Choosing a Gaming Headset is a unique experience.
One must decide what your price point is and whether there’s a brand preference when purchasing a Gaming Headset. Do you want to be a smooth operator with a wireless headset that will go with you as you move around the house without needing to remove it? Or, is it more important to get the highest audio quality, stylish looks or microphone clarity?
When it comes to a gaming headset PC based or even for a gaming console, it is not difficult to see that prices are sometimes steep. However, one doesn’t need to go for the most expensive brands like Razer to still enjoy a cool experience with a set of cans that deliver comfort, excellent bass, and vocal clarity. Here at Amdology, we believe in having a good price for a quality product.
With this in mind, we’ve gathered together what we feel are the best five gaming headsets that offer pleasing quality in one or more areas at a price point that provides value for money.
Here are the 5 Top Gaming Headset models:
The Beyerdynamic MMX 300 is a German-made gaming headset in its second iteration. As well as gaming, this stereo headset is useful to listen to music and for media consumption too. This is a good thing too because this is one of the more pricier models under review.
The gaming headset is a closed set of cans with a curved padded headband and adjustable length on either side to fit different head sizes. The model is intended for gaming console use, not only PC gaming, which is good to see.
The padded ear cups are effective at knocking out a fair amount of ambient noise (in the background elsewhere in the room). The noise reduction isn’t intended for use on planes or buses during travel, but it’s still quite effective nonetheless.
What about the microphone?
The adjustable curved microphone is especially clear with the Beyerdynamic MMX 300 due to the new capsule technology used and the foam over the mic to protect from breathing and fan-created air movement. Sound recording is also improved by the drivers for the gaming headset that get the most out of the hardware.
The headset itself is surprisingly light considering its size. It works well for marathon gaming sessions without getting the ears hot and sweaty or causing the head to ache from its total weight. With excessive wear, both the headband and the soft ear materials are replaceable with new parts without needing to change the headset.
The cable that comes with the Beyerdynamic MMX 300 has an adaptor. It is able to plug directly into a PC, a gaming console or a media device through its 3.5mm jack. An inline control accesses volume control, picks up incoming calls, and mutes sound.
The MMX 300 headset is ideal both for gaming environments and general use like media consumption and making/receiving VoIP calls on Skype, Viber and other chat apps. It is designed for comfortable wear over long periods of time, with a microphone and supporting drivers that are impressive.
The Astro Gaming A50 headset is a wireless one that broadcasts on the clearer 5Ghz frequency to avoid interference. Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound is also supported for hearing distant footsteps and being able to readily identify which direction they’re coming from. Alternatively, music that includes location-specific atmospheric effects is also improved.
The primary model is a gray one with bright green highlights. The overall aesthetic won’t be to every gamer’s liking. The foam on the underside of the headband might not hold up as well as with other gaming headsets. Certainly, the A50 looks more engineer-friendly rather than gamer-friendly.
The model is useable on a PC and Mac and is compatible either for the PlayStation 4 or the XBox One (there are two models to pick from).
The headset comes with its own charging stand that acts as both a base station and the transmitter. There are several LEDs at the front-right providing easy indicators to confirm status. The unit plugs into a spare USB port and requires 5 volts of power.
Wait, it comes with a cord?
A 1 meter USB cable with a micro USB connection and a 1m optical cable are both supplied. The gaming headset uses a Lithium Ion battery system which boasts up to 15 hours of audio pleasure before needing to be recharged again.
The microphone is a long boom version that folds up along the side of the gaming headset. Precision tuning and professional quality allow for clear spoken words during gaming or a VoIP call, with playback of video content equally high-quality too.
The software permits minute adjustments to microphone sensitivity and audio levels. An equalizer with multiple modes configured for different uses is provided too.
The Astro Gaming A50 headset offers quality audio with a bright appearance that won’t be to everyone’s taste. It is a wireless headset with an attractive base unit that will look good on the desk when not in use. There are also some modular parts for the A50 that can be swapped out as needed.
The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset comes in a choice of black or white color schemes. The product is a wireless headset designed for PC, console and smartphone/tablet gaming. It has an adapter that plugs in wherever is needed, even on airplanes.
HyperX is Kingston’s gaming brand from which it markets memory chips, USB drives, SSDs, mice, keyboards, and gaming headsets.
The appearance of the black version is subtle yet stylish with a black tone, matched with a deep ruby red connecting plate between the headband and the cans below it. There is also ribbed braided black and red stitching along the edge of the headband to give it a different look than other gaming headsets on the market. The white colored model is suitably adorned too. Interchangeable interior-colored ear pads ensure this model will last a long time too.
What is it like to wear?
The construction of the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset has an aluminum basis to provide rigidity where it counts. The nicely padded headband has a leatherette cover which is comfortable on the head. The foam used is memory foam that morphs to match the shape it surrounds for improved comfort during marathon gaming sessions.
The headset has closed cups with 53mm drivers powering a clean, strong sound. Virtual Dolby Surround Sound 7.1 is provided to hear warriors sneaking up behind you during the heat of battle. The closed cup approach is intended to block out a fair amount of ambient sound to remove in-game distractions.
The microphone is curved and cancels out the noise. It is detachable too which is a nice feature when it’s either not needed or when packing to travel safely with your gaming gear. Whether you talk in-game using the Discord or TeamSpeak apps, the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset is compatible with both.
Does it have built-in controls?
There is an inline control for muting volume and adjusting volume levels incrementally without needing to jump back to the gaming menu to do so. An Advanced control system plugs into a USB port to provide signal processing for digital audio that’s compatible with certain sound card systems.
The headset will work with a PC, a mobile device, virtual reality system, several XBox consoles, and PS4 systems too. Using an adapter, the headset will also work on a plane. The two-year warranty provided is good to see too.
The Cloud Gaming Headset from HyperX is a solid choice for anyone who wants a durable, great sounding headset for their gaming and console gaming needs. It is certified for XBox and will provide years of pleasurable use. The model is also very affordable when compared to some other gaming headsets.
The Logitech G430 is a gaming headset offering Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound and DTS Headphone X features. Its black chassis is given a splash of color with the light blue interior foam headband and padded inner ear cups that share the same color. The long, braided audio cord matches the blue color too.
The design of this headset covers the ears with greater efficiency using it’s more rectangular cup design than other headsets. As a result, even people with larger ears will find them completely encapsulated which works extremely well in cutting out distractions. There is no pain from pressure on the ears over extended wear and other than the audio cord, one almost forgets that you’re wearing the G430 once it’s positioned well.
Does integrate with my current Logitech Products?
Logitech’s own gaming software must be installed to setup and benefit from the Dolby surround effects. The audio quality here includes deep bass and clear voices. No one is likely to be disappointed with the audio quality.
The microphone is a boom one on a long arm that folds up and down as needed. It is possible to overuse it and then it sometimes may no longer stay in the up position as desired. But even should this happen, it’s not a major problem. The microphone cancels out white noise well and offers excellent voice capture for VoIP calls and gaming chats.
Is it comfortable?
The ear cups with their cloth-like padded covering swivel around 90-degrees without difficulty. The feature allows the headphones to be packed flat in your luggage without needing to worry about them becoming damaged. The flat packing earcups also save space too. The ear cups are also replaceable with new versions as they do get dirty over time. They’re washable too, but be careful to keep the temperature down so they do not shrink and no longer fit.
An inline control provides both a mute switch and a volume adjustment feature. Over prolonged use, the mute feature sometimes doesn’t work 100% with some microphone sound being picked up. However, turning the mic on and then off again seems to fix that.
The G430 headset is designed for newer versions of Windows and the PS4 console. It may also work on other consoles too.
The Logitech G430 wired gaming headset is a top unit with excellent sound quality and a good microphone. The braided cable is especially long compared to other corded units sharing its price point which comes in handy at times. While there are a few disappointing quirks (noted in the review above), for the price charged, it’s hard to complain or go wrong with this model. Anyone not willing to part with several hundred bucks for a gaming headset would no doubt enjoy using this one. The G430 comes with a 3-year warranty too.
The Man O’War is one of Razer’s gaming headset that comes with Dolby Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound. The model under review is a wireless one, but there’s also a wired version and an Overwatch themed headset too for fans of this ultra-popular game.
One of the main attractions of the Razer line is the Chroma color schemes with millions of selectable color shades that can be matched across a headset, mouse, and keyboard. The same is true here with the exterior of each can displaying the Razer logo using the Chroma lighting mode. For anyone who owns one of the other Razer gaming peripherals, this feature alone is a must-have.
How is it’s universal capability?
The headset works well with the PC, Mac and PlayStation 4 console. It also supports Steam Link. Rather than using an in-line control on the cable which isn’t possible for the wireless model, each side of the ear cups has small volume and microphone levels which are adjustable. There’s also a mute feature. Learning where to access these controls takes a bit of time, but they’re available.
What about the microphone?
The microphone is on another level. It is retractable back into the headset. When out and turned on, there’s a LED light that tells you that you’re broadcasting which is a nice, a rarely included feature.
Wireless broadcasting is provided on the 2.4Ghz frequency. This is a little surprising as using the 5Ghz frequency which is less congested would have been preferred. In any case, no audio broadcast interference was experienced during use.
The Lithium Ion battery that’s included in the headset offers up to 14 hours of audio before needing to be recharged again.
For anyone who’s just got to have a Razer headset, this wireless one is perhaps their best. It includes many desirable features and comes with the Chroma lighting effects that gamers love.
The gaming headset market is a cluttered one. There are many cheap Chinese imports that lack the desired quality or after-sales support. The above headset models all come from dependable brands with a reputation to protect and offer excellent value for money.
Outside of the Razer headsets which match up your Razer keyboard and mouse nicely, the Logitech G430 headset offers many features for an affordable price. Equally, the HyperX Gaming Cloud headset is a contender that’s cheaper than Kingston’s own branded headsets even though they’re the brains behind both brands. Lastly, the Beyerdynamic MMX 300 headset has German know-how and dependable quality behind it. When wanting the very best audio quality, it’s tough to go wrong with this one.