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SteelSeries Arctis 9 (Arctis 9X) Review Rundown

SteelSeries | Published on 10 Apr 2021 | Last Edited on 18 May 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of SteelSeries Arctis 9
  • Solid sound quality for both music and gaming
  • Comfortable fit
  • Long battery life
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 offers solid sound quality for both music and gaming. It has a premium aluminum design and a good noise-canceling microphone. If you're strictly an Xbox gamer, the Arcti 9X is the headset for you. The SteelSeries Pro Wireless are more versatile for PC and PS4 gaming.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Arctis 9 delivers stunning sound quality (after some tinkering), making it one of the best gaming headsets around. It takes some work to get the best sound out of these cans, which might turn some people off. This headset is built only for PC, PS5 and Nintendo Switch, so Xbox fans are out of luck.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not for PC, PS5 and Nintendo Switch

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Arctis 9X offers solid sound quality for both music and gaming. It has a premium aluminum design, a noise-canceling microphone and an easy Xbox gaming setup. However, the ear cups are too shallow to be comfortable for long periods of time.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid sound quality for both music and gaming
  • Comfortable ear cups
  • Easy Xbox gaming setup
Cons[**]
  • Ear cups are too shallow
  • Bass is too thick

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Arctis 9X is an Xbox One-specific wireless gaming headset. It connects directly to your Xbox One over Microsoft's Xbox Wireless standard. It can connect to your phone or PC over Bluetooth at the same time. At $199.99 it's much less expensive than the Arctis Pro Wireless while delivering a similar experience.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Easy to wear and use
  • Can be used wirelessly with your PC or mobile device
Cons[**]
  • Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless are separate forms of connectivity

rtings[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 52%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless are feature-packed wireless gaming headphones. Their boom microphone does a great job of making your voice sound full-bodied, clear, and mostly free of background noise. Like other SteelSeries headphones, their elastic headband can feel tight for people with larger heads and can't be expanded very far. These headphones are compatible with the SteelSeries Engine companion software.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable and well-built
  • Good battery life
  • Compatible with PC and PS4 systems
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre audio performance
  • Poor treble accuracy

rtings[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Arctis 9X are good for wireless gaming. They're comfortable enough to wear for long gaming sessions, and they're wirelessly compatible with Xbox One thanks to Xbox Wireless Technology. The SteelSeries have a more comfortable fit, an easier-to-use control scheme, and a more neutral default sound profile. However, the SteelSeries Pro Wireless are better-suited for PC and PS4 gaming.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable for long gaming sessions
  • Good battery life
  • Works with Xbox One Wireless
Cons[**]
  • Lacks a 1/8” audio cable in-the-box

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless is a top-notch headset in many ways. It's lag-free with impressive sound quality and soundstage, has long battery life, and great comfort. While its aesthetic is not overly gamer-centric, it's still obvious that it's meant for gamers, from the flat ear cups and ski goggle suspension band.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality and soundstage
  • Long battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre DTS soundstage

techradar[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is one of the best headsets for Xbox One X. It's a robust gaming headset that will likely last you for years and look good while doing it. Sound quality is top notch and the headset has 20 hours of battery life. On the whole, most of the features we need out of a gaming headset in this price range are represented.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Comfortable ear cups
Cons[**]
  • Can't connect via USB

tomsguide[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Arctis 9 is one of the few gaming headsets with Bluetooth connectivity built in. It connects effortlessly with PC, PS4, Switch (docked) and mobile platforms. With a 3.5 mm audio cable, it also connects with Xbox One, Switch and older audio devices. The sound is good overall, particularly for video games.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable, comfortable design
  • Good in-game audio
  • Comfortable earcups
Cons[**]
  • Sound lacks subtlety

tomsguide[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Arctis 9X connects wirelessly to the Xbox via Microsoft's proprietary protocol and to most other devices via Bluetooth. SteelSeries continues to dominate the headset market when it comes to comfort. With a lightweight design and an even weight distribution, it's easy to wear for hours at a time.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable, comfortable fit
  • Out-of-the-box wireless connectivity with the Xbox One
  • Easy to use
Cons[**]
  • Battery life could be better

tomshardware[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless carries the same 40mm neodymium drivers as its other headsets. The wireless dongle is actually a wired one instead of the USB drive-style dongles in most other wireless headsets. Out of the box, sound was good on the higher side of the profile but missing something.
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Pros[**]
  • Strong audio performance
  • Strong microphone
  • Wireless dongle with PS4 and Nintendo Switch support
  • Comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • Audio could be better

trustedreviews[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is one of the finest gaming headsets you can buy. Wireless headset works wonderfully with Xbox One, connecting with the simplicity of a controller and immediately moulding itself to fit my console experience. It offers a wide range of audio options, including customisation, and can connect to PC/Console and Bluetooth simultaneously.
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Pros[**]
  • Impressive audio performance with Xbox One
  • Comfortable ear cups
  • Intuitive controls
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9 review. Laptopmag. 2021-05-16. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  2. 2. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9X review. Laptopmag. 2020-07-18. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9X Review. Pcmag. 2019-05-14. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless Headphones Review. Rtings. 2020-10-29. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless Headphones Review. Rtings. 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless Gaming Headset review. Techradar. 2020-12-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9X review. Techradar. 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. 8. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9 review. Tomsguide. 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. 9. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9X Headset Review: Great Sound, Wireless Frustrations. Tomsguide. 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  10. 10. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless Review: Capable, Elegant Simplicity. Tomshardware. 2020-11-15. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  11. 11. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 9X Review. Trustedreviews. 2019-09-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  12. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  13. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  14. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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