If you're the one who loves playing games at high volume but do not want to disturb the people in your surroundings, gaming headsets are one of the two ways you can enjoy gaming, the other being gaming earbuds.
A good gaming headset can really take your gaming to the next level. But when you search online to buy a gaming headset, chances are pretty high that you'll get completely overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of the different types of gaming headsets available in the market.
That's why here we've listed the only gaming headsets we've actually tested and loved.
And if you follow this post carefully, the headset you'll buy will serve you for years to come.
Best Gaming Headset 2019 Buying Guide
Corsair HS50 Stereo Headset
Best Budget Gaming Headset 2019
When it comes with PC gaming accessories, you get what you paid for. That means, more often than not, the budget-friendly accessories are actually compromised products.
But there come some hidden gems, every now and then, that gain attention despite their low budget.
Corsair HS50 Stereo headset is one of those hidden gems.
Design wise, this headset defies its price. Its capacious and foamy earpads, covered up by artificial leather, nicely cover your ears and provide gentle pressure on your head - without being too loose or to tight. We literally spend tens of hours and didn't get any headache due of its pressure.
On the outer side, the headset comes with different versions having different shades on earpads and headband (which also has a premium touch by having artificial leather), like green, blue and carbon etc.
The arches that connect the earcups with the headband is made up of metal, but is flexible enough to fit a majority of heads.
Being a stereo headset, this one comes with a 3.5 mm coming out from its left earcup, but because it uses the usual audio jack, you can use it on almost any audio device out there: Android, gaming consoles, PC, etc.
Speaking of left earcup, we should mention that that cup also has some other functions.
For starters, it has a small volume dial that can be used to lower and raise the sound. Next up, is the toggle button used to on and off the microphone capability (mic is also attached to that left cup).
Last one is about the mic itself. You can detach it to use HS50 as a normal headphones pair - perfect to be used in public gathering. Remember, though,. that you have to store this mic in a safe place. It's very small and if you've lost it, you'll probably have to get a new mic.
Just like design and functionality, the performance of Corsair HS50 is nothing like a budget headset. Corsair have put 50 mm sound drivers in it, while many other expensive headset come with only 40 mm drivers.
The result is excellent sound, something not found in many pricier headsets.
Sure, it doesn't have some bells and whistles of expensive headsets, like 7.1 surround sound, but the sound is precise and there is a decent amount of bass.,
The same goes for mic performance. Despite being smaller in size, it catches enough of your voice to sound loud and clear.
Overall, this headset has something good in its every aspect, that too on a small budget. All these things make it the best budget gaming headset for 2019.
Steelseries Arctis 7
Best Wireless Gaming Headset 2019
There was a time when wireless products were frowned upon in PC gaming community. They were expensive and lacked the robustness of their wired counterparts.
But now times have changed. Due to ever-changing wireless technology, more and more companies are now producing better products, and we've recently seen a lot of wireless keyboards, wireless gaming mice, and of course, wireless gaming headsets.
One of those headsets is Arctis 7 by SteelSeries. Yes, it's expensive than most of the headsets out there, but SteelSeries has tried to justify that price in every area of this headset.
The first thing we loved in its construction, is the adjustable headband. This headband is connected to the earcups through a plastic hinge that can be rotated up to 90 degrees. That plastic hinge aside, the headset frame is made up of aluminium, with earcups having matte finish.
Earpads, on the other hand, are covered with a silky cloth that feels much better rather than plain faux leather.
Comfort level is also very high. I wear glasses regularly, but didn't face any discomfort wearing this headset on top of those glasses.
In order to make this headset work, you need the USB transmitter that come along with it. This transmitter is larger than what it is in some other headsets, but gives strong signals too.
You can operate it through some buttons and dials (for different settings like headset volume control, mic volume control etc) that are present in both of the earcups.
If the design was great, sound quality is even greater. It's one of the most natural sounding headset we've come across, with vocals blending well with the background music. It tells you from where an in-game bullet or footsteps (if any) are coming from.
Apart from gaming, you can use it well for other activities like watching movies, listening to music etc. In case you want to tweak its settings, there's SteelSeries software for you.
It doesn't allow you too many options, but definitely work in changing the EQ in real time, enabling DTS, and creating different sound profiles etc.
Unlike in many other headsets, the microphone here is of a good quality. It picks up clear sound. If it picks low sound than intended, try to increase its sound pick-up through the software.
According to SteelSeries, this headset has a battery life of 24 hours, which is more or less what lasted in our testing.
The only thing I didn't like in this headset, is its non-removable mic. Yes, it can be retracted nicely into the headset, but a completely detachable mic would be even nicer.
HyperX Cloud Alpha
Best Gaming Headset 2019
For anyone who's ever owned - or even researched online for - a gaming headset, HyperX isn't an unfamiliar name.
In fact, back in 2014, they released Original HyperX cloud which was a mainstream success and led many people to call that the best gaming headset.
The success of cloud headset encouraged HyperX to release many new headsets, such as Cloud II, Cloud revolver, and cloud stinger etc, but they didn't get as much success as their predecessor.
So now that HyperX has released Cloud Alpha - the latest variant of cloud headset, let's see how it turned out.
From looks, you can quickly relate it to cloud headset, with a red-colored hinge that connects the earcups to the headband, found in both headsets. The only difference is that the hinge in Cloud Alpha is perforated, probably for keeping it low-weight considering its all-aluminium frame.
The earcups grip your head with enough to not fall, yet relaxing enough to not you uncomfortable.
There's HyperX' logo on the outer side of these earcups that are covered in artificial leather.
Another thing Alpha headset borrowed from cloud (2014) is a great comfort level. No mater how many hours you put these on, they won't have you have a headache, thanks to the padding on headband and earpads.
One major difference I have found in this headset is the removable cables. Yes, all the cables in this headset are removable ,which comes really handy in case you broke the original cord. Not only cables, but earcups and mic are removable (hence replaceable) too.
In-line remote controls are present, but they are fairly basic. Only volume controlling wheel and a toggle for muting the mic are present.
Cloud 2014 headset came with a variety of accessories, while Cloud Alpha don't. There's only a single pair of extra earcups.
In terms of connectivity, you have a couple of options. For gaming consoles and smartphones, you can use a cable with 4 pole headset jack, and for PCs, you can have a dual jack cable.
Audio quality is the area where Cloud Alpha actually excels. Because I can't recall any audio source - form SoundCloud to YouTube to PC games - that sounded bad while I had this one on my head. In fact, it can give any decent headphones pair a run for its money.
The overall sound signature is balanced with a slight touch of bass. Not only this bass makes it good for gaming, but also it doesn't overpower other frequencies.
There isn't any virtual surround sound, but that's only subjective, and not many people like it anyway. Distortion is minimal even if your volume level is too loud.
Its microphone is also top-class. Not a replacement for any dedicated mic, but the best one I've experienced on a headset.
The only potential issue you can have with this headset is it being an analog headset. It means its sound will be a lot more dependent on a quality of the input sources. And if you don't have a good-quality DAC, your sound experience will be way less awesome than it should be.
Still, this is the best headset we got our hands on. And if virtual surround sound and USB connectivity aren't deal-breakers to you, there's no reason for you not getting this pair.
But before actually starting this post, let me clear one common misconception among people. This mistake is interchangeably using the words 'headphones' and 'headset' for each other.
Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC
Best High-End Gaming Headset 2019
For a majority of people, a gaming headset with average sound quality will suffice. The purpose here is gaming, not music - they argue.
But there are some people (very few to be honest) who want nothing less than high-quality audio experience, even in gaming. For those, here is Arctis Pro + GameDAC by Steelseries - a high end gaming headset.
Actually the idea of High-res sound isn't new at all. For a number of years, PC and gaming consoles have been pushing for higher fidelity sound in gaming - and speakers have been coming to complement that - but only recently this concept has been founding its place among gaming headsets.
Arctis series, for those who don't know, isn't new either. These headsets are known for their extra comfortable design. This is probably the reason why Steelseries didn't do major overhaul in the design area. But there are some differences like the aluminum frame instead of the plastic body of older Arctis models.
Ear-cup overs are magnetic in nature, are easily removable, and can also be swapped out for customization. There's RGB lighting on both of the earcups as well as microphone, which takes gaming aesthetics to a whole new level.
Apart from this, Arctis Pro has its left earcups loaded with features like volume knob, a retractable mic, mute button, and 3.5 mm audio jack etc.
These features were present in the older Arctis models but one slight change is that this time, the mute button is bigger as well as textured, so that you can easily find it without any delay.
Like Arctis 7, this headset features an elegant, all-black design which makes it one of the few headsets you'll be proud in taking outside. There's ski-google headband design which gives it a cozy yet firm grip over your head. I wore for almost 8 hours but didn't feel discomfort of any sort.
The headset grip will be a perfect for most of us out of the box, but if that's not the case somehow, you can adjust the Velcro strap at its top, to make it tighter or looser than before.
Another major selling point of this headset is the GameDAC. GameDAC is basically a digital-to-audio converter (DAC), which means by using it you can hear higher-res audio than you would hear from a regular USB or analog connection.
This DAC comes in the form a small-size transmitter with a Big OLED screen and other things like volume knob, microUSB port and 3.5 mm jack etc.
In order to make some tweaks, press and hold the volume knob for a moment. Then you can do things like adjusting brightness, changing input/output sources and change other audio settings. There are different presets available in its equalizer settings, or you can also manually change the frequencies.
The same goes for microphone. It's almost as good as a dedicated microphone.
Apart from one minor flaw that it has short cables which makes it less beneficial for everyone who's not a gamer, GameDAC performs very good. You can buy your own cables however, if you think they're short in any way.
In terms of audio performance, Arctis pro is a step-up from what all other headsets offer. Its rich sound helps you in getting real feel to any game. Even outside gaming, it sounds perfect.
The GameDAC enables this headset to catch even the tiniest of the music details in a soundtrack. The volume is a little less than what some high end headphones offer, but this is only flaw we were able to find it Arctis pro - except its price.
Yes, Arctis pro is expensive. So expensive that you can get two HyperX Alpha and 50 bucks, for one Arctis pro. This is the only reason why it's not the best gaming headset in this roundup.
But for all its pros, it is definitely the best high end gaming headset for 2019, and if you can afford it, there's no reason for you not getting it.
Alright. So these were some of the best gaming headsets in our opinion. In case you have another awesome headset in your mind, that you think should be in this list, feel free to comment down below.
Headset vs Headphones
Most people use terms headset and headphones interchangeably for each other (and I will also do the same), but it is technically wrong.
One slight difference in headphones and headsets is that a headset actually has a built-in microphone. This microphone obviously can't match dedicated mics, but still it's better than nothing.
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Things to Look For In A Gaming Headset
OK, now we are going to look into 9 things you need to keep in mind while looking for a gaming headset.
1. Gaming Platform
The first thing you need to check in a gaming headset is its supported gaming platform(s). There are many headsets that supports only one gaming platform (such as Xbox, PC etc) and nothing else.
In case you play games on more than one gaming platforms, there are some universally-compatible headsets too, such as Logitech's G633 Artemis Spectrum.
These headsets usually come with 2 connectors: A USB-connector for PC and a 3.5 mm jack for the console gaming.
2. Comfort Level
Since you're a gamer, there's a high chance of you wearing these headsets for a long time period. That's why, the headset you want, should have a good comfort level.
For starters, headsets are considered by many as more comfortable than earbuds, when it comes to gaming.
But not all gaming headsets are equal. The main things that determine the comfortableness of a headset is weight, material type of earcups, and the size of earcups.
Some manufacturers make leather earcups while other offer ones with foam. In my opinion though, comfort is a pretty subjective matter which differs from one person to another.
What feels good to you, might not feel pleasant to me.
3. Open vs Closed back
Open back headsets/headphones are the ones that have the back-side of their earcups perforated or "open". This allows audio to leak out of your earcups and let your hear the sound coming from your surroundings.
Main benefits of this type of headsets is that they provide "spacious" sound that feels very natural and let you hear what's happening around you. Apart from this, these headsets also keep your ears cool.
Close back headsets, on the other hand, have a closed back-side of their earcups. It means that no sound leaks from these headphones and also you cannot hear any ambient noise from your surroundings.
These headsets are perfect for you if you want noise isolation and don't want to disturb your surroundings.
A major benefit of having closed back headsets is that you can hear each teeny tiny in-game movement, which certainly gives you a competitive edge.
4. Wired vs Wireless Headsets
The cord is another way through which headsets can be differentiated with each other. There are wired and wireless headphones. As their names imply, wireless headphones are wireless, and wired headphones are not.
Both of these types have their own advantages and disadvantages.
One major drawback of wireless headphones is that there's always a slight chance that you'll forget to fully charge them, and that's a potential disaster if happens in the middle of your gaming session.
That being said, many high-quality wireless gaming headsets come with 7-8 hours of battery life, which is more than enough time for you to play games.
In case you want to have a wired gaming headset, make sure to check its cable quality. Don't ever buy a headset with an average quality cable, because (if you break it somehow) it will make your whole headset useless.
Many manufacturer give you a spare cable that can replace the current (and broken) cord but this functionality is not very common,
5. Built-in Microphone
Microphones are necessary if you want to talk with your teammates during a game. You need to make sure that the headset you're going to buy has a decent mic, that at least sends your voice clean and clear.
If a mic doesn't collect all the ambient noise and sends your voice without any clutter, it's good.
That being said, there are some people who don't give too much attention to the mic of their headsets. They usually rely on a separate mic.
Some people don't like headsets with a mic boom because they find it as a distraction. If you happen to be one of those, then buy something like a clip-on mic. These mics are really small and can be attached to your shirt.
As many good features a headset can have, if it's not strong enough, nobody's gonna buy it.
That's why you too, should always go for a tough gaming headset. Generally, headset with some metal in their build, are found to be tougher than the ones with plastic construction.
So, if you have shortlisted a gaming headset, read its reviews (from online stores such as Amazon, and reviewers like us) and find out any flaw that gaming headset may have.
7. Sound Quality
The headset you're going to buy should have a good sound quality. Most of the headset are a bit inclined towards heavy bass (some people think that high bass is good in FPS games), but it shouldn't overshadow other frequencies.
One thing you can do, to make sure your headset sounds good, is checking its specs sheet. In most cases, bigger sound drivers means better sound. It's because bigger drivers can handle low and high end frequencies better.
Other than this, many gaming headsets nowadays come with noise cancellation.
In simple terms, a dedicated mic is used in all noise cancellation headsets to invert any ambient noise coming from outside. Having no sound coming into your ears can make you fully concentrated on your game.
8. Surround Sound or Not
Apart from noise cancellation and stuff like that, headsets with surround sound now are coming into the market.
The basic concept of surround sound among gaming headsets is a bit similar as in surround sound gaming speakers: Different drivers are placed in different locations of the ear-pads, with each related to different audio channels.
This enables the sound to come into your ears from different directions.
In games, this features comes really handy, if implemented right. This enables you to judge the direction from which opponent is shooting you, for example.
The reason why I said "if implemented right" is because this feature comes only in high-end gaming headsets, and in cheaper headsets, it's nothing more than a gimmick.
Still, if you're hardcore/competitive gamer, there's no reason for you to not going for a surround sound headset.
9. Your Budget
Most high-quality gaming headsets come in the price range of $150-$200, so unless you're looking for a real audiophile-grade experience, don't spend more than $250 on a gaming headset (no matter how good it looks/feels).
On average, wireless gaming headsets are more expensive than their wired counterparts (due to being wire-less). If you ask me, I would recommend you to go for headsets with sub-100 price-range, and even less than 50 bucks, if you're a beginner.
For experienced gamers, as I told earlier, $150-$200 is the really sweet spot.
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