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The 7 Best Wireless Gaming Headsets - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Wireless Gaming Headsets

Wireless technologies have greatly improved over time. Consequently, it's now possible to pick a great wireless gaming headset that has low enough latency that you're not bothered by the delay when playing your favorite games. If you play multiplayer games, a nice-sounding microphone ensures your teammates and friends can hear you. Some are even Bluetooth-compatible, so you can mix in your music while playing or use the headset as day-to-day wireless headphones.

We’ve bought and tested over 675 headphones, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headphones to buy. If you’re looking for headsets with a specific gaming system in mind, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best Xbox One headsets, and the best PS4 gaming headsets.


  1. Best Wireless Gaming Headset

    The best wireless gaming headset we've tested is the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. They have an outstandingly long continuous battery life of over 300 hours and have a charge time of 3.9 hours, which is pretty quick. These headphones come with a USB dongle that ensures very low latency, and their fit is comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. They also have a slightly v-shaped sound profile with a touch of extra thump, punch, and boom, while sibilants like cymbals are bright. Although they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can fine-tune their sound to your liking.

    If you like to game with others, their boom microphone has a very good overall performance. Your voice sounds natural and clear, even if you're gaming in a moderately noisy environment. If you're looking for headphones with an even better boom mic, check out the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019. Their mic has an excellent recording quality and does a better job of separating your voice from background noise. However, they leak a lot of audio at high volumes. It's also hard to top the HyperX's triple-digit battery life, and the Astro's 17.5-hour continuous playback time feels a bit short in comparison.

    See our review

  2. Best Wireless Gaming Headset Under $100

    The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless are the best wireless gaming headphones under $100 we've tested. If you're on a tight budget, these headphones have low latency, so your audio and visuals stay in sync while you game. Although they feel plasticky and their hinges don't feel particularly solid, they have a comfortable fit suitable for long gaming marathons. Their over 25 hours of continuous playback time is great, and they have an auto-off timer to help save battery life if you forget to turn them off.

    Out of the box, they have a warm sound profile that adds extra boom to your mixes, which can help emphasize audio cues like footsteps. However, like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery due to their ski-band headband design. Luckily, you can tweak their sound to suit your tastes using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. If you're chatting with others while gaming, their boom mic has satisfactory overall performance, and you should be easy to understand, even if you're talking in a moderately noisy environment.

    See our review

  3. Best Xbox Wireless Gaming Headset

    The Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox is the best wireless Xbox headset we've tested. These well-built headphones support Xbox Wireless with low latency and Bluetooth, meaning you can stay connected to your console and smartphone at the same time. Their boom mic offers an excellent recording quality, so your voice sounds clear, and they can separate your voice well from background noise. They also have a comfortable fit, although they can trap some heat within the ear cups.

    Out of the box, they have a warm yet uneven sound profile. They deliver a lot of extra boom to mixes, but dialogue and lead instruments sound muddy and harsh. On the upside, you can customize their sound on the Xbox via their graphic EQ and presets. These headphones have over 19 hours of continuous playback time, and their auto-off timer helps conserve battery life when not in use.

    See our review

  4. Best Wireless Multi-Console Headset

    The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless is the best wireless multi-console gaming headset we've tested. If you own more than one console and are looking for something that can work on different platforms, these headphones come with a dongle that allows you to connect with Xbox and PlayStation consoles. They also have low wireless latency, which ensures that your audio and visuals stay in sync while gaming, and their battery delivers over 23 hours of continuous playback time.

    These over-ears have a comfortable fit and feel well-built, although their ski-band headband can cause inconsistencies in audio delivery. It means that depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head, you may experience different amounts of bass and treble. Luckily, they have robust customization features like an EQ and presets via their companion app. If you like to call the shots when playing with others, they have a retractable boom mic. It has a great recording quality, so you sound clear and easy to understand. The mic can also separate your voice from moderate ambient sound, which is good if you game in a shared space with others.

    See our review

  5. Most Versatile Wireless Gaming Headset

    If you're looking for hybrid headphones designed for both gaming and casual use, the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless are the most versatile wireless gaming headphones we've tested. These comfortable and well-built headphones don't look like gaming headphones since they have an integrated mic instead of a boom mic. While this means their mic doesn't perform as well as others on this list, they look a lot more casual, and you can still take calls on the go. They also come with a wireless USB dongle with low latency and support Bluetooth so that you can connect them to your mobile devices.

    These over-ears also stand out from the rest of the picks on this list due to their adjustable active noise cancelling (ANC) system. When set to 'High', it offers great overall performance, although it isn't nearly as effective at blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines compared to dedicated casual-use headphones. With their ANC on, they last over 34 hours continuously and have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life. Their fairly neutral sound is also well-suited for most genres, but you can customize them to your liking using their companion software or app, depending on which device you're connected to.

    See our review

  6. Best Wireless Mobile Gaming Headset

    The Razer Opus X Wireless is the best wireless headset for mobile gaming we've tested. Unlike the Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless, these lightweight over-ears only support Bluetooth, meaning you connect them to your smartphone or Nintendo Switch. However, you can't use them with Xbox or PlayStation consoles. However, you may still prefer these headphones if you only game on mobile devices, as they're equipped with a 'Gaming Mode' to help deliver low latency on iOS and Android devices. They have active noise cancelling (ANC) to help tackle background sound, but it only offers an okay performance. However, it can still block out ambient chatter, which is handy if you're gaming in shared spaces.

    Out of the box, they have a somewhat neutral sound profile with a bump of extra high-bass to add boom to your mixes. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers EQ presets. Their integrated mic performs much worse than other mics on this list as it sits far away from your mouth. As a result, speech sounds boxy and somewhat muffled. Your voice can also be drowned out by ambient noise. While they're advertised to last roughly 30 hours continuously, we measured 68 hours, which is outstanding.

    See our review

  7. Best Sounding Wireless Gaming Headset

    If audio quality matters to you, the best wireless headset we've tested with sound quality in mind is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. These headphones have a fairly neutral overall sound, so dialogue and lead instruments sound clear, accurate, and detailed in your mixes. They're very prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, though, especially as their ski-band headband design can cause issues in fit, positioning, and seal. Luckily, you can adjust their sound to your liking using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. You can also save the EQ presets on their transmitter, which makes it easy to adjust your settings on the fly.

    These headphones have fairly low latency via their USB wireless transmitter and support Bluetooth, meaning you can stay simultaneously connected to your PC or PlayStation Console and smartphone. They also have a unique battery cartridge system and come with two swappable battery packs: you can place one in the headphones, and the other one fits into the transmitter to charge when you're not using it. Their boom mic has a very good overall performance, and your voice sounds clear, even in moderately noisy environments.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset: The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset are customizable gaming headphones with low latency and good overall mic performance. However, users have reported the hinges on their units breaking over time. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless are very customizable headphones, thanks to their Sonar software support, which offers a parametric EQ and presets plus robust mic controls. However, their microphone performance isn't as good as that of the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless. See our review
  • SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless: The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are gaming headphones that are a viable alternative to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. They have low latency, and their mic has a great recording quality, but they aren't Bluetooth-compatible and have shorter battery life. See our review
  • HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless: Although the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless look nearly identical to the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, the Cloud 2 offer a relatively simple design. They're very comfortable and well-built but don't have any sound customization features. See our review
  • Audeze Penrose Wireless: The Audeze Penrose Wireless are premium planar magnetic wireless gaming headphones with good build quality, a comfortable fit, and a neutral, dark sound profile. They're Bluetooth-compatible, just like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but offer inferior overall mic performance and shorter battery life. See our review
  • Xbox Wireless Headset: The Xbox Wireless Headset is a wireless gaming headset designed for Xbox consoles. You can connect them to consoles via Xbox Wireless technology and USB. However, they have a very bass-heavy out-of-the-box sound profile and struggle to deliver audio consistently. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 12, 2022: We've overhauled this article. Removed the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, and SteelSeries Arctis 7+. Added the SteelSeries Arctis Pro as the 'Best Sounding Wireless Gaming Headset' and the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless as the 'Best Wireless Gaming Headset'. Made the SteelSeries Arctis 7X the 'Best Wireless Multi-Console Headset', the Razer Barracuda Pro the 'Most Versatile Wireless Gaming Headset', and the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox the 'Best Xbox Wireless Gaming Headset'. Removed the following headsets from Notable Mentions: the Razer Nari Ultimate, the Corsair HS70, Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2, and the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air.

  2. May 11, 2022: Added the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless to Notable Mentions.

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

  4. Mar 17, 2022: Replaced the Logitech G533 with the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless as the Logitech are no longer found at this price point. Replaced the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset with the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless as the SteelSeries offer a slightly better overall performance.

  5. Feb 18, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless headphones for gaming 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 headphones, ranked by their suitability for wireless gaming. 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.

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