The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition are good gaming headphones. As the upgraded version of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 headphones, they have an impressive 25-hour continuous battery life and their comfortable padding can help extend your active game time. On the downside, they can sound differently depending on who's wearing them. However, the unique ski-band headband can be adjusted to give you the best fit possible while the companion software contains a great graphic EQ to further fine-tune your listening experience.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are okay for mixed usage. While they're comfortable for most uses, they aren't very portable and don't block out a lot of ambient noise during a commute. Depending on fit, seal, and positioning, they can also sound different depending on who's wearing them. However, there's a companion software with a graphic EQ plus presets so that you can adjust the sound to your liking. Still, their excellent battery life, great microphone, and low latency make these headphones well-suited for gaming.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are decent for neutral listening. While their bass and treble delivery depend on their fit, seal, and positioning, by default you may find they have a bit of a boomy and sharp sound. Luckily, it's possible to get closer to a more neutral sound profile if you take the time to adjust their headband a bit. You can also tweak the way they sound with their companion software's graphic EQ to better suit your needs.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are sub-par for commuting. They don't really reduce bass-heavy noise like bus or train engines, which may bother you on your commute. While they're comfortable headphones, they're not very portable and can't be made more compact to store away. If you want to use them wirelessly, you also need to have your laptop handy as you need their transmitter. However, if you're using a wired connection, you won't need the transmitter. On the upside, you won't have to worry about battery life since they last up to 25 hours.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are passable for sports. Their fairly tight and secure fit is comfortable but their bulky design makes them less portable. They're also somewhat breathable but you might still notice a rise in temperature around your ears, especially while exercising. Still, they're a gaming headset and aren't designed for sports.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are fair for office use. While they're comfortable to wear, they won't block out or reduce a lot of the noise around you. For the most part, those around you in the office shouldn't hear much of your music if you turn it up. Their battery life also is more than enough to get you through the work day and they can be used passively.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are good for wireless gaming. Their ski-band headband and soft ear cups are comfortable enough for long gaming sessions while their high continuous battery life means you don't have to worry too much about pausing your gameplay. If you like to tweak your sound, they also a companion software with customization features like a graphic EQ. Their microphone does a great job of capturing your voice clearly.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are very good for wired gaming. They're comfortable, have virtually no lag when wired, and the microphone clearly captures voices, even in more noisy environments. You can use the companion software to find the right sound profile for you. On the downside, they can sound different depending on who's wearing them so it's important to get a proper fit and seal to ensure you get a consistent sound.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are decent for phone calls. The microphone records voices clearly, even in loud environments like a gaming tournament. However, you might have a hard time hearing whoever's on the other line as these headphones do a poor job of isolating noise around you.
Style-wise, there are a few small changes from the previous generation, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017. The headband is more rounded while the earcups have slightly thicker padding. For a more casual look, the microphone can retract inside the left ear cup. If you want flashier headphones, you can purchase headband straps and backplates from the SteelSeries website.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition are comfortable headphones. Compared to their predecessor, they have slightly more padded ear cups that are soft on the skin as well as more porous for airflow. They also have a deeper fit to accommodate large ears. The unique ski-band headband can feel a little tight on larger heads though and can't be expanded beyond the length of the strap. If you're looking for comfortable gaming headphones without the ski-band design, check out the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 and the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 headsets.
The Arctis 7 2019 Edition have the same controls as the previous generation, although they're slightly more textured. On the left cup are a channel mixing wheel and power button while the right cup has a volume wheel and a mic-mute button. As these controls are designed for gaming, they lack music/call management buttons, which some may find limits their versatility.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition is passably breathable. Their ear cups have porous padding that helps with airflow but they'll still trap a bit of heat. While they won't be suited for sports, they shouldn't be too much of a problem if you're casually gaming.
These headphones, like most gaming headsets, aren't very portable. While the ear cups can swivel to lay flat, they can't fold into a more compact shape. Wireless use also requires the USB transmitter, which can limit portability. However, if you mostly use this gaming headset at home, portability shouldn't be an issue.
These headphones don't have a carrying case or pouch.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 have a great build quality. The metal headband is flexible but sturdy, the ear cups feel dense, and the boom microphone is malleable and retractable. They should survive a few drops or impacts without taking too much damage. However, the ear cups' backplates may come off if impacted. If you're looking for an even better-built gaming headset, check out the Logitech G Pro X.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition have a unique ski-band headband design. They fit tight enough for light physical activity but they're still fairly bulky. They aren't suited for more intense physical activity or sports though as they may fall off with more intense movement.
The sound profile of these headphones really depends on how they fit on your head. Their position, seal, and whether you have glasses or thick hair can all affect sound delivery, resulting in inconsistent bass and treble. Once properly fitted to your head however, you should be able to get a consistent sound. With a good fit, the Arctis 7 2019 Edition has a somewhat neutral sound profile that's slightly bass-heavy, which is good for genres like EDM and hip-hop.
The frequency response is disappointing. While the bass is somewhat consistent, there can be a drop in bass for some users like those who wear glasses as the ear cups may not be properly flush to the head. The treble range is inconsistent too. As the overall frequency response depends on fit, seal, and positioning of these headphones, once you achieve a good overall fit, you should get a more consistent frequency response each time you use them.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 have decent bass accuracy performance, but delivery can vary across users. Although the dip in the low-bass can reduce thump and rumble, it shouldn't be too noticeable. The overemphasis in the high-bass adds boominess and muddy your mix. However, the bass delivery can be sensitive to fit, seal, and whether you have thick hair or glasses so make sure you take the time to properly adjust them. This bass accuracy performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.
The mid accuracy performance of these headphones is great. There's still a bit of overemphasis coming from the bass range into the low-mids which makes mixes cluttered and muddy. However, the rest of the range is fairly even. There's some discrepancy between the left and right drivers in the mid to high-mid range, but it shouldn't be too noticeable.
The treble accuracy performance is good but its delivery can vary across users. There's a small dip in the low treble which can soften some details of vocals and lead instruments. A large peak in the mid-treble will also make sibilants like S and T sounds sharp and even piercing. However, this treble accuracy performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.
The peaks and dip performance of the Arctis 7 2019 Edition is decent. A peak in the high bass muddies the mix while a dip in the low treble further reduces clarity. Another peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants piercing. The left driver also is slightly overemphasized while the right driver is underemphasized, particularly in the mid-range.
The imaging performance of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition is great. While there are some peaks in the bass range that're above the group delay's audibility threshold, it may not be audible for most users. There's also some mismatch in amplitude between the left and right drivers which can be noticeable. While there are reports online that describe the drivers performing differently and producing a slightly skewed image, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.
The Arctis 7 2019 Edition's soundstage is mediocre. Although it feels somewhat large, the soundstage may be perceived as slightly unnatural and coming from inside the head. As they're closed-back headphones, their soundstage might not also feel as open as open-back headphones.
These headphones have DTS virtual surround support and a simple speaker modeling feature.
These headphones have good weighted harmonic distortion performance. Overall, all frequencies fall within good limits, which should result in clear and pure audio reproduction.
The Arctis 7 2019 Edition's results are only valid for these settings.
These headphones have poor noise isolation performance. They don't reduce low sounds from the bass range such as bus engines. They perform slightly better in the mid-range but they'll still be inadequate for blocking speech. However, if you're wearing these headphones with an A/C unit on, you'll cut down a lot of its sharp hum.
The Arctis 7 2019 Edition's leakage performance is decent. Most of the leakage is in the mid-range and it sounds fuller compared to in-ear headphones. If you're using them in an office setting, people may hear a small bit of your audio.
This headset has a retractable boom microphone.
The Arctis 7 2019 Edition's microphone has a good recording quality. Your voice sounds clear and detailed, although it lacks a bit of airiness and brilliance. There's also a small bump in the treble which adds brightness to your voice.
The boom microphone has impressive noise handling. It can easily separate your voice from loud background noise like a gaming tournament.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition's battery performance is amazing. Offering 25 hours of continuous battery life plus an adjustable auto-off timer in the companion software, you'll be immersed in your MMO for hours without worrying about the battery dying. You can even charge them as you wirelessly use them or you can use these headphones passively via their included audio cable.
The SteelSeries Engine is a great companion software that offers more customization of your audio experience. The software is easy-to-use as all the controls are on a single page. It has a graphic EQ with presets, surround support, a settable auto-off timer, and adjustable microphone volume control. If you like a certain configuration, you can save it and switch between your desired settings. However, you'll need to use their transmitter if you want your EQs and different settings active. If you like special features and enjoy the look of RGB lighting, check out the Razer Nari Ultimate or the Logitech G935, both gaming headsets with superb apps.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 don't support Bluetooth. If you're looking for a similar gaming headset with Bluetooth connectivity, try out the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless.
These headphones have good non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. They have low latency which will be good for playing video games or watching movies. Their line of sight range is decent, allowing you to use them further away from their audio source.
These headphones are compatible with PC and PS4. You'll be able to use your microphone and receive audio, whether you're using non-Bluetooth wireless or an analog connection.
These headphones can only be used while plugged into the Xbox One controller. You'll be able to use the microphone as well as receive audio. On the downside, they don't work with Xbox One Wireless. If you're looking for a wireless gaming headset that's fully compatible with the Xbox One, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 9X.
The Arctis 7 2019 Edition have a small wireless USB dongle base/dock. It doesn't have dock charging but it has a line in and a line out. The dock's also only compatible with PC and the PS4.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition, like most SteelSeries headphones, have a unique ski-band headband that's both comfortable and stable but if they're not properly fitted, they can sound different depending on who's wearing them. They feel well-built, however, and their impressive 25 hours of battery life out-competes a majority of other wireless gaming headsets. On the downside, they can't be used wirelessly with the Xbox One, so if you're looking for a gaming headset that works for this console, take a look at our recommendations for the best Xbox One headsets. For other consoles, see our recommendations for the best PS4 gaming headsets and the best PC gaming headsets.
The newer SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition is slightly different in style from the SteelSeries Arctis 7 and seems to have more padding on the ear cups. This makes them deeper and more suited for bigger ears. However, the overall performance of the two models is fairly similar and might not be worth the upgrade if you didn’t have any issue with the fit of the 2017 model. The 2019 Edition has a better wireless range, and you can now set your desired auto-off timer in the SteelSeries Engine software.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight. Both are wireless and have fairly well-balanced sound profiles, but the SteelSeries feel more high-end and better-built. They also have better customization options through their software than the HyperX. On the other side, the HyperX have a better microphone that has amazing noise handling and will easily separate speech from background noise. Also, the HyperX uses a USB dongle without a wire, which some may prefer as it allows for easier cable management.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are a bit better than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless for gaming headphones. The Arctis Pro Wireless have more connectivity options since they support Bluetooth, and have a base that acts not only as a wireless transmitter but also as a charging station. Their microphone also performs better overall. The 7 are significantly cheaper, though. If you don’t need Bluetooth and don’t care for the swappable battery design, the 7 may be a better choice, considering the price difference.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G Pro X. Their wireless design offers more freedom, without sacrificing too much on latency. They also have channel mixing and great battery life. On the other hand, the Logitech feel more comfortable and premium. Their app also offers more customization options for sound and the microphone, which is great. If you prefer a wired connection for gaming and don’t want to manage battery life, then the Logitech might be a better option overall.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless. They are more comfortable, have better controls, feel more stable on the head, and have a more balanced and neutral sound profile. They aren't as consistent among users, however, and some people may get inconsistent bass or treble response. Their microphone's recording quality isn't quite as good as the Corsair's, but it handles noisy environments much better and they have a much longer 24-hour battery life.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset. They are better-built headphones and don’t feel as plasticky. Their microphone is noticeably better and offers a better speech recording quality. They also have about twice the battery life of the G935. On the other hand, the Logitech headphones have a better app that offers more controls and they also have RGB lighting, if that’s something you’re interested in having. The G935 also has better out-of-the-box sound quality, although you can EQ both headsets in their respective apps.
The SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition are similarly designed gaming headphones, but the wireless 7 is a better option. They feel noticeably better-built and their mic also has better recording quality. Their wireless design means you can easily play games from your couch without a wire going to your controller and their dongle offers minimal latency. However, you’ll have to manage a battery life, which is not as easy to a plug-and-play headset like the 5.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 9X are fairly similar headphones, but the 7 will be a better option for most as the 9X are designed for Xbox One. When used wirelessly, we measured lower latency on the 7 and they also support voice chat when used wired. On the other hand, the Arctis 9X is also Bluetooth compatible, meaning you can use them on-the-go with your phone. Other than that, the build of both headsets is pretty much identical and as comfortable.
Both the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro 2017 are great gaming headphones. They each are better in their own categories. The Astro come with a great dock that offers controls and they are slightly more comfortable. Their microphone sounds better and you won’t have to worry about battery life with this wired headset. On the other hand, the SteelSeries can also be used wirelessly. However, you can’t use them for full audio and mic support on Xbox One, and they won’t be as versatile. On the upside, the SteelSeries Engine offers more controls and customization options than the Astro Command Center software, and their closed-back design isolates a bit more noise than the open-back Astro.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition. They have very low latency when used wirelessly and the headphones feel better built. Both headphones sound similarly out of the box, but the Arctis 7 are compatible with the SteelSeries Engine software which offers good customization options. While their battery life is a bit shorter than the Arctis 3’s, they have a power saving feature and they can also be used while charging. The Arctis 3's microphone is also surprisingly better. On the other hand, thanks to their USB dock, the Arctis 7 can be used wirelessly on consoles, but won’t support the mic on Xbox One.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are slightly better wireless gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight S. The Arctis 7 feel more stable and well-built, can be used wired or wireless, and have better software that gives access to a full graphic EQ. On the other hand, the Flight S have wireless charging, a slightly better microphone, isolate more background noise, and a longer battery life.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are very similarly-designed gaming headphones, but the 7 is slightly better due to its wireless design. However, the SteelSeries Engine offers more options inside the app with the GameDAC, like a better EQ with more bands. The GameDAC also has a useful dock to make quick on-the-fly setting changes. Overall, the wireless design of the 7 is going to offer more freedom to the user, and it offers better overall value.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are more versatile wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair HS70 Wireless. While the SteelSeries tend to reproduce audio more inconsistently across different users, they have a much better microphone, their battery lasts 10 hours longer, and they can be used wired. The Corsair might sound better-balanced to more people out-of-the-box, but their lack of wired audio is disappointing.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless can be used both wired and wirelessly, so they’re more versatile gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II which can only be used wired. The SteelSeries are also customizable with their support software on PC, but the HyperX are more comfortable.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset. They have channel mixing, which can be useful when you need to mute game or chat audio. They also feel better-built and their microphone offers better recording quality. They also offer about twice the battery life of the Logitech. On the other hand, the G933 have more customization options in their app and also offer RGB lighting, which some may like. You also have more controls on the headset and have access to mappable buttons.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. While the Razer have a unique haptic feedback feature that can immerse you in your game, their battery lasts barely over 5 hours, which is quite disappointing. The SteelSeries have a much longer battery life, a better microphone, easier-to-use controls, and feel more durable.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are both very good headphones for wired gaming, but the SteelSeries have the advantage of also being able to be used wirelessly as well. The HyperX are more comfortable and feel even better-built, but they don’t have any sound customization options. The SteelSeries give you access to a good graphic EQ in their companion software as well as other customizable features.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are very good wireless gaming headphones, but the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are even better for most people. The Astro have a more adjustable headband design, which makes them more comfortable and helps them reproduce their well-balanced sound profile consistently, regardless of who's wearing them. The Astro's mic also performs better, and they come with a nice charging station. However, they take over four hours to charge and can't be used with a regular audio cable. The SteelSeries have a longer battery life, take less time to charge, and support passive playback.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2019 Edition are better overall gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. They're more versatile since you can use them wirelessly or wired, unlike the Arctis 1 which are for wired use only. The Arctis 7 are also customizable with the SteelSeries Engine software and have adjustable channel mixing and microphone level control features. However, the Arctis 1's microphone performs better overall. You also don't have to worry about battery life or latency issues with a wired headset. That said, the Arctis 7 have a remarkable battery performance and low wireless latency, so they're a better choice if you prefer having the option to game wirelessly when you'd like.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are a better gaming headset than the Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless. They are better-built headphones and their microphone has better recording quality for online games. You can also use the SteelSeries wired with all platforms, which you can’t do with the Corsair. The audio quality is noticeably better on the SteelSeries and they are also compatible with a great app that offers an EQ and multiple controls, including surround sound. On the other hand, the Corsair performs more consistently across different users and they have RGB lighting, which the SteelSeries don't have.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are slightly better gaming headphones than the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017. While the SteelSeries aren’t as comfortable as the Astros, and their dock doesn’t support charging, they can be used wired and are more versatile. The recording quality of the microphone is also noticeably better. On the other hand, the Astro have a better default sound profile, but you always need their dock to use them, which is restrictive. The SteelSeries are also cheaper and will have a better value for most.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are much better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless. The SteelSeries are more comfortable, feel much better built, have better controls, and have a better-balanced default sound profile with more bass. They also work wirelessly with both PS4 as well as PC, unlike the Turtle Beach which are only compatible with PC. That being said, the Turtle Beach last longer off a single charge, and support Waves NX 3D Audio virtual surround sound, though we don't test the effectiveness of this.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the TOZO T6 Truly Wireless are very different headphones. The SteelSeries are wireless headphones with a boom microphone designed for gaming, while the TOZO are truly wireless Bluetooth earbuds for use with your mobile devices. You can still plug the SteelSeries into your phone with a regular audio cable, but the TOZO aren't compatible with most gaming platforms, and have too much wireless latency for PC gaming.