There are a lot of gaming headsets out there, and it can be hard to choose the best one for your needs. Latency is an important factor to consider when looking for gaming headsets, especially if you play multiplayer games. It can be crucial to make sure you can hear what’s going on in your game exactly when it’s happening. For this reason, lots of gamers opt for wired headsets to eliminate latency. But wires can be a hassle, especially if you game from your couch. Thankfully, there’s a bunch of great, low-latency wireless gaming headsets out there. Most of them use a wireless transmitter that you hook up to your PC or console, but some are Bluetooth-compatible as well.
We’ve tested 331 headphones and below are our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets to buy in 2019. If you’re looking for gaming headsets with a specific gaming system in mind, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for PC, for Xbox One, and for PS4.
The best wireless gaming headphones that we’ve reviewed so far are the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They’re comfortable, well-built headphones that can connect to your PC or PS4 via their USB wireless transmitter and support Bluetooth for compatibility with mobile devices. They have a complete, efficient control scheme and can mix audio from both wireless sources simultaneously.
The Arctis Pro Wireless sound great and have incredibly accurate audio reproduction. They’re well-suited for not only video game soundtracks and effects, but for listening to music and watching movies too. They come with two swappable batteries that you charge directly in the base transmitter, ensuring you never run out of power. Their wireless transmitter has lots of connectivity options too, which makes them a great addition to your home theatre setup.
Unfortunately, these headphones aren’t fully compatible with the Xbox One. They can provide wireless audio, but not microphone or chat support. However, it’s possible to use the Xbox app on your smartphone or Bluetooth-enabled computer to chat with your teammates on mobile while mixing in game audio from your console.
If you prefer a headset that can accommodate a wider range of head shapes and sizes, consider the Astro A50. They’re less versatile than the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless since they’re not Bluetooth-compatible and always need to be in range of their wireless transmitter to work, but they have a very comfortable fit and are great for long gaming sessions. The Astro A50 are well-built gaming headphones with great sound and a very good mic for multiplayer gaming. Their transmitter also doubles as a docking station for the headphones, providing them with a dedicated place to rest while they charge.
Although the charging dock of these headphones is a nice touch, these headphones take almost 6 hours to charge and don't support passive playback. Though their 13-hour battery-life is good and you can use them while they charge, the dual-battery system of the Arctis Pro Wireless is more versatile. That said, if the fit of the Pro Wireless isn’t right for you, these are still a viable alternative, especially if you’re an Xbox One gamer.
If you’re looking for headphones that can help provide a more immersive gaming experience, consider the Razer Nari Ultimate. They don’t reproduce audio as accurately as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have a unique haptic response system that provides tactile feedback in the form of rumbles or vibrations through the headset. You can adjust the level of haptic feedback you feel in the Razer Synapse app and create various with different profile settings.
Although they’re comfortable, the Nari Ultimate are very bulky headphones and don’t fit securely on the head. They wobble around a lot and tend to slip off the ears frequently, even if movement is minimal. They also only provide roughly 5 hours of battery life with haptic feedback set at level 50 and RBG lighting enabled. They’re likely to perform better with these features turned off, but it’s disappointing that they don’t have any power-saving features. That said, they’re still well-built headphones that are likely to please those looking for a more immersive experience.
If you like the design of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless but don’t feel the need to have so many active features, get the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition. They don’t support Bluetooth, so they cannot connect with mobile devices, but they’re cheaper and actually have better microphone control than the Arctis Pro Wireless.
These headphones sound great and have a very good microphone for gaming. Their battery system is different than that of the Arctis Pro Wireless but is still very good. They don’t have a removable battery, so you charge the headset directly via USB. Their charge time is a bit long at 3.5 hours, but their battery life is 24 hours, which will last you for multiple days of gaming.
Unfortunately, these headphones don’t have wireless microphone compatibility with the Xbox One, so you’ll have to plug them into your controller for chat support. Although they don’t have the same great wireless transmitter as the Arctis Pro Wireless, they’re a worthwhile lower-cost choice with additional customization options in the SteelSeries Engine, like mic level control.
If you want a pair of headphones that you can customize your way, get the Logitech G933. The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition have a much better battery and microphone, but the Logitech G933 take customization to a whole new level with their Logitech Gaming Software. There’s a graphic EQ with various pre-sets, surround sound effects, adjustable microphone and volume levels, and swappable profiles with saved personal settings. There are also 3 programmable buttons on the headset itself that you can map to trigger specific commands, adding a further layer of customization to the control scheme.
Unfortunately, like the Arctis 7, these headphones don't have full wireless compatibility with the Xbox One and can't provide microphone support, only audio with the wireless dongle. However, the microphone will work if you plug them directly into the controller. On the upside, their USB dongle has an RCA input for added compatibility with most home theatre setups.
If you play a lot of online multiplayer games and you need an outstanding microphone, get the HyperX Cloud Flight. They aren’t as well-built as the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition, but they have an even better microphone. They have a more versatile design since they have a detachable boom microphone with remarkable noise handling. They have very good sound, not only for video game soundtracks but for music too, which adds to their versatility. Although they’re a bit slow to recharge, their battery lasts for nearly 30 hours of continuous playback, meaning you could spend nearly an entire weekend gaming before needing to charge them again.
Unfortunately, the HyperX Cloud Flight aren’t compatible with the Xbox One. They also don’t have a companion app, and their build quality is also a little disappointing compared to the cheaper, wired models in the HyperX Cloud lineup, like the HyperX Cloud II or the HyperX Cloud Alpha, which feel more durable. That said, they’re still a very good wireless gaming headset for PC or PS4 gamers.
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, the best wireless gaming headset in the budget category is the Corsair HS70 Wireless. Their microphone isn’t as good as that of the HyperX Cloud Flight, but they feel more durable and provide great value for the price. These are a wireless variant of the HS60 and have the same great build quality. They have a surprisingly high-end feel for budget headphones and have a sturdy yet comfortable design.
The Corsair HS70 Wireless deliver in the sound department, especially for budget gaming headphones. Their neutral sound profile is great, and you can even tweak their sound using the Corsair Utility Engine (iCUE) program. Their battery is great too, fully charging in under 2 hours and providing 15 hours of continuous playback.
Unfortunately, these headphones don't allow for passive playback and cannot be used with a wired connection. This means they are not compatible with the Xbox One at all. They’re still a decent choice for PC and PS4 gamers, though, thanks to their great battery and decent customization options via the iCUE app.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless gaming headphones to buy for most people in each price range. 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 wireless gaming headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones and your personal taste, gaming preference, and playing style will matter more in your selection.