SteelSeries have a long line of headsets, most of which we have reviewed over the past few years but recently headsets for gamers are starting to change. Disappearing are the headsets which are full of lights, bells and whistles to grab the attention of “gamerz”. The Artics 5 is a wired headset for PC that costs £109.99 but can also be connected via a headphone jack to use on mobile devices, Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
SteelSeries wanted to create a new range of headsets with a completely distinctive look from their previous lines and they have pulled it off pretty well. The Artics 5 is neither overly flashy nor heavy coming in black or white with a smooth ear-cup finish and an upgraded take on their “suspension headband”, which personally I am an advocate of.
The Artics 5 has taken on the competition such as the LucidSound LS40’s which try to be a headset that is able to sit on your PC desk at home and while you are on your way to work. Not many headsets at the moment are trying to be traditional in their aesthetics like their more music orientated counterparts (think Sennheiser). Everything that makes the headset a gaming peripheral is hidden away until you need it, the microphone sits within the left earcup with the volume controls and mute button on the back.
The default colour comes in black or white but if you want a little more colour there are other straps for an extra £11.99 This really only changes the fabric band but the choice is yours if you want something a little different.
Connecting up the Artics though can be a bit of a fumble which is one thing I’ve noticed with some of their more recent headsets. SteelSeries do a lot of things right but wires and cable management they still seem to lack. The headset connects up via USB or 3.5mm jack but regardless of your connection, it must be connected to their proprietary jack into an adapter.The USB connects to an amp to control chat volume but is way too light to sit on the desk properly and the 3.mm adapter could get lost easily as it is small.
The Artics 5 could have easily got away with no chat amp and a little bit of a shorter cable to work well with most set ups.