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Best wireless gaming headsets
Gaming headsets are predicated on one thing above all else: convenience. When it comes down to it, these are all products meant to simplify your audio setup and get you down to one thing you can just plug in and use. However, one final barrier lies between the gaming headset and true convenience—cords are just kind of a pain. Especially when you’re playing in a living room, a wireless gaming headset can really make everything go a little smoother.
However, while going cordless adds convenience, it’s not as simple as it can be. There are a lot of different products out there but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Editor’s note: this article was updated on November 8, 2022 to include the Logitech G735.
Why is the HyperX Cloud Flight S the best wireless gaming headset?
The HyperX Cloud Flight S brings comfort and performance for a reasonable price. This is a wireless gaming headset made for PC and PlayStation 4, and if you’re going between those platforms it’s pretty much the best option out around—wireless or otherwise.
This headset is built on a primarily plastic frame, but it doesn’t feel cheap. It doesn’t creak at all, and the headphone hinges rotate and tilt enough to accommodate most head sizes. The headphone pads are leatherette covering thick memory foam, which is very comfortable but doesn’t do a lot for gamers with glasses.
The HyperX Cloud Flight S uses a wireless RF connection with a 2.4GHz USB dongle for transmitting audio between it and your platform of choice. This is good because it means audio lag won’t be an issue, and generally, this connection takes less power to maintain. That saved juice doesn’t go to waste here, as the Cloud Flight S lasted around 35 hours during our testing—better than just about any other gaming headset on the market. Additionally, this headset brings surround sound to both the PlayStation 4 and the PC, something that basically no other headset does.
It’s too bad this doesn’t work with the Xbox One or Nintendo Switch, but if you’re looking for something that checks all the boxes on either the PlayStation 4 or PC, this is your best bet. It’s also compatible with the HyperX NGenuity app, but you don’t really need it if setting custom EQ presets isn’t your thing.
Although this is an all-around great gaming headset, the microphone is a sticking point and just doesn’t sound all that great. It under-emphasizes the bass and midrange which can make those with lower voices sound much different than they do when speaking face to face. Take a listen and cast your vote below!
HyperX Cloud Flight S microphone demo (Non-standardized):
How does the microphone sound to you?
The SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless works on most platforms and brings the features
If your only accessible port for a gaming headset is at the back of a tower under a desk, a wireless gaming headset is probably what you should get. Built on SteelSeries‘ extremely comfortable Arctis frame, the Arctis 7+ sports a flexible suspension band and headphone pads made of Airweave fabric, which keeps things nice and cool. This model also brings a handful of big improvements over its predecessor, the Arctis 7.
The Arctis 7 uses a 2.4GHz USB-C wireless RF dongle to transmit audio between the headset and whatever it’s connected to, so lag isn’t an issue. The move to USB-C means the headset can connect wirelessly to mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch when it’s not docked, on top of the typical PlayStation consoles, PC, and docked Switch. SteelSeries claims the headset can last up to 30 hours on a single charge, but in our testing we found it well exceeds that—it lasts over 71 hours, which is the best result we’ve measured, by far (at least as of February 2022).
The Arctis 7+ features a retractable, Discord-certified microphone, so it’s guaranteed to play well with the program—a necessity for PC gaming. The headset also supports hi-res audio, though most video games don’t. And top of all that hardware, the SteelSeries Sonar app launches with the Arctis 7+ release, bringing surround sound and EQ customization for game and chat audio channels, as well as the microphone.
The microphone sounds much better when you use a wired connection than when communicating over the 2.4GHz wireless connection. You’ll sound clear enough for game chats either way though.
SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless microphone wired 3.5mm demo (Ideal):
SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless microphone wireless demo (Ideal):
SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless microphone demo (Office):
How does the microphone sound to you?
The Razer Barracuda X (2022) is the best wireless gaming headset for Nintendo Switch
Wireless audio has been something of a bugbear for Switch owners. Recently, a software update to the Nintendo Switch opened up the USB ports on its dock to support wireless audio, allowing an additional level of convenience for gamers. However, the Razer Barracuda X (2022) is one of the few wireless gaming headsets that work with the Nintendo Switch when it’s docked or undocked. This headset is virtually identical to the Barracuda X, but it has a much better battery life that lasts just shy of 60 hours.
The Barracuda X (2022) connects to nearly any device, and you have your pick of 2.4GHz USB-C/USB-A, 3.5mm, or Bluetooth. If you have a Nintendo Switch, just plug the USB-C dongle into the USB port on the bottom of the Switch and you’re all set for wireless, undocked listening. You can even use the dongle with a compatible smartphone, giving you the option to take the Barracuda X (2022) out on the town. You can do this with relative ease after removing the boom mic.
The Barracuda X (2022), while versatile, has its shortcomings. Isolation performance is only okay under ideal conditions and the audio output has some noticeable dips and boosts, particularly in the treble range. Still, for under $100 USD, you’re getting a solid Razer headset that doesn’t rely on the dubious Razer Synapse software (though, you can use the Razer Audio app on iOS/Android). We like this and hope you do too.
For the price, this is a very good gaming headset microphone that effectively rejects background noise. Some sounds still come through, which you can hear in the “office” demo below, but it’s better than a lot of embedded microphone systems that you’ll find in Razer’s other headsets.
Razer Barracuda X (2022) microphone demo (Ideal):
Razer Barracuda X (2022) microphone demo (Office):
How does the microphone sound to you?
The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid delivers a premium, cable-free gaming experience
The EPOS H3PRO Hybrid checks nearly every connectivity box you would want from a gaming headset, and is a rare breed that features active noise cancelling (ANC). You can take this headset out and about thanks to its Bluetooth connection option, though you only get the standard SBC codec with it.
The headset is crafted for gamers of all platforms, though you could argue that you get the best experience on PC with the EPOS Gaming Suite companion app. Here, you’ll find EQ presets, a microphone page with a live frequency monitor and sliders to control the gain, sidetone, noise gating, and ANC. Don’t get it twisted: this is still a solid console headset since you can connect directly into a headphone jack, wirelessly with the USB dongle, or with the wired USB cable.
By far one of the best things about the EEPOS H3PRO is its microphone, making this a great tool for talking with your buddies or engaging in endless Zoom calls. Not all is perfect here, however; the battery is in use even when you plug the headset into a controller or laptop, and the price is quite high at $279 USD. Still, if you can get past those drawbacks, you’ll find plenty to love about the H3PRO Hybrid.
This detachable boom mic relays voices loud and clear and you can modify the sound a bit from the desktop app. Listen below and share your thoughts.
EPOS H3Pro Hybrid microphone demo (Ideal):
EPOS H3Pro Hybrid microphone demo (Office):
How does the microphone sound to you?
The Logitech G735 is excellent for comfort and microphone quality
The Logitech G735 is a headset aiming squarely for a more premium feel and build quality, and priced accordingly. The headset supports connections using a 2.4 GHz USB-A dongle, as well as by using Bluetooth or 3.5mm. It has a full array of controls for volume, microphone muting, and pairing. Logitech also provides the Logitech G Hub software to allow you extended control over the headset. Overall here the big focus here is on build quality and comfort. It also has a fairly impressive 35 hour long battery life, which is almost double what’s advertised.
The microphone here is fully removable, and it sounds pretty good. This is a great headset no matter if you need it for an online gaming session or a chill Discord hangout. The sound quality is also nice, although it does have a slight emphasis in the bass compared to our ideal curve, much like most other gaming headsets. There’s also some deviation in the high end, but overall it’s a great aural experience. All of this comes together to make the Logitech G735 a great choice for a wireless gaming headset.
Logitech G735 ideal microphone demo:
Logitech G735 office microphone demo:
How does the microphone sound to you?
The best wireless gaming headsets: Notable mentions
- Corsair Virtuoso Wireless SE: The headset is crafted for gamers of all platforms. The unboxing experience reveals a slew of connectivity options, which includes a USB-C to USB-A cable, 3.5mm aux cable, or a 2.4GHz USB wireless dongle for a virtually lag-free, untethered gaming experience.
- Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless: The Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless is a great wireless gaming headset, with a comfortable fit, good sound, and great microphone. Its frame is a little loose, but it’s got solid battery life, and you can customize the color of the headset’s LED lights, if you’re into that sort of thing.
- HyperX Cloud II Wireless: For $150, this gaming headset ticks all the boxes when it comes to a no-frills gaming headset, sporting a comfortable design, very good sound quality, and an impressive 30+ hour battery life. The headset is compatible with PC, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch when docked.
- Razer Kaira Pro: This is Razer’s first headset designed for Xbox gamers. It features Xbox Wireless support for cable and dongle-free connections for a seamless, untethered gaming experience. It can also connect to mobile devices via Bluetooth for casual listening, or for mobile gaming.
- Razer Kaira Wireless: If you’re an Xbox gamer who wants to save a little cash, this pared-down version of the Razer Kaira Pro has everything you need for a dongle-free gaming experience: a comfortable design, good microphone, and decent battery life.
- Razer Nari Ultimate: If these headsets just don’t have all the bells and whistles you want, the Nari Ultimate is probably your best bet. This headset features everything the other headsets on this list feature, along with vibrating headphones that activate during bass sounds. It all feels a little gratuitous, but if that’s what you’re in for, this is a great option.
- SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless: This is one of the only wireless gaming headsets that work with the Nintendo Switch console, regardless of whether or not it’s docked.
- SteelSeries Arctis 9X: This headset features Xbox Wireless support for a cable-free and dongle-free connection—complete with Windows Sonic Surround Sound. It’s essentially one of the best headsets you can buy for the Xbox One.
- SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless: This gaming headset features a comfortable build and comprehensive onboard controls. Sound quality is a bit better than some of the company’s other headset, but it’s still not a perfect package. It works with just about any device, though.
- Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 MAX: This is another good wireless gaming headset but it costs $130 USD. It features a great microphone, an accurate frequency response, and works on Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
- EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid: This is basically the only pair of true wireless gaming earbuds on the market. The mic doesn’t work when the USB-C Dongle is connected, but there’s no audio lag, good sound, and battery life long enough for decent play sessions.
- Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT: This upgraded Virtuoso headset brings Bluetooth and aptX HD support. It’s otherwise an identical headset to the Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE, and dishing out an extra $60 USD for a feature that isn’t terribly important for gaming feels a little steep, which is why this headset is in the notable mentions instead of the main list. If your budget’s expansive, this could the just the ticket.
What you should know before you purchase a wireless gaming headset
The most important thing to think about when you’re getting a wireless gaming headset is what platform you’re going to be gaming on. For the most part, there is no one-size-fits-all option on the market, mainly due to limitations placed by console manufacturers. Every platform has its foibles, some of which mean you won’t be able to get something that works everywhere.
For whatever reason, Microsoft in particular doesn’t like it when headsets that work on Xbox One also work on PlayStation 4, so finding a wireless headset that works on both is basically impossible. Up until fairly recently, the Nintendo Switch didn’t support USB audio, whether it was wireless or not, and it’s only added support on a by-device basis. The PlayStation 4 market leader that it is, doesn’t really place any strict restrictions on headphones, but some still work better on the platform than others.
If you’re gaming on PC, the only thing to really think about is managing your USB ports. Wireless gaming headsets generally don’t use Bluetooth, due to lag and inconsistent console support. Instead, you’ll usually find a wireless gaming headset that connects with a USB dongle using a 2.4GHz radio frequency connection, which is less battery intensive and far less prone to lag—plus everything has a USB port, after all.
Wireless gaming headsets generally don't use Bluetooth for gaming, due to lag and inconsistent console support.
Many headsets are also available in different versions for different platforms. The Razer Thresher Ultimate, for example, comes in a separate model for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you like something on this list, but it isn’t for your platform of choice, there may be a more compatible version floating around. With that said, there are enough differences between the highlights of what’s available on each platform, that we decided it was worth including an entry for each major console.
Why you should trust SoundGuys
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. That’s why we review headsets, and why we have lists like this.
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.
Frequently asked questions about the best wireless gaming headsets
While almost no gaming headset could be considered audiophile hardware, pretty much anything we put on this list will sound great for listening to music, as well as playing games.
Yes, the detachable boom mic is both Discord and TeamSpeak certified. This means you can use the HyperX Cloud Flight S headset over either Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
In short, no. As long as you’re not using a Bluetooth headset for gaming, it isn’t really an issue. Most wireless gaming headsets typically come with their own wireless RF USB dongle to minimize latency. However, all wireless devices will produce some lag, even if it isn’t immediately perceptible. If you don’t want to worry about latency at all, consider investing in a wired gaming headset instead.
At SoundGuys, we make an effort to keep all our lists up to date and regularly swap new entries in. If a recent gaming headset you’re interested in hasn’t made it on the list, it’s not always because it didn’t make the cut. We’re a small team, and putting new products through their paces can take time.
With gaming headsets in particular, we’ve only been regularly reviewing them for about a year, so there’s also a pretty significant backlogs of products to sort through. Give us time—the headsets on this list all deserve to be there, but if there’s something better out there, we’ll get to it eventually.