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Best Budget Gaming Headset: SteelSeries Arctis 3

In November, SteelSeries - who make the most comfortable headsets on the market - unveiled the latest version of their Arctis 3 line which for the first time introduced a bluetooth wireless variant in 2017 that also doubles as a wired gaming headset (can be used on PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and for VR) like the standard 3s. The new Arctis 3 from the makers of the incredible Arctis 7 can even take in audio from both sources at the same time and is built for audio, meaning SteelSeries is bridging the gap for console players who want to use Discord as their gaming chat solution.

The Arctis 3 is one of the best sounding headsets in its price range, though the bluetooth variant does bump up the price over the standard Arctis 3 quite a bit. Unlike the 5 and 7 series though, the Arctis 3 does not feature USB so the 3.5mm jack keeps it simple and multi-platform-friendly, but does complicate things when it comes to using SteelSeries software for customization (and it doesn't have that nifty light to know when you're muted).

The sound on the Arctis 3 is just as good as the best headsets from SteelSeries, it's super comfortable and lightweight and it's got a great mic in SteelSeries' ClearCast microphone, making it an easy recommendation as a reliable, multi-purpose audio or gaming headset solution.

The standard Arctis 3 (which comes in red, blue, grey, white, and black) retails for $79.99. The Arctis Bluetooth retails for $129.99 and is only available in grey/black.

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