If you’re looking for the best gaming headsets and gaming headphones on the market today then you have come to the right place.
That’s because we love quality gaming audio here at T3.com and, as such, have filtered out only the very best gaming headsets on the market today. The gaming headphones in this guide are the best available and, depending on your intended usage scenarios, we are sure one of them will be perfect for your gamine needs.
If you want one single gaming headset recommendation right off the bat, though, then the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is T3.com’s top choice of right now. It’s one of the most attractive, best sounding headsets we’ve ever tested, with its Hi-Res capable speaker drivers, lightweight aluminium alloy and steel construction, and swappable dual-battery system delivering a super all-round gaming package.
For those who wish to peruse the best gaming headsets on the market for maximum choice, however, then read on.
As you’ve most likely gathered already, there are a lot of headsets and headphones out there angled at gamers, with most firms offering multiple versions that might seem identical. Now it’s easy to just go with a certain model because of a recognisable brand, but before you blow all your cash on such folly, you should consider exactly what you need from the headset your looking to buy.
For example, do you want a great sounding headset for gaming that can also be used as a regular pair of headphones? If so, you need to go for a pair of on-ears and, for style and portability issues, one with a built-in or detachable mic.
Equally, if you are looking for a dedicated, heavy duty headset for streaming and super long gaming sessions, then you’re going to need a set with excellent battery life, a good boom mic, and an over-ear comfortable fit.
So how have we made our choices? Well, we’ve selected headphones from across the best manufacturers producing headsets today, giving you a chance to see what all the biggest brands are offering and, crucially, how they differ – such as the Astro Gaming A50 and its stunning 3D surround sound, or the colossal 7.1 surround sound of the Logitech G35, and onto the classy Roccat Khan Aimo that delivers a built-in DAC with passive noise cancellation tech.
Each one might appear to offer the same functions at first glance, but everything from build quality to fit, and the comfort of the cups to features can differ, making each one a unique investment.
So whether you’re looking for a super high-end model or something to dip your toes into the gaming audio market, T3 has all the bases covered with this new and improved headset guide for 2017 and beyond.
The best wireless gaming headset on the market today, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is an awesome piece of kit, delivering a best-in-class audio experience for PS4 and PC gamers.
The headset not only features a dual-wireless audio system that allows for both 2.4G and Bluetooth connections simultaneously (meaning you can listen to music or chat while gaming), but it is also comes packing Hi-Res capable speaker drivers and lossless audio, too.
A very impressive 40-feet range, well-built wireless transmitter, lightweight aluminium construction, and swappable dual-battery power system complete a superb all-round package.
T3.com hasn’t heard better from a wireless gaming headset.
HyperX’s first attempt at a wireless gaming headset has produced a versatile and robust set of cans for playing games or streaming on other platforms. With 30 or so hours of battery life on a single charge you won’t have to worry about the Cloud Flight running out of juice, and its bass is something to be reckoned with, with a meaty punch that is right up there with the best sets on the market. It comes with a pair of rather handy 90-degree rotating ear cups, too, and even adds in some LED lighting effects for good measure. A very attractive and competitively priced gaming headset for PC and PS4 gamers.
Roccat really knows what it is doing with gaming headsets and here, with the Khan Aimo, delivers an incredible package at a very attractive price point. The Khan Aimo comes rocking Hi-Res audio compatible speaker drivers, delivers 7.1 surround sound, has a built-in DAC with passive noise cancellation tech, and also boasts a 16.8M colour lighting engine with various effects and pre-sets. If that wasn’t enough, the Khan Aimo also sports some seriously comfortable memory foam ear pads, and premium stainless steel sliders, too. A gaming headset that is very easy to recommend.
Turtle Beach is clearly aiming to transform its headset lineup and shake-off that budget connotation that it’s held for so long, with the Elite 800 sharing many of the high quality additions you’ll find in the impressive Elite Pro.
For the most part it’s an impressive bit of kit – the noise cancellation software makes for a great way to immerse yourself in your chosen game (especially in a busy house), while the audio transfer itself remained crisp and powerful across multiple titles. It’s also surprisingly comfortable for a TB headset, making it ideal for long Twitch streams.
However, while it works right off the bat with PS4 and PC, there’s no compatibility with Xbox One – purely for the fact TB has an Elite 800X model designed specifically for Microsoft’s console. It’s a tactic we wish TB would grow out of since it robs the Elite 800 of being a proper full package.
Logitech has really upped its headset game of late, and the G633 Artemis Spectrum is one such example of the firm bringing together a bevy of impressive highlights into one package. The build quality is great, feeling both light and sturdy all at once (they also look pretty rad as well). There are also a set of handy hot key-esque G-keys on the side of the headset that can be customised for certain quick in-game actions.
The wireless audio transfer never compromises on audio quality, and it’s compatible with PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 via 2.4 GHz wireless tech. The only slight niggling issue is the battery life levels out around the 10 hour mark – if you’re a casual player, this won’t be an issue, but for bigger sessions or pro tournaments.
SteelSeries’ Arctis range are probably the closest thing gaming headset market will come to works of art, thanks to a design that makes the various models feel more like something a pro DJ would use in the studio than a gamer in front of their console or PC.
And the Arctis 7 is one of the best gaming headsets available today, offering a stainless steel finish and balanced 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound that delivers powerful bidirectional sound and reliable noise cancellation. And its wireless connection is one of the clearest we’ve ever tested with nary a moment’s lag, too.
Okay, this is one of the most expensive headsets we’ve reviewed as part of this feature, but getting quality and comfort as good as this while still being lightweight comes at a price. For your money, you’re getting one of the most comfortable professional headsets we’ve ever tested, with zero pinch and a lightweight design that never weighs on your neck.
The sound quality is killer, too – the 7.1 Dolby surround sound turns every game we tested it with into a cinematic theatre of immersion, with individual sounds kept clean and clear without being washed out by the bass. There’s also a companion app for adjusting audio levels and tweaking profiles – ideal if you’re partial to multiple game sessions.
Taking over from the already impressive Siberia 800, the Siberia 840 adds Bluetooth connectivity to the mix and creates one of the most reliable wireless headsets on the market. We didn’t experience a moment’s lag while testing them, but then again this is a premium PC gaming headset so high-quality performance is a prerequisite at this level.
While designed with PC gaming in mind, the headsets selection of customisable sound profiles (which can be tweaked from the OLED of its base unit or the SteelSeries Engine 3 app) so you can use it with PS4, Xbox One and old-gen consoles, too.