SteelSeries Arctis 9X

Drivers: 40mm | Battery life: Up to 20 hours | Frequency response: 20Hz-22,000Hz | Impedance: 32 Ohm | Features: SteelEngine 3 compatibility, ClearCast retractable bidirectional mic, 20-hour battery life, Windows Sonic support

It’s not commonplace for you to find a wireless headset that works on multiple platforms. The SteelSeries Arctis 9X supports Bluetooth, 3.5mm cable and Microsoft’s proprietary Xbox wireless protocol, and is an exception. Equipped with the same 40mm neodymium speakers and nylon ear pads as the other more PC-centered headsets in the SteelSeries Arctis catalog, you can count on the sound and comfort quality to be at a higher standard than most , In terms of longevity, the manufacturer promises a battery life of 20 hours for the 9X. Surprisingly, it also fulfills this claim.

Granted, if you’re on a PC, you’ll probably be looking for an Xbox Wireless adapter, assuming you have not already done so to pair a controller. That is, unless your PC has native Bluetooth support. You can always plug a Bluetooth card into a free PCIe slot to find the optimal solution. Apart from that, the only downside to buying the Arctis 9X, unlike any of SteelSeries’ other wireless headsets, is that it looks like it’s made for the Xbox, even though it’s really platform-independent. Well, that and the microphone is retractable rather than removable. So while you can use it as a normal headphone in public, you probably should not do it. Nevertheless, it is a remarkable headset.

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  • Works on PC, mobile and consoles
  • Top-notch comfort and sound
  • Ostentatious headband
  • Mic isn’t detachable

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