Gaming headsets have taken a turn for the better – they sound amazing and offers reliable microphones. As a result of innovation, SteelSeries Arctis 5 was created.
Often referred to as the remedy for uncomfortable competitors, SteelSeries has made an impact to the gaming community. But is it really worth a shot? Let’s find out.
Aesthetics and Design
If SteelSeries’s goal was to recreate what a gaming headset should look like, it definitely has caught my attention – along with the thousands of people around the globe.
Considering the price I’m paying for, they might have succeeded in their goal. Now, no one wants to deal with bulky or an overdesigned headset, so I really appreciate SteelSeries for making the design sleeker than Vanilla Ice-cream.
It can either be a sleek black headset (which is my absolute fav) or a white one. Either way, whatever color you choose doesn’t really matter. It’s smooth AF with over-the-ear cup design to love.
I have to hand it to the designers, they’ve really thought the flexible Velcro headband through. Yeah, so you’re not dealing with the usual two rigid expandable rods here.
You just simply have to put them on – and it’s a perfect match! Plus points because I hate doing extra work. Even if it’s just a small one.
Comparing it to my other large headsets, I’m quite surprised that this one lacks a bump or curve. This suave headset can fit in any environment.
It can look as equally awesome when you’re at home in a gaming nook. Or if you want to pump up the volume when you’re in a crowded subway, then you’ll look cool as ice.
With that alone, it’s already an impressive claim. Partner that with its bendable, retractable microphone, you’re getting one sweet offer. In the left ear cup, the volume wheel is neatly placed as well as its mic-mute button.
Personally, I dig what SteelSeries is doing. The headset is designed for convenience and easy access. But is it geared for comfort?
Comfort and Feel
Another thing that’s worth mentioning, the ear cups give off the best of comfort. For starters, it feels plush and breathable (something that’s REALLY hard to find these days.)
One great thing about it is that it doesn’t push down hard. It’s quite a relief as I often wear glasses and my hair gets in the way most of the time.
Solid 7.1 DTS Surround Sound
Although aesthetics and comfort are two important factors, it doesn’t come as close as for how heavy of an impact the sound is. I’m going to be real honest here, just so you guys know what to expect.
If you’re going to picture it as a whole, the sound is definitely a little over average. But it’s certainly not on-par with the top dogs of headsets.
When you’re in-game, it gives you an added boost. You’ll be able to pinpoint the enemy’s location and movement all thanks to its 7.1 surround – so I’m not complaining.
In fact, the sound it offers is crisp and clear. However, there are certain times where it feels a bit off. The mids and highs may catch static when the game gets loud.
I’m quite satisfied with the lows, the sound is solid. With that being said, if you’re a huge fan of Overwatch, you’re going to be happy with this purchase.
Also, if you plan on using this with the PS4 and Xbox One, then it’s compatible. But I do want to tell you in advance that the sound isn’t as good if you’re going to use the adapter. Still, it gives off decent sound, so it’s workable.
While it’s true that I said you’d look good listening to music in public with this thing, it doesn’t mean it’ll replace your decent headphones.
Here’s what I’ve observed, its music delivery is fairly competent. We can give all the credits to its 3.5mm jack. Impressively, this comes in with clear vocals, one hell of a treble, and a heavy punch from bass and percussion.
The only downside is…you can’t tweak around with the headset’s equalization options. Unfortunately, almost all of the genres may sound somewhat similar. And sometimes, a bit muffled, too.
It’s a different story for when you’re on your PC though. This works great for both music and video. Despite its downfall, the Engine 3 software offers presets.
Surpassingly, it went perfectly well for me – with or without surround sound. So my overall rating for music performance is good.
Noise Cancelling Mic
The company has introduced ClearCast Microphone in their products. It means it comes in with neat features and a bidirectional input. Interestingly enough, this has been re-innovated with noise-canceling features.
And from what I have experience, their technology works. It doesn’t matter what kind of noisy environment you’re in – a crowd or next to some annoying buzzing at home – it still manages to keep its promise.
I did try recording a short audio one time, just to confirm my suspicions. To my surprise, my voice sounds normal, although I could hear some static in the recording.
However, there’s no loud buzzing from outside that’s audible. I guess it’s another point to the house of SteelSeries.
Final Say: Is It Worth The Money?
As far as performance and comfort go, I’m satisfied. Sure, it has its own flaws, but this cheap PC headset isn’t made to be perfect.
You’re not exactly cashing out hundreds or thousands of dollars to get this, so I never really expected a flawless headset. But despite its affordable price, this baby has a lot of features to go around with.
It’s unquestionably worth the money…and maybe a little bit more. I’d like to end this by saying – SteelSeries Arctis 5: A King in comfort and design.