Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless Headset Review
Published: 26th March 2018 | Source: Steelseries | Price: £299.99 |
I say I say I say, what do you get if you cross the wireless control centre of the Steelseries Siberia 840, the headset design of the Steelseries Arctis 7 and boost the headset frequency response up to the levels one expects from HiFi options?
Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Steelseries Arctis Pro.
We know what you're thinking; "Hey OC3D, I just looked up at the top of the screen and saw the price. Given the choice between buying this particular headset or getting my grandma gold plated, clearly I'm going for the Midas Granny". Not so fast oh ye of little faith and burns so hot I'm getting frostbite from them. It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you want the very best then you have to be willing to lay down the green.
The Arctis Pro Wireless can connect to almost anything you can think of, comes with two long lasting batteries to keep you gaming with the minimum of downtime and has virtual surround alongside a hardware equaliser to ensure you have the exact sound profile you desire.
There are two key features in the Arctis Pro armoury. Firstly Steelseries have utilised wider response neodymium drivers than you usually see on a gaming headset. Instead of the 20Hz-20kHz drivers the Arctis Pro has 10Hz-40kHz. This much wider frequency spectrum will be nothing but beneficial to the sound quality. If you don't fully understand the importance of sound frequency breadth then imagine the difference between all your socks spread out on the bed and all of them squished into a drawer. Or the smooth gradients you can get from 16 bit images versus 256 colour ones. Sound works exactly the same. Smaller frequency response possibilities means that the bass and high notes are squashed towards the midrange, which makes everything less distinct than you will get with wider drivers such as those on the Arctis Pro.
Secondly the Arctis supports Bluetooth audio, which is the main way all modern technology utilises wireless audio and allows the Arctis Pro to connect to almost anything you can think of. If whatever you wish to listen to doesn't support Bluetooth then there are Optical and 3.5mm inputs on the rear, as well as a 3.5mm jack on the headset itself.
Tis better to show than to tell, so let's get on to the pictures.