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The 7 Best Gaming Headsets for PC - Fall 2018
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Best Gaming Headsets for PC
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Your gaming experience can be greatly influenced by the quality of your headset. Whether you want to be immersed in a beautiful single player game like The Witcher 3, or you're looking for your first Victory Royale in Fortnite with your squad, having the perfect gaming headset for your needs can make quite a difference. You should look for good sound quality, a comfortable design for long gaming sessions, and a microphone to be sure your teammates hear your callouts. If you don't need a microphone, we then suggest going for critical listening headphones

So far, we've reviewed 280 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best PC gaming headsets to buy in 2018. If you're looking for a pair of budget headphones, see our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $50 and if you're an Xbox player, take a look at our best Xbox One headsets.

  1. Best Gaming Headset For PC: SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    8.1
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    The best gaming headset for PC we’ve reviewed so far are the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC. They're very comfortable headphones you can wear for hours thanks to the porous and breathable padding on the ear cups. They also come with a great DAC that offers on-the-fly customization options right at your fingertips, with a responsive control scheme, and a wealth of settings you can tweak.

    The Arctis Pro also sound great and come with a good EQ you can use to customize their sound. They have an excellent boom microphone, perfect for online gaming with friends and it's also retractable so you can use them more casually outdoors if you want to, although they won't be ideal for that use case. Being wired with a DAC, this headset has a negligible amount of latency, great for gaming and watching movies on your PC and they are also compatible with the SteelSeries Engine software which provides even more of customization options than you have on the GameDac, although the Dac does cover most of the key settings and even the LED lighting options.

    Unfortunately, they don’t isolate much noise, so they are best used in a quiet gaming room. Also since they are not wireless, they may not be as convenient as the similarly designed Arctis 7 but if you're gaming on PC, this may not be a big issue for you. Overall, from their build quality, sound and options, the Arctis Pro + game Dac offer one the most complete package on PC and are an easy recommendation for people looking for a high-end gaming headset.

    See our review

  2. Unique Soundstage Alternative: Audeze Mobius

    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Planar Magnetic

    If you’re looking for a VR-like experience to fully immerse yourself in the game you're playing, get the Audeze Mobius. They sound great, but also have unique features that set them apart from other gaming headsets we've reviewed so far. They have head-tracking and a 3D audio feature, which simulates an excellent and spacious virtual soundstage, especially for a closed back design. Unfortunately, we couldn’t measure this effect accurately with our current test bench but you can check out our video review to experience the 3D audio for yourself.

    The Mobius are comfortable headphones that feel solid and come with a good, detachable boom microphone that sounds detailed and clear. They also have multiple wired connections, so if you use them with the analog or USB cable you will have practically no latency when gaming and watching movies, which would be the most likely set up when gaming on PC.

    They're also Bluetooth 5.0 headphones that will work with your phone and can even stay connected while using them wired with your PC so that you can still receive calls while gaming. Unfortunately, their Bluetooth connection has a lot of latency and even if they have a casual-friendly design, they won't be the best for outdoor use. However, if you're looking to experience the best soundstage in gaming headset so far, there's nothing quite like the Mobius.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Gaming Headset for PC: Logitech G933

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.8
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : Yes
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and Audeze Mobius are a bit too expensive for you, then the best gaming headset for PC we’ve reviewed in the mid-range category are the Logitech G933. They're a comfortable wireless headset with many programmable buttons on the ear cups for added customization options and quickly switching between sound profiles depending on the game you're playing. 

    The G933 are compatible with the Logitech Gaming software which offers a ton of customization options like an EQ, surround sound effects, microphone, and volume levels, as well as swappable profiles with saved personal settings and an adjustable audio off timer. You can also set your profiles to the programmable buttons and switch between them on-the-fly depending on what game you’re playing. This makes them especially great for PC since you can only set the programmable buttons via the software which is not available on consoles.

    On the downside, since they are wireless, they have a battery life, which isn’t the best at 12 hours with RGB lighting off. They also take 4 hours to fully charge, which is a bit high even for a gaming headset. You can still use the G933 while it’s charging though, so if you don’t mind the wire, this shouldn’t be too much of a concern sitting at your computer desk. They also have great low latency (22ms) if used wirelessly with the USB dongle.

    See our review

  4. More casual design Alternative: HyperX Cloud Revolver

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

    If you prefer a more low-profile looking headphones that you can use casually outdoors, the HyperX Cloud Revolver is a great choice. With its detachable boom microphone, they can look like more critical listening headphones and be used wired with an analog connection. They are comfortable headphones with large ear cups and are well-built. They also have a flat and even sound signature but might be sensitive to glasses. They also come with a USB adapter that offers a bit more control than the other HyperX models, which makes them a bit more practical for PCs, where a wired USB design isn't as inconvenient as on consoles.

    However, they barely isolate any noise especially in the lower frequencies and are best used in a quiet environment. They also don’t have any features and are simple wired headphones. On the upside, they don’t have any latency which is great for gaming, and the microphone is excellent.

    See our review

  5. More comfortable wireless alternative: Corsair Void RGB

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

    If you like unique designs and comfort is one of the most important factors in your buying decision, get the Corsair Void RGB. They have a gaming-oriented look with RGB lighting on the cups and are very comfortable headphones. The cups are large and spacious, the porous fabric is decently breathable and they don’t clamp too hard on the head like some gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far. You also get great latency (19ms) thanks to USB dongle.

    Unfortunately, they lack a bit of low-bass, but the overall sound quality is good. Their porous earpads leak a lot and barely block any ambient noise, so using this headset in a quiet room, alone, is suggested. On the upside, the microphone is good and they are also compatible with the iCUE software from Corsair for customization options like an EQ and lighting options. You’ll get about 12 hours of battery life with the Void RGB and are usable while being charged.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Gaming Headset for PC: Logitech G433

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2017
    • 0.9: Winter 2016
    7.5
    Gaming
    Score components:
    Type : Over-ear
    Enclosure : Closed-Back
    Wireless : No
    Noise-Cancelling : No
    Mic : Yes
    Transducer : Dynamic

    If you’re looking for a great gaming headset for PC without having to pay a premium price, get the Logitech G433. This wired headset is very versatile and makes a great gaming headset when connected with the USB adapter, since that way, you have access to the Logitech Gaming software for customization options. The headset will not be recognized if it is connected with an analog cable though.

    The G433 is a great sounding headset with an even and flat sound. The detachable boom microphone is excellent, and voices sound full and detailed. The USB wired connection also has negligible latency which is suitable for gaming. The headset comes with two sets of comfortable and porous pads.

    However, the cups aren’t very deep, so some people might touch the drivers with their ear tips and feel fatigue after long gaming sessions. Overall the Logitech G433 is one of the best budget gaming headsets for PC and its great value should last you a while thanks to its decent build quality, replaceable cables, and ear cup pads.

    See our review

  7. Better Built Alternative: Corsair HS60

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

    If you like the casual design of the Logitech G433 but want a slightly better-built headset for around the same price, get the Corsair HS60 instead. They might not have RGB lighting like the Corsair Void and they aren’t wireless, but the HS60 headphones offer great value at their low price point. They have great build quality and have well-padded earpads and headband for long gaming sessions. The HS60 have a good default sound profile, and are also compatible with the iCUE software and gives you access to presets and an EQ.

    On the downside, they don’t isolate much noise and the cable’s length also limits your range. People with glasses might also hear loss in bass with a break in the seal. Nevertheless, the HS60 is one of the better-built budget gaming headsets we’ve tested so far, and it offers great performance for an affordable price.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Astro A50. A great gaming headset with a convenient base station for wireless connectivity. A good alternative to the Audeze Mobius and SteelSeries Arctis Pro+ GameDac if you want a wireless design for gaming. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7. A versatile wireless gaming headset with good build quality and great customization options. The Arctis Pro + Game Dac is slightly better for PC  overall but the Arctis 7 are a versatile alternative. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. A decent gaming headset with a wired Dac amp that gives you a bit more control options and Bluetooth connectivity with your phone. Slight issues in the software and not the best value to performance ratio. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud Flight. A versatile gaming headset with a casual design you can use outdoors. A good alternative to the Arctis 7. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud II. A well built wired gaming headset that will work with both consoles. Good comfort and a durable design but not as many features as the other mid-range picks. See our review
  • Logitech G533. A good budget alternative to the G933. However, it does not have as many features and only one programmable button. See our review
  • Creative Sound BlasterX H5Gaming headphones with a good build quality and comfortable casual design. Wired connection is latency-free but limited in range. See our review
  • Sennheiser Game One. Good gaming headset with an open sound and a great mic. A bit too pricey for their lack of features and what they have to offer. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Elite 800. A gaming headset with a low latency dock and Bluetooth. Poor control scheme and mediocre overall performance. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming headsets for PC to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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 reviews for headphones that are good for gaming. 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 do not care about having a microphone or wireless features.

 

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