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The 4 Best Earbuds For Gaming - Winter 2022 Reviews

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If you enjoy gaming on your phone, a traditional gaming headset is likely far too bulky to take around with you everywhere. Luckily, as mobile gaming has risen in popularity, more earbuds and in-ears are being designed with that in mind. Generally, you want a gaming headset with a good microphone, a comfortable fit, and a well-balanced sound profile, so all explosions and dialogue sound the way they should. Latency can also be very important, as many Bluetooth headphones introduce noticeable lag, which can be an issue when gaming online with others.

We’ve tested over 260 pairs of earbuds and in-ears, and below are our picks for the best earbuds for gaming to buy. Unlike traditional over-ear gaming headsets, we haven't tested nearly as many earbuds suitable for gaming yet, but we'll update this list as we test more. You can also check our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best earbuds, and the best earbuds with a mic.


  1. Best Wireless Earbuds For Gaming: EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless

    6.8
    Neutral Sound
    7.4
    Commute/Travel
    8.0
    Sports/Fitness
    7.0
    Office
    6.7
    Wireless Gaming
    5.5
    Wired Gaming
    6.7
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Truly Wireless
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid are the best wireless earbuds for gaming that we've tested. These very well-built in-ears support Bluetooth aptX-LL codec and have low latency on PCs, making them well-suited for gaming. They also come with a wireless USB-C dongle for even lower latency. Although you can only receive audio using this dongle, and you can't use the headphones' mic, some users may like this design if you're gaming during your commute or while traveling.

    They have a comfortable fit suitable for long gaming marathons. Thanks to their in-ear design, they can block out some background noise around you, and they don't leak a lot of audio at high volumes either. Their slightly bass-heavy sound profile helps bring out sound effects in games or the boom in genres like EDM and hip-hop. If you like to customize your headphones, their companion software offers a nine-band graphic EQ as well as presets so that you can find a sound that better suits your tastes. Their integrated mic also does a decent job of recording your voice.

    They have a continuous battery life of around 5.7 hours, which may be limiting for some users. They also lack power-saving features like an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when not in use. You can only use their USB-C dongle with PCs, PS4/PS5, and Nintendo Switch consoles, and it doesn't offer mic support. That said, if you're looking for a versatile and cable-free gaming experience, they're among the best true wireless earbuds for gaming that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best Wired Gaming Earbuds With Boom Mic: SteelSeries TUSQ

    5.9
    Neutral Sound
    5.4
    Commute/Travel
    6.7
    Sports/Fitness
    5.9
    Office
    4.8
    Wireless Gaming
    6.8
    Wired Gaming
    6.7
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best wired gaming earbuds with a boom mic that we've tested are the SteelSeries TUSQ. These small and lightweight headphones have a detachable boom mic for gaming as well as an in-line boom mic for casual use. Both microphones capture your voice clearly and accurately, although the in-line mic struggles more when separating speech from background noise.

    These earbuds have a decently comfortable fit with a flexible ear-hook design. Their very excited sound profile adds extra thump, rumble, and boom to your gameplay, which can help emphasize sound effects. They also don't leak much audio at high volumes either, and their wired design ensures virtually no latency so that you can game without your audio and visuals falling out of sync.

    Unfortunately, their excited sound profile can muddy dialogue as well as lead instruments, and they lack an EQ or presets to help adjust their sound to your liking. The boom mic's connection point on the bud also feels fairly loose, and the mic can easily disconnect. That said, if you're looking for gaming earbuds, their detachable boom mic design helps easily transition them from gaming to casual use.

    See our review

  3. Best Wired Gaming Earbuds With In-Line Mic: 1More Triple Driver

    7.1
    Neutral Sound
    5.7
    Commute/Travel
    6.8
    Sports/Fitness
    6.3
    Office
    5.1
    Wireless Gaming
    7.1
    Wired Gaming
    6.9
    Phone Calls
    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Hybrid

    The best wired gaming earbuds with an in-line mic that we've tested are the 1More Triple Driver. These in-ears have an in-line mic with good recording quality, ensuring your voice is heard clearly. The mic also does a decent job separating your voice from moderate ambient noise around you.

    These headphones have a warm sound profile that delivers a touch of extra boom to your gameplay, which can help bring out sound effects. That said, their mid-range is still fairly neutral and balanced, which ensures that dialogue and instruments sound clear and present. They also have a decently comfortable fit and come with a variety of different ear tip sizes to help you achieve a good fit.

    That said, the audio cables leading to the earbuds feel thin and could be subject to wear and tear over time. The headphones also struggle to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, which could be frustrating if you're mobile gaming on the go. However, they do a better job of reducing ambient chatter around you.

    See our review

  4. More Comfortable Alternative: Logitech G333

    Type In-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you prioritize comfort from your in-ears, consider the Logitech G333. While their sound profile is more bass-heavy and less accurate than the 1More Triple Driver, their fit is lightweight and doesn't put pressure on your ears. They also have a better build quality with a metal finish on the buds and silicone cables. They come with an analog to USB-C adapter, which is great if you want to use them on a device that doesn't have an AUX port like newer smartphones. Some users may also prefer their bass-heavy sound profile as it can help emphasize sound effects like footsteps in your games. Their in-line mic does a decent job recording your voice, so you sound clear and easy to understand. However, speech may get drowned out by moderate ambient noise, which can be a bit frustrating if you game in a shared space with others.

    Try the 1More if you're looking for a more neutral and accurate sound profile from your wired in-ears. If you prioritize a more comfortable and better-built design, go for the Logitech.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Razer Hammerhead True Wireless 2019: The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless are wireless earbuds with a bass-heavy sound profile. However, they aren't as comfortable or as well-built as the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Apple EarPods: The Apple EarPods are decent wired earbuds for gaming. They're a good alternative to the 1More Triple Driver if you find the fit of earbuds more comfortable. See our review
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless: The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ are a decent alternative to the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless if you want a more versatile and comfortable pair of earbuds with much longer battery life. However, they have a higher latency on PC, which may not be ideal for gaming. See our review
  • Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC: The Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC are wired earbuds with a low latency on PC and Android devices. However, they lack bass and don't have an EQ. See our review
  • Samsung AKG Type-C: The Samsung AKG Type-C are wired headphones that are more comfortable than the 1More Triple Driver, but they're only compatible with devices that have a USB-C port. See our review
  • Beats urBeats3 Earphones: The Beats urBeats3 Earphones are wired in-ears with an in-line mic. The mic has a great recording quality, but these headphones aren't as comfortable or well-built as the Logitech G333. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Battle Buds: The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are wired headphones with a detachable boom mic. However, their sound profile is very muddy, and they have a plasticky build quality. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 10, 2021: Replaced the Turtle Beach Battle Buds with the SteelSeries TUSQ as the SteelSeries have a better overall performance.

  2. Oct 12, 2021: Checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  3. Aug 17, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.

  4. Jun 18, 2021: Replaced the Beats urBeats3 Earphones with the Logitech G333 as the Beats are getting harder to find in stock.

  5. Apr 20, 2021: Replaced the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless with the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless, as the EPOS offer a better value to most users.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earbuds for gaming. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our in-ear and earbuds headphones reviews, sorted by their wired gaming scores. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection, especially if you don't care about having a microphone or wireless features.

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