The subsequent great peripherals war is now being waged over your ears. After every company in the world put out a gaming mouse then a mechanical keyboard, now it’s time for headsets. So gaming headphone.
We realize you don’t would like to scroll through each and every headset review when all you need is an easy answer: “What’s the ideal gaming headset I will buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This article holds the answer you seek, irrespective of what your finances is.
We’ll keep updating our recommendations since we have a look at new releases and look for stronger contenders. For this particular latest update, we’ve reviewed a few fancypants models, namely the Sennheiser Game Zero and and Sennheiser GSP 350, as well as the Audio-Technica ATH-AG1X. For additional earthly budgets, we’ve also tested the SteelSeries Arctis 7, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S, as well as the Logitech G533, which debuts as our new best mid-range wireless headset.
Kingston doesn’t have similar pedigree in the headset space as its competitors, however the HyperX Cloud can be a winning device at the cheap price.
Our 2016 headset recommendation remains pretty much similar to our 2015 headset recommendation (and our 2014, as an example): The Kingston HyperX Cloud. Or, if you’re feeling a little fancier, the Cloud II. It’s comfortable, it may sound great, and (best of all) it’s relatively inexpensive. What else can you want in the headset?
True to the name, the HyperX Cloud is probably the most comfortable headsets in the marketplace. It’s hefty, by using a solid-metal construction that belies its cheap price, but sits feather-light about the head. The faux-leather earpieces are generously padded, oversized, and form a great seal without squeezing way too hard.
And it also sounds excellent. As I said in our review, this isn’t a studio-quality list of headphones. It’s got the common gaming-centric bass boost and a slick high end, but both of them are subtle enough the HyperX Cloud competes favorably with bluetooth headset twice its price. There’s no Kingston-provided way to adjust the sound, provided that the HyperX Cloud connects through standard 3.5mm jacks, however, you honestly shouldn’t must tweak it by any means out from the box. It may sound pretty damn great.
The sole downside is the microphone. It’s very flexible, that i appreciate, but has a propensity to get background noise and plosives while leaving your voice nasally and hollow.
The slightly-more-expensive HyperX Cloud II is, I believe, more a lateral move than a noticable difference over its predecessor. It swaps the 3.5mm connection for any 7.1-ready USB soundcard with better in-line controls and a certain amount of noise cancellation around the microphone, however, you wouldn’t notice a tremendous distinction between both iterations and I’m unsure the increase in cost makes it worth while.
Regardless, either model is an excellent choice for a gaming headset. In a increasingly crowded market, the HyperX Cloud nails pretty much every major category with few significant compromises. I really hope the following model improves around the microphone, but for $80 it’s a steal.
The Cloud Stinger provides solid sound, serious comfort, as well as an attractive design for everyone who just demands a “good enough” headset with no wallet-shock.
HyperX’s Cloud headset continues to be our favorite, although the company undercut themselves a bit by releasing the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Listed at $50, it’s one of several cheapest gaming headsets I’ve experienced coming from a reputable brand. And it’s good.
Sure, it’s not quite as good as the first Cloud, but for many people the Stinger should do just great. The plastic chassis lacks a number of the original Cloud’s panache and sturdiness, but looks high-end from your distance and sits pretty slim on the head. HyperX also solved the Cloud’s biggest issue and lastly put a volume slider straight on the bottom of the right earcup and gave it a flip-to-mute microphone, so forget about fiddling with in-line controls.
As for the audio, the Cloud Stinger’s got a great mid-range with minimal to no distortion even at high volumes. The treble is a little underpowered and the bass range is almost nonexistent, but 80 % associated with a given game, film, or song may come through clear and clean.
If you already have a decent headset, specially the original Cloud, I wouldn’t say the Stinger is essential-own. But when you’re looking for an excellent value on entry-level hardware, this is it. It’s an insane bargain when comparing it to many other headsets within the same price tier.
Only under $100, Corsair’s Void Wireless is generally an effective wireless headset, but you will come across some compromises.
Frankly speaking, Corsair doesn’t have any competition in this category. Most decent wireless gaming headsets will run you $150 or more. Corsair’s Void Wireless is priced in a mere $100, which leaves it on its lonesome.
But even accounting for that vacuum, it’s excellent. Not phenomenal, mind you, but around this price you’re getting a bargain.
I wasn’t really sure things to make in the Void’s weird, diamond-shaped ear cups but after a little use I’m actually pretty pleased. The Void Wireless sits a little forward in the head, with all the band resting just above your forehead. It takes some getting used to, but the result is less tension around the jaw and much more on the rear of the pinnacle where it’s less noticeable. I wouldn’t say it’s as comfortable as the classical HyperX Cloud, but undoubtedly I really like it a lot more than its predecessor, the H2100.
The on-headset controls are fairly intuitive, with a volume rocker at the base of the left ear, plus oversized buttons for power and mute about the side. And it’s got 16.8 million color RGB lighting, if that’s your bag.
The largest design issue is the fact that Void Wireless is heavy. It’s no problem when sitting up, but when you look down or look up the headset has an inclination to slide around. I don’t know whether it’s as a result of battery or the metal-augmented construction, however, your neck gets a workout using this type of headset.
Sound-wise, the Void Wireless still needs some work. It sounds passable, especially while gaming, but throwing on some music sets the Void Wireless’s limitations into stark relief. The reduced-end is muddy and distorted, as well as the whole selection of mid-to-high-end frequencies sounds slick, like you’ve applied too much compression.
You may adjust the headset’s sound in Corsair’s software, but Corsair’s application is still somewhat unwieldy. Superior to this past year, I do believe, yet still not on par with Razer, SteelSeries, or Logitech. Also, quite a few users have reported problems with firmware updates-not a great sign.
“This doesn’t seem like an incredibly positive review,” you could possibly say. And you’re right, it’s not. The Void Wireless is just not a terrific headset, as mentioned up top. However it is the ideal wireless gaming headset under $150, and given just how many wires are connected to my PC at any moment, the convenience of cheap wireless could be worth sacrificing a certain amount of quality of sound.
Logitech’s G533 doesn’t have quite a similar breadth of options since the G933, but a more restrained design and a bargain price turn this into a strong contender for optimum wireless headset.
It’s a difficult call replacing our former mid-tier wireless pick, the Logitech G933, having its sibling-successor the Logitech G533. Like, really tough. The G933 is a wonderful headset, with crisp and well-balanced audio and a few nifty design features (like having the capacity to store the USB dongle inside an earcup).
But I’m still replacing it. Why? Well, aesthetics really are a huge reason. If you wish an indicator how Logitech’s design language has shifted in past times year or more, look no further gam1ngheadset the G933 and G533. The G933 was all sharp angles and sci-fi. The G533 alternatively is sleek, professional, restrained. Having a piano-black finish and soft curves, it looks just like a headset made by Audio-Technica or Sennheiser or possibly a more mainstream audio company-not necessarily a “gaming” headset. I like it.
The G533’s design can also be functional. The microphone isn’t as hidden as I’d like, but that’s the only flaw. The headset is lightweight, durable, and less vise-grip tight than its predecessor.
Regarding audio fidelity? It’s not quite similar to the G933, however the differences are minimal. The G533 lacks a little bit of oomph, especially at lower volumes, along with its 7.1 support is subpar. Those are hardly reasons to keep away, though-many people will run the headset loud enough to counteract the headset’s deficiency of presence, and virtual 7.1 is (for me) virtually always bad. The G533 is worse in comparison to the average, although the average is still something I choose in order to avoid daily.
In any case, the G933 continues to be being offered and it is a perfectly good choice for several, specifically if you want console support. The G533 is PC-only, as the G933 may be attached by 3.5mm cable to many other devices. And in case you value comfort over audio fidelity, take a look at the SteelSeries Arctis 7 too-another excellent choice.
Astro’s new A50 touts a fresh charging station and much better controls, but still doesn’t put out the audio you could possibly expect from the $300 kind of headphones.
SteelSeries Siberia 800 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset
After a new generation from the game earphone and Siberia 800 released in 2016, I thought we may finally break the tie that’s dominated our splurge headset pick for the past number of years.
But when again, there’s no clear winner at this $300 price-though Astro certainly made some strides toward edging out SteelSeries.
The newest A50’s biggest improvement is definitely the battery. The newest model overcomes a long-running weak spot and packs in 12 to 15 hours of life-enough to help you get through a long day of gaming. Better yet, it features gyroscopes inside the ears that allow it to detect whether you’ve set it up down. It automatically shuts off ten seconds later if so, after which turns back and connects for your PC on after you pick it back. Its base station also functions as a charger, a great mixture of function and sweetness.