SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Mar 09, 2021 at 01:19 pm
SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless Picture
6.6
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Sound
5.9
Commute/Travel
6.3
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
7.6
Wireless Gaming
7.9
Wired Gaming
7.4
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are gaming headphones with a long 25-hour battery life. They're the next generation of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 headphones and have slightly thicker padding that can help you stay comfortable during long gaming sessions. On the downside, they sound different depending on who's wearing them. However, the unique ski-band headband can be adjusted to give you the best fit possible, and the companion software gives you access to a great graphic EQ to further fine-tune your listening experience.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed Usage

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are okay for mixed usage. They're intended for gaming and have a great microphone and low latency. They're comfortable and have excellent continuous battery life, which is good for gaming as well as other uses, like travel and commuting. However, they aren't very portable and don't block out a lot of ambient noise. Depending on fit, seal, and positioning, they also sound different depending on who's wearing them. Luckily, their companion software gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets, so you can adjust the sound to your liking.

Pros
  • Great mic performance even in noisy environments.
  • Great companion software with many customization options.
  • Excellent continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • May be less comfortable for people with bigger ears or heads.
7.1 Neutral Sound

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are decent for neutral sound. Their bass and treble delivery depend on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. It's possible to get closer to a more neutral sound profile if you take the time to adjust their headband a bit though. That said, their default sound profile is a bit boomy and sharp. You can also tweak the way they sound to better suit your needs using their companion software's graphic EQ.

Pros
  • Great companion software with many customization options.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
5.9 Commute/Travel

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are sub-par for commuting. They don't really reduce bass-heavy noise like bus or plane engines. They're comfortable headphones but not very portable and don't fold, which is less than ideal for travel. If you want to use them wirelessly, you also need to have your laptop handy as you need their transmitter. That's not an issue if you want to use them wired, however. On the upside, they have an excellent continuous battery life of roughly 25 hours.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable.
  • Excellent continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky design.
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • May be less comfortable for people with bigger ears or heads.
6.3 Sports/Fitness

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 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.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable.
  • Excellent continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky design.
  • Not extremely breathable.
6.6 Office

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are fair for office use. While they're comfortable to wear, they won't isolate you from much of the noise around you. On the plus side, your co-workers around you shouldn't hear much of your music even if you turn it up. Their battery life also is more than enough to get you through the workday and they can be used passively.

Pros
  • Comfortable and stable.
  • Excellent continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • May be less comfortable for people with bigger ears or heads.
7.6 Wireless Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are good for wireless gaming. Their ski-band headband and soft, padded ear cups are comfortable enough for long gaming sessions, and long continuous battery life means you don't have to worry too much about prematurely pausing your gameplay. They have low wireless latency and a bendy boom microphone that does a great job of capturing your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. Unfortunately, they can sound different depending on who's wearing them, but the companion app offers presets and a graphic EQ so you can customize the sound profile.

Pros
  • Great mic performance even in noisy environments.
  • Excellent continuous battery life.
  • Low latency.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • May be less comfortable for people with bigger ears or heads.
7.9 Wired Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are very good for wired gaming. They're comfortable, have virtually no audio lag when wired, and the microphone clearly captures your voice, 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.

Pros
  • Great mic performance even in noisy environments.
  • Excellent continuous battery life.
  • Low latency.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • May be less comfortable for people with bigger ears or heads.
7.4 Phone Calls

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 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.

Pros
  • Great mic performance even in noisy environments.
  • Excellent continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • May be less comfortable for people with bigger ears or heads.
  • 6.6 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Neutral Sound
  • 5.9 Commute/Travel
  • 6.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 7.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.9 Wired Gaming
  • 7.4 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Mar 09, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Feb 04, 2021: We've retested and updated the 'Comfort' test results.
  3. Updated Feb 05, 2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  4. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  5. Updated Nov 21, 2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  6. Updated Sep 05, 2019: We've updated the Base/Dock box and Connectivity section of the review to show this headset isn't wirelessly compatible with the Xbox One.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The design has changed slightly from the previous generation, SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017. The hard outer headband is more rounded, and the ear cups have extra padding. The microphone can retract inside the left ear cup for a more casual look. If you want flashier headphones, you can buy headband straps and backplates with various designs from the SteelSeries website.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.77 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are comfortable headphones. Their earcups have slightly thicker padding compared with their predecessor, and it feels soft on the skin as well as more porous, which helps with airflow. However, if your ears or head are big, your ears may touch the headphones' drivers, which can become tiring. The unique ski-band headband can also feel a little tight on larger heads, and it 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 A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 wireless headset.

6.2
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Great
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
Yes
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have mediocre controls. Very similar to the previous generation, the left cup has a channel mixing wheel and a power button, while the right cup has a volume wheel and a mic-mute button. The wheels have a slightly more raised texture compared with the ones on the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017. Unlike the similarly gaming-oriented SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless, these headphones lack music/call management buttons, which some may find limits their versatility.

6.3
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 6.2 C

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are passably breathable. Their ear cups have porous padding that helps with airflow but still traps quite a bit of heat. While they aren't well-suited for wearing during workouts, they shouldn't be too much of a problem if you're casually gaming.

5.6
Design
Portability
L 7.6 "
W 7 "
H 2.7 "
Volume 154 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 headphones have sub-par portability. They're fairly bulky, like most gaming headphones. The ear cups swivel to lay flat, but the headband can't fold into a more compact shape. However, if you mostly use this gaming headset at home, portability shouldn't be much of an issue.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have an impressive build quality. The metal headband is flexible but sturdy, the ear cup padding feels dense, and the boom microphone has a bendy, retractable arm. They should survive a few drops or impacts without taking too much damage. However, the ear cups' backplates are a weaker point and feel like they could come off if they're knocked around or dropped too much. On the upside, these headphones are much better-built than the similar-looking SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless. If you're looking for an even better-built gaming headset, check out the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset.

7.5
Design
Stability

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have good stability. They shouldn't move around too much during light physical activity like a walk, but they're fairly bulky and may fall off during a workout or other more intense physical activities.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • SteelSeries Arctis 7 headset
  • USB dongle
  • Micro-USB to USB-A charging cable
  • 1/8" TRRS audio cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.9 db
Treble Amount
-1.29 db

The SteelSeries Arctis 7's sound profile really depends on how they fit on your head. Their position, seal, and whether you have glasses or thick hair all affect sound delivery and can result in inconsistent bass and treble. Once properly fitted to your head, you should get consistent delivery. With a good fit, they have a somewhat neutral sound profile with some overemphasis in the mid and high-bass ranges, which adds some boominess, as well as in the mid-treble, which adds sharpness. If you don't like how they sound out-of-the-box, you can use the graphic EQ in the companion app to customize the sound profile.

5.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.07 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have disappointing frequency response consistency. While the bass is somewhat consistent, there can be a drop in bass for some users such as those who wear glasses as the ear cups may not fit properly flush to the head. The treble range is inconsistent too. As the overall frequency response depends on the fit, seal, and positioning, once you achieve a good overall fit, you should get a more consistent frequency response each time you use them. Take a look at the Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless if you're looking for wireless gaming headphones that deliver audio more consistently.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.43 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
46.89 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.86 dB
Mid-Bass
2.43 dB
High-Bass
5.01 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have decent bass accuracy, but delivery may vary depending on how they fit you. They lack some low bass, which reduces thump and rumble, which an overemphasis on mid and high-bass adds punch and body but can also make mixes sound boomy. However, 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.

8.3
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.28 dB
Low-Mid
2.9 dB
Mid-Mid
0.4 dB
High-Mid
-0.9 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have great mid accuracy. The overemphasis in the high-bass continues a bit into the low-mid range, which could make mixes sound cluttered and muddy, but otherwise, the rest of the range is quite neutral. There's some discrepancy between the left and right drivers' response in the mid to high-mid range, but it shouldn't be too noticeable.

7.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.17 dB
Low-Treble
-1.77 dB
Mid-Treble
4.38 dB
High-Treble
-3.14 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have good treble accuracy, but delivery can vary depending on the user. A small dip in the low treble veils instruments and lead vocals, while a big peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals and S and T sounds seem sharper and more piercing. However, this treble accuracy performance represents the average response, and your experience may vary.

7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.82 db
Dips
1.04 db

The SteelSeries Arctis 7's peaks and dips performance is satisfactory. A peak in the high-bass adds boominess to the mix while a dip in the low treble veils vocals and lead instruments. Another peak in the mid-treble adds sharpness to sibilants. The left driver also is slightly overemphasized while the right driver is underemphasized, particularly in the mid-range.

7.5
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.61
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.68
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.83
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.64

The SteelSeries Arctis 7's imaging is good. While there are some peaks in the bass range that are 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.

6.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.55 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
7.12 dB
PRTF Distance
15.0 dB
Openness
5.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.3

The SteelSeries Arctis 7's soundstage is mediocre. Sound seems to be coming from outside your head, but it may seem unnatural or odd compared with listening to real speakers set up a room. The soundstage is somewhat spacious, but because of the closed-back design, it may not feel as open as what you experience with open-back headphones.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
DTS 7.1

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have DTS virtual surround support and a simple speaker modeling feature, although we don't currently test these features.

7.9
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.270
WHD @ 100
0.099

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have very good weighted harmonic distortion performance. Overall, all frequencies fall within good limits, which should result in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when listening using these settings.

Isolation
4.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.16 dB
Bass
0.03 dB
Mid
-7.66 dB
Treble
-32.33 dB

These headphones have poor noise isolation performance. They block virtually no low-frequency sounds like the rumble of bus and plane engines and are inadequate if you want to isolate yourself from office-type noise like ambient chatter. They do a decent job of blocking out higher-pitched sounds, however, so if you're running an A/C unit near your gaming setup, you won't hear its sharp hum as much.

7.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
38.78 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have a decent leakage performance. Most of the leakage is in the mid-range, so it sounds fuller compared to most in-ear headphones, which tend to leak mostly high-frequency noise that sounds thin. If you're in an office setting, people may hear a small amount of your audio when you're listening at high volumes.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No
7.8
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
82.34 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.96 dB
HFE
6639.82 Hz
Weighted THD
1.128
Gain
22.94 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7's microphone has a very good recording quality. Your voice sounds clear and full-bodied but lacks a bit of brightness and airiness.

8.4
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
33.44 dB

The boom microphone has impressive noise handling. It can easily separate your voice even in places with a lot of background noise, like gaming tournaments.

Active Features
8.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
25 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
25 hrs
Charge Time
3.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7's battery performance is amazing. They offer 25 hours of continuous battery life plus an adjustable auto-off timer in the companion software, so you can immerse yourself in your MMO for hours without worrying about the battery dying. You can simultaneously charge them and use them wirelessly or use them passively via their included audio cable.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name SteelSeries Engine
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have impressive app support. SteelSeries Engine is a great companion app that offers plenty of useful features. The software is easy to use, as all the controls are on a single page. It has a graphic EQ with presets, surround support, an adjustable auto-off timer, and adjustable microphone volume control. If you like different configurations in different situations, you can save your settings and switch between them. However, you need to use the transmitter if you want your EQs and settings to work. If you like special features and enjoy the look of RGB lighting, check out the Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset or the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless, which both have superb apps.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A
7.7
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
131 ft
Non-BT Latency
67 ms

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have good non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. They have low latency which is 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. If you're looking for wireless gaming headphones that offer an even lower-latency connection, consider the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.1 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 use a proprietary audio cable compatible with most consoles. They also come with a micro-USB to USB-A cable for charging the headphones as well as a wireless USB dongle. If you're looking for a wired gaming headset, the more pricey SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC or the simpler, cheaper SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition are good choices.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

These headphones are compatible with PC, PS4, and PS5. You can use your microphone and receive audio, whether you're using the USB dongle for a non-Bluetooth wireless connection or the 1/8" TRRS cable for a wired connection.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

You can use these headphones with Xbox One and Xbox Series X if you plug the 1/8" TRRS cable into the controller, which allows you to use the microphone and receive audio. However, they don't work with Xbox Wireless, so you can't use them wirelessly with Xbox. If you're looking for a wireless gaming headset that's fully compatible with the Xbox, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless or the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless.

7.0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
Yes
Line Out
Yes
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 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, PS4, and PS5 consoles.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are available in two colors, black and white. We tested the black variant, but expect the other color to perform similarly. If you come across another variant or yours are different, please let us know in the discussions below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

Comparison picture

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are over-ear gaming headphones that have a unique stretchy ski-band headband, like most SteelSeries headphones. They're comfortable and stable, but sound delivery can vary a lot depending on how they fit you. Fortunately, they work with a companion app that offers lots of customization features, including a graphic EQ. They have an impressive, 25-hour continuous battery life and a great microphone, but unfortunately can't be used wirelessly with Xbox. 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 more options, see our recommendations for the best PS4 gaming headsets and the best gaming headsets.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are somewhat better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless. 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 as a charging station. Their microphone also performs better overall. On the other hand, the 7 2019 Edition are significantly cheaper. 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.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are two gaming headphones with similar wireless gaming performances. Both headphones are well-built, comfortable, and support customization via SteelSeries Engine software. They can also be used on PC, PS4, and PS5 wirelessly, and can be used on the Xbox One via an analog connection. However, the Arctis 7P Wireless' boom mic has a better recording quality while the Arctis 7 2019 Edition's battery recharges in less time.

SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are slightly better for wireless gaming than the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. The 7 2019 Edition come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows for passive audio playback and microphone usage. They also deliver audio more consistently and have a better-balanced default sound profile. Their continuous battery life is longer too. Meanwhile, the 9 are Bluetooth-compatible, so you can use them to listen to music from your phone as you game. They also have an easier-to-use control scheme.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset is a somewhat better headset for wireless gaming than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless. The Logitech are more comfortable, better-built, and they have a more neutral, less bass-heavy default sound profile than the SteelSeries. Also, their boom microphone has a better recording quality and noise isolation performance, so they can help you communicate better with your teammates, especially in noisier environments. That said, the SteelSeries have a more stable fit, and they can be used wired, which some gamers may prefer.

Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better overall wireless gaming headphones than the Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. The SteelSeries have a slightly more comprehensive control scheme, sturdier build quality, a more stable fit, and superior microphone recording quality. They also have a longer continuous battery life and offer full wired audio and mic compatibility with their 1/8" TRRS cable. That said, the Logitech have more features in their companion app and have a mic that does a better job of filtering speech from ambient noise.

Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset. Their wireless design offers more freedom, without adding much latency. They also have channel mixing and a long continuous battery life of roughly 25 hours. On the other hand, the Logitech feel more comfortable and premium. Their app also offers more customization options for their audio reproduction and the microphone. If you prefer a wired connection for gaming and don’t want to worry about battery life, then the Logitech may be a better option for you. 

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017

The newer SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are slightly different style-wise from the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 and seem to have more padding on the ear cups, making them deeper and more suitable for big ears. However, the overall performance of the two models is fairly similar and may 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.

SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition

The SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless 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 have to manage their battery life, which some may find less worry-free than a plug-and-play headset like the 5.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are slightly better headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless. The biggest difference between these two is that the 7 2019 Edition are much better built than the 1. They're also a bit more comfortable, and they have a much better performing microphone. On the other hand, the 1 have lower latency when used wireless, but unfortunately, they don't allow for channel mixing.

HyperX Cloud Flight

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight. Both are wireless and have fairly well-balanced sound profiles, but the SteelSeries feel better-built and more high-end. They also have better customization options through their software than the HyperX. On the other hand, the HyperX have exceptional noise handling ability, so they easily separate speech from background noise even in very noisy environments. Also, the HyperX uses a USB dongle without a wire, which some may prefer as it allows for easier cable management.

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE. The SteelSeries 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 delivery. 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 continuous battery life.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are very similarly-designed gaming headphones, but the 7 are slightly better due to their 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 have 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 they offer better overall value.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless are fairly similar headphones, but the 7 2019 Edition may be a better option for most, since the 9X are designed specifically for Xbox One. When used wirelessly, the 7 2019 Edition have lower latency and also support voice chat when used wired. On the other hand, the Arctis 9X are 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 they're equally comfortable.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

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.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition. The 7 have very low latency when used wirelessly, have a better build quality, and are compatible with the SteelSeries Engine software, which offers good customization options. They also have a power-saving feature and can be used while charging. On the other hand, the 3 have a longer continuous battery life. Their microphone has a better recording quality and noise isolation performance as well. 

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019

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 are more comfortable, have a better-performing mic, and they come with a nice charging station. However, they take over four hours to charge with their base station 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.

HyperX Cloud Flight S

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are slightly better wireless gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight S. The SteelSeries 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 HyperX have wireless charging, a slightly better microphone, isolate more background noise, and a longer battery life.

Sony PULSE 3D Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better for wireless gaming compared to the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless. The SteelSeries are comfier, more sturdily-built, and have a considerably longer battery life. They're also compatible with the SteelSeries Engine companion app, which offers a fairly broad range of configuration options. That said, the Sony deliver audio more consistently and leak a little bit less audio.

Corsair HS70 Wireless

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.

Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset. The SteelSeries are better-built headphones and don’t feel as plasticky. Their microphone performance is significantly better, so your voice sounds better even in noisy environments. The SteelSeries also have about twice the battery life of the Logitech. On the other hand, the Logitech headphones have a better app that offers more controls and they also have RGB lighting, which is a plus if you like those aesthetics. The G935 also have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, although you can EQ both headsets in their respective apps.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017

Both the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the Astro A40 TR + MixAmp Pro 2017 are great gaming headphones that each have their own strengths. The Astro come with a great dock that offers controls and are slightly more comfortable. Their microphone sounds better and you don't have to worry about battery life since they're wired. On the other hand, the SteelSeries can be used wirelessly, although not with Xbox One. 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.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

The HyperX Cloud Alpha and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are both very good headphones for wired gaming. The HyperX are more comfortable and feel even better-built, but don’t have any sound customization options. The SteelSeries has a great companion app that gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets, and some may prefer them because they can be used for wired gaming as well.

SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are very similar gaming headphones, and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The Arctis 7 are only wirelessly compatible with PCs, PS4s, and PS5s, whereas the Arctis 7X have a dongle that you can switch to game on either PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The Arctis 7X also have better controls.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless each have their own advantages, and you may prefer one over the other depending on your needs. The SteelSeries have a more comfortable fit, a better-balanced default sound profile, and have a higher-quality boom microphone. While the Turtle Beach have the advantage of being Bluetooth-compatible, they don't offer any sort of support for wired connections. The Turtle Beach also have a slightly more stable fit and deliver audio more consistently.

Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless

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 five hours, which is quite disappointing. The SteelSeries have a much longer battery life, a better microphone, easier-to-use controls, and feel more durable.

ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better than the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless. The SteelSeries are more comfortable, better-built, leak less audio, have superior overall microphone performance, and last significantly longer on a single charge. They can also be used on a wired connection via a 1/8" TRRS cable. Conversely, the ROCCAT have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency.

Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless

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 SteelSeries have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some listeners may prefer, and they're also compatible with a great app that offers an EQ. On the other hand, the Corsair perform more consistently across different users and have RGB lighting, which the SteelSeries don't.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless

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 it this currently. 

SteelSeries Arctis 1

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better overall gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. The 7 2019 Edition are more versatile since you can use them wirelessly or wired, while the 1 are for wired use only. The 7 2019 Edition are also customizable with the SteelSeries Engine software and have adjustable channel mixing and microphone level control features. However, the Arctis 1's mic has a much better recording quality. You also don't have to worry about battery life or latency issues since they're wired. That said, the 7 2019 Edition have a remarkable battery performance and low wireless latency, making them a better choice if you prefer having the option to game wirelessly.

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset

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 Logitech 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.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless

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.

Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless