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.
Good mixed usage headphones. The Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile than both the Pro + GameDAC and the Arctis 7 because they are 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.
Great for neutral listening. Their neutral sound profile is very flat and they have excellent audio fidelity. Their bass provides enough punch and rumble to make bass-heavier genres pop without cluttering the instruments and vocals in the mid-range and the treble is detailed and present. Our test unit also had great imaging which will be useful to pinpoint game sounds like footsteps. Overall, they have a well-balanced, neutral sound that should satisfy most listeners, especially since you can customize it to your liking with the included transmitter or the SteelSeries software.See our Neutral Sound recommendations
Decent for commuting. You can pair the Arctis Pro Wireless 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 okay option for commuting if you don't mind the over-ear design.See our Commute/Travel recommendations
Above-average for sports among gaming headsets. 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’ll get quite warm exercising with them on and they’re prone to slipping off.See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
Above-average 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 will also last you for a whole workday.See our Office recommendations
Awesome for 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.See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
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 when the headphones are used via Bluetooth. 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 do not come with a case nor a pouch, unless purchased directly from SteelSeries.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Gen 3 Wireless 2017. 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 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, 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 slightly better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC. They sound a bit better and their wireless design offers more freedom than the Arctis Pro GameDAC. Their microphone also sounds better and performs well in noisy situations. You can use them with their dock on the Xbox One, while you can’t do so with the GameDAC. On the other hand, there are more features available in the SteelSeries Engine software for the Arctis Pro GameDAC than on the Arctis Pro Wireless. You also won’t have to monitor a battery life with the wired GameDAC, but the dual battery setup of the Arctis Pro Wireless is great and you’re more than likely never going to lack battery life. The Arctis Pro Wireless are also Bluetooth compatible.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Flight in almost every way. They are better-built and sound better too. They have a good app that allows for customization options and also support Bluetooth, making the Arctis Pro Wireless a more outdoor-friendly option. While the Flight has a longer single charge battery life, the Arctis Pro Wireless provides you with two batteries, which mean you can continuously use the headset wirelessly while the other battery is charging in the dock. The Flight has a slightly better latency performance, but the difference between both won’t be very noticeable.
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 are better headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 9X. Their wireless latency is lower, they have a slightly better sound quality (although you can EQ both headsets in the SteelSeries Engine app), and they also a nice dual-battery system that lets you charge a battery while using the other one. Both are Bluetooth-compatible, but the Arctis Pro Wireless also have full mic and audio support when used wired on all consoles. However, if you mainly play on Xbox One, the Arctis 9X will offer better value as they are quite cheaper than the Arctis Pro Wireless.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are slightly better gaming headphones than the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. They have a slightly better sound profile with a bit more accurate bass, and the soundstage is quite decent for closed-back headphones. Also, the SteelSeries can be used wired which makes them more versatile, while the A50 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 A50 are a bit more comfortable.
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 better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless. They are more comfortable and have much better controls on the headphones. Their sound reproduction is much more balanced and neutral with less 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 Virtuoso. The Arctis Pro also support Bluetooth, which is rare for gaming headsets.
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 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.