SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset Review

  • Editor Rating
  • Rated 5 stars
  • 100%

  • Sound Quality
    Editor: 99%
  • Mic Quality
    Editor: 97%
  • Comfort
    Editor: 95%
  • Overall Design
    Editor: 94%

In this article I’ll be giving my review of the Arctis 5 Gaming Headset made by SteelSeries.

This headset has far exceeded my expectations on how I thought it would be with 1 or two downsides here and there.

I’ll be covering all of that here in this post to hopefully help you decide on whether the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset is worth buying or not.

The Pros And Cons


  • DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Audio on PC
  • Very Comfortable Ear Cushions
  • Top Tier Mic That Features Great Sound Clarity & Background Noise Cancellation
  • Evenly Distributed Weight Throughout The Headset
  • Seems Very Durable (Gamer Rage Tested!)


  • Wish It Had Cushioning Instead Of The Band On Top

As you can see the pros far out weight the cons on this headset and the con isn’t a huge deal.

It’s more of me being picky but I’ve gotten used to having cushion pretty much all over on my headsets so maybe it’s something that stuck out to me more than it would for others.

I won’t even say that it’s uncomfortable but literally having cushion around it or replacing it with cushion would just be a cherry on top in my opinion.

Enough of that though let’s look into the more important parts of this headset.

How’s The Sound Quality?

SteeleSeries did a great job with the audio on this headset by it having DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround on PC you get very clear yet high performance sound quality.

This works well with the ear pads on this headset because they help trap in the sound by laying over your years making the audio quality that much better!

Let’s Take A Look At The Microphone

On the flip side we have the next most important factor of any gaming headset or first depending on who you’re asking, which is the mic!

The SteelSeries Arctis 5 has a very high quality mic that I got a lot of complements on from buddies I game with on the clarity and background noise cancellation.

I usually have some sort of background noise going on like my T.V that usually drives my friends crazy when we’re playing which this headset helped eliminate a majority of that (or so my buddies tell me).

How Comfortable Is This Headset

As someone who plays a lot of mmorpg type of games, I’m usually wearing my headset for a good 4+ hours at a time.

This is why I place comfort as a high priority when I’m choosing my headset.

With that being said this headset was nearly one of the most comfortable headsets that I’ve ever used, and take note that I said “nearly”.

The ear pads are fantastic on comfort which is the main place area where you want it to be, however lots of headsets have started to feature padding on the inner top half of the headset which I’ve gotten spoiled with.

If they would have added the same type of padding that they used on the ear pads to the inner top of the headset, then this would be a 10/10 headset for me.

This doesn’t mean it’s uncomfortable in any way but by having that would have just made it perfect for me.

Where To Buy

If this article has impressed you enough to decide to pull the trigger on purchasing this headset then now we need to look at the best places to buy it.

I recommend starting off looking at Amazon which is where I also look first whenever I’m trying to buy anything gaming wise.

If you don’t see it there or want to check other options, then look over at bestbuy or neweggs website.

You should be set to choose from one of these 3 on where you want to purchase it from.

Should You Buy This Headset?

If you’ve looked at my best of article then you’d see this was ranked as my highest pick for 2019 (currently).

The only other reason I would suggest looking into another headset is if you have a large budget you’re looking to spend on getting the absolute top tier headset available or if you want a headset that may have more cushioning around the entire headset.

Aside from that, this headset is one of the best that you’re going to find in this price range so I give it a big thumbs up on my approval.