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SteelSeries Arctis Prime Gaming Headset

MSRP 100 USDNEX score 64%

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Product Overview

SteelSeries Arctis Prime is a premium wired gaming headset unveiled alongside three new gaming mice in the company's new Prime range. It resembles the Arctis 5 in terms of features, though the Arctis Prime delivers a broader frequency response and lower distortion.
Indeed, the drivers in the Arctis Prime are those found in the Arctis Pro. This allows the Arctis Prime to double the frequency range of typical headsets.
Like other SteelSeries Arctis headsets, the Arctis Prime has a lightweight aluminum alloy and steel construction. It also has premium leatherette ear cushions that ensure comfort in long gaming sessions.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Bright audio for gaming and music
  • Comfortable leatherette ear cups
  • Solid noise-cancelling microphone
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 64% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great audio quality
  • Great microphone quality
  • Good noise isolation performance
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Lacks companion software
  • Lacks Hi-Res audio
  • Mediocre low-end
  • Bulky design
  • No mic mute
  • Doesn’t connect to SteelSeries’ software
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C, 3.5mm

Construction

Cable
Universal Detachable 3.5mm to USB-C Cable
Colors
Black
Drivers
40 mm, neodymium
Form Factor
Over-Ear Gaming Headset
Headphone Type
Closed, dynamic headphones
Material
Lightweight aluminum alloy and steel construction
Microphone
Retractable Boom

Function

Compatibility
PC / Mac / PS4 / PS5 / Xbox One / Nintendo Switch / Mobile
Microphone Pickup Pattern
Bidirectional

Performance

Frequency Response
10Hz ~ 40kHz
Impedance
32 ohms / 2200 ohms Microphone
Max Sound Level
92 dB SPL
Microphone Frequency Response
100Hz ~ 10kHz
Microphone Sensitivity
-38 dBV/Pa
Total Harmonic Distortion
1%

Production

Debut
2021-05

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External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis Prime's 40-millimeter neodymium drivers produce bright and loud audio. At 12.1 ounces, the headset is a little heavier than Razer Barracuda X, which comes in at 8.8 ounces. It's also easy to adjust thanks to the velcro. If you don't like a tight fit, you might not like this headset.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great audio quality
  • Solid build quality
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Doesn’t connect to SteelSeries’ software

rtings[2]

Sentiment Score 22%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis Prime are satisfactory for neutral sound. While they have a fairly neutral sound profile, the high-mid to low-treble is recessed, so vocals and lead instruments sound somewhat weak and veiled. Our unit's L/R drivers are also mismatched, although this issue may be unique to our model. Unfortunately, they lack companion software to help customize their sound.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Well-built design
  • Excellent noise isolation
  • Comfortable fits
  • Good noise isolation performance
Cons
  • Lacks companion software
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users
  • Bulky design

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The SteelSeries Arctis Prime gaming headset costs $99 (£99, AU$119) It borrows the steel headband design and ski band suspension system found on other headsets. It also has the retractable ClearCast boom mic that's featured prominently on this series. It uses a wired connection with a 3.5mm combo connector as well as a mic/headset splitter.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Competitive gaming performance
  • Comfortable, breathable ear cups
  • Good noise isolation
Cons
  • Mediocre low-end
  • No mic mute

tomshardware[4]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The Arctis Prime's Hi-Res performance was somewhat underwhelming at times. The mic is crisp and clear, capturing and reproducing a solid representation of the voice. The lack of SideTone, or mic monitoring that lets you control how much of your voice you can hear, and ChatMix, which lets you balance audio from your teammates and the actual game, are disappointing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Comfortable earcup padding
  • Easy-to-use controls
Cons
  • Lacks Hi-Res audio

wired[5]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
The Arctis Prime's ear cups are very different but surprisingly similar to Apple's AirPods Max. The included audio cable feels janky, and holds kinks far too well. For the price, it's a remarkable gaming headset and easily outperforms pricier competitors.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Great microphone quality
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • No braided audio cable

User Reviews

References

1. ^ SteelSeries Arctis Prime review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-prime. 2021-07-25. Retrieved 2021-08-02.
2. ^ SteelSeries Arctis Prime Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/steelseries/arctis-prime. 2021-07-15. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
3. ^ SteelSeries Arctis Prime gaming headset review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-prime-gaming-headset. 2021-06-28. Retrieved 2021-07-07.
4. ^ SteelSeries Arctis Prime Review: Pro Gaming Audio, Simplified. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/steelseries-arctis-prime. 2021-08-15. Retrieved 2021-08-20.
5. ^ Review: SteelSeries Arctis Prime. [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/steelseries-arctis-prime/. 2021-08-20. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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