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The 10 Best Gaming Headsets for 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

gaming headsetEveryone loves gaming, right?

And, with the launch of the immensely popular battle royale games like Fortnite and Pubg, we all have somehow got deeper into gaming.

Most of the people play games just for fun, while some of the people realized that they have some special skill and made gaming their full-time profession.

Doesn’t matter what type of player you are, if you want to have the best gaming experience, you need to have the best gaming accessories.

And that usually means getting the best gaming headset for yourself.

Yes, we know there are other important accessories as well, but today our complete focus is on how to help you in choosing a great gaming headset.

All the headsets mentioned in this post are fully compatible with PS4, PC & Xbox One. Some of the headsets are also compatible with other gaming devices like Nintendo Switch, mobile phones, tablets, etc. So in case, you plan to switch to any of the gaming devices in the future, there would be no need to buying a new gaming headset.
Who needs a gaming headset?
rgb gaming headsetIf you are a professional gamer, you must get a gaming headset.

And if you are just a casual player who is looking to enhance the overall gaming experience, a gaming headset could be very helpful to you.

A gaming headset makes the sound much detailed and gives you an edge over players using normal headphones.

Another good thing gaming headsets offer is the attached microphone. This comes as really helpful when you are playing games where you have to communicate with your team members. if you are playing modern-day battle royale games then a microphone is a must.

Now you must be wondering that if I already have a top of the line wireless headphones, why would I invest in a dedicated gaming headset?

Well, that’s because most of the wireless headphones are designed for short term listening, and even if they are the most comfortable headphones, they won’t have the surround sound that gaming headphones have.

Surround sound on the gaming headsets makes it easy for you to locate the right direction of the enemies or a gunshot.

Gaming headsets also have a much sensitive microphone as compared to normal headphones.

How we picked and tested?
Hyperx gaming headsetSince we are not hardcore gamers, we didn’t come across a lot of gaming headphones in past.

So we had to start from scratch.

We firstly did a whole lot of research on how gaming headsets are different from normal headphones and what should we look for while choosing one.

After a little research, we came to know that Artic series from Steelseries and Cloud from HyperX are two of the most popular gaming headsets series in the market.

After some more research, we found a few great headphones from Sennheiser and some other brands too.

Once we had a complete set of gaming headsets that we were going to mention, we got to the testing part.

We tested all the gaming headphones on these points extensively:

Quality of the microphone: A lot of gaming headphones in the market come with a poor microphone.

And with poor, we don’t mean that they don’t deliver clear sound. They do deliver clear sound, but there are usually a lot of issues like voice echo or picking up a lot of surrounding noises and even picking up in-game sounds in some cases.

Some of the headphones on this list do come with similar issues, but we won’t put them in the category of poor microphones, they are doable.

Sound: Sound quality on gaming headphones should be as detailed as possible, and should also have a surround in them.

Detailed sound reproduction would make it easy for you to spot your enemies.

With surround sound, the gaming experience would be very realistic.

Comfort: Comfort not only means that the headphones should be lightweight and have soft cushion padding on the earcups and headband, but they should also be built in a way that they can be used continuously for a long period of time.

Even if the headphones are lightweight and come with cushion soft padding, but are punchy or start heating just after a couple of hours, they wouldn’t come under comfortable gaming headsets.

Gaming headsets must not heat after prolonged use.

Best Gaming Headsets for 2019 – Quick Look

(Click on the name of any headset to read it’s in-depth review)

HeadsetWeightNoise Canceling MicrophonePrice
HyperX Cloud II
(Editor's Choice)
11.2 ouncesYes
Sennheiser Game One
(Editor's Choice)
11.2 ouncesYes
HC Gamerlife13 ouncesNo
Razor Kraken Pro V212 ouncesNo
Steelseries Arctis 311.2 ouncesYes
HyperX Cloud Alpha12 ouncesYes
Sennheiser GSP 30012.8 ouncesYes
Ecoopro Headset12 ouncesYes
Steel Series Arctis 512.8 ouncesYes
CORSAIR Void Pro13.3 ouncesNo


1. HyperX Cloud II – Best Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset - 7.1 Surround Sound - Memory Foam Ear Pads - Durable Aluminum Frame - Multi Platform Headset - Works with PC, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One, Xbox One S - Red (KHX-HSCP-RD) If you have been in gaming space for a while, you would have definitely heard of the HyperX brand.

HyperX produces multiple gaming accessories including keyboards, mouse, headsets, etc.

And, their cloud series is a very popular lineup in the headset industry.

Cloud II  is an extremely popular gaming headset that comes with 53mm large drivers, and is capable of producing 7.1 surround sound when used with PC.

Specifications
  • Neodymium magnets equipped drivers.
  • USB audio sound card.
  • Attached noise-canceling microphone.
  • Echo canceling headset with ambient noise attenuation.
  • Memory foam earpads.

Our In-Depth Review:

This headset from HyperX is surely one of the greatest and popular headsets in the market. What makes them great is not just the sound quality, but also the noise isolation that they provide.

The manufacturer has an integrated Inline sound card that cancels the echoes produced within the sounds. The headset is also able to reduce the ambient noises, making sure you get to hear the best of gaming sounds, and you don’t get distracted by the surrounding noises.

Remember, this headset doesn’t come with active noise cancelation or any other noise-canceling technology, it just comes with the technology to reduce the ambient noises.

The in-line detachable microphone that comes along is great. The best part is that it is a noise-canceling one. This could be very helpful in delivery crystal clear voice to your teammates, as it cancels all the unnecessary surrounding noises. In case you are playing the game in a noisy place, then it would be really helpful for you.

Talking about the build quality and design, it’s nice and sturdy. The headband is built of steel with leather padding on top, and the rest of the body is made up of high-quality plastic. With leather padding on the headband and soft memory foam padding on the earcups, you get a really comfortable experience. The earcups being 53mm in size are pretty large and cover the ears really well, providing good noise isolation.

The sound quality is great, and with the added noise isolation, it gets even better. On the  Ps4 and Xbox one, you will get the stereo sound quality. The sound flats really well across the ear, giving a great virtual experience. Things get even better if you use them with PC. With Pc, you get the option to set up 7.1 surrounds, instruction for which could be found in the manual.

7.1 channel surround sound basically offers the best audio experience. The audio experience on it is a lot better than the virtual surround sound and if you are a professional this will surely give you some advantage.

The only thing that we didn’t really appreciate about this headset is the quality of the cord. The connecting point of the cord is weak, which results in cut out sometimes. The manufacturer should have worked on making the cord connection better.

Pros

  • One of the most comfortable headset.
  • The noise-canceling microphone works well.
  • Large drivers that provide better noise isolation.
  • USB 7.1 surround sound for PC.

Cons

  • Weak cord connection leads to cut out sometimes.

Conclusion:

The HyperX cloud II is undoubtedly one of the most comfortabe and great sounding gaming headsets in the market. The sound quality along with the noise isolation is excellent, and you would be able to feel the details in the sounds. If you are looking to get a gaming headset from a trusted brand then you are surely looking at the right product.


2. Sennheiser Game One – Open Back Headset

Sennheiser GAME ONE Gaming Headset - White So this might not be one of the best looking gaming headset in the market, but is surely one of the best sounding headset.

The major difference between this headset and other headsets is that this one comes in open back design, while the majority of the other headsets are closed back.

In terms of sound, the headset uses Sennheiser’s original transducer technology to deliver crystal clear audio.

Specifications
  • Compatible with PC, Mac, gaming consoles & mobile phones.
  • Noise-canceling microphone.
  • Intuitive volume control on the earcup.
  • Plush velour padding on earcups and headband.
  • Lightweight yet robust design.
  • Open back design.

Our In-Depth Review:

It would not be wrong to say that Game one from Sennheiser is a quite popular gaming headset, and there are so many reasons for that.

First of all, Game one is an open-back headset, which means the sound performance on it would be different from other closed-back headsets. The open-back design allows the sound to pass freely through the vent which makes the audio sound more natural.

Now since it’s open back, you will not get any noise isolation here. But one thing which we are sure about is that you can use this headset for a longer period of time as compared to any closed-back headset. And that’s because the open back design prevents sweating on ears, and keeps the overall temperature cool.

Sennheiser has done something different in terms of padding too. Instead of memory foam that’s used on most of the headsets, you get plush velvet padding on both the headband and earcups, that feels extremely soft and creates an ultimate level of comfort.

The compatibility would not be an issue with Sennheiser Gaming One headset as it comes with exchangeable cables that can be used with any gaming console, PC, mobile phones or any other devices for that matter. So if you are a mobile gamer who likes to own a single pair of headphones for both console and mobile phones then you would be able to do that with this headset.

Microphone added to the Game one is a high-quality noise-canceling microphone that could be muted simply by raising it vertically upwards. It is not removable, but it could be kept out of the way by raising it up. The noise cancelation feature blocks out the ambient noises really well and prevents the transmission of any unwanted noises to your teammates.

If you have ever used any Sennheiser headset in the past and liked it, then you wouldn’t be disappointed with the sound quality on this headset. Game one comes with Sennheiser’s transducer technology that helps in delivering accurate and clear sound. The sound is loud enough and could be controlled with the intuitive controller on the earcup.

Comparing it with HyperX Cloud II, there is hardly any difference there. Both the headsets have good microphones, solid build quality and sound exceptionally good.

Pros

  • Comfortable plush velour padding.
  • The microphone works perfectly.
  • Open back design that keeps the ears cool.
  • Exchangeable connectivity cables for different gaming devices.

Cons

  • No Cons.

Conclusion:

We think the best part of the headset is how comfortable they are. Also the microphone transmits crystal clear sound to the game and the transducer technology delivers crystal clear aound to your ears. Overall we think it is a great headset from one of the best brands in the industry.


3. HC Gamerlife Headset – With 3D HD Sound

Pro Gaming Headset with Mic (Universal) | Game Changing Premium 3D HD Stereo Sound Video Gamer Wired Headphones for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Laptop and Mobile Device | 3.5mm Connection | HC Gamer Life HC Gamerlife is a slightly less popular brand in the market, but it manufacturers great gaming accessories.

HCG1 from them is an amazing sounding headset that comes with a durable metal frame and soft memory foam for lost lasting comfort.

Apart from the gaming consoles and PC, this headset is also compatible with mobile phones.

Specifications
  • 3.5mm mobile jack attachment.
  • Compatible with PS4, PC, Xbox One and other gaming devices.
  • Durable metal frame and braided cord.
  • Memory foam earcups and padded headband.
  • 3D HD surround sound.
  • Detachable microphone.

Our In-Depth Review:

The things about this headset that we absolutely love are the build quality and comfort. The headset is built with a combination of plastic and metal. The headband is actually made up of all-metal, while the earcups are made up of sturdy plastic.

Not just the body, the cord is sturdy too. You get a braided cord with the headset that would not take any damage due to accidental stretches.

The earcups come with memory foam, while the headband comes with leather padding. The earcups are large enough to cover the ears completely, and the headband is adjustable to fit any head size. All of this provides a very comfortable experience and allows you to use the headset for longer gaming sessions.

Not to mention, the headset is compatible with all the gaming consoles, pc, laptops, and mobiles, and that’s why we call it a universal headset. It’s actually great to have a headset that’s compatible with everything so that you don’t have to get a new headset once you switch to a different gaming device.

The headset not only offers a solid build quality but also solid sound quality. The HCG1 delivers crystal clear, sharp sound that would provide you an edge over your competitors. You would be able to hear every silent footstep, every long-range gunshot, and all other minute details you need to hear to dominate the game.

The best thing about the recently launched multiplayer battle royale games is the voice chat feature that allows you to do real-time voice chat with your team members. But, to do that, you need a good quality microphone. While some of the professional players prefer installing a separate microphone in front of them, some prefer to use the microphone present in the headset.

The HCG1 headset features an excellent quality microphone that allows you to deliver a clear voice to your teammates and opponents. And in case you are playing solo, or for any reason don’t want to use the microphone, you can remove it from the headset since it is a detachable one. The microphone is not a noise-canceling microphone, but it still does the job of canceling the outside noises quite well.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality and comfort.
  • Clear High Definition sound.
  • Also compatible with mobile phones.
  • High-quality inline microphone.

Cons

  • No Cons.

Conclusion:

The HC Gamerlife might not be a brand you have yet heard of, but trust us, this headset from them come with so much power. It is built of high quality metal and plastic, come with an excellent microphone and great 3D sound that would make the gaming sounds come to life.


4. Razor Kraken Pro V2 – Great Design

Razer Kraken Pro V2: Lightweight Aluminum Headband - Retractable Mic - In-Line Remote - Gaming Headset Works with PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, & Mobile Devices - Green Razor is another brand that is popularly known for creating high-quality gaming accessories.

Kraken is a series of the headset from Razor that is really good.

Kraken Pro V2 over here come with 50mm custom-tuned drivers that provide great audio experience.

The headset comes in two colors: Black and a really exciting Green color.

Specifications
  • 50mm over ear drivers.
  • Lightweight body and flexible headband.
  • In-line remote control.
  • Retractable microphone.
  • 4.27 feet long cable.
  • Impressive sound signature with clear highs.

Our In-Depth Review:

Firstly, let’s talk about the design of the headset and also how comfortable they are. The body of the headset is made up of bauxite aluminum that not only makes the headset durable but also keeps it lightweight at the same time. The lightly padded headband is very flexible that would allow the headset to fit comfortably to any size of the head.

The 50mm large drivers cover the ear completely, adding a flavor of noise isolation. On the earcups, you get soft ear cushion covering that creates a good seal around ears and also provides great comfort. To be honest, these are one of the most comfortable gaming headsets that we have ever tested.
The microphone is retractable and fits well, but its technical performance is not so good. It pickups the surrounding noises and also picks up in-game sounds, which is a big downfall. This might bother your teammates if you are playing multiplayer. For those who play solo, this should not be an issue.

The sound quality of the Kraken v2 is exceptional and one of the best you can ever get at this price point. Yes, it lacks bass and is not too good in mids, but that’s because they are built for gaming and not for general uses. The 50mm drivers deliver rich audio with clear highs and deep lows. The sound is immersive and not echoing, you can easily hear the multiple layers of audios.

We usually don’t talk about the color of the headset, because that’s not something important, but with the Kraken Pro V2, we feel like we should do it. The green color on the headset looks really cool and gives it look of a typical gaming headset. On top of that Black colored Razor, the logo makes it even better. We think it would be fair to say that that razor has one of the coolest logos in the gaming accessories industry.

The headphones are compatible with most of the gaming devices in the market if not all. According to the manufacturer, this gaming headset is compatible with PC, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile devices.

Pros

  • Large drivers create good noise isolation.
  • Extremely comfortable.
  • Available in beautiful bright green color.
  • Immersive and rich sound quality.

Cons

  • Microphone picks up surrounding and in-game sounds.

Conclusion:

Razor Kraken pro is undoubtedly a great sounding headset, that would not cause any kind of discomfort to your head and ears. The microphone is surely not good, but rest everything else is good. The price point of this headset is decent, not too cheap, not too expensive.


5. Steelseries Arctis 3 – With Airweave cushions

SteelSeries Arctis 3 (2019 Edition) All-Platform Gaming Headset for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, Android, and iOS - Black If you search for gaming accessories on the internet, you will see the the Steelseries brand everywhere.

The Arctis 3 over here is a minimalistic designed headset that is also compatible with Nintendo Switch, Mobile phones, and VR.

There is also wireless variant of the Arctis 3 that runs on Bluetooth. The one we are going to have a look at is the wired one.

Specifications
  • Delivers distortion free sound.
  • Beautiful minimalistic design.
  • Fabric Airweave ear cushions.
  • Discord certified clear cast microphone system.
  • Compatible with Mobile phones.
  • Ski google suspension headband.

Our In-Depth Review:

Starting off with the design of the headset, we absolutely love it. The design is no fancy but still looks great. The headset is available in two different colors black and white with small branding on the top of the earcup. If you like a minimalistic design as most people do, then you will also love the design of this headset.

On the inner side of the headband, you get to see a gray strap, with black lining. This surely doesn’t contribute a lot to the comfort part but it surely adds a lot to the styling. The cushion padding on the earcups also has a different pattern as compared to other headsets.

That was all about how they look, but are they comfortable too? The earcups come with AirWeave ear cushions that prevent the earcups from getting heated, keep your ears dry and also feel very soft to the ears. The headband is not any ordinary headband, it’s an exclusive Ski google suspension headband that fits perfectly around the head and not feels pushy at all.

The overall weight of the headset is very light, and that allows them to be used for multiple hours without any strain.

Another thing that you would absolutely love about this headset is the placement of the in-line control buttons on the earcup. You basically get two controls, a button to turn off the microphone, and a volume adjuster. Volume control is very common to be present in any headset, but a switch to turn on/off the mic is exciting.

The microphone fitted inside the headset is a discord-certified clearcast microphone that cancels background noises and delivers voice to the recipients or your teammates. The noise cancelation works fine, but the voice that gets delivered could be better. It’s not sensitive, which means it would not sound loud to your teammates. The microphone is not detachable but it slides in and out and is also very flexible.

The sound and bass quality on the headset is actually great. The bass is punchy and you can feel it in in-game sound, the audio is clear and allows you to hear everything just fine. Also, they do a decent job in blocking out the outside noises, but please, don’t expect them to block noises as a noise-canceling headset does.

Pros

  • Very beautiful and comfortable design.
  • Also available in a Bluetooth variant.
  • Clear sound and Punchy bass.
  • On-ear controls for volume and turning on/off microphone.

Cons

  • The microphone is less sensitive.

Conclusion:

Steelseries Arctis 3 is one of best looking gaming headset that also creates a really comfortable gaming enviornment. The bass and the audio is the plus point, while the quality of the microphone is slightly on the downside. The price point is fine and would not make a dent to your bank balance.


6. HyperX Cloud Alpha – With Dual Chamber Drivers

HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset - Dual Chamber Drivers - Award Winning Comfort - Durable Aluminum Frame - Detachable Microphone - Works with PC, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One, Xbox One S (HX-HSCA-RD/AM) Cloud Alpha headset comes with a durable aluminum frame and award-winning HyperX comfort.

The headset is compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One, and other devices.

Note: If your Xbox one does not have a 3.55mm port, you would have to use a connector to do the job.

The headset also works with VR boxes with 3.5mm ports.

Specifications
  • Distortion free sound.
  • HyperX Dual chamber drivers.
  • Adjustable and comfortable headband.
  • Noise-canceling microphone.
  • Braided cable with in-line controls.

Our In-Depth Review:

This headset is very much similar to HyperX Cloud II. The few things where the Cloud II excels are the driver size, which is 53mm as compared to 50mm in cloud alpha, and also 7.1 channel surround sound, which can not be experienced with Cloud Alpha headset.

The headset is built of aluminum which makes them very durable and long-lasting. The earcups are covered with soft memory foam, and the headband is covered with leather.

The headband is a flexible one which would fit every moderate head size and would not bring any kind of discomfort to the user. But, if you got a large head it could feel like a little punchy. This shouldn’t be an issue for casual gamers, but if you are a professional and have a large head, you might experience some discomfort.

The braided cord that comes along is very durable and is also detachable. On the cord itself, you get an in-line remote control that can be used to control the in-game volume and you also get a button to turn on/off the microphone as per the needs.

Talking about the microphone that comes along, it’s a detachable noise-canceling microphone. This means that all of the surrounding noises would be canceled, and only crystal clear voice would be delivered to your teammates. And since the microphone is detachable, you can just remove it when not needed.

For providing a great sound experience, the headset uses custom 50mm dual-chamber drivers that provide distortion-free sound with accurate mids and highs with a precise flavor of bass. The sound might be less loud for some users, but it’s surely very smooth and clear.

Pros

  • Compatible with all gaming devices.
  • Great bass separation from mids and highs.
  • Excellent durability and comfort.
  • 7.1 channel surround sound.

Cons

  • Slightly uncomfortable for large heads.
  • The sound could have been louder.

Conclusion:

The HyperX Alpha is another decent headset from the Cloud Series. In terms of build quality and sound quality, the headset really do a good job. We would have liked them even more, if the sound would have been a little more louder.


7. Sennheiser GSP 300 – Excellent Bass

Sennheiser GSP 301 Closed Back Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One, black and White Sennheiser is one of the leading manufacturers of headphones, and our second favourite brand after Bose.

The GSP 300 from them is a good looking, large-sized gaming headset that creates excellent noise isolation and delivers a bass enriched audio experience.

We really think the bass quality on this headset is extraordinary as compared to other gaming headsets.

Specifications
  • Exceptional bass experience and audio clarity.
  • Noise-canceling microphone.
  • Volume controls.
  • Compatible with Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
  • Memory foam earpads and split headband.

Our In-Depth Review:

The design of the Sennheiser GSP300 is quite different as compared to the other gaming headset.

The headset is available in 3 different colors: All black, a combination of blue and black, and a combination of black and white. The body of the headset is made up of high-grade plastic, which is also very flexible. On top, you get the split headband that has an ample amount of padding, which allows you to use the headset for a longer period of time.

The padding on the earcups is quite large and very soft. It is large enough to cover any ear size, creating a good seal around, and adding a touch of noise isolation.

The build quality of the headset is good, but the quality of the cord/cable could have been better. Its made up of rubber, which makes it quite sticky and flimsy. A braided cable instead would have been a perfect fit.
If you ask us what the best thing about this headset, then we would say it’s the microphone. The microphone is a noise-canceling one that blocks out all the surrounding noises to enter and transmits crystal clear voice to your teammates or opponents.

Unlike a few of the other headsets, the GSP 300 does not have a dedicated button to mute the microphones, instead, it comes with a different muting mechanism. You can simply lift the boom up to mute the microphone, which would also keep it away from your face. Sadly you can not remove the microphone since its not detachable.

The sound quality on this headset is great. Its surely not as general headphones from Sennheiser, but for gaming purpose, it’s really great. With great noise isolation in place, you get to hear great sounds with clear highs, and deep lows, and impressive bass.

Pros

  • Interesting muting mechanism for the microphone.
  • Creates great Noise cancelation.
  • Excellent design.
  • Impressive bass experience.

Cons

  • Non-braided cable that is sticky.

Conclusion:

GSP300 is a great headset from a renowned brand. The sound quality is good, the noise canceling microphone works great and the overall build quality and comfrot is good too. The best part obviously is the bass experience you get with it.


8. Ecoopro Gaming Headset – Affordable Headset

ECOOPRO Gaming Headset for PS4, Xbox One, PC, Professional 50mm Driver, 3.5mm Surround Stereo Game Headphones with Noise Cancelling Mic & Volume Control for Computer, Laptop iPad & Video Game (A) If you looking to get a gaming headset at a cheap price point, then Ecooporo headset could be the one for you.

The headset comes with highly precise drivers, noise-canceling microphone and everything else that you get in mid-budget or high-end headset.

Also, the look of the headset is very different and unique. Thanks to the awesome camouflage print on it.

Specifications
  • 50mm neodymiun drivers.
  • Rotary volume controller and microphone mute button.
  • 1.2-inch thick ear padding.
  • 7.1 channel surround sound technology.
  • Compatible with all gaming devices.

Our In-Depth Review:

This headset is great for users who are low on budget and still want to get a great gaming headset.

If you go on the internet and search for “gaming headset”, you would probably get to see the headsets only from the big brands like HyperX, Corsair, etc, none of them are mentioning the small, less popular brands. We took this opportunity and bought in the Ecoopro gaming headset.

First of all, we are going to talk about the unique design of the headset. The headset is built up of aluminum, which makes them durable and also lightweight at the same time. On top of that, you get a really cool camouflage print. Now, this might sound a little weird, but the print looks really good.

On both the earcups and the headband you get padding of skin-friendly material that prevents hearing damage and also provides comfort. The headband has a very little amount of padding, but that’s enough since it’s added on the very center of the band. The earcups, on the other hand, come with 1.2-inch thick padding.

Even though the price point of the headset too low, you still get a noise-canceling microphone that works really well. It has the ability to block out the surrounding noises and delivers an absolute clear voice to your teammates. The microphone is also detachable and could be muted from the button present on the headset.

But, is this headset good in terms of sound quality too?

Well, the headset comes with 50mm highly precise magnetic neodymium drivers that emit 3D stereo surround sound with amazing clarity. The sound is omnidirectional that can would give you clear indications of footsteps and gun sounds. The highs and mids are produced nicely, and the in-game sounds are separated quite well.

Pros

  • Very affordable price point.
  • Built-up of aluminum.
  • Beautiful camouflage design.
  • Excellent omnidirectional sound.

Cons

  • Needs a USB adapter to work with PC and XBox.

Conclusion:

If you want a buy a low priced gaming headset, that comes with a noise cancelling microphone then do not think twice before getting this Ecoopro Headset. PS: The best part of the headset is the overall look.


9. Steel Series Arctis 5 – With RGB Light

SteelSeries Arctis 5 (2019 Edition) RGB Illuminated Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround for PC and PlayStation 4 - Black The Arctis 5 is an upgraded version of the Arctis 3 which is compatible with PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The most highlighting part of the headset is the RGB light that surrounds the earcups, which looks really nice in the dark.

But remember, the RGB light would only work on the gaming devices that use USB for connectivity, like PS4 and PC. Since the Xbox one uses 3.5mm jack for connectivity, the RBG light won’t work with it.

Specifications
  • Discord certified clearcast microphone.
  • Distortion-free audio.
  • Beautifully RGB Illuminated.
  • Ski google suspension headband and Airweave cushion.
  • On-ear audio controls.
  • DTS headphones:X v2.0 surround sound.

Our In-Depth Review:

From what we saw, the Arctis 5 is very much similar to Arctis 3. The only major differences that we found were the presence of X V2.0 surround sound and the RBG surrounding the earcups on Arctis 5.

Well, the review would be mostly the same as the Arctis 3, but still, if you have jumped right off to this review, skipping Arctis 3, then keep reading it below.

Talking about the design first, if you go above, and read our review for the Arctis 3 then you will see all the great things we said about its design, and we honestly think the Arctis 3 is one of the best minimalistic designed headsets. Now, Arctis 5 has the exact same design, but it got the RGB too, which makes them even better in terms of looks.

Along with the design, the steel series has also made sure that a user gets the most comfort while wearing them. Instead of an ordinary headband, the manufacturer has added Ski google suspension band that distributes the weight of headset evenly eliminating all the pressure points. The earcups are covered by AirWeave ear cushions, making sure they don’t cause any discomfort to the ears.

For voice transmission to your teammates, you get a discord certified clearcast microphone which is known to deliver studio-grade voice quality to your teammates/opponents in the game, while canceling out the ambient noises in the surrounding.

The microphone can be muted on-demand easily with the help of the in-line button on the earcup. Along with the mute button on the headset, you also get a rotatory button to control the volume.

Enough with everything, now let’s discuss how good this headset sounds.

Well, the headset uses premium S1 drivers that are known to deliver detailed distortion-free audio. Added to them is X v2.0 surround sound, which helps in hearing everything precisely incomplete 360 degrees. If you like to fine-tune your audio experience, you can then use SteelSeries engine software to personalize EQ and surround sound setting.
The bass on the headset is non-existent. You might be able to boost it a little with the software, but still, it would not be any close to being impressive. For PC, you might not notice the lack of bass, but with consoles, you can surely feel that (if you are a bass head).

Pros

  • Beautiful prism RGB illumination.
  • Ability to adjust EQ and surround sound setting.
  • Ultra-low distortion sound.
  • Very ligthweight and comfortable.

Cons

  • Weak Bass.

Conclusion:

This is easily the best looking headset we have ever seen. Also it sounds well. The price we would say is perfect and close to other competeting brands. The only downside is that the RGB won’t work with Xbox one, but that’s a fair thing since it is powered by USB, and Xbox uses jack for connetivity instead of USB.


10. CORSAIR Void Pro – 7.1 Channel Surround

CORSAIR Void PRO Surround Gaming Headset - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones for PC - Works with Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android - Red Void pro is a budget friendly gaming headset that has an excellent design.

Corsair is an established brand in the market of gaming accessories, and it is being used by some of the most popular streamers.

The best thing about this headset is the microfiber mesh fabric covering on the earcup and headband, which feels good as well looks nice too.

Specifications
  • 7.1 channel surround audio on PC.
  • A really nice and clean design.
  • A microphone that reduces ambient noises.
  • Compatible with Ps4, Xbox One, PC, mobile, tablet, etc.
  • Control buttons on the earcup.

Our In-Depth Review:

We are going to break this review into four parts: the looks, the build, the quality of the microphone and the sound quality.

As mentioned in the specification, the design of the headset is absolutely gorgeous. it is available in two color variants: All black, and a combination of red and black. Our personal favorite is the red variant. On the front of the earcups, you get to see a Corsair logo that glows in dark, which looks really cool.

Both the earcups and the headband has soft memory foam padding with a covering of microfiber mesh fabric, which provides comfort to your ears and head, allowing you to use the headset for longer gaming sessions without any stress.
Though the design is perfect, the size is a little big for small heads. It could be a little loose for people with small heads, but for people with average or large size heads, we think the fitting would be perfect. Also, the build quality of this headset is not very durable. We advise everyone to give extra care to them.

On the left earcup, you get an attached microphone, which is not detachable but could be moved vertically to keep it out of the way when needed. You can also mute the microphone just by a push of the button present on the same earcup. The microphone is capable of reducing ambient noises, transmitting crystal clear voice to your teammates.

In terms of sound quality, the headset uses custom-tuned 50mm neodymium drivers that deliver immersive accurate sound, bringing the gaming action to life. If you are going to use the headset on the PC, then the audio experience would be even better. In the package, you get a PC USB adapter that unlocks Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound when using the headset on PC.

Pros

  • Soft memory foam padding.
  • Vertically adjustable microphone.
  • Decent price point.
  • Cutom tuned drivers for excellent sound output.

Cons

  • Quite large for people with a small head.
  • Not durable.

Conclusion:

The Corsair Void Pro is one of the most affordable gaming headsets in the market. It sounds really good for the price. The size could be loose for the users with small heads, and build quality could have been better, other than that in terms of functionality there is hardly any issue.


Gaming Headsets – Buyer’s Guide

wired gaming headsetSo these were the reviews for the top 10 gaming headsets in our opinion.

If you are unsure of which headset would be right for you, or if you just want to learn how to choose a great gaming headset, then this buyer’s guide could be very helpful for you.

Below, we have touched down all the important things you need to consider while choosing a gaming headset.

Let’s have a look at them.

Headphones V/S Headset

Headsets and Headphones are two different accessories. They might sound similar, but there is still some difference there. The difference is not very big or significant, but still, we would like to address it.

The first and probably the only big difference is the attached microphone.

When we say headset. we mean a pair of headphones that have an attached microphone to them. In some headsets, this microphone could be removed, while in some it can’t. In some of the headsets, the microphone could be just kept out of the way by sliding it up.

On the other hand, in the case of headphones, the microphone is built inside the earcup, its not visible at all.

Both the microphone performs really well and transmit clear audio to the recipients.

In a nutshell,

No attached microphone = Headphones.

Attached microphone = Headset.

Headsets apart from gaming, are widely used in Call centers too.

Double Check Compatibility

Not all the headphones are compatible with all gaming consoles.

Some are just compatible with PS4, some are just compatible with Xbox, some are just compatible with PC, while some of the headphones are compatible with all the three.

Some of the headphones are even compatible with Nintendo Switch, VR and mobile phones.

It is really wise to check if the headset is compatible with the device that you own.

PS: If you simply want to get a headset that’s compatible with all the gaming devices, choose any one of the ten mentioned above. Every headset mentioned on this buyer’s guide is compatible with all the gaming devices.

What Gaming Device do you have?

game controllerLook, even if the headset is compatible with all the gaming devices, it might still give different audio experiences on each of them.

The difference in audio experience would be mainly seen when two devices offer different types of connectivity options. Like Xbox uses 3.55 jack for connectivity, while the PC has the USB connectivity option.

Like the 7.1 channel surround sound can only be experienced on PC and not on another gaming device, while RGB lighting can only be used on the devices with USB connectivity

So it is recommended to check beforehand that the features for which you are buying a headset would work with your specific gaming device or not.

Wireless or Wired Headset

wired headsetFor studio or gaming purposes we always recommend wired headset, but that doesn’t mean the wireless headsets aren’t good.

A good example of a wireless gaming headset would be the Steelseries Arctis 7. But we didn’t mention it here because it does not work wirelessly on Xbox One since the console does not have a standard USB audio support.

One of the issues with the wireless headset in terms of gaming is the battery. The battery needs to be recharged, and in case you sometimes forget to do that, the headset would stop working mid-game, which we are sure you wouldn’t like.

Wired headsets, on the other hand, have an edge. Since they don’t run on the battery, you just plug them and they are good to go. The disadvantage however with the wired headsets is the range. Since the cord is not too long, you need to stick close to the gaming device.

Also not to forget, the cost of wireless headsets is higher as compared to the wired ones.

Open Back or Closed Back?

open back headphonesIf we would have been talking about the studio headphones, then there could have been a really long debate over this topic.

But, we are talking about gaming headsets, so the question is not that big.

Putting it in simple words, if you want to hear the surrounding sounds along with the in-game sounds, and also keep your ears cool & sweat-free, then you must go for an open-back headset.

However, if you don’t want to be disturbed by the surrounding voices and just want to hear the game sounds then the Closed back headset would be perfect for you.

With the closed-back headset, you get to hear more detailed sounds as compared to the open back headset. But with an open back headset, the sound quality comes out as more natural.

Also, the sound leakage on the open back headsets would be much higher as compared to closed headset because of the way the earcups the built. So you need to keep that in perspective too.

Microphone

With the launch of the multiplayer battle royale games, the presence of the microphone on the headset has become a must. So even if you are going to get a low budget headset to make sure it has a good microphone.

If you plan to use the headset without the microphone sometimes, then go for a headset that has a detachable mic, or an adjustable microphone that can be kept out of the way. Also, check if the headset has the functionality to mute the microphone.

All the microphones shouldn’t be necessarily noise-canceling one, but if it is, then that would be better.

The way noise-canceling microphone works is that it absorbs the ambient noises and cancels it out, preventing them to reach to your teammates.

Should I get a separate microphone?

Getting a separate microphone is kind of a personal thing.

Most of the professional streamers usually prefer having a separate microphone. But that doesn’t mean that the inbuilt microphones aren’t good.

If you are a casual gamer, an inbuilt microphone would always do the job. If you are a professional gamer, you might want to test both of the types.

If you are planning to participate in tournaments, then you should get used to headphones with an attached microphone.

Omnidirectional or Undirectional microphone?

As the name suggests, the omnidirectional microphone picks up the sound from all directions.

A unidirectional microphone, on the other hand, picks up the voice from only one direction.

Its pretty clear on what type of microphone you should choose.

You would not want your microphone to pick up the surrounding noises, so you should always go for an undirectional microphone.

Active Noise Cancelation Headsets

If you got a lot of noises in your surroundings, you must get a headset with active noise cancelation feature.

For those who don’t know how a noise cancelation headset works, we are going to explain that:

On the earcups there is a microphone that absorbs all the surrounding noises and cancels it, preventing them to reach your ears.

ANC is surely one of the best technology you can have in any headset, but the thing is that it is not cheap.

A great sound headset with ANC would cost you more than $150.

Active noise-canceling headphones are usually preferred for general listening when you basically want to enjoy your music everywhere including crowded office, trains, airplanes, etc. Gaming is something you would usually do in a closed room, so ANC is not really needed.

Connection Type

usb connectorDepending on what gaming platform you have, you need to choose the connection type of the headset.

Usually, most of the headsets offer connectivity to various types of connectors, which makes them compatible with all gaming devices.

But, it is still wise to double-check beforehand.

There are several types of connections: wired USB, Wireless USB, Dual 3.5mm, 3.5mm, and also Bluetooth connectivity.

Things get a little tricky in the case of Xbox One. Old Xbox consoles do not have a 3.55 jack, which means you would have to buy a 3.55mm Microsoft jack to connect the 3.55mm headphones to it.

Comfort

basic gaming headsetWe think comfort should be the primary concern while buying any type of headphones. And in case of gaming headsets, when you are going to use them for multiple hours straight, the comfort part becomes even more important.

And that means lightweight body, soft padding, and flexible headband.

The best headphones are made up of durable lightweight materials, come with extremely soft memory cushion pads, and cause no major issues like neck pain or headache.

In case of buying a headset for gaming, you just can’t take the comfort quality for granted.

You are going to use the headset for multiple hours straight, it definitely needs to be comfortable.

Gaming Headphones Prolonged Use

Most of the gaming headphones could be used continuously for a long period of time without experiencing any discomfort.

The main usual issue with headphones is overheating near the ears and then sweating. Most of the headphones usually don’t have this issue.

Apart from not heating, headphones should also be comfortable in general. This means they should have soft padding on headband and earcups, and the overall weight should not be much.

Sound Quality

Dell gaming headsetAn average sounding gaming headset could work, but, if you are not just a gamer, but a professional gamer, which means you stream on twitch, youtube, etc, then you can simply not compromise in terms of sound quality.

The main purpose of a gaming headset is to allow you to hear gunfires, enemy footsteps, and explosions as clear as possible.

And, if the headset delivers surround sound, then the overall gaming experience is even better.

A gaming headset must deliver good surround sound so that a gamer can hear sounds from all angles.

The surround sound is a must if you are into FPS games like Call of Duty, PUBG, Fort Nite, etc because in these games it is essential to identify the direction of gun sounds and explosions.

Along with the great sound, the headset must also have some kind of bass, because good bass can bring explosions and gun fires to life.

7.1 Surround sound

If you can get 7.1 surround sound headphones then definitely go for them. Nothing beats the 7.1 channel when it comes to sound.

Even though the normal surround sound works great, 7.1 surely gives you a better edge over your competitors.

You will able to accurately pinpoint your enemies with 7.1 channel surround.

The in-game music will sound better, the in-game sound would come out better.

What about Durability?

Doesn’t matter if you are a careless user or a careful user, it is very important for your headphones to be durable.

This means that the body of the headphones and the chord should not be prone to wear and tear.

The best way to find out the durability of any headset is by looking at the real customer reviews.

How much should I spend?

A decent pair of the headset would cost you around $50-$100, while a more advanced and branded headset would cost you around $100-$150.

In this post, we have mentioned headsets in all price brackets, and we truly believe that all the headsets here offer complete value for money.

In our opinion, you should try not to spend more than $150 on a gaming headset.

General FAQ’s Related to Gaming Headsets:

Are normal headphones good for gaming?
Gaming headsets are usually created in a way that they create amazing highs and lows, which is not always good for listening to casual music. The gaming headsets are also known to create good surround sound which is essential for gaming. General headphones could be used for gaming if they are used with software that can help in producing virtual sound.
Are wireless gaming headsets good?
Yes! Wireless gaming headsets are good. But, that surely depends on the headset you are using and with what gaming device you are using it with. In our opinion Steel Series Arctis 7 is a great wireless headset that works with PS4 and PC.
What headset do pro gamers use?
There are no official words on what headset professional gamers use, but as per the observation, some of the most common gaming headset brands use by them are HyperX, Corsair, SteelSeries etc.
Can I wear gaming headset with my glasses on?
Wearing Gaming headset with glasses on will not bring any kind of discomfort you. Some headsets are made up of glass-friendly technology that does not put any pressure on the glasses.
Can I wear use the headset with my Mobile phone?
Yes, you can definitely use the gaming headsets with your mobile phone, if the headset has the 3.5mm connectivity jack. If the headset has a standard USB connectivity option, then you would have to use a 3.5mm connector to make it compatible with the mobile phone.
Are audiophile headphones good for gaming?
No, audiophile headphones are strictly built for studio purposes and should be used for that only.

Audiophile headphones usually produce flat sounds which could be customized with an equalizer.

There is no detailed reproduction or surround sound on them by default.

Is headset necessary for gaming?
Headphones/headset is not necessary but when used could give a whole new listening experience.

You get to hear the sounds much better.

If you are playing some arcade game, headphones might not make much of a difference, but with RPG games, you can feel the difference.

What are the best gaming headsets for PS4 and Xbox
HyperX Cloud II is overall the best gaming headset for PS4 and Xbox.

It is also the best gaming headset for PC.

Why do gamers use 2 headsets
The first one if earbud/earphones, that are used for hearing the in-game sounds. The headphones above them are used to cancel out the surrounding noises so that the gamer doesn’t feel distracted.
How long does a gaming headset last
Gaming headset would last as long as you take proper care of them.

The ear cushion usually starts coming off after using them for a period of time, you can easily fix this by replacing them with new ones.

Conclusion:

Before settling down on a headset you should first decide on what type of headset you want.

Do you want an open back or a closed-back headset?

Do you want a wireless or a wired headset?

Do you want virtual surround sound or 7.1 channel surround sound?

Here are our top recommend headphones.

The best headset overall on this list is the HyperX Cloud II.

The best open back gaming headset on this list is Sennheiser One.

The best wireless headset on this list is Steel Arc series 3. (Select the Bluetooth version on Amazon’s product page)

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