The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is an outstanding gaming headset that combines the connectivity options of the Arctis 7 and the Arctis Pro GameDAC by including a wireless transmitter that doubles as a battery charging station, and even throws Bluetooth in there for good measure. The result is a highly versatile wireless gaming headset that can mix audio from a console and a mobile device at the same time. The Arctis Pro Wireless is a comfortable, well-designed headset that sounds amazing, and has a superb battery system and a great microphone. It’s rather expensive, and like many gaming headphones, it’s rather bulky and has poor isolation performance, but the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is otherwise a remarkable gaming headset.
The Arctis Pro Wireless is a nicely designed headset. Though similar in look and design to the Arctis 7 and the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, the Arctis Pro Wireless has a more versatile control scheme thanks to a dedicated Bluetooth Sync button which also controls music and calls. It’s a comfortable gaming headset that may feel a bit tight on bigger heads but isn’t too heavy and has pretty good stability. Though it has soft porous ear cup padding, it’s not very breathable and is not made for wearing during a run. They are very well-built headphones and feel sturdy enough to survive your toughest gaming sessions. They have a retractable mic that adds to their versatility and can be used wired or wirelessly.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are very similar in design to the rest of the Arctis lineup. They have a wide metal frame with a pronounced curve wrapped in an elastic strap to adjust the fit, reminiscent of ski goggles, that has a premium, durable feel. They’re a bit bulky, but have a retractable microphone for added versatility. They have a sleek, uniform look that is more understated than gaming headsets with flashier designs like the Astro A50, but is more versatile for everyday use. If you want your headphones to stand out more though, you can purchase more colorful headband straps, magnetic ear cup plates, and leather or velour ear cushions directly on the SteelSeries website.
Like the Arctis 7 and the Pro GameDAC, the SteelSeries Pro Wireless are comfortable gaming headphones. They have a curved metal headband frame with a ski goggle-like elastic that adjusts the fit. The ear cups are large, spacious, and well-padded, and are coated with breathable and soft padding that feels nice on the skin. Unfortunately, the sizing is limited by the length of the elastic strap and the shape of the metal frame, which can’t expand to accommodate all head shapes and sizes. The fit should be fine for most but may feel a little tight for some.
The Arctis Pro Wireless have great controls that are easy to use and provide great feedback. Like the Arctis Pro GameDAC, the Pro Wireless have a control dial and a microphone mute switch on the left ear cup. When using Bluetooth, the control dial only adjusts the volume, but when using the transmitter, it adjusts the volume by default but can be clicked to access more settings like channel mixing, EQ pre-sets and audio sources.
On the right ear cup, the Arctis Wireless Pro have a power button like the Arctis 7, but have a dedicated Bluetooth Sync button too, which also controls music and calls. The power button curves outwards while the Bluetooth button curves inwards, which is a nice touch that helps distinguish the two and does not take long to get used to.
Like most closed-back, over-ear headphones, the SteelSeries Arctis Wireless Pro have poor breathability. These headphones are not suitable for sports or exercise since they will make your ears sweat if used while working out. They may also warm your ears up a bit during longer or more intense gaming sessions. That said, you shouldn’t have a problem during more casual gaming or listening sessions, especially if you take breaks every now and then.
Like most gaming headphones, the SteelSeries Pro Wireless aren't very portable. They have large ear cups, a rigid headband and they do not fold into a more compact format. Even though they have practically the same design, they’re actually a bit larger than the Arctis 7 and the Arctis Pro GameDAC, but this doesn’t change much in terms of portability. They come with a wireless transmitter that is also quite large, but thankfully can be used with Bluetooth or passively with an included audio cable so you don’t always need to have the transmitter on you. Overall, they’re not the easiest headphones to carry around unless you have a bag or backpack to stash them in.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are very well-built headphones with a premium, matte finish. Since they’re nearly identical to the Arctis Pro GameDAC, they have the same great, sturdy metal design, with solid hinges and dense, durable earcups. They feel strong enough to withstand multiple accidental drops and the ear cups have magnetic removable backplates that can be replaced if ever they are damaged. The right ear cup houses a removable battery and the headphones come with two batteries. The microphone is well-made, flexible, and can withstand being bent in different ways without breaking. It also smoothly retracts into the left ear cup, conveniently giving the Arctis Pro Wireless a more casual look for everyday use.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have similar stability to the Arctis 7. They have a tight yet comfortable fit that prevents them from moving much once on your head. Since they’re also wireless, there’s no audio cable to get snagged on something and yank them off your ears. That said, their fit is tight enough that you could jog with them if you wanted to, provided you don’t mind your ears getting a little warm.
The Arctis Pro Wireless come with 5 cables: a DC to USB power cable for the transmitter, a micro-USB to USB mobile charging cable for the headset, an 8-pin to 1/8” TRRS audio cable for connecting the headset to mobile devices, a mini-USB to USB audio cable for connecting the wireless transmitter to a PC/console and a Toslink optical audio cable (not pictured). The Arctis Pro Wireless also sports a regular 1/8” audio port, but no cable is included.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are closed-back over-ear gaming headphones with impressive sound. They have incredibly accurate audio reproduction, with an almost perfectly neutral bass and mid range. Their bass has a good amount of punch, while their treble is detailed and present. Plus, if you’re not a fan of their neutral sound signature, you can use the transmitter or the SteelSeries app to EQ their sound to your liking. They have great imaging too, so you can pinpoint sound in the distance and know exactly where it's coming from, which is great for games. Unfortunately, their bass and treble delivery is prone to inconsistencies across different users and positions. Overall, they’re well-suited not only for gaming, but for a wide variety of music genres, and even audiobooks or podcasts.
These headphones were measured without any EQ preset.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have outstanding bass. Their low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 10Hz, which is great. Their entire bass range is virtually flat and follows our neutral target curve very tightly. Overall, their bass is deep and thumpy without sounding heavy or boomy and is very well-suited for videogame soundtracks. Some people may find them a little bit bass-light, especially fans of very bass-heavy music, but thankfully you can use the EQ in the app or transmitter to adjust the bass levels to suit your preferences.
However, it is worth noting that their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. This represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.
Like the bass response, the mid-range of the Arctis Pro Wireless is remarkable. It is also very flat, especially in the low-mid range, which ensures a clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. There is a small bump in the high-mid that carries on into the treble range, that could make vocals and leads sound slightly honky; however, at 3dB, this effect will be very subtle. Overall, the mid-range of Arctis Pro Wireless is excellent.
The treble response of the Arctis Pro Wireless is also excellent. There’s a narrow dip of about 7dB between 3-4KHz which will have a small, negative effect on the detail and articulation of vocals and lead instruments, but this will be negligible. A similar dip reappears around 10KHz, which could lightly reduce the brightness and airiness of some tracks, but this varies noticeably across users, so your experience may differ.
The Arctis Pro Wireless have sub-par frequency response consistency. Their bass delivery is quite consistent across our human subjects, with the exception of the one who wears glasses. If you have a lot of hair between the headphones and your ear, or wear glasses, then you may experience a noticeable drop in bass. The maximum deviation at 20Hz is about 7dB for our human subject who wears glasses. There’s also a fair amount of inconsistency in the treble range, with close to 7dB of deviation depending on the position of the headphone on our dummy head. This means that your treble response may change as the headset moves around on your head.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have great imaging. Their weighted group delay (GD) is 0.37, which is very good. The GD graph shows that their group delay crosses over into the audibility threshold at around 40Hz and again at 65Hz, but this is not enough to affect the tightness of the bass significantly. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were impressively well-matched, ensuring accurate placement and localization of objects (voice, instruments, footsteps...) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.
The Pro Wireless have a decent soundstage for closed-back headphones. The shape of the PRTF response isn’t perfect but has a lot of activation around 4.5KHz, suggesting a soundstage that may feel relatively large, but a bit unnatural. Although their closed-back enclosure results in a soundstage that may not feel as open as that of open-back headphones, they produce a pronounced dip around 10KHz that could help bring the soundstage out of the listener’s head and to the front.
The harmonic distortion performance of the Arctis Pro Wireless is good. The overall amount of total harmonic distortion (THD) is slightly elevated, but not by much. Also, there's virtually no change in THD in the bass range under heavier loads, which is great. These headphones also don't show a large rise in THD at 100dB SPL, compared to 90dB SPL, which is good and could be due to the flexibility of the drivers under heavier loads.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have the same porous pads of the Arctis Pro GameDAC and the Arctis 7, which let a lot of sound into the headphones. They create a decent seal around your ears that prevent some high-frequency sounds from seeping into your audio, but won’t cut out the deep rumble of a bus engine if you use them with your phone during your daily commute. Fortunately, their leakage performance is decent, so there shouldn’t be too much sound coming from the headphones that could distract those around you, so you’ll be able to mask a bit more ambient noise by raising your listening volume.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have sub-par noise isolation. They don’t isolate sounds in the bass range at all and will let all the rumbles of bus or plane engines into your audio. In the mid-range, important for blocking speech, they isolate by 8dB, which is okay. On the upside, they reduce the treble range, responsible for sharp “S” and “T” sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, by 32dB, which is quite good.
The leakage performance of the Arctis Pro Wireless is decent, similar to that of the Arctis Pro 7. Their leakage is most significant between 400Hz and 3KHz, which is a relatively broad spectrum that encompasses most of the mid-range and the lower end of the treble range. This means that their leakage will sound fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as full as open-back headphones. Thankfully, the overall level of leakage is not very loud, averaging at just over 39dB SPL and peaking at 53dB SPL, which is about the noise level of an average office.
The Arctis Pro Wireless’ boom microphone performance is excellent. In a quiet environment, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic sounds full and easily comprehensible, but slightly bright and lacking in airiness. In noisy environments, the mic rejects a very high amount of ambient noise, making the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless ideal for use in very loud places like a gaming event.
Update: 04/03/2019: A few reports mention a hissing noise that could be a deal breaker for some users. This issue seems to be related to the mic as setting the sidetone level to 0 and turning volume limiter off slightly helps. However, this seems inconsistent and may vary per unit, as some users do not have this issue. We have a very slight hiss with our unit, but it's barely audible, especially when you have any audio playing.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless’ microphone has great recording quality. The low frequency extension (LFE) is extended down to 20dB, which is excellent, and means speech recorded or transmitted with this headset will sound full-bodied. However, the high frequency extension (HFE) is limited to 6.6KHz. This means that recorded speech will sound relatively detailed and easily comprehensible but lacking in airiness and brilliance. Also, the bump from 2KHz to 6KHz makes this microphone sound slightly bright. The microphone does not have volume control, so it is always at max volume, causing the recording to sound distorted on our test PC.
Update: 18/02/2019: There have been numerous reports on user forums of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless' microphone being too quiet on consoles and on mobile apps. Resetting the wireless transmitter and updating the firmware seems to be resolving this issue for many. You can visit this link to see the discussion surrounding this issue.
The microphone of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless has remarkable noise handling, among the best we’ve seen so far. It achieves a speech-to-noise ratio of nearly 49dB, which is outstanding, indicating that it can separate speech from noise even in the most demanding environments, like a noisy gaming event.
The Arctis Pro Wireless have great active features. They have an excellent battery, which is in fact 2 swappable batteries that are charged either directly in the transmitter or by plugging in the headset itself. The battery lasted for over 15 hours of continuous playback in our test, which is longer than advertised. This should be more than enough for even your longest gaming sessions, especially considering you can always keep a second battery charging in the transmitter. Though it’s not clear when the battery is at exactly 100%, it appears fully charged in less than an hour and a half, which is good. There’s also a customizable auto-off timer too, which you can set inside the app. The SteelSeries Engine offers a lot of customization options and helps enhance your highly personalizable gaming experience with features like a graphic equalizer, DTS surround sound, and live mic preview.
The Arctis Pro Wireless have an excellent battery. The Pro Wireless comes with 2 swappable batteries that can be charged by plugging in the headset itself or by removing the battery from under the metal backplate and inserting it into the transmitter. The battery should last you multiple long days of gaming, and there is also an auto-off timer that can be customized in the SteelSeries Engine desktop app. The transmitter shows the charge level of both the battery in the headset and the battery being charged. However, it does not provide a charging percentage, but only a battery icon that fills with up to 4 bars.
For this reason, it was difficult to determine exactly how long it took to bring the battery back to a full charge – 1.3 hours is the time it took to bring the battery icon to “full” with 4 bars. The headset can be used while charging, and you can also use the headset passively with the included audio cable if both batteries are dead.
The Pro Wireless are compatible with the SteelSeries Engine desktop app, which is a good app with lots of customization features for gamers. You won’t get as many features as you do with the Arctis Pro GameDAC, but there’s a graphic equalizer with presets, DTS surround sound, live mic preview, bass boost, and dialogue enhancement, to name a few. The charge level of the battery in the headset and the battery in the transmitter are available on the app, and the app specifies when the charging battery is fully charged.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have an outstanding array of connectivity options. They’ve got the same great wireless capabilities of the Arctis 7 but with added Bluetooth support and an upgraded wireless transmitter with multiple inputs. The wireless transmitter also doubles as docking station that charges the headset’s battery. The Arctis Pro headphones can be used wireless with the USB transmitter for a low-latency gaming experience on your console or PC or with Bluetooth to chat or listen to music on your smartphone or tablet. You can also use this headset wired with the included audio cable if you want to truly eliminate latency.
The Bluetooth feature of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless may seem mediocre, but considering most gaming headsets don’t even support Bluetooth, it’s not bad. Although the Arctis Pro Wireless don’t support multi-device pairing over Bluetooth like the Turtle Beach Elite 800, it is possible to pair and use a Bluetooth device like your smartphone while gaming on a console or PC with the wireless transmitter. This is practical since it means you can hear audio from both wireless connections at the same time, so you can listen to music or from your smartphone while gaming, for example.
The Arctis Pro Wireless come with an uncommon 8-pin to 1/8” TRRS audio cable that is compatible with most gaming consoles and operating systems. They will support voice chat on PS4 or Xbox One if you connect them to your console controllers. Unlike the Pro + GameDAC, it does not support audio over USB.
The Pro Wireless come with a USB wireless transmitter base. The headset’s battery is charged directly in the transmitter and is inserted like a cartridge. You plug the transmitter into a USB port of a PC or console to use the headset wirelessly. Optical audio is required to use the Arctis Wireless Pro with the Xbox One or to access the surround sound and ChatMix features on PS4.
The SteelSeries do not have native mic support with the Xbox One. You have to use the Bluetooth connection with a phone or device that has the Xbox app for chat. You can also use a USB connection with your PC. For full instructions on how to set this up, you can read more by following this link. However, since the microphone isn't being routed through the Xbox console, we have adjusted the score to reflect this.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have a remarkable wireless range with the transmitter. They reached up to 60ft when the USB transmitter was obstructed by walls, meaning you could probably walk over to the next room without experience audio cuts. They will rarely drop any audio if you're gaming directly in front of your TV (see our recommendations for the best wireless headphones for TV). The Arctis Pro Wireless also have a great wireless Bluetooth range of 69ft when obstructed and about 187ft in direct line of sight.
The Arctis Pro Wireless have very little latency which is great for wireless gaming headphones. They only get 37ms of latency when used wirelessly with the USB transmitter, which is excellent. Over Bluetooth, there’s 122 ms of latency, which is significantly worse, but still performs better than the average Bluetooth headset, which usually get around 200-220ms of delay. Most people shouldn’t notice any delay between what they hear and what they see, especially not with the wireless transmitter.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is one of the best gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far, combining the wireless support of the Arctis 7 with the customizability of the Arctis Pro + GameDAC. What really sets it apart from other gaming headsets is its swappable dual-battery charging system. The Arctis Pro Wireless are feature-packed headphones, but they are also pretty expensive, so if you find them too cost-prohibitive, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $50. See also our recommendations for the best PS4 gaming headsets and the best PC gaming headsets.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Astro A50. Their sound quality is better and they have a noticeably better microphone for online games. They are also Bluetooth compatible and more outdoor-friendly than the A50. The SteelSeries have great wireless range, their dual battery system is very convenient, and you almost can’t run out of battery. On the other hand, the A50 are slightly more comfortable and can be used for mic and audio support on Xbox One with their dock, but that’s about it. You can’t use them wired, which you can do with the Arctis Pro Wireless on all platforms.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are a bit better than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 for gaming headphones. The Arctis Pro Wireless have more connectivity options since they support Bluetooth and have a base that acts not only as a wireless transmitter but also as a charging station. They also have better sound and mic quality. The Arctis 7 are more breathable, though, and are significantly cheaper. If you don’t need Bluetooth and don’t care for the swappable battery design, the Arctis 7 may be a better choice, considering the huge price difference.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the Logitech G933. They sound better, have a better control scheme, a more stable fit, a better microphone, and a quicker charging battery. That said, the Logitech G933 are more breathable and are also compatible with the Logitech Gaming Software, which has more customization features than the SteelSeries Engine. Though the Pro Wireless are better headphones in general, fans of the Logitech Gaming Software should consider the G933 since it’s still a very good gaming headset at a fraction of the price of the Arctis Pro Wireless.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are a bit better than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition for gaming headphones. The Arctis Pro Wireless have more connectivity options since they support Bluetooth, and have a base that acts not only as a wireless transmitter but also as a charging station. They also have better sound and mic quality. The Arctis 7 are significantly cheaper, though. If you don’t need Bluetooth and don’t care for the swappable battery design, the Arctis 7 may be a better choice, considering the price difference.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is a much better gaming headset than the Razer Nari Ultimate. The Arctis Pro Wireless sound significantly better, have a much better microphone, and superior battery performance. The Arctis Pro Wireless also support Bluetooth for added compatibility with mobile devices. However, the Nari Ultimate have access to a wider range of customization options with the Razer Synapse program, like haptic feedback and Chroma lighting control.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. the HyperX Cloud Alpha sound very good and are latency-free thanks to their wired design, but the Arctis Pro Wireless still sound better and offer more connectivity options since they can be used wired or wirelessly. The boom mic of the Cloud Alpha is removable, though, which helps the headphones blend in more for everyday use. The Arctis Pro Wireless are much more expensive too, so if you want a versatile, wired gaming headset without spending a fortune, the Cloud Alpha is definitely worth considering.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Mix. They have tons of customization options, switchable batteries, a great control scheme, and a great audio reproduction. You can also use them wirelessly when gaming with their DAC, but also with Bluetooth if you’re on the go. On the other hand, the HyperX aren’t as pricey as the Arctis Pro Wireless and are still very versatile for their price tag.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the Corsair HS60. The Corsair HS60 are wired with good sound, but the Arctis Pro Wireless sound much better and can be used wirelessly or wired. The Arctis Pro Wireless are much more expensive but are also more versatile since they can also be used with Bluetooth. That said, the price difference is massive, and if you prefer a wired connection, the Corsair HS60 are very well-built and comfortable gaming headphones at a lower price.