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|FEATURES OF STEELSERIES ARCTIS PRO WIRELESS|
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless come packed in a white hard cardboard box, on the front side of which we can already see an image of the wireless headphones together with the connection base / wireless transmitter. Its main features are also highlighted here, such as Dolby Digital sound, DTS and its compatibility with PC and PS4.
On the back side we see a new image, this time with the microphone extended, the base on, and the two batteries included.
All of this is accompanied by a description of the wireless technology, speakers, headband and batteries in English, French and German. Already on the sides we have in one a list of the included cables, the base connections, and the main characteristics of the wireless connection, headphones and microphone.
As for the microphone, it is of the bidirectional type with active noise cancellation, and it is mounted on a retractable arm for greater comfort, so that we can “hide” it when we do not need it. It must be said that I find it strange to find a bidirectional pattern in a microphone of a gaming headset, when normal is unidirectional so that only our voice is heard (pointing the microphone to the mouth, of course), and I do not know the intention of the manufacturer when choosing this type of pattern, fortunately, has active noise cancellation.
Its pick-up frequency is from 100 Hz to 10,000 Hz, the usual figure in this product category.
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Design
The Arctis Pro Wireless headset is nearly identical to the wired Arctis Pro + GameDAC, but equipped with a battery and Bluetooth controls, and lacking colored lighting. It’s understated and black, with slightly rubberized plastic earcups.
Soft, breathable fabric-covered earpads easily fit over most ears, and a black anodized metal headband holds each earcup on a nearly quarter-circle arm that lets them fold flat and pivot slightly vertically.
An elastic strap runs along the length of the headband, providing adjustable suspension that lifts the headset off of the scalp. This lets it fit comfortably over even large heads for fairly long periods of time.
It’s much more understated than the anodized colored aluminum piping of the Astro Gaming A50, and we find the suspension on the headband a bit more comfortable to wear than standard headband padding.
The left earcup holds most of the headset’s controls and connectors along its edge. Starting on the back and working downward, there’s a microphone mute button, a clickable multi-purpose volume wheel, a connector for the included headset cable (the same one used by the wired Arctis Pro), a 3.5mm pass-through to let other users hear the audio going through the headset, a micro USB port for charging, and a boom mic that stays retracted inside the earcup when not in use.
The right earcup features just two buttons, Power and Bluetooth, on the bottom edge, along with indicator lights for both.
The back panel of each earcup is attached by magnets, and pulls off easily. The left earcup panel hides a geometric design and nothing of mechanical use, but the right earcup panel covers the battery compartment.
Connectivity and Microphone
The Arctis Pro Wireless is designed for use with a PC or PlayStation 4, using the transmitter either connected through USB for a PC, or through both USB and optical audio for a PS4. The PS4 Slim doesn’t have an optical audio output, but the optical audio output from your TV will work just as well. If your TV doesn’t have an optical audio output, this headset isn’t suitable for console gaming.
You can also use the headset on its own over Bluetooth, by powering it on and holding the Bluetooth button down until it flashes. It can handle audio sent simultaneously both by the transmitter and the connected Bluetooth device, so you can keep your phone on hand while gaming. It also works standalone without the transmitter in Bluetooth mode, or wired with the included cable.
The microphone on the Arctis Pro Wireless sounds very good. My voice came through clearly in test recordings on a PC, with plenty of detail and low-mid resonance without sounding particularly sibilant. I noticed a low-level hiss in the test recordings, which seemed to come from our test lab’s overzealous ventilation system more than any sort of interference. The hiss didn’t appear with the PS4 in our quieter test room, so it’s something to keep in mind if you have a noisy air conditioner.
Like the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, the Arctis Pro Wireless uses DTS Headphone:X for simulated surround sound. We’ve yet to hear a headset that can produce real surround sound, but the Pro Wireless’ 40mm stereo drivers can at least generate a bigger-sounding audio field with processing and mixing.
You won’t see much, if any, tactical advantage since accurate imaging of audio sources as in front of or behind you is impossible, but it can still make the gaming experience more immersive.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is one of the most full-featured gaming headsets we’ve seen, with Bluetooth connectivity and a powerful transmitter with its own display and controls. It also sounds excellent and feels very comfortable to wear, which helps justify its $320 price tag.
For everything it offers, the Arctis Pro Wireless earns our Editors’ Choice for wireless gaming headsets. If you want strong performance for less money, the Astro Gaming A20 and SteelSeries’ own Arctis 7 are very good wireless headsets that don’t have quite the flexibility or build quality of the Arctis Pro, but are half the price.