SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Headphones
Over the years, SteelSeries has continued to deliver quality headsets with its Arctis line. And all of the company’s research and development has apparently led to its latest release, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless headset.
The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is SteelSeries’ pinnacle gaming headset to date. It comes with a unique base station which acts as a command center to control the headset. It is equipped with active noise cancellation and compatible with PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC.
There is also a version with a dedicated port for Xbox. But you will lose the ability to connect to two other devices. We’ll talk more about that in a minute.
The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless sells for $349.99 on Amazon and on the company’s website. So SteelSeries is definitely targeting customers looking for a premium option with this headset. And premium quality is exactly what you get with the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless.
What’s in the box?
The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless premium experience begins with the unboxing experience. The helmet comes in a soft fabric bag. Removing that packaging reveals a few USB-C cables, a 3.5mm audio cable, an extra battery, and the wireless base station.
The base station serves as a 2.4 GHz wireless hub for the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. It has two USB-C ports on the back, allowing you to connect two different systems and easily switch between them using base station controls.
This is what we were talking about above with the Xbox version of the headset. This release replaces one of the ports with one specifically for Xbox. You would therefore lose the possibility of connecting the base station to, for example, a PlayStation 5 and a PC at the same time.
The headset also has dual audio stream capabilities using a 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth connection at the same time. So you can connect to your PC or console via 2.4 GHz and your phone via Bluetooth at the same time. And you manage all these connections directly from the base station itself.
What else can the base station do?
And that’s really just the beginning of the base station’s capabilities. The base station really helps the Arctis Nova Pro stand out from similar headsets. It acts as a volume control as well as a mixer to adjust game and chat audio.
As we said before, the basic support allows you to easily switch between two connected systems. This is also where you manage your Bluetooth connection.
You can even use the base station to adjust your headset EQ if you’re not using the SteelSeries Sonar app.
So what about that extra battery that comes with the headset? The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless has an easily removable battery that you can replace. You just need to remove a magnetic cover on the right ear cup and you can access the battery.
And there’s a handy little port on the right side of the base station that you can slide the extra battery into to charge it up. So when your headset runs out of juice, just swap it out with the one you charged in the base station and start charging the dead one.
Each battery is rated for around 18-22 hours of play. But you still charge one while using the other. This means you can play with the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless headset virtually uninterrupted forever.
Is the helmet comfortable?
Design-wise, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless follows the traditional style of SteelSeries headsets we’ve seen in the past, but with a few tweaks and tweaks. It features the classic retractable boom mic used for both voice chat and active noise cancellation.
There’s also the familiar ski-goggle-like headband attached to an aluminum frame that you can adjust to fit your own head perfectly. The earcups gently slide down for even further adjustability, allowing for a perfect fit for all head shapes.
This time around, the company has opted for a leatherette covering for the ear cups, as opposed to the fabric covering found on most of its headsets. I was concerned that my ears would get warm after long periods of use, but I didn’t notice any such issues.
But how does the Arctis Nova Pro headset sound?
Of course, the base station is nothing but a glorified gimmick if the headset itself doesn’t make the cut. Luckily, that’s something you rarely have to worry about with SteelSeries. And the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is no different.
These headphones deliver clean, clear sound no matter how high you turn up the volume. If you’re like me and have basically ruined your hearing over the years, the headphones sound great even at the highest volume.
And with the SteelSeries Sonar app, you can configure three different EQ settings to get the perfect sound for every occasion. The app offers tons of preset equalizers, including a Valorant option I use for the tactical first person shooter that fully optimizes the sound profile for in-game cues.
Additionally, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless has both active noise cancellation and a transparency mode. While these features might tend to be questionable on some devices, they’re actually quite impressive on this headset.
When playing games with Active Noise Cancellation mode enabled through the base station, almost all outside noise is cut out. It certainly helps increase immersion, even if it somewhat limits your perception of what’s going on in real life.
And with Transparency Mode enabled, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless’ microphone amplifies outside noise that’s crisp and clear. I can hear birds chirping and cars rumbling outside, even with the headphone volume turned up all the way.
Should you buy the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless gaming headset?
With the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless headset, SteelSeries has delivered the same high-quality sound and comfort we know from the brand’s gaming peripherals. But the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless takes things to another level.
At $349.99, SteelSeries definitely pitches it as a premium headset with tons of features aimed at enhancing your gaming experience. The addition of Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode are nice extra touches offered by the helmet.
And what really sets the headset apart from its competitors is the wireless base station. The base station allows you to easily connect to two different systems and switch between them at the touch of a button. It also houses a charging port for the extra battery so you always have a fresh charge for non-stop gaming.
It’s hard to compare the price of high-end headsets like the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. They all tend to be relatively unique.
For example, the Master & Dynamic MG20 we tested is $100 more, at $449. It is made of only premium materials but does not have many additional features.
On the other hand, the EPOS H3Pro Hybrid offers similar features, with noise cancellation and dual connection for only $279. But it doesn’t come with anything like SteelSeries’ wireless base station.
Where can I find the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless headset?
Ultimately, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is a fantastic headset that, in my opinion, is worth the full price. It builds on the previous line of Arctis headphones, adding premium features such as active noise cancellation and dual-channel connections.
And the base station is a unique approach to headset wireless connection. It lets you keep a battery charged all the time and manage just about every aspect of the headset with just the press of a button.
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Excellent sound with active noise cancellation and transparency mode
Single wireless base station lets you manage all aspects of the headset
Familiar SteelSeries build quality and comfort