The Arctis 1 Wireless is lightweight, durable, has fantastic in-game audio, has a decent wireless distance, great cushions, a solid headband, and an above-average microphone. The average gamer would be very happy with the Arctis 1 Wireless.
SteelSeries has shipped this product with too many cables. I would've love to see the Arctis 1 Wireless have a USB-C port instead of a micro-USB port on the headset. This would remove the need for a micro-USB charging cable, and also the need for two free USB slots when both using and charging the headset. SteelSeries also needs to update its Engine 3 software to the same standards as their great microphone. I feel like the software is half-hearted, its there for users to play with, but not for users to enjoy.
Let's wrap this up. Should you buy the Arctis 1 Wireless? Well, as I said before, it depends on your use case.
If you are a hardcore gamer that loves to fiddle around with audio settings, have extensive software customizable setting, and also doesn't care for gaming on the go, then don't buy the Arctis 1 Wireless. There are plenty of other headset options on the market that would better fit your use-case, and I feel you would get a lot more out of them if you spent a bit more money. Examples of this would be the Logitech Pro X Gaming Headset.
If you are a gamer that doesn't really care for audio tweaking and just want a headset that is lightweight, comfortable, above average in-game audio as well as an above-average microphone, then grab the Arctis 1 Wireless. To reinforce that use-case recommendation more, if you are a gamer that likes to take their gaming on-the-go, whether that be with a Nintendo Switch or Android device, then I recommend the Arctis 1 Wireless more, as you can do all that with just one headset.
SteelSeries has hit the nail on the headset in terms of portability, cost, sound quality, and microphone quality with the Arctis 1 Wireless. Gamers on-the-go that simultaneously want a headset to game at home with will have a hard time passing up on this headset.
Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT
The Bottom Line
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless is a great wireless headset that is perfect for gamers on-the-go, and a more than adequate headset for gamers at home.