Today we’re taking a look at Gaming Headsets, our lineup focuses on choices covering the best value, those with premium features for a little more and then onto the high-end headsets with powerful PC specific sound cards to round the list off.
A great Gaming Headset is more than just quality sound, it's got to have a great microphone for communication with the team - essential for quality PUBG, Sea of Thieves and Far Cry 5 shenanigans - and it must be comfortable as well to be the very best - comfort can be a bit of tricky one with all of our heads being slightly different sizes and shapes so we've focused on lightweight designs with good earcups to keep this list on target for the majority!
With each headset below we've included a few little bullet points covering some essential specs, volume control and microphone are pretty self-explanatory but Frequency Response and Driver Size warrant a little more information.
What is the Frequency Response? Most headsets list this on the box and this indicates the range of sounds that the headset can accurately reproduce without distortion, the best ones start low and end high!
What are Headphone Drivers? This part of the headset that converts the electrical signal into sound, best described as the speaker within your headset. Bigger units are typically better, and sometimes they'll also say "Neodymium" which is a special magnet used to reduce the weight.
With those technical specifics addressed, let's move onto the list!
PREMIUM FEATURES FOR ALL DEVICES - SteelSeries Arctis
Available in a range of models, the SteelSeries Arctis Gaming Headset is a lightweight headset designed to work across multiple platforms and provide you with the comfort needed for long gaming sessions. It features 40mm neodymium drivers, a built-in retractable microphone, and SteelSeries 7.1 surround sound. It’s important to note that SteelSeries 7.1 Surround is available for Windows PC, and software installation and account registration are required.
The Arctis 3 actually uses S1 speaker drivers, the same ones that are found in SteelSeries top tier offerings. It has an interchangeable ski goggle headband and airweave ear cushions that stay cool and dry. When you need to change audio settings, reach up to the on-ear controls for quick and easy access. Furthermore, its detachable cable system lets you pick and choose the right cable for the device you're using, and its audio share jack lets a friend connect their headphone and tune-in to what you're hearing.
The SteelSeries Arctis series is a feature-rich gaming headset at a reasonable price.
EXCEPTIONAL AUDIO FOR PC - Sennheiser Gaming Headset with Surround Dongle
The closed-back gaming headset is powered by Sennheiser’s high-end acoustic technology, which delivers Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound via a sleek and intuitive new Surround Dongle.
Frequency Response: 15-26,000 Hz
Volume Control: On earcup
Microphone: Adjustable boom arm
The GSP 350 features memory foam ear pads offer a best-in-class acoustic seal for excellent passive noise attenuation to allow for total focus on the game without being interrupted by outside sound, the superior fit is further assured by a clever ball-joint hinge that makes it easy to perfectly angle the speakers to suit your face shape. The luxurious ear pads have been designed in accordance with Sennheiser's dedicated research into the ergonomics of the human ear for superior comfort - even for extremely long gaming sessions.
POPULAR FOR PC - RAZER Gaming Headset
The Razer Kraken series is outfitted with larger drivers than its predecessor to offer a louder and richer soundstage than ever before. You'll feel like you're right at the centre of all the gaming action while ensuring your team's shot calls are heard with absolute clarity.
Made of Bauxite aluminium, the entire frame of the Razer Kraken is lightweight, flexible and incredibly durable. The headband was designed for balanced weight distribution and a reduced clamping force to ensure comfort during long gaming sessions. The ear cushions are larger, softer and better sound-isolating than before. They are easily interchangeable with a choice between circular or oval-shaped designs allowing for a personalized fit.