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The introduction of the new generation of PS consoles has directly impacted the peripheral gaming market. Today, we're talking about the SteelSeries solution, which introduced the Arctis 7P wireless headset exclusively for Playstation 5 games.
Specifically, it is “PlayStation 5 exclusive”, which means you can connect the headset to the console seamlessly, but it’s also compatible with Sony’s 3D Tempest audio technology. The Arctis 7P supports ultra-low latency audio calls at 2.4 GHz, 24-hour battery life, and a Discord-Approved retractable microphone.
SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless PS5 Gaming Headset Review
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Type: Over-ear Noise Cancelling Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.0 | Battery: 30 Hours | Charging: 4 Hours | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 45 mm | Weight: 385g
The design is virtually identical to the Arctis 9 Wireless. The look and feel are nearly identical. We like the commendable retractable microphone, but the “elastic” Velcro is very strange and odd. Though, to be honest, it only takes a little getting used to. In fact, when you put the headset on, you forget to adjust it.
Visually, I personally appreciate the backlighting of the headphones, the odd shape of the headphones, or the fact that the other functions of the player are often found in similar models. The manufacturing quality is characterized by a high-quality metal headband with a strip of material, which provides a retractable microphone with automatic size adjustment and woven ear pads. There are no obvious weak spots in the headset. The plastic is reliable, the cups are attached to the headband, and the headband base is metal. The headphones make a nice impression. They are well built, lovely, and expensive.
The Arctis 7P SteelSeries Wireless Headset is comfortable. The headphones and headband make them pleasant to wear for a long time. The headband design may be unusual, but it’s enjoyable when worn properly. Arctis 7P SteelSeries earcups are covered with matte plastic. They are very resistant to dirt. They are also very deep and wide. They can be fitted to any ear. They also have medium sound insulation, which is better than, for example, velvet cushions.
The buttons and controls are located at the bottom of the cups and are easy to recognize by touch. There is a microphone switch, a volume control, a USB microphone port, a 3.5 mm plug, and a mobile cable port. Of particular note is the appropriate headset control, which balances the microphone signal’s balance and the sound being played.
Terrifically, Arctis 7P Wireless is highly compatible with PlayStation 4, Switch, PC, and even mobile devices.
The developers claim that the headset can achieve a 24-hour battery life, and we responsibly claim that the numbers are true. You can use a special application to check the battery level and see the indicator next to the power button. Unfortunately, of course, the headphones are charged via micro USB. The advantage is that they can be charged together. And when the audio cable is connected, in passive mode.
Green – full charge, yellow – medium charge, red – low charge, flashing red – must be recharged urgently. The device regularly reminds you to charge with a specific sound.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P headset can be connected to a PS5, PS4, or PC in two ways.
- With a wireless connection. The headset comes with a USB adapter with a USB-C connector that is compatible with PS5s and smartphones. In the latter case, the operation is not a problem. It is recognized as a headset. In fact, there are no applications, at least not for Android. Rather, you need a wired adapter to connect the headset to a regular-sized USB port. It is quite long and useful. I keep it on my desk, for example.
- With an audio cable. The headset has a 3.5 mm plug and a seemingly unusual micro USB port. As far as I know, to use the digital audio processing in the headphones and the volume control in the earphones, the headphones have to be plugged into the 3.5 mm jack. This is especially important for the PS5, which supports surround sound. Alternatively, a normal 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable connection can be used. In both cases, the headphones can output sound when turned off. Another intriguing feature is the ability to connect a second pair of headphones via the 3.5 mm port. You will then be able to listen to the same thing together. Simultaneously, you can connect to the source via the wireless channel or via the wireless channel.
The communication quality via the wireless channel is great. The working radius is large – more than 10 meters. But I must say that sometimes there are artifacts (in this case – reconnection), one can say in the apartment. Nothing important, but still.
The SteelSeries Engine is the proprietary SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless application (for Windows and Mac) with a clean and easy-to-use interface, which is completely independent.
Within the SteelSeries Arctis 7P application, you can combine the EQ, microphone, and dynamic range settings into a single setting or record them separately, for example, for each game or for the game and the movie. All available headset configurations can be found on one page. These include the equalizer (6 bands with presets), dynamic compressor, microphone volume, and auto power-off time settings.
The 3D sound from Sony Tempest is definitely a new kind of immersive gaming experience. So it makes sense to remove Virtual Surround Sound support for 3D audio compatibility from Sony Tempest on your PC. All in all, the headphones are specially designed for the PlayStation 5, and everything else is merely a nice bonus.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is equipped with a retractable microphone. The microphone can be extended to a standard length in the fully retractable position, protruding only slightly beyond the left headset. In this way, the length of the microphone can be adjusted.
It is intriguing to note that the microphone always works when it is turned off unless you turn it off with the button (the red light comes on when the microphone is off). This is useful, for example, for phone calls. You can also connect it using the supplied adapter, but we will come back to this later. However, the quality may be poor: the microphone receives a lot of noise.
The microphone’s recording quality is average for a gaming headset. The sound is slightly distorted, but it is not difficult to understand. Outside noise is picked up, but not all of it. By the way, the first thing you see when you open the box is a diagram of the microphone location. The microphone here is worse than on the Arctis 9 Wireless SteelSeries. The sound is rather synthetic.
Wireless control of the Arctis 7P SteelSeries is done with buttons and knobs. You can turn it to adjust your hearing to the sound (side signal).
- Power button. Responsible for turning the headset on and off. When connected to a phone, you can use this button to answer and end calls in headset mode.
- The button to turn off the microphone.
- Speaker wheel. The volume is controlled separately from the system volume, which can sometimes be useful.
- All the buttons and controls you need are there. But it would be nice to have a volume control for game/chat. But then there would be too many wheels.
The key to any gaming headset is sound quality, and Arctis 7P SteelSeries provides it in the controls. Even without a virtual 7.1, the sound source is captured accurately and with nice atmospheric detail. This is mainly due to the very soft sound of the player’s headphones. The bass here will be missed by many.
Arctis 7P’s bass is well developed but not emphasized. For a pair of gaming headsets, they’re accurate. The middle range is smooth and efficient. Besides the midrange’s lack of accent, you can hear voices and various natural sounds, footsteps, whispers, really good, which helps to locate sound sources. The highs are somewhat emphasized, which is also good for pinpointing gunshots and other noises. The sound tends to whistle, but that doesn’t really mean anything in the game.
The headset doesn’t have any surround sound on PC, but it isn’t required. You can hear all the sounds perfectly, and you always know where the sound originates from. The sound imaging is nice. It’s not the best, but it allows you to navigate easily from right to left, front to back, top to bottom, and for PS5, there’s no better gaming headset than SteelSeries 7P for the moment. The sound scene is quite wide but not particularly deep. Let’s just say that some headphones with virtual surround sound give a better look.
The sounds in the game are indeed natural due to the lack of attention to the bass. Nonetheless, considering you pay a premium, you’re probably interested in using them to listen to music too. It’s noteworthy that these wireless gaming headphones are suitable for music listening, but of course, that’s not their main purpose. However, the sound is quite soft. But it lacks the detail and naturalness of someone (like me), someone’s bass, someone’s energy. The sound quality is high, but simply – there are no emotions. You can hear a background noise that you like – that’s for sure. It has no negative effects.
Listening modes: (games, movies, music). As a headset for playing video games on PC & PlayStation5, the “games” mode is perfect. The option for movies is not bad, there’s not much emphasis on special effects, and the immersion is very nice. When it comes to music, it’s kind of great. The background is perfect for those who like it subtle and soft. You can sit back and hear the nuances, but let’s face it, these aren’t audiophile headphones. Connecting games that support your own surround sound technology to the PS5 would undoubtedly provide a more immersive effect, but I haven’t been able to test it.
The sound quality is only accurate when used with the PlayStation 5, and everything here is flawless. If you’re looking for the best wireless gaming headset for the PlayStation 5, the Arctis 7P Wireless should be your top pick. Aside from Sony Pulse 3D, Arctis 7P Wireless is probably the best alternative at the moment.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is a high-quality wireless gaming headset designed for the PS5. Of course, it is also compatible with the PS4, other consoles, and PCs. For Sony console owners, this is a fantastic gaming headset. Sleek design, a pleasant fit, and of course, high-quality sound. The price is a bit high, and all the headphones’ features are only available on this console if you have a PlayStation 5. It’s very versatile: you can connect it to nearly anything (even a radio or cable phone). By the way, if you don’t have a PS5, you can find much more intriguing options for the same price in the Steel Series.
The choice between these headsets is moderately simple. If you own or plan to buy a PlayStation 5, Arctis 7P SteelSeries is definitely the solution for you. If you are considering a PlayStation 5, Arctis 7P SteelSeries is a nice choice. But if you don’t have a PS5, then the 7P doesn’t make much sense; you won’t be able to hear surround sound on the PC or the rest of Arctis 9, in which case it’s best to get Arctis 9.
If you’re pursuing something versatile that works on all platforms and sounds great everywhere, first of all, good luck with your search. That’s certainly not the purpose of Arctis 7P Wireless. The developers have focused particularly on compatibility with the PlayStation 5.