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SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Headphones Review

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are good gaming headphones that can be used both wired and wirelessly. They come with a wireless dongle that provides minimal latency to ensure a quality gaming experience without noticeable delay. They're decently comfortable, they have fairly well-balanced audio reproduction, and there's a 6-band EQ available in the companion app. Unfortunately, they feel a bit cheaply made and don't have the best consistency across different users, so your experience may vary. On the upside, they have a decent boom microphone and can last around 25 hours when using them wirelessly.

Our Verdict

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are somewhat mediocre headphones for mixed usage. These headphones are designed for gaming and not much else. They have a decent microphone, accurate audio reproduction, and most of all, a wireless design that aims to be compatible with almost all gaming platforms. However, their design doesn't isolate from ambient noise so they aren't a good option for commuting or the office. They're also not designed for sports as they wobble around with head movement.

  • Accurate audio reproduction.
  • Very good hour battery life.
  • Plasticky build that feels a bit cheap.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery across users.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are decent for neutral sound. The overall sound profile is fairly well-balanced and accurate, although they struggle to deliver a consistent audio reproduction across different users, which means that your experience may vary. On the upside, these headphones are pretty comfortable and perform well at max volume.

  • Accurate audio reproduction.
  • Very good hour battery life.
  • Plasticky build that feels a bit cheap.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery across users.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are sub-par for commuting. While they're designed to be used for gaming, you can still use them wired, or wirelessly with a compatible Android phone with a USB-C port. However, they don't have a very good noise isolation performance and won't block out the noise from your commute. On the upside, they're decently comfortable for long periods and have very good battery life.

  • Very good hour battery life.
  • USB-C dongle can be used with compatible Android devices.
  • Plasticky build that feels a bit cheap.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery across users.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless aren't designed for sports. They're bulky and hard to bring around with you to the gym. They're also not the most stable and move around with head movement.

  • Very good hour battery life.
  • Plasticky build that feels a bit cheap.
  • Unstable and wobbles with head movement.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery across users.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are just okay for the office. They're comfortable to wear for hours and their battery life should last you a few days without any issues. Unfortunately, they won't block out office environment noise like chatty coworkers very well.

  • Very good hour battery life.
  • Plasticky build that feels a bit cheap.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery across users.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are decent wireless gaming headphones. They're comfortable and have very low latency thanks to their dongle, which means you shouldn't notice any delay when playing. These are a very versatile pair of headphones and can be used on many different gaming platforms. If you play online, the microphone sounds decent, although it lacks a bit of detail. On the upside, there are good customization options with the companion software and the battery life is very good with around 25 hours of playtime.

  • Accurate audio reproduction.
  • Very good hour battery life.
  • Can be used with every gaming console.
  • Plasticky build that feels a bit cheap.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery across users.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are good wired gaming headphones. They're comfortable, have accurate audio reproduction, and have a decent overall microphone. Unfortunately, they might not perform the same on your head as they do on others, so your experience may vary. They're compatible with all gaming platforms when used wired and come with the needed cables.

  • Accurate audio reproduction.
  • Very good hour battery life.
  • Can be used with every gaming console.
  • Plasticky build that feels a bit cheap.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery across users.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are somewhat decent for phone calls. The microphone is an upgrade over your cell phone's mic, although there are better options on the market. The mic does a good job of separating the background noise from your voice, but the other person on the line might find your voice to be a bit thin. On the upside, these headphones are comfortable and you can even detach the microphone for a more straightforward look whenever you aren't making calls.

  • Very good hour battery life.
  • USB-C dongle can be used with compatible Android devices.
  • Plasticky build that feels a bit cheap.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery across users.
  • Mixed Usage
  • Neutral Sound
  • Commute/Travel
  • Sports/Fitness
  • Office
  • Wireless Gaming
  • Wired Gaming
  • Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jul 14, Review published.
  2. Updated Jul 08, Early access published.
steelseries arctis 1 wireless for xbox

SteelSeries are right at the top of the headset game, with them leading the way in quality and innovation. Today they launch the stunning Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox, a headset that is not just for use right now with Xbox One, but will continue to be a major player as we go forward with Xbox Series X.

Originally unveiled as a part of the SteelSeries Cyberpunk Collection, the latest SteelSeries headset takes the critically acclaimed Arctis 1 Wireless and adds wireless Xbox connectivity for good measure, working with a first-of-its-kind USB-C dongle to complete connection.

Featuring the same USB-C connectivity that was present on the original Arctis 1 Wireless, the Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox is a multiplatform 4-in-1 wireless gaming headset, powered by an innovative USB-C dongle &#; a dongle which comes equipped with a switch that will let users swap between Xbox One and other USB-enabled platforms.

Making the most of SteelSeries’ proven lossless GHz wireless for ultra-low latency connectivity on Xbox, PS4, PC, Switch and Android, you&#;ll also find it dealing with the same high-performance speaker drivers as the critically acclaimed Arctis 9X. This will ensure you find access to Arctis&#; signature sound that reveals every detail.

But it&#;s not just about sitting down and gaming with the Arctic 1 Wireless for Xbox, and you&#;ll find that these easily double up as a stylish pair of on-the-go headphones. With a detachable microphone, sleek, low-profile, pretty damn stunning design, gamers can enjoy the award-winning performance of Arctis no matter where they are. And further still, the Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox also uses the same ClearCast microphone for natural-sounding clarity and noise cancellation, but instead of being retractable like the Arctis 3, 5, 7 and 9X, the microphone is detachable, so it can easily transition between a headset and headphones.

Furthermore, this headset forgoes the iconic ski goggle suspension headband in favor of a lower profile solution that is optimized for use on the go, while still boasting excellent comfort with Airweave fabric ear cushions and a steel-reinforced headband for a perfect fit and lasting durability. And then for those who prefer to stay wired, it also provides additional flexibility with the inclusion of a mm cable to easily plug into any other devices.

If you’re tempted by a new headset and fancy seeing what SteelSeries have created with the Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox, then head over to and pick one up right now for £/$

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In the past, I've lamented that it's very, very difficult to make a great gaming headset that sells for less than $ You get a few in the $80 range, and plenty at $+, but true budget models always seem to have some critical flaw. 

Ugly design, uncomfortable fits and poor music performance are the common culprits. That's why I was impressed that the SteelSeries Arctis 1 ($50) doesn't fall into any of these traps.

Impressed, but not surprised. The Arctis has generally been the best line of gaming headsets on the market since its introduction back in , and I didn't really expect SteelSeries to cut corners on its first budget peripheral. 

While the Arctis 1 doesn't offer as precise a fit as the more expensive Arctis headsets, it still sounds great, looks sleek and works with just about every platform out there. I'd still recommend the Arctis 3 if you can lay out another $30 up front, but the Arctis 1 is king of the best cheap gaming headsets.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 review: Design

The Arctis 1 is simple and attractive, although not quite as simple and attractive as its more expensive counterparts. The headset features a black plastic chassis with foam earcups. That's all fine, although "plain" describes it better than "elegant."

What I'm less crazy about is the steel headband with rigid notches. There's plenty of padding, so it's comfortable to wear, but it's very tough to get a precise fit. I'll touch more on that in the next section, but it's a big step back from the "ski goggles" design in the Arctis 3, 5, 7 and Pro, which automatically adjusts to your head each time you put it on.

The left earcup is where you'll find all of the headset's special features, including a volume dial, a mic mute button and a removable mic. Removable mics in $50 headsets are hard to come by, and I was impressed that the flexible mic is both unobtrusive and easy to detach. This way, you can use the Arctis 1 as an everyday pair of headphones, or simply ditch the mic when you're immersed in a single-player adventure.

While the headset connects via a single mm audio jack, the device also comes with an audio/mic splitter for gaming PCs. The cable is almost comically long, so you'll have to figure out a way to shorten it, depending on how close you sit to your PC, but better too long than too short. Otherwise, it can connect to just about anything, from mobile phones to game consoles.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 review: Comfort

By far, the Arctis 1's biggest drawback is that it uses rigid notches to find a fit rather than an elastic headband. This means that you'll have to do a lot of fine-tuning to get the headset to sit right, and if someone else picks it up and puts it on, all your hard work will be reset.

On top of that, the headset seems very big. Even though my head has a fairly large circumference, I had to wear the Arctis 1 in its tightest conformation. Otherwise, it felt like it was going to slip off.

By far, the Arctis 1's biggest drawback is that it uses rigid notches to find a fit rather than an elastic headband.

Even though I couldn't get a precise fit, though, the peripheral wasn't uncomfortable to wear. The foam earcups didn't press down hard, even though I wear glasses, and the padded headband didn't feel heavy on top of my head. I wore the Arctis 1 for hours at a time without feeling the need to take it off.

I handed the Arctis 1 off to a co-worker, who said it was extremely comfortable and soft. He had no trouble wearing it for long periods, and even asked to hang onto it for a little while longer after my review was done.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 review: Gaming performance

The Arctis 1 performed admirably for everyday gaming. I could hear directional sound while gunning down foes as Reaper in Overwatch, and distant battle cries to redirect my attention in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. The dialogue and orchestral fare in Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear sounded crisp and clear, while World of Warcraft sounded, well, like World of Warcraft.

There's no denying that the headset is a little light on bass, so don't expect gunplay or explosions to have a tremendous amount of oomph. And while the sound is balanced, no particular element of the games I tested shone through. The Arctis 1 is competent and pleasant — just don't expect any aural epiphanies in this price range.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 review: Features

As the Arctis 1 is a mm headset, one of its biggest advantages is that you can use it with just about any system you own. I was especially pleased with how good it sounded when I played Final Fantasy VII on a Nintendo Switch. The cord is just long enough, and the soundscape does a good job of emphasizing both music and sound effects.

On the other hand, there's the microphone, which is functional but certainly not as good as what you'd get in a higher-end device. My voice came through clearly, albeit with a bold, husky quality to it. 

As the Arctis 1 is a mm headset, one of its biggest advantages is that you can use it with just about any system you own.

However, the mic wasn't very selective about what sound it picked up, and I heard a ton of typing from adjacent desks and conversations from nearby co-workers. You could use this mic for online games, provided that your home isn't too noisy, and you're willing to mute the mic when it's not in use.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 review: Music performance

What usually sinks cheap gaming headsets is that they're almost useless for listening to music. That's thankfully not the case with the Arctis 1. While it's not going to give you a concert-hall experience, this headset lets you hear every part of the music you're listening to, from bass parts to rhythmic instrumentals to clear vocals.

I tested the Arctis 1 with music from Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly, The Rolling Stones and G.F. Handel, and while I wasn't impressed with any of the sound, I was pleased with all of it. The headset presented a fairly good balance among lead voices, harmonies and instruments, particularly in treble, vocal-heavy songs.

As in games, the bass here is not nearly as satisfying as it could be, but it also doesn't have that hollow, faraway sound that's common to gaming headsets in this price range.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 review: Verdict

In spite of a few reservations about its design and its mic, the Arctis 1 is probably the best gaming headset you can get for $ It handles both music and games with aplomb, and it's comfortable to wear, even though the fit isn't perfect. The Arctis 1 establishes what the baseline for budget headsets should be; now let's see how other companies choose to innovate.

Marshall Honorof is an editor for Tom's Guide, covering gaming hardware, security and streaming video. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi. 


SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset Review

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There's no better wireless headset for under $

Mark KnappBy Mark Knapp

Posted: 11 Oct pm

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SteelSeries' Arctis 1 Wireless is the first wireless gaming headset designed for the Switch and it's super cheap too.


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SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless review

The gaming headset market is one rife with gimmicks. Intense surround sound (which admittedly isn’t all that gimmicky anymore), vibrating earpads, customizable LED lights, or an included DAC with separate modes for different devices—if you want it, someone’s got it, for a price. It’s rare that something avoids all that in favor of just delivering rock-solid audio, especially at an affordable price. With the arrival of the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless, it’s no longer just the HyperX Cloud Alpha in that category.

Editor&#;s note: this review was updated on July 31, to include new FAQ answers.

Who is the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless for?

  • Nintendo Switch Gamers waiting desperately for a decent wireless audio solution, or just looking for a good wireless headset that works with most devices.
  • At-home workers who want something wireless that sounds good and lasts a long time.
  • People looking for wireless headphones that work with USB-C phones and don’t rely on Bluetooth.

What is the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless like?

A lot of the best gaming experiences on the Switch don&#;t need a mic, so it&#;s nice you can just remove it.

The Arctis 1 Wireless is, in a word: impressive. This is the wireless gaming headset to use a USB-C dongle. It’s built from the same framework as the SteelSeries headsets like the Arctis 7 and Arctis Pro, with solid sound and a decent mic. It’s also only $

This update to the previous Arctis 1 is aimed at Nintendo Switch owners, who previously had no good option for wireless audio. Before this headset&#;s debut, any USB-based headset worked only when the console was docked, and mm headphones were only ideal when undocked in most setups because stretching a cord across your living is just terrible. With the Arctis 1 Wireless, it’s easy to swap between docked and undocked play; just take the small dongle out of the adapter and slap it on the bottom of the Switch and this bad boy&#;s ready to go.

A single strip of stainless steel runs through the headband of the Arctis 1 Wireless, which makes it feel sturdy.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is primarily a plastic headset, forgoing an aluminum suspension frame of more premium headsets in the line. It features a plastic band with a comfortable leatherette cushion. The headphones sport the airweave fabric headphone pads typical of SteelSeries products, which are soft and keep things from heating up.

Overall, this is a very comfortable headset—the band clamps down pretty tight, which makes it feel very secure, and creates a great seal too—but the headphones aren’t very deep. My ears usually made contact with the fabric covering the speakers. Something like that might get a little uncomfortable during long gameplay sessions for people with especially large ears. I never had an issue, but when you’re using something for hours on end, even minor quibbles can turn into serious discomfort.

Unfortunately, the headset can&#;t be used via the microUSB charging port. In fact, it doesn&#;t work at all while charging.

The headset also sports on-ear controls, with a volume dial and mic mute switch on the left headphone. Its mm mic is detachable, which is nice if you decide to take them out and about connected to a phone or mobile device that sports a USB-C port—something that also works well, though it adds bulk.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless comes with everything you need to connect to just about any device. Alongside the USB-C RF dongle, there’s a USB-A adapter cord, mm cord, and microUSB charging cord. Apart from that, there’s also the detachable boom mic.

Is the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless good for gaming?

If the isolation were a little better, this would be a fantastic cafe gaming option.

My time gaming with the Arctis 1 was a real treat. The USB-C dongle and USB-A adapter made gaming on the Switch convenient, but they also open up other options. The Arctis 1 works just as well on the Playstation 4 and PC as the Switch (the Xbox One still doesn’t support USB audio headsets that work on other platforms).

Hopping from Untitled Goose Game on Switch, to The Outer Worlds on the Playstation 4, to games like Overwatch and League of Legends on PC, I never had any issues. This gaming headset handled the low-key jazzy soundtrack of Untitled Goose Game just as well as the gunfire-and-explosion-heavy profile of Overwatch. This is a stereo headset, so surround sound isn’t an option, though Overwatch’s game-level surround sound setting worked well. Surround sound isn’t necessary in most games, so this really isn’t an issue.

The wireless RF dongle ensures lag free audio.

Typical of every SteelSeries gaming headset, the Arctis 1 Wireless is also compatible with the company&#;s Engine audio software. However, since surround sound isn&#;t an option, and there isn&#;t any decorative LED lighting, there&#;s little you can do in the app that you can already control using the headset&#;s hardware control, other than checking the battery life (which is otherwise a little difficult to gauge).

Chatting over Discord was similarly great. The Arctis 1’s mic is probably its weakest part, but the headset is Discord certified, much like every other SteelSeries headset. It’s not at all clear what a Discord certification really means, but clarity in voice calls was never an issue, and the program recognized the headset notably faster than most gaming headsets I’ve used.

Can you use the SteelSeries Arctis 1 with the Sony PlayStation 5?

Yes, the Arctis 1 is compatible with the PlayStation 5 and doesn&#;t require any kind of firmware update, since all you have to do is connect the headset to the console controller via mm cable. You can enjoy the PS5&#;s integrated 3D audio, too.

How is the battery life?

SteelSeries boasts on the box that the Arctis 1 Wireless can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. As impressive as that is, it seems to be a bit of an understatement. In our testing, the headset lasted 25 hours and 22 minutes on a single charge, but you might get even better performance out of it than that. Our test runs at ~75dB, which can be a little on the loud side for some people.

How does the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless sound?

With some minor exceptions, this headset offers very accurate sound.

I won’t mince words here: The Arctis 1 Wireless offers more accurate sound than more expensive headsets in its own product line. With the exception of a slight over-emphasis on sounds at around Hz and a dip around 2KHz, this headset puts out pretty neutral sound across the frequency spectrum.

In game, this means explosions and gunfire won’t sound any louder than they should. It also means parts of speech in the high range, like sibilant sounds (F, S, and Sh sounds) won’t get lost over voice chat as easily, though that also depends on the microphone of whoever you’re talking to.

The StetelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless offers more accurate sound quality than other headsets in its own price category.

When listening to music, this means you shouldn’t have much trouble with different instruments drowning each other out when they’re not supposed to. For instance, In Miles Davis’s chaotic masterpiece “Give it up,” you won’t have much issue keeping track the very slight guitar riffs in the background or the slap bass line despite the booming bass drum and trumpet dominating the low and high ends of the song.

This headset struggles with isolation from sounds in the high end more than most gaming headsets.

The Arctis 1 Wireless offers pretty standard isolation for a gaming headset, though its airweave pads definitely let in more sound than leatherette. You shouldn’t have much issue with the typical noises of the home. This won’t fare so well outdoors or in a noisy cafe, which is unfortunate given how device-friendly it is.

How is the microphone?

The headset&#;s stellar audio unfortunately doesn&#;t carry over into its mic.

The Arctis 1 Wireless’ detachable mm mic puts out sound pretty well in line with most gaming headset microphones. It de-emphasizes sounds in the bass range, which means people with deeper voices might not sound quite right, and it’s a little on the quiet side. The notable dip around Hz is rather uncommon, as it’s not a particularly high frequency. Regardless, I didn’t run into any notable issues with clarity.

Recording a mic sample, I noticed it sounds a little tinny, but if you’re using it primarily for Discord calls: it’s nothing the program’s sound features can’t fix.

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Should you buy the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless?

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is a rare breed of gaming headset that does everything very well, and for a reasonable price.

The airweave cushions are very comfortable, despite how shallow they are.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is the kind of product that doesn’t come around very often. It’s affordable, comfortable, and it sounds as good as a headset triple the price—that it’s wireless is just icing on the cake. Comparisons to the HyperX Cloud Alpha come to mind (and favorable comparisons at that). If you want a great gaming headset, whether or not you’re on a budget, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better headset—especially if you’re looking for something for Nintendo Switch.

What should you get instead of the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless?

A few considerations are still worth making. If you’re a Fortnite obsessive and really want something with surround sound, something like the HyperX Cloud Flight S or SteelSeries Arctis 7 is only a little more expensive. If you’re concerned about the headphones being too shallow, or you game primarily on the Xbox One, the Cloud Alpha is the same price, plugs into console controllers via the mm jack, and arguably sounds a little better.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P works everywhere.

Anyone who intends to pick up the PlayStation 5 should invest in the SteelSeries Arctis 7P. This gaming headset costs quite a bit more than the Arctis 1 Wireless but it is supported by the PlayStation 5&#;s Spatial Audio feature right out of the box. If you don&#;t play a lot of FPS games, it may not be a big deal though.

Read on: SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless vs. SteelSeries Arctis 7P

Outside of those situations, there’s little reason not to get the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless—it’s just that good.

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