Utilising the same ski-google headband design as its other headphones is the SteelSeries Arctis Prime. This wired headset is comfortable as heck, and you'll feel fine wearing it for long hours. However, it lacks the features found in other SteelSeries audio gear, for instance, you'll have to make do without the EQ tuning options found in the SteelSeries Arctis 9.
- 40mm drivers
- Bidirectional noise-canceling microphone
- Compatible with PC, Mac, phones (with 3.5mm jack), PlayStation, Xbox, VR headsets
The Arctis Prime is analog only, and uses a micro-USB to 3.5mm cable. But that can be a good thing, because you can plug into other devices, such as your PS5 Dual Sense controller, or the Nintendo Switch without having to worry about whether it will be compatible. As mentioned, it lacks the audio tuning options in the SteelSeries GG app. Also, you probably won't be able to use it with most mid- to high-end smartphones nowadays, given their lack of a 3.5mm port.
There's a mute button and a volume dial on the left earcup. Also, located on the left earcup is the retractable boom mic. The Prime lacks the option to adjust between chat and game audio like the Arctis 9. The mic does a pretty good job, but if you're facing a fan, you'll probably want to use the included pop filter. Furthermore, there are no LED lights, or DTS sound. Basically, it's pretty much a dialed-down version of the more premium Arctis Pro and Arctis 9.
The 40mm drivers do a good job of delivering crisp sound. Like the Arctis 9, it has a very neutral feel, with clear high highs and mids. It sounds pretty good honestly, though the soundstage could be wider. You will have to adjust the EQ from your PC or other device. A dual 3.5mm extension cable lets you split the the audio and mic channels for devices that require it.
The SteelSeries Arctis Prime is a good deal for those looking for a basic headset without needing all the extras found in more expensive models. It's retailing for S$179 on online stores such as Shopee and Lazada. I found it much cheaper on Amazon at just S$145 with next-day delivery.
Note: Review unit provided by SteelSeries.
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