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Best gaming headsets

Take your game to the next level with our picks for best gaming headset.
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January 5, 2022
The Best
EPOS H3PRO Hybrid
By EPOS
The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid headset.
8.2
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Positives
Connects to everything; Bluetooth 5.2 (SBC only)
ANC in a gaming headset
Great mic
Good sound quality
Negatives
Expensive
Battery is always in use
The Bottom Line.
The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid is one of the best gaming headsets on the market, if you've got cash to burn.
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Best Microphone
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE
By Corsair
8
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Positives
Great microphone quality
Sleek design
Battery life
Good isolation
Negatives
Price
Heat build up is an issue
Sound profile may not be best outside of gaming
The Bottom Line.
While it's not exactly broadcast-grade, the microphone of the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE is among the best we've ever tested in a gaming headset.
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Best Cross-Platform
SteelSeries Arctis 7P
By SteelSeries
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P in white with blue accents against a white background.
7.9
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Positives
Compatible with all platforms
Comfortable
Accurate sound
Battery life
Negatives
A little more expensive than the Arctis 7.
Fewer PC features because of PlayStation 5.
The Bottom Line.
The Arctis 7P trades virtual surround sound on PC for wider compatibility with consoles new and old, making for a very versatile gaming headset.
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Bang for your buck
HyperX Cloud Alpha
By HyperX
8.2
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Positives
Great sound
Good value
Independent volume adjustment
Durable
Good isolation
Comfortable
Negatives
Mic struggles with bass
The Bottom Line.
A great bang-for-your-buck option if you want something that nails the basics
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Best Super Cheap Option
JBL Quantum 50
By JBL
The JBL Quantum 50 wired earbuds in white against a white background.
8
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Positives
Price
Comfortable
Sound
Onboard control
Negatives
Microphone
Cord is a little short for some desktop setups
The Bottom Line.
The price, audio, and comfortable design make the JBL Quantum 50 a great deal for anyone looking to save some money without sacrificing nice sound. The mic is pretty average, but not outside the norm for a pair of earbuds.
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When it comes to video games, you can just use your regular headphones, but your normal set may not be up to the task if you need an integrated microphone. You could always just supplement your cans with a HyperX Quadcast or a Beyerdynamic Fox, but extra cables are a pain. That’s where gaming headsets come in: instead of buying a dedicated mic, sometimes it’s better to just pick up an off-the-shelf option to shoulder the load without any other complicated hookups.

We’ve compiled a short list of the best gaming headsets on the market today.

Editor’s note: this list was updated on January 5, 2022, to include the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid. 

What you should know about gaming headsets

Not every headset is created equal. For better or worse, some gaming headsets offer limited compatibility or are completely incompatible with certain consoles altogether. Don’t worry, we have you covered. If compatibility is of utmost importance, you may want to stick to wired 3.5mm options, or wireless gaming headsets that use USB-C dongles.

Aesthetic considerations are also worth making. If you’re interested in a headset that you can use in front of other people on a video call, or out and about, something a little more low-key is probably a good idea. Oddly enough, a handful of Razer‘s most recent headsets may fit that bill.

Features are still an important consideration, but these days they’ve moved to the backburner a bit. Gaming platforms (including Windows) all have their own onboard solutions for things like spatial audio, so there’s not a whole to buying headset because it comes with that feature preloaded. For instance, as long as you can plug a headset into your PlayStation 5, it will work with the 3D audio feature. For features like EQ customization, you’re still going to need something that uses a companion app, though.

Our pick for the best gaming headset is the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid

The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid is one of the best all-around gaming headsets on the market right now. Thanks to its excellent sound reproduction, detachable microphone, and wide variety of connection options, it’s a fantastic choice to suit all of your needs.

EPOS H3PRO Hybrid
EPOS H3PRO Hybrid
8.2
The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid gaming headset sits on a headphone standThe EPOS H3PRO Hybrid lays on a wooden table displaying its volume dial, Bluetooth button, and ANC swithc.The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid lays on a metal table in front of a notebook, next to a Google Pixel 4a.The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid lays on a fabric surface.The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid gaming headset lays on a fabric surface with its microphone detached.The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid lays on a fabric surface with its ear pads and volume dial in view.A man wears the EPOS H3PRO HybridA close up of the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid gaming headset's left headphone, which shows the power button, microphone, USB-C port, and 2.5mm connection port.A noise cancelling chart for the EPOS H3PRO HybridA frequency response chart for the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid gaming headset, which shows a very accurate frequency response.
EPOS H3PRO Hybrid

The H3PRO Hybrid frequency response comes very close to our ideal curve, which makes the headset ideal for both casual listening and gaming. It slightly emphasizes the bass and low-mids, with some minor under-emphasis to sounds below 40Hz. The H3PRO also works with different surround sound solutions, including PlayStation 5 3D Audio and Windows Sonic in wired mode.

Related: The best wireless PlayStation 5 gaming headsets

This headset also features active noise cancelling (ANC), which makes it a great option for people playing games in noisy apartments, on the bus, or when sharing a room with other people. The microphone is quite good as well, which you can listen to here. To adjust how much noise the microphone picks up, use the companion app’s adjustable noise gate.

Again, the headset features a plethora of connectivity options, including both wired and wireless USB connectivity, Bluetooth 5.2, and the usual 3.5mm headphone jack. As long as you can stomach the price, all of this combines to make the EPOS H3PRO Hybrid one of the best options on the market right now.

The Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE has one of the best microphones in a gaming headset

Corsair is no stranger to the gaming headset market, and its really outdone itself with its most expensive headset to date: the Virtuoso Wireless SE. At first glance, the headset looks more like a piece of studio gear, rather than an accessory for gamers. However, its premium design carries a treasure trove of powerful internals that somewhat justify its high price tag.

Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE
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A man wears the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE sitting at a desk with posters for My Brother, My Brother, and Me in the backgroundThe Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE sits on a fabric surface
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE
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Of course, the highlight feature of the Virtuoso Wireless SE is its microphone. While it’s not exactly “broadcast quality” as Corsair claims, it’s definitely impressive and offers a relatively neutral frequency response. Low-end roll-off or high-frequency over-emphasis is typically one of the weakest aspects of any gaming headset.

Regardless of your pitch, your voice is sure to come through clearly through this microphone—whether you’re talking over the phone or in a Zoom call. If you don’t believe us, listen for yourself:

This wireless gaming headset sports a primarily metal build, soft leatherette ear pads, and a selection of metal-accented accessories including a USB-C to USB-A cable, 3.5mm aux cable, and a USB wireless dongle. The Virtuoso Wireless SE has a 20-hour battery life that will last through even the most intense all-nighter gaming sessions, with or without a wire.

For the best cross-platform compatibility, pick the SteelSeries Arctis 7p

Gaming headsets use all sorts of connection methods, from USB dongles and cords, to Bluetooth and even to RF transmitters. The SteelSeries Arctis 7P follows the Arctis 1 Wireless in bringing a USB-C dongle into the mix. This gaming headset is marketed towards PlayStation 5 users, as the console now supports this connection method, but it’s also fully compatible with the Nintendo Switch.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P
SteelSeries Arctis 7P
7.9
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P lays on top of a Nintendo Switch running Pokemon Sword, which its wireless USB-C dongle is plugged into, with a PlayStation DualShock 4 controller in the background.The SteelSeries Arctis 7P lays flat on a cloth surfaceThe SteelSeries Arctis 7P leans against a Sony PlayStation 5, next to a PlayStation DualSense controller, with the headset's USB-C dongle plugged into the front of the console.A frequency response chart for the SteelSeries Arctis 7P, which shows very accurate audio compared to our target curve.
SteelSeries Arctis 7P
SteelSeries Arctis 7P
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This wireless gaming headset uses is compatible with the consoles listed above, as well as mobile devices with USB-C port, and platforms like PC and PlayStation 4 with its included USB-A adapter. The Xbox One still doesn’t support audio via USB, but don’t worry: The headset also comes with a 3.5mm cord so you can go wired and still use it.

Related: How to get the most out of your gaming headset mic

On top of that swath of connection options, the SteelSeries Arctis 7P brings the same super-comfortable design as the Arctis 9, Arctis 7, and Arctis Pro. It’s also got great audio, a decent mic, and greatly improved battery life over the original Arctis 7, clocking in at just over 27 hours on a single charge.

Stretch that dollar for gaming headsets with the HyperX Cloud Alpha

Sure, $100 is still plenty to spend, but the HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset offers comparable audio quality to headphones twice or even three times the price. This is a no-frills device for gamers who want something simple that gets the job done with aplomb.

HyperX Cloud Alpha
HyperX Cloud Alpha
8.2
The HyperX Cloud Alpha's deep leatherette earpads.The HyperX Cloud Alpha's remote.A photo of the HyperX Cloud Alpha on a desk, flanked by a gaming mouse and mechanical keyboard.
HyperX Cloud Alpha
HyperX Cloud Alpha
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Sure, it doesn’t offer the breadth of features many gaming headsets have. However, in this price range, rock solid performance is really what you should be aiming for. Surround sound can be nice to have, but it’s hardly going to make you better at a game. Some games like Overwatch will even add it in for you.

The attached microphone is a little wonky, with underemphasized bass that can make deeper voices sound a little tinny. However, it handles everything without issue. If you’re looking for something use for podcasts or recording, this probably isn’t ideal. If you’re just using Discord, this’ll do just fine.

The headset was clearly designed with comfort and durability in mind. With a solid metal frame, thick plastic headphones, and deep leatherette pads make for a headset that feels fantastic. The inline controls add an extra degree of convenience, too.

Very few gaming earbuds sound as good as the JBL Quantum 50

The JBL Quantum line has been a little hit or miss since its inception, however the JBL Quantum 50 is an easy product to whole-heartedly recommend. On top of being one of the cheapest gaming audio products on the market, these earbuds also sound great and feel great.

JBL Quantum 50
JBL Quantum 50
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A man wears the JBL Quantum 50 while playing Nintendo Switch.The JBL Quantum 50 lays on a fabric surface surrounded by an Xbox One controller, a Nintendo Switch, and a PlayStation Dualsense controller.A frequency response chart for the JBL Quantum 50, which shows accurate output across the spectrum.
JBL Quantum 50

The Quantum 50 doesn’t offer a lot in the way of features, but ultimately, it’s really just a pair of 3.5mm wired earbuds, so that shouldn’t be surprising. There’s in-line controls for volume, mic muting, and playback, but that’s about it. However, being a 3.5mm device means it’s compatible with just about everything—gaming platforms haven’t ditched the headphone jack like the smartphone industry, after all.

Even without extra features, these earbuds nail most of the fundamentals. They sound great, and provide solid passive isolation. The microphone is pretty so-so, but at barely $30 USD, that’s to be expected.

Related: The best cheap gaming headsets

If you want a super cheap over-ear option, check out the Razer Kraken X

The Razer Kraken X brings a lot of value to the table. Sure, it doesn’t sound nearly as good as the HyperX Cloud Alpha, but it brings 3.5mm connectivity and 7.1 surround sound, all for around $50. This option really walks the line between “good value” and downright cheap.

The headset has a lightweight design, with a headband made of a durable thermoplastic. The headphones’ memory foam pads feature slight gaps to alleviate pressure if you wear glasses. Its attached microphone is flexible and offers clear audio. All in, this is a comfortable headset, and the volume and mic controls on the left headphone add even more convenience.

The 7.1 surround sound only works with Windows 10, but you won’t find a better over-ear gaming headset for $49.99.

The best gaming headsets: Notable mentions

A picture of the HyperX Cloud Orbit S dualshock image
The Cloud Orbit S works on just about everything, to varying degrees.
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming HeadsetIf you subscribe to the belief that the best gaming headset you can buy is just the best pair of headphones you can get, this may be the product for you. It’s the Bose QC 35 II—already a classic pair of noise cancelling headphones—with a wired microphone attachment for gaming. However, it’s very expensive, and there’s no way to just buy the attachment if you’ve already got the same pair of headphones.
  • Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XTThis has all the same strengths as the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE on our list, only it now adds Bluetooth and aptX HD support. If you want something for a little wider usage than the typical gaming headset, this could be a great option, but it’s considerably more expensive than the SE and the battery life is a little lackluster.
  • Drop x Sennheiser PC37XIf you’re looking for something like HyperX Cloud Alpha for PC gaming, but you prefer something with an open back, the Sennheiser PC37X is definitely worth a look. It sounds good (though not quite as good as the HyperX Cloud Alpha), its mic is decent, and its got velour earpads—great for long gaming sessions.
  • Fnatic React: Its audio output isn’t quite as accurate as the HyperX Cloud Alpha (though it comes pretty close), but if you want a reasonably priced stereo gaming headset and having a very good microphone is a priority, the Fnatic React might be just the ticket. This is a comfortable, straightforward headset, and it won’t break the bank.
  • HyperX Cloud Orbit S: This is a great option for the person who wants something as good as Audeze Mobius, but doesn’t necessarily need every feature under the sun. The Cloud Orbit S is based on the Mobius, with the same 100mm planar magnetic drivers and 3D audio features, but it jettisons the Bluetooth support. Plus it’s cheaper.
  • Logitech G435 Lightspeed: This gaming headset may look like a kid’s toy but it packs plenty of punch beneath its pop of color. You get a lightweight headset that’s responsibly produced and sounds good for around $80 USD. If you like the design and want to up the ante a bit, go in for the Logitech G733 Lightspeed instead.
  • Logitech G Pro X: This headset has one of the best microphones around, backed up by powerful mic controls via Logitech’s Blue Vo!ce application. It also provides good sound quality and a comfortable design that will appeal to PC gamers.
  • Razer Barracuda XMuch like the SteelSeries Arctis 7P, this wireless gaming headset uses a USB-C dongle to connect to a wide range of gaming platforms. It sounds great, and its lightweight build is really comfortable, but you may find the microphone very quiet.
  • Razer Blackshark V2Razer’s revamp of the BlackShark line was one of the best gaming headsets of 2020, though its microphone leaves a little to be desired. It’s super comfortable, it sounds great, with fantastic isolation and a lightweight-enough build for long gaming sessions, though it does feel a little flimsy. There’s also a wireless version with an improved microphone, though it’s considerably more expensive.
  • Razer BlackShark V2 Pro: Everything good we have to say about the BlackShark V2 is true about this one, but it’s now wireless and comes with an improved microphone. Big price jump, though.
  • SteelSeries Arctis 9 WirelessThe SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless brings simultaneous Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless connections to the already great Arctis framework. It’s a little on the pricey side, but it’s otherwise a very solid all-rounder.
  • Turtle Beach Recon 500: Turtle Beach has put out some of the most reliable cheap gaming headsets on the market for years, and the company’s newest 3.5mm offering strikes a great balance between price and premium build. There aren’t any notable bells and whistles, but given pretty much every platform offers its own built-in virtual surround sound, you don’t need much to have a good time.

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Frequently asked questions about gaming headsets

We’ve got a whole list of them right here! We also have a separate list for the best wireless Xbox One gaming headsets.

If you’re looking to produce a gaming voiceover, or just really want your voice to come out crystal clear when talking to your teammates, you might want to consider one of our best gaming microphones, or even one of our best podcasting mics. An external mic will almost always give you a better sound simply because they’re designed to produce high quality audio and reproduce a natural frequency response. Depending on the type of microphone you buy, you may need to purchase additional equipment in order to power it. If you just need the mic to do the job for administering communication between you and your teammates and don’t want to spend too much, a headset with a mic will do the trick. Additionally, because a headset mic is often physically closer to your mouth than an external mic, it can be better for cancelling out keyboard clicking sounds.