Gaming Headset Reviews

SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset Review

By December 7, 2016 No Comments


Gaming is one of those things we all do for both enjoyment, and sometimes to escape from reality. The sound could be one of the most important parts of the experience, which is why we are very selective about the products that we choose.

Steelseries is an incredibly well-known company that isn’t new to the scene, and they create some of the highest quality products on the market at present.

They are well known for being a big player in the esports game, regularly sponsoring events and teams. We think that their products appeal to all users, regardless of their skill level or understanding of high-quality audio.

In recent years there has been a massive influx of products onto the market, some great, some bad. So it is nice to see companies like SteelSeries continuing to innovate their products.

So, the product?

We won’t ramble about what we think of SteelSeries, after all, you want to know about the product right? The Arctic appeals to the average gamer, who might not want to spend out the cash on the more expensive Siberia range.

It features all of the same functionality that appears in the 3S, such as virtual 7.1 surround sound and a kick ass microphone that won’t let you down in the heat of battle. So, there isn’t any reason to not consider the product based on the extensive list of features.


Interestingly enough the design of these headphones feels like an evolution of the older models that they have produced for years. Taking inspiration from the simplicity of their other products, the Arctic 5 headphones have a subtle minimalistic design with a slightly revised earcup design to ensure comfort.

What’s better is the functionality that drives these headphones is easily accessible meaning you can put the microphone or adjust the volume straight from the headset.

This excellent gaming headset comes in a variety of colours which look incredible. Designed to provide maximum comfort alongside incredible immersion, the head cups are slightly on the large side, but they still look sleek and don’t overwhelm users.

Now, the cool functionality is the ability to change the colour to whatever you are feeling. Whether you would like to change them to red, or pink, or perhaps one of the other 16.8 million colours that are available?

Build Quality

SteelSeries has the pedigree for being a company that considers longevity; I’m sure that most readers who own SteelSeries products will know exactly what I’m talking about. The overall build of the headphones is sturdy and gives little in the way of play.

For those looking for headphones that will survive a rage attack, these might just do the job. And while they use fabric cushions on the ear cups (which I know a few users are slightly against) they do provide additional lifespan to the product, after all, most pleather cups suffer damage over time.

The headband is interesting and slightly away from the usual design that SteelSeries goes with, but with that said, most of their products again – are built with quality in mind.

Sound, is it crisp & clear? What about the bass?

We know that quite a few of our readers don’t care for the finer details of how headphones are reviewed and just want a quick answer, right?

With punchy drivers at the heart of these headphones expect nothing less than a responsive and enjoyable soundtrack to your life. From the average review, there seem to be no issues when it comes to the overall quality of sound that these headphones produce.


As previously mentioned, these are pretty large headphones. Moving away from the circular design that can be seen on many of their products, they are slightly on the larger side! But this isn’t necessarily something that will affect the comfort of the product.

For those that don’t like big headphones, I would suggest a product like the Siberias as the earcups are circular. However, with that said, this particular pair of headphones to implement the same headband that can be found on other SteelSeries products. The belief behind the technology is that it allows the headphones to adjust themselves to the contours of your skull, and it does work.

Backed up by the fabric ear cups, you can expect a sweat free (ewww) experience while playing games. Something that I’m torn between because I both love and hate pleather.


At the end of the day, these headphones are packing some serious functionality that really can’t be compared to anything else on the market at the same price range.

For geeks that love colour coding their setups down to the plants that they keep in their room, these are going to be a pair of headphones that you are guaranteed to fall in love with.

Customisation is something that is taking over our lives, and while I’m not fond of the functionality, the larger market like these little features!

Another feature that was interesting was the USB ChatMix; enabling users to optimise their volume between gaming and having a natter.

The microphone and general sound quality combined with the awesome build quality really does make these a pair of headphones that you can rest at ease with. And all at this price range? It is very hard to get your head around.


At the end of the day, there are so many things to consider when planning your next purchase for a gaming headset. The product is going to be with you for a long time and you don’t want it to let you down.

This is one of the reasons that I will always go back to SteelSeries; they are yet to let me down when I need them the most. What’s more is they usually boast some of the clearest, most sublime audio traits on the market for gaming.

If you are still unsure about purchasing this product, then there are loads of reviews for other products on this website which might peak your interest.

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