Modern video games offer a truly immersive experience. But one aspect of that experience that’s often overlooked is sound. The best gaming headsets help you appreciate the full range of audio of your games, making you feel like part of the action.
The days of clumsy text chat are over. To succeed in today’s gaming environment, especially when playing competitive multiplayer games, you’ll need a decent headset. A good PC gaming headset lets you hear the sound of the game while isolating it from your teammates, so that they can hear you as clearly as you can hear them. A headset is an often overlooked but essential part of your multiplayer gaming equipment.
A good gaming headset doesn’t need to break the bank, either. We’ve searched for the best gaming headsets you can get under $100. Check out the list below, and see which PC gaming headset best suits your needs.
SteelSeries Arctis 5 (2019 Edition) RGB Illuminated Gaming Headset
The Arctis line of audio equipment has become legendary in the gaming community. The Arctis 5 continues the company’s tradition of quality headsets at an affordable price. DTS surround sound offers directional sound that is crucial when competitively gaming, and the sound quality from the 40mm driver is crystal clear. The built-in microphone is made to the same high standard, minimizing distortion so that your friends can hear you as clearly as you hear them. The build quality of the Arctis 5 is unparalleled. The ski-goggle-inspired suspension band distributes the weight of the headset over your entire head, and the foam cushioning of the cups means you’ll almost forget you’re wearing them. Another cool feature of this headset is the dial that adjusts the relative volume of game audio and chat. Being able to make one louder than the other is one of those features that, once you have it, you’ll wonder how you got by without it.
Pros: Great sound, Excellent build quality, Ability to adjust the volume of the game and chat separately
Cons: Volume adjustment dial on the cord can get in the way, Corded headphones keep you in one place
Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset
The Logitech G533 offers features that would be at home in more expensive headsets, but for a reasonable price. 7.1 surround sound allows you to experience the directional sound of the game the way the designers intended, and the audio is beautifully clear. The microphone has a built-in pop filter to reduce unwanted sounds, such as breathing, while still relaying your words clearly to your teammates. There’s an on-ear volume control and mic mute button, so that no one has to hear you talking to your dog mid-game. All the settings can be customized and saved in a user profile so that you don’t have to readjust continually. Thanks to the magic of Bluetooth, this headset is wireless. While the manufacturer boasts a range of 50 feet, in practice you’ll find it more like 20. That’s enough for most users. Be aware, though, that the included dongle will take up a USB port on your computer.
Pros: Awesome sound quality, Lightweight, Wireless
Cons: Uses a USB slot on your computer, Headset needs to be kept charged
CORSAIR Void PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset
The Corsair Void Pro is a headset that has a minimalist, sleek style. But those toned-down looks are no indication of what’s inside. 50mm speakers give these headphones a huge range and faithful sound reproduction, meaning you’ll hear everything the way the designers intended. The noise-canceling microphone ensures your teammates will hear you clearly. And at only 390 grams or 14 ounces, these headphones are comfortable enough to wear all day. One feature that makes this a popular headset is its wireless capability. Whether it’s allowing you to run to the fridge to grab a drink, or freeing you up to leap around your room as you play, wireless is a great feature to have.
Pros: Wireless, Super comfortable, Excellent sound quality
Cons: Microphone is quiet, even after adjustment using the provided software, Wireless functionality requires a USB port
CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB USB Gaming Headset
This headset is going to seem a little familiar. But truthfully, Corsair built a great headset. Whether you go for the wireless or the wired option, you won’t be disappointed. This version of the Void Pro is similar to it’s wireless cousin. It has the same 50mm driver, 7.1 surround sound, and unidirectional noise-canceling microphone. All that makes the wireless version a great headset is here too. But in a wired version. If you’re ok with a wired headset, this version of the Void has more to recommend it than price. For one, you don’t have to charge a wired headset. You’ll never feel the agony of wanting to play, only to find your headset is dead. And wires reduce latency, so you won’t have unreliable sound. Plus – did we mention it’s cheaper?
Pros: Same great sound and build quality as the wireless version, No need to charge, No latency
Cons: Wire keeps you in one spot, Suffers from the same microphone issues as the wireless version
Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset
Finally, we come to this headset from Logitech. This wired headset is meant for the more affordable end of the market, and it shows. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to recommend it, though. For one, sound quality is surprisingly good considering the price. The microphone has some noise-canceling ability, and it’s nice that the boom folds up out of the way when not in use. Where these headphones fail is the build quality. The G230 is by no means an uncomfortable headset, but it’s both heavier and less well made than the others on this list. That may not matter if you only game for a couple of hours, but if you usually go on longer binges, discomfort could become an issue. Still, if you want a solid headset at a very low price, you could do far worse.
Pros: Affordable, Good sound quality
Cons: Poor build quality means they may not last long, Not comfortable for long-term use
Finding the right gaming headset is a matter of personal taste and budget. But these options, while under $100, offer a greatly enhanced gaming experience. Hopefully, this list has helped guide you towards a decision on which headset is right for you. Happy gaming!