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Manufacturer: Steelseries Price: £134.99
There’s a problem with gaming peripherals. While headphone manufacturers such as Steelseries and Turtle Beach often keep the quality benchmark high it often comes with a significant trade off, that of style. For the kind of money you’re paying for a set of these headphones, versatility is key; being able to transition between playing games in virtual 7.1 surround sound, to watching film and listening to music without losing any of the depth or dynamism in sound should be imperative. The problem is, so many of these sets look like unused props from 1995’s Hackers – we wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a headset in public with flashing LED lights and outrageously bulky headband designs that so often come as standard.
Thankfully, the Arctis 3 Bluetooth comes equipped with a respectful and all-purpose design. Essentially identical to the standard (and £50 cheaper) wired Arctis 3 model that released in mid-2017, this Bluetooth version is all about the versatility; “Wired for gaming, Bluetooth for life,” as the marketing tag would have you believe. And, truth be told, it isn’t far off. The addition of Bluetooth – with a battery life rated for 28 hours of ‘active listening time’ – is fantastic, turning the Arctis 3 into a reliable headset that’s got your back no matter the activity.
Still, that all said, the headphones still perform better for gaming than they do for music or podcast consumption. The dynamic range is clear and concise, ensuring you’re able to pick out some of the miniature in well recorded and produced records, although audio heads will no doubt take umbrage with the somewhat warm sound that can put a dampener on heavy, bass and drum-driven music – rock and hip hop fans, prepare for some cans that will get the job done, but not necessarily bring the best out of your favourite tunes. But for the money you’ll be hard pressed to find a headset that covers so many of the bases so excellently; perfect for multiplayer gaming (although you are stuck with the wired configuration for such an activity) and decent for music on the move the Arctis 3 Bluetooth is a solid audio solution.
The Arctis 3 is designed for wired gaming, but it also includes Bluetooth support should you want to take them out into the world and listen to music on the go.
cross-compatibility is important, and that’s why Steelseries has designed the Arctis for use with Xbox One, Pc, PS4 and the nintendo Switch – not to mention any Bluetooth compatible devices.
A clearcast microphone offers fantastic clarity for all of our multiplayer gaming needs. it’s also retractable meaning you can hide it away for when you hit the streets with these headphones.
Surprisingly comfortable, the Arctis 3 is great for lengthy usage thanks to the thick ear cushions and a (fully adjustable and removable) ski goggle suspension band.