Best Gaming Headsets 2018 For PC, Xbox and PlayStation

By Muhammad Asfand Yar | Gaming

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Gaming peripherals have always been considered a gimmick by an average computer consumer. Peripherals like gaming mice, gaming keyboards, and gaming headsets have been known as just a luxury and nothing more.

However, for a hardcore crowd of gamers; they mean much more than just a gimmick. Take E-Sports players for example, how often do you see them using an ordinary mouse or a headset instead of the high ends ones? Not very often; to a person or a crowd who’s been gaming for years, these gaming peripherals make a lot of difference.

For instance, a mechanical gaming keyboard is a lot better than a keyboard that uses a membrane, and this too for a lot of technical reasons. One of the biggest reason is that keystrokes on a mechanical keyboard register much faster as opposed to the cheaper, more common membrane keyboard.

Whatever the case is, today, we are not talking about the keyboards; we are here to talk about gaming headsets. Are they any different than the standard headsets you are getting or are they just flashy and don’t offer much in terms of the price/performance ratio?

You can’t say something about them unless you have actually tried them on and played some games with them, especially games that require a proper conversation with your teammates. However, even if you don’t happen to be an online gamer, you can still use gaming headsets for 2 main reasons; they look really good and usually go with the colour scheme of your build, and they actually sound awesome.

Today, we are going to take a look at the best gaming headsets you can buy in 2018.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS POST


  • Why Do You Need A Gaming Headset
  • Why One Gaming Headset IS Different Than Another
  • Different Gaming Headsets For Different Gaming Platforms
  • What Are The Best Gaming Headsets Available

Best Gaming Headset 2018 Review

Kingston HyperX Cloud II

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A common computer consumer would only be able to recognize Kingston as a company who’s known for making memory modules as well as the SSDs. But how many of you are actually aware that Kingston made a foray into the gaming peripheral market and introduced their HyperX Cloud gaming headset? The headset was met with a great response, and the company released an upgraded version aptly named HyperX Cloud II.

Does it live up to the name?

Let’s find out.

You’ll be glad that Kingston provides the headset in 2 different parts; the headset itself is the first one and the second one is a USB sound card module that works as an attachment, even though one of the cables were short as compared to the other one, the good thing is that Kingston has them braided to avoid any breakage or tangling.

The headset looks amazing regardless of the color combination you get. You can have a gunmetal and black, red and black, and pink and white combination and they all will look amazing, though we assume most gamers would prefer the ones with black in them. The build quality is also something we really loved about this headset, it didn’t look like it belonged to the sub $150 price group with the amazing build quality it had.

It’s a common thing that most people look for amazing sound in a headset rather than how it looks, and we have a good news for you. The HyperX Cloud II is an amazing looker and even better performer, the headset, despite having a virtual 7.1 sound performs beautifully in almost all the tests we did.

We ran a couple of different games like The Witcher 3 and Tom Clancy’s The Division to see how the headset works in the world of Witcher, and how well it performs in The Division; a game in which player coordination is a must, and we’re glad to say that headset did a wonderful job.

Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega

Best Wireless Gaming Headset

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The next up on our list is the Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega from Creative, and for those who don’t know, Creative has been in the sound business for quite some time; they have provided some of the best internal sound cards for advanced PCs and now they are trying their luck on gaming headsets. How does this one fair? Let’s find out.

Before we go deeper in the details, you should know that the Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega happens to be a wireless gaming headset that operates on an internal battery. With that out of the way, when it comes to gaming on PC or consoles, wireless peripherals have earned a bit of a bad name for themselves. Many gamers have had reservations about the peripherals running out of battery while they are in mid game, and that’s why they stay away from them.

However, things have changed in the modern day and age, and most top-tier wireless peripherals ensure that you can have long gaming session. The headset comes with a USB sound card, and that is normal, considering how this happens to be a virtual surround headset, but that doesn’t stop it from being an amazing performer.

Our tests revealed that the headset manages to ace all the games thrown at it, we tested different games ranging from single player games like the latest Doom to the multiplayer, team based games like Division and Counter Strike and the headset performed really well.

You’d be glad that when it comes to performance outside of gaming, the headset doesn’t disappoint; even though it is fine tuned to deliver better highs and lows, the headset still does a pretty decent job at music playback and movies as well. Despite having aggressive looks, this headset feels very comfortable on your ear, and doesn’t hurt at all.

Our only issue with this particular headset is that it comes with an internal battery that isn’t user replaceable, other than that, it is brilliant in every aspect

Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1

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We have all known Audio-Technica to be one of the finest when it comes to providing top of the line headsets, however, they have something surprising for us. The company has delivered us a gaming headset known as the Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1. Let’s see how good they are.

From the looks of it, the headset looks very familiar, and then you realize that they are basically a reminiscent of the famous ATH-AD900x, however, they now have a microphone on top of them for VoIP chat during gaming.

You should keep in mind that these are open back headphones so there will be some noise leakage and they are certainly not built for travelling around and listening to music because it would sound strange. However, for a gaming headset, this one is really good at getting the job done.

The soundstage is fine tuned to provide gamers the type of audio they require, and another great thing about this headset is that they are so comfortable, you’ll almost forget that you are actually wearing them. But don’t worry, despite the lightweight and comfortable design, the overall construction of the headset is old and it won’t break that easily. Unless of course you decide to rumble with it.

Overall, the ATH-ADG1 is a fantastic headset with some minor caveats. For starters, due to the open back nature, the headphones are best when worn at home, otherwise you won’t be able to get much sound while you are out and about, but considering this is a gaming headset, It’s acceptable.

Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum

Best Gaming Headset in terms of Sound Quality

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For those who don’t know, Logitech has a long history of providing top of the line gaming peripherals; their mice, keyboards, and even headphones are being used by gamers both professionally and casually.

Today, we are looking at the super stylish G633 Artemis Spectrum gaming headset from Logitech, and those who have used any older Logitech headsets, you’d be glad to know that this holds up the legacy of being super comfortable and carries an amazing value for money. Let’s take a look.

The headset comes at a very good price point and manages to offer a lot of features that will attract all sorts of consumers, in case you are wondering, the headset works on your PC as well as the consoles and mobile phones if you want to swing that way.

Logitech was smart enough to bundle the headset with a USB cable as well as a 3.5mm cable for your convenience, another great thing about the Artemis headset is that the Logitech software that you can use for customizing is perhaps the finest we have seen in a long time.

Last but not the least, the most important factor of a headset is the sound, and you’d be pleased to know that the Artemis is one of the best sounding headphones one can find, they are amazing when it comes to gaming, and to our surprise, their performance in music was at the top as well.

Our only gripe with this otherwise amazing headset is that the big footprint doesn’t add anything to the portability of the headset itself. Otherwise, the headset is perfect for the purpose of gaming or music listening.

Mad Catz FREQ 4D

Best PC Gaming Headset

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The next up on our list is the FREQ 4D by Mad Catz. For those who don’t know, Mad Catz is a pretty solid and long running name in the gaming peripherals, and one thing you should know about their latest offering is that the FREQ 4D headset does not disappoint.

The headset carries the traditional and aggressive design that is pretty much on all the Mad Catz products, the headset is basically available in 3 color combinations; red and black, white and black, and black and gunmetal, and needless to say, all 3 colors look gorgeous and will go with any PC build.

We had some reservations about the sound quality of this headset because of how flashy it was, but we’re glad to report that regardless of the purpose you are buying this for, the headset will perform magically in all the tests. Another great thing about this headset is how comfortable it can get.

Though you should keep in mind that these headsets are specifically made for PC gamers, and even though they can be used on consoles by swapping out the USB cable with a 3.5mm one, they won’t produce the same amazing results you get on PC

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma

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Almost every gamer is familiar of the long running gaming peripheral brand Razer. They have been around for quite some time and providing all sorts of gaming peripherals.

Recently, Razer launched Chrome edition of their older peripherals. Chroma peripherals are basically the same as older ones. However, they have slight upgrades in looks, and the added benefit of RGB lighting that can be controlled by Razer Synapse.

The headset carries the traditional Razer branding and the looks haven’t changed a lot from the original Kraken headset. However, the Kraken 7.1 Chroma is definitely a looker, and an amazing performer.

The headset universally supports PC, PS4 and Mac. In the past, Razer has had a bad reputation about not having a good build quality even for the most expensive products, however, that seems to be rectified.

The Kraken 7.1 Chroma is solid when it comes to build quality and feels good in hand. Overall, the headset performs pretty decently in gaming and music as well, another great thing we have is the amount of customization and how easy it is thank to the Razer Synapse.

So with so much to offer, does the Kraken 7.1 Chroma disappoints? You’d be sad to know that despite having so much to give, the headset fails when it comes to being super comfortable, you might be okay with it for shorter sessions, but if you enjoy hours and hours of intense gaming, then you will start to feel uncomfortable.​

Steelseries Elite Prism

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Steeseries is the company that has established itself as one of the leading brands when it comes to gaming peripherals. The fame is to a point that Steelseries equipment can be seen in the hands of several pro-gamers across the world.

There’s no denying that their entire lineup of mice, keyboard, mousepads and headsets have earned some massive respect from the gamers all around the world. Today, we are looking at the Elite Prism from Steelseries.

From the looks of it, the Elite Prism is a headset with solid construction, and that is something everyone who’s willing to spend top dollars wishes for. The pads on each end are extremely comfortable, and if you wish to game for longer durations, then you shouldn’t have a problem.

The headset also happens to be one of the easiest one to set up, it’s almost as if you’re spoon fed everything. Pretty much everything about the Elite Prism is top notch.

Sadly, the good things must come to an end as the Elite Prism comes with some minor caveats. For starters, the ear cups might be a bit too large for some, and although the audio is perfect, it requires a bit of tweaking to perfect.

Turtle Beach PX4

Best Gaming Headset For PS4

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If you happen to be in the market looking for a good PS4 headset, your choices maybe limited. You can always go for Sony’s own offering but seldom do people go there.

However, we have a good news for you. You can actually choose the Turtle Beach PX4, one of the best headsets we have had for review, it’s not only affordable, but offers a ton. Let’s see.

The PX4 happens to be a wireless headset, and unsurprisingly, has a wide support, it works on PC, Mac, and consoles from both generation. With that said, at the current price of $120, it might seem like a big investment, but as opposed to some other more expensive headsets in the list, this one totally kicks ass.

The audio on this headset happens to be crystal clear and quite simply one of the best ones we have heard, the PX4 also deals with surround sound as if it was made to do just that. Overall construction is solid, and the headset happens to be one of the most comfortable ones we have used.

To be fairly honest, given the price tag, and the amount of features you are getting. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Turtle Beach PX4 wireless headset.

Astro Gaming A40

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The second last product on our list is the Astro Gaming A40, before we begin, you should know that there are two versions of this headset; the one that comes with a MixAmp, and the one that doesn’t. The version we tested was the one without the MixAmp, making it relatively cheaper than the other version. 

The Gaming A40 is capable enough to output frequencies ranging from 20Hz to 21kHz, this means that pretty much all the frequencies that are audible to human ears come out of this headset.

But that’s not what we are here for. The actual real life performance of this headset managed to impress us; however, it was neither above the competition, nor below it, and that’s something we were okay with.

Another good thing about this headset is the build quality and comfort, and as you may know, pretty much every gamer demands that. The comfort level is one of the best we have seen in any headset, and that’s something worth the extra penny.

Polk Striker ZX

Best Gaming Headset For Xbox

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The last on our list is the Polk Striker ZX gaming headset, from the get go, this happens to be a headset that is exclusive for only Xbox One. However, you can still use it with consoles. You should know that the Striker ZX happens to be a mid-range headset and it only performs as you expect it to without much added flare. So without further ado, let’s take a look.

From the looks, the Striker ZX surely happens to be a flashy headset; the headset boasts an overall white colour scheme with orange accents that look rather good against the glossy white finish.

The design happens to be really lightweight and the headphone is completely retractable, and that’s a good thing because at times, gamers don’t want to use the microphone at all.

Another great thing happens to be the comfort level of this headset, which is really good.

Sadly, all the good things come to an end here; the audio is only average and there’s nothing more there is, and although the design is good and headset is sturdy, the overall finish feels cheap.

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Muhammad Asfand Yar, or Asfand as his friends call, is Author cum Owner of List Enthusiast. Blogging is his old new-found love. He writes to boost his Knowledge - and yours too. He usually remains in front of computer screen - even when he isn't writing any Blog post - doing computer programming. C++ is his passion. Catch him on twitter @asfandyar12.