If you're on the hunt for a gaming headset that is almost faultless, then the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ (PS5 version) plays perfectly with your console, computer, mobile, and tablet—and not just for gaming.SpecificationsProsConsBuy This Product SteelSeries Arctis 7P+Shop at Other
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ gaming headset is here, delivering super-frosty performance to enhance your gaming and entertainment experience. Perfect for a range of audio/vocal tasks, it isn't just gaming where the headset excels.
Retailing at $169.99, you're looking at an excellent investment if you're on the hunt to upgrade your gaming rig with some new cans. Does SteelSeries' claim that "pros have won more prize money" with the brand, ring true? Let's dive into what the Arctis 7P+ has to offer.
For a pair of gaming headphones, you get quite a few bits and bobs in the Arctis 7P+ box:
The box is nice, too, featuring colors that mirror the headphones you buy.
I have to admit, I absolutely love the look and feel of the Arctis 7P+. The review device we received is the PS5 version, and so comes in matching white ear cups and headband, with black AirWeave Ear Cushions and blue accents on the inside face of the headband.
To walk you around the product, starting with the left ear cup (from back to front), we have the microphone mute button, the volume dial wheel, mobile cable jack, headphone sharing jack, Type-C input, and the retractable microphone.MAKEUSEOF VIDEO OF THE DAY
The right ear cup is less feature-loaded, with the side-tone dial wheel nearest the back, then at the bottom of the right cup is the power button.
Both cups feature the SteelSeries logo on the outer face, and you can pivot them on both the horizontal and vertical axes, allowing them to fit the form of your head perfectly.
There is also an adjustable "Ski Goggle Headband" which fastens to itself via a Velcro patch, with a SteelSeries motif on the outside. The headband allows the headphones to rest on top of your skull without causing any discomfort, essentially "floating" the metal headband above your head.
In terms of general construction, the headphones are nice and solid. The pivot points don't feel weak, or like you might snap them if you accidentally push them too far in any direction. The headset is light, too, weighing in at only 12.5 ounces, so you can tell that SteelSeries has designed this headset with prolonged use in mind.
In all, they look and feel the part, so that is one pro-point for the Arctis 7P+.
With the above in mind, we'll talk about the comfort factor next. Nobody wants to raid dungeons for hours on end with an uncomfortable headset exerting its vice-like grip on their cranium, crushing their ears to pancakes in the process.
Fortunately, the SteelSeries 7P+ headset is eminently comfortable.
Starting with the obvious point; the Ski Goggle Headband. As mentioned before, this loops through and over the metal part of the headband, and the elastic ski goggle band will actually sit on your head instead. This obviously reduces pressure on your skull and makes the headphones more comfortable, while allowing them to retain their rigid form.
This is an excellent idea, and I spent many happy and consecutive hours running around the Ni no Kuni II world, taking in all the sights and—importantly—sounds, in utmost comfort, thanks to the ski goggle band. It is a joy to wear the Arctis 7P+, because of this, even for extended play.
The ear cups are also incredibly comfortable. SteelSeries makes the cushions from soft foam, with SteelSeries' AirWeave fabric covering the cushions to offer a more pleasant wearing experience.
The proprietary AirWeave technology—that SteelSeries employs in the fabrication of the ear cup cushions—wicks any moisture away from your head, so when you're sweating it out on your chosen battlefield, your perspiration won't cause any discomfort. This would likely not be the case with leather covers, that certainly don't wick sweat away from the body.
To summarize, the Arctis 7P+ headset is lightweight and comfortable to wear. Make that another pro-point for this headset.
As you may have gathered from the controls, the Arctis 7P+ is easy to operate. Everything aside from the Power button does what you would expect. I say this because the power button is multifunctional. The volume dial turns the volume up and down; the side dial turns the gain up or down, which also affects overall volume and can affect quality too (high gain can cause distortion). Pretty simple, really.
The Power button, as said, provides multiple functions, so you can use it to answer calls if you have your smartphone connected. To answer or end a call, a quick press of the power button is all you need. You can play and pause music with the same operation. Double tap for skip forward, triple tap to skip back.
You can also get the SteelSeries GG app. This is a Windows/Mac app, and allows you to set up various sound profiles and configure your headset, as well as providing a space to save and share Moments (basically, your gameplay clips), and offers exclusive promotions and giveaways.
This offers you more control over the sound from your SteelSeries Arctis 7P+, but only when you're using the headset connected to a PC. We tested these with a PlayStation 5, and didn't use the app in conjunction with any streaming or similar pursuit.
The onboard controls are easy to locate (when you're wearing the headset) and operate, so you'll have no problem muting your mic while you discuss dinner options with your significant other. Likewise, if the battle gets a bit noisy, the volume dial is ready and waiting for you to take the sound down a notch.
Setting up the Arctis 7P+ is a simple affair as well. In my case, it is a matter of plugging the wireless dongle into an available USB port on my PS5, switching the headset on, and away we go. You'll also find that it is compatible with Xbox, Switch, your PC or laptop, Mac, Oculus Quest, and smartphones and tablets equipped with a USB-C Type-C port. It is just a matter of using the multi-platform dongle.
Another pro-point for straightforward operation and setup, although I haven't noticed a change in my prize money balance yet...
OK, so on to the part of the review we've all be waiting for. How well does the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ actually work? Does this pro-level prize money claim ring true?
Before we answer those questions, a caveat. Keep in mind that we all hear differently, so an amazing gaming headset to me might not sound the same to you. Likewise, something that I can wear for hours might cause you some discomfort after 30 minutes. So, understand that there is always going to be an element of subjectivity in a gaming headset review.
In short, the Arctis 7P+ performance is outstanding. The sound quality is excellent, so you can hear the minuscule details that make all the difference when you're gaming. Footsteps, opening doors, and NPC sounds; all of these, and much more, are audible in crystal clarity when you've got the 7P+ on your head.
Sneaking around the Deathloop's rooftops and alleyways, I always know the position of the enemies surrounding me. This is always useful in a game that relies heavily on stealth! Thanks to the compatibility with the PS5's Tempest 3D audio, every sound is accurately positioned within the gaming environment.
Likewise, with Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War, I found I was able to position my enemies with ease, picking them off with pop-shots around corners when I heard them approaching. With Demon's Souls, I was able to discern exactly where ghoulish groans and shuffling feet were coming from. So, the 3D sound works very well.
The mic is great too, with my friends (and enemies, depending on what I'm playing) able to hear my every word without muffling or distortion. The same is true when using the headset on video calls with a PC; all other participants could hear me perfectly well, as I could them.
The battery takes roughly three hours to fully charge. However, you get 30 hours from full, so you're unlikely to ever run flat. If you do, you can charge for 15 minutes and get three more hours of play before you need to charge again. This is thanks to the Type-C input, which allows for quick charge functions to enter the fray.
I can say with confidence that I have nothing negative to report about the Arctis 7P+ performance. Four pro-points!
I would say so, and with that, I highly recommend investing in SteelSeries' awesome headset. $169.99 might seem like a hefty outlay, but this is an excellent headset, and it doesn't limit you to wireless use with one console; you can use it with a massive range of devices, as explained.
The Pulse 3D might seem a better option based purely on price if you're seeking something purely for your PS4 or PS5, but you've only got a pinhole mic with that, and if communicating is key, you want to make sure you're clear as day. The Pulse 3D also doesn't work wirelessly with such a wide range of devices.
So, if you want to immerse yourself in your PS5's 3D audio, make video calls, play on PC, or enjoy wireless mobile gaming on the go, the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ should be your headset of choice.
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Ste is the Partnership manager, Junior Gaming Editor, and a contributing writer here at MUO. He is passionate about a wide variety of technology, from games consoles, personal and home audio, through to smartphones and wellness devices.MoreFrom Ste Knight
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