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SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Updated Mar 09, 2021 at 01:19 pm
SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless Picture
7.5
Neutral Sound
5.8
Commute/Travel
6.3
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
7.3
Wireless Gaming
7.9
Wired Gaming
7.1
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 have high audio latency and can 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

7.5 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.
5.8 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.
6.9 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.
7.3 Wireless Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 are decent 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 a bendy boom microphone that does a great job of capturing your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. Unfortunately, they have high latency. They can also 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.
  • Comfortable and stable.
  • Excellent continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • May be less comfortable for people with bigger ears or heads.
  • High non-Bluetooth audio latency.
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.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • May be less comfortable for people with bigger ears or heads.
7.1 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.
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 5.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.9 Office
  • 7.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.9 Wired Gaming
  • 7.1 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  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.
  7. Updated Mar 19, 2019: Review published.
  8. Updated Mar 17, 2019: Early access published.

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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 ยฐC

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" (19.3 cm)
W 7.0" (17.8 cm)
H 2.7" (6.9 cm)
Volume 154.00 inยณ (2,523.60 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 headphones have sub-par portability. Like the SteelSeries Arctis Prime, they're fairly bulky. 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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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
7.5
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.

7.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.17 dB
Mid-Treble
4.38 dB
Low-Treble
-1.77 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 Phase Mismatch
8.61
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.68
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.83

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.

6.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.55 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
7.12 dB
PRTF Distance
15 dB
Openness
5.6
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
4.3
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
6,639.82 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.

7.7
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
33.44 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
8.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

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
6.1
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
131.00 ft (39.93 m)
Non-BT Latency
170 ms

Update 08/06/2021: These headphones have been updated to test bench 1.5. In this update, we made changes to the way we test latency. We now use a click track in our software and we measure latency three times and average the results. This new method has resulted in different latency values than what we had reported in our previous test bench. We have updated our review to reflect these changes.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 have mediocre non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Their line of sight range is decent, allowing you to use them further away from their audio source. However, their latency is quite high, which may not be ideal for gaming, as it could result in your audio and visuals falling out of sync. If you're looking for wireless gaming headphones that offer a lower-latency connection, consider the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.10 ft (1.25 m)
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 Compatibility
Analog
Audio + Microphone
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better headphones for gaming than the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless. The SteelSeries' are better-built, and their boom mic has a significantly better recording quality. However, the Razer isolate you from a bit more ambient noise, and you can detach the boom mic for a more casual look when you're not gaming.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless. The SteelSeries have more robust controls like channel mixing, they can be used passively with their 1/8" TRRS cable, which gives you full mic and audio compatibility, and you can use them wired on the Xbox One. They're also compatible with SteelSeries Engine software, which has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can customize their sound to your liking.  However, the HyperX are more comfortable and have a better overall performing boom mic. They also have lower non-Bluetooth latency.

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 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 support voice chat when used wired. However, they have high non-Bluetooth wireless latency. 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.

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 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.

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.

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. The SteelSeries have a wireless design that offers more freedom. They also have channel mixing and a long continuous battery life of roughly 25 hours. However, they have high audio latency via non-Bluetooth wireless. 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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. However, you have to manage their battery life, which some may find less worry-free than a plug-and-play headset like the 5. They also have high non-Bluetooth wireless latency.

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.

Corsair HS80 RGB WIRELESS

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless a better wireless gaming headset than the Corsair HS80 RGB WIRELESS. The SteelSeries have better controls for gaming, including channel mixing, a longer continuous battery life, and a more neutral default sound profile, which some may prefer. They have lower non-Bluetooth latency, and also come with an audio cable you can use for an analog connection with Xbox consoles as well as PlayStations and PCs. On the other hand, the Corsair don't work with Xbox, but their boom mic makes your voice sound more full-bodied and natural. 

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 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 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. However, they have high non-Bluetooth wireless latency. 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. 

Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT. The SteelSeries are more comfortable, have a better battery performance, and their default sound profile is more neutral. However, the Corsair have a better boom mic performance, support Bluetooth, and have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency.

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 Prime

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better overall gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis Prime. While both headphones are comfortable, the 7 can be used wired or wirelessly. They're better-built, compatible with SteelSeries Engine software, so you're able to customize their sound to your liking using the graphic EQ or presets, and their mic has a better noise handling performance. However, the Arctis Prime's mic has a better recording quality.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless are more versatile than the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless. The Turtle Beach are more comfortable, better-built, have a superior microphone, and have a companion app with a graphic EQ and audio presets. They're also Bluetooth-compatible and have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency. Meanwhile, the Sony headphones have a better-balanced default sound profile and can be used on a wired connection courtesy of their included 1/8" TRRS cable. 

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, though their non-Bluetooth latency is quite high.

Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Astro A20 Gen 2 Wireless. The SteelSeries are comfier, better-built, have a more stable fit, block out more ambient noise, leak less audio, and have better overall microphone performance. They also have longer continuous battery life and offer full microphone and audio compatibility on all devices with an AUX port thanks to their included 1/8" TRRS cable. However, the Astro have lower non-Bluetooth audio latency and deliver audio more consistently.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017

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 more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some may prefer, 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.

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.

ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Wireless are better for wireless gaming than the ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless. The SteelSeries have much better build quality, and their boom mic has a significantly better recording quality. They have onboard controls for channel mixing and can be used wirelessly or with a wired connection. However, the ROCCAT offer somewhat lower latency with PCs over non-Bluetooth wireless. They also come with an adapter that makes their wireless USB dongle compatible with Android phones and tablets.

HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better for gaming than the HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1. The SteelSeries can be used wirelessly or on a wired connection using their included 1/8" TRRS cable. They're also better-built, comfier, more stable on the head, feature on-board channel mixing, block out more ambient noise, and offer superior overall mic performance along with a companion app with many customization options.

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.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the Beats Solo Pro Wireless are for different purposes. The SteelSeries are wireless gaming headphones that are more comfortable and have a superior mic performance. They also have a better battery performance and you can customize their sound profile using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. However, the Beats are more suitable for casual use. The Beats have better controls, a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and an active noise cancelling system that blocks out a significant amount of noise around you. They also have an H1 chip, so you can seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices.

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. 

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