No, it’s not some Lucky Charms collaboration, or finding a pot of gold inside a random box. Instead, the Rainbow that you’re getting here is the latest installment of the Rainbow 6 franchise when it releases in 2022. Meet the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless Gaming headset.

First off, what makes the SteelSeries Arctis 9 a gaming headset? Well, while it can do a bluetooth connection (say, to your phone or tablet), it comes with a USB-C dongle (for Playstation or PC) that can then transmit on a 2.4 Ghz channel, which gets you low latency and high-fidelity. Don’t want to lose a match just because there was lag when your teammate was telling you where the enemy was, now do you?

Next, of course, you’ve got a microphone built into the SteelSeries Arctis 9. This is a boom that can extend from the earcup, meaning you can get your voice going through crisp and clear while you play. Or, you know, on work calls, should you have it connected in to your phone. And hey, when that’s done, retract the mic back in, and now you’ve got a wireless headset that you can listen to your tunes and podcasts as you walk around.

Next up, you need to think about your audio mix. Sure, you want to be able to hear the game, but you also need to hear what’s going on in the chat, right? Well, with the roller switch right on the headset, the SteelSeries Arctis 9 lets you get the perfect mix that you need – no fumbling with software or adjusting things on your PC.

Past all that, the SteelSeries Arctis 9 offers a 20 hour battery life, and a steel construction that seems like it should be a headset that can go the long haul. Oh, and don’t forget, it appears to have a 3.5mm jack on it, so you can even go wired.

As mentioned at the outset, the SteelSeries Arctis 9 also comes with a free copy of Rainbow 6 Extraction (once the game releases in 2022). So, if you were already planning on getting the game, it’s like getting a $40 discount, or something like that. You can pick up the headset for $199.99 directly from steelseries.com

Tech Specs from SteelSeries

  • Lossless 2.4 GHz wireless for lag-free high fidelity gaming audio on PC and PlayStation
  • Simultaneous Bluetooth for calls, music, and VoIP chat while gaming
  • Discord-certified microphone provides noise cancellation and natural sounding clarity
  • Signature Arctis sound with ChatMix control to hear every detail for an audio advantage
  • 20+ hour battery life for nonstop wireless usage
  • Includes the new Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Extraction game free* with purchase

By Patrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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