The price is $ 350 The label on SteelSeries’ new Arctis Nova Pro Wireless offers the kind of adhesive shock that requires an explanation. Fortunately, these headphones have an answer.
With a wide range of device compatibility, and a version that you can use with both your Xbox and your PlayStation, impeccable audio quality and several interchangeable batteries, they are a luxury power for those who spend hours on chair.
Construction and audio quality
The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are discreet black ears with a headband that keeps your head comfortably suspended between the headphones. The magnetic plates on the outside of each headset look like brushed metal (despite being plastic) to catch light, while most of the body is covered in a discreet matte black plastic.
One of the features that SteelSeries looks most proud of in these headphones is the retractable microphone. When held, the microphone is almost perfectly aligned with the rest of the headset. It’s a minor thing, but it’s indicative of the attention to detail found in the rest of the design.
The headphones have a soft plush leather cover that is soft and not too sweaty, even after wearing it for a while. The adjustable headband and cushion help it sit very comfortably on top of my head. I don’t squeeze the sides of my head too a lot, although after a few hours I can start to feel it.
The audio quality of these headphones is sharp, with rich bass that doesn’t drown out the vocals. Company-only PC Sonar software adds one ton of customizable EQ tools that can be tailored to specific game modes, or even individual games. You can further balance your sound levels between games and chat apps so that you can still listen to your computer, even if you’ve matched your game to emphasize bigger explosions.
Space audio, once again enabled in Sonar software, which is PC-only, is a valuable boost in fast-paced games where situational awareness is key. While playing Doom: Eternalit made it much easier to know from which direction a particularly troubled demon was coming.
The only major drawback is the quality of the microphone. Not great, even for gaming headset microphone standards. In fact, it’s like the effect of a movie when the director wants to make it sound like someone is talking through a headset. It’s not terrible and it does the job. But as well-designed as the rest of the headphones, it’s a little disappointing.