SteelSeries’ renowned Arctis headset collection has been updated for 2022 with all-new styles and a slightly less confusing model selection. Additionally, the Arctis 5 headset has been retired and incorporated into the Arctis Nova 3 headset.
As a result, the Arctis Nova 3 is a fantastic affordable headset for gaming and general entertainment, complete with stylish new RGB lighting on the outside.
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 Design
Although the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 has a metal-free plastic body, it has a sophisticated appearance.
The robustness of the headphones is due to the company’s use of high-quality plastic. In addition, it has a simple design with only the brand logo stamped on the outside of both headphones.
The fabric extension under the plastic headband has four degrees of adjustment. While this increases flexibility, altering the height of the headset is time consuming. Also, the user must hook the extension in and out of the headband each time instead of simply sliding it up and down. The headband, on the other hand, is comfortable.
Price and availability
The Arctis Nova 3 costs $99 and was released on August 23, 2022. It’s priced right for a multi-platform compatible wired headset as it’s mid-range.
Since the swivel earcups can be adjusted to lie flat around your neck, they’re also relatively thick, with plenty of cushioning consisting of breathable AirWeave memory foam. Overall, the Arctis Nova 3 is exceptionally comfortable and lightweight in terms of ergonomics.
The wide adaptability of this headset is my favorite feature. Additionally, the Arctis Nova 3 comes complete with cables which greatly enhance its capability and support multiple platforms.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 is versatile, choose USB-C and support different devices. The computer’s USB extension is long and detachable, so it can stay housed there. The only major issue is the quality of the cable, solid plastic rather than a cable that flexes and dangles. But do not worry; the sound quality is fantastic for gaming.
Mids are balanced and clear, although the soundstage is a bit overloaded. They are less spacious than we would have liked. They would have been perfect with a little more richness and presence. The Arctis Nova 3 performs admirably in terms of sound imaging.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 wired headset is light, comfortable and adaptable, plus it comes with great software. Unfortunately, when we look at headsets, the hardware often steals the show, with software and other features seeming like additional benefits rather than equally important components of the total picture.
On that subject, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 is a reminder that being versatile also comes with excellent software support. For example, changing a headband to fit is just as crucial as adjusting an equalizer to suit a particular game or personal preference.