, USB, Line Out, and even Mobile. The sound quality can bridge those various outputs, especially for gaming on consoles like the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Yes, it is expensive, and that’s its biggest weakness, but few gaming headsets aim to appease multiple audio outputs without dropping in quality. It’s one of the best in all worlds, not just the best gaming headset.

Wrap Up

Considering the extensive audio options with the game DAC, amazing audio sound, even DTS surround sound and comfortable design, we can confidently recommend the SteelSeries Arctis Pro. Yes, it’s expensive, but that’s to be expected for a premium wireless gaming headset. Its hi-res audio is going to push the boundaries of immersion that much more when it rests comfortable on your head.

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