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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.

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