Steelseries is one of the best and brightest brands of gaming audio, but I’ve spent the past couple of years avoiding the popular Arctis headphones because… well, Micro USB is stupid and horrible. Having said that, I am ready to introduce the new Arctis 7+ And 7P + A shot, because it’s the first SteelSeries headphones with USB-C ports and many other much-needed features.
The Arctis 7+ and 7P+ both cost $170, which is only $20 more than the Arctis 7. But that $20 gives you plenty of precious improvements. There’s a USB-C charging port, of course, but there’s also a larger 30-hour battery (up to 24 hours) and a 15-minute fast charging capability that gives you three hours of gaming.
Not only that, but the new Arctis 7+ and 7P+ offer Oculus Quest 2 support, and can connect to any device via a USB-C cable. The new headphones come with a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, in case you want to plug them into your device’s headphone jack. (The new Arctis headphones have a 3.5mm jack, but for whatever reason, they’re only for SteelSeries products together.)
So wait, what’s the difference between the Arctis 7+ and the 7P+? Both headphones cost $170, but they have different control dials. The connection on the Arctis 7+ adjusts the mix of game audio and chat, while the connection on the Arctis 7P+ adjusts the microphone monitoring level. (I would say the Arctis 7+ is better for online gaming, while the Arctis 7P+ might be more suitable for streaming creators).