At the moment, there aren’t many viable solutions for in-game and voice chat with the Switch because Nintendo has gamers download a smartphone app for voice chatting. This means that the audio of your friends talking is separate from the in-game audio.
So far, we’ve tested a handful of Switch headsets and none compare to the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless. If you do use voice chatting for games like Splatoon 2 or Mario Tennis Aces, it's a must-buy.
This gaming headset is lightweight, nice-looking, and incredibly comfortable. It's one of the few Switch headsets that works wirelessly, so you won't be annoyed with cords getting in the way.
We also tested the Astro A10 gaming headset, which was specifically designed for the Switch. However, it felt so small that it seemed like it was designed for children. We're confident that the SteelSeries headset will fit heads of all shapes and sizes.
Most SteelSeries headsets, like our best overall gaming headset pick the Arctis 7, feature a unique ski-band-inspired suspension headband that stretches to fit any head shape. This one, on the other hand, has a solid aluminum headband with a faux-leather padding underside.
Although you can't see it on the surface, a smart design choice that makes this headset stand out is that it forgoes the convoluted method most headsets require for voice chatting. It’s also one of the few wireless solutions for the Switch that won’t have any noticeable audio lag.
That’s because it comes with a tiny USB-C receiver that, when plugged into the bottom of your Nintendo Switch (or Switch Lite), can stream audio to your console. Since the Switch doesn’t support Bluetooth, this one uses a 2.4GHz wireless signal to transmit the audio.
During our tests with the Arctis 1 Wireless, we played the rhythm game Thumper for its killer soundtrack. We found that the Arctis 1 was a bit more bass-heavy than the Arctis 3 and 7 headsets we’ve also tested, but in terms of overall sound quality — both for music and gaming — the headphones held up.
Our biggest complaint about the headset is that no carrying case or pouch is included with it. Because the USB-C receiver is so small (it’s just over an inch long), it’s extremely easy to lose. We wish there were some sort of case to toss it — along with the removable microphone — into or clip it directly to the headset when it’s not in use.
Despite this minor annoyance, we think overall the Arctis 1 headset is solid. It delivers stellar 18 hour battery life. It's compatible with smartphones, laptops, and pretty much any gaming headset out there. If you're in search of a comfortable and lightweight headset to use with your Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite, you won't be disappointed.
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