After using the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless headset for over a week of solid gaming, music listening, and video listening, I can say that overall SteelSeries definitely has a winner headset with the Arctis 1 Wireless.
SteelSeries has chosen to use steel for the Arctis 1 Wireless, and I personally think this was a fantastic choice as even though the headset is relatively on the lighter side, it doesn't feel cheap and nasty. The steel frame it's built on reinforces the snugness of headset, and really makes the earcups press firmly against the sides of your head.
As for the earcups, SteelSeries calls the earcup cushions 'AirWeave ear cushions', and since the cushions have such a fancy name, you'd expect that they would be comfy. If you expected that, you'd be very much right. SteelSeries has done a fantastic job with their 'AirWeave' air cushions; they are elliptical shaped and breathe really nicely. This means that sweat doesn't build up when gamers have extended gaming sessions, or when they are gaming in the Summer.
The height of the earcups can also be adjusted by sliding them up and down. They don't slide very far (3.5cm), and unfortunately, there are no visual indicators to let users know what height they are currently sitting at.
SteelSeries has really designed this headset with portability in mind, and it shows. Since the Arctis 1 Wireless has control buttons on the left ear cup, both stay-at-home gamers and portable gamers can enjoy muting their microphone, changing volume levels, and skipping songs really easily. The volume wheel is analog, which means that it changes the volume of the headset and not the volume in Windows. The left earcup also features a 3.5mm audio jack for those gamers who cannot use the USB-C wireless dongle.
Overall, the design of the Arctis 1 Wireless is fantastic. I'm a sucker for minimalistic looking headsets that have friendly features, and the Arctis 1 Wireless definitely fits the bill. The headset is extremely comfortable, lightweight, and durable. Since it's accompanied with volume controls via the power button and I can connect it to my Pixel 3XL, I not only use the Arctis 1 Wireless for gaming on PC but also as the listening device I take to the gym.
If you are after a download link to the SteelSeries software, it's called SteelSeries Engine 3 and a link can be found here.
So how good is the software? Honestly, I was a bit disappointed when I first opened the software, mostly because of simple things like the image below.
As you can see, the software window doesn't scale at all and is one fixed size. This isn't a problem performance-wise, but it's still something SteelSeries should be adding to their software. How good is the software to use? Well, I like that everything you would need to change on the headset is right in front of your face, and there is no messing about through multiple tabs, but then again, everything does feel somewhat cramped and small, especially on higher resolution displays.
Everything you would normally find in headset software is there; you have EQ, live-microphone preview (amazing touch), mic sidetone, mic volume, power options (choose how long to wait before the headset auto turns off), presets and dynamic range compression. If you don't really care for tweaking audio software, the SteelSeries Engine 3 won't be an issue for you, but if you do care about fine-tuning your audio experience, you will definitely feel limited here.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT