SteelSeries Arctis 7P + wireless headset review

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For the past 5 years, I have owned a pair of SteelSeries headphones, mostly wired. The last wireless headset I bought for my PC was the Arctis 3 Bluetooth. They were a monster and allowed me to connect to pretty much anything I owned; in case I couldn’t use bluetooth, I was able to use the 3.5mm headphone jack cables.

It left a really good impression on me and got me looking at other devices they owned, including mice. The most recent first thing I have used since the mouse is this headset, the Arctis 7P +. The Arctis 7P + not only boasts of being compatible with the Tempest 3D audio technology of the PlayStation 5, but also of being the “best wireless gaming headset” by several competitors. Is it snuff? Read more in our Arctis 7P + review!

SteelSeries Arctis 7P + Wireless Headphones
Maker: Steel Series
Release Date: October 29, 2021
MSRP: $ 169.99 USD

After opening the box, which has thinned since the days of the Arctis 5 headset, I was surprised at how streamlined it was. The cold metal he uses for the top frame was immediately noticeable with the outer layer of the helmet. The USB-C dongle, USB-C cable for charging, and a USB-C to USB-A cable were also included in the box.

When I started unpacking and trying out what it could do, I was happy with how easy it took to connect to anything. First impressions have been met and perhaps even exceeded; connecting to something like a PlayStation 4 was pretty easy. Using the USB-C to USB-A cable with the dongle is the easiest setup I’ve ever done.

The headband is always one of my favorite things about SteelSeries headphones. The comfort I get from it and the ear pads are almost unmatched. I didn’t sweat with this for long periods of time, a little hot but not sweaty at all. But now we’re going to get to what you really want to know: how it works.

Again, plugging in the USB-C dongle was literally plug and play style for the PlayStation 4. Before we go any further, it should be noted that this is only compatible with something that can accommodate USB-C. and / or USB-A I / O. For example, you can use it on PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Android devices and even on the Oculus Quest 2 natively.

You can still use the 3.5mm port to connect to other devices, but its usefulness is wireless. Speaking of which, the wireless range is estimated to be around 40 feet (12 meters) and will last around 30 hours. My environment is open enough for the signal to travel and it actually hits my apartment (1,074 square feet) with very little distortion.

The built-in microphone sounds a bit lower than something like the Blue Yeti I normally use, so don’t expect super clear sound from the headset microphone. “Echo-y” is something I’ve been told, which is generally normal for headphone microphones. When it comes to uses outside of general gameplay, you won’t notice much of a difference compared to other headsets.

The improved battery life is slightly improved compared to previous models. This now has an assumed autonomy of 30 hours. With continued use I was able to get pretty close to 28 hours. Best of all, charging via USB-C gives 3 hours of use from 15 minutes of charging. Everything in the technical aspects works as advertised, with a few minor issues.

A big plus that makes me recommend it to my friends is the sound quality. Every SteelSeries headset I’ve owned has excellent, clear sound, rivaling that of my Powerbeats Pro headphones. In addition to sound quality, it has native connectivity via USB-C for PlayStation 5 for Tempest 3D Audio. This allows 3D spatial audio to surround you with sounds above, below, behind, and in front.

Initially, the sound quality is always rich and offers options to change the EQ settings. Without Tempest 3D Audio for other devices, every detail is still noticeable and distinguishable. That, coupled with the comfort compared to the competition, the Arctis 7P + is incredibly comfortable and of high quality. Wearing the helmet for more than 3 hours at a time is not only doable, but enjoyable.

The bass hits fairly normal enough but not too deep, from what I’ve heard. Some games have different EQ settings in-game which will also play a role in what you hear. Background noise in music is more noticeable than other headphones of the same price. The headphones are already loud at just under 90 decibels, including the dynamic equalizer.

There is no doubt that if you are looking for high power headphones that will give you clear sound, the Arctis 7P + is the one for you. Microphone issues are negligible as my needs differ from those of a hardcore gamer. While I would like to be able to use this headset normally with all of my devices like an iPhone or iPad, it requires another adapter from the Apple side.

For those looking to get someone a good headset to go with their PlayStation 5 purchase, this is definitely it; Specifically for its ability to take advantage of Tempest 3D audio. It’s wireless with good range on your consoles and more.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P + Wireless Headphones was examined using a review unit provided by SteelSeries. You can find additional information on Niche Gamer’s review / ethics policy. here.


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