Most of the time, the PC is the best place to find a great gaming headset. It’s the platform where you can spend more on nearly infinite incremental improvements to quality, in both visual fidelity and sound. However, if there’s one avenue where the PC falters, it’s that most of the best headsets have cables. There just aren’t as many wireless PC gaming headsets as on other platforms, and for a pretty simple reason: playing games on a desktop PC means that a cable is often the best choice for that environment. Most of the time, it’s no struggle to use a corded headset—you don’t have to be far away from your source, and the audio latency is nonexistent.
However, there’s still plenty of wireless options worth getting, and plenty of reason to get them. Here are some of the best.
Editor’s note: This list of the best Wireless PC Gaming headsets was updated on September 22, 2020, to replace the Corsair Void RGB Elite Wireless with the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro.
The HyperX Cloud Flight S is the best wireless PC gaming headset
The HyperX Cloud Flight S brings comfort and performance for a reasonable price. This wireless PC gaming headset also works with PlayStation 4, and if you’re going between those platforms it’s pretty much the best option out around—wireless or otherwise.
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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 the HyperX Cloud Flight S is still one of the best wireless PC gaming headsets around.. 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.
What you should know about Wireless PC Gaming headsets
Normally deciding on your connection method is a key part of picking a PC gaming headset, but if you’re dead set on a wireless option, that decision is basically already made. All wireless PC gaming headsets worth getting connect using USB dongles—even if your computer supports aptX Low Latency. Bluetooth is prone to lag no matter what codec you use, so these dongles generally use 2.4GHz radio frequency connections, which are virtually lag-free, and a little less battery intensive.
The other thing to really consider is what platforms you want a headset to support. Now, obviously any wireless gaming headset on this list will support the PC, but the PC supports basically everything. If you happen to own a console as well as a PC, the options immediately get more limited. Basically, any wireless headset that works on the PlayStation 4 won’t work on the Xbox One, and vice versa. If you’re at all interested in getting a headset you can use on a few different gaming platforms, don’t just get whatever—often there are specific models of gaming headsets for different platforms, and you don’t want to buy a Steelseries headset for Xbox One and PC, when your other platform is a PlayStation 4.
If you’re bouncing between a lot of platforms, consider the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless
Though released primarily for the Nintendo Switch, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless has the the honorable distinction of being one of the only wireless PC gaming headsets to work wirelessly on 4 different platforms. This headset uses a USB-C 2.4GHZ RF wireless dongle to connect to your Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Android phone, and yes, PC. Don’t have anything with USB-C ports? Don’t worry, this also comes with a USB-A adapter.
Arctis 1 WirelessFull Review
Outside of that, the Arctis 1 Wireless is built from largely the same materials as the rest of the Arctis line. It drops the comfortable suspension band of more expensive headsets in the line for a simpler plastic band, but it’s still plenty comfortable. The headphone pads are made of SteelSeries’ signature airweave fabric, so heat buildup really isn’t an issue.
This headset is comfortable enough for multi-hour gaming sessions, and it can last for much longer than that. In our testing, we found the Arctis 1 had no trouble lasting over 25 hours on a single battery charge. In short, if you’re looking for wireless PC gaming headsets that work on a bunch of different platforms, this is your best, and probably only option.
If you just want something really comfortable, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 has you covered
Few gaming headsets, on any platform, are as comfortable as SteelSeries’ Arctis headset line. The SteelSeries Arctis 7 hits that sweet spot of features, compatibility, and price—and it doesn’t get rid of any physical design elements like the Arctis 1 Wireless does.
Arctis 7Full Review
This wireless PC gaming headset offers surround sound, a Discord-certified microphone, Hi-Res audio support, and 16-hour battery life. It’s pretty much got everything you could need. On top of all that, the design and comfort of this headset is second to none.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 features a primarily metal build, with a lightweight aluminum frame and an elastic suspension band modeled after a pair of ski goggles. It doesn’t take any adjustment—just put it on and it’ll stretch to fit comfortably. The headphones sport ear pads covered in a fabric SteelSeries calls AirWeave, which is soft and breezy, but dense enough to not sacrifice too much isolation. If you want something to wear for hours on end, whether you’re an at-home worker or you like marathon gaming sessions, this is definitely worth considering.
The Razer Nari Utlimate brings the features, for a price
If the top of the line is what you seek, look no further than the Razer Nari Ultimate. This beast of a wireless PC gaming headset comes with swiveling headphones, a retractable boom mic, and a comfortable suspension band. It’s made primarily of plastic, but what it lacks in durability, it makes up for in comfort. The combination of the Nari Ultimate’s suspension band and thick leatherette headphone pads (with the same eyewear channels as other Razer products) make it great for long gaming sessions.
Nari UltimateFull Review
This headset can last up to 8 hours on a single charge. If that doesn’t seem like much compared to other wireless PC gaming headsets, it’s because it isn’t. The Nari Ultimate features small additional audio drivers in each headphone that produce haptic feedback when heavy bass is playing. That’s right, this headset vibrates. It’s a neat gimmick, and when you’re gaming it can add a lot to intense firefights. However, it can get a little distracting when listening to music or watching movies. Perhaps most importantly, the feature seems to be what drains the headset’s battery fastest.
The Nari Ultimate offers a ton of features. It’s comfortable, wireless, and supports surround sound through THX Spatial Audio. The 2.4GHz wireless connection (via USB dongle) means you shouldn’t run into any audio lag, and it comes with a 3.5mm cord for connecting to a device without a USB port. There’s even an Xbox One version that connects directly to the console without needing a dongle. Basically, this thing is stacked.
If you’re a gamer with glasses, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro could be for you
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro has a sleek aesthetic and is very comfortable with its memory foam pads covered with mesh fabric. The clamping force is slightly loose, but if you’re wearing glasses, this may be a blessing in disguise.
Razer BlackShark V2 ProFull Review
This wireless PC gaming headset is compatible with the Razer Synapse 3 app, which supports THX virtual surround sound and allows you to EQ the sound signature of the headset. The headset is compatible with PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, but the app and its accompanying features can only be used on PC. The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro lasts 24 hours on a single charge, but it charges via MicroUSB.
- Void RGB Elite Wireless: Another great option for gamers with glasses, this headset is affordable, has a pretty great microphone, and 7.1 surround sound.
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