So you love gaming, right?
Well, with the launch of the immensely popular battle royale games like Fortnite and Pubg, we all have somehow got into gaming.
Most of the people play games just for fun, while some of the people have made gaming their 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.
Best Gaming Headsets for 2019 – Quick Look
|Headset||Weight||Noise Canceling Microphone||Price|
|HyperX Cloud II|
|Sennheiser Game One|
|HC Gamerlife||13 ounces||No|
|Razor Kraken Pro V2||12 ounces||No|
|Steelseries Arctis 3||11.2 ounces||Yes|
|HyperX Cloud Alpha||12 ounces||Yes|
|Sennheiser GSP 300||12.8 ounces||Yes|
|Ecoopro Headset||12 ounces||Yes|
|Steel Series Arctis 5||12.8 ounces||Yes|
|CORSAIR Void Pro||13.3 ounces||No|
1. HyperX Cloud II – Best Gaming Headset
If you have been in gaming space for a while, you would have definitely heard of the HyperX brand.
HyperX produces all the gaming accessories including keyboards, mouse, headsets etc. And, their cloud series is a very popular lineup in the headset criteria.
Cloud II is a great headset that comes with 53mm large drivers, and is capable of producing 7.1 surround sound when used with PC.
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 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.
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.
- One of the most comfortable headset.
- Excellent noise canceling microphone.
- Large drivers that provide better noise isolation.
- USB 7.1 surround sound for PC.
- Weak cord connection leads to cut out sometimes.
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 headset from a trusted brand then you are surely looking at the right product.
2. Sennheiser Game One – Open Back Headset
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 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.
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 them 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.
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.
- Comfortable cushion padding.
- The microphone works perfectly.
- Open back design that keeps the ears cool.
- Exchangeable connectivity cables for different gaming devices.
- No Cons.
We think the best part of the headset is how comfortable they are. 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 the very renowned brand.
3. HC Gamerlife Headset – 3D Sound
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.
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 compatible with everything so that you don’t have to get a new headset once you switch to a different gaming device.
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 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 because it is a detachable one. The microphone is not a noise-canceling microphone, but it still does the job really well.
- Excellent build quality and comfort.
- Clear High Definition sound.
- Also compatible with mobile phones.
- High-quality inline microphone that is detachable.
- No Cons.
The HC Gamerlife might not be a brand you have heard off, 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
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.
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 he 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 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 logo makes it even better. We think it would be fair to say that that razor has one of the coolest logos in gaming accessories industry.
- Large drivers create good noise isolation.
- Extremely comfortable.
- Available in beautiful bright green color.
- Immersive and rich sound quality.
- Microphone picks up surrounding and in-game sounds.
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 high.
5. Steelseries Arctis 3 – With Airweave cushions
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.
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 like most of 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.
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 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 like a noise-canceling headset.
- Very beautiful and comfortable design.
- Works with mobile phones.
- Clear sound and Punchy bass.
- On-ear controls for volume and turning on/off microphone.
- The microphone is less sensitive.
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
Cloud Aplha headset comes with a durable aluminum frame and award-winning Hyperx comfort.
The headset is compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One, and other devices. Remember, 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.
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 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.
- Detachable cord and microphone.
- Great bass separation from mids and highs.
- Excellent durability and comfort.
- Noise canceling microphone.
- Slightly uncomfortable for large heads.
- The sound could have been louder.
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 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.
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. And, if you are a fan of Need for Speed Payback, then there is a special edition available for you on the Amazon.
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 and creating a good seal around, adding a touch of noise isolation.
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.
- Interesting muting mechanism for the microphone.
- Creates great Noise cancelation.
- Volume controls on the right earcup.
- Impressive bass experience.
- Non-braided cable thatis sticky.
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
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 print on it.
This headset is great for users who are low on budget and still want to get the best possible gaming headset.
If you go online 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 in itself 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 print that shows off some trees and leaves. Now, this might sound a little weird, but this print looks really good.
Even though the price point of the headset to low, you still get a noise-canceling microphone that works like a charm. 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.
- Very affordable price point.
- Built up of aluminum.
- Thick and soft padding on the earcups.
- Excellent omnidirectional sound.
- No cons.
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
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.
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 good things we said about it, and we honestly think the Arctis 3 is one of the best minimalistic design any 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.
- Beautiful prism RGB illumination.
- Ability to adjust EQ and surround sound setting.
- Ultra-low distortion sound.
- Very ligthweight and comfortable.
- No cons.
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
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 really looks nice and also feels good.
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.
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.
- Soft memory foam padding.
- Vertically adjustable microphone.
- Extremely beautiful design.
- 7.1 channel surround sound on the PC.
- Quite large of people with a small head.
- Not durable.
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 would be hardly any issue.
Gaming Headsets – Buyer’s Guide
So these were the reviews for the top 10 gaming headsets in our opinion.
If you are unsure on 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.
What Gaming Device do you have?
Look, even if the headset is compatible with all the gaming devices, it might still give different audio experience on each of them.
The difference audio experience would be mainly seen when two devices offer a different type 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, RGB lighting can only be used on the devices with USB connectivity, and other few things as well.
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
For 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 because it does not work wirelessly on Xbox One, and that’s because Xbox one 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?
If 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 open back headset.
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.
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 makes 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 microphone shouldn’t be necessarily noise canceling one, but if it is, then that would be better.
The way noise-canceling microphone works is that 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 gamers 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.
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, airplane etc. Gaming is something you would usually do in a closed room, so ANC is not really needed.
Depending 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 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.
We 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 causes 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.
An average sounding gamng 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, enemies 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 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.
How much should I spend?
A decent pair of 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.