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Best gaming earbuds

With so many earbuds to choose from, some are better for gaming than others.
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Published onMay 30, 2024

Best wired
Linsoul KZ ZSN Pro X
MSRP: $24.99
7.8
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Positives
Good sound
Fantastic value
Replaceable two-pin cable
Negatives
Buds won't fit small ears
Controls don't reliably work
Best dongle
EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid
MSRP: $199.00
7.3
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Positives
TWS audio on gaming platforms
Good sound
Comfortable
Decent battery life
IPX5 rating
Negatives
No mic for voice chat
Expensive
Few features
Best active noise cancelling
Razer Hammerhead Hyperspeed
MSRP: $199.99
7.8
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Positives
Comfortable
USB-C Dongle
Decent ANC
Negatives
Isolation
No USB-A adapter for dongle
Best wireless earbuds
Logitech G Fits
MSRP: $229.99
8
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Positives
LIGHTFORM ear tips actually work as promised
Isolation
Sound
Negatives
Microphone
Price
No extra ear tips
Battery life
Bang for your buck
Edifier TWS1 Pro 2
MSRP: $49.99
8
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Positives
Good noise canceling
Customizable companion app
Low latency gaming mode
Negatives
Battery life
Default sound under-emphasizes mids

If you’re not all about those giant wireless gaming headsets, or you need something more portable for gaming on the move, you should definitely consider getting a pair of gaming earbuds. Especially if you regularly play games on your mobile or on portable consoles like the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck when you’re out and about. And if you just want to ditch the bulky headphones at home, these earbuds have got your back. Now, not all earbuds are made for gaming, so we’ve handpicked some of the best ones out there just for you.

What's new?

  • This article was updated on May 31, 2024, to add new top picks and notable mentions.
  • If you are looking for a more immersive gaming experience, check out our list of the best gaming headsets. If you play a lot of online multiplayer matches, see our picks for the best gaming headsets with good microphones for clear communication.

The best wired earbuds for gaming are the KZ ZSN Pro X

Close up of the KZ ZSN PRO X highlighting the 2-pin connection cable.
The 2-pin connector is an older style, but does the job.

The KZ ZSN Pro X makes for an excellent budget wired earbud option for gaming. Despite its very affordable price of under $30, it delivers superb sound quality with a remarkably accurate and balanced frequency response that allows you to hear game audio details clearly, especially for those explosions and footsteps that require extra bass.

The durable replaceable cable utilizes an older 2-pin design but is easy to swap out. While the buds may not fit smaller ears comfortably for long sessions, those with average to larger ears will appreciate the over-ear cable routing and secure fit ideal for gaming sessions. With its great sound, build quality, and incredible value, the KZ ZSN Pro X stands out as one of the best wired earbuds you can buy on a tight budget for immersive gaming audio.

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The KZ ZSN Pro X surprises us with its very good frequency response. It follows our target curve closely, only deviating within a couple of decibels across the spectrum besides a small bump at 5kHz where it only exceeds by about 5dB—this lends itself to slightly louder treble reproduction than our ideal. Ultimately, the vast majority of consumers will like what they hear from the ZSN Pro X.

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SoundGuys Editors Choice
Linsoul KZ ZSN Pro X
Affordable earbuds • Good sound • Replaceable two-pin cable
MSRP: $24.99
And what's a Knowledge Zenith anyway?
For an all-around great experience, the KZ ZSN Pro X wired earbuds will fit anyone's budget. The microphone sounds clear and these earbuds connnect with a 3.5mm jack.

If you plan to talk to other players during online multiplayer matches, the mic on the KZ ZSN Pro X isn’t the best choice. It hangs far away from your mouth, and others might not always hear you clearly. In this case, you might want to consider other options on this list.

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid does everything well, not just gaming

The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid USB-C dongle is plugged into a Nintendo Switch running Kentucky Route Zero with the earbuds sitting in front of it.
This is definitely a device well-tailored to the Nintendo Switch.

The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid is a set of wireless earbuds that does a lot very well. It’s well built, it has an IPX5 water-resistant rating, and it’s pretty lightweight too.

The earbuds come with a USB-C dongle that uses aptX Low Latency for connecting to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and 5, and PC. It also supports dongle-free Bluetooth connections using the regular aptX and default SBC Bluetooth codecs, but not AAC. These earbuds even support Bluetooth multipoint.

Anyone who hates the heft of over-ear gaming headsets will enjoy this pair of wireless gaming earbuds, though the microphone doesn’t work when you’re gaming, so there is a trade-off there. The frequency response chart (found below) shows a pleasant sound profile apart from an under-emphasis in the treble frequencies, but in testing it, there aren’t any notable problems with it. The slight b00st in bass makes for a traditional gaming experience, with gunshots and explosions being pleasantly loud without masking higher-pitched sounds like footsteps.

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EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid
TWS audio on gaming platforms • Good sound • Comfortable
MSRP: $199.00
The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid is a big swing, as the company's first solo-outing. On a fundamental level, these true wireless gaming earbuds works exceedingly well, but for the price they also feel pretty barebones.
A frequency response chart based on the SoundGuys in-house curve for the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid, which shows a small bump in the bass range, and a big drop in the mid-high range
The dip in the high-mid range is a little unfortunate.

The microphone in the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid is decent, but the biggest issue is that you can’t use it for in-game chat, which is strange for gaming earbuds. The mic quality itself is just average, sounding a bit muffled. Listen for yourself:

EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid microphone demo (Non-standardized):

How does the microphone sound to you?

570 votes
The SBC, aptX, aptX HD, AAC, and LDAC bluetooth codec performance shown on a chart.
Represented is the max transfer rate (kbps) of each respective Bluetooth codec (greater is better). Each waveform depicts a transfer rate of 100 kbps.

There are a host of high-quality Bluetooth codecs for Android phone owners to take advantage of, with aptX being among the most reliable for the largest range of handsets. You can read all about Bluetooth codecs in our explainer, but all you really need to know is AAC is best for iPhones, and aptX (or LDAC) is generally best for Android phones.

Get the Razer Hammerhead Hyperspeed if you want noise canceling

The Razer Hammerhead Hyperspeed lays on a wooden surface next to a PlayStation DualSense controller.
It’s pretty clear this is a PlayStation-oriented product. After all, it matches.

With noise canceling and IPX4 water resistance, the Razer Hammerhead Hyperspeed is a great option for on-the-go mobile gamers looking for low-latency wireless gaming earbuds. This new model brings new compatibility options with a USB-C dongle and

It uses Bluetooth 5.2 and supports the SBC and AAC codecs. It also has a low-latency mode for gaming and streaming that reduces latency to 60ms. Even without aptX support, the low-latency mode works pretty well, but if you really want no latency, you can use the included USB-C dongle for gaming. The inclusion of the dongle also makes gaming with these earbuds on PC, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch viable, which is great to see.

Sound quality is also great, with Razer partnering with THX on these buds. The frequency response chart (end of the gallery above) for the earbuds closely follows our consumer curve, though there’s some under-emphasis in the treble range. However, this doesn’t cause any significant issues, and you can EQ the sound in the mobile app. It also comes with a variety of ear tips, with six different silicone tips and a memory foam tip option as well to ensure good isolation.

If you are willing to spend a little extra, the Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed ($199 at Amazon) is a more premium version of these earbuds that packs a few additional features, such as ANC and low latency.

A frequency response chart for the Razer Hammerhead Hyperspeed which shows a pretty nice looking sound profile
Very high-end sound definitely rolls off, but you probably won’t notice it that much.

The Razer Hammerhead Hyperspeed has an okay microphone. It’s perfectly fine for phone calls or in-game chat, but it is a bit loud. Take a listen:

Razer Hammerhead Hyperspeed microphone sample (Ideal conditions)

How does the microphone sound to you?

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The best wireless earbuds for gaming are the Logitech G Fits

The Logitech G Fits earbuds sit in its charging case next to its USB dongle and an Xbox One controller.
The earbuds don’t work with Xbox consoles; this is just the gamepad I plug into my PC.

One of the unique features of the Logitech G Fits earbuds is the LIGHTFORM technology. These earbuds use a light-activated gel-hardening process to mold the ear tips to your specific ear shape. This ensures a comfortable fit that provides excellent acoustic isolation, an important factor when it comes to the quality of sound reproduction.

When it comes to compatibility, the Logitech G Fits earbuds stand out as they are designed to provide lag-free wireless audio for gaming. They come equipped with a USB dongle and support Bluetooth 5.2, ensuring broad compatibility with various devices, including PCs, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.

The audio performance of the Logitech G Fits is worth mentioning. The earbuds offer a pleasant music-listening experience with a satisfying bass response. The frequency response does not overly emphasize the bass, which can be a common issue in gaming audio products. Moreover, they handle typical stereo mixes well during gaming sessions, ensuring a comprehensive and immersive audio experience.

A frequency response chart for the Logitech G Fits earbuds, which shows a pretty close output to our in house curve.
High-mid emphasis is shifted a little higher than we generally like to see.

The Logitech G Fits doesn’t have the best microphone, but it does use a USB connection, which is more reliable. Take a listen for yourself below:

Logitech G Fits microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

Logitech G Fits microphone demo (Office conditions):

Logitech G Fits microphone demo (Reverberant conditions):

The Edifier TWS1 Pro are a great bang for the buck

The Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 Earbuds in their charging case with the lid open.
Austin Kwok / SoundGuys
The Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 performs well enough, given its low price tag.

The Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 is packed full of features yet still comes in under $50. Aside from active noise canceling (ANC), they also sport a low-latency mode for gaming, so there’s little discrepancy between seeing and hearing someone’s lips move on screen. These are a great value buy if you need to block out noise from others to focus on the game.

The earbuds also sound pretty good out of the box, with only a slight boost to bass. The companion app offers three other equalizer presets: pop, classical, and rock. The app also allows you to track lost earbuds and customize the onboard touch controls.

The main drawback with these earbuds is relatively poor battery life. But if you don’t plan on using these earbuds for more than five hours of gameplay or at least taking a break in between to charge, they are a great option.

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SG recommended
Edifier TWS1 Pro 2
ANC • IP54 • Edifier Connect app
MSRP: $49.99
Feature packed, noise canceling earbuds for only $50.
These budget wireless earbuds deliver great features including IP54 water and dust resistance and active noise canceling. There's also a companion app to customize the earbuds' sound and adjust the tap controls.

The microphone quality is okay, and you can hear it in our demo below.

Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 microphone demo (Office conditions):

Edifier TWS1 Pro 2 microphone demo (Street conditions):

How does the microphone sound to you?

480 votes

The Logitech G333 is a great value pick for gamers

Someone holding one of the earbuds of the Logitech G333, showing the blue tip on black and silver aluminum housing.
The Logitech G333 features three swappable tips that allow you to find a good fit.

For $50, the Logitech G333 is a great choice for gamers who want a great bang for their buck. It has a 3.5mm connection and a USB-C adapter, so mobile and console gamers alike can enjoy these buds.

The Logitech G333 features an in-line microphone and media controls, making for a convenient experience whether you’re gaming, listening to music, or taking a call. It also has dual drivers like the Razer Hammerhead Duo, making for improved sound quality.

With three silicone ear tip options and an aluminum build, the Logitech G333 is a comfortable and durable option that doesn’t break the bank.

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Logitech G333
Affordable price • 3.5mm jack and USB-C • Simple to use
MSRP: $49.99
For gamers on a budget.
The Logitech G333 is a simple pair of plug-and-play earbuds for any gamer who doesn't want to break the bank.
The Logitech G333 frequency response chart, showing a general emphasis on bass and mids and a bit of deviation in the high end.
The frequency response of the G333 is in no way unpleasant or piercing, but it does deviate from our ideal curve notably.

Considering that it only has an in-line microphone, the Logitech G333 delivers pretty decent mic performance for a set of earbuds.

Logitech G333 microphone demo (Ideal conditions):

Logitech G333 microphone demo (Office conditions):

How does the microphone sound to you?

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What about the HyperX Cloud Earbuds II?

The HyperX Cloud Earbuds II with the HyperX logo being shown on the outside of the earbud shell.
The HyperX Cloud Earbuds II aim to be a great pair of gaming earbuds for use on-the-go with devices like the Nintendo Switch, but it falls too far short of these goals.

While the HyperX Cloud Earbuds II are reasonably priced, there are better wired earbud options available for gaming, especially for mobile gaming on-the-go which is their intended use case. The poor noise isolation means ambient noise will easily overpower game audio when using them in noisier environments like on a bus or train. The sound quality itself is also subpar, with a lack of bass impact and high-end clarity that takes away from an immersive gaming experience across genres. The microphone quality is decent for voice chat but not exceptional.

Ultimately, unless you specifically value the unique eartip shape for long-term comfort, the HyperX Cloud Earbuds II fall short as a dedicated gaming audio solution. Most users would be better served by other wired earbuds that offer better noise isolation, sound quality, and an overall more compelling experience at this affordable price point.

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HyperX Cloud Earbuds II
Comfort • Decent microphone • Well priced
MSRP: $39.99
The HyperX Cloud Earbuds II aim to be an on-the-go option for handheld gaming enthusiasts, but unfortunately, due to their poor acoustic noise isolation, they're not practical to use on the bus or train. They are serviceable as an at-home pair of earbuds, however.

Should you get the ASUS ROG Certa II?

The Asus ROG Certa II earbuds.
Asus ROG Certa II could be a good choice if you want features like RGB lighting.

The Asus ROG Certa II has a heftier price tag than the other options on this list, but is it worth the extra money? The earbuds feature active noise canceling and RGB lighting, as well as liquid silicone rubber drivers.

If you’re looking for something with more of a gamer aesthetic than other options, the ASUS ROG Certa II certainly offers that. It also connects via USB-C, making it a good option for mobile or Nintendo Switch gamers. It also boasts a microphone with noise suppression. Most mobile gamers won’t see the point of spending this much on wired earbuds, but it could be worth it if you value ANC, customizable RGB lighting, and a solid mic system.

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Asus ROG Cetra II
Active noise canceling • USB-C connector • Good microphone
MSRP: $119.99
Noise canceling and RGB all in a small package.
The Asus ROG Cetra II takes wired gaming earbuds and adds more bells and whistles with active noise canceling and RGB lighting.

Is the 1MORE Quad Driver In-Ear worth it?

Man holding the 1More Quad-driver in ears in hand, with the logo clearly visible and a plant in a background.
The 1MORE Quad-Driver In-Ear is still one of the best pairs of buds around.

If you want durable in-ears with good sound for gaming, the 1MORE Quad Driver In-ear could be a good choice. The cable is wrapped in kevlar, making it super durable, and the 3.5mm jack is L-shaped, which, while inconvenient in your pocket, is more durable than a straight cable. The sound quality is amazing, perfect for anyone who wants to hear everything going on in their game. The price is a bit steep at $114, so there are likely better options for you out there. But if durability and sound quality are top of mind, it’s worth considering.

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1More Quad Driver In-ear Earphones
Great build quality • Comfy design • Good quality sound
MSRP: $114.00
A great pair of earbuds for any listener, with a few drawbacks.
Though the Triple-Driver In-Ear is still a way better value, the Quad-Driver In-Ear improves upon many of its design flaws and also sounds a little better.

Notable mentions

The ROCCAT Syn Buds Core plugged into a iPhone 7 Plus.
These earbuds are a great choice for gamers on a budget.
  • 1MORE Triple Driver ($68 at Amazon): For less than $100, the durable cable and solid audio quality make these earbuds a must-have for anyone who wants a plug-and-play solution.
  • JBL Quantum 50 ($34 at Amazon): These have since been discontinued, but if you can still find them in-store or online, they are very cheap and very good wired earbuds for listening to music and gaming. If you have something with a headphone jack and the urge to use it, this won’t let you down, though the cord is a little short for PC gaming.
  • ROCCAT Syn Buds Core ($34 at Amazon): This pair of earbuds is super affordable and has in-line controls and a microphone. It’s a very basic and easy-to-use option, though it’s worth noting that they sound very bass-heavy.
  • PlayStation Pulse Explore ($199 at Amazon): If you are looking for the best earbuds to use while gaming on the PS5 or PlayStation Portal, these are it. But for any other use cases, they fall short of the competition.
  • Turtle Beach Battle Buds ($39.99 on Amazon): The Battle Buds is another cheap option for on-the-go gaming, though it sets itself apart from other earbuds as it comes with a detachable microphone. Does it look silly? A little. Is it useful to have a boom mic rather than an in-line mic? Also yes. However, you can use the in-line mic if you are too embarrassed to use the boom mic in public.
  • SteelSeries Tusq ($54.99 on Amazon): The SteelSeries Tusq earbuds feature a boom mic and an in-line mic, so talking to others while you’re gaming will be a breeze. They connect to a 3.5mm headphone jack, so they will work on most consoles and phones that still have a headphone jack. Among SteelSeries’ line of headsets, this is its only pair of earbuds.
  • Sony INZONE Buds ($198 at Amazon): The Sony INZONE Buds are a good option for PS5 and PC gamers only as they don’t support Bluetooth.
  • Turtle Beach Scout Air ( $42 at Amazon): This is a set of true wireless earbuds that uses Bluetooth 5.1 and works with mobile devices like your phone and Nintendo Switch. It may not look as premium as the Hammerhead Pro from Razer, but they work just as well.
  • Razer Hammerhead Pro Hyperspeed ($199 at Amazon): These wired earbuds are great for gamers who don’t want to deal with Bluetooth latency or unreliability and want the benefits of active noise cancelation (ANC).
  • HyperX Cloud Mix Buds ( $99 at Amazon): Using a USB-C dongle or Bluetooth, you can game with these earbuds on mobile or console. It has a five-band equalizer in the NGENUITY app for sound customization, and it has an IPX4 rating, so you don’t have to shed a tear if you get them a bit wet. There are caveats to these buds, like the hyper-sensitive in-ear detection, the bulky USB-C dongle, and the fact that the NGENUITY app doesn’t retain all of your settings.

What you should know about gaming earbuds

Are wired or wireless gaming earbuds better?

A photo of a man playing a videogame using the HyperX Cirro Buds Pro.
Christian Thomas / SoundGuys
Unless you’re using earbuds with aptX Low Latency or an otherwise low latency mode, you might experience some lag while gaming with Bluetooth earbuds.

Latency can definitely be a concern when gaming, so it’s important to consider your options and preferences when buying earbuds for gaming. Wired earbuds will consistently have the lowest latency because they’re wired, and you can run into issues when looking for wireless options.

Wireless earbuds with receivers can have lower latency, but Bluetooth can be a mixed bag. AptX Low Latency is a good option, while SBC and AAC run the risk of lagging. Some earbuds will come with a gaming mode with lower latency, which helps reduce latency. If you’re looking to avoid latency as much as possible, wired is the way to go. Remember, lower latency codecs require a device that supports it—it doesn’t matter how many great codecs your earbuds support; the Nintendo Switch still only uses SBC, after all.

What are isolation and active noise canceling?

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Isolation is a really important factor when it comes to earbuds. It is the physical barrier that your earbuds make with your ears to ensure environmental sounds stay out of your ears and that your earbuds don’t leak sound. Achieving a good fit is crucial for isolation. Isolation works best against higher-pitched sounds like dishes clanging or fingers snapping.

Active noise cancellation uses microphones to pick up sound from outside of your earbuds and cancel it out with the opposite sound waves, or anti-noise. Since there’s a delay in picking up sounds and identifying them, it works best with droning noises since it can predict what to cancel out. With good isolation and noise canceling working in tandem, you can keep most outside sounds out of your ears.

When you’re using earbuds, fit matters a lot. To have the most sound isolation, the best sound quality, and the most comfort when you’re gaming, you’ll want to have earbuds that fit well in your ears. Many earbuds come with different ear tip sizes since companies realize not everyone has the same size ears. Silicone ear tips won’t always come in the best size and fit for you, so foam ear tips can be great for getting a more custom fit for your ears.

How should gaming earbuds sound?

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If you’ve read any of our reviews, you’ve probably seen our frequency response charts. These charts show how closely headphones (cyan line) will reproduce audio compared to our house curve (pink line). Our house curve represents what consumers tend to prefer in headphones. While some people will prefer a flat curve, most people will prefer more bass and treble. If you want to learn more, you can read more about the SoundGuys house curve.

The best frequency response will be one that doesn’t boost certain frequencies so much that it’s hard to hear others. If you have too much bass and too little treble, you’re not going to enjoy what you hear as much, and when you’re gaming, you might miss out on some important environmental cues.

How we choose the best gaming earbuds

A hand holds one of the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) to the ear of a head simulator.
Now, we use a Bruel & Kjaer 5128 test head to perform isolation and frequency response tests, as seen with the AirPods.

At SoundGuys, we perform objective tests to measure things like frequency response, isolation, microphone quality, and more. To do so, we use a Bruel & Kjaer 5128 head and torso simulator (HATS) with an anatomically realistic ear canal and outer ear. We also use a standardized setup to test the microphone quality of products with pre-recorded phrases from a calibrated artificial mouth in our test chamber. This allows us to present standardized microphone samples to you so you can judge the quality of various products and compare them across the board. After we collect all of this data, we then score each product through various objective and subjective measures.

Our team then confers with one another regarding the best products for a given category before presenting our list to you. It’s not over after we hit “publish,” though. Instead, we treat every article as a living document that we update as new and worthy products come out.

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Frequently asked questions about gaming earbuds

Connecting your earbuds will depend on the earbuds and the console. If you’re using earbuds with a 3.5mm connection, you can just plug it into the headphone jack of your console, controller, or PC. If it has a dongle, you can plug it into the corresponding port on your device. And if it’s Bluetooth, you’ll need to go into your Bluetooth settings and pair the earbuds to the device. For a more in-depth guide, you can read more here.

That depends on your own preferences. Some people like bass frequencies to be louder, so deeper sounds like explosions or gunshots are more impactful, but others prefer something flatter so they can hear treble frequencies like footsteps better. The best earbuds will be ones that don’t mask any frequency but still reproduce sound to your specific liking. If you know you like some bass boosting, you can go for earbuds that have an emphasis in that range. If you know you like hearing treble more clearly, go for earbuds with less emphasis in the bass frequency and an emphasis on the treble range.

Several brands stand out in the market for their superior quality and performance in gaming earbuds. In our analysis, we found Logitech, Razer, and JBL to be among the best.

Undoubtedly, gaming earbuds are specifically engineered to enhance the gaming experience. They offer immersive sound and comfort, essential for prolonged gaming sessions.

Yes, wireless gaming earbuds provide excellent sound quality and offer the added advantage of unrestricted movement, proving their worth in a competitive gaming environment.

The best Bluetooth earbuds for gaming would be the Razer Hammerhead Hyperspeed. They feature Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and a low latency mode for gaming.

Earbuds are often favored for their lightweight and compact design, which offers comfort over extended gaming sessions without compromising on sound quality or gaming performance. Wired earbuds also remove any latency you may get with wireless options.

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