Gaming Headset Buyer’s Guide – 2017

April 13, 2017 | Headsets |

The Best Wireless & Wired Gaming Headsets

Gaming headsets are an integral part of of a Gaming PC, whether you want to chat with your team during online gameplay or just want to immerse yourself into the gaming experience, they are a must buy.

The Best Gaming headsets are headsets that are specifically made for gaming, they come with some handy features to enhance the gameplay, and almost all headsets come with an inline mic for a chat during games. Headsets come in all shapes and sizes, the most common ones are the wired headsets. You can also opt for wireless headsets but they tend to cost more and also are heavier in size due to the included rechargeable batteries.

Astro A50 Wireless

The Astro A50 Wireless headphones are a fan favourite. They offer a full Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround sound. They make use of a 5.8 GHz wireless tech with mixamp. The inline mic is a 6.0mm uni-directional noise-cancelling mic. The headphones are charged via USB charging through the base station. They are very comfortable for long-term usage and offer a supreme solid aluminium construction. At the current moment, they are among the best wireless headphones one can buy.

Asus ROG Centurion 7.1

 

The Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 is a wired USB gaming headset. It comes packed with 10-driver surround sound, dual USB Amplifier, HDMI Pass-through and a unidirectional microphone. It offers excellent spatial sound and is very comfortable to wear thanks to the high quality construction. Due to all these features, the headset is a bit on the heavier side. The On-board Amp provides you with full control of the audio of the headset. The headset is also compatible with the Asus Sonic Studio software. This Headset is worth buying for anyone who wants ultimate level of control over his headset and excellent surround sound.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a low priced wired gaming headset. It provides excellent value for money. It has a very lightweight and solid construction. It is a great starting point for casual gamers or people who are just entering the world of gaming. It features excellent surround sound and is comfortable to wear for prolonged periods thanks to a set of memory-foam ear cups. The hyperX Cloud Stinger also comes packed with a high quality Swivelling noise-cancellation microphone. All these features combined make it a very well rounded package that is worth every penny.

SteelSeries Arctis 7

The SteelSeries Arctic 7 offers the best of both worlds, under normal circumstances, it can be used just like any other headphone but when you want to game, it does not disappoint. It offers a huge load of features for gaming at a competitive price level. The headset is of very high quality and offers a good level of comfort thanks to the elastic bands. The ear cups provide a tight but comfortable grip around your ears. It offers both stereo and 7.1 Surround sound. The included retractable flexible mic offers good sound quality. The headset provides a very high level of control to the user. It can be fine-tuned to be used under any scenario. This product is a perfect fit for those people who want a comfortable and versatil headset for daily usage at a pocket friendly price.

What are the different types of Gaming headsets?

The two main types of gaming headsets are given below:

  1. Wired Headsets:

Wired headsets are the most commonly used type of headsets. Many people opt for wired headsets due to the high level of performance that they provide on a low budget. They are further subdivided into two types:

  • Analog headsets.
  • USB headsets.

Analog headsets depend primarily upon your Sound Card or DAC for the sound quality. USB headsets on the other hand bypass your system and mostly have built-in DACS.

  1. Wireless Headsets:

Wireless headsets are the headsets that use a rechargeable battery and can be used wireless. Most of them come with adapters that you have to plug into your computer in order to complete the connection. Some headsets also offer Bluetooth connectivity. The wireless headsets are usually more expensive and heavier because they carry a rechargeable battery inside.

Wired and Wireless headphones also come in two different flavours:

  • Stereo Headsets.
  • Surround Headsets.

Stereo headsets:

Stereo headsets offer something for everyone, they are especially good for music as they do no tinker with the sound values and they offer a nice and natural tune that is pleasing to the ears. They are a good buy for casual gamers who game a bit and like to listen to music during free times.

Surround headphones:

These headphones are for people who want to immerse themselves into the game world. Some of the surround headsets also come with additional speakers inside to ear cups to provide a true surround sound experience. Surround headsets can also be turned into normal stereo headsets by just turning the surround sound option off.

Points to keep in mind before purchasing a gaming headset.

There are a few important things to keep in mind before purchasing a gaming headset. The most important ones are given below:

  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Audio Quality

Build Quality and Comfort:

The headset should feel premium and solid enough. You should avoid headsets with a full plastic body and look for headsets with more metallic parts. The headset needs to be comfortable enough to use for prolonged periods. The comfort level mainly depends upon the weight of the headset, the gripping force applied by the headset on your headset and the materials of the ear cups. It is very important to check these points because no matter how good a headset is, if it is not comfortable, it is essentially useless. The headset should have a rugged build capable of taking a hit or two.

Audio Quality:

Audio quality is very important, as this is what you will be hearing throughout your gaming session. The audio should not be muffled and it should sound clean with a nice level of bass. The headset should be suitable for both music and gaming with the main emphasis on gaming if you are primarily going to use it for gaming. However all these points depend upon your personal preferences, some people prefer a bass heavy sound while others prefer a nice clean sound with low bass.