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Fan favorite Arctis 7 gaming headset gets a refresh for consoles


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Following final month’s Arctis 9 launch, SteelSeries is including a few new flavors to its 2020 wi-fi headset lineup, the Xbox and PC-compatible Arctis 7X, and the PS4 and PS5-compatible 7P. Really, the 7X is suitable with all platforms — Xbox (by Series X and S), PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation (by PS5) — whereas the 7P will not work on an Xbox. 

All of it comes right down to the dimensions of your dongle. The two.4GHz USB-C wi-fi dongle for the Xbox is greater than the PlayStation’s, and it has a change to pop between PC and Xbox modes. It is the identical dongle that is utilized by the price range Arctis 1, which launched a few 12 months in the past. Each headsets are the identical because the PC-only Arctis 7, aside from the USB-C connection and barely enhanced battery life — as much as 24 hours relatively than 20. 

All three can be found at this time for $150.

There’s one other distinction between the 7X and 7P: the perform of the dial on the fitting earcup. On the 7X you employ it to alter recreation/chat stability, and on the 7P it allows you to modify sidetone (listening to your self speak).

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However for those who’re questioning whether or not the 7P helps PS5 encompass sound, the reply thus far is not any. SteelSeries says it is as a result of the PS5 lacks an optical audio port, which is the way it circumvented the issue on the PS4. As of proper now, Sony just isn’t licensing USB encompass to third-party producers, however that would change. 

I discover the 7X I attempted much more comfy than the Arctis 9, most likely as a result of it does not have the extra sturdy however head-squishing metal within the headband, which makes it lighter and higher with glasses as effectively. It lacks the dual-wireless (2.4GHz and Bluetooth) functionality of that mannequin as effectively. It has a extremely good vary although, no less than in my condo, and I did not lose sign wherever. And since all of the Arctis fashions have the identical microphone and audio traits, it sounds and information pretty much as good because the dearer 9. 

Sadly, it additionally has the identical retractable mic because the Arctis 9, which takes some finesse to retract, and is troublesome to do single-handed (although it pulls out rapidly and easily).

It isn’t fairly as comfy or cool wanting because the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro I examined lately and the earcups choke me when it is round my neck, however that is nonetheless a superb wi-fi headset at a really cheap value.

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Lori Grunin