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SteelSeries Arctis 7+ – Multi-Platform Wireless Gaming Headphones

Nowadays, both Singleplayer and Multiplayer video games are under constant improvement. Not only do the game engines (meaning the infrastructure) behind video games keep getting improved, but so do the sound engines that accompany them, which for the latter, is what brings the amazing sound-quality that many video games are known for today. Now, to properly experience that awesome sound-quality in order to ultimately have a more immersive gaming experience, you’ll obviously need a decent pair of gaming headphones. In sum, having a pair of high-end gaming headphones is what will allow you to notice all the little sound details that make a game’s cut-scenes and its many different playable environments much more enjoyable. With that said, if you’re looking for your next pair of gaming headphones, then consider going with the SteelSeries Arctis 7+, which definitely won’t let you down.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7+ are a pair of high-end wireless gaming headphones that are powered by SteelSeries’s award-winning Arctis Sound Technology, while also featuring built-in On-Ear Controls, Loseless 2.4 GHz Wireless Audio, Multi-Platform compatibility, and up to 30 hours of battery life.

Designed with a USB-C Multi-System (meaning Multi-Platform) Compatibility, these wireless gaming headphones can be used for gaming on PC, as well as for the PS5 and the PS4, for the Nintendo Switch, as well as for Android or iPads (via USB-C), and also for many other USB-enabled platforms.

Best of all, Arctis 7+ users are also offered early access to SteelSeries Sonar (the company’s all-new Audio Software), which enables 7.1 Surround Sound for the headphones, as well as unique sound features such as ChatMix and many more.

Now, let’s have a more detailed look at the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ and check out everything that these latest-gen wireless gaming headphones have to offer you.

DESIGN & SPECS

Starting with their size, the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ come at a reasonably compact size, measuring just ‎8.27 inches long (across from one ear-cup to the other) by 8.15 inches tall by just 2.07 inches wide / thick. In addition, the headphones are also fairly lightweight, weighing just 0.93 lbs.

SteelSeries Arctis 7+
SteelSeries Arctis 7+ – Measurements

Design-wise, these wireless gaming headphones feature an Adjustable Ski-Goggle Suspension Design, meaning that they’re designed to be fairly lightweight when worn and also quite easy to adjust to any type of head-shape and/or head-size.

Adjustable Ski-Goggle Suspension Design

It’s also worth noting that the ear-cups can also be rotated / swiveled around for even more adjustability.

Regarding the headphones’ construction, these feature a very durable construction that’s based on an ergonomic design, coming equipped with a durable lightweight Steel Headband that’s designed to sit neatly and comfortably on top of a user’s head.

Durable Lightweight Steel Headband

I’m very pleased to say that the headphones’ Steel Headband doesn’t force the ear-cups to apply too much pressure around your ears / both sides of your head, so it actually does quite a good job at keeping the headphones themselves neatly in place while still ensuring maximum comfort.

Speaking of the headphones’ ear-cups, note that these are Over-Ear Headphones, meaning that they’ll fully cover your ears in order to deliver you a more immersive sound-experience (more on that just ahead).

Over-Ear Headphones with high-quality leatherette Ear-Cups

The headphones’ ear-cups are made with a high-quality leatherette materials that’s both soft and smooth to touch, thus ensuring the utmost comfort, and that also goes for those longer gaming sessions that could last multiple hours.

AUDIO SPECS & AUDIO QUALITY

Moving on to the headphones’ audio specifications. For their audio / sound, these wireless gaming headphones come equipped with a set of high-end 40 mm Neodymium Drivers, which are powered by SteelSeries’s award-winning Arctis Sound Technology, ultimately allowing users to hear stunning detail in all games, no matter the genre (FPS, MMORPG, etc.).

Now, in terms of audio-quality, the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ are capable of delivering an astonishing 7.1 Sound Surround (when used together with their newly released SteelSeries Sonar Software). Even when not enabling their optional software, the sound-quality is already quite good. Whether it is the footstep-sounds from an enemy in a FPS game or even the horrific sounds of a monster encounter in an RPG / MMORPG game, you can be assured that the Arctis 7+ can easily deliver those sounds.

40 mm Neodymium Drivers powered by SteelSeries’s award-winning Arctis Sound Technology

Still, using them together with their dedicated Sonar Software will greatly help you to notice all the highs (high-frequency sounds), mids (mid-frequency sounds such as voices), and lows (low-frequency sounds) much more clearly, almost as if you were inside the game itself.

 

For specific audio specs, know that the Arctis 7+ feature a Sound Frequency Response that ranges between 20 Hz and 20000 Hz, along with a maximum Sound Sensitivity that can be set as high as 98 dB.

Moreover, the headphones’ also feature a Sound Impedance rated at 32 Ω (making their impedance easy to drive by smartphones, tablets and portable players), as well as a Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) that’s rated to be below 3%.

Lastly, since these are indeed a pair of wireless gaming headphones, they also come equipped with a ClearCast Bidirectional Noise Cancelling Retractable Microphone that’s Discord-certified to be one of the best microphones in gaming hardware.

ClearCast Bidirectional Noise Cancelling Retractable Microphone

The headphones’ microphone is rated to have a Frequency Response that can vary between 100 Hz and 6500 Hz, as well as a Microphone Sensitivity that’s set at just -38 dB.

INTERFACE / BUILT-IN CONTROLS

More importantly, these wireless gaming headphones also features built-in On-Ear Controls that are directly integrated onto the back-side of their ear-cups, along with their multiple Connectivity options, of course.

Built-In On-Ear Controls

Starting at the back-side of their left ear-cup, we have a Microphone Mute Toggle Button, followed by the headphones’ Volume Control Wheel, which is then followed by USB-mini-b (eighth-pin) port, a 3.5mm Aux Input port (for Audio Sharing), and finally, a USB-C port (for Charging) that replaced the Micro-USB port from the older headphones model (the original Arctis 7).

Built-In On-Ear Controls (Left Ear-Cup)

Then, at the back-side of the opposite ear-cup (meaning the right ear-cup), there’s a ChatMix Audio Wheel (for the headphones’ Software ChatMix sound feature) that lets you balance the sound between your In-Game Volume and the Voice Comms from your VOIP program of choice (Discord, Teamspeak, etc.).

Built-In On-Ear Controls (Right Ear-Cup)

Below that, there’s a Power Button that doubles as a Battery Indicator thanks to a light-blinking functionality for the Power Button’s LED Light.

CONNECTIVITY & COMPATIBILITY

For their wireless connectivity, the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ use a USB-C Dongle (included in the package) that ultimately gives these wireless gaming headphones a Loseless low-latency 2.4 GHz Wireless Audio, which gives users a significantly better performance than gaming headphones that just use Bluetooth for their wireless connectivity.

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ & included USB-C Dongle for Loseless low-latency 2.4 GHz Wireless Audio

Note that the headphones’ effective range for their Loseless 2.4 GHz Wireless Audio can support up to a 40 ft. (12 m) range before disconnecting.

It’s also worth pointing out that the Arctis 7+’s dedicated USB-C Dongle also gives them USB-C Multi-Platform Compatibility, which ultimately allows for a seamless transition between PC, the PS5 and/or PS4, the Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS, or even another USB-C-enabled platform.

BATTERY & BATTERY LIFE

Finally, for their power, these wireless gaming headphones come equipped with an enhanced rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery that can offer you up to 30 hours of battery life, thus basically ensuring that the Arctis 7+ are designed to easily outlast even the longest gaming sessions possible.

It’s also worth noting that thanks to the headphones’ new USB-C Charging port, their internal battery also supports USB-C Fast Charging, which allows users to perform a quick 15 minutes charge to get the headphones a whopping 3 hours of battery.

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ USB-C Charging

This is an awesome function in terms of flexibility, as sometimes, your gaming sessions could last you a little longer than you originally anticipate, and for times where you end up forgetting that your headphones’ battery is almost depleted, this is a really nice feature to have.

THE DESKTOP APP(s) – SteelSeries Sonar Software & SteelSeries GG / Engine Software

Finally, and as said before, with the Arctis 7+, users are also offered early access to SteelSeries Sonar (the company’s all-new Audio Software), which enables 7.1 Surround Sound for the headphones, as well as unique sound features such as ChatMix (Volume Balance between your game’s audio and your team’s Voice Comms), and many more.

SteelSeries Sonar Software

Moreover, the SteelSeries Sonar Software also boasts a Parametric EQ, which allows users to greatly fine-tune and tweak the entire spectrum of sound for their Arctis 7+.

Note that SteelSeries’ Sonar Software is only available for Windows 10 and above. That said, if you’re still on the previous Windows version (meaning Windows 8.1), you’ll only be able to use the Arctis 7+ with the company’s previous Audio Software, the SteelSeries GG / Engine.

SteelSeries GG / Engine Software

Via the SteelSeries GG / Engine, users are still offered a decent Audio Equalizer to fine-tune all of the headphones’ different Audio levels.

WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

Inside each package, users will find: their Arctis 7+ Headset, along with the headphones’ dedicated USB-C Wireless Dongle, as well as a USB-C to USB-A Adapter Cable, the headphones’ dedicated USB-C Charging Cable, and a 4-pole 3.5mm Aux Cable (for Audio Sharing).

Packaging

FINAL THOUGHTS

The SteelSeries Arctis 7+ are a pair of high-end wireless gaming headphones that are powered by SteelSeries’s award-winning Arctis Sound Technology, while also featuring built-in On-Ear Controls, Loseless 2.4 GHz Wireless Audio, Multi-Platform compatibility, and up to 30 hours of battery life.

Designed with a USB-C Multi-System (meaning Multi-Platform) Compatibility, these wireless gaming headphones can be used for gaming on PC, as well as for the PS5 and the PS4, for the Nintendo Switch, as well as for Android or iPads (via USB-C), and also for many other USB-enabled platforms.

SteelSeries Arctis 7+
SteelSeries Arctis 7+

Best of all, Arctis 7+ users are also offered early access to SteelSeries Sonar (the company’s all-new Audio Software), which enables 7.1 Surround Sound for the headphones, as well as unique sound features such as ChatMix and many more.

All in all, these are some of the best wireless gaming headphones that you can currently get today.

If you’re interested in buying them, know that each pair is currently going for just $169.99, which, considering all the headphones’ features and functionalities, is a very affordable price-tag. You can order yours online right now, either directly from SteelSeries’ official shopping page, or alternatively, you could get them from Amazon instead, if you’d prefer.

João Matos
Soon after getting his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, João Matos joined the GadgetGram team on May 2019. Since then, he has been working as the Content Director, with the main goal of publishing thorough reviews on all sorts of newly released tech-products. In addition, João has also been been working as a proficient News Writer and News Editor at Gadget Gram, as well as the Social Media Manager for the company's Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

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