Best Gaming Headsets
SteelSeries Arctis Pro
Logitech G Pro X
HyperX Cloud Alpha S
Razer Nari Ultimate
1. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless.
SteelSeries is a well-respected brand and has been around for many years producing the best gaming peripherals and the Arctis Pro is definitely one of their best creations yet.
The Arctis Pro wireless headset contains dual-wireless technology that provides 2.4G lossless audio for gaming and also comes with Bluetooth connectivity so you can use the headset with your mobile or other devices.
The speakers are premium high resolution and provide some of the highest quality sound we’ve heard through a gaming headset. Not only does the headset sound impeccable but you’ll also get 20 hours of battery life, which is amazing when seeing what quality sound the headset can deliver. Wireless headsets are often inconvenient because of charging time required between using, however with the Steelseries Arctis Pro you’ll get 2 sets of batteries, so while you game with one set, the other can be charging.
The design and construction of the headset is sleek and modern, it’s made from polished steel and aluminum alloy, this gives you a really comfortable fit that molds to your head shape and also provides you great durability so the headset will last you for years to come.
The microphone on the headset provides studio-quality voice clarity and allows you to easily communicate with your teammates in a tough game of counter strike or league of legends, whilst also giving you background noise cancellation to tune out any cars driving by on the street or your parents talking outside your room.
With the powerful neodymium magnets, you’ll get realistic and stunning audio that immerses you into the game. These magnets have a huge frequency range from 10 to 40000 hertz. The clarity you receive from this headset can make some games too realistic, try running through Escape from Tarkov with this headset on and you’ll be jumping out of your seat.
Alongside the good headset you’ll receive a ChatMix dial, this allows you to adjust audio coming in and going out, so you can make sure the sound from your teammates isn’t tuned out by loud in-game sounds.
Ok so you might be thinking, alright Andrew all of this sounds great and the headset sounds amazing now what are the downsides?
Well whilst we had no issues with setting up the headset or using it, some people have said that the SteelSeries software that allows you to customize the headset is unable to pair with the device. Again this wasn’t experienced by us, however several complaints have been filed about this and it’s most likely down to faulty gaming headsets which SteelSeries will happily fix or replace with their warranty.
So overall for the Arctis Pro what would we rate it? 5/5. We think these are the best gaming headphones available.
2. Logitech G Pro X.
Compared with our previous pick, the Logitech G Pro X is significantly cheaper and won’t make such a dent in your bank account, although I wouldn’t call it a budget option.
The headset to us is amazing because of the premium build quality that just makes it so comfortable to wear. If you’re a serious gamer and pull crazy sessions, then wearing this headset for 12 hours straight is not going to give you a headache or cause any discomfort that you may experience with other gaming headsets.
The construction is made from durable steel and aluminum which is standard for most high quality headsets, but the soft memory foam earpads will shape to your ear and give you amazing comfort. With the earpads, you can switch out the noise-canceling leatherette for breathable velour which is much more comfortable.
Now when it comes to audio quality, for a wired headset it’s great. It won’t take the number 1 spot, but it’s definitely up there. It has PRO-G 50mm drivers, these give you that clear and precise sound and make in-game audio easily distinguishable, as Logitech G Pro is designed for pros at gaming tournaments, you can download custom EQ profiles that are specifically tuned for various games, allowing you to hear footsteps much easier in your favorite shooters.
Alongside the headset you’ll get a premium USB external sound card, this helps give you even better crystal clear in-game audio and also improves the quality of voice chat, so you won’t be mishearing important instructions from your friends.
So now to some downsides, multiple people have said that the gaming headsets have arrived with broken microphones and required a return to get a new one to fix. This can be a little frustrating, however, it’s an issue that only affects a very small amount of people.
Logitech also has a keyboard that is from the same G Pro X range that features in our top gaming keyboards article.
So overall for the Logitech G Pro X, we’d rate this 4.3 stars out of 5. The headset is great for esports professionals and we like that it’s used by pro gamers like Myth. It’s one of our favorite gaming headphones and we love the Logitech brand and software they offer.
3. HyperX Cloud Alpha S.
Coming to one of the newer gaming headsets in our guide, the Cloud Alpha S was released in late 2019.
This headset is tuned by HyperX to give gamers what they want. It provides crystal clear and amazing in-game audio and is made to make sure that gaming with this headset will give you an edge over other gamers. With the Digital signal processing card, you get amplified audio that gives you an even more immersive experience when playing some of your favorite games.
Now for a feature, we haven’t seen yet on gaming headsets, a bass adjustment slider. Gamers and pretty much everyone I know loves being able to get a heavy bassy sound. It can make music sound much better and make gaming feel much more immersive. With this headset, you get 3 options on the earcups of the headset. You can move the sliders to either increase or decrease the bass depending on what you prefer. I tend to have them fully open allowing maximum bass, but some people might hate that, so you can slide it down.
Inside the headset you get dual-chamber drivers, this allows you to separate the mids from the highs, and gives the ability for them to be tuned separately, this gives you a greater distinction and allows for less distortion overall.
On the little audio balancer, you can adjust the mix of game and chat audio levels. This saves you time since you can simply click either game or voice up or down, saving you time from rummaging through the game options trying to figure out how to change the audio levels.
Something I’ll quickly go over is the comfort, although I shouldn’t have to as personally every HyperX headset is supremely comfortable, but anyway the headset comes with extra breathable earcups and has cushions that are nearly 8 times more breathable than previous models. You can also use the interchangeable ear cushions if you prefer more comfort or noise cancellation.
As you’d expect with HyperX you also get a durable frame that should last you for years.
Something to note though, is the extendibility of the headset is pretty limited, for those with a bigger than normal head, be wary that the headset might not extend all the way.
The lower price point compared to some other gaming headsets, saves you some money that you can spend on a better gaming chair, or other things in your setup.
Overall, we’d have to say this headset is pretty in line with our second pick and give it 4 stars out of 5. It’s definitely one of the best gaming headsets on the list when you look at the price.
4. Razer Nari Ultimate.
Weighing in at 431 grams and built with the dimensions of 18.5 x 21.9 x 10 cm, Razer’s best gaming headset is certainly good, however we don’t rank it as highly as our other 3 picks so far.
The Nari Ultimate is a wireless headset and provides 2.4 GHz of wireless audio giving you immersive gaming-grade audio. The quality is good, however putting on this headset and listening for the first time won’t blow you away.
Something we really like about the Nari Ultimate is the cooling gel-infused cushions that help keep your ears and head cool while wearing. Ever had an intense game and have sweaty ears after? Yeah, it’s not a nice feeling, but this headset will keep your ears cool and skills on point.
Surround sound is something that Razer has done well with in our opinion. The THX spatial audio is great and provides next-gen surround sound giving you ears all around you and helping you hear those sneaky enemy footsteps approaching from behind.
The design again is something that Razer does relatively well. The adjustable headband fits most and is comfortable. You won’t get any headaches or earaches with this headset. Alongside this, visually the headset is very appealing, you get a great looking headset with Razer’s cool looking logo lighting up on each earcup.
Compatibility wise the Razer Nari Ultimate works with PC, PS4, Switch, and mobile devices, however, you’ll have to buy a separate version to get it working with the Xbox One which is a little annoying.
The microphone is good, however, we found that background noise can sometimes be heard, so some better background noise cancellation would be great if Razer were to make another headset. Also the microphone can be hidden but it’s not a detachable mic.
Overall I’d give this a 3.5 stars, it’s a good all-around headset, some would call it overpriced for what it is and it’s definitely not the best wireless gaming headset but there are some diehard Razer fans that love their gaming headsets so we thought we’d include it.
5. Astro A50 Wireless.
Astro has been around for years and their gaming headsets have always been good.
Today we’ll be going over the 2019 version of the A50 as there have been various iterations to the headset.
Starting off the headset has a weight of 1.49 pounds and dimensions of 7.3 x 3.5 x 7.2 inches.
Our favorite thing about the A50 wireless is the customizability of the headset. You can easily modify both the earcups and the headband to improve whatever you desire. If you’re looking for more noise isolation then you can attach respective earpads, if you want more comfort then you can add a different headband. The choice is yours and that’s something we really like.
The headset comes with Astro Audio V2, which provides very high-quality sound that helps deliver all in-game audio perfectly, as well as help you hear communication from teammates clearly. Alongside this it has Dolby Audio which delivers the cinematic and high-resolution sound, giving you that really immersive gaming experience.
Something not so great about the headset is it’s slightly low 15-hour battery life. I mean, it’s good, but it’s not close to our other top wireless picks.
Like most of the other gaming headsets you can easily voice and game balance, so you can increase the volume of your teammates if you struggle hearing them, or increase ingame sound at the click of a button.
The free software that comes with the headset the ASTRO command center, gives you complete control over your entire audio experience. The software is available on Windows 10, Mac and Xbox 1.
Overall I have to say this is a great gaming headset, I’d probably have given it the number 4 pick, but I know that the Razer lovers out there would have hated me for it. So although this is our last pick I’d give this headset a 4 star rating. It does everything well and I really like how easy it is to modify.
Why do professional gamers wear 2 headsets?
eSports professionals wear two headsets to block out crowd noise. The first gaming headset is used for communicating with teammates. The second is for noise cancelling purposes.
What are some good alternative gaming headsets that didn’t make the list?
- Razer Blackshark v2
- Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero
- Steelseries Arctis 7p Wireless
- HyperX Cloud Stinger
- Razer Kaira Pro
- Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless
Wired vs wireless gaming headset
For serious gamers, go with a wired gaming headset. For those that want wireless functionality, have a replacement incase the battery dies mid game. A wireless gaming headset is fine for those that play short hours. Wired headsets often have excellent sound quality as an added bonus as no audio quality is lost during transmission.
What features should I look for before buying a gaming headset?
You should look for the following and see what is important to you:
- Wireless connectivity
- Virtual surround sound
- Retractable boom microphone
- Headset compatible with mobile devices, Xbox series X, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Nintendo Switch or PC gamers
- Gaming accessories
- Long battery life
- Customization features
- Powerful sound and frequency response time
What headset should I use for my Xbox Series X?
We recommend getting something like the Arctis Pro or the A50. An Xbox Wireless headset is much more convenient as you’re rarely sitting in the same spot and you want space to move around on your sofa. These are both compatible with older Xbox Consoles such as the Xbox One and won’t have an issue syncing with your Xbox controller.
How do we test gaming headsets?
Most gaming headsets are simple to test. We try them out with various games, consoles and even mobile devices. We test how they respond to music, whilst gaming and communications. We check to see if they provide immersive audio and great sound quality and will run across the house to test the wireless range and see if the wireless connection holds up on wirelesss models.