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SteelSeries Arctis 1 Headset Review

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

For a full in depth review watch the video above.

In the Box

  • Headset

  • Microphone

  • Adapter from 3.5mm to USB (Separate 3.5mm for mic and sound)


While often overlooked with a headset a cable can make a headset annoying and hard to use if it gets easily tangled and caught on things. The cable with Arctis 1 is non-removeable and non braided. The cable is of perfectly good quality and I have no issues with it. For the price I don't expect anything more.

The cable consists of a separate 3.5mm for both microphone and sound. These can be plugged into the included adapter to use a single USB. This means the headphone is widely compatible with different devices.

Build Quality

As you would likely expect from a SteelSeries product the build quality is to a good standard. The headset is lightweight and has a plastic finish but feels robust even with some harsh tests (see the video).


The Arctis 1's have a fair amount of adjustability with steel reinforced size adjustment. They stay in position well enough. The earcups themselves also have alot of swivel and can turn to 90 degrees allowing the headphones to sit flat if around your neck.


Good adjustability doesn't necessarily translate to great comfort. While comfort will be different for everyone, these were definitely not the most comfortable pair of headphones I've worn. The ear cushions are soft and breathable as is the foam on the headband. The issue for me was the depth of the earcups. I could distinctly feels my ears on the inside of the ear cups which meant wearing the headset for long periods I experienced discomfort.

Sound Quality

The Artics 1's avoid fancy marketing techniques such as virtual surround and instead focus on a sound quality which is certainly up to standard for the price point. While gaming I had a good sense of direction for footsteps and gunshots. Similarly music was also of a good quality.


The microphone is removeable which is a big plus from me. It allows for portability and overall is a feature I really appreciate.

It also has a decent amount of adjustability to get it in an optimal position. The headset also has a useful switch to mute the microphone. The quality of the microphone is good for the price in my opinion but I suggest watching the video review where a sound test is included for you to form your own opinion.


Overall I think the SteelSeries Arctis Ones are a great value for money headset. They have some great features and quality for the price. My only issue is the comfort, which may not be an issue for everyone. It could even be an issue just for me. If you can possibly try these headphones on before you buy then I would recommend doing so.

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