SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Headphones
After reading this Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless Review, you will find this device is an outstanding gaming headset that combines the connectivity options of the Arctis 7 and the Arctis Pro GameDAC by including a wireless transmitter that doubles as a battery charging station, and even throws Bluetooth in there for good measure. The result is a highly versatile wireless gaming headset that can mix audio from a console and a mobile device at the same time. The Arctis Pro Wireless is a comfortable, well-designed headset that sounds amazing, and has a superb battery system and a great microphone. It’s rather expensive, and like many gaming headphones, it’s rather bulky and has poor isolation performance, but the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is otherwise a remarkable gaming headset.
Comfortable and durable design
Great audio and microphone reproduction
Impressive battery system
Wireless via USB transmitter and Bluetooth
Poor noise isolation
No button to adjust microphone volume
|Has Stereo Speakers||√|
|Has An Over-the-ear Foam||√|
|Has A Detachable Cable||√|
|Travel Bag Is Included||X|
|Cab Be Folded||X|
|Sound Pressure Level||102dB/mW|
|Has Passive Noise Reduction||X|
|Has Active Noise Cancelling (Noise Control)||X|
|Has A Rechargeable Battery||√|
|Has A Battery Level Indicator||√|
|Has A Removable Battery||√|
|Can Be Used Wirelessly||√|
|Has A 3.5mm Male Connector||√|
|Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using NFC||X|
|Can Be Used As A Headset||√|
|Control Panel Placed On A Device||√|
|Number of Microphones||1|
|Has An In-Line Control Panel||X|
|Has A Noise Cancelling Microphone||√|
|Has Voice Prompts||X|
|The Arctis Pro Wireless is a nicely designed headset. Though similar in look and design to the Arctis 7 and the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, the Arctis Pro Wireless has a more versatile control scheme thanks to a dedicated Bluetooth Sync button which also controls music and calls. It’s a comfortable gaming headset that may feel a bit tight on bigger heads but isn’t too heavy and has pretty good stability. Though it has soft porous ear cup padding, it’s not very breathable and is not made for wearing during a run. They are very well-built headphones and feel sturdy enough to survive your toughest gaming sessions. They have a retractable mic that adds to their versatility and can be used wired or wirelessly.|
|The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are very similar in design to the rest of the Arctis lineup. They have a wide metal frame with a pronounced curve wrapped in an elastic strap to adjust the fit, reminiscent of ski goggles, that has a premium, durable feel. They’re a bit bulky, but have a retractable microphone for added versatility. They have a sleek, uniform look that is more understated than gaming headsets with flashier designs like the Astro A50 Gen 4 2019, but is more versatile for everyday use. If you want your headphones to stand out more though, you can purchase more colorful headband straps, magnetic ear cup plates, and leather or velour ear cushions directly on the SteelSeries website.||Like the Arctis 7 and the Pro GameDAC, the SteelSeries Pro Wireless are comfortable gaming headphones. They have a curved metal headband frame with a ski goggle-like elastic that adjusts the fit. The ear cups are large, spacious, and well-padded, and are coated with breathable and soft padding that feels nice on the skin. Unfortunately, the sizing is limited by the length of the elastic strap and the shape of the metal frame, which can’t expand to accommodate all head shapes and sizes. The fit should be fine for most but may feel a little tight for some.|
|Like most gaming headphones, the SteelSeries Pro Wireless aren't very portable. They have large ear cups, a rigid headband and they do not fold into a more compact format. Even though they have practically the same design, they’re actually a bit larger than the Arctis 7 and the Arctis Pro GameDAC, but this doesn’t change much in terms of portability. They come with a wireless transmitter that is also quite large, but thankfully can be used with Bluetooth or passively with an included audio cable so you don’t always need to have the transmitter on you. Overall, they’re not the easiest headphones to carry around unless you have a bag or backpack to stash them in.||The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are very well-built headphones with a premium, matte finish. Since they’re nearly identical to the Arctis Pro GameDAC, they have the same great, sturdy metal design, with solid hinges and dense, durable earcups. They feel strong enough to withstand multiple accidental drops and the ear cups have magnetic removable backplates that can be replaced if ever they are damaged. The right ear cup houses a removable battery and the headphones come with two batteries. The microphone is well-made, flexible, and can withstand being bent in different ways without breaking. It also smoothly retracts into the left ear cup, conveniently giving the Arctis Pro Wireless a more casual look for everyday use.|
|The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have similar stability to the Arctis 7. They have a tight yet comfortable fit that prevents them from moving much once on your head. Since they’re also wireless, there’s no audio cable to get snagged on something and yank them off your ears. That said, their fit is tight enough that you could jog with them if you wanted to, provided you don’t mind your ears getting a little warm.||
The Arctis Pro Wireless have great controls that are easy to use and provide great feedback. Like the Arctis Pro GameDAC, the Pro Wireless have a control dial and a microphone mute switch on the left ear cup. When using Bluetooth, the control dial only adjusts the volume, but when using the transmitter, it adjusts the volume by default but can be clicked to access more settings like channel mixing, EQ pre-sets and audio sources.
On the right ear cup, the Arctis Wireless Pro have a power button like the Arctis 7, but have a dedicated Bluetooth Sync button too, which also controls music and calls when the headphones are used via Bluetooth. The power button curves outwards while the Bluetooth button curves inwards, which is a nice touch that helps distinguish the two and does not take long to get used to.
|The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are closed-back over-ear gaming headphones with impressive sound. They have incredibly accurate audio reproduction, with an almost perfectly neutral bass and mid range. Their bass has a good amount of punch, while their treble is detailed and present. Plus, if you’re not a fan of their neutral sound signature, you can use the transmitter or the SteelSeries app to EQ their sound to your liking. They have great imaging too, so you can pinpoint sound in the distance and know exactly where it's coming from, which is great for games. Unfortunately, their bass and treble delivery is prone to inconsistencies across different users and positions. Overall, they’re well-suited not only for gaming, but for a wide variety of music genres, and even audiobooks or podcasts.|
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have outstanding bass. Their low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 10Hz, which is great. Their entire bass range is virtually flat and follows our neutral target curve very tightly. Overall, their bass is deep and thumpy without sounding heavy or boomy and is very well-suited for videogame soundtracks. Some people may find them a little bit bass-light, especially fans of very bass-heavy music, but thankfully you can use the EQ in the app or transmitter to adjust the bass levels to suit your preferences.
However, it is worth noting that their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. This represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.
|Like the bass response, the mid-range of the Arctis Pro Wireless is remarkable. It is also very flat, especially in the low-mid range, which ensures a clear reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. There is a small bump in the high-mid that carries on into the treble range, that could make vocals and leads sound slightly honky; however, at 3dB, this effect will be very subtle. Overall, the mid-range of Arctis Pro Wireless is excellent.|
|The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have the same porous pads of the Arctis Pro GameDAC and the Arctis 7, which let a lot of sound into the headphones. They create a decent seal around your ears that prevent some high-frequency sounds from seeping into your audio, but won’t cut out the deep rumble of a bus engine if you use them with your phone during your daily commute. Fortunately, their leakage performance is decent, so there shouldn’t be too much sound coming from the headphones that could distract those around you, so you’ll be able to mask a bit more ambient noise by raising your listening volume.|
|Noise Isolation||Overall Leakage|
|The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have sub-par noise isolation. They don’t isolate sounds in the bass range at all and will let all the rumbles of bus or plane engines into your audio. In the mid-range, important for blocking speech, they isolate by 8dB, which is okay. On the upside, they reduce the treble range, responsible for sharp “S” and “T” sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, by 32dB, which is quite good.||The leakage performance of the Arctis Pro Wireless is decent, similar to that of the Arctis Pro 7. Their leakage is most significant between 400Hz and 3KHz, which is a relatively broad spectrum that encompasses most of the mid-range and the lower end of the treble range. This means that their leakage will sound fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as full as open-back headphones. Thankfully, the overall level of leakage is not very loud, averaging at just over 39dB SPL and peaking at 53dB SPL, which is about the noise level of an average office.|
|The Arctis Pro Wireless’ boom microphone performance is excellent. In a quiet environment, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic sounds full and easily comprehensible, but slightly bright and lacking in airiness. In noisy environments, the mic rejects a very high amount of ambient noise, making the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless ideal for use in very loud places like a gaming event.|
|The Arctis Pro Wireless have an excellent battery. The Pro Wireless comes with 2 swappable batteries that can be charged by plugging in the headset itself or by removing the battery from under the metal backplate and inserting it into the transmitter. The battery should last you multiple long days of gaming, and there is also an auto-off timer that can be customized in the SteelSeries Engine desktop app. The transmitter shows the charge level of both the battery in the headset and the battery being charged. However, it does not provide a charging percentage, but only a battery icon that fills with up to 4 bars.
For this reason, it was difficult to determine exactly how long it took to bring the battery back to a full charge – 1.3 hours is the time it took to bring the battery icon to “full” with 4 bars. The headset can be used while charging, and you can also use the headset passively with the included audio cable if both batteries are dead.
|The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have an outstanding array of connectivity options. They’ve got the same great wireless capabilities of the Arctis 7 but with added Bluetooth support and an upgraded wireless transmitter with multiple inputs. The wireless transmitter also doubles as docking station that charges the headset’s battery. The Arctis Pro headphones can be used wireless with the USB transmitter for a low-latency gaming experience on your console or PC or with Bluetooth to chat or listen to music on your smartphone or tablet. You can also use this headset wired with the included audio cable if you want to truly eliminate latency.|
|The Bluetooth feature of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless may seem mediocre, but considering most gaming headsets don’t even support Bluetooth, it’s not bad. Although the Arctis Pro Wireless don’t support multi-device pairing over Bluetooth like the Turtle Beach Elite 800, it is possible to pair and use a Bluetooth device like your smartphone while gaming on a console or PC with the wireless transmitter. This is practical since it means you can hear audio from both wireless connections at the same time, so you can listen to music or from your smartphone while gaming, for example.||The Arctis Pro Wireless come with an uncommon 8-pin to 1/8” TRRS audio cable that is compatible with most gaming consoles and operating systems. They will support voice chat on PS4 or Xbox One if you connect them to your console controllers. Unlike the Pro + GameDAC, it does not support audio over USB.|
|The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless have a remarkable wireless range with the transmitter. They reached up to 60ft when the USB transmitter was obstructed by walls, meaning you could probably walk over to the next room without experience audio cuts. They will rarely drop any audio if you're gaming directly in front of your TV (see our recommendations for the best wireless headphones for TV). The Arctis Pro Wireless also have a great wireless Bluetooth range of 69ft when obstructed and about 187ft in direct line of sight.||The SteelSeries Arctis Pro don’t have a base or dock.|