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Steelseries ARCTIS NOVA 1P Gaming Headset Review

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the Steelseries ARCTIS NOVA 1P Gaming Headset. This headset is compatible with PS/XBox/PC/Switch/Mobile, and features Steelseries’s Nova Acoustic System with custom-designed High Fidelity Drivers for superior audio quality.

OK, so here’s the back story. I’ve been using the HyperX Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset for some time now. It’s a fantastic gaming headset that offered excellent audio with the freedom of being wireless. It was great for a while, until I realized it’s not really suited for my streaming and podcasting. All the new and more recent headsets come with USB connectors which is no good for me. What I needed was a wired headset or headphones that comes with an older, but very versatile 3.5mm plug! Reason? Well, I need to plug this headset in to a mixer for podcasting, and these audio mixers only have outputs with a 6.35mm or 3.5mm jack.

So, now I’m looking for a decent wired headset that comes with a 3.5mm plug/jack, so I can use it for the PC/laptop, with the option to use it as a standard headphone for my podcasts. You wouldn’t have guessed that this 3.5mm jack/plug, is still being used for high-end recording in podcasts.

Luckily, after search for while I found the Steelseries ARCTIS NOVA 1P Gaming Headset. And this is exactly what I’m looking for. A gaming headset that’s light-weight, comfortable, with excellent sound and best of all, it comes with a 3.5mm jack!


For those who don’t know what Steelseries is all about … here’s a little blurb taken from their website.


SteelSeries has fueled the gaming industry by creating innovative new products, designed specifically for eSports and passionate gamers everywhere.


Here at SteelSeries, we are obsessed with “firsts”. Dating back to 2001, our company was formed to meet the surface needs of hardcore gamers by introducing the first glass mousepad, the Icemat. Since that original innovation, we created the first mechanical gaming keyboard, the first suspended headband for gaming headsets, the first World of Warcraft mouse and endless other innovations. SteelSeries is dedicated to building products that push professional gaming further than anyone dreamed. Those innovations make gaming more competitive and more fun for gamers everywhere.



Our fans, customers and professional eSports teams demand the ultimate performance from SteelSeries. We combine the necessity of professional-grade quality and durability with our unyielding pursuit of simple, modern design. Every surface, button, dial, key and wheel is designed with the gamer’s every move in mind. It’s our goal to deliver gaming peripherals that feel like an extension of you. Our designers hand-pick every material to make sure you have a beautiful product and our engineers test every feature, ensuring tournament-ready quality.


Since the new millennium, SteelSeries has been a driving force of eSports and professional gaming. From sponsoring the first pro players, to creating products specifically for pro teams, to turning exceptional gamers into global superstars, SteelSeries has been focused on growing the industry and helping gamers everywhere. Our pro team relationships are more than sponsorships, they are partnerships. We work closely with the world’s best gamers to fine-tune our products and to ensure everything we create meets the needs of gamers at every level. Whether it’s Evil Geniuses winning $6.6 million at The International 5 using all SteelSeries gear, or giving you the tools to step up your own game, eSports is at the heart of everything we do.




Arctis Nova 1P

Almighty Audio has never been more accessible. Vibe with your favorite gaming world and score that W with your friends. Dive deeper with the superior audio quality from the most-awarded headset makers.

Nova Acoustic System

Challenge your perceptions of gaming headsets with the best-in-class Nova Acoustic System, with powerful, custom-designed High Fidelity Drivers. A dream duo of software and hardware team up to fill your ears with crystal clear high notes and deep bass.

ComfortMAX System

Look good and feel good, no cap. The Arctis Nova 1 is designed to fit any head, with a durable, lightweight build and 4-points of adjustment. The stretchy band distributes weight evenly.

Ultra Lightweight

Drip check. Stand out anywhere with a premium, high-quality design that weighs just 236g, ensuring comfortable wear while gaming or vibing on the go.

AirWeave Memory Foam

Keep yourself cool and & comfy with AirWeave Memory Foam with earcups that fully rotate for easy transport and storage.

Noise-Cancelling Mic

Your voice shines while everything else becomes lowkey. The ClearCast Gen 2 noise cancelling mic reduces background noise by up to 25dB on any platform. Completely retract the mic into the earcup when you’re done hyping the squad.

Multi-System Support

Your Arctis Nova 1 travels with you to any gaming world, as the 3.5mm jack hooks up to any platform. Whether it’s your PlayStation, PC, Xbox, Switch, or Mac, immersive sound quality is there for you. It’s also the perfect headset for your mobile device to vibe on the go.

Onboard Controls

The controls you need are right at your fingertips, as you can easily adjust the volume of the headset and mute yourself when necessary with the touch of a button.




  • The Nova Acoustic System features custom-designed High Fidelity Drivers for superior audio quality
  • Ultra lightweight headset with 4-points of adjustability in the ComfortMAX System for the perfect fit
  • ClearCast Gen 2 noise-cancelling mic reduces background sounds for clear communication
  • Suitable for any PC and console platform with a 3.5mm jack, great for mobile devices on the go
  • Convenient onboard controls with a volume dial and voice mute button on the headset
  • Pinpoint your enemy’s location long before you see them with Sonar a breakthrough in gaming sound

More information can be found on Steelseries’s website.


Box and Packaging

Inside the box, you’ll find the Steelseries ARCTIS NOVA 1P gaming headset itself, a 1.5m audio cable and a sheet of Steelseries stickers. Nice!


The Arctis Nova 1P Gaming Headset

Weighing in at only 236g, this gaming headset is made with premium, high-quality materials with a design that’s ultra slim and light-weight. This ensures that you get a comfortable wear while gaming or listening to music on the go.


A Closer Look

The headset comes with a detachable 1.5m length audio cable with a 3.5mm plug. One end plugs in to the left ear-cup, while the other end plugs in to your main device – PS/XBox/PC/Switch/Mobile.

A retractable Clearcast Gen2 noise-cancelling microphone can also be be found on the left ear-cup. It’s fully adjustable and bendable for that perfect voice recording. You’ll also find the volume controls as well as the mute button on the left ear-cup.

The ear-cups uses AirWeave Memory Foam covered by a soft fabric material for maximum comfort while gaming. There’s also an adjustable and elastic headband for an ideal fit.


How it Fits

It fits perfect for all types heads and head shapes. Here I got my step-son to model the Steelseries ARCTIS NOVA 1P gaming headset.



Verdict and Conclusion

The Steelseries ARCTIS NOVA 1P is a very good gaming heasdet for anyone who wants compatibility with PS/XBox/PC/Switch/Mobile. The audio is excellent thanks to Steelseries’s best-in-class Nova Acoustic System, with powerful and custom-designed High Fidelity drivers. The mid-range is crisp and clear, while the bass is meaty and full.

I used it on my iPhone (using a lightning-to-3.5mm dongle) to listen to some music on Spotify, and it sound amazing. During gameplay, I can communicate with my team and other players with nice clear voice, thanks to its Clearcast noise cancelling microphone.

I really like the 3.5mm jack, as this allows me to use the headset for podcasting and streaming. What’s more, you also get on-headset volume controls and mute button, as well as a retractable microphone. Best of all, it’s ultra slim and light-weight allowing comfortable wear all day long.

You can buy the Steelseries ARCTIS NOVA 1P Gaming Headset for around USD $53.99 from Amazon –




  • Ultra slim and light-weight
  • Retractable noise-cancelling mic
  • Detatchable 1.5m audio
  • 3.5mm jack
  • On-headset volume control and mute
  • Nova Acoustic System
  • Compatible with PS/XBox/PC/Switch/Mobile


  • None I can think of



You can buy the Steelseries ARCTIS NOVA 1P Gaming Headset for around USD $53.99 from Amazon –


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