Best Gaming Headsets

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
There are a lot of different video games that people play all around. We have selected the most popular gaming headsets for you. If you prefer to spend your time playing the games, this review will help you choose the best headset. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Material embouchure
Headphone driver
DOLBY SUPPORT
Frequency range
Sensitivity
Impedance
Type of connection
Compatible platforms
Ergonomics
Mic
Mic sensitivity
 
PROS
Ensures noise and echo cancellation via inline sound card. Compatible with most gadgets, it produces amazing sound.
CONS
Requires an adapter for Xbox One Stereo.
OUR VERDICT
Comfortable to wear, compatible with Mac/Xbox One, has good sound quality and an optimized voice chat.
detailed parameters
Material embouchure
Memory foam ear pads
Headphone driver
53mm
DOLBY SUPPORT
7.1
Frequency range
15Hz-25kHz
Sensitivity
98 ±3dB
Impedance
60 Ohms
Type of connection
USB, jack 3.5mm, 1m+2m extension
Compatible platforms
PC, PS4, Xbox
Ergonomics
Advanced audio control box
Mic
Noise cancelling microphone via Inline sound card
Mic sensitivity
-39dB+/-3dB
PROS
These headsets are very comfortable to wear. They don't tighten the head and ensure perfect fit for many hours. Developed by PlayStation, they also deliver excellent sound.
CONS
Dolby 7.1 works only with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
OUR VERDICT
These headsets are good not only for playing games but also for listening to the music. Both wireless and cable connections allow users to enjoy music everywhere.
detailed parameters
Material embouchure
Soft leather pads
Headphone driver
40mm
DOLBY SUPPORT
7.1
Frequency range
20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity
102dB
Impedance
24 Ohms
Type of connection
Wireless, jack 3.5mm, USB, 10m
Compatible platforms
PC, PS 4, PS 3, Sony PSP
Ergonomics
The buttons on the body
Mic
Hidden noise-cancelling microphone, foldable design
Mic sensitivity
-34dB+/-3dB
PROS
This gaming headset features with 90-degree rotating ear cups. The plastic surface does not collect scratches and traces.
CONS
The microphone is not detachable.
OUR VERDICT
This newest Cloud series headset is extremely lightweight (less than 10 ounces), quite comfortable and fits most modern gaming platforms.
detailed parameters
Material embouchure
Memory foam ear pads
Headphone driver
50mm
DOLBY SUPPORT
7.1
Frequency range
18Hz-23kHz
Sensitivity
102 ±3dB
Impedance
30 Omhs
Type of connection
jack 3.5mm + extension cable
Compatible platforms
PS, Xbox, PS, PS4, Wii U
Ergonomics
Volume control on the headset cup
Mic
Noise cancelling condenser memory foam mic
Mic sensitivity
-40dB
PROS
Produces high-quality sound, ensures rapid-burst transmission and filters the noise.
CONS
2.4 frequency increases sensitivity of nearby devices.
OUR VERDICT
A fast wireless connection, amazing surround sound and G-keys control elements make this headset very convenient. Can play up for 10 hours on a single charge.
detailed parameters
Material embouchure
With the plush, soft ear pads and adjustable, foam headband
Headphone driver
40mm
DOLBY SUPPORT
7.1
Frequency range
20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity
90dB
Impedance
32 Ohms
Type of connection
Wireless, USB, 12m
Compatible platforms
PC
Ergonomics
3 programmable G-keys
Mic
A pivoting microphone with noise reduction
Mic sensitivity
-40dB
PROS
Comfortable reinforced headband for perfect fit and high sensitivity flexible Mic.
CONS
You need to download drivers for Windows 10 from website.
OUR VERDICT
This ultra-lightweight PC gaming headset boasts excellent sound quality and distinctive design. It's comfortable to wear for many hours in a row while gaming or listening to music.
detailed parameters
Material embouchure
PU leather, nylon
Headphone driver
40mm
DOLBY SUPPORT
7.1
Frequency range
20Hz-20kHz
Sensitivity
111 ±3dB
Impedance
32 Ohms
Type of connection
USB, 3m
Compatible platforms
PC
Ergonomics
Smart in-line Remote Control for sound and Mic
Mic
Omnidirectional flexible microphone
Mic sensitivity
-54dB+3dB

What is a Gaming Headset

In the world of computer games, it is very important to have a good surround sound system. And this is what a good and quality gaming Headset is aimed for. This device is not particularly cheap, but definitely worth a try. Good Gaming Headsets are able to reduce all background noises and let you totally concentrate on the game. Due to high frequencies, you'll get a full range of sound and incredible sense of presence during a video game. Their design usually differs from the regular Headsets, and ensures comfortable wear for a long time. Check our review of the best Gaming Headsets on the market and make your choice.

You will definitely speed up your progress in games with a proper mouse and a gaming keyboard. If all you need is a simple pair of earphones without a mic to use during workouts or while traveling, consider simpler headphones.

What Features to Compare

In this review, we will pay attention to the main features of Gaming Headset. And the first thing to consider is Construction and Usability. Quality Headsets should have the right supported points to comfortably fit your head, and this is what most manufacturers work on. The material and the size of the ear cushions directly affect overall usability. The Headsets made of high-quality polyfoam will ensure better fit. There are two types of earpieces you may want to choose from: ear cover and overhead. Ear cover Headsets are made to completely abut to the ears and effectively reduce all background noises. Overhead earphones are made in a slightly different way. They leave a gap between an earpiece and the ear and hence, may let some outside sound get in. The optimal size of an earpiece ranges between 40-50mm.

We also consider Sound Characteristics. Now many manufacturers use Dolby 7.1 Surround. This technology is the best in its kind. There are several settings that affect sound quality. Sounds have different frequencies: very low and very high. The range determines how good the sound will be. The recommended frequency is 20-20000Hz. Sensitivity is measured in dBm or in decibels. A large number of dBm suggests that the Headsets will be very loud, the approximate range is 90-120dB. An important characteristic is the total electrical resistance of the Headsets. The output impedance of the source must be less or equal to the load resistance headphones. Professional Headsets may have resistance in the range of 120, 300 or 600 Ohms.

One more feature is Connection Methods. They can be wired or wireless. The cable length is very important but what's more important than that is the strength and durability of the Headset. Pay attention to the thickness and the type of a cable. Expensive Gaming Headsets are often equipped with replaceable detachable cables. A wireless system features a docking transmitter and a Headsets receiver. They provide a wireless sound transmission in the range of 15 to 150 meters. The downside of this type is that it requires installation of a special software, often compatible with just few gaming platforms.

To sum up, we would like to mention Features of the listed Headsets. The way you're going to use the Headsets and an option to use a microphone is what's important to pay attention to. Some Headsets are controlled via a remote control on the cable, others are set via the buttons placed on the Headset. Consider how you're going to regulate the volume, control the microphone, use a client-chat and listen to music. All these things are important in the longer perspective. For example, a modular microphone is easy to take off and plug in the speaker. It also would be nice if you could connect the Headset to your player and use it in the street, not tangled in the wires.  

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Review of HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud II

HyperX Cloud II

Construction and Usability

These earphones have memory foam ear pads which are very comfortable to wear. The headset also includes an additional set of velour ear pads, if you ever need to replace. The ear cups completely cover the ear, so that no outside sound is let in. In this way the sound is going to be deeper and clearer. Actually, this gaming headset can be used not only for playing games, but also for listening to music. It doesn't look huge and weird, and you can easily bring it around.

Review of HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

Sound Characteristics

HyperX earphones feature Dolby 7.1 and 60 Ohms impedance, all those things, essential for high-quality sound. With echo and noise cancellation, you'll have excellent user experience playing literally any game. The best thing about this gaming headset is that it's compatible with almost all gadgets, presented on the market. This makes these earphones an all-cure solution at an affordable price.

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset in the use

Connection Methods

This headset is USB-powered for PCs and Macs and 3.5mm stereo-compatible for PS4 and Xbox One. It's also got a 2-meter cable, so that anyone can use the set with the maximum benefit. This headset can be used for multiple purposes, though its design has been optimized for games. On buying these headphones, you will kill two birds with one stone. Not only will you satisfy your gaming requests, but also meet usual requirements of everyday life - listening to music, watching films and so on.

Detailed review of HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

Features

What makes this gaming headset more attractive in the eyes of gamers is a detachable mic and a microphone volume control. The internal DSP card is there to improve sound quality for Hi-Fi gaming. You wouldn't want to use a gaming headset without a proper mic. HyperX has got a good quality microphone with noise cancellation. You don't necessarily have to keep it always plugged in. Whenever you want to listen to music, just unplug it and go along with favourite tracks.

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset application

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HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review! + Mic Test
HyperX Cloud II
HyperX Cloud II
 
Review of PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset

PlayStation Gold

PlayStation Gold

Construction and Usability

These headphones have soft ear pads, minimal design with one solid arch around the head. The size can be easily regulated for a better fit. Just like most other headsets in this review, this headset features ear cover design, perfect for delivering top sound frequency. Looking for a modern gaming headset with amazing sound options? Consider buying PlayStation headphones.

Review of PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset

Sound Characteristics

The headset supports Dolby 7.1. It's also possible to download a variety of audio modes to use for your favourite games through Headset Companion App. This is a handy application that will introduce a diversity of special effects during your gaming experience and make you love most games anew. If you're not using this app yet, we highly recommend you to download it and try. You won't regret a moment, but wonder why you've not done it earlier.

PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset in the use

Connection Methods

This headset connects to PS3, PS4, PC, Mac and PS Vita system wirelessly. You can also connect it to any mobile device through a 3.5 mm audio cable. These headphones can work with multiple platforms and do it really well. So, if you'd like to get something universal for everyday use, yet, good for playing games, you know what to get - PlayStation headset at an attractive price.

Detailed review of PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset

Features

On the contrary to most other headphones equipped with the mics, you wouldn't need to unplug it all the time when you decide to listen to music. The headset features microphone and volume controls, allowing users to balance between the settings and use the headphones for multiple purposes - audio, chat or game. There is also a button to control virtual surround sound and a standard stereo system.

PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset application

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REVIEW: PlayStation 4 Gold Wireless Stereo Headset
PlayStation Gold
PlayStation Gold
 
Review of HyperX Stinger PC/Console Gaming Headset

HyperX Stinger PC/Console

HyperX Stinger PC/Console

Construction and Usability

HyperX Cloud Stinger headset is made entirely of rough matte plastic. It is evident that the company had read comments about the glossy elements on the Revolver and took note of these comments. It is correct, practical solution because gaming headphones often can not be stored or transported in the most suitable conditions. A volume slider is placed on the right cup, and a non-detachable microphone is on the left cup.

 

Review of HyperX Stinger PC/Console Gaming Headset

Sound Characteristics

This gaming headset provides same sound as HyperX previous models. All is loud and quite clear. Microphone quality is also decent. All that you say is sure to be heard by your teammates. The headset is also fit to listen to music but can be felt a lack of bass.

HyperX Stinger PC/Console Gaming Headset in the use

Connection Methods

This headset is compatible with all devices with CTIA standard connectors. It is connected via 4-pole 3.5mm jack which can be extended by the Y-piece cable 1.7 m long and compatible with PC, game consoles, smartphones, tablets and other portable devices. Quite a long wire that is not conducive to comfort while playing on the console and the headset is connected directly to the gamepad, but is useful in other types of connections.

Detailed review of HyperX Stinger PC/Console Gaming Headset

Features

Among the main advantages of the reviewed headset is attributed a great level of assembly, comfortable ergonomics and a very light weight. The headphone is designed with 50-mm speakers with neodymium magnets that can transmit all sound nuances of the virtual battle.

Through thick ear cushions of high-quality synthetic leather, firm foam with memory effect and the presence of the rotary cup mechanism, the user can place the headphones comfortably on the head, thereby achieving total immersion in what is happening on the screen.

 

HyperX Stinger PC/Console Gaming Headset application

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HyperX Cloud Stinger Headset Review by LinusTechTips
HyperX Stinger PC/Console
HyperX Stinger PC/Console
 
Review of Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset

Logitech G930

Logitech G930

Construction and Usability

These headphones have plush and soft ear pads, comfortable for long wear. Isn't what you'd be looking for when choosing a gaming headset? Something that would fit well and not cut in the head. The foam-based headband is made for this reason. You'll be able to use it for hours and do not feel it whatsoever. The ear cover cups isolate all outside sound and ensure exciting "sense of presence" during the games.

Review of Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset

Sound Characteristics

The headphones deliver great audio quality thanks to Dolby 7.1 . With the noise cancellation, you will hear perfect sound coming from all the sides. High frequency of the headset and 32 Ohms resistance will let you feel all audible effects and immerse you into the game completely. You'd like to act like a main character of the game, don't you? This is possible with Logitech G930 headset.

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset in the use

Connection Methods

These are the wireless gaming headphones, connected to the PC via a USB adapter. They may continuously work for up to 10 hours as well as work while charging. The only issue with the headset is that it might not work on earlier versions of Windows, and unfortunately, it's not going to work on Mac. To get started using the phones, you'd also need to install the Logitech software (provided in the box).

Detailed review of Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset

Features

There are three programmable G-keys, located on the left ear cup. They will let you easily control in-game elements with a single switch. But better than that, there is an option to customize G-keys and use them for the desired functionality. The headset is equipped with a noise-cancelling microphone set to recognize your voice only and ensure clear and high sound quality. Moreover, you can easily mute the microphone by just rotating it; a small red light will tell you if the mic is muted.

Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset application

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Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset Review
Logitech G930
Logitech G930
 
Review of GW SADES SA902 7.1 Gaming Headset

GW SADES SA902 7.1

GW SADES SA902 7.1

Construction and Usability

GW SADES gaming headset is made of high-quality plastic with aluminum pieces, ensuring its light weight and robust design. The reinforced headband offers 9 height adjustment levels for excellent fit, making the headset extremely comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, without causing fatigue or some sort of ear discomfort. Nylon headband with a PU leather padding is durable and wear-resistant during the whole period of use. Undoubtedly, this perfect headset will not let you down!

Review of GW SADES SA902 7.1 Gaming Headset

Sound Characteristics

This gaming headset features an advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound system, which provides real 3D immersive sound with separately adjustable levels. Due to variable low frequencies, you will experience realistic sounds of artillery shells and other deep low-end sounds. Additionally, this headset has the sensitivity as high as 111 dB that offers a wide range of volume, enabling users to fully immerse into virtual reality.

GW SADES SA902 7.1 Gaming Headset in the use

Connection Methods

The headset is connected to your computer via an extra-long 3-meter braided cable, which is strong enough to protect against all types of damage. Therefore, there is nothing to worry about if you accidentally roll over the cable with your office chair or frequently bend it close to the jack-plug. You will be amazed at the outstanding sound quality of this headset. So, check it out and make the most of it!

Detailed review of GW SADES SA902 7.1 Gaming Headset

Features

GW SADES gaming headset comes with an omnidirectional flexible microphone, which provides exact positioning. The convenient smart in-line remote control allows you not only adjust but also completely mute the volume as well as turn your microphone off. The headset and remote control have a red backlighting, which creates an outstanding visual effect and makes it easy to find the item in the dark. The software installed on your PC allows you to carefully adjust the sound volume just as you wish.

GW SADES SA902 7.1 Gaming Headset application

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Sades SA902 7.1 USB Surround Stereo PC Gaming Headset (Red LED)
GW SADES SA902 7.1
GW SADES SA902 7.1
 

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