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The 4 Best Gaming Headsets Under $50 - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best Gaming Headsets Under $50

While many people assume that all gaming accessories are expensive, you can get a surprisingly decent pair of gaming headphones for under $50. Many headphones in this price range can localize sound effects in gameplay well and have microphones with good recording quality, so you're heard clearly by your teammates. While they may lack some features like wireless connectivity or customization options that you'd find on more expensive pairs, there are many decent options you can use with your consoles or PC that won't blow a hole in your budget.

We’ve tested over 670 pairs of headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best console headsets under $50 and the best PC headset under $50. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best Xbox One headsets.

  1. Best Gaming Headset Under $50

    The best gaming headset under $50 that we've tested is the Logitech G433 Gaming Headset. These headphones have a 1/8" TRRS cable, which allows you to connect them to most consoles via an analog connection. They also have a USB adapter that offers very low latency, so your audio and visuals stay in sync while gaming. Their boom microphone does a great job of ensuring that your voice sounds clear, even in moderately noisy environments. While they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, and you may need to adjust their fit, seal, and positioning each time you use them, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you tweak their otherwise balanced sound to your liking.

    These over-ears have decent build quality as well as a comfortable and lightweight fit. However, if you're looking for even more comfortable gaming headphones for long gaming marathons, it may be worth considering the Logitech G335. Their ski-band headband design helps distribute weight on your head, and their ear cup padding feels night against your skin. However, they have a bright sound that you can't customize as they aren't compatible with Logitech's companion software.

    See our review

  2. Best Gaming Headset Under $25

    The Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P is the best gaming headset under $25 we've tested. These headphones have a simple design and feel pretty plasticky, but they're a decent choice for gaming if you don't want to spend very much. Their boom mic makes your voice sound clear, full-bodied, and natural, and it does a good job separating it from background noise. Their wired design and simple in-line controls allow you to easily mute or unmute the mic and adjust the volume while you game.

    Their sound profile delivers extra boom in the bass range, which can help bring out sound effects in action-packed games, although they're very prone to inconsistent audio delivery and lack sound customization features. They also have a reasonably comfortable and breathable fit, but their stiff padding can make them fatiguing to wear for hours at a time.

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  3. Most Durable Gaming Headset Under $50

    The Astra A10 is the most durable gaming headset under $50 we've tested. Although they're the previous generation of the Astro A10 Gen 2, these headphones are a bit more affordable than their successor. They also have good build quality, as they have a detachable audio cable so you can easily replace it should it get damaged. They also have a decently comfortable fit that's well-padded and spacious, and they include a flexible headband that feels durable.

    These headphones deliver extra punch and boom to help bring out sound effects like footsteps. However, their overall sound profile is uneven, so dialogue and instruments are pushed to the back of your audio. Unfortunately, they also lack sound customization features that allow you to adjust their sound. On the upside, if you like to game with others, their boom mic offers great overall performance. Your voice sounds clear and detailed, even if you're gaming near an open window with traffic outside.

    See our review

  4. Best Gaming Headset With A Detachable Mic Under $50

    The best headset under $50 for gaming with a detachable mic we've tested is the SteelSeries Arctis 1. These wired headphones have a boom mic that you can remove when not in use, making them a good choice if you're looking for gaming headphones that are suitable for more casual use, like listening to music at work. That said, if you want to game with friends, the mic has an excellent recording quality, ensuring that your voice sound detailed and full-bodied. The mic has good noise handling, so your teammates hear you clearly if you're gaming in a moderately noisy place.

    Their warm sound profile adds a bit of extra boom to your game audio, which can help emphasize sound effects in action-packed games. While they have a lightweight and decently comfortable fit, they feel plasticky and not very durable. On the upside, their onboard controls are easy to use and well-suited for gaming, with a mic mute switch on one ear cup. If you're looking for the best Xbox headset under $50 or the best PS4 headset under $50 with a detachable mic, these are worth considering.

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Notable Mentions

  • HyperX Cloud Stinger: The HyperX Cloud Stinger are comfortable gaming headphones with a bass-heavy sound profile and a great overall microphone performance. However, they don't have any customization features, and their audio cable is integrated into their design, so if it gets damaged, you'll have to replace the entire unit. See our review
  • Turtle Beach Recon 70: The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are acceptable gaming headphones with a somewhat balanced sound profile and a comfortable design. However, their plastic build feels fragile, and they creak a lot. See our review
  • Razer Kraken X: The Razer Kraken X are decent gaming headphones that are comfortable and have an outstanding mic, but they have a very bulky design, and their sound profile is uneven. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 14, 2022: Made the Astro A10 the 'Most Durable Gaming Headset Under $50'. Removed the RUNMUS RGB K1 Gaming Headset from Notable Mentions and added the HyperX Cloud Stinger.

  2. Apr 15, 2022: Replaced the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset with Logitech G433 Gaming Headset because the G433 are currently on sale for about $50. Removed the Corsair HS60 PRO SURROUND since their price has increased.

  3. Feb 15, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  4. Dec 09, 2021: Changed the name of the category for the Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P from 'Best Cheap Gaming Headset' to 'Best Gaming Headset Under $25' to be more consistent with price categories in other recommendations for gaming headphones.

  5. Oct 13, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best gaming headphones under $50 for most people to buy. 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's the list of all our reviews for headphones under $50, sorted by their gaming performance. 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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