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SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth Headset Review

Rating: 8.0.

SteelSeries’ Arctis range of headsets are known for their versatility, coming with a 3.5mm headphone jack that allows the headsets to connect to pretty much any device. The SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth takes this one step further, however, giving users the ability to connect to two devices at once thanks to the added Bluetooth functionality – but at £134.99, is it worth the price?

While it’s initially concerning that an intermediary upgrade to the Arctis 3 would cost approximately the same as the much high-end Arctis 7, the SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth targets an entirely different market. You’d be forgiven for not considering its versatility right off the bat, considering its ability to connect to two devices simultaneously isn’t often seen in a gaming headset, but could this feature prove to be worth the extra outlay? Let’s find out.


Specifications

Speaker Drivers:

  • Neodymium Drivers: 40mm
  • Headphone Frequency Response: 20-22000 Hz
  • Headphone Sensitivity: 98db
  • Headphone Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Headphone Total Harmonic Distortion: < 3%
  • Headphone Volume Control: On Ear Cup

Microphone:

  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100Hz – 10000Hz
  • Microphone Pattern: Bidirectional
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -48 db
  • Microphone Impedance: 2200 Ohm
  • Microphone Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Microphone Location: Retractable
  • Microphone Mute Toggle: On Ear Cup

Connection:

  • Connector Type: Wireless USB and wired analog options. Single 3.5mm, 4-pole plug when wired
  • Cable Length: 3m, 10ft
  • Cable Material: Rubber
  • Adapter: Single 3.5mm, 4-Pole Plug
  • Detachable Cable: Yes
  • Bluetooth Version: 4.1
  • Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, HFP, HSP
  • Wireless Range: 10m, 30ft
  • Battery Life: 28 hours

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