SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless - Review

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless – Review

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SteelSeries Arctis 7+ is a pair of wireless headphones that are perfect for all gamers who play on several different platforms and want a powerful sound combined with a long battery life. In addition, you get excellent controls and a solid build quality. The only minus point of the headphones is a volume wheel that is often in the way and a rather large and awkward design. The price is quite high, but you get a lot for your money here.

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ – price and availability

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ are available for purchase at a number of Swedish retailers. These are a pair of premium headphones, so you can expect to spend quite a lot for them. So if you are looking for a pair of cheap headphones , then you should look at other options. Prices vary a lot among different retailers and range from SEK 1,500 to SEK 2,000. Therefore, check around a bit among different retailers before you make your purchase to make sure you get the best possible price.

You can order the headphones from retailers such as Amazon, Webhallen, Elgiganten, MaxGaming and of course SteelSeries. Below we have posted a price overview for the headphones, so you can see today’s best prices on them.

Design

As soon as you pick up the SteelSeries Arctis 7+, it becomes clear that these are a pair of premium headphones. They have a construction that is made of lightweight metal and there are only two moving parts on each side of the headphones – one that allows you to angle the earmuffs inwards and one where the earmuffs are attached to the headband and which can be wiggled slightly. The fewer moving parts that can break, the better it is usually for durability.

Instead of letting you adjust the size of the headband itself, SteelSeries has added a soft stretch band under the headband. This sits comfortably around your head and keeps the hard metal frame away. The strap can be adjusted using Velcro fasteners located on the outside of the headband, so it is easy to adjust the headphones to the size and fit of your head.

The covers themselves are large and print nowhere. In fact, they sit quite loosely around the ears, but still manage to keep the sound in and offer some passive noise reduction. I have always been very picky with just the fit on headphones and get easily hurt by models that press a little too hard around the ears, so the comfortable fit on the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ was a big plus for me. A big minus, however, is the material that covers the earmuffs. They are made of an airweave material that is a little cooler than leather variants, but which makes you shiver every time you put it on and makes it easy for the headphones to slide around a bit on your head if you move too much. The size of the earmuffs also made them feel a bit awkward at times, especially if you use the headphones to listen to music while cleaning. 

On the underside of the headphones you will find all its buttons and ports, which give you access to all the functions you may need in places that are easy to access. On the left side you will find the pull-out microphone together with the volume wheel, the button to turn the microphone on or off, a USB-C charging port, a 3.5 mm socket and a proprietary plug port, while on the right side you will find the rest of the buttons which includes controls such as on / off, pause / start music, next / previous song, answer / end calls and a slider to amplify game sounds or call sounds. All buttons feel intuitive to use and the range with three different ports is also appreciated.

A minus with the headphone controls and which we experienced as a major annoyance during our test period, is the volume wheel on the left earmuff. It is incredibly easy to access by mistake when you want to press the mute button located above and it is very sensitive, so the slightest touch will adjust the volume. Another placement, a wheel that requires more power to turn or a button solution to adjust the volume would have been much better.

Another thing that is worth noting is that these headphones lack support for RGB lighting, which further emphasizes their premium class. Some people think that RGB lighting is a bit tasteless and prefer their products without it (although it can often be turned off) and for their Arctis 7+, SteelSeries has chosen to run on a simple design without flashy lighting or screaming colors. Here you get a pair of stylish, black headphones where the biggest detail that stands out is the SteelSeries logo on the headband. This makes them fit just as well in a gaming room as in an office.

Sound

  • Driver: 40 mm
  • Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Impedance: 32 Ω

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ has a powerful lossless sound straight out of the box. It sounds good at both high and low notes, while the bass and details find a good balance. You can adjust the sound image via the associated software, where you can either change elements of the sound manually with an equalizer or choose between five different sound images. These sounds are Bass Boost, Smiley, Focus, Flat or Costum.

Because we like music with heavy bass and clear beats, Bass Boost quickly became our favorite, which did a good job of strengthening the bass in music. Smiley is a sharper soundscape that highlights treble and details. It was not very nice to use for listening to music, but was all the better for highlighting important sounds in games as everything sounded very clear and distinct. If you select Focus, you get a sound image with a spatial feel, which is a bit reminiscent of the sound you would get from a live show. Flat is set as standard on the headphones and gives you a well-balanced sound image that does not protrude in any direction. Costum is the sound image you choose if you prefer to adjust all settings on your own. 

The headphones are thus of a high standard for both music and gaming, and as expected with a pair of headphones in this price range, they also work great for simpler tasks such as video calls and streaming. But what really makes the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ stand out is its Sonar feature. You can access this via the SteelSeries GG Engine and it gives you directional sound, virtual 7.1 surround sound and the ability to adjust output. The team at SteelSeries has also created a couple of preset options for specific games, which allow you to choose a custom sound image for your favorite game. The list of games is relatively long with titles such as COD Warzone, League of Legends, Apex Legends and more. The directional sound makes it easier to hear where the sound is coming from in play and the virtual surround sound makes the listening experience incredibly immersive. 

A small minus is that the wireless coverage of the headphones is like that. According to the company, they should have support for a wireless range of up to twelve meters, which we think feels very doubtful. The headphones quickly get into trouble if you go into another room, even in a small apartment, and start cracking at times. The range of twelve meters can certainly be true in environments without any obstacles, but the headphones have clear problems in maintaining the coverage between thicker walls. 

The microphone on the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ is pulled out from the left ear cover and is a soft variant that you can bend and shape as you like. It is easy to pull out, but it can be a bit tricky to push it back into the earmuff as it tends to fold. However, this is not a major problem in our opinion, as it is easy to just bend it at the ear where it is not in the way, if you do not want it in front of your mouth. 

You can be heard clearly when you speak into the microphone and it works just as well for video conferencing at work as for gaming with friends. An extra plus in the edge is that the microphone has a built-in bi-directional noise reduction, which does a decent job of filtering out disturbing background noise. However, it does not manage to filter everything out and if you have a loud mechanical keyboard, there is a risk that it will be heard when you type. 

A nice little detail is also that the microphone shines clearly in red when you turn it off via the mute button on the left ear cover. It is simple, but very much appreciated, as this is not always as clear on headphones and you need to double check if you actually turn off the microphone or not. The red light from the microphone is easy to see, without being disturbed.

Battery life

According to the company itself, SteelSeries Arctis 7+ should have a battery life of 30 hours, which we can confirm is correct. We were really impressed with the battery life of these headphones and never experienced any problems, even though we used the headphones frequently from morning to night and were pretty bad at remembering to charge.

Battery life is partly helped by the lack of RGB lighting, which can usually be something of a battery culprit for wireless headphones otherwise. The headphones also detect when not in use and automatically enter sleep mode after a certain number of minutes. By default, the function is set to 30 minutes, but you can easily change to something shorter or longer via the associated software. 

An extra plus in the edge is that the headphones support fast charging via USB-C. This allows you to charge the headphones for 10-15 minutes and get several hours of battery life. Both the battery life and charging of the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ are simply superb and we have nothing to complain about here. 

Software and support

SteelSeries GG Engine is the associated software for the headphones and this is where you choose between the various preset sound images, adjust its equalizer manually and activate more advanced functions via Sonos. 

The software can be downloaded quickly and after that you need to create a SteelSeries account to be able to log in and see your devices. You’ll find your connected devices under the Engine tab, while the Sonos tab is at the bottom left of the Home screen. 

Once inside the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ settings, you will quickly see the sound image options, sleep timer and microphone adjustments presented clearly. If you click in Live Preview, you can turn on a song and try the different soundscapes to hear how they sound. When you have set everything you want, just press Save and you are done.

Something that further raises the rating of the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ is that they are incredibly versatile with support for almost all major platforms including PC, PlayStation , Switch and Android. If you’re an Xbox gamer, you can check out the Arctis 7X Wireless instead, which is a pair of similar headphones made for the Xbox . SteelSeries also ships with all the cables and adapters you need to be able to connect the headphones to the various platforms.

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