We've currently tested 11 SteelSeries headphones. This brand is known for its gamer-oriented design that focus on low latency, sound reproduction, and microphone performance.
The best SteelSeries headset for gaming that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They're comfortable enough to be worn for long gaming sessions and have low latency, meaning you won't experience very much lag. With its impressive microphone recording quality and noise handling, you should be heard clearly among your team. Whether you're enjoying cinematic cutscenes or dungeon crawling, these headphones also produce great sound with just enough rumble to hear whatever creature is coming your way. If you like more customization, the companion desktop app offers a graphic EQ with presets and DTS surround sound. The included base station also quick access to the EQ, allowing you to adjust your sound as you play.
Unfortunately, their high price point and bulky design might be a deal-breaker for some. Like many gaming headsets, they also have a poor noise isolation performance, which may be disappointing if you tend to game in noisy environments. That said, these headphones are among the best gaming headsets and the best wireless gaming headsets that we've tested.
If you're an Xbox One gamer, you know the difficulties of finding headphones compatible with the console. Enter the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless, the best SteelSeries headset for the Xbox One that we've tested. Connecting via Microsoft's Xbox Wireless connection, they easily connect to your Xbox One, and they have low enough lag to make wireless gaming relatively smooth. If you're looking for a little more versatility, you can also pair them with your phone or computer via Bluetooth. The microphone is great, and it records voices clearly, so you should have no problems being understood by your teammates and opponents alike.
While their classic SteelSeries ski-band headband and soft padding are designed for comfort, depending on fit, seal, and positioning, they can sound different depending on who's wearing them. They're also not the best choice for those with larger heads and don't isolate noise well. However, if your preferred console is the Xbox One, these headphones are a great choice for wireless gaming.
The best budget SteelSeries headset that we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis 1. These decently comfortable over-ears have a wired connection, so you won't have to worry about latency or running out of battery during long gaming sessions. Their warm and boomy sound profile can help add an extra punch to action-packed scenes in your favorite games. Their detachable boom microphone has an excellent recording quality, so it's easy to communicate with your teammates, even if you're gaming in a lively and noisy setting. You can even detach their boom microphone for a more casual look, which is nice.
Unfortunately, like most headphones in this price range, they don't have the best build quality, so they feel a bit plasticky and fragile. Their bass and treble delivery varies across users depending on their fit, seal, and positioning, too. They also don't isolate against a lot of background noises, but this should only be an issue if you're gaming in a lively home environment. Ultimately, they're a solid choice for gamers looking for a simple, straightforward headset on a budget.
The SteelSeries are good gaming headphones. Most of their headphones have balanced audio reproduction and solid microphones, making them suitable for gaming with others. Generally well-built, SteelSeries only makes over-ear headphones, and many of their designs have their unique ski-band headband for comfort. However, it may not be the best fit for everyone, especially those with large heads.
SteelSeries offers headphones catered to gamers. Their unique design and good battery life make them great for long gaming sessions. Most of their headphones have impressive sound reproduction, too. However, you might not get a consistent sound each time you wear them, and users with larger heads might not find the unique ski-band headband comfortable or fitting.