Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless Headset Review

I have been on the hunt for a solid (yet affordable) wireless gaming headset and I think I have finally found the one!

I’ll be reviewing the Xbox edition of the Steelseries Arctis 1 – despite the name, this is compatible with every console. It works wirelessly with the Switch, PS4, PC, and it has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, so it works with anything that uses that.

Even if you do not own an Xbox, I’d recommend this version because it comes with 1 month of Xbox Game Pass ultimate, which gives you access to a variety of games of PC, mobile, and Xbox games. If you would not use this, then at least you can give it to a friend – or make a new one!

Here’s what you get in the box:

  • Wireless receiver
  • USB dongle/adapter for wireless receiver
  • 5 mm headphone cord (which was flimsier than expected)
  • Detachable microphone
  • Micro USB charging cord
  • Instructions and Game Pass code

The only thing I feel like its missing is some kind of carrying case or even a pouch since this is a lot of stuff.

The headset design is very simple, and does not stand out if you want to wear this in public (unlike other gaming headsets). It’s made of plastic and reinforced steel, with a faux leather padding on the top. I feel like you could honestly rage throw this and it would not break (don’t try to do that though). In the months I’ve used this, my only complaint is that the leather padding on the top of the headset has detached slightly.

It is honestly a little bit weighty, given the materials. On my head, it felt comfortable though, and I barely noticed having it on. The only slight annoyance is the shallow earcups, that I noticed even with my smaller ears. You could possibly add more padding to fix this though. I have a small head and this headset fit great on me, and felt comfortable for hours. I’ve worn this with glasses and it is comfortable, though it could take some adjusting to fix.

The sound was pretty good, I tested it out with music and games and it sounded great on both – nothing groundbreaking but solid sound with no tininess like my pervious headset had.

The wireless range was solid and definitely more than 30 feet. I walked to the complete other end of my house before I finally lost connection. There is also no delay in sound – I used this to watch movies, livestreams, games, and in my online classes it performed well for all of that.

Overall, this is a solid headset for a variety of purposes, gaming and non-gaming.


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