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Pros / A low-profile design makes the Arctis 3 one of the best multipurpose headsets out there.

Cons / SteelSeries provides lackluster customer support.

 Verdict / If you’re looking for an affordable, multipurpose gaming headset, you really can’t do better than the Arctis 3. It sounds great, looks smooth and has all the vital features most gamers would need.

With large ear cups, a futuristic design and flashy LED components, gaming headsets are often a bit garish. Although you want your headset to put gaming first, some of us would prefer a headset that you can wear outside without looking like you absent-mindedly wandered out of our living room in search of more Doritos. That’s where SteelSeries’ new Arctis lineup comes in.

The Arctis 3 is one of the most comfortable and best-looking models we tested. The headband is made from the same material as a ski-goggle band and the ear cups are large enough to be comfortable without compromising the understated design. The headband is really what made the difference for us.

More ridged headbands tend to sit in a particular way on your head, and unless it fits you perfectly, you’ll start to feel that pressure after a while. Since the Arctis 3’s headband conforms to the top of your head, it distributes that pressure more evenly and remains more comfortable during long gaming sessions. And as an added bonus, you can customize the band to add a little personalization to your set.

Despite its low-profile design, its features are on par with even the best PC gaming headsets. It features full volume control, a convenient mute button and even a retractable microphone. When not in use, the mic hides almost completely within the left ear cup. Because of this, there’s no need to remove the mic when you’re not using it. Just tuck it up inside, connect your phone and you’ve got a nice pair of headphones.

Since this is a lower-priced model, we didn’t expect good audio. However, we were impressed with how well it handled bass tones. It sounded full and rich. Maybe this shouldn’t have been a surprise given the headset's wide frequency response of 10Hz to 28kHz – the widest in our review. Still, some of the larger models seemed to pack more of a punch during explosions and firefights.

We also found that the microphone sounded really nice and did a better job of cancelling out ambient noises than some of the other models we tested. This is probably because it’s a bidirectional mic rather than an omnidirectional one. In other words, it only picks up sounds from two directions, whereas some others pick up sounds from every direction.

Probably the biggest downside to the Arctis 3 is the lack of support from SteelSeries when compared to other brands. While others offer email, phone and live chat, the SteelSeries support page only has a support form for customers to fill out. This wouldn’t be a huge deal, but after checking out several forums it became clear the SteelSeries isn’t always the best at getting back to its customers.

  • Headset Weight
  • Driver Diameter
  1. Lighter headsets are likely to be more comfortable during long gaming sessions.
    Lighter is Better.
  2. 5  SteelSeries Arctis 3
    9.0 oz
  3. 12.0 oz
  4. 12.5 oz
  5. 10.0 oz
  6. Category Average
    11.32 oz

Summary

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 isn’t the best headset in any regard, but it does everything reasonably well and looks really good in the process. It sounds good and it’s comfortable and durable enough to be a viable option for everyday headphones. If you’re looking for an affordable, versatile headset, the Arctis 3 is a great choice.

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