With the flimsy in-ear headsets that are included on most gaming systems these days, it’s almost a necessity to buy an after-market headset, and for hardcore gamers, the only way to go is wireless. But wireless capabilities have come a long way over the last decade, right in line with the rising technology available in the video games systems themselves. Many are now able to pump out quality dolby digital surround sound, as well as noise cancelling technology and the ability to isolate certain team members (and getting rid of the annoying kid that just no-scoped you from across the map). The cost and comfort factor of these are even improving, with many headsets retailing for under $100 (and used or refurbished models even lower), and plush ear coverings that enable for hours and hours of continual, non-painful gameplay.
But which ones should you buy? We combed through the hundreds of available models so that you didn’t have to.
Below are our favorites.
Best Wireless Gaming Headset 2020
Boasting a 2.4 Ghz wireless connection that is promised to be “lag-free,” the Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset also syncs effortlessly with the attached bluetooth dongle, allowing for plug-and-play connectivity. The ten hour battery charge also allows you to go long periods of time without worrying about charging it up, no matter how often you forget to plug it in, and the noise-isolating mic makes sure that it’s only you coming through your microphone, not the dog. Add in a three button, programmable switch that allows you to customize to your preference, whether specific chat clients or music, and you’ve got a headset fit for a king.
SADES A60/OMG Computer Over Ear Stereo Headphones With Microphone Noise Isolating Volume Control LED Light
Coming in at a lower price point than most of the other wireless headsets on this list, the SADES over ear stereo headphones offers quality performance at an affordable price. Though not cross compatible with PS4 and XBOX systems, it nevertheless also brings with it plug-and-play functionality that eliminates the dreaded “seashell” effect that so many other units unfortunately produce. The SADES headset also has an external microphone volume control that makes for easy access, and the 7.1 simulated sound ensures you hear your opponent before he hears you. Not to mention several different color options, instead of just the same boring black that everyone else brags about.
Turtle Beach is known for their exceptional quality and functionality, and the Stealth edition is no different. The DTX 7.1 surround sound quality is superior to the standard quality offered by most, and even comes with a “superhuman” sound preset that allows you to enhance the audio quality for the super intense gameplay. Add to those four programmable presets, a shout-proof microphone, and the ability to add audible voice prompts, and Turtle Beach’s reputation is well-deserved. Oh, and did we mention the 15 hour battery life? Yea, it’s got a 15 hour battery life.
For the gamer that’s more visually inclined, the Logitech Artemis Spectrum has a fully customizable look, allowing the user to choose from any one of over 16 million available colors to adorn their headset with. And it’s not just all flash and flair, the Logitech’s 12-hour battery life ensures that you can keep that mojo cooking. Unique to the Logitech Spectrum is the ability to choose from three different audio sources, such as game sounds, music, or even phone calls – that’s right, now you don’t have to stop your game to pick up when your friend calls to complain about the stealth kill you just did on him. Even though the Logitech is intentionally wireless, plug-and-play capabilities allow you to play wired too, for those super marathon sessions that are longer than normal, and the fold-away mic means you can play without having to talk to anyone either.
At the top end of the price spectrum is the Corsair Gaming headset, at nearly $100, but with that high valuation comes an RGB color spectrum that enables full customization of the unit. The Corsair also eliminates the hassle of trying to figure out where the volume button is, placing it conveniently at the end of the microphone, creating a “heads up” display of sorts. The Corsair is fully wireless up to 40 feet, and the 2.4 Ghz connection speed ensures virtually zero lag no matter whether you’re on the couch or in the kitchen grabbing another Yoo-Hoo. The Corsair also possesses unparalleled comfort, securing a micro-foam ear cups that actually get <i>more</i> comfortable the longer you play. Now you don’t have to explain that awkward ear pain to your boss when you show up on Monday.
It should come as no surprise that there are two Turtle Beach headsets on this list; their quality is well-known and endorsed by gamers and game stores everywhere. Whereas most headsets focus on delivering all of the sound effects and music that go along with regular gameplay, the Ear Force PX3 is only interested in letting you hear those sounds you need to hear: grenade drop, footsteps, etc. The “blast limiter” keeps in check those deafening explosions that can make you shriek in pain, and the Sonic Lens Field Expander allows the user to broaden or narrow the scope of the area they want to listen to specifically. Although the 15 hour battery life is certainly something special, the fact that it can run wired virtually guarantees you won’t be without your headset. Packing 18 different customizable buttons into a $32 price point, the Ear Force is a bargain, even if no one else will be able to tell.
The Hamswan offers a unique look on an otherwise normal headset, with a detachable microphone being a bonus of sorts. The stats on the Hamswan are pretty run-of-the-mill – 12 hours of battery life, 6-10 meter transmission range, 2.4 Ghz speed – the charm is found in the internal specs, such as a quick recharge of only five hours. The headset even expands to accommodate both child and adult users, so you don’t have to buy a separate one for your nine year old when he wants to start lighting up people while you’re at work. The Hamswan is a true gaming headset to boot, providing compatibility with almost every gaming system on the market.
For the gamer that wants a more “distinguished” look for their headsets, the LucidSound LS30 gives the user a quality audio experience without the lights and sharp lines that most headsets bring with it. Circular cups and a slim microphone profile create a more professional look and sacrifice zero quality. As expected with a headset that crosses the $100 budget, it comes equipped with a 15 hour battery life and variable mic monitoring that allows you to hear your own voice, as well as others. The LucidSound also puts the volume controls on the ear cups, and converts to a regular headset for non-gaming usage as well.
The Razer works with PC and Playstation 4, but lacks compatibility with Xbox and mobile devices, and claims “seven days of wireless gameplay,” but would do well to mention that that takes into account an average of two hours per day, making 14 hours total – still admirable, but slightly misleading on the claim. Like most other headsets, it offers a customizable color combination and buttons on the side for quick access to various functions, but packs a lot of the most desirable characteristics into a single unit, albeit for a $150 (and more) premium. The average reviews are mixed, but most everyone seems to enjoy the quality sound and comfortable fit.