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The 5 Best Earbuds For Gaming - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Earbuds For Gaming

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 275 pairs of earbuds and in-ears, and below are our picks for the best options for gaming. 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 Earbuds For Gaming

    The EPOS GTW 270 Ηybrid Truly Wireless are the best earbuds for gaming that we've tested. These wireless earbuds are very well-built and have a comfortable fit suitable for long gaming sessions. Their bass-rich sound profile can help bring out sound effects in action-packed games and can also be customized with a graphic EQ and presets in the headphones' companion app. Their integrated mic makes your voice sound clear and natural, although people may have trouble hearing you if you're talking in a noisy environment. They last for just under six hours of continuous use but come with a case that holds three extra charges.

    They support the aptX-LL codec, which gives them low latency with Βluetooth-compatible PCs. They also come with a USB-C dongle that provides a fairly low-latency connection with PlayStation consoles and PCs, although it only supports audio playback, so you can't use the mic when connected that way. They support a Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound feature meant to make your game audio more immersive.

    See our review

  2. Βest Mid-Range Gaming Earbuds

    If sound quality is a priority, the best-sounding earbuds for gaming that we've tested are the MOONDROP Aria. They're wired earbuds, meaning you can connect with PCs as well as Xbox and PlayStation consoles without any latency. They have a well-balanced sound profile with a bit of overemphasis in the high-bass range, which adds warmth to soundtracks and helps emphasize sound effects like footsteps. While sibilants like cymbals and S and T sounds are a bit dull, their very accurate mid-range response ensures that elements like dialogue in cutscenes are clear and detailed. They don't have a companion app or any sound customization features, though. While our model also doesn't have a microphone, you can purchase this model with an in-line mic if you don't have a standalone mic.

    These headphones have a well-built design. They're also very comfortable and come with several pairs of foam ear tips to help you find a good fit. However, they may not be very durable over time since users have reported issues like the audio cable fraying. Unlike many wired earbuds, though, they come with a portable carrying case to help protect them when you're not using them.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Gaming Earbuds

    The best budget gaming earbuds that we've tested are the Logitech G333. Like the MOONDROP Aria, these are wired earbuds, so you don't need to worry about latency, and you may find they have a better sound quality compared to buds that use Bluetooth. They have a comfortable fit and feel sturdy. Since they're intended for gaming, they have a few features that the MOONDROP don't, like in-line controls to change the volume and a microphone. The mic has a decent recording quality, so your teammates will be able to understand you during online games, but its noise handling isn't good, so your voice could be drowned out if you're playing in a noisy area.

    They have a very bass-heavy sound profile that adds a lot of punch and boom to the audio. It can help emphasize sound effects in action-packed games but can make other types of content, like music or dialogue, sound muddy or cluttered. Unfortunately, they don't have an app or sound customization features. On the plus side, they come with a USB-C adapter for the 1/8" TRRS cable, so you can use them with phones that don't have an audio jack.

    See our review

  4. Best ANC Earbuds For Gaming

    The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless 2021 are the best wireless earbuds for gaming with ANC we've tested. These earbuds are designed with mobile gaming in mind and offer a 'Gaming Mode' in their companion app. This mode reduces Bluetooth latency, ensuring your audio and visuals stay in sync when gaming on a Βluetooth-compatible PC or phone. Their active noise cancelling (ANC) feature does a good job of blocking out mid-range noise like ambient chatter and is fairly effective at cutting out bass-range noise like rumbling engines. Like most other Razer products, they have RGB lighting that you can customize in their companion app on PC.

    Their bass-heavy sound profile adds extra thump, punch, and boom, which can help emphasize sound effects in games. You can also use the in-app graphic EQ and presets to finetune their sound to your liking. Their integrated mic has good recording quality, so your voice sounds clear and natural, but it struggles to separate it from background noise. Their 4.7-hour continuous battery life may not last through long days on the go, but they have a case that holds four extra charges.

    See our review

  5. Best Boom Mic Earbuds For Gaming

    If you're looking for earbuds for online multi-player games, you might prefer a pair with a boom mic like the SteelSeries TUSQ. These are another pair of wired headphones, meaning they can provide a latency-free connection with PCs as well as Xbox and PlayStation consoles. They stand out because, unlike most other earbuds, they have a detachable boom mic. It sits closer to your mouth than an integrated or in-line version and makes your voice sound clearer and more full-bodied than the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless' mic.

    They have a very bass-heavy sound profile that adds intense thump, punch, and boom to your audio. It can help make sound effects like footsteps and explosions seem more immersive, but elements like voices and instruments may sound muddy. Unfortunately, they lack sound customization features. They're also best suited for quiet areas since they don't isolate you from much sound, and the mic has mediocre noise handling. If that's an issue, the Turtle Beach Battle Buds have a boom mic that can separate your voice from ambient sound decently well, so you can be understood even with some noise in the background. They have a very muddy profile and aren't as well-built, though.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung AKG Type-C: The Samsung AKG Type-C are wired headphones that are compatible with devices that have a USΒ-C port. They have low latency and a comfortable fit, but unlike the Logitech G333, aren't compatible with Xbox or PlayStation consoles. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 10, 2022: Replaced the 1More Triple Driver with the Logitech G333 because of their better build quality.

  2. Jun 30, 2022: Replaced the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless 2021 with the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless as the 'Best Earbuds For Gaming' because the EPOS are back in stock. Made the Razer the 'Best ANC Earbuds For Gaming' and added the MOONDROP Aria as the 'Βest-Sounding Earbuds For Gaming'.

  3. Apr 15, 2022: We replaced the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid Truly Wireless with the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless 2021 as the EPOS are currently out of stock via most retailers.

  4. Feb 15, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

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

 All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wired and best wireless 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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