The headband of the headset is equipped with a comparatively thin artificial leather padding. At first we therefore doubted the comfort of the headset. Comparable products sometimes offer padding that is almost twice as thick. As it turned out, the reduced frame offered by the Arctis 1 is completely sufficient to ensure sufficient wearing comfort. It did not press on the head even after several hours of wearing. We were therefore pleasantly surprised.
The auricles are also padded. Instead of artificial leather, however, a fabric padding is used here. Basically it can be said that the padding fulfils its task quite well. The ears are not crushed, unpleasant pressure was never felt in the test. In our opinion, the padding is remarkably soft. It is also breathable, which is very advantageous. Sweaty ears are a rather unpleasant phenomenon for most people.
The low overall weight of the headset is also beneficial for wearing comfort. Since it weighs only 269 grams, it is hardly felt. This is a great advantage over heavy weights, which sometimes cause neck pain and tension when worn for long periods of time.
The vast majority of gamers expect their headset to deliver reliable sound quality. Accordingly, we placed great value on audio quality in the test. The Arctis 1 didn’t disappoint us in this respect.
The overall sound was satisfactory, although we found a comparatively dominant bass. The highs and lows were less pronounced. Since the differences weren’t extremely pronounced, we didn’t see a major problem in this respect. At this point we would also like to refer to the comparatively low price of the headset. Perfectly balanced sound can hardly be expected in the price range of the Arctis 1.
The location of opponents in the room worked reliably. Ambient noise was also relatively well attenuated. We noticed positively that they are not completely pushed away. Thus, even in nerve-racking gaming sessions, you don’t lose touch with the physical environment.
Overall, the sound was by no means outstanding. For the price range in which the Arctis 1 is located, however, it was above average.
Experience has shown that microphones are the biggest weak point of the classic gaming headset. To our surprise, this is by no means the case with the Arctis 1. The microphone has far exceeded our expectations.
Our comments are transmitted very clearly and almost completely free of disturbing ambient noise. The voice sounds neither tinny nor distorted in any way. We were also able to experience in the test that the positioning of the microphone has virtually no effect on the transmission quality.
The microphone can be removed if necessary. SteelSeries does not include a storage bag. The possibility to take it off is especially interesting when it is used as pure headphones on the road.