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SteelSeries Arctis 7 (Arctis 7P / 7X) Wireless Headset

MSRP 150 USDExt score 70%

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Product Overview

SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a premium wireless headset powered by the same 40mm hi-res drivers found across the range. It is also available as Arctis 7P for PlayStation and Arctis 7X for Xbox: either offers unique design elements, and both come with a different wireless transmitter than the base Arctis 7.
The Arctis 7 comes with the same retractable boom microphone found in the Arctis 9. However, it drops Bluetooth support, thus tying the headset to its own wireless transmitter. RGB lighting is also sacrificed to reach its price point. Still, one can expect the same audio and microphone performance for gaming.
On the plus side, the Arctis 7 offers a longer battery life, stretching it to 24 hours.
With the compact wireless USB-C transmitter, the Arctis 7P and Arctis 7X offer arguably more flexibility: While marketed for PlayStation and Xbox respectively, they are compatible with a broader range of devices.
SteelSeries also markets the Arctis 5, which is a wired headset that shares much of the same features.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Good wireless gaming performance
  • Good battery life
  • Can be used wired or wirelessly
Cons
  • Sound quality could be better

What external reviewers found***

Ext 70% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great overall audio performance
  • Great sound quality
  • Superb build quality
  • Great microphone recording quality
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation
  • Boom mic is prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery
  • Not very portable
  • No Bluetooth support
  • Lackluster low-end sound
  • Bulky design
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Specifications

Arctis 7Arctis 7PArctis 7X

Connectivity

PortsUSB-C, 3.5mm
Wireless Connectivity2.4GHz
Wireless Range12 m / 40 ft

Construction

ColorsBlack or White
Drivers40 mm, neodymium
Form FactorOver-ear
Headphone TypeClosed, dynamic headphones
MaterialLightweight aluminum alloy and steel construction
MicrophoneRetractable Boom

Function

AudioDTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound
CompatibilityPC / Mac / PS4 / PS5 / Nintendo Switch / MobilePC / PS4 / PS5 / Nintendo Switch / Mobile / Google Stadia ControllerXbox Series X|S / Xbox One / PC / PS4 / PS5 / Nintendo Switch / Mobile / Google Stadia Controller
Microphone Pickup PatternBidirectional

Performance

Battery Life24+ hours
Frequency Response20Hz - 20kHz
Impedance32 ohms
Max Sound Level98 dB SPL
Microphone Frequency Response100Hz - 6.5kHz
Microphone Sensitivity-38 dBV/Pa
Total Harmonic Distortion3%

Production

Debut2019

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 boasts 7.1 digital surround sound using DTS Headphones:X 2.0 technology. The headband is also replaceable, which elongates the overall life of the headset. The company claims a 24-hour battery life with a recent firmware update, but SoundGuys' review cites 16 hours on a single charge.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Supports DTS Headphones:X 2.0 technology
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Bass de-emphasis can sound distorted
  • Microphone quality is slightly attenuated

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
In Watch Dogs: Legion, the SteelSeries Arctis 7P was excellent at highlighting the low suspenseful beat during cutscenes. The voice dialogue was crisp and loud enough to take priority over all of the hacking sound effects. The headset doesn't feature any EQ settings, so there's no software that can help you along if you're having audio balancing issues.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent audio performance
  • Comfortable fit
  • Supports PS5 and Xbox
Cons
  • No EQ settings
  • Slightly inaccurate sidetone

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
Series Arctis 7X's low-end is decent, yet unfulfilling. Despite its muffled bass, the vocals and instrumentals are beautifully translated. By using the 2.4Ghz USB Type-C wireless receiver, you can use the headset wirelessly with the Xbox Series X.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Muffled bass
  • No noise-cancelling

rtings[4]

Sentiment Score 55%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are decent for neutral sound. Their bass and treble delivery depend on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. You can also tweak the way they sound to better suit your needs using their companion software's graphic EQ. The microphone records voices clearly, even in loud environments like a gaming tournament.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable and secure fit
  • Long continuous battery life
  • Great microphone recording quality
  • Good noise isolation performance
Cons
  • Bass delivery varies depending on who's wearing them
  • High latency
  • Not very portable

rtings[5]

Sentiment Score 51%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P have a boomy sound profile by default and are prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery. Their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets to help tweak their sound. While they're comfortable, well-built, and can look more casual thanks to their retractable boom mic, they don't block out almost any bass-range noise like bus or plane engines.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable, well-built design
  • Great overall audio performance
  • Good battery life
  • Very low latency on PC, PS5, Xbox One, and PC
  • Superb build quality
Cons
  • Boom mic is prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery

rtings[6]

Sentiment Score 47%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are satisfactory for neutral sound. Right out-of-the-box, they have a boomy and excited sound profile. While they're comfortable and well-built, they can fall off your head with more intense movement. They don't support Bluetooth, so they need to be used wired or with their wireless USB-C dongle.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-built design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great overall performance
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation
  • No Bluetooth support
  • Bulky design

t3[7]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless headset is versatile and works with a range of different devices, thanks to the USB-C dongle. The 40mm drivers have a controlled dynamic range varying from 20 to 20,000Hz, so lows are well-defined while highs are really crisp. The retractable mic is noise-cancelling and impressed with how well it filters the sound, it doesn't pick up much external noise at all. We wouldn't recommend the headset to replace your headphones when it comes to music.
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Pros
  • Great noise-cancelling
  • Comfortable fit
  • Easy to set up
Cons
  • Expensive for what you get

t3[8]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless come with the same 40mm speaker drivers that were used on the Arcti 7. There's strong audio reproduction across the soundscape, and mid-range and treble is specifically fine and clean. In terms of mic there's no doubting that SteelSeries delivers, even if the design is not really to my taste. The mic is Discord-certified ClearCast unit with bidirectional design and noise cancellation.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Strong audio reproduction across platforms
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is a great gaming headset that's ready for the PS5 right out of the box. It includes a retractable Discord-certified microphone and 24 hours of battery life. Music quality is serviceable but a bit on the flat end despite bass and mids sounding good. Not supporting virtual surround sound on PC in favor of offering compatibility with Sony's Tempest 3D Audio Tech makes sense.
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Pros
  • Solid build quality
  • Comfortable for long gaming sessions
  • Wireless connection dongle
  • 24 hours of battery life
Cons
  • No virtual surround sound
  • Ski goggle adjustment strap may be uncomfortable for some users

techradar[10]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7X is available now, and is priced at $149 / £174.99. Versatile support for multiple devices, solid sound and reliable connectivity add up to a comfortable and easy-to-recommend gaming headset. But don't expect the 7X to compete with the best wireless headphones for music, and the tunes aren't quite as sharp.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • Solid audio and microphone performance
  • Solid battery life
Cons
  • Doesn’t support any Xbox models

tomsguide[11]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P/7X works beautifully with every game genre. It employs a USB-C dongle for pairing rather than USB-A. The mic itself is a retractable design with a red light that lets you know when the input is muted.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Dongle is a little small

tomsguide[12]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 runs on the SteelSeries Engine 3 software. Music sounds good, and everyone but the most dedicated audiophiles could use it as an everyday music headset. The headset also comes with a retractable, flexible mic in the left ear cup. While some of the features require a little legwork, everything works exactly as it's supposed to.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to use
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • No wireless features
  • No RGB lights on ear cups

tomshardware[13]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
Arctis 7 is considerably more breathable than the Alpha, thanks to that elasticated headband and materials used at the contact points. The headband's slightly more substantial than in older iterations, now matching that found in the pricier Arctis Pro headset. DTS Headphone:X v2.0 virtual surround technology made for an impressive stereo spread with a just barely perceptible ring of digital artifice.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great sound quality
Cons
  • Lackluster low-end sound

User Reviews

References

1. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7 review: All the necessities. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/steelseries-arctis-7-review-1108577/. 2020-04-22. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7P review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-7p. 2020-11-07. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
3. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7X review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-7x. 2021-01-16. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
4. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/steelseries/arctis-7-2019-edition-wireless. 2021-03-09. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
5. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/steelseries/arctis-7p-wireless. 2020-12-17. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
6. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/steelseries/arctis-7x-wireless. 2021-05-04. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
7. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless review: the perfect gaming headset for PlayStation. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-7P-wireless-review. 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
8. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless review: A good gaming headset for Xbox Series X|S. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-7x-wireless. 2021-04-23. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
9. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-7p-wireless. 2020-12-10. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
10. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless headset review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-7x-wireless-headset-review. 2021-08-19. Retrieved 2021-08-23.
11. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7P/7X review: A nearly perfect gaming headset. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-7p-7x. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
12. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7 review: The complete package. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/us/steelseries-arctis-7,review-4140.html. 2020-12-22. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
13. ^ SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless Gaming Headset Review: Still Great. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-7-2019-edition-gaming-wireless-headset,6196.html. 2019-11-29. Retrieved 2021-04-12.

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