Steelseries Arctis 1
The sound is good, but there are other brands that have the sound in this price range even better for each other. The plastic shell also does not determine the nicest. However, I am certainly impressed by the comfort, microphone and handy placement of the buttons.
- Date : 26.09.2019
- Client : Steelseries
- Status : Completed
- Language : Dutch
In the country of gaming there are not that many universal gaming headsets. At least not with just 1 wire. That can sometimes be a problem if you are a versatile gamer. Can you picture it already? You go to work or school, grab your headset and plug it into your 3.5mm jack on your smartphone. Once on the train you want to play on your Nintendo Switch, so just plug the headset in there. And, nice! They have connected a Playstation during the break, but no headset for voice chat. No problemo, because you have your headset. Nice, isn’t it? Exactly, and for that Steelseries now has a nice headset for only € 55: the Steelseries Arctis 1.
Yes, you can of course follow the above scenario with a set of smartphone earphones, but you will probably have noticed that the sound will usually be disappointing. Steelseries cleverly responds to that market and launches the Steelseries Arctis 1, an all-in-one gaming headset, made for all devices with a 3.5mm jack. And that shows, the Arctis 1 has a somewhat more luxurious but sober appearance so that you can also use it if you simply want to listen to music. The shell is made of hard plastic, which unfortunately also makes it feel a bit cheap. The same applies to the fabric mesh ear cushions and the simple rubber wire.
However, I can assure you that the sound is not cheap. Because this headset has the same drivers as the more famous Arctis 7, the sound quality is extremely good. With a good deep bass and a not too faint high, the Arctis 1 places itself in the middle part of the high-range headsets. The headset is capable of playing fat Russian hard bass and very light classical concerts without any problems. Whereas normal headsets of this price range sometimes throw a dot of noise between the pitch differences, the Arctis 1 does not.
The comfyThis headset is also excellent in terms of wearing comfort. Because the shell is made of plastic, the Arctis 1 remains incredibly light. I had this headset on during long days of filming interviews, and I had no problems with my head or ears. The Arctis 1 even sat on my head in the gigantic bustle of Gamescom, and even when a hundred people bump into you, the headset stays in place. The ear cushions stretch well and also spring back quickly, there is no question of spur formation. The mesh also makes it easy to keep clean with an alcohol wipe. However, the inside of the ear cushions is made of leather, which also ensures that your ears can become warm over time. So keep an eye on this.
As mentioned earlier, the Steelseries Arctis 1 is made of plastic. It is sturdy plastic which can give a little but does not break easily. This is because the inside of the headset is reinforced with thin plates of plastic and metal. With other headsets of this price range, it usually remains just plastic, which means it can break quickly. I do not want to say that this resolves the cheap appearance, but it is certainly a plus. Another plus is that the cable only has a universal 3.5mm jack. You cannot use this directly on your PC if you want to use the mic and sound at the same time. For this a splitter is included so that you can also use the headset on your PC.
Oh yes, you may have seen it in the photos before, there are two buttons on the left earcup. One controls your volume and the other mutes your microphone. Personally I find this very useful. This means you don't have to juggle in-game with your volume buttons and you can quickly mutate your microphone without taking your eyes off the screen. The same microphone can be removed, which is also handy for traveling. The microphone of the Arctis 1 also performs very well. As everyone knows a little, the microphones in headsets are usually not the best. They are a bit pale or don't pick up enough bass. This one is. Steelseries managed to make this microphone extra sensitive. Steelseries calls this Clear Cast, since it can block most ambient sounds. The flexible arm of the microphone can be adjusted quickly so that you do not pant in your mic.
Now of course the question is whether this is the best budget gaming headset. Answer: yes and no. The sound is good, but there are other brands that have the sound in this price range of even better quality. The cheap-looking plastic shell is also not exactly the nicest. However, I am certainly impressed by the comfort, the microphone and the handy placement of the buttons. All in all, the Steelseries Arctis 1 will certainly be in my top 5 headsets.