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SteelSeries Arctis 5

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SteelSeries Arctis 5
Connection and design
Designoverhead, closed
full size Over-Ear
swiveling earcups
Connection typewired
Connectionmini-Jack (3.5 mm)
USB A / external Sound Card /
Cable supplysingle-sided
Cable length3 m / including 1.8 m extension /
Cable typeround
Detachable cable
Sound7.1 (virtual)
Impedance32 Ohm
Frequency range20 – 22000 Hz
Sensitivity98 dB
Speaker size40 mm
Emitter typedynamic
Microphone specs
Microphoneretractable on the shackle
Frequency range100 – 10000 Hz
Sensitivity-48 dB
Microphone noise cancelingENC
Microphone mute
Volume control
External sound card
Ear cushion materialtextiles
In boxadditional cable
Added to E-Catalogmarch 2017


Fabric ear pads. USB connection. Remote control for microphone ChatMix. Microphone noise reduction system. Virtual 7.1 Surround. RGB backlight.

High-quality gaming closed stereo headset with a wired connection and the ability to virtualize multi-channel surround sound in DTS 7.1 Surround format. It has an impressive appearance and a solid construction with a wide headband and large oval plastic cups with soft touch coating. Provides comfortable adjustment for a snug and secure fit on any size head. The clamping force is above average, however, it is evenly distributed over the wide and soft ear cushions trimmed with a special fabric.

Thus, there is no excessive pressure on the user's head and we can say that the SteelSeries Arctis 5 headset is suitable for long gaming sessions. It uses two 40 mm dynamic transducers, providing reproduction of the frequency range from 20 to 22000 Hz. They provide high-quality sound with a pronounced bass accent, which is great for reproducing typical action game soundtracks. When installed on a PC / laptop proprietary software SteelSeries Engine 3, it becomes possible to output surround sound in 7.1 format, control the equalizer and dynamic range compressor. Volume controls and a mute button for the directional microphone are located on the headset cup, and there is a dedicated ChatMix switch on the cable.

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Steelseries Arctis 5 Headset - Black 61443

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Steelseries Arctis 5 Headset - White 61444

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Video reviews

The SteelSeries Arctic headphone series is a new generation of gaming headsets with advanced features. Arctic 5 is the most balanced and sought-after model from the line, so we decided to pay attention to it.

Design and ergonomics

The manufacturer managed to create a rather stylish, neat design. Headphones look original and cute. The cups and headband are made of soft-touch plastic, pleasant to the touch, and the ear pads are covered with a special “breathable” fabric. Moreover, inside they do not have a foam filler, but also fabric, due to which excellent ventilation and comfort are achieved. Ears don't sweat. What frankly did not like was the fabric insert in the headband with an adjustable clip. A non-standard and very unusual approach to finding a comfortable position on the head.

Control panel and microphone features

On the left side there is a microphone mute button, a volume control wheel, connectors for a 3.5 mm audio cable and microUSB. The microphone in the model is non-removable, but if necessary, hides in the case, and the all-round orientation allows you to capture not only close sounds, but also those around you. Which in general is not good. But if you work with the noise reduction settings, you can get good audibility without extraneous sounds. In addition to the microphone, the cable has a ChatMix remote that is responsible for the priority of sound in games or voice chats. The thing is interesting, but cumbersome and not always working correctly. Fortunately, you can disconnect the cable from ChatMix and not use it.

7.1 Surround and backlight

But the USB cable opens up truly limitless possibilities for headphones. First, there is no dependence on a good sound card on a PC for good sound. Secondly, by installing special software on your computer, you can wind up this very sound any way you want, even 7.1 Surround (Windows only), and also choose any shade for the RGB LED backlight of the frame that borders the outer perimeter of the bowls, logo and microphone. In general, such is the light music.

General sound

As for the sound, in DTS Headphone X 7.1 mode, it sounds great in games and movies. In the musical sense, the headset works much better in stereo mode. But not five. The bass is assertive, elastic, the middle is slightly failed, and the tops are overstated and prone to whistling sounds. However, quite a normal picture for a good gaming headset.

The SteelSeries Arctis 5 is one of the best headsets under $100 for lovers of style and advanced surround sound effects.