SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Gaming Headset Review

The Best Nintendo Switch Wireless Headset?

Alex Rowe

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Photo taken by Alex Rowe.

When SteelSeries surprise-launched the first Arctis 1 last summer, they got my attention. It was an affordable product packing in most of the features of their more expensive models, with sacrifices to build quality and a permanently attached cable.

A few months later, SteelSeries dropped the Arctis 1 Wireless. It costs twice as much, adds an impressive compact USB-C wireless receiver that works on both the Nintendo Switch models, as well as PC, Mac, PS4, and certain phones. It also has a secondary 3.5mm cable connection option for everything else, which you can now detach.

Unfortunately, it has the same basic build quality as the wired version, which is tough to swallow at this price.

Photo taken by Alex Rowe.

OVERVIEW

The Arctis 1 Wireless sells for $99. It’s available in two configurations: a standard model with white lines inside the ear pads, and a “For Nintendo Switch” model with a different box (and blue lines in the ear pads depending on the print run) that’s exclusive to Best Buy, at least in the US. I bought the standard model for its full retail price, and you can find its official product page here.

Both models are identical in terms of features and performance. They include the closed-back Arctis 1 Wireless headset, a detachable ClearCast microphone, a 3.5mm analog audio cable, a micro-USB charging cable, a USB-C to USB-A adapter for use with older PC’s and PS4, and a small USB-C audio receiver.

This is the first Arctis headset with a detachable cable using a standard 3.5mm plug, and I’m super excited about it. Previous models used a proprietary cable based on an obscure USB connector. Any 4-pole 3.5mm cable will work just fine with the Arctis 1 Wireless, making it compatible with any device still featuring a headphone jack. In wireless mode, it’ll work with a PC, Mac, PS4, or Nintendo Switch with no drivers or software needed. On PC, you can additionally install SteelSeries Engine to customize some EQ settings, but you don’t have to.

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