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Best SteelSeries Headphones

We've currently reviewed 10 SteelSeries headphones. This brand is known for its gamer-oriented design that focus on low latency, sound reproduction, and microphone performance.

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Best SteelSeries Headphones


  1. Best SteelSeries Headset For Gaming

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    7.6
    Neutral Sound
    6.9
    Commute/Travel
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    7.9
    Wireless Gaming
    8.2
    Wired Gaming
    7.9
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best SteelSeries headset for gaming that we've tested so far 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.

    On the downside, 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 being said, these headphones are among the best gaming headsets and the best wireless gaming headsets that we've tested so far.

    See our review

  2. Best SteelSeries Headset For Xbox One

    7.1
    Mixed Usage
    7.3
    Neutral Sound
    6.7
    Commute/Travel
    7.1
    Sports/Fitness
    6.9
    Office
    7.5
    Wireless Gaming
    8.0
    Wired Gaming
    7.6
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    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 so far. Connecting via Microsoft's Xbox Wireless connection, these headphones 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 these headphones 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.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget SteelSeries Headset

    5.4
    Mixed Usage
    6.8
    Neutral Sound
    4.8
    Commute/Travel
    5.1
    Sports/Fitness
    5.3
    Office
    5.2
    Wireless Gaming
    7.2
    Wired Gaming
    7.4
    Phone Calls
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best budget SteelSeries headset that we've tested to date is the SteelSeries Arctis 1. These entry-level over-ears have a comfortable fit that's ideal for long gaming sessions. They can be used with the most popular gaming platforms, including Xbox One and PS4, and their wired design means that you won't have to worry about latency. Their detachable boom microphone can clearly transmit your voice to your teammates, even in noisy environments, though your voice may sound a bit bright. 

    On the downside, these budget headphones have a cheap, plasticky look and feel, and they don't seem very durable. They aren't very stable on your head, and they can sound different depending on their positioning, fit, and seal. They also have a poor noise isolation performance, so you might be distracted by background noises while you're gaming. That said, this headset is still a good option for gamers looking for straightforward headphones on a budget and is one of the best SteelSeries headsets for PS4 that we've tested.

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • Xbox One compatible. Fairly uncommon among gaming headphones, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X is fully compatible with the Xbox One using Microsoft's proprietary Xbox Wireless Connection.
  • Great audio reproduction. SteelSeries headphones produce a well-balanced sound profile that's great for gaming, but they're also versatile enough to be used for listening to other audio genres like pop or podcasts.
  • Clear-sounding microphone. The SteelSeries have good microphones. Their solid recording quality and noise handling mean those on the other end should be able to clearly hear your voice.
  • Limited fit. The SteelSeries use a ski-band style headband, which can make getting the right fit hard. If your head is too big for the elastic headband and it reaches the frame, there's no way to further adjust these headphones to accommodate a larger size.
  • Inconsistent frequency response. Due to Steelseries' unique ski-band style headband, you might not get a consistent sound each time you wear these headphones. If these headphones don't fit you properly, you might notice deviations such as a drop in bass.
  • Poor noise isolation. If you're using these headphones at a gaming tournament, you'll hear a lot of background noise, including cheering fans and clicking keyboards.

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.

Conclusion

SteelSeries offer 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.

If you're still shopping around for gaming headsets, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets and the best wireless gaming headsets.

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