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 311 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 is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. This gaming headset is very well-built with a premium feel and a sturdy, comfortable design. It has a neat base transmitter that not only provides a very low-latency wireless connection, but acts as a charging station for the headphone’s removable battery. These headphones also support Bluetooth, so they can mix audio from a gaming console and mobile device at the same time. These headphones have impressive sound are well-suited not only for gaming, but for critical listening.
Unfortunately, the fit may not be for everyone, as the metal frame doesn’t expand to accommodate different head sizes. Furthermore, their mic volume is not adjustable, and there have been reports of the microphone levels being abnormally low on consoles and mobile devices. Some people have mentioned needing to perform firmware updates or restart the wireless transmitter for the mic to function. If you like the design of the Arctis Pro Wireless but prefer to be able to adjust your mic volume, consider the Arctis 7 instead.
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. While the Pro Wireless have a more understated look, the A50 have a flashier, more gamer-centric design that stands out. Their transmitter also doubles as a neat, futuristic-looking docking station for the headphones, providing them with a dedicated place to rest while they charge.
Although the charging dock of the Astro A50 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, the Astro A50 are still a viable alternative, especially if you’re an Xbox One gamer.
If you play a lot of VR games, try the Audeze Mobius. Although they’re technically not wireless for console gaming, they allow you to mix audio wirelessly from a Bluetooth-compatible device while plugged into your console’s controller. They’re not as well-built and versatile as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have cool audio features. Their 3D audio and unique head-tracking features create and immersive simulated soundstage that couldn’t be accurately measured by our current tests, but felt great for VR gaming.
Unfortunately, the Audeze Mobius are very expensive gaming headphones. Although they’re full of interesting features, they don’t feel as well-built as similarly priced or even cheaper gaming headphones. They’re a cool option for those who are interested in surround sound technologies, but may not be worth it for more casual gamers.
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. 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.
The Arctis 7 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.
Although the Arctis 7 don’t have the same great wireless transmitter as the Arctis Pro Wireless, they have better customization options in the SteelSeries Engine, such as a parametric EQ and mic level control. They don’t have wireless microphone compatibility with the Xbox One, so you’ll have to plug them into your controller for chat support. That said, they’re a great lower-cost variant of the Arctis Pro Wireless.
If you want a pair of headphones that you can customize your way, get the Logitech G933. The HyperX Cloud Flight have a much better battery and microphone, but the Logitech G933 take customization to a whole new level with their Logitech Gaming Software. You get a great parametric EQ, 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 itself.
Unfortunately, the Logitech G933 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 do a lot of online multiplayer gaming and you need an outstanding microphone, get the HyperX Cloud Flight. They aren’t as well-built as the Arctis 7, but they have a better microphone. They have a more versatile design since they have a detachable boom microphone with remarkable noise handling. They also 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 are not 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 Cloud II or the 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 budget wireless gaming headset, get the Corsair HS70. 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. The Corsair HS70 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, the Corsair HS70 do not 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 (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 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.