Product Comparison: SteelSeries Arctis 5 vs SteelSeries Arctis 7


General Specifications
Brand
Steelseries
Steelseries
Model
Arctis 5
Arctis 7
Origin
China
China
About the Product
Arctis 5 challenges everything you know about gaming headsets with completely overhauled audio, a new mic design with unmatched clarity, and improved comfort with materials inspired by athletic clothing. Arctis 5 features RGB illumination, Game/Chat audio balance, and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound.
Unlock richer and more immersive gaming experiences with this SteelSeries Arctis 7 gaming headset. Designed for PC but compatible with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac, and mobile, this headset features wireless audio via USB, a ClearCast Mic, and AirWeave ear cushions. On PC, it offers DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound for epic 3D soundscapes.
Key Specs
Noise Canceling
Yes
Yes
Adjustable Headband
Yes
Yes
Detachable Microphone
No
No
Size & Weight
Height
7.75 in.
7.75 in.
Width
8.5 in.
8.5 in.
Depth
1.7 in.
1.86 in.
Weight
10.7 oz.
9.9 oz.

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

Headset
Ear Cushion Material
Fabric AirWeave
Fabric AirWeave
Min. Frequency Response
20 Hz
20 Hz
Max. Frequency Response
22 KHz
20 KHz
Sensitivity
98 dB
98 dB
Impedance
32 Ω
32 Ω
Headphone Driver
40 mm.
50 mm.
Operating Principle
Closed
Closed

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

What customers say about "Headset"
SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB Illuminated Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone
  • These are very comfortable, I normal game Friday and Saturday nights for about 5-7 hours. I can't even tell these are on, the ear piece is soft and fits me perfectly.
  • The 7.1 surround sound is awesome, I love it! With my cheap headset I couldn't tell exactly what direction the sound was coming from......now I can.
  • 7.1 Surround when plugged into a PC with USB.
  • 7.1 Surround can sometimes ruin voices when in game as some voices are backround.
  • Not too light, but still great.
  • No surround sound on PlayStation and Xbox even when plugged in with USB (Drivers needed).
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone
  • I wear the headset for several hours at a time and find it to be very comfortable on the head and ears.
  • The Arctis 7 audio is excellent during web conferences as is the mic. When hearing recordings of trainings I've produced, my voice is full and clear with no fuzz or background noise.
  • Arctis 7 works great for Nintendo Switch. I've used the headset wired with switch on airplane, and all good. I
  • The build quality of the Arctis 7 is AMAZING. They fit very snug and are comfortable.
  • Dedicated sound chip. These install with their own sound board. If you have an after market high end sound card these will bypass its sound chip.
  • A real pain to set up, not plug n' play
Microphone
Microphone Output Sensitivity
-48 dB
-48 dB
Nominal Impedance
2.2 kΩ
2.2 kΩ
Frequency Response
100-15000 Hz
100-6500 Hz

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

What customers say about "Microphone"
SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB Illuminated Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone
  • The mic quality is decent. It certainly isn't going to win any accolades, but it works. The best part about it is that it retracts into the ear cup.
  • The retractable mic is a great design idea. It is featured on all versions of the headset. The mic easily pulls out or pushes in when not being used, and can be used in both the in or out positions.
  • The end of the mic illuminates red when muted as well.
  • Mic Quality: The voice is a tiny bit quiet, but it's nothing to fuss about at all. Overall it gets the job done perfectly fine as far as a gamer would be concerned.
  • ic itself is not flexible enough
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone
  • The microphone is way better than the 800's (Important to me as I use these headphones to make calls for work from my PC)
  • Retracting mic that goes back into headset (protects the mic)
  • I really like the retractable microphone which stays out of the way when not in use.
  • Mic is the clearest I've had but, like others have said, at times has to be a bit close to your mouth to where I move it when I eat. I don't mind but some might.
Features
Connector Size
3.5, USB
Wireless USB, 3.5
Cord Length
10 feet
4 feet
Controls
Headphones volume control, Microphone volume control, Mute button
Headphones volume control, Microphone volume control, Mute button
Compatible Platform(s)
PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Mobile devices, VR Systems
PC, PS4, Mac, Xbox One, Mobile devices, VR Systems
Extras
7.1 Surround RGB Gaming Headset, Prism RGB Illumination, ClearCast, the Best Mic in Gaming, S1 Speaker Drivers + DTS Headphone X, Ski Goggle Headband, AirWeave Ear Cushions
Lag-Free Wireless Audio, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound, ClearCast, the Best Mic in Gaming, S1 Speaker Drivers + DTS Headphone X, Ski Goggle Headband, AirWeave Ear Cushions, On-Ear ChatMix Dial, Long-Life Rechargeable Battery, On-Ear Audio Controls

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 7

What customers say about "Features"
SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB Illuminated Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone
  • I like the volume control on the left ear piece. Also the game/voice adapter on the cord is perfect for when you want to hear more of the game vs the people you are talking to.
  • The Arctis 5 features RGB lighting that can be customized in various ways, both left and right sides separately, or both together.
  • Ear cups are comfortable. Not the most comfortable ever, but they're definitely nothing to complain about. I wear them for multiple hours at a time without a problem.
  • The headphones come with a very simple program (downloaded for free online) that allows customization of the RGB lighting, sound EQ, and mic side tone. You can save combination presets as well.
  • This headset had really unpleasant sound un-balance. The base and most background sound sounded fine, but the vocal sound is critically one sided.
  • Awesome chat headset. But the 5 and 7 haven't worked properly on macOS since the release of 10.13, and there's no timeline or information from SteelSeries on when (or if) they will.
SteelSeries Arctis 7 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone
  • The Arctis 7 has wireless capability. It also appears to have separate volume channels for both game and chat audio
  • The in-headset voice-game mixer works well - it's crazy how well it can boost voices (I tested in youtube and heard the narrations increase and the background music decrease)
  • I'm always a few feet from the usb transmitter and have never had any issue with lag or sound delay
  • Wireless is NOT compatible for Xbox One, so if you plan on using this for your Xbox only like myself, don't pay an extra $80 for a wireless feature that won't be put to use.
  • Sometimes, the processing that increases voice volumes using the chat mixer makes the voice very mid heavy - sounds processed
  • Software on PC could be a little better - allow for task bar icon to check battery life.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE, FCC, EAC
CE, FCC, EAC


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