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The Best Gaming Headsets of 2019 – Buyers Guide and Reviews

When it comes to gaming headsets, everyone is looking for something different. Connectivity (wired vs. wireless), compatibility with different gaming platforms, materials, durability and comfort, and the most important attribute, price, are all big factors to consider. 

Keeping track of the ever-evolving features in gaming headsets is no easy feat. Companies are constantly improving and coming out with new ones. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the number of options there are on the market. How do you know which one is the ideal choice for you?

Here are ten of the best gaming headsets in 2019. Reviews are included to assist you in purchasing the best gaming headset for you!

Top Gaming Headsets:

  1. Astro Gaming A40 TR Wired Headset
  2. HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
  3. LogiTech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset
  4. CORSAIR Void Pro RGD Gaming Headset
  5. SteelSeries Arctis 7
  6. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset
  7. PDP LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset
  8. Razer Kraken Gaming Headset
  9. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Gaming Headset
  10. RUNMUS Gaming Headset

Best Gaming Headsets – Reviews:

Astro Gaming A40 TR Wired Headset

Astro Gaming A40 TR Wired Headset

As the priciest option on this list, this top gaming headset by ASTRO Gaming packs a punch and is definitely a candidate for 2019’s best gaming headset. It’s tuned with ASTRO Audio V2 (7.1 Surround Sound), and is lightweight and durable.

Features:

The Astro A40 TR gaming headset is wired, with a 1.52m cable. It’s got an extended frequency response and a unidirectional mic that can be placed on either ear for convenience. The earpads are cloth and synthetic leather for moisture-wicking. 

Pros:

  • Good materials for ear pads
  • Convenient, swappable microphone
  • Compatible across several platforms (via 3.5mm AUX)
  • Customizable ear tags
  • Mod kit compatible

Cons:

  • No noise cancelling (requires mod kit)
  • Short wire length
  • Pricey

Verdict

This gaming headset is expensive, and even more expensive if you want the mod kit and mixamp to provide the noise cancellation. However, they appear to be quite comfortable, and the swappable boom microphone is convenient. A great value for the price. 

ASTRO Gaming A40 TR Wired Headset with Astro Audio V2 for PS4, PC, Mac
  • Tuned with ASTRO Audio V2 - Tuned for Gaming, ASTRO Audio V2 delivers pro quality audio for gamers when they need it most, whether live streaming to competitive play in the pits of a pro tournament.
  • Superior fit and finish - The A40 TR features lightweight yet rugged construction with premium materials for a pressure-free fit that won't overheat your head. The ear cushions feature cloth for maximum comfort, backed with synthetic leather for the best acoustic performance.
  • Swappable boom microphone - Highly sensitive uni-directional mic that focuses on your voice and minimizes background noise. It can be positioned on either side of the A40 TR headset.
  • Customizable Speaker Tags - Our patented magnetic Speaker Tag system lets you personalize your headset - purchase special editions or design your own using our online Speaker Tag Customizer.
  • Mod Kit Ready - Features synthetic leather noise-cancelling ear cushions, voice-isolating mic, padded headband and closed-back Speaker Tags. (Sold Seperately)


HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset

The HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is lightweight and features a USB sound card audio control box for amplification of audio and voice.

Features:

This gaming headset is wired, and made with a lightweight aluminum frame. It features large, 53mm drivers and a frequency response of 15-25kHz. The ear pads are memory foam with soft, velour covering, and both the gaming microphone and speakers are noise cancelling. They have a 3.5mm AUX cable.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Noise cancelling
  • Comfortable ear pads
  • Wide frequency response range
  • Stereo compatible with PS4 and Xbox One (with adapter)

Cons:

  • Requires the sound card/USB adapter for PC, Mac, and PS4 to experience 7.1 Surround Sound

Verdict

Still a high price point compared to several others on this list. The sound card for 7.1 surround sound is included, however, and the headset seems to be comfortable. The detachable microphone is convenient for when you don’t need it. They also have a 3.5mm AUX connectivity for connection to several other devices that do not have USB ports. Overall, the compatibility to several devices makes this an attractive choice and it’s definitely in the running for best gaming headset for PS4 and Xbox. 

HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset - 7.1 Surround Sound - Memory Foam Ear Pads - Durable Aluminum Frame - Multi Platform Headset - Works with PC, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One, Xbox One S - Red (KHX-HSCP-RD)
  • USB Audio Sound Card with 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
  • 53mm Drivers Neodymium Magnets. Sound coupling to the ear is circumaural
  • Noise Cancelling Microphone via Inline Sound Card. 15-25kKhz Frequency Response
  • Echo Cancelling via Inline Sound Card.Ambient noise attenuation:approx. 20 dBa
  • Memory foam ear pads with extra set of Velour ear pads and Detachable Microphone


LogiTech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset

LogiTech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset

LogiTech is a tried and true brand for almost everything tech. This headset is budget-friendly with several attractive features.

Features:

The Logitech G533 is wireless with a 15m range and a 15-hour battery life. It auto-mutes when the mic is flipped up, but it also features a mute button. The earpads are cloth/foam. This headset is compatible with most devices that are Bluetooth-compatible (PC’s Windows 7 or later, Mac OS X 10.11 or later). 

Pros:

  • Compatible with several platforms
  • Long battery life
  • Good wireless range
  • Auto-mute is convenient
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • On-ear volume control

Cons:

  • USB adapter required with non-Bluetooth capable devices

Verdict

These are a more budget-friendly price, while still having great features. They have a good wireless range and battery life, but if your device is not Bluetooth capable, you may need a USB adapter to be able to use them. Overall a good choice if you’re looking to spend a moderate amount on a quality gaming headset. 

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Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset - DTS 7.1 Surround Sound - Pro-G Audio Drivers
  • Logitech G gaming headset for Windows 7 and later delivers the advanced audio performance normally found in high end audiophile headphones, Custom Sound Profiles settings require Logitech Gaming Software
  • Patent pending Pro G drivers and DTS Headphone: X 7.1 Surround Sound accurately recreate the in-game environmental effects and positional audio that game designers intended you to hear
  • Pro grade wireless audio with advanced lossless digital audio transmission gives you incredible high fidelity sound and connection strength with up to 15 meters range
  • High performance PC gaming headset made with the latest materials and manufacturing techniques is designed to be a durable yet lightweight headset you can wear for hours
  • Rechargeable, replaceable battery with 15 hour battery life provides extended power you can rely on for non-stop gaming sessions


CORSAIR Void Pro RGD Gaming Headset

CORSAIR Void Pro RGD Gaming Headset

This good gaming headset looks cool and retro, is comfortable, and has amazing audio performance and durability.

Features:

This headset is wired through USB, with a 1.8m cable. It features 50mm neodymium drivers and a unidirectional, noise-canceling microphone. The earpads are made of microfiber and memory foam. This headset has a frequency response of 100Hz to 10kHz, is Discord Certified, and RGB customizable through CUE software.

Pros:

  • Discord Certified
  • Comfortable ear pad material
  • Compatible with several platforms
  • Customizable RGB LED lights for personalization

Cons:

  • Requires adapter for platforms without USB ports

Verdict

Dolby 7.1 surround sound makes this an attractive choice. Headphones that are Discord Certified are good, but only if you’re a Discord partner or have Discord Nitro to be able to enjoy the higher bitrates. The RGB backlighting is fun for customization. The microfiber and memory foam ear pads are likely comfortable, but since this headset is wired through USB they will need an adapter for platforms that don’t have USB ports. A good and price-savvy choice if you like customization, and if your platform of choice has USB ports. 

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CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB USB Gaming Headset - Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones for PC - Discord Certified - 50mm Drivers - Carbon
  • Microfiber mesh fabric and memory foam provide exceptional comfort
  • Legendary CORSAIR build quality ensures long term durability; Cable Length :1.8 m
  • Custom tuned 50mm neodymium speaker drivers bring the action to life with wide range and accuracy
  • Optimized unidirectional microphone with LED mute indicator reduces ambient noise for enhanced voice quality
  • Genuine Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround delivers immersive multi-channel audio


SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries Arctis 7

This gaming headset is stainless steel, has a removable 3.5mm AUX cable and USB cable, and provides 7.1 Surround Sound for PC.

Features:

This headset is wireless with a battery life of over 24 hours. The microphone is bi-directional and features noise cancellation. The speakers also have noise cancellation and S1 speaker drivers. The earpads are made of athletic-inspired fabric for moisture wicking. This headset is advertised as compatible with Xbox One and PC, but since it comes with a 3.5mm AUX cable, it is compatible with almost anything that has a headphone jack. It is also Discord Certified.

Pros:

  • Discord Certified
  • Speaker and microphone noise cancellation
  • Compatible with several platforms
  • Excellent battery life

Cons:

  • Stainless steel material may be heavy
  • 7.1 Surround Sound for PC only

Verdict

This is a pricey gaming headset. It’s also Discord Certified, but once again, that only benefits you if you’re a Discord partner or have Discord Nitro. The 24-hour battery life is excellent, and the removable 3.5mm AUX cable makes it convenient to be able to use this headset across several platforms. If you’re willing to spend the money, this would be an excellent set of upscale gaming headphones with mic.

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SteelSeries Arctis 7 - Lossless Wireless Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround - For PC and PlayStation 4 - Black
  • Designed for gaming, the 2.4G connection delivers rock solid, lossless wireless audio with ultra low latency and zero interference
  • Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the Discord certified ClearCast microphone delivers studio quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation
  • Sound is your competitive advantage with the S1 speaker drivers, engineered to produce ultra low distortion audio so you hear every detail
  • Immerse yourself in 360 degrees of precision audio with next generation DTS Headphone: X v2.0 7.1 surround sound (PC only)
  • 24 hour battery life gives you enough continuous play for even your longest gaming sessions; Compatible only with PC,Mac,PS,Switch and Mobile; Headphone Sensitivity:98 db


HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

While this headset may look simple and humble, it delivers several features desirable to every gamer.

Features:

The HyperX Cloud Stinger headset is wired with a 3.5mm AUX cable. It has 50mm directional drivers and a frequency response of 18-23kHz. The earpads are made with comfortable memory foam, and noise cancellation is featured in the speakers. There’s a steel volume slider on the ear cup, and the microphone is swivel-to-mute.

Pros:

  • Compatible with several platforms
  • Directional sound
  • Volume slider on the earcup

Cons:

  • 7.1 Surround Sound available, but only with post-market mixamp

Verdict

This headset is pretty “what you see is what you get”. For an additional fee, you can get the mixamp that provides the 7.1 Surround Sound, but everything else is pretty much included. With directional sound and noise cancellation, this headset is simple but powerful for a modest price. 

Sale
HyperX Cloud Stinger - Gaming Headset - Comfortable HyperX Signature Memory Foam, Swivel to Mute Noise-Cancellation Microphone, Compatible with PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile Devices
  • Lightweight headset with 90 degree rotating ear cups
  • 50mm directional drivers for Audio precision
  • Hyperx signature Memory foam. Adjustable steel Slider
  • Intuitive Volume control on headset ear cup
  • Swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation Microphone. Multi-platform compatibility. Refer instruction manual before use


PDP XBox LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset

PDP XBox LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset

Licensed by Microsoft, this headset is packed with features and optimized for the Xbox One.

Features:

This headset is wireless, with a 12.2m range and a 16-hour battery life. It comes with a USB adapter for use on other platforms (other than Xbox One) that have USB ports. The speaker drivers are 50mm and the volume controls are featured on the ear cup. The microphone is noise cancelling and flip-to-mute, and the ear pads are made of nylon mesh.

Pros:

  • Good wireless range
  • Good battery life
  • Licensed by Microsoft, so likely good customer service

Cons:

  • Not compatible across all devices unless USB adapter can be plugged in
  • No 7.1 Surround Sound

Verdict:

These headphones include several desirable features (good wireless range and battery life, noise cancelling microphone, flip to mute microphone) but unfortunately do not include 7.1 surround sound. They are also not compatible across several platforms like others on this list. However, this makes an excellent Xbox headset. 

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PDP Xbox One LVL50 Wireless Stereo Gaming Headset for Xbox One, 048-025-NA-BK
  • Play at the top of your game with dynamic 50mm High-Definition stereo drivers for clear and balanced sound
  • Flexible, noise-cancelling mic with in-line audio controls for quick and easy adjustments
  • Works wirelessly with the Xbox One Console via USB dongle
  • Experience unbeatable comfort during long gaming sessions with breathable cloth-mesh ear cushions
  • Licensed by Microsoft


Razer Kraken Gaming Headset

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset

This headset has tons of technical features, but doesn’t compromise on comfort.

Features:

The Razer Kraken headset is wired (3.5mm), and features a lightweight, aluminum frame and custom-tuned 50mm drivers. The ear pads are gel-infused to keep cool, and feature indents for people who wear glasses. The microphone is noise cancelling and retractable, with in-line audio controls and a switch to mute. Speakers are noise cancelling.

Pros:

  • Compatible with several platforms
  • Noise cancelling in both speakers and microphone
  • Gel-infused and glasses-friendly ear pads prioritize comfort

Cons:

  • Does not advertise 7.1 Surround Sound

Verdict

Aluminum is one of the lightest but strongest materials, which makes it an excellent choice for gaming headsets. The gel-infused ear cushions keep you cool while the indents keep glasses-wearers comfortable. They have a 3.5mm AUX connectivity, which allows compatibility with several platforms. They are noise cancelling in both the mic and speakers. The only drawback seems to be that they are not advertised as having 7.1 surround sound. However, for the number of features (even though they’re not wireless) this gaming headset is one of the best in this list. 

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Razer Kraken Gaming Headset 2019: Lightweight Aluminum Frame - Retractable Noise Cancelling Mic - for PC, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch - Green
  • Sound Built for Gaming: Outfitted with custom-tuned 50 mm drivers
  • All-Day Comfort: Oval, cooling gel-infused cushions with indents for glasses prevent overheating and pressure build-up
  • Retractable Noise Cancelling Microphone: An improved cardioid mic reduces background and ambient noises for crystal-clear communication
  • In-Line Audio Controls: Includes an analog volume control wheel and mic mute switch
  • Lightweight & Durable: Made of bauxite aluminum, the Kraken frame is flexible and designed to last


Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Gaming Headset

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Gaming Headset

This headset is directly and wirelessly compatible with the Xbox One and compatible Windows 10 PC’s, making connectivity fast and easy.

Features:

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 headset is wireless with a battery life of 15 hours. It’s optimized for Xbox One and compatible Windows 10 PC’s (though an adapter may be required). It features 50mm drivers, and the microphone is swivel-to-mute. The ear pads are mesh.

Pros:

  • Long battery life
  • Optimized with Windows Sonic Surround Sound for Xbox One and compatible Windows 10 PC’s

Cons:

  • Not compatible with other platforms
  • Requires adapter for Windows 10 PC’s
  • No 3.5mm AUX port (Note: The next model up, the 700, added Bluetooth capability and a 3.5mm AUX port)

Verdict

These have excellent battery life and surround sound (although not advertised as having 7.1 Surround Sound), but they don’t feature a port for a 3.5mm AUX cable, which means if they run out of battery you can’t just plug in an AUX cord and continue (they need to charge). Overall, this gaming headset makes an excellent Xbox One wireless headset, and even a good PC gaming headset. 

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset for Xbox One
  • Xbox Wireless : Enjoy a direct connection from your headset to your Xbox One console or compatible Windows 10 PCs (may require Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows (not included)
  • Windows Sonic Surround Sound : Windows Sonic for Headphones (and compatible Windows 10 PCs) by Microsoft delivers immersive virtual surround sound to bring your games, movies and music to life
  • High Quality Audio : A bigger speaker delivers better quality audio, and the Stealth 600 features large, powerful 50 millimeter speakers to delivery crisp highs and deep, thundering lows
  • Glasses Friendly Comfort Ear cushions are wrapped in a breathable mesh fabric for comfort, and feature Turtle Beach's ProSpecs glasses friendly design which removes pressure on your glasses
  • All Day Battery Life : Always be ready to play with up to 15 hours of gaming per charge


RUNMUS Gaming Headset

RUNMUS Gaming Headset

As the least expensive option on this list, this gaming headset is jam-packed with quality.

Features:

The RUNMUS gaming headset is wired with a 3.5mm, 2.2m cable. The speaker drivers are 50mm, and the microphone is retractable and has a mute switch. This headset is noise cancelling (both microphone and speakers). This headset has decorative LED lights, and comes with a 12-month warranty.

Pros:

  • Retractable and noise cancelling microphone
  • Compatible with several platforms
  • 12-month warranty

Cons:

  • Not advertised as having 7.1 Surround Sound

Verdict

Noise cancelling microphone and speakers are attractive, as well as the 3.5mm AUX cable and cool-looking LED lights. The price and the warranty are likely why it’s on the best-selling list for PS4 headsets on Amazon. We’ve determined that 7.1 surround sound is the standard, and these unfortunately don’t have it, but for the number of features (and for the price), these are an incredible and budget-friendly choice. 

Sale
RUNMUS Gaming Headset Xbox One Headset with 7.1 Surround Sound Stereo, PS4 Headset with Noise Canceling Mic & LED Light, Compatible with PC, PS4, Xbox One Controller(Adapter Not Included)
  • 50MM DRIVER DELIVERS SURROUND SOUND. Whether you're immersed in God of War or want to hear your enemies motion in Fortnite, PUBG or CS:GO, wearing a professional gaming headset does matters. With a 50mm driver, RUNMUS PS4 headset offers an incredibly surround sound for both games and music.
  • ERGONOMIC DESIGN & PREMIUM MATERIAL. Gamers usually play games for many hours, so the comfort is also a key factor when choosing a Xbox one headset. We have tested our headsets for many years on hundreds of different heads, the retractable band and breathable ear pad make sure every player could enjoy the optimal wearing comfort.
  • MULTIPLE PLATFORM COMPATIBILITY. This gaming headset with a 3.5mm audio jack is compatible with PC, PS4 controller, Xbox One controller(Please note: newer models have a headphone jack, older ones require an adapter.), Nintendo Switch (audio), Nintendo New 3DS LL/3DS (audio), Nintendo 3DS LL/3DS (audio).
  • NOISE CANCELING MICROPHONE. This PS4 headset provides high-end noise cancellation to enable you to chat to your fellow players with crystal clarity. If you wanna enjoy your valuable me-time without communicating with other players, you could turn off the mic by flipping the switch.
  • 100% QUALITY GUARANTEED & 12 MONTHS WARRANTY. Every RUNMUS gaming headset will go trough a strict quality test process before sending out. We promised to bring the best quality gaming headset to our customer. From the day of purchase of RUNMUS gaming headset, we offer 12 months warranty to our customer. Every customer's right is fully guaranteed during the warranty period.

What is the Best Gaming Headset? A Quick and Easy Buyers Guide

What should you look for in a gaming headset? It depends on what exactly you plan on using the headset for, as well as how much you’re willing to customize it. Here are the most basic characteristics to look for.

Driver Size

Driver size refers to the diameter of the speaker diaphragm in the headset. The larger the driver size, the better the output sound quality. For comparison, typical earbuds have driver sizes between 13.5-15.4mm range and over-ear/on-ear headphones have drivers that lie in the 30-53mm range.

All the options on this list have driver sizes between 50-53mm.

Connectivity and Compatibility

Connectivity in this sense refers to how the gaming headset connects to different platforms (3.5 or 6.3mm AUX, USB, etcetera). Compatibility refers to the ability of the headset to connect to a range of platforms, and is much affected by connectivity.

For example, a wired headset that has 3.5mm AUX connectivity will not be able to connect to a console that doesn’t have a port for it. In that case, you may opt to go for a headset that is Bluetooth or wireless compatible with that platform. Overall, it’s a good idea to aim for a headset that is compatible with a wide range of gaming platforms so you may have options.

Wired or Wireless?

Wireless headsets offer more freedom of motion, but may have spotty input and require battery charging.

Wired headphones do not run out of battery and may offer a better quality of sound, but at the expense of being “tethered” to the console.

The preference of wired vs. wireless is personal, and one isn’t necessarily better than the other.

Noise Cancellation

Noise cancellation in a headset’s microphone minimizes the amount of background noise while you speak, so others who are listening in may hear you better.

Noise cancellation in a headset’s speakers cancels out ambient background noise from your environment so you are immersed in the environment of the game. Generally, it is best to purchase a headset that has both features. However, if you do not plan on playing online with others or streaming, the microphone’s ability for noise cancellation has less importance. 

Materials and Comfort

It’s likely you’ll be wearing this headset for hours on end, fully immersed in a gaming environment, so it’s important that this headset is comfortable and lightweight. Heavier headsets may feel more sturdy, but over time they may hurt your neck and back from the weight.

Headsets with ear pads that feature cool materials like synthetic leather can keep your ears from getting hot and sweaty, especially in over-the-ear headsets. In addition, some headsets have indents in the structure to accommodate glasses. It’s best to try on headsets before purchasing, so you may have an idea of how they feel. 

7.1 Surround Sound

7.1 Surround Sound offers better directional sound, which makes it feel like you are sitting in a surround sound setup. This means that instead of just having sounds on the left and on the right, it feels as though there are detectable sounds in the front and back as well.

This is important in FPS games, but it’s also a fantastic feature in games you just want to feel immersed in. 

Conclusion

While there are dozens of options with even more features to check out for each headset, ultimately it’s up to you to choose which is the right fit. 

Hopefully, this guide has helped you make your decision to find the best gaming headset for you! Check out other guides to find the best gaming mouse, keyboard, monitor, and more! 

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