A good gaming headset can mean the difference between a fun playthrough and a truly immersive gaming experience. But with so many headsets claiming to be the best on the market or the biggest bang for your buck, it can be hard to find the right pair of cans to fit your current setup.
Now that the 2017 holidays coming up, there’s no better time to start scoping out the perfect headset for yourself or that special gamer in your life. Whether you’re a console gamer who needs couch-worthy comfort or a PC player looking for the ultimate wireless setup, the right headset is out there waiting for you -- and we’ve already done the legwork to find it!
These are the top-tier headsets on the market right now that you should be keeping an eye on during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the whole holiday season.
This new iteration in HyperX's Cloud lineup is about as comfortable as headsets come. The memory foam inside the headband and ear cups keeps the Cloud Alpha cozy and snug (but not too snug) during those long marathon sessions. Underneath that plush foam are proprietary dual-chamber drivers that produce crisp, resonant sound and hefty bass tones -- so you're getting an excellent sound experience from this airy setup.
Just like all other HyperX headsets, the Cloud Alpha doesn't feature any sort of RGB lighting or EQ software. It's 100% plug-and-play, with no bells or whistles to distract from its aural prowess. And console players will be happy to know that this headset is compatible with any system that features a 3.5mm audio jack -- including PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Read our HyperX Cloud Alpha review for more information.
If you're the sort of gamer who prefers not to be tethered to their desk by a snake pit of wires, then Corsair's newest headset should be on your wishlist. The Void Pro RGB wireless headset offers a lag-free wireless experience with RGB accents and inline controls to streamline your gaming sessions. The ear cups also rotate to lay flat around your neck so you can get up from your desk and grab a snack from the kitchen without ever having to take your headset off.
Boasting a long-lasting battery life and some of the best sound quality you can find in a wireless setup for under $100, the Void Pro is a great option for wire-free aficionados who don't want to break the bank.
Check out our Corsair Void Pro RGB review for more information.
No matter what kind of gamer you are, there's an iteration in the SteelSeries Arctis line for you. The cheapest model, the Arctis 3, is a compact setup that offers inline controls, decent sound quality, and portable comfort for less than $80.
But if you have a little bit more to spend, you might want to consider the higher end Arctis 5 or Arctis 7 models. The Arctis 7, in particular, has a lot to offer -- from high-impact surround sound to the buoyant comfort of its unique design. And it packs a ton of features and functionality into a lag-free wireless package that's compatible with pretty much any current platform.
If you want the best wireless surround sound experience on the market, the Logitech G533 is the headset for you. It features a proprietary diaphragm design that can parse our sound into individual parts, and then reproduce it with remarkable fidelity. And as we note in our G533 review, this makes for quite an intense sonic experience with games like Battlefield 1.
In addition to top-tier sound performance, this Logitech headset also offers reliable wireless functionality with great battery life (about 15 hours) and long range (about 15 meters). Last but not least, the granular EQ software will let you tailor your headset to deliver the ideal soundscape.
HyperX is known for having some of the most comfortable headsets on the market, but the Cloud Revolver S might be the most comfortable of them all. With memory foam earpads, a specialized weight-distributing design, and lightweight materials, the Revolver S is an excellent choice for hardcore gamers who need maximum comfort without sacrificing any sound quality.
Featuring true 7.1 surround sound, this headset produces a rich spectrum of tones and has a wonderfully resonant low end. Its directional sound capabilities will help you experience the aural cues in your favorite games like the developers intended. Though there's no RGB lighting or EQ software, the comfort and sound quality alone make this set of cans worth the $150 price tag.
Check out our HyperX Could Revolver S review for more information.
If you've got deep enough pockets that you can spring for the brand name that's become synonymous with high-end comfort, then the Sennheiser Game Zero and Game One headsets are worth splurging on.
The Game Zero features a closed acoustic design and leather padding on the ear cups and headband, while the Game One boasts an open acoustic design with plush velour accents -- but both cozy setups offer enough noise cancellation that you can game or chat comfortably.
So what's the difference between these sets? It all comes down to sound. Sennheiser's Game One offers a slightly crisper and more nuanced sonic experience with resonant bass and crystal-clear mids and highs. The Game Zero setup provides a top-tier sound experience as well but is tailored more toward gamers who prefer a closed acoustic setup.
We're diving from the top end of gamer budgets toward the lower end with this gaming headset. Logitech's G430 proves that you don't have to fork over your whole paycheck to get quality sound and comfort.
The G430 offers true 7.1 surround sound, a lightweight design, and inline controls for under $40. Its lightweight chassis is made from durable plastic, with breathable sport-cloth earpads that keep your head from getting too heated during those long gaming sessions.
If the lower price tag and sporty design of this headset appeal to you, then you might also want to check out the Logitech G433 -- another surround sound headset that is even more tailored toward on-the-go usage and airy comfort. It's available for $99.99 on Amazon.
That wraps up our list of the best gaming headsets that you can buy during the 2017 holiday season. Whether you need a cheap headset, an immersive surround sound experience, an on-the-go setup, or a full suite of customizable features, there's a set of cans in this roundup for you.
What headset will you be picking up for the holidays this year? Are there any that you think deserve a spot on this list? Let us know in the comments!