SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Dec 17, 2020 at 09:08 am
SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless Picture
6.6
Mixed Usage
6.8
Neutral Sound
5.9
Commute/Travel
6.3
Sports/Fitness
6.6
Office
7.7
Wireless Gaming
7.7
Wired Gaming
7.5
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are gaming headphones that have full wireless compatibility with PS4 and PS5 consoles. They're well-built, comfortable, have very low latency, and their boom microphone does a great job of recording your voice, even in nosy environments. They offer around 24 hours of continuous battery life and have an auto-off timer to help you save battery life when you're not actively gaming. While their design can cause inconsistent audio delivery due to the fit and positionning, their sound profile can be tweaked to your liking via SteelSeries Engine companion software.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed Usage

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are alright for mixed use. Since they're designed for gaming, they can be used wired or wirelessly, and have a boom mic that offers great recording quality. Their 24-hour battery life should be enough for long gaming sessions and they're comfortable enough to wear for a few hours at a time. They can also be made more casual by retracting their boom mic and you can customize their sound via their companion software. However, they don't really block out much ambient noise, and while they have a stable fit, they're still pretty bulky.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ plus presets.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
6.8 Neutral Sound

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are fair for neutral sound. They have a boomy sound profile by default and are prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery, which is sensitive to their fit, seal, and positioning. Luckily, if you prefer a more neutral sound profile, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets to help tweak their sound.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ plus presets.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
5.9 Commute/Travel

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are disappointing for commute and travel. While they're comfortable, well-built, and can look more casual thanks to their retractable boom mic, they don't block out almost any bass-range noise like bus or plane engines. They're also pretty bulky and not very portable. That said, they offer call and music controls, which is a little uncommon for gaming headphones.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
6.3 Sports/Fitness

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are passable for sports and fitness. While they're not really designed for this purpose, they're stable on the head and their wireless design makes it harder for something to snag the headphones and pull them off your head. Still, they're pretty bulky, and you need to use them with their USB dongle if you want a wireless connection.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
6.6 Office

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are alright for office use. These comfortable headphones offer around 24 hours of continuous playback time, which should be more than enough for a couple of workdays and can even be used passively. However, they can only be used wirelessly via their USB-C dongle and they barely block out most sound like ambient chatter around you.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
7.7 Wireless Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are good for wireless gaming. These comfortable headphones have very low latency on PC, PS5, and Android and offer around 24 hours of continuous battery life. Their boom microphone does a great job of capturing your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. You can also customize their sound profile with their companion software.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ plus presets.
  • Great performing boom mic.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
7.7 Wired Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are good for wired gaming. You can use them wired with full compatibility with PS4/5, Xbox One, and PC with virtually no audio latency. They're comfortable, their boom mic offers great overall performance, and they're compatible with SteelSeries Engine software, so you can customize their sound profile or mic levels.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ plus presets.
  • Great performing boom mic.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
7.5 Phone Calls

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are good for phone calls. They have a great boom microphone that captures your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. However, these headphones struggle to isolate noise around you, which may make it difficult to hear the person on the other end of the line.

Pros
  • Great performing boom mic.
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • 6.6 Mixed Usage
  • 6.8 Neutral Sound
  • 5.9 Commute/Travel
  • 6.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.6 Office
  • 7.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.7 Wired Gaming
  • 7.5 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The SteelSeries 7P look very similar to the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless with sleek, plain ear cups, a ski-band headband, and a retractable boom mic. They come in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. The 'White' variant has blue detailing underneath the plastic headband as well as inside the ear cups, which is meant to look similar to the PS5's design.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.78 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

The SteelSeries 7P are comfortable headphones. Although they're a bit heavy and bulky, the ear cups have a good range of motion to help accommodate your head. The fabric headband and padding feel soft, too. However, not all users may enjoy the elastic ski-band headband, which has a limited adjustment range and may feel tight for people who have larger heads.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Great
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
Adjustable
Additional Controls No

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P have good controls. They have a volume wheel and a sidetone wheel with min/max stops, a mic mute button, and a power button. The power button gives feedback when turned on and also doubles as a playback function. Pressing it once answers and ends calls as well as plays and pauses the music. Double pressing it skips the track forward while triple pressing it plays the previous track. The mic mute button has audio feedback and the mic itself has an LED light that turns red when muted. Unfortunately, the sidetone and volume wheels aren't really distinct from one another and don't have a middle notch.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 7.8 "
W 6.7 "
H 3.4 "
Volume 178 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These headphones aren't very portable. Their ear cups can't swivel to fold flat to help reduce their footprint and they don't come with a case to help protect them when you're on-the-go. You also need to carry their USB dongle with you if you want to use them wirelessly. Luckily, their boom mic retracts so you don't need to worry about snagging them on something in your bag.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't come with a case or pouch.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries 7P have a great build quality. Their body is made from dense plastic while they have fabric padding and an elastic ski-band headband strap. They feel like they should survive a couple of drops without taking too much damage, although their yokes and hinges seem a little weak.

7.5
Design
Stability

The SteelSeries 7P have good stability. While they should stay in place if you're gaming on the couch, they could fall off your head if you're doing moderate physical exercise. On the upside, their wireless design eliminates the risk of an audio cable snagging on something and pulling them from your head.

Design
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Design
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In The Box

  • SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless headphones
  • USB-C dongle
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • USB to analog cable
  • User Guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.57 db
Treble Amount
-2.23 db

The SteelSeries 7P have a boomy v-shaped sound profile, which can help bring out sound effects in action-packed gameplay and add brightness and sparkle to instruments and vocals. However, bass and treble delivery can vary due to fit, seal, and positioning. Luckily, since these headphones are compatible with SteelSeries Engine software, you can customize their sound profile using its graphic EQ or presets.

5.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.87 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless have a poor frequency response consistency. Bass and treble delivery can vary depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. Bass delivery is especially sensitive if you have thick hair or wear glasses since this can affect their seal.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
6.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.13 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
23.78 Hz
Low-Bass
0.16 dB
Mid-Bass
5.32 dB
High-Bass
7.65 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless have mediocre bass accuracy. The low-bass is fairly neutral, which results in thump and rumble. In contrast, both the mid and high-bass are overemphasized, which results in more punch, warmth, and boom. That said, their bass delivery is highly sensitive to their fit and positioning, so your experience may vary.

7.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.84 dB
Low-Mid
4.1 dB
Mid-Mid
0.38 dB
High-Mid
0.01 dB

The mid accuracy of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P is very good. There's some overemphasis in the low-mids, which is a continuation of the bump in the high bass, resulting in muddy and cluttered instruments. However, the rest of the mid-range is fairly flat and well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments sound present and clear.

8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.5 dB
Low-Treble
-0.91 dB
Mid-Treble
3.05 dB
High-Treble
-3.29 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P have great treble accuracy. They're slightly underemphasized in the low-treble, which can reduce the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments. There's also an overemphasis in the mid-treble, so sibilants like S and T sounds are sharp and piercing. However, their treble delivery is prone to inconsistencies and is somewhat sensitive to their fit and positioning, so your experience may vary.

7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.82 db
Dips
0.94 db

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless have decent peaks and dips performance. The left driver has a dip in the low-bass, which lessens thump and rumble, and the right driver has a dip in the mid-mid, which pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. However, both drivers have a peak in the high-bass, adding boom and muddiness, while another peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants piercing.

7.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.59
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.38
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
3.02
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.63

These headphones have very good imaging. Most of their weighted group delay mostly falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in a mostly transparent treble, but a somewhat loose bass. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in regards to phase, frequency, and amplitude response, so objects like footsteps and voice should be accurately placed in the stereo image. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

5.9
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.9 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
8.26 dB
PRTF Distance
19.53 dB
Openness
4.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.0

These headphones have a disappointing passive soundstage. While it's somewhat large and may sound like it's coming from out in front of you rather than inside your head, it still sounds unnatural. Their soundstage also won't feel as open or spacious as open-back headphones.

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

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are fully compatible with the PS5's Tempest 3D AudioTech. This setting can be turned on and off in the PS5's settings. However, we don't currently test this feature.

7.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.161
WHD @ 100
0.273

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P have a good weighted harmonic distortion performance. Its frequencies fall within good limits, which should result in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.1.0.0
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 the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless headphones. Our results are only valid when using these test settings.

Isolation
5.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.54 dB
Bass
-0.4 dB
Mid
-7.99 dB
Treble
-32.68 dB

These headphones have poor noise isolation performance. They don't block out almost any bass-range noise like bus or plane engines and really struggle to cut down mid-range sounds like ambient chatter. However, they do a better job of cutting down treble range noise like the hum of an AC unit.

7.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
37.22 dB

The leakage performance of these headphones is decent. They leak a bit of sound, so if you're listening to your audio at a high volume, others around you may hear it, even in a moderately noisy environment.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have a retractable boom microphone.

8.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
84.76 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.73 dB
HFE
6544.63 Hz
Weighted THD
0.266
Gain
19.5 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P's recording quality is great. Your voice sounds clear, natural, and full-bodied.

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

The microphone has an impressive noise handling performance. People on the other end of the line should be able to understand you clearly, even if you're talking in a noisy environment.

Active Features
8.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
24.1 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
24.1 hrs
Charge Time
4.2 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P have an outstanding battery performance. They have around 24 hours of continuous playback time and have an auto-off timer to help you conserve battery life when you're not using them. You can also use them while charging or use them passively with their USB to analog cable. However, they take over four hours to recharge.

7.5
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
No

These headphones have good app support. They can be used with SteelSeries Engine software. It offers a graphic EQ and presets as well as an adjustable level for the retractable boom mic. You can also change the length of the auto-off timer. Note that surround sound support is only available on the PS5.

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

These headphones aren't Bluetooth-compatible.

9.3
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
118 ft
Non-BT Latency
0 ms

These headphones have fantastic non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. When using their USB dongle, they have virtually no latency on PC or Android. Their latency is also quite low for PS5 at 26ms, making them extremely well-suited for gaming.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.9 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P come with a couple of cables including a USB to 1/8" TRRS analog cable that you can use for passive audio playback and microphone usage. They also come with a USB extension for the dongle and a micro-USB charging cable.

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

These headphones have full audio and microphone compatibility with PC, PS4, and PS5 systems when using them wired with their 1/8" TRRS cable or using their USB dongle for non-Bluetooth wireless.

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

The SteelSeries 7P can be used on the Xbox One by using their 1/8" TRRS cable for full audio and microphone support.

3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones come with a wireless USB dongle. It's only compatible with Nintendo Switch, Android, PC, PS4, and PS5 systems.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SteelSeries 7P come in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the 'White' variant, and you can see its label here. SteelSeries also has an Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One variant called the SteelSeries 7X Wireless. The Arctis 7X has a USB-C dongle that offers two different wireless modes: one for Xbox systems and the other, which works for all other devices including PS4 and PS5, giving you more versatility if you own multiple different consoles. However, note that the Arctis 7P only offers wireless compatibility with PlayStation consoles, PC, Android, and Nintendo Switch.

If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P are gaming headphones that offer full wireless compatibility with PS4, PS5, PCs, Android, and Nintendo Switch devices. Like many SteelSeries headphones, they have a ski-band headband and are comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. They offer around 24 hours of continuous battery life and their sound profile can be customized via SteelSeries Engine software. Check out our recommendations for the best PS4 gaming headsets, the best wireless gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition 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.

Sony PULSE 3D Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are better gaming headphones for the PS4 and PS5 than the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless. The SteelSeries are more comfortable and feel better-built. They have a better performing boom microphone, a longer-lasting continuous battery life, and support SteelSeries Engine so you can tweak their sound using this software's graphic EQ or presets. However, the Sony deliver audio more consistently.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless. While both headphones are very well-built, comfortable, and use SteelSeries Engine companion software, the Arctis Pro have a better performing boom mic. They come with a wireless transmitter that also acts as a battery charging station. They recharge in less time and support Bluetooth, which is nice if you want to use them more casually.

SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. While both headphones are similarly comfortable and well-built, the Arctis 7P have a better-balanced sound profile and their battery lasts longer. They also support passive playback and have less latency via non-Bluetooth wireless. However, the Arctis 9 support Bluetooth and have surround support via their companion software.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless. The SteelSeries are more comfortable, have a longer-lasting battery life, and a better-balanced sound profile. They can also be used on all consoles via their analog connection, and their boom mic is also significantly better at noise handling. However, the Turtle Beach support Bluetooth, and their companion software allows you to button map.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are slightly better gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless. The SteelSeries have better controls, a more durable build quality, and a better-balanced sound profile. They also have a better performing boom microphone. However, the Razer have companion software that offers more features.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless have different strengths and depending on your needs, you may prefer one over the other. While both are comfortable and well-built, the Arctis 9X are more versatile since they support Bluetooth and have a more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. They also support Xbox Wireless. However, the Arctis 7P are more designed for strictly gaming and offer full audio and mic support via analog on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Their non-Bluetooth wireless can also be used on PCs and PS4/PS5s.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless. The Arctis 7P are more comfortable, feel better built, and have a better performing boom microphone. They can also be used while charging. However, the Arctis 1 have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better wireless gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless. The Astro are more comfortable, deliver audio more consistently, and have a better performing boom microphone. However, the SteelSeries can be used both wirelessly and wired and have a better overall battery performance.

HyperX Cloud Flight

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight. The SteelSeries offer better controls, feel better-built, and are more stable. They have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box and have a graphic EQ plus presets to further tweak their sound. They also have audio and mic support on PC, PS4, and Xbox One when used wired. However, the HyperX have a better performing boom mic.

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