First of all I'll just say, headphones are extremely subjective. Headphones I say sound great and are comfortable you may find to sound terrible and are the most uncomfortable thing you've ever put on your head. So, this is my review for the Arctis 7. This is by far, the most comfortable set of headphones I've ever used and they just so happen to sound fantastic as well - this is all subjective so see below.
TLDR; Great sounding headset, extremely comfortable for my small/medium head. Doesn't put pressure on the top of my head which has always been an issue for me. Overall highly recommended, has some quirky buttons and the software is blah but not a big deal. If you have a large head or you want a ton of bass, look elsewhere.
I've bought, used, returned, sold on craigslist just about every headphone/headset under the sun. This includes audiophile grade sets like the HD650 and K7xx(702) as well as Logitech's G933, Hyper cloud x 2's - you name it I've tried it. The reason I've tried so many different kinds is I found all of those varying levels of uncomfortable, until the Arctis 7.
I have a small head and most headphones seem uncomfortable to me, especially on the top of my head. This is a snug fitting pair of headphones that I wouldn't recommend for someone with a large head. If you have a large head, I've also owned the G933, get those they are freakin' huge (and really good). The drivers touch my ears ever so slightly but it isn't an issue for me. Initially when I put these on I thought they weren't comfortable. But the elastic material just disappears after about 5-10 minutes of wearing these as opposed to getting more noticeable with the other sets I've tried. I really do forget I'm wearing headphones with this set. I found myself not adjusting these at all vs. other sets I'm constantly moving around trying to get them just right on my head.
I'm not audiophile but I've used audiophile grade headphones combined with amps/dacs yada yada yada. Honestly, these sound fantastic, they remind me of reference headphones which means they are relatively flat sounding. These aren't the headphones to get if you want to listen to booty bouncing bass tracks. However, they are great for gaming and do have a nice amount of bass to immerse you into whatever you're playing. The presets are nice and varied, I use the "immerse" preset and it does great for me. I can pin point where people are in FPS games when I hear someones foot splash and echo in a cave I know exactly where to expect them to be.
Fantastic, no cut in and out, no lag. No dog jumping on me and ripping the headphones off my head. Recharge cable included is way too short, needs to be twice as long to allow for cable management.
My friends say it sounds clear but it's a bit nasally. Overall they prefer it to my old desktop mic.
My rating system is flawed but I'll let this one slip through because the hardware is great. The software isn't great folks. It's hard to tell if these are even charging at first, it doesn't tell you much about the headset. The equalizer is great however allowing you to use presets or tune to your liking. It's hard to explain but the software just feels... cheap. Hopefully they update the software.
Mic side tone is a great feature. Any close backed headphone should have this, being able to hear myself and adjust the level of that is amazing. During loud gaming moments I don't find myself yelling to my buddies because I can hear myself in the headset. I personally don't use the chat split audio because of discord but that is also such a great feature, bravo. I was able to tune the mic sensitivity in discord so that it doesn't pick up keyboard/mouse clicks.
I wish the power button was just a simple sliding on/off button like the logitech but it works fine and is well positioned. The various plugs are a bit confusing at first and steelseries basically tells you nothing about them in their little booklet so I found myself searching online for answers. Seriously, include a picture of the headset with labels steelseries.
I love that you can replace the headband and cushions easily and they sell everything on their website. I plan on picking up leather cushions for the cold months and using the included cushions for warmer months. Quality oozes out of this headset, I feel like I will have these for a long long time.
There is none, thank you.
In conclusion, I feel like my quest for a comfortable pair of gaming headphones has ended and thankfully they are wireless.