We've currently reviewed 9 SteelSeries headphones. This brand is known for its gamer-oriented design focusing on low latency, sound reproduction, and microphone performance.
The best SteelSeries headset for gaming that we've tested so far is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. Comfortable enough to be worn for long periods and with a low latency, these headphones are a great choice for serious gamers. With its great 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 offers an EQ, allowing you to adjust your sound as you play. Since these headphones have swappable batteries, you can also use the base station to charge up the included additional battery pack while you play.
If you're an Xbox One gamer, you know the difficulties of finding headphones compatible with this console. Enter the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless: the best SteelSeries headphones 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 want more connectivity, you can also pair these headphones with your phone or computer via Bluetooth. The microphone is great - your voice should be heard clearly by your teammates and opponents alike. While their classic SteelSeries ski-band headband and soft padding are designed for comfort, depending on how they fit on your head you might not get a consistent sound each time you wear. 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 headphones that we've tested so far are the SteelSeries Arctis 1 2019 Edition. More affordable than other models, these entry-level wired headphones are a great choice for gamers on a budget. For their price, they have good audio reproduction with added bass and their removable boom microphone is well-suited for noisy environments. Although they have limited controls, you'll able to control the volume and mic-mute with a flick of a finger. However, just like others on this list, these headphones don't have the best noise isolation - while they're not great for reducing the rumble of bus or train engines, they'll be good if you primarily game at home. Also unique to these headphones within the SteelSeries lineup is their lack of the ski-band headband. Their traditional headband, despite its thin, plastic build, is decently comfortable and distributes weight well. However, its shallow ear cups may cause less consistent sound.
Unfortunately, these headphones also don't support the SteelSeries Engine, so you won't be able to tweak the sound. Still, for their price point, these headphones are a wallet-friendly choice if you want a good pair of affordable SteelSeries headphones.
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; their unique ski-band headband is comfortable but might not be the best fit for everyone, especially those with large heads.
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.