SteelSeries Arctis 9X SS61505Check Price
Gaming headphones that do not require replacing if they wear out are a complete marketing scam, and we have yet to see a headset that does not require replacing even after several months. In general, all headphones are in a state of flux, and eventually the weight of the RODE, along with the risks of liquid or debris ingestion by a user, will weigh it down, damage the pads, and probably break.
It is, of course, understandable that at the end of the day some people will be frustrated by these issues. The RODE does the job it was designed for, and if you're the type of user that likes the weight and physical size of a fully custom-fitting headphone, I don't see how the price or quality can be any lower.
- Sound 3
- Set 5
- Quality 3
- Volume 5
- Features 5
Top-notch comfort and sound
Mic isn't detachable
In most cases, you'd be right to assume a console-specific headset would be trash on PC. An exception to this rule is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X, a self-proclaimed Xbox headset that admittedly works great on everything. To be fair, chances are, you'll need an Xbox Wireless Adapter to use it with your PC, unless you have a Bluetooth card occupying one of your PCIe slots. But once you secure one of those, the Arctis 9X is a perfect fit for the platform agnostic.
It has Bluetooth and 3.5mm analog, so you can use it with your smartphone and other devices. All this functionality is made better by the promise of a 20-hour battery life which, in our testing, proved to be accurate. And because it uses the same 40mm drivers and nylon ear cushions as the company's other acclaimed headsets, you can trust the SteelSeries Arctis 9X's consistent sound quality and comfort. Our one complaint is that while its creators flaunt its bespoke, portable design, none of us would be caught dead wearing these in public. Keep the flashy headband and retractable mics at home where they belong.