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SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated Jun 04, 2020 at 02:42 pm
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Picture
7.2
Mixed Usage
7.6
Neutral Sound
6.9
Commute/Travel
7.1
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
7.9
Wireless Gaming
8.2
Wired Gaming
7.9
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are outstanding gaming headphones. They combine the connectivity options of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC by including a wireless transmitter that doubles as a battery charging station, and even throw Bluetooth in there for good measure. This results in highly versatile wireless gaming headphones that can mix audio from a console and a mobile device at the same time. They're also comfortable and well-designed. They have a versatile sound thanks to their customization features found directly on their wireless transmitter and have a superb battery system as well as a great microphone. On the downside, like many gaming headphones, they're rather bulky and have poor isolation performance. However, they're otherwise impressive gaming headphones.

Our Verdict

7.2 Mixed Usage

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are decent for mixed use. They're more versatile than both the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 because they're wireless and support Bluetooth. They pair easily with mobile devices and the retractable microphone gives them a more universal look for everyday use. They’re not the best option for commuting or sports because they have a pretty bulky design, and don’t isolate noise all that well. However, their wide range of connectivity options and their balanced sound makes them a very good choice for watching movies, gaming, and critical listening.

Pros
  • Comfortable and durable design.
  • Great audio and microphone reproduction.
  • Impressive battery system.
  • Wireless via USB transmitter and Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • No button to adjust microphone volume.
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users.
7.6 Neutral Sound

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are good for neutral sound. While their bass and treble delivery depend on their fit, seal, and positioning, the USB transmitter and their companion software offer a graphic EQ and presets that make it easy to tweak the way they sound to fit your needs.

6.9 Commute/Travel

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are alright for commuting. You can pair them to your mobile devices via Bluetooth or use them passively with the provided audio cable. Although they don’t isolate sound very well, the microphone is retractable and they’re quite comfortable, so they’re an alright option for commuting if you don't mind the over-ear design.

7.1 Sports/Fitness

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are decent for sports. They're bulky but have breathable padding on their ear cups. You can also use them wirelessly with mobile devices and they're decently stable thanks to their tight yet comfortable fit. However, they won't be the most practical for physical activities since you can get quite warm exercising with them on and they’re prone to slipping off.

7.0 Office

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are okay for office use. The SteelSeries Engine provides you with a good amount of customization options and they're comfortable enough to wear for long hours. Their microphone is great for taking calls and you can use them wirelessly by plugging the wireless transmitter into your work computer as well as by pairing them to your mobile Bluetooth device. They won’t block much office chatter, but they also don’t leak as much as other gaming headsets. Their battery life can also last a whole work day.

7.9 Wireless Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are very good for wired gaming. They sound great, have low latency, can be used with a console and mobile device at the same time, have an excellent mic that filters a lot of noise, and are very comfortable. Unfortunately, like most gaming headphones, they have poor noise isolation but shouldn’t be a problem if you game in a quiet room. That said, they have a unique and convenient battery charging system, and are likely to keep up with even your most intense gaming sessions.

8.2 Wired Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are great for wired gaming. They're comfortable for long gaming sessions and their boom microphone captures voices clearly, even in more demanding environments. Their wireless transmitter is also nice for tweaking your audio on the fly. On the downside, they lack an adjustable mic level control. They also have poor noise isolation but they should be more than adequate if you're gaming at home.

7.9 Phone Calls

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are good for phone calls. Their boom microphone captures voices clearly, even in noisy environments. However, they don't have the best noise isolation so background sound can seep into your audio, making it more difficult to hear the person on the other end of the line.

  • 7.2 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Neutral Sound
  • 6.9 Commute/Travel
  • 7.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.0 Office
  • 7.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 8.2 Wired Gaming
  • 7.9 Phone Calls
  1. Update 6/4/2020:
  2. Update 2/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  4. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

Test Results

Design
Design
Style

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's more understated than gaming headsets with flashier designs like the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, 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.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.8 lbs
Clamping Force
1.2 lbs

Like the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, the SteelSeries Arctis 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.

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
Yes
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Bluetooth Sync

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have good controls that are easy to use and provide great feedback. Like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, these headphones have a control dial and a microphone mute switch on the left ear cup. When using Bluetooth, the control dial only adjusts the volume. If you're using the transmitter, you can also adjust the volume by default, but clicking the dial accesses more settings like channel mixing, EQ presets, and audio sources. The right ear cup has a power button and a dedicated Bluetooth Sync button, which controls music and calls when you're using a Bluetooth connection. The power button also curves outwards while the Bluetooth button curves inwards, which helps to distinguish the two.

5.3
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 8.5 C

Like most closed-back, over-ear headphones, the SteelSeries Arctis Wireless Pro Wireless have poor breathability. These headphones aren't suitable for sports or exercise since they can make your ears sweat if used while working out. They can 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.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 7.5 "
W 6.9 "
H 3.5 "
Volume 181 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most gaming headphones, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless aren't very portable. Even though they have practically the same design as the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, they’re a bit larger too. They have large ear cups, a rigid headband, and they can't fold into a more compact format. Their wireless transmitter is also fairly bulky. However, you don't need to carry it with you when you're on the go as these headphones have Bluetooth support or can be used passively with their audio cable. Still, they're not the easiest to carry around unless you have a bag or backpack to stash them in.

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

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless don't come with a case or a pouch. However, you can purchase one directly from SteelSeries.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are very well-built headphones with a premium, matte finish. Since they’re nearly identical to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, they have the same great, sturdy metal design with solid hinges and dense, durable ear cups. They feel strong enough to withstand multiple accidental drops and the ear cups have magnetic removable backplates that can be replaced if ever they're 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 these headphones a more casual look for everyday use.

7.5
Design
Stability

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have similar stability to the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless. 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 that can snag on something and yank them off your ears. That said, their fit is tight enough that you can jog with them if you want to, provided you don’t mind your ears getting a little warm.

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In The Box

  • Arctis Pro Wireless headset
  • Wireless USB transmitter
  • Mini-USB to USB audio cable
  • 8-pin to 1/8" TRRS audio cable
  • Toslink optical cable
  • Micro-USB to USB charging cable
  • DC to USB power cable
  • Microphone windscreen
  • Additional battery
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.63 db
Treble Amount
-1.33 db

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have a sound profile that depends on how they fit on your head. Their position, seal, and whether you have glasses or thick hair can all affect sound delivery, resulting in inconsistent bass and treble. Once properly fitted to your head however, you should be able to get a consistent sound. However, you can easily tweak their sound to your liking using the EQ on their wireless transmitter. They're also compatible with SteelSeries Engine companion software which offers a graphic EQ and presets.

5.5
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.18 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have sub-par frequency response consistency. The bass delivery varies and a drop in bass can occur if the ear cups aren't flush to your head, such as if you wear glasses or have thick hair. The treble range is also inconsistent. As the overall frequency response depends on fit, seal, and positioning of these headphones, once you achieve a good overall fit, you should get a more consistent frequency response each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.23 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.7 dB
Mid-Bass
0.61 dB
High-Bass
1.86 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have outstanding bass accuracy but its delivery can vary across users. The bass is accurate and neutral and while some listeners may find that they sound a bit light on the bass, you can use the EQ in the companion software or on the transmitter to adjust the sound to your liking. However, the bass delivery is sensitive to the quality of the fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. This represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

9.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.06 dB
Low-Mid
0.26 dB
Mid-Mid
0.62 dB
High-Mid
0.71 dB

These headphones have an excellently accurate and flat mid-range, resulting in the clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments.

7.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.06 dB
Low-Treble
0.01 dB
Mid-Treble
0.72 dB
High-Treble
-4.97 dB

The treble accuracy of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless good but its delivery can vary across users. The low-mid is balanced, and although there's a slight dip, lead instruments and vocals sound present and detailed. There's also a small peak in the mid-treble which can make sibilants like S and T sounds slightly sharp. However, this treble accuracy performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.

7.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.43 db
Dips
1.09 db

The peaks and dips performance of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is good but their position, seal, and whether you have glasses or thick hair can all affect sound delivery, resulting in inconsistent bass and treble. Although there are a few peaks and dips, most are very slight. However, the peak between the high-mid and low-treble is less balanced than the rest of the range but it's unlikely to be noticeable to most listeners.

8.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.37
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.42
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.52
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.19

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have excellent imaging. Although there are two small spikes in the low-bass and mid-bass that are above the group delay's audibility threshold, it may not be audible for most users. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit are exceptionally matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (like voices and footsteps) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

6.2
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.43 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
7.72 dB
PRTF Distance
22.05 dB
Openness
4.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.4

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have an unremarkable soundstage. Although it feels relatively large and sounds as if it's coming from out of the listener’s head, the soundstage may still be perceived as a bit unnatural. As they have a closed-back design, it results in a soundstage that may not feel as open as that of open-back headphones.

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

These headphones have virtual sound support and a speaker modeling feature.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.316
WHD @ 100
0.106

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless' weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. Although there's a small spike in the low-bass, this likely won't be audible to all listeners. All frequencies otherwise 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
Off
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro's results are only valid for these settings.

Isolation
5.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.44 dB
Bass
-0.08 dB
Mid
-8.22 dB
Treble
-32.56 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have poor noise isolation. They don’t isolate sounds in the bass range at all and instead, they can let the rumbles of a subwoofer into your audio. Although they block out slightly more mid-range noise like office chatter, it won't be enough for an office or cafe setting. On the upside, they do a better job of reducing treble range noise like A/C fans. However, if you game in a fairly loud environment and don't mind dealing with the hassle of a wired-only connection, check out the JBL Quantum ONE, which have a decently effective ANC system.

7.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
39.37 dB

The leakage performance of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is decent, similar to that of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless. They mostly leak between the low-mid to low-treble and it sounds fuller and speaker-like than leakage coming from in-ear or more tightly closed-back, over-ear headphones. If you're listening to music at a high volume, it may be audible to those around you, even in a moderately noisy environment.

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

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 don't have this issue. We have a very slight hiss with our unit, but it's barely audible, especially when you have audio playing.

These headphones have a retractable boom microphone that also comes with an optional windscreen.

8.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.56 dB
HFE
6639.82 Hz
Weighted THD
0.305
Gain
30.11 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless’ microphone has a very good recording quality. Speech recorded sounds full-bodied, clear, and detailed. However, it lacks airiness and brilliance. As the microphone doesn't have volume control, it's always at max volume, which causes the recording to sound distorted in our test PC.

Note 18/02/2019: There have been numerous reports on user forums of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless' microphone being too quiet on consoles and 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.

9.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
48.8 dB

The microphone of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless has remarkable noise handling and is among the best we’ve seen so far. It can easily separate your voice from demanding or noisy environments like gaming events, so you can be heard clearly.

Active Features
8.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
15.3 hrs
Additional Charges
1.0
Total Battery Life
30.6 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

These headphones have an excellent battery system. Two swappable batteries can be inserted into the wireless transmitter for charging when not in use. They use one battery at a time and they each have over 15 hours of continuous battery life, which means that you don't have to worry about running out of juice during more intense gaming sessions. When you're deep in gameplay, the transmitter can also show the charge level of your headphones as well as the battery that's being charged. There's even an auto-off timer that can be set via their companion software, and if you can't put down the game, you can also use these headphones while charging. You can also use them passively with their included audio cable.

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 Mute/Unmute
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

The SteelSeries Arctis 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 SteelSeries 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 is available on the app, and the app specifies when the charging battery is fully charged.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
187 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
122 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
145 ms
Android Latency
173 ms

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have alright Bluetooth connectivity. Although they don't support multi-device or NFC pairing like the Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless, you can still pair them with a Bluetooth device. With this setup, you can listen to audio from your smartphone while still gaming. It's also worth noting that apps seem to compensate for latency, so your mileage may vary in real-life usage.

8.3
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
175 ft
Non-BT Latency
50 ms

These headphones have great non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. They have low latency which is well-suited for playing video games or watching movies. Their line of sight range is decent, allowing you to use them further away from their audio source.

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

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless come with an uncommon 8-pin connector cable that connects directly into the headphones. However, the other end is a 1/8" TRRS cable that's compatible with most gaming consoles and operating systems.

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

When used with their USB wireless transmitter base, these headphones receive full audio and microphone support on PC and PS4. If you prefer a wired connection, you can also use their included audio cable to receive full audio and microphone support. However, unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC Wireless, they don't have wired USB compatibility.

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

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless can only receive audio when their wireless transmitter is connected to the Xbox One via an optical connection. If you like to stay in touch with your teammates using your microphone, you can use a Bluetooth connection with a phone or other device that has the Xbox app for chat. However, you have full audio and microphone support when you plug their analog cable directly into the controller.

9.6
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless Dock
USB Input
Yes
Line In
Yes
Line Out
Yes
Optical Input
Yes
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB

Update 03/27/2019: The SteelSeries don't 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 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 these headphones with the Xbox One or to access the surround sound and ChatMix features on PS4.

Compared To Other Headphones

Comparison picture

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless headphones are one of the best gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far. These headphones combine the wireless support of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 with the customizability of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC, making them jam-packed with features. What really sets them apart from other gaming headphones, however, is their swappable dual-battery charging system. They also have Bluetooth support so you can channel mix your gaming audio with team chat from your mobile device. If you're still looking for gaming headphones, check out our recommendations for the best PS4 gaming headsets and the best PC gaming headsets.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017. While the SteelSeries' sound profile is more inconsistent, they offer a lot of customization features like a graphic EQ, presets to better tweak the sound to your liking. They also contain a noticeably better microphone for online games, and are also Bluetooth compatible, making them a little more versatile than the Astro. 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 Astro are slightly more comfortable and can be used for mic and audio support on Xbox One with their dock.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are a bit better than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 for gaming headphones. The Pro Wireless have more connectivity options since they support Bluetooth and have a base that acts not only as a wireless transmitter but also as a charging station. Their microphone also has a better overall performance. The 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 7 may be a better choice, considering the huge price difference.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better-suited for PC and PS4 gaming while the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless are better for gaming on the Xbox One. Although you can EQ both headphones using SteelSeries Engine software, the Pro have a nice dual-battery system that lets you charge one battery while using the other one. Both are Bluetooth-compatible too, but the Pro also have full mic and audio support when used wired on all consoles. However, if you mainly game on Xbox One, the 9X will still offer better value as they support Xbox One Wireless, unlike the Pro.

SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile than the  SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. The Pro have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, block out more ambient noise, have a better-performing boom microphone, and last longer off of a single charge. They also come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows for full audio and microphone compatibility via analog connections. The 9 have slightly lower Bluetooth latency and a broader range of microphone volume adjustment in their companion software.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are similarly performing gaming headphones with different advantages. The Pro Wireless are completely wireless and they offer Bluetooth support while the GameDAC are more customizable as they have a better EQ and mic options. There are also more features available in the SteelSeries Engine software for the GameDAC than on the Pro Wireless. You also won’t have to monitor battery life with the wired GameDAC, but the dual battery setup of the Pro Wireless is great and you’re likely never going to lack battery life.

HyperX Cloud Flight

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight in almost every way. The SteelSeries are better-built and have more customization features to tweak their sound to your liking. They have a good app that allows for customization options and they also support Bluetooth, making them a better option for using on-the-go with your phone. While the HyperX have a longer single-charge battery life, the SteelSeries provide you with two batteries, which means you can continuously use them wirelessly while the other battery is charging in the dock. The latency while using the USB receiver is slightly lower on the SteelSeries, though the difference may not be too noticeable to most casual gamers.

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset. Although the SteelSeries and Logitech both have an inconsistent sound across users, the SteelSeries offers an EQ directly on its wireless transmitter so you can customize sound on-the-fly. The SteelSeries also have a better control scheme, a more stable fit, a better microphone, and a quick-charging battery. That said, the Logitech are more breathable and are also compatible with the Logitech's G HUB software, which has more customization features than the SteelSeries Engine. Though the SteelSeries are better headphones in general, fans of Logitech's G HUB software should consider the G933 since it’s still a very good gaming headset at a fraction of the price.

Audeze Mobius

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Audeze Mobius. Although they're both similarly comfortable, the SteelSeries have slightly better controls, and their unique swappable battery cartridge system ensures you always have battery life when you're gaming. They also take less time to charge, and you can still use these headphones passively if you don't have a charged battery handy. The SteelSeries companion software also offers a graphic EQ plus presets, and you can use them with their transmitter to wirelessly play on PS4 or PC. That being said, the Audeze have a slightly better performing microphone, they offer more virtual soundstage features, and their sound delivery is more consistent across users. However, they only support Bluetooth and can't be used passively.

Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless and the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset are both solid gaming headsets but serve different purposes. The Logitech is a traditional wired gaming headset, with a sturdy, durable design, reliable wired connection, and great boom mic. The SteelSeries are more feature-packed wireless gaming headphones, with a low-latency wireless transmitter that gives you access to an onboard EQ, channel mixing, and battery charging. They also support Bluetooth so you can mix in a voice chat from your phone into your game audio.

Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. While the SteelSeries and Razer both have an inconsistent sound across users, the SteelSeries offer an EQ directly on their wireless transmitter so you can customize sound on-the-fly. The SteelSeries also have a much better performing microphone, and superior battery performance thanks to their two interchangeable battery packs. The SteelSeries also support Bluetooth for added compatibility with mobile devices. However, the Razer have access to a wider range of customization options with the Razer Synapse program, like haptic feedback and Chroma lighting control.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are a bit better than the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless for gaming headphones. The Arctis Pro Wireless have more connectivity options since they support Bluetooth, and have a base that acts not only as a wireless transmitter but also as a charging station. Their microphone also performs better overall. The 7 are significantly cheaper, though. If you don’t need Bluetooth and don’t care for the swappable battery design, the 7 may be a better choice, considering the price difference.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are slightly better gaming headphones than the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. Although the SteelSeries have a less consistent frequency response, their sound can be tweaked on-the-fly, thanks to the EQ on their wireless transmitter. They can be used wired which makes them more versatile, while the Astro are wireless-only. The dock of the SteelSeries can also hold a physical battery while you’re using another one in the headset, so your headphones can always have power when used wirelessly. On the other hand, the Astro are a bit more comfortable, and their sound profile out-of-the-box is better balanced, which, for some users, makes them more simple to use as their sound doesn't necessarily need to be EQ'd.

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless. The SteelSeries more comfortable and have much better controls on the headphones. Their sound reproduction is much more balanced and neutral with fewer peaks and dips which should improve the overall audio quality. Their microphone also performs better overall and handles background noise much better. However, they leak more sound and isolate background noise worse than the Corsair. The SteelSeries also support Bluetooth, which is rare for gaming headsets.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless. The SteelSeries are better-built, and their microphone has a better recording quality. Also, they have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. However, the Razer have longer continuous battery life.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are rather different types of headphones, but both models are very versatile. If you're looking for a great noise cancelling pair of headphones to bring on your daily commute, go with the Sony, but if you want wireless gaming headphones that can also transition to more casual use thanks to their Bluetooth support, then check out the SteelSeries instead.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. The SteelSeries have a more neutral, less bass-heavy default sound profile that's more suitable for a wide variety of music genres, though their audio delivery isn't as consistent, so they may sound differently depending on their fit. They also have a more stable fit and a graphic EQ. Unlike the Logitech, they're compatible with Bluetooth and can be used wired, and they work with Xbox One. However, the Logitech are more comfortable and better-built, and they have longer continuous battery life.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile than the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 thanks to their wireless design. They also feature a useful dual-battery system that makes it near impossible to run out of power, and they can also be used via Bluetooth as well. The Astro, on the other hand, reproduce sound more accurately across different users and are slightly more comfortable.

JBL Quantum 800 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the JBL Quantum 800 Wireless. The SteelSeries are slightly more comfortable, have better controls, and have a better build quality. Although they're prone to inconsistencies in their bass and treble delivery, their companion software comes with a graphic EQ as well as presets, which is similar to the JBL. They also have a better non-Bluetooth latency thanks to their wireless dock, their boom microphone performs better overall, and their battery life lasts longer too. However, the JBL have an adjustable mic level in their companion software, and they also have a great active noise cancelling feature. They also have RGB lighting, which some users may prefer.

JBL Quantum ONE

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the JBL Quantum ONE. The SteelSeries have a more comfortable, premium, and streamlined design that shouldn’t look too out of place in an office setting, along with onboard controls for answering phone calls and a marginally better retractable microphone. They use a low-latency wireless receiver for wireless gaming but also provide Bluetooth and wired compatibility, the latter thanks to an included 1/8” TRRS cable. However, the JBL are better suited for gaming in loud environments thanks to their ANC system, which does a good job of blocking out ambient chatter.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Alpha. The SteelSeries have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and since they have companion software, you can customize the way they sound with a graphic EQ or presets. Their microphone performs much better overall, and they're more versatile as they can be used wired or wirelessly. They even support Bluetooth, so you can use them with your phone to mix music in while gaming. The boom mic of the HyperX is removable, though, which helps the headphones blend in more for everyday use, and they feel more comfortable and durable as well.

Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Logitech G935 Wireless Gaming headset. The SteelSeries have much better controls, feel better-built and a lot more stable, have a more accurate sound profile, leak less audio, have a much better microphone, and have longer battery life. They also have many more connectivity options including Bluetooth, line in/out, optical in, and more. On the other hand, the Logitech have a slightly more open soundstage and may represent better value overall for some people.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017. The SteelSeries are wireless, closed-back headphones that can also be used with an analog connection. They have more versatile controls on the ear cups, a virtual surround feature, and a unique, swappable battery cartridge system that ensures that you always have extra battery life on hand. The SteelSeries also support Bluetooth so you can channel mix audio from your console with team chat from your mobile device. However, both headphones have inconsistent bass and treble delivery across users and use their companion software to give you more control over your audio experience.

Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless. They feel much better-built, they’re more customizable, they have a more convenient dual battery system, and a better-balanced default sound profile. The Corsair are still decent but don’t perform quite as well overall.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. The SteelSeries are more feature-packed, with a low-latency wireless transmitter that gives you access to an onboard EQ, channel mixing, and battery charging. They also support Bluetooth so you can mix in a voice chat from your phone into your game audio. However, the HyperX have a more traditional wired design, which some gamers prefer. They're also more comfortable, and their mic is detachable.

HyperX Cloud Mix Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones compared to the HyperX Cloud Mix Wireless. They have tons of customization options, switchable batteries, and a great control scheme. You can also use them wirelessly when gaming with their transmitter, but also with Bluetooth if you’re on the go. However, while the HyperX can still do chat mixing via Bluetooth, if you want to use them for console gaming, you need to use their wired connection. If you're gaming on a PC, you can either use their Bluetooth or wired connection. At the same time, the HyperX also aren’t as pricey as the SteelSeries and are still very versatile for their price tag.

HyperX Cloud Flight S

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight S. The SteelSeries have much lower latency, much better controls, Bluetooth and wired capabilities, a better-balanced sound profile, and better software with EQ settings. They also feel better made and more stable. On the other hand, the HyperX have slightly better isolation performance, support wireless charging, and are a much more budget-friendly option.

Corsair HS60

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the Corsair HS60. Although both headphones are prone to inconsistent frequency responses and offer companion software to better help customize their sound to your liking, with the SteelSeries, you can directly tweak audio on-the-fly, thanks to their wireless transmitter. The SteelSeries can also be used wirelessly or wired. The SteelSeries 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 are very well-built and comfortable gaming headphones at a lower price.

Razer Opus Wireless

The Razer Opus Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are two different kinds of headphones designed for different uses. While the Opus are ANC headphones designed for casual day-to-day use, the Arctis Pro are wireless gaming headphones with a wireless base station that plugs into your TV or gaming console. The Razer Opus have an excellent ANC feature that helps block out background noise during your daily commute or while in the office, and their well-balanced sound profile is versatile enough for most genres and content. On the other hand, the boom microphone of the Arctis Pro performs significantly better, and they can be used wirelessly for gaming. Overall, the Arctis are a better choice if you want gaming headphones, but the Opus are the way to go if you want casual daily-use headphones.

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless. The SteelSeries have a more comfortable design that looks and feels much more durable. They also have a significantly better control scheme, a better-balanced sound profile, and a better microphone. Finally, while the Turtle Beach only work wirelessly with a PC, the SteelSeries are wirelessly compatible with both PC and PS4. On the other hand, the Turtle Beach last twice as long off a single charge, are slightly more consistent among various users, and may represent better overall value to some people.

Turtle Beach Battle Buds

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better-performing gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Battle Buds, but with a very different design. The SteelSeries are bulky over-ear headphones with a wireless dock to connect to your TV and gaming consoles to use the headphones wirelessly. Meanwhile, the Turtle Beach are wired earbuds with a small boom microphone, designed to use while gaming on a mobile device or to plug into the controller of your home console. The SteelSeries have a more-balanced sound profile and a much better performing microphone. On the other hand, the Turtle Beach are much more portable.

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