Best PC Gaming Headsets 2022: Budget, Wired and Wireless

Your favorite PC games (plus movies and music) deserve the best gaming headset.

Choosing the best gaming headset is arguably as important as choosing the right keyboard, monitor, or even graphics card. The sound of your virtual world and how you communicate with your teammates all depends on the device you wear on your head. And chances are you’ll be listening to music and streaming your favorite shows with your headset, too.

But choosing the best gaming headset for your ears and head shape isn’t easy, due in part to the staggering number of options that are available. With the ever-rising popularity of esports and the relative simplicity of combining off-the-shelf audio hardware with cushy earcups (and adding a dash of software wizardry and a mic), PC gamers are now offered more headset choices than ever. 

A quick search of popular retailers yields hundreds of headset options across dozens of companies, ranging from less than $10 (£8) to over $600 (£460). You may already know how much you’re willing to spend on your headset, but there are still many other things to consider. 

Below you’ll find the best gaming headsets we’ve tested. But firs, here are a few key tips to consider before buying.

Quick Gaming Headset Shopping Tips

  • Wired or wireless? Wired headsets usually cost less and don’t need to be charged. Therefore, if you’re typically gaming at your desk, you may want to stick to wired options to keep things cheaper and simpler. A wired headset also won’t die on you mid-game. On the other hand, there’s no denying the convenience of being able to run to the kitchen for a drink without having to remove your cans.
  • Headbands and earcups. Comfort is more subjective than measuring audio output and input, but generally speaking you should avoid plush gaming headsets with thick bulges, cheap foam and cloth covers. When we’ve tested these types of headsets, we’ve often found disappointing acoustic performance. Ear-cushion material can make a huge difference in what your ears ultimately perceive.
  • Audio and mic quality. These are very important if you want the best gaming headset, but impossible to evaluate via one or two floor models in a store. We focus on these aspects in detail in our reviews. In short, detailed reproduction and good spatial resolution, specifically when it comes to complex noises and environments with multiple sound sources, are more important than any attempt at simulated surround sound.
  • A key Bluetooth spec: aptX. If you do go wireless and opt for Bluetooth (no USB dongle needed), look for headsets that support Qualcomm’s aptX, a compression tech (codec) that’s been leveraged for decades in TV and movie voice-work, movie theater audio and thousands of radio stations. If you’ve heard Bluetooth audio in years past and hated it (it definitely was bad for a long time), give an aptX-enabled headset a listen. As long as the underlying hardware is good, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the sound output. And it helps assure the lip movements in movies and TV shows match what you’re hearing, as well.

The Best Gaming Headsets You Can Buy Today

1. SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless

Best Gaming Headset


  • Driver: 40mm custom drivers
  • Impedance: 38 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 10 – 22,000Hz
  • Mic: Bidirectional noise canceling, fully retractable
  • Connectivity: (Simultaneous) Wireless 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth 5.0
  • Weight: 0.75 pounds (339g)


  • Very comfortable
  • Fully-retractable microphone
  • Swappable battery system
  • Very good audio quality


  • Expensive
  • Comes with base station, not GameDAC Gen 2
  • Not super intuitive 

SteelSeries’ Arctis Nova Pro Wireless headset isn’t cheap, but it’s absolutely worth it. This stylish headset is packed with so many features it’s hard to figure out where to begin, but let’s start with the gaming features: Multi-system connectivity via the headset’s wireless base station, technically ‘infinite’ battery life thanks to a swappable battery system, and a highly-adjustable design that’s so lightweight and comfortable you’ll forget it’s on your head. 

The Nova Pro Wireless delivers excellent audio and sports hi-fi-capable, custom-designed 40mm drivers (though you’ll need a wired connection and a DAC to experience the headset’s 10 – 40,000Hz frequency response). It’s not just game audio that sounds immersive and layered; this headset does a great job with all types of audio. Oh, and there’s more: A fully-retractable bidirectional noise-canceling mic, active noise canceling (with an optional transparency mode), and simultaneous 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity with audio mixing capabilities. 

This headset not only does it all, it slips seamlessly between it all — from PC gaming to console gaming to video chatting to audiophile listening. The Nova Pro Wireless is ambitious, but it delivers — and it’s a much better deal if you consider that this might be the only headset/pair of headphones you ever need to buy. But if these aren’t in your budget, the Kingston HyperX Cloud Alpha is a solid sub-$100 pick that boasts excellent audio and a comfortable fit.

2. Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE

Best Wireless Gaming Headset


  • Driver: 50mm neodymium
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 20-40,000 Hz
  • Mic: Omnidirectional
  • Connectivity: USB Type-A 2.4 GHz dongle
  • Weight: 0.8 pounds(360g)


  • Powerful Hi-res audio
  • Immaculate presentation
  • Great battery life


  • Wireless range depends on house construction
  • Headband digs in a bit over time
  • Slightly heavy reverb

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE is one of the rare headsets that looks as good as it sounds. The best wireless gaming headset for most, it offers premium quality audio that enters audiophile territory and looks pretty and shiny instead of clunky and heavy. The SE version of the Virtuoso RGB boasts gunmetal-colored aluminum stamped with a touch of RGB via the Corsair logo. Overall, it looks as expensive as it is.

The Virtuoso RGB SE delivered strong audio, including Hi-res support, in our testing. Its 50mm drivers also sounded great with gun fights in games like Borderlands 3. The cans’ music reproduction sat in the middle of bass-heavy cans like the Audio-Technica’s ATH-G1 and flatter-sounding ones like the SteelSeris Arctis Pro Wireless listed below.

Topping things off with a 20-hour wireless battery life, Corsair’s Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE is a fine pair of cans that both look and sound premium.

3. SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1

Best Budget Gaming Headset


  • Driver: 40mm custom
  • Impedance: 36 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 20-22,000 Hz
  • Mic: Bidirectional, noise-canceling
  • Connectivity: Wired (3.5mm aux)
  • Weight: 8.3oz (235g)


  • Good audio quality for price
  • Lightweight, comfortable
  • Slim


  • Looks a little generic/boring
  • Analog-only

SteelSeries has given its entire headset line an Arctis Nova redesign, including its budget-priced $60 Arctis Nova 1. The Arctis Nova 1 sports the same 40mm custom drivers as does its higher-end siblings — the Arctis Nova 3 and 7 — and costs just a fraction of the price. 

The Arctis Nova 1 is a wired analog headset with a slim, lightweight plastic frame and large, comfortable over-ear earcups. It has a bidirectional noise-canceling microphone that fully retracts into the left earcup, so it’s stylish enough to wear away from your PC as a pair of lifestyle headphones. It comes with both single and dual 3.5mm audio cables, so it can connect to devices with combined and separate headphone/microphone jacks. 

At $60, it’s a steal considering the excellent audio quality and the versatility of the design. But if $60 is still a little too pricey, the Asus TUF Gaming H3 headset is another excellent budget-friendly choice that can usually be found for around $40 or less. 

4. Razer Barracuda Pro Wireless

Best Lifestyle Gaming Headset


  • Driver: 50mm custom drivers
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Mic: Dual integrated beamforming noise canceling
  • Connectivity: (Simultaneous) Wireless 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth 5.2
  • Weight: 0.75 pounds (340g)


  • Very good audio
  • Lightweight and extremely comfortable
  • 40+ hours of battery life
  • Includes rigid travel case


  • Bland, smudge-prone plastic design
  • No external mic
  • No analog mode

Featuring a (surprisingly) understated all-black design with nary a hint of RGB or external microphone in sight, Razer’s new Barracuda Pro Wireless headset looks more like a pair of lifestyle headphones from Sony or Bose than it does a gaming peripheral. And that’s kind of the point — Razer calls the Barracuda Pro Wireless a “hybrid gaming & street” headset. 

It’s got a lot going for it on the lifestyle side. The minimal plastic design is less premium than we’d like, but it does contribute to the headset’s light weight and overall comfort — if Razer is looking to compete with Sony and Bose, it’s basically there in the comfort department. It’s not quite there in the ANC department, though it’s not too far off. The Barracuda Pro Wireless has three levels of ANC, as well as a pair of integrated beamforming noise-canceling mics. Audio quality is very good, thanks to 50mm custom drivers, as is microphone quality — the mics do a good job of picking up your voice and minimizing background noise and should be fine for most gamers. 

The Barracuda Pro Wireless is designed to be used with multiple devices; it comes with a 2.4GHz wireless USB-C dongle and has built-in Bluetooth, and can connect to both simultaneously. It can’t use both connections simultaneously, however — unlike the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro, which mixes audio from both connections — you’ll need to switch between devices using a dedicated “SmartSwitch” button on the right earcup.

Ultimately this hybrid headset leans a little more lifestyle than gaming — Razer rates its battery life at 40+ hours, and it even comes with a sturdy carrying case — which makes it a great option for those who are torn between dropping cash on lifestyle headphones or a gaming headset. 

5. Creative SXFI Air Gamer

Best Bluetooth Gaming Headset


  • Driver: 50mm neodymium
  • Impedance: > 2.2 kohms
  • Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Mic: 2x bidirectional, 1x omnidirectional
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C cable, 3.5mm cable
  • Weight: 0.8 pounds (335g)


  • Excellent audio quality for gaming, music, movies
  • Simultaneous USB and Bluetooth connections lets you hear both your PC and phone


  • Setup requires a smartphone and is much easier with a second person
  • External sound isolation could be better

The Creative SXFI Air Gamer offers a lot of functionality of the pricier Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT (also on this page) but at a much cheaper price. If you want cans that you can connect to your PC via a reliable cable and switch to or add a Bluetooth connection simultaneously, this is the best gaming headset with Bluetooth for you. 

Creative’s offering differs from the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT in appearance and its lack of a wireless dongle. If you’re okay with that, you get a headset that can use a 3.5mm or USB connection and pair with your phone or other Bluetooth device at the same time. The best part is that the audio quality is on a premium level, including superior bass reproduction, and is fit for your favorite games as well as watching movies or listening to music.

The SXFI Air Gamer also goes a step further by offering not 1, not 2, but 3 microphones. You get a small, detachable, bidrecitional mic and a larger one, plus the integrated omnidirectional mic on the earcup. This lets you prioritize quality or portability, depending on your situation.

6. Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT

Best Bluetooth Gaming Headset Splurge


  • Driver: 50mm neodymium
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 20-40,000 Hz
  • Mic: Omnidirectional
  • Connectivity: 3.5mm, USB Type-A cable, USB Type-A dongle, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 0.8 pounds (362.9g)


  • Comfortable and classy
  • Simultaneous dongle/Bluetooth connectivity lets you hear your phone and PC 


  • Expensive
  • Battery life isn’t great when connected to two devices 

Many gamers prefer gaming with a dongle connection rather than Bluetooth for speed and reliability, but if you’re looking for the option to save a port or connect to two devices at once, the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is the best gaming headset for you. A newer version of the Virtuoso Wireless RGB SE and similar to the Creative SFXI Air Gamer (both on this page), the pricier Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT lets you connect via 3.5mm, the included USB Type-A cable, a wireless dongle or Bluetooth with aptX. And like the Creative SFXI Air Gamer above, with these cans you can connect to two different devices simultaneously via dongle and Bluetooth. That proved to be a boon for productivity, letting us game with a dongle and hear music or notifications from our phone, for example, so we never missed a thing. The downside is that the headset is specced to last 20 hours with one device but only 15 hours if connected to two devices.

Out of the box, the headset is geared toward gaming, with sounds like zombie wails and enemy wingbeats standing out. For music, you’ll probably want to download Corsair’s software and switch the EQ. Once we found our preferred setting, we enjoyed more natural mids and punchy, but not overpowering, low-ends. 

But with comfort that makes the headset feel lighter than cans with less weight to them and a mature, versatile and stylish design, including 10 headband adjustments, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT is a premium, wireless option for gamers.

7. HyperX Cloud Orbit S

Best Gaming Headset for Virtual Surround Sound


  • Driver: 100mm neodymium
  • Impedance: Not disclosed
  • Frequency response: 10-50,000 Hz
  • Mic: Unidirectional condenser
  • Connectivity: 3.5mm, USB Type-A, USB Type-C
  • Weight: 0.8 pounds(362.9g)


  • Immersive and loud 3D audio
  • Soft, squishy headband and ear cups
  • Good battery life
  • Accurate head tracking 


  •  A little heavy
  • Head tracking’s audio impact varies depending on game

The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is, indeed, expensive, but its premium sound quality and featureset makes it the best gaming headset for splurging. The cans give you a discernible gaming advantage, thanks to its customizable 3D mode with head tracking. When you’re gaming with head tracking, the location of your enemies is apparent, and the auditory environment moves with you. 

You can also use head tracking for your game controls, which frees up your hands for more action. (For another head tracking option with premium features, check out the similarly priced JBL Quantum One). 

There are lower-priced headsets with true surround sound (instead of the Orbit S’ virtual surround sound) and wireless capability. But the Orbit S, which bears the same cozy memory foam headband and earpads as other headsets in HyperX’s Cloud line, offers a gaming edge you’ll actually notice.

We also love the versatility of this headset. In addition to supporting hi-res, virtual surround and 3D audio, you can use the headset with a 3.5mm jack, USB Type-A port or USB Type-C port.

8. Asus ROG Delta S

Best Gaming Headset for Hi-Res


  • Driver: 50mm neodymium
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 20-40,000 Hz
  • Mic: Noise-cancelling condenser
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C or USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • Weight: 0.7 pounds (320g)


  • Amazing audio clarity
  • Solid build quality


  • Short cable
  • Slight sound leakage

Not every gamer also demands the joys of hi-res music, but those who do can graduate to more powerful, immersive jam sessions, especially with the Asus ROG Delta S. These cans sniped the title of Best Hi-res Gaming Headset from the SteelSeries Arctis Pro+ GameDAC, partially by including a more powerful DAC. The Asus opts for ESS’ 9281 Pro Quad DAC for lossless audio processing, which is specced for 140 dB of dynamic range and a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 130 dB, compared to the ESS 9018 on the SteelSeries’ 121 dB and 109 dB, respectively. On the ROG Delta S, hi-res music boasted meaty reverb and also sounded live. 

In terms of gaming, the ROG Delta S is also premium, offering more oomph in the overall soundscape than rivals, from the twang of a bow and arrow to the cracks of an assault rifle. Just beware that those nearby you might start hearing the action if you crank the volume up to 75% or higher. 

Meanwhile, virtual 7.1 surround sound performance varied. We weren’t able to pinpoint enemies better with it in Outriders, but in Horizon Zero Dawn, the featured amplified environmental sounds definitely helped. It’s easy to prefer the popular DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround scheme that the Arctis Pro+ GameDac employs than the one Asus concocted. 

The Arctis Pro+ GameDac also has other quality-of-life advantages, like a screen-equipped DAC with a ChatMix control. However, the ROG Delta S doesn’t leave you hanging when it comes to extras, instead throwing in reactive RGB to its earcups’ 4 RGB zones.

9. Corsair Void RGB Elite USB

Best Gaming Headset Mic


  • Driver: 50mm neodymium
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 20-30,000 Hz
  • Mic: Omnidirectional condenser
  • Connectivity: USB Type-A
  • Weight: 0.9 pounds(390g)


  • You could land planes with this mic
  • Exceptionally soft foam padding
  • Very breathable


  • Some fitting issues on smaller heads
  • Sound leakage affects bass tightness
  • Awkward mic mute button

If you do a lot of chatting on your headset, be it with your Overwatch teammates, work colleagues or Mom, the Corsair Void RGB Elite USB will make sure you sound just like you to whoever’s listening. For this price, we were pleased at the microphone’s quality, plus its ability to handily fold up when you need to take a sip of water or sneeze. It’s also Discord-certified and showed better low-end response than rivals. It’s not quite as warm as what you can get with the best gaming microphones or any USB mic, but it’s close. 

On the other hand, when we tested the headset with a smaller head, bass was lacking due to sound leakage. Your head size may change things. The Void RGB Elite USB also has virtual 7.1 surround sound, but it didn’t prove to be anything extraordinary. 

For chatterboxes, this is the best gaming headset with its mid-range price, cozy padding and splash of RGB. Note there’s also a wireless version of the Void RGB Elite USB(opens in new tab). For more mic options, consider the expensive JBL Quantum One, which comes with a unidirectional and detachable boom microphone and a separate calibration microphone. 

10. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

Best Gaming Headset Splurge


  • Driver: 40mm neodymium
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 20-40,000 Hz
  • Mic: Bidirectional condenser
  • Connectivity: USB Type-A wireless dongle or Bluetooth 4.1
  • Weight: 0.8 pounds(357g)


  • Comfortable headband design
  • Peerless swappable battery system
  • Crisp hi-res audio
  • Feature-laden base station


  • Needs base station to charge
  • Headband durability concerns

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro kicks things up a notch or two over other SteelSeries cans, including the Arctis 7 wireless ones listed above. It’s very pricey, even for a wireless headset. But you get your choice of wireless dongle or Bluetooth connectivity, which means you could use the Arctis Pro Wireless without it occupying a USB port. 

The cans offer a large frequency response range and hi-res audio. Lossless titles, like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, sounded noticeably crisper with a lot of depth on the Arctis Pro. Ultimately, the game sounded more immersive, particularly in the high end, where we could hear the different layers of sound. You also get DTS Headphones:X virtual surround sound via a transmitter base station boasting other helpful features, like ChatMix and general volume control.

Despite its higher price, the Arctis Pro Wireless isn’t vastly more comfortable than the cheaper Arctis 7 wireless cans and don’t offer twice as detailed audio. But the Arctis Pro Wireless has the advantage in its smart design, Bluetooth capability and swappable batteries that keep the party going while traveling. 

11. Epos H3 Hybrid

Best Headset for Multiple Use Cases


  • Driver: 40mm neodymium magnet
  • Impedance: (Unlisted)
  • Frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Mic: Bidirectional boom mic, omnidirectional on-cup mic
  • Connectivity: 2.4 GHz USB-C Dongle, USB-A via adapter, 3.5mm cable
  • Weight: 0.65 pounds (298g)


  • Extremely comfortable during extensive use
  • Attractive design
  • Wired, wireless, mixed modes
  • Superb battery life


  • Music needs EQ tweaking for best sound
  • Mic picks up background noise
  • Must be powered on in 3.5mm mode

Sometimes, you just want one device that can do everything. If that sounds like you, then the Epos H3 Hybrid Gaming Headset is your speed. This is a combination wired and wireless headset that comes with a removable bidirectional boom mic plus an omnidirectional mic built into the cups. Combine that with its ability to connect via a wireless USB-C dongle (which can also connect to USB-A via an adapter) or a 3.5mm audio jack, and it can do pretty much anything other mics can except bluetooth.

It’s also superbly comfortable and looks pretty swanky, plus has long battery life. Unfortunately, the headsets do need to be powered on even when connected via a 3.5mm connection, which is a bummer. Plus, you’ll need to adjust the EQ in the Epos Gaming Suite software to get the best sound out of your music. But this mic’s sheer amount of customization options still makes it a powerful addition to any gaming arsenal.

12. Razer Kraken V3 Pro

Best Wireless Gaming Features Headset


  • Driver: Razer TriForce Titanium 50 mm
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 KHz
  • Mic: Detachable Detachable HyperClear SuperCardioid
  • Connectivity: USB Type-A dongle, headphone jack
  • Weight: 0.82 pounds


  • Lightweight materials
  • Comfortable ear cup design
  • Detachable supercardioid mic
  • THX Spatial
  • Wide range of compatibility


  • Pricey for the addition of wireless and haptic feedback Hypersense feature
  • Left ear cup is cluttered
  • Can’t charge and use at the same time

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro is the best headset within the Kraken range, including all the incremental updates from its predecessors while cutting the cord at the same time. In addition to the inclusion of THX spatial audio, the headset further immerses audiences with its haptic feedback technology. The wireless headset can also be used on Xbox consoles and the Nintendo Switch via its 3.5mm headphone jack in addition to PC and PlayStation via its 2.4Ghz adapter. 

Plush materials like its hybrid fabric and memory foam keep the headset feeling comfy for extended periods of use. Razer’s 50mm TriForce Titanium drivers also produce dynamic sounds for music and film in addition to gaming. Its Razer Synapse software also elevates mic and sound quality with its EQ and various presets. The software also allows you to customize its two RGB zones to match your setup. Unfortunately, you may get finger tied trying to press the right button on the left earcup, and you won’t be able to charge and use it at the same time, so make sure to take advantage of its up to 44-hour battery life. 


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