The Arctis Nova Pro is now even more portable with two hot-swappable lithium-ion batteries, which can be attached to the side of the ESS Sabre Quad-DAC, or via a USB Type-C charging cable connected to the headset, and will charge within an hour. If the battery is about to run out, simply replace it, which can take up to two and a half days of full use.
Refilling the lithium battery is easy and if done quickly, it will not run out of power. Lithium-ion batteries have drawbacks, such as being temperature-sensitive and not recharging when fully depleted, but the spare battery fully recharges within an hour, and more gaming headsets should be equipped with this feature. It’s a truly untouchable experience, so there was little reason to take the Arctis Nova Pro out of my head other than to look at it. I take it to bed and shout it out loud.
Speaking of software, the SteelSeries GG software has introduced something called Sonar, which is a great companion for the Nova Pro. This software is perfect for the Nova Pro. Instead of a simple slider, it works with a fully adjustable parametric curve, giving audiophiles a lot to play with.
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless features easily accessible controls on both earcups. The left ear cup has a microphone mute button, volume slider and power button, which also serves as a switch for active noise cancellation. On the right side of the headset there is a Bluetooth pairing button. Compared to other headsets, SteelSeries has succeeded in reducing confusion for new users by differentiating each of these controls.
After installing GG and updating the wireless base station, you will notice that the base station now has the ability to adjust Sonar’s audio channels individually. Excellent. Changing the balance between gaming and chat still requires software, but it’s not a huge hassle. At the same time, once you EQ through Sonar, it replaces the wireless Base Station’s built-in EQ function. This means that you no longer have custom control of the EQ directly from the Base Station, and if you want to change it, you have to do it from the Sonar Audio suite.