Ah, the personal computer—if you’re looking for the absolute crème de la crème, premium gaming experience, there’s no better platform. Much like how you can spend a fortune for a 15 or 20% increase in graphical fidelity over the average console, the PC is also the perfect place for expensive gaming headsets with every feature under the sun.
Don’t worry, there are plenty reasonably priced options too, they just take a little more time to find. Lucky for you, we’ve done that work. Here are the best PC gaming headsets around.
Editor’s note: this list of the best PC gaming headsets was updated on September 2, 2021 to include the SteelSeries Arctis 7P, Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT, and notable mentions entries for Razer Barracuda X, and the SteelSeries Arctis 7, Arctis Pro + GameDAC, and Arctis 9 Wireless.
What you should know about PC Gaming headsets
There are a few things to consider when you’re shopping around for PC gaming headsets. First of all, you should pay attention to how you want to connect it to your PC. Generally, headsets come with three connection methods—USB, single 3.5mm, and split 3.5mm. You won’t find Bluetooth gaming headsets very often, which is probably good, given the standard’s occasional issues with audio lag.
Gaming headsets that support surround sound generally do so through additional software, though these days even Windows offers a built-in spatial sound option, even if your headset connects via 3.5mm. If something on this list sounds close to what you’re looking for, but not quite, check out our headset guides for brands like Razer and Corsair.
However, if all you want is something simple, it’s really just down to where on your computer the headphone jack is. If your PC is under your desk and the port is on the back, anything with a shorter cord might not work, so you may be stuck with a wireless headset anyway.
If nothing but the absolute best will do, look no further than the Audeze Mobius
In a world of unlimited budgets, the Audeze Mobius is pretty much flat out the best wired gaming headset on the market. The first foray into gaming from luxury audio company Audeze, the Mobius has top-notch sound, with 100mm planar magnetic drivers that accurately reproduce audio across the frequency spectrum, without over emphasizing bass.
Audeze MobiusFull Review
With memory foam pads, and a super-flexible band, these headphones are a joy to use. They have no issue blocking out most at-home sounds you’d run into, and the memory phone molds to your head over time. Plus the headset supports just about every connection method possible, with a 3.5mm cord, USB compatibility, and Bluetooth 5.
Additionally, Audeze also teamed up with Waves Nx to bring 3D audio to the Mobius. In addition to the 7.1 virtual surround sound the game supports, you can turn on 3D audio to simulate a speaker environment in your headphones. Tap the button to set the anchor point, and it will always sound like things are coming from that direction, regardless of how you turn your head. This isn’t a huge thing for games, but it makes music and movies feel distinct in a really cool way.
Ultimately, the headset does it all, and that’s reflected in its price.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7P is great for setups where wires get in the way
This headset’s predecessor held this spot on the list for a long time for it’s easy connection methods on multiple platforms, and the SteelSeries Arctis 7P is a big improvement in that regard. Using a USB-C dongle, the headset adds Nintendo Switch (docked and undocked) and smartphones with USB-C ports to a list that already included the PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, and anything else with a headphone jack.
SteelSeries Arctis 7PFull Review
The Arctis 7P is also a more reliable wireless performer than the regular Arctis 7, with almost twice the battery life, at over 27 hours. It sports the same super comfortable build, retractable microphone, and nice sound too—now in a white and blue color scheme to match it’s PlayStation oriented branding. It doesn’t bring built-in surround sound, but these days pretty much every platform offers that already.
The Razer BlackShark V2 strikes the perfect balance between form and function
Razer has stepped out of their element with the BlackShark V2, introducing a gaming headset that features a level or restraint never before seen by the company. Instead of RGB accented ear cups, a jet black finish, or sharp corners, Razer’s new headset features a clean, low-profile design that is suited for both work and play.
Razer BlackShark V2Full Review
The BlackShark V2 is, by far, one of the most comfortable headsets we’ve ever tested. It features soft foam ear cups and a plush head band, allowing for a comfortable gaming experience during long periods.
In regards to sound quality, the Black Shark V2 reproduces sound with a relatively flat frequency response, making it ideal for both gaming and general content consumption. Isolation on this headset is unlike any other we’ve tested, letting you to fully immerse yourself during gameplay.
Speaking of immersion, the BlackShark V2 features THX Spatial Audio, which provides increased spatial awareness—better than traditional 7.1 virtual surround sound. This feature, including EQ and mic controls, can only be accessed when gaming on a PC via Razer Synapse.
The only real caveat to the BlackShark V2 is its microphone, which is serviceable at best. Still, for just under $100, you’d be hard pressed trying to find a better gaming headset.
The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT brings a fantastic microphone and high-quality Bluetooth for a premium
If clear mic audio is your number one goal, there aren’t gaming headsets that sound better than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT. This is an expensive wireless gaming headset, but it’s got the premium build to back that up, and it supports Bluetooth connectivity, as well as the aptX HD audio codec.
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless XTFull Review
While the headset is comfortable, and microphone sounds great, the headset lacks a bit of emphasis in the bass range. You can fix this using Corsair iCue, the headset’s companion app, which includes a 10-band equalizer. The Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT may look a little flashy, but it’s nice-looking enough to seem more like a pair of regular headphones if you want to detach the mic and take it to a cafe.
The Razer Kraken X is very solid option for gamers on a budget
On the spectrum of headphones prices, most PC gaming headsets are actually pretty reasonably priced. However, even within that relative space, very few manage to include as many features for as cheap as the Razer Kraken X. This headset is built on the same frame as Razer’s other Kraken headsets, with many of the same features, and just a few limitations.
Razer Kraken XFull Review
The Kraken X features 40mm dynamic drivers, a flexible cardioid boom mic, and its headphone pads sport grooves to make listening while wearing glasses more comfortable. For the price, it features some remarkably accurate audio output, with only a slight overemphasis in the bass range.
The headset connects using a 3.5mm jack, but still supports surround sound on Windows 10, which is pretty uncommon. It really covers pretty much all the bases, whether you’re a fan of FPS games or RPGs—for $49.99, you could do a lot worse.
Best PC gaming headsets: notable mentions
- Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset: If you need a great sounding gaming headset and a pair of Bluetooth headphones for casual listening, Bose’s first gaming headset may be for you. It features virtually the same design and technologies as the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, with an added boom microphone, USB volume knob, and longer cables for console gaming.
- Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless: The non-SE variant of Corsair’s Virtuoso headset offers sturdy build quality, reliable wireless gaming performance, RGB lighting, and good microphone quality—all at a sub-$200 price tag.
- Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE: For gamers willing to spend some serious cash, this wireless gaming headset offers amazing microphone quality and a myriad of connection options—all wrapped in a sleek, gunmetal aluminum build.
- HyperX Cloud II Wireless:This no-frills gaming headset nails the basics, offering an accurate sound profile, comfortable design, and great battery life. If you need a lean, mean, wireless gaming machine of a headset, HyperX has you covered.
- HyperX Cloud Alpha: With its comfortable design and fantastic sound quality, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is an all-time favorite among gamers looking for a budget headset.
- HyperX Cloud Alpha S: If you love the HyperX Cloud Alpha but want features like virtual surround sound and adjustable bass vents, the HyperX Cloud Alpha S might be just the thing. It doesn’t sound any better or improve on the original Cloud Alpha’s poor microphone, but it’s also only around $30 more expensive.
- 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 $70 cheaper.
- Logitech G Pro X: This headset caters to PC gamers with powerful control functions accessible through Logitech’s Blue Vo!ce software, coupled with good sound and a comfortable design.
- Logitech G Pro X Wireless: It’s everything the regular G Pro X is, but wireless and $70 more expensive. It’s a little bit pricey as for such a similar update, but still a fantastic wireless option.
- Razer BlackShark V2 Pro: This headset is at the top of Razer’s BlackShark product line, featuring wireless connection options, a vastly improved microphone over its wired counterparts, and good isolation performance.
- Razer BlackShark V2 X: This has the same profile as the BlackShark V2, but trades THX Spatial Audio for traditional 7.1 virtual surround sound—available for roughly $20 less than the non-X variant.
- Razer Thresher Ultimate: This wireless headset is stylish, simple-to-setup, and is equipped with great-sounding drivers for a truly immersive, hassle-free gaming experience for both PC and Xbox One gamers alike.
- Sennheiser GSP 500: The open-back design of this headset recreates an accurate sense of sound. Other features include breathable padding and noise-cancelling microphone, making the GSP 500 a comfortable and immersive option for those willing to pay a premium.
- Sennheiser GSP 670: This wireless gaming headset offers a comfortable design, great sound, as is one of the only gaming headsets that support Bluetooth audio. It even supports high quality Bluetooth codecs like AAC, aptX, and aptX Low Latency.
- Logitech G733 Lightspeed: This all plastic wireless gaming headset keeps the weight off with a suspension band, and the heat to a minimum with mesh fabric ear pads. It also sounds great, has long battery life, and the same microphone software features as the G Pro X.
- EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid: It’s pretty expensive, and the microphone doesn’t work for gaming, but if you’ve always wanted a pair of true wireless earbuds for gaming on a PC, this is the product for you.
- SteelSeries Arctis 7: Though not as compelling a buy as the newer 7P, SteelSeries older Arctis 7 model still has a lot going for it. It’s comfortable, reasonably priced, and it sounds nice, plus it has a full-featured software complement.
- SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC: If having an app to handle all the additional features you want isn’t attractive, this headset has you covered. The GameDAC unit comes loaded with virtual surround sound, custom EQ options, and lighting controls at the touch of a button.
- Razer Barracuda X: It isn’t as comfortable as the Arctis 7P, but the Razer Barracuda X has a lot the same selling points. It’s super lightweight, it uses a USB-C dongle, and it offers solid mic and headphone audio—for $99 USD that’s pretty compelling.
- SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless: Whether you don’t want to miss a phone call while gaming, or you just having multiple connection options, the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless brings simultaneous Bluetooth connectivity to the already great Arctis framework. It sounds great and feels great, too, which is always appreciated.
Why you should trust Sam
When it comes down to it, I don’t just review gaming headsets because I’m passionate about good audio. Pretty much everything I do here at SoundGuys focuses on gaming content, and that’s because I’ve been a gamer my whole life. You name it, I’ve probably played it. I know what kind of audio features are important for different kinds of games, and maybe more importantly: which ones aren’t.
The gaming headset space, much like many other parts of the audio industry, is rife with exaggerated language and gimmicky features that often don’t add much of anything to your experience. It’s easy to get caught up in the flashy lights and promises of immersive audio and bass so intense it’ll rupture your eardrums (in a good way, somehow), but most of that stuff flat out doesn’t matter. On PC in particular, there’s a lot of fluff out there. Many apps are slow and awkward, or they don’t bring much functionality in the first place. PC gaming headsets should represent the gold standard of what’s possible in the market, and many of them do, but there are just too many prominent bad offerings to wade through. That’s why we review headsets, and why we have lists like this.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset sports several gamer-focused features. For starters, it comes with a detachable boom microphone for improved audio quality, ensuring vocal reproduction for in-game communication. It also comes with a USB PC desktop controller, which gives you control over volume and microphone monitoring. Additional cables are also included with the headset, which is necessary for use with consoles like the PlayStation 4.
No, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset only supports wired connections via USB or a 3.5mm cable.
Yes! The Logitech G Pro X offers a very accurate sound for a gaming headset, with relatively neutral lows and mids. This means that sounds like kick drums, vocals, and mid-to-low octave synths come through clearly without distortion or auditory masking. Higher frequency sounds, such as cymbals and hi-hats, do sound less prominent, however this de-emphasizes aids in eliminating unwanted resonances.
If you're expecting other gaming headsets on this list and don't see them: sorry, our editorial staff didn't pick them. That doesn't mean that they don't deserve your attention—it just means that our staff picked what you see on the list. It's entirely possible that the decision was a very close one, or that the model you really like just hasn't kept up in recent years. That doesn't mean that it's bad! It just means that we're constantly updating these lists as new models come out and replace older ones over time.
If you're someone who spends a lot of time gaming, you want to invest in the right gear that heightens your experience. Gaming headsets can feature design choices that cater specifically to gamers, which you may not find with just any headset. These features include high-quality microphones for clear team communication, increased comfort for long gaming sessions, multiple connectivity options for use with different gaming devices, and a sound signature that often emphasizes the low-end—a popular preference amongst gamers.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 and the Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless offer very similar experiences on paper. They have roughly the same battery life and roughly the same feature set—it really comes down to what's important to you in a gaming headset. The Void has a much more accurate microphone, but the Arctis 7 has more accurate sound output. They're both comfortable, but in our experience the Void was far too loose. Ultimately, this was a big part of why we picked the Arctis 7 for this list—it's hard to appreciate a headset's finer points when you're constantly worried that it's about to fall off your head.
If you're looking for a headset just for PC, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is probably the better option for you. Using the SteelSeries Engine app, it supports surround sound, which the Arctis 1 does not. If you're looking for something compatible with more platforms, the Arctis 1 Wireless is your best bet.