Written by: Justine Liew
Ah, gaming, everyone’s favourite pastime. Most people (specifically the parents) think that gaming is bad and addictive. However, studies have found it reduces stress, improves the quality of life, and helps with problem-solving.
Some even found a living out of gaming! Isn’t that just the dream? To earn money and enjoy what you do at the same time.
Finding the perfect headset can be quite a challenge as everyone has different needs. I’d say the three main attributes a gaming headset must have would have to be comfortable, have an outstanding sound system, and be compatible with multiple gaming platforms.
In this article, we are going to look into two different categories: Budget and Premium Headsets the market has to offer for all you console and PC gamers. Let’s jump right in!
Best Budget Gaming Headsets
If you’re looking for an affordable headset that wouldn’t break your bank account, then your go-to would have to be the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Gaming Headset. Offering high-quality components at a budget-friendly price as compared to the rest of the higher-end SteelSeries range.
Arctis 1 adopts the same design, powerful speaker drivers, and crisp ClearCast noise-canceling microphone as the Arctis 3, 5, and 7 models. Although the headband design uses rigid notches to find a fit rather than its usual elastic headband, it is still just as comfortable.
There is also the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless option if you’d prefer. Nevertheless, they are both excellent choices for PC gaming on playing with Switch games on the go.
The Razer BlackShark V2 X is the Razer BlackShark V2/V2 Pro’s pared-down, budget-friendly counterpart. It is packed with virtual 7.1 surround sound, superior mic clarity, active noise cancellation, and amazing audio all for a relatively affordable price!
The V2 X is designed to be subtle and low-key with its black matte with a dash of neon green cable finish. It also provides soft leatherette foam ear cushions that let you forget you’re in a gaming marathon. Although they don’t offer many other features like a USB sound card and detachable mic, these headsets still do what it is expected of.
The bottom line is the Razer BlackShark V2 X is an excellent choice for trying out successful new drivers from a reputable brand like Razer.
Another inexpensive option to look at would be the Logitech Prodigy G433 gaming headset. It is designed to be better than other cheaper brands of gaming headset and also appeals to gamers. The G433 packs in an amazing audio performance into a design that is lightweight, durable, and comfortable.
Experience an incredible 7.1 surround sound with DTS Headphone:X technology and Pro-G drivers with the G433. Featuring a detachable boom mic and swappable cables that let you easily transform gaming modes from PC to consoles.
The Logitech Prodigy G433 is the whole package for an advanced gaming experience that takes gaming with you wherever you go.
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Last but not least, the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core gaming headset is also another solid choice. Featuring a lightweight and durable gaming headset at a decent price. It offers immersive in-game audio with convenient audio controls and improves the chatting experience with its noise-canceling microphone. The Hyper X Cloud Stinger Core also lets you choose to add in a virtual 7.1 surround sound that adds in a whole new level of immersion during your match, optimizing your gaming experience.
No matter the option you choose (wired or wireless), the Cloud Stinger Core is a reliable headset ready for daily gaming sessions.
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Best Premium Gaming Headsets
The Logitech G Pro X Wireless Gaming Headset is meant for delivering tournament-grade performances. It is on the more expensive side of things but still offers great benefits that match its price. With the lightspeed setting, it sets a higher standard for wireless audio without compromising the latency, connectivity, or battery life.
Logitech aims to provide maximum comfort with the G Pro X Wireless through a flexible headband along with exceptionally snug foam and leatherette earcup options. Besides, it also has a built-in Blue microphone for extra-crisp voice chats.
Though the Logitech G Pro X Wireless is only compatible with Windows computers, it is still worth considering. The Logitech G Pro X is also another viable choice if you prefer a wired headset.
If you love the Razer BlackShark V2, then you’re going to love the wireless version. Powered by Razer’s HyperSpeed 2.4 GHz Wireless technology, Razer BlackShark V2 Pro focuses primarily on three aspects: positional audio, ultimate microphone clarity, and noise cancellation. Making it the perfect concoction for an Esport tournament.
It also features a new breathable weave of memory foam ear cushions which minimizes sweat and heat build-up from gaming adrenaline. This maximizes the comfort for all gamers and allows for longer periods of gaming.
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro truly is a premium wireless gaming headset in every sense of that word.
Next, we have the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset. It is the most awarded wireless gaming headset offering a sleek, stylish design and high levels of comfort. Equipped with outstanding surround sound and a bidirectional microphone that lets you lose yourself in the gaming world.
Moreover, with its lossless 2.4 GHz wireless audio, it is designed for a low latency gaming experience. Featuring a 24-hour battery life, you can also play to your heart’s content and outlast your competition.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless truly has set the bar high for one of the best gaming headsets.
If you prefer console games like PS4 and Xbox over PC games, then the Razer Thresher Ultimate headset is the one for you. Packing in a superb lag-free audio immersion and wireless connection of up to 12 meters in range.
On top of that, the Thresher Ultimate also comes with a headset stand (saving you some extra bucks for a separate one) with noise-isolating leatherette ear cushions for the utmost comfort and focus while you game. It also offers up to 16 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The Razer Thresher Ultimate falls on the pricier spectrum but if you want quality for your gaming experience, they are worth the consideration.
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A collaboration between HyperX and Audeze released the HyperX Cloud Orbit with a promise to bring in immersive cinematic audio experience to the gaming world. Utilizing the 100mm planar magnetic driver and 3D audio technology provides clear and realistic audio while launching you into another dimension. Offering advanced audio customization, detachable noise cancellation mic, and cable options for multi-device compatibility. You can game or enjoy clear communication with your friends wherever you’d like!
The HyperX Cloud Orbit is your next best option thanks to its lower and more reasonable pricing but if you have the budget, the Cloud Orbit S provides for an interstellar experience with its head tracking technology.
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