Wednesday, 22 April 2020

SteelSeries Arctis 5 (2019 Edition)

I've posted photos of this headset a few times on my social media and get questions about it all the time, so I thought writing my experience with the Arctis 5 would be beneficial for those that are maybe thinking about purchasing it.At the time of posting this little review, I've had this headset for 10months.

These have been my go to headphones that not only do I use for just gaming, but also using it for video calls such as Discord and listening to music while I work or study.It offers amazing crisp clear sound and comes with a USB ChatMix Dial so you can find the perfect balance of chat and gameplay.This headset can be connected via the USB for PC, Mac or PS4, or the 3.5mm adaptor (which is included) for the Xbox, Switch and mobile devices.

The retractable microphone thats also bendable is in the left ear cup, along with the volume wheel and mic mute button at the back.This makes it very easy to not have the microphone sticking out on a stupid angle (or getting caught in your hair) and the mic lights up red when muted, so you don't have to worry about other users hearing your conversations.
 
The RGB lighting can be controlled via the SteelSeries Engine app (along with other features), so you can customise the colours and patterns.I tend to switch them to the same colour as my LED background so they match, without the pattern effect.

Comfort:

Being someone that has a huge amount of hair, it was always difficult to find a headset that would fit on my head without the worry of it snapping or not fitting on my head at all.This is the only headset from all of my purchases that fits on my head comfortably, with the added comfort of the velcro strap underlining the headband.You can also adjust the velcro strap to fit more comfortably on your head if you wish which I had to do when I cut all my hair off recently.

The ear cups are very well padded and were really put to the test when I cut all my hair off.I've sat at my desk gaming or studying for these to be sat on my head for about 13+ hours (only having a 15minute break every few hours) and you don't get that terrible ear ache after removing them at all.They don't feel heavy for me personally, especially since I have quite a sensitive head when it comes to headsets and headphones. 

Gameplay/Features:
 
My main game recently has been Ark Survival and if you're familiar with the game, you'll know that certain dinosaurs have a knack of sneaking up on you.This can make the game interesting to some by not always being able to hear them behind you, but for me I just found it annoying when I was trying to build my base in peace.I prefer using the default settings for this game and others I would rank at 95%, depending on what you're playing.The sound is incredibly clear on hearing dinos and other players footsteps, without having to hardly turn the volume up itself.Going underwater on this game sounds even more beautiful and sounds incredibly realistic with these, making gameplay far more enjoyable.
Overall, I'm in love with these and I don't bother picking up any of my other headsets that I've purchased.They occasionally have these on sale on Amazon between £70-£80 (I paid £73), but I would happily pay the full price which retails at £109.99.If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask :)

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