SteelSeries Arctis 3 Review and Specs

SteelSeries Arctis 3 is a great model of gaming headphones with closed back cups, comfortable over ear wearing style, and wired connection. It is a product of Danish company that specializes in professional gaming devices.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 review

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Features

SteelSeries Arctis 3 specs represent a great mobile device compatible with low impedance players. Its impedance is 32 Ohm. The frequency response of 20Hz-22KHz makes them decent Hi-Fi headphones with good reproduction of sound at all ranges thatI will test further. With the sensitivity of 98 dB they should deliver quality sound at loud volumes.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 review

Sound

The sound volume is low. They do not deliver enough loudness even at its maximum volume. The soundstage is closed and imaging is dislocated. The ranges are very flat. There is an awful total harmonic distortion that sinks the clarity.

Fortunately, the sound of the microphone is satisfying and clear.

Connectivity

The headphones SteelSeries Arctis 3 have a wired connection only. The cable is detachable and is long enough for comfy use with 3 m/9.8 ft length. It has no balanced connection. The ¼ (6.35 mm) jack adapter is in a set.

Comfort and design

These are not the lightest headphones of 425 g/15 oz. The closed cups make ears hot for long wearing. They are not foldable to make them take less space. The padding seems thin and you nearly touch the dynamics with your ears. The headband is padded and adjustable but it has a very short limit of adjusting. The detachable microphone is good for gaming and calls. The control buttons are placed the way so you can easily switch them occasionally. There is also an app control. They allow us to switch the volume, and turn the microphone on/off.

Pros and cons

SteelSeries Arctis 3 pros and cons

Pros

  • Detachable cable and microphone allows more options, safety and comfort in use
  • Control functions with buttons and app and light indication add usability
  • I like the simple smart design in minimalistic style

Cons

  • Plasticky build and lack of adjustability to fold them to store and carry
  • Leaky sound and complete absence of ambient noise cancelling

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Overall
6

Common features

Product

SteelSeries Arctis 3

Model

Arctis 3

Brand

SteelSeries

Reviews

915

General

Wearing style

over ear

Enclosure

closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

40/1.5

Impedance, Ohm

32

Frequency response, Hz

20Hz-22KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

3

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

98

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

425/15

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

300/9.8

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

volume, microphone volume, microphone on/off

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not

Bluetooth version

has not

aptX

has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not

Battery life, hrs

has not

Charging time, hrs

has not

Charging port

has not

Charging cable

has not

Speed charge

has not

Battery free listening mode

has not

Battery level indicator

has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

SteelSeries Arctis 3
SteelSeries Arctis 3

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