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The 6 Best Gaming Headsets Under $100 - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Gaming Headsets Under $100

You don’t always need to pay a premium price for a good gaming headset. Even budget headphones can be packed with features suitable for your needs. You want to be on the lookout for good sound quality and great comfort, especially if you can game for hours every day. If you play multiplayer games, a good microphone can be very important to communicate with friends and teammates online. Any good pair of gaming headphones should also accurately localize objects like footsteps in the stereo image.

We’ve tested over 705 headphones, and below are our top picks for the best gaming headphones under $100 to buy. Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best gaming headsets under $50. If you want to upgrade your whole setup, see our recommendations for the best gaming mice and the best gaming keyboards.

  1. Best Gaming Headset Under $100

    The Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless is the best gaming headset under $100 we've tested. These lightweight over-ears can only be used wirelessly with PCs or PlayStation consoles, which limits their versatility. However, they have low latency, which ensures that your audio and visuals stay in sync during the heat of the moment. They also last over 35 hours continuously and have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when not in use.

    These over-ears have a boom mic. While your voice lacks body, it still sounds clear to whoever you're talking to. They also have a fairly balanced sound profile out of the box. While they lack low-bass, they have a bit of extra boom and warmth to their sound to help bring out sound effects like footsteps in gameplay. If you prefer a different sound, they're compatible with Logitech G Hub software, which allows you to customize their sound using a graphic EQ and presets. They're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, though, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit. They're well-suited for PC gaming and are a solid choice if you're looking for the best PC gaming headset under $100 or the best PS4 headset under $100.

    See our review

  2. Best Xbox Gaming Headset Under $100

    If you're an Xbox gamer, you'll want to check out the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, the best wireless gaming headset under $100 for this console. Most wireless headphones, like the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, won't work on Xbox consoles as they don't support Microsoft's proprietary wireless technology. So, if you primarily game on this console and prefer a wireless design, you'll want to check out these well-built and comfortable headphones. They only work on Xbox but have low latency when connected to these consoles. They also support Bluetooth, meaning you can stay connected to your smartphone and console simultaneously. While they last over 19 hours continuously, which is great for long gaming marathons, you can't use them passively.

    These over-ears have a warm but uneven sound profile. They deliver intense boom, which can bloat dialogue and instruments. The headphones are also pretty prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses. You can adjust their sound to your preferences using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. Their boom mic is great, though: you won't have any trouble being understood clearly.

    See our review

  3. Best Wired Gaming Headset Under $100

    If you're looking to avoid latency issues or want a better audio quality experience, the best headset under $100 with a wired design we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3. These over-ears offer some customization features, which will please most users. They support customizable RGB lighting along their ear cups, so you can adjust them to suit your tastes. Their boomy sound profile can also be tweaked through their companion software's parametric EQ and presets when connected via PC. You can use them either with their wired USB cable or analog cable too. We noticed a warping sound with our unit, but this only occurred using the USB connection and not via analog. While picks like the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless offer low wireless latency, using the analog cable virtually eliminates latency, making it a good choice if you're concerned about audio-syncing issues.

    These over-ears have a comfortable fit, thanks to their ski-band headband design. However, this design can cause inconsistencies in audio delivery due to fit, position, and seal, so it's important to take the time to correctly fit them on your head. Although they have a closed-back design, their soundstage feels wide and somewhat open. Their boom mic does a good overall job of capturing speech, but if you're looking for an even better mic performance, check out the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II. Their boom mic has a significantly better noise-handling performance, which is great if you're gaming in a noisy environment. However, they don't have any customization features to adjust their sound.

    See our review

  4. Most Durable Gaming Headset Under $100

    At this price point, you'll likely run into headphones with less-than-stellar build quality. However, if you're looking for sturdy, long-lasting over-ears, then the HyperX Cloud Alpha S are the most durable gaming headphones under $100 that we've tested. Unlike other picks on this list that are mostly plasticky to save on manufacturing costs, these headphones have a flexible aluminum frame, detachable braided cables, and even a detachable mic, which makes them feel very sturdy and durable. You can easily swap out the ear cup padding, and they come with two pairs with different coverings, meaning you can find the one suitable for your needs. They're pretty comfy too, which is great for long dungeon crawls.

    These over-ears have a bass slider on each ear cup, which is a bit unusual. These sliders allow you to independently adjust the amount of thump and boom in your audio. With the sliders up, they have a boomy sound profile. The extra high-bass can help bring out sound effects like footsteps, but it can also muddy dialogue and instruments. Their companion software doesn't offer much in terms of customization, either. Still, these headphones have a mic that offers good overall performance. As a result, your voice will be heard well.

    See our review

  5. Most Versatile Gaming Headset Under $100

    If you want to make the most out of your dollar, you may be looking for a single pair of headphones that can do everything. Enter the Logitech G433, the most versatile gaming headset under $100 we've tested. These headphones have a removable boom mic and a sleek look, so they won't stand out if you use them at work or when you're walking around. They have a strong performance for gaming, so they represent a good option if you only want one pair of headphones. The boom mic makes your voice sound natural and clear and does a great job of separating it from ambient sound. They also come with a 1/8" TRRS cable with an in-line mic if you want to make phone calls when you're out and about.

    Their sound profile is well-balanced and well-suited for a variety of genres and types of content. They also come with a Dolby 7.1 virtual surround feature, which may help create a more immersive sound. They work with the Logitech G HUB software, which features a graphic EQ and presets for sound customization and a few other customization options for the mic and the virtual surround sound feature. However, they aren't ideal for use in noisy places like during your commute. They do a poor job of reducing ambient noise like the rumble of bus engines or background chatter around you. They also leak a lot of sound, so your coworkers can hear your audio. Still, if you're looking for versatility or the best PC headset under $100, they're worth considering.

    See our review

  6. Best Open-Back Gaming Headset Under $100

    The best open-back gaming headset we've tested is the Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset. You might want an open-back design for gaming if audio quality is a high priority. This design allows them to create a wider, more spacious-seeming passive soundstage, which can make your game audio more immersive. Their boom mic has excellent recording quality, so it makes your voice sound more natural and full-bodied than the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless' mic.

    They're also more comfortable than the Logitech headphones and have a sturdy build and a wired design that eliminates latency. Like most open-back headphones, their sound lacks low-bass, so action-packed soundtracks lack thump and rumble. That said, their well-balanced high-bass response brings warmth and body into the mix, and the rest of the range is neutral, so elements like voices are clear and accurate. However, they aren't ideal for use outside quiet environments since they hardly block any ambient sound because of their open-back design.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are gaming headphones with low wireless latency, but their continuous battery life isn't as long-lasting as that of the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless. They're also not as well-built or comfortable. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud Stinger: The HyperX Cloud Stinger are gaming headphones with an outstanding microphone, but they don't feel as well-built as the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 and don't have any companion software. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II: The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are a solid alternative to the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. They have a better boom mic performance but lack bass sliders to adjust their sound. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2: The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless are wireless gaming headphones that support Xbox Wireless technology. They're comfortable, but unlike the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, their companion software doesn't offer sound customization features. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 23, 2023: Added the Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset as the 'Best Open-Back Gaming Headset Under $100'.

  2. Oct 31, 2022: We've restructured this article to better align it with user expectations. We've moved the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless to Notable Mentions and removed the SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition. We've added the following headphones: the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless, the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, and the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3.

  3. May 11, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. However, there hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  4. Mar 30, 2022: Added the Logitech G535 LIGHTSPEED Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jan 25, 2022: Replaced the Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset with the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless as the 'Best Wireless Gaming Headset Under $100' because the Logitech are now priced above $100.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best headphones under $100 for most gamers. 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 reviews for gaming headsets under $100. 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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