SteelSeries' new gaming headset offers pro quality at a reasonable price

Our Arctis Prime review.

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SteelSeries announced the new Prime franchise of peripherals on May 25. Designed with input from pro gamers, the Arctis Prime headset feels built for competition.


Described by SteelSeries as the “rally car of headsets,” the Arctis Prime feels more like a Buick Grand National: straightforward in style with a lot of power under the hood.

The Arctis Prime headset is stunning in its simplicity and efficiency — just like the Buick Grand National from Fast & Furious.

High-fidelity 40mm audio drivers are tuned for maximum sound and “detail separation” so you can pinpoint the direction of any sound — and the distance — up to 40,000 Hz.

The retractable ClearCast microphone offers the same bidirectional design used by aircraft carrier deck crews.


Right out of the box, the elastic ski band is a bit cumbersome to adjust, but once you get it just right, it’s easy to forget you’re even wearing a headset.


The leatherette ear cushions are comfortable and effective at canceling out some noise, even if they sit a bit firm on your head.


On-headset controls allow you to mute the mic or adjust the volume on the fly, which sets the Arctis Prime apart from most of its competition. There’s also a 3.5mm port for sharing audio.


The aluminum and steel alloy frame weighs only about 3/4 of a pound, and with the weight so well-distributed on your head, it’s barely noticeable.


The Arctis Prime lacks some of the bells and whistles of higher-end headsets, but at this price point, it beats out all of its direct competition with crisp sound and a clean design.


The Arctis Prime headset is available for $99.99 from SteelSeries

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