As an avid gamer, you know one thing’s for certain – your setup isn’t complete without a certain lineup of essentials. Besides the hardware and software required to get your game on in the first place, one must have a proper gaming chair, crisp monitor(s), and a high-quality headset. Now we realize most gamers don’t really have the funds to ball out on a set of headphones that have all the bells and whistles you’d expect from them. But you don’t have to break the bank when it comes time to cop yourself an efficient gaming headset. As a matter of fact, you won’t even have to spend more than $100 to do so. We’ve compiled a list of six headsets that are top of the line and, most importantly, cheaper than you’d expect.
This PS4 and PC-enabled headset comes outfitted with a host of features that present it as a product that should cost way more than $100. Its main attributes are as follows – DTS 7.1 Surround Sound with multichannel audio, a noise-canceling enabled ClearCast microphone, and 40MM dynamic speaker drivers. The SteelSeries Arctis 5’s sound quality is topnotch, plus it offers plenty of comfortability thanks to the excellent ear cushions attached to it. The design quality is also worth noting as it’s extremely pleasing to the eyes and the RGB illumination makes it look that much sexier as it glows in the dark. The Arctis 5 hits on every note worth mentioning and is our most recommended headset on this list.
Amazon User Review Quotable – “This wireless gaming headset is amazing! Initially, when I first put them on, it felt really weird. I was like, wt.. there’s no way this is going to feel comfortable. Then 10mins later, I totally forgot they were even on my head. I was walking around the house, taking bathroom breaks, getting food/drinks, all the while still be on comms and able to hear what’s going on in the game. I played CS: GO and Guild Wars 2 with them, two very different games. The sound is precise, I could hear footsteps very well in CS: GO without any delays. And for the MMO the sound is deep and rich.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha opts for stereo sound over virtual sound, but its sound delivery is just as strong as every other selection amongst this lineup. For audio enthusiasts that are big on great bass quality, this headset should definitely be on your radar. Alongside its strong audio delivery, the HyperX Cloud Alpha also offers a lightweight, cozy feel that stands out as one of its strongest attributes. You can send a couple more bucks to add 7.1 Surround Sounds to this bad boy if you’d like. But if you’d rather just stick with the standard version of the Cloud Alpha, you won’t have to worry about being left behind by those who opt for the aforementioned add-on. This headset works well with a wide variety of consoles and devices, so you can easily make it your go-to headset for your daily gaming regiment if you so choose.
Amazon User Review Quotable – “I tried these new Cloud Alphas and wow. Immediately impressed with them all around. Great construction, feel, and sound. The mic sounds amazing… they absolutely kill the A40’s mic; makes them sound like cheap $3 microphones. The A40s sound anemic compared to these headsets. I will never go back to Astro, except for using their TR MixAmp Pro; which when combined with these headphones I believe make the perfect mid-range <$250 headset combo. I have a background in audio recording so my ears now sound good. Get these headsets; you won’t be disappointed. Spend the extra $20 and upgrade the earcups and you’ll be hooked on the sound.”
This pair of headphones is simple in design, yet it still evokes a signature build that presents it as the slickest model you’ve probably ever seen. It’s easy to forget that this headset has been sitting on your head for hours due to its excellent sense of comfort – a combination of memory foam, sports fabric, and leatherette all do a great job of making that feat possible. From an audio standpoint, the Alienware Stereo Gaming Headset AW310H makes everything around you in-game sound as clear as possible thanks to its Signature Alienware Immersive Audio tech. Noise cancelation is also a key factor here, so you’ll be fully immersed in whatever you play with these headphones on.
Amazon User Review Quotable – “Overall, the Alienware AW310H is a great headset. Good sound. Decent bass. Great soundstage for a closed-back design. A nice and sleek design. Plus, it is manufactured by a company that is pretty good. Considering all of that, these are worth trying out.”
What we have here is another headset option that’s compatible with every piece of important gaming hardware imaginable. It’s definitely one of the larger models worth mentioning here, but it’s far from heavy once it’s adorned to your head. And with a high durability factor to boot, the EPOS | Sennheiser GSP 302 is certainly built to last. The microphone that’s attached to this model can easily be accessed simply by pulling it up/down, which also goes hand in hand with turning it on/off. Thankfully, the sound quality of the mic itself is equally amazing when compared to its accessibility factor. Couple all that with some great sound quality and you have yourself a big boy headset that checks all the right boxes.
Amazon User Review Quotable – “The directional audio in-game is better than any other headset I’ve owned, I can pinpoint footsteps and gunshots perfectly. Music is also amazing to listen to with the gsp302, the microphone picks up no sounds from the headset so I can listen and talk to friends on discord at full volume without being annoying. The bass, man! The bass is freakin great. Joji’s ‘Gimme Love’ is addicting to listen to with these.”
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is another headset that’s clearly big when it comes to stature. And with such a strong build, it meets the high expectations you’ll have for them after just one glance. It manages to magnify anything and everything you hear via its THX 7.1 Surround Sound capabilities and 50MM drivers. If you’re worried about your ears catching too much heat, there’s no need to fret – the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is outfitted with cooling gel-infused cushions for maximum comfort. The neon green option is one of the better color waves, but going all midnight black is our personal fave.
Amazon User Review Quotable – “They are not noise-canceling or noise blocking. As stated above, they don’t fit so tightly that you can’t hear your environment when there’s no audio, but with a little bit of audio, any noise in your environment is easily drowned out. I like the convenient manual volume control on the cord so that I don’t have to keep adjusting the volume on my computer for different applications or different media. I’m not a gamer, so I usually leave my mic off (again, convenient integrated off switch), but it’s nice for teleconferencing with work.”
With 15-hours of battery life to look forward to, the Logitech G533 is a worthy wireless gaming headset to consider. You can enjoy the clear and concise audio it delivers for up to 15 meters, you’ll quickly get used to enjoying it from a good distance for a substantial amount of time. The headset’s audio attributes are as strong as they come – the Logitech G533 amazes thanks to DTS Headphone:X positional surround sound, awesome bass, impressive highs, and hybrid mesh Pro-G drivers. As far as cost-efficient wireless headset models go, the Logitech G533 is worth a look.
Amazon User Review Quotable – “The sound quality is better after I messed about with the equalizer in both stereo and surround modes. I vastly prefer the little switch instead of having to hold down a button to turn them off and on. The dial is much more sensitive. If the headset had more than one G key, I’d be over the moon. My only gripe, and it’s a tiny one, is that the mic won’t stay out unless pulled all the way out. These are great other than that. I highly recommend it, especially at under $100.”