With all the buzz surrounding graphics and controls, it’s understated how integral it is to have only the best gaming headset for your rig. Even if you’re goal isn’t to be the next winner, there are options like the to tide you over until you can afford the towering asking price of the Asus ROG Centurion 7.1.
Of course, since you don’t want to blow your life savings on a headset, we’ve covered a wide range of gaming headsets, each with their own unique specs and price tags. And, like our laptop reviews, recommendations you can trust based on our thorough .
1. Razer ManO’War
Surround sound without the fuss
Interface: Wireless | Features: Software-based 7.1 surround sound, earcup-mounted controls, Chroma RGB multi-color lighting, 14-meter range (using an extender, 12 meters without)
Great surround sound
Easy to set up
No wired option
Following the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy, the Astro A50 Wireless improves upon the wired Astro A50 before it by adding industry-leading 5GHz wireless technology. This is, of course, complemented by a base station transmitter that conveniently doubles as a magnetic charger. What’s more, not only is the Astro A50 Wireless ready to rock with your PC, but it’s compatible with PS4, Xbox One and legacy consoles as well.
Read the full review: Razer ManO’War
2. Asus ROG Centurion 7.1
10 drivers, 7.1 channels, one impeccable headset
Interface: Wired (USB) | Features: 10-driver 7.1 surround sound, dual-USB amplifier, Sonic Software compatibility, HDMI passthrough, amplifier with audio profile and channel volume controls, unidirectional microphone
Excellent spatial sound
Can only be used with its amp
Heavy and bulky
Neglecting all the unwritten rules of fashion, the ROG Centurion 7.1 is a spectacle to behold. Though it’s a living hellscape to set up, this gaming headset delivers both extreme looks and an unruly knack for emitting crystal clear sound waves. The Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 not only bolsters full-fledged surround sound passthrough for an external set of speakers, but its set of onboard amp controls give you complete power, even if there’s a steep learning curve.
Read the full review: Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 headset
3. V-MODA Crossfade Wireless
Stylish with powerful bass-driven tones
Interface: Wireless or wired (USB) | Features: Bluetooth connectivity, built-in microphone (Boom Microphone available for gamers), lithium-ion battery with up to 12 hours of continuous music, dual-diaphragm 50mm driver, metal construction with leather, military-level MID-STD-810 tested
Huge, eardrum-filling sound
Comfortable padded cups
If you’re more interested in the sounds coming out of your gaming headset rather than glowing LEDs, macro keys and other gratuitous extras, then the V-MODA Crossfade Wireless is the headset for you. Its stylish cans are a treat for the ears, booming with sound that’s bass-heavy with fantastically crisp treble at the other end. Stepping out of the soundscape, the V-MODA Crossfade Wireless is comfy and spacious too, what with its memory foam earcups.
Read the full review: V-MODA Crossfade Wireless
4. Astro A50 Wireless
The best general use headset just got better
Interface: Wireless | Features: Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound; Works with PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and mobile; Astro Audio; 5.8GHz wireless tech with MixAmp; 6.0mm uni-directional noise cancelling mic; USB charging with base station
Full-bodied Dolby 7.1 Surround sound
Finnicky charging cradle
We called the original Astro A50 a “game-changing, experience-enhancing headset,” and thankfully its wireless successor follows the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rule. Astro’s latest headset does what it says on the tin and adds wireless connectivity to an already stellar package. Not only is it ready to rock with your PC, but with PS4, Xbox One and legacy consoles as well – a headset that’s robust and versatile.
5. SteelSeries Siberia 840
Interface: Wireless or wired | Features: Closed back earcups, Dolby virtual 7.1 surround sound, retractable directional mic with mute indicating light, two hot-swappable Li-Ion batteries, SoundShare audio recording, click wheel, memory foam ear cushions, compatibility with Xbox 360, PS3/4, PC/Mac, Apple TV/Roku, home entertainment and mobile devices
Dolby 7.1 surround sound
Following in the footsteps of the already impressive Siberia 800, the upgraded Sibera 840 is pro-Bluetooth, anti-lag and all about personalization. With the SteelSeries Engine 3 app, you can customize everything from equalizer settings to what you want shown on the OLED screen of the accompanying base unit. All of that is, of course, secondary to the Siberia 840’s sound qualities which are nothing less than sublime.
6. Turtle Beach 350 Stealth VR
The best gaming headset for virtual reality
Interface: Wired (3.5mm) | Features: Battery-powered amplification (30 hours on a single charge), variable bass boost, full-range audio, mic monitoring, removable noise-cancelling microphone, ergonomic VR design. swappable cable system
Ergonomic design suits VR headsets
Battery amplification provides full-bodied sound
Mic monitoring lets you hear yourself
Feel flimsier than more expensive headsets
No surround sound
With VR headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift making their way into PC gamers’ rooms, specially-designed audio headsets for virtual reality were bound to follow. The Turtle Beach 350 Stealth VR is one of the most flexible out there, featuring a generous amount of adjustability thanks to its sturdy headband which can fit over the top of VR headsets worn on even the biggest heads.
7. SteelSeries Arctis
High performance with a low profile
Interface: Wireless or wired (3.5mm) | Features: 2.4GHz wireless technology (Arctis 7 only); 15-hour battery; built-in digital audio control; Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound; Steelseries Engine software, Compatible with PC, Mac PS4, Xbox One, smartphones, tablets and VR
Sterling bass and treble quality
Ugly suspension headband
Unlike some of its competitors, SteelSeries stresses subtlety in its headset designs. The Arctis continues this trend by flaunting sound quality and comfort over gaudy appearances. When you pop an Arctis on your head, the goal is for, say, your stream audience to see a professional environment rather than a Dorito stain on your chair. The customizable lighting gives you plenty of wiggle room, too, in case the whole monochrome look isn’t your thing.
8. HyperX Cloud Stinger
Better sound for the buck
Interface: 3.5mm analog wired | Features: Closed back earcups, swiveling noise-cancellation microphone, onboard volume slider, multi-platform compatibility, memory foam earcups
Light on bass
Arguably one of the most affordable gaming headsets available today, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is designed to give players eSports quality audio at a bargain. While the red on black plastic design isn’t much to write home about, this headset’s 50mm directional drivers grace it with superb stereo sound. That goes without mentioning the noise-cancelling mic, which aims to keep background noise from hindering your game sessions.
9. Sennheiser GSP 350
Stellar Sennheiser audio quality for less
Interface: 3.5mm and USB (for 7.1 surround) | Features: Closed acoustic earcups, memory foam ear pads, right ear cup volume control, 7.1 Dolby surround sound, broadcast quality noise-cancelling microphone, automatic mic mute, split headband design
Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
Sturdy build quality
Comfortable memory foam earpads
Dolby surround only works with PC
More affordable than Sennheiser’s flagship PC 373D while still packing an audible punch, the GSP 350 carries over that headset’s stellar 7.1 Dolby surround sound and closed ear cup design. Brandishing a closed-back design and toting a noise-cancelling microphone that mutes breathing sounds by default, if you like the look of Sennheiser’s flagship gaming headset but can’t quite stomach the price, the GSP 350 is the “lite” version you’ve been holding out for.
10. Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum
A command center on your head
Interface: Wireless or wired (3.5mm) | Features: 7.1 surround sound, cup-mounted G-keys (macro), programmable RGB mutli-color lighting
Cup mounted macro keys
Average battery life
Logitech’s flagship G933 Artemis Spectrum gaming headset can be recognized by its cup-mounted G-keys that provide handy shortcuts to performing actions in-game. And, if you’re fed up of round ear-cups on headsets then you’ll appreciate its large and comfortable ear-shaped ones. The multi-colored lighting strip running all the way down the ear-shaped cup is merely icing on the cake.
11. Corsair Void RGB
Lights up the room and your ears
Interface: Wireless or wired (USB) | Features: 7.1 software-based surround sound, 2.4GHz wireless, 40-feet wireless range, 16-hour battery life, mic-on indicator, RGB lighting, Corsair CUE software, 50mm neodymium drivers, noise-cancelling microphone
Long wireless range
Surround sound works well
Cloth (rather than leather) ear cups
Microphone isn’t great
Capable of exuding first-pumping bass that’s powerful without muddying the mix, the Corsair Void RGB is a near-perfect blend of style and function, letting you configure its lighting colors using Corsair’s intuitive software and even make it dance in tandem with the company’s K65 or K70 mechanical keyboards. Plus, the Corsair Void RGB bears a wireless range of up to 40 meters, making it a solid and affordable option for surround sound gaming.
12. HyperX Cloud Revolver
Affordable and comfortable with punchy bass
Interface: Wired (dual 3.5mm) | Features: 53mm drivers, ear cup memory foam, noise-cancellation mic, audio volume and mute controls, detachable microphone
Decent build quality
Punchy, bass-driven sound
No surround sound
No headset controls
Here we have a no-frills headset with an upstanding build quality closely rivaling those which cost nearly double. Used by a number of eSports teams, Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Revolver’s large interchangeable memory foam cups help block out unwanted noise, and the retractable mic allows clear and distortion-free communication with teammates. With 53mm drivers designed for punchy mid-tones and pounding bass, this headset comes highly recommended.
13. Asus ROG Strix Wireless
Low-input lag makes these great for gaming
Interface: Wireless | Features: 2.4GHz wireless technology; 900mAh battery; headset-mounted control buttons; virtual 7.1 surround sound; Sonic Studio software compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One, smartphones and tablets
Great 7.1 surround sound
Soft padded earcups
Bulky plastic design
Looking like something straight out of Quake 2, Asus’ Strix 7.1 wireless gaming headset immediately caught our eye with its large black-and-orange ear cups that are decked in a circular pattern resembling an owl’s eye. Asus claims these headphones experience lower latency than Bluetooth, and while it’s difficult to agree for certain, bullets whizzing past our in-game head synced to a convincing degree in our testing.
14. Turtle Beach Elite Pro
Like kicking back on your favorite comfy couch
Interface: Wireless or wired (3.5mm) | Features: 3.5mm upstream and downstream jack, 50mm drivers, memory foam earpads, glasses relief system, optional tournament audio controller, standard microphone included
Tactical Audio Controller
No surround sound
Pricey with TAC
Aimed at PC and console gamers, using Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro feels like sitting down at a command station and gearing up for war. This headset emanates gamer cred right down to the subtle orange ruler-type markings on the headset’s automatically adjusting headband. That’s down to Turtle Beach’s 50mm NanoClear drivers, which do an especially great job of bringing you into the heart of the action in shooters.
15. Cougar Immersa
Powerful sounds and an eye-catching price tag
Interface: Wired | Features: Compatible with PC and consoles, 100mm ear padding, noise-cancelling microphone, 40mm drivers, 100mm extra-large ear pads, retractable microphone, leather headband design
Big comfortable ear cups
Headband feels flimsy
Decked in the company’s trademark orange-and-black color scheme, the Cougar Immersa is big, bright and bold in a way that, perhaps intentionally, resembles a racecar. Its massive cups envelop the ears and are comfortable when worn over long periods. Its mid-range and bass tones are punchy and bright, though treble is a little lacking. The retractable microphone is convenient, too, but best of all, it’s a great value for what you get.
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