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 245 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.
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.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are the best wired gaming earbuds with a boom mic that we've tested. Unlike most gaming earbuds, they come with a detachable boom mic. This design helps ensure that your voice is clear and easy to understand, even in moderately noisy environments.
Since they use a standard 1/8" TRRS connection, they're fully compatible with consoles that have an AUX port, like your Xbox One or PS4. They also come with three different pairs of ear tips and stability fins to help you find the best fit for your needs. They have a very bass-heavy sound profile, adding intense thump, rumble, and boom to your mixes, which can be nice if you're playing action-packed games.
However, some users may find their sound quite muddly, which can clutter vocals and lead instruments and make them seem boxy and forward. They also lack sound customization features, so you can't adjust their sound to your tastes. Still, these unique headphones offer a solid microphone performance while retaining the lightweight portability of in-ear headphones.
The best wired gaming earbuds with an in-line mic that we've tested are the 1More Triple Driver. These well-built earbuds use an in-line mic that can capture your voice clearly. They also have easy-to-use in-line controls, and while they weren't made with gaming in mind, they're a bit more versatile for casual use.
They have a decently comfortable design and come with several differently-sized ear tips, including three foam pairs to help you find a fit that's best for your needs. They also have a warm sound profile with some extra bass, so sound effects are emphasized in action-packed gameplay. They're balanced enough in the mid-range to keep vocals and lead instruments in cut scenes detailed and accurate.
Unfortunately, the in-line mic does a mediocre job separating your voice from ambient noise, making it better suited for chatting in quieter areas. If you like to game while you're on the go, they also struggle to cut down bass-range noise like bus and plane engines, which can be a little annoying. Still, if you're looking for more causal-use gaming earbuds with an in-line mic, they're a suitable choice.
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. However, if you prioritize a more comfortable and better-built design, go for the Logitech.
Oct 12, 2021: Checked our picks for product availability and accuracy. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
Aug 17, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Jun 18, 2021: Replaced the Beats urBeats3 Earphones with the Logitech G333 as the Beats are getting harder to find in stock.
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.
Feb 19, 2021: Minor updates to the text for accuracy; no changes in product picks after verifying their availability.
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.