SteelSeries is taking a different approach this time around with a lineup of gaming headphones that keep the thoughts of gamers in mind. The idea is that they believe some headset brands are offering pointless features and specifications while offering a low-quality experience. With the entire Arctis lineup available, SteelSeries wants to change the gaming experience. We’ll be going over the SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth in this review and talk about the direction the company is taking with this product.
The Arctis 3 Bluetooth offers the feature of plugging in a cable for a wired connection and as you could guess – Bluetooth. However, what is important about this is you can actually have audio coming from two sources. SteelSeries suggests that you could use Bluetooth on a mobile phone for voice calling applications, while at the same time you could have the wired connection running on your computer. The result of this duo could be a friend chatting along and in-game explosions happening at the same time – we all like explosions. The reason they suggest Bluetooth chat is that of the currently existing issue of Bluetooth audio latency, in other words, you may hear the audio sounding off or delayed, but in-game sounds would be sent through the wired connection with no latency.
Maybe you prefer to talk with phone applications over the in-game voice system?
Whatever the case is, we think it offers some options for choosing what you want to use for your gaming setup and the battery even lasts 28 hours. Although it may not be the most convenient of headset features for some since now you’ll have to use a cable, but you’ll just have one headset for everything and especially for those who deal with the nightmare of using one headset for games and earbuds underneath for talking.
Microphone and Audio Quality
All Arctis 3 Bluetooth headsets come with an excellent noise cancellation microphone – no need for third party software to get rid of two snakes talking in the background. The audio received from this bi-directional microphone is clear and clean, since the majority of sound enters through the front and the back of the gaming microphone rather than the sides of it. Did we mention the microphone is retractable?
One thing to expect while listening to this headset is the amount of bass it can produce and the highs are razor sharp. While the mid-range sounds are there, they are not as emphasized as the other audio ranges, but the sounds are great nonetheless. Gaming won’t be a problem and you’ll be able to hear those footsteps rushing to you with accuracy. Audio can be driven by SteelSeries’ 7.1 surround sound on the PC, but for other devices such as an Xbox One cannot use this feature.
While the features may be something you’re after, they may not available for all devices.
Let’s have a look below.
|PC/Mac||Xbox One||Playstation 4||Nintendo Switch||VR||Mobile|
|SteelSeries 7.1 Surround||Yes|
|SteelSeries Engine 3||Yes|
Yes, what in the world is Engine 3?
It is SteelSeries‘ own software that allows users to customize their products such as a mouse flashing when you click or when your friend sends you a message, but the Arctis 3 Bluetooth is more limited to things like the equalizer for adjusting sounds to how you like them whether you want more bass, mid-range or whatever it may be.
Now we’ll cut straight to the point.
- Wireless Bluetooth
- Noise-Cancellation retractable microphone
- Good bass and highs
- Long battery
- Wired cable for no audio delay
- Mid-range audio frequency
- Only comes in black
The SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth gives the user a pleasant experience as a gaming headset overall. While Bluetooth latency isn’t always extreme and minimal in some cases, it is important to remember that latency does exist, but it is the convenience while listening to music or casually speaking that creates a great experience for Bluetooth. We hope that this review has given you a good idea of what’s on the table.