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The best gaming headsets for 2019

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The best gaming headsets for 2019

The best gaming headsets for 2019

As we approach Black Friday, one of the most popular items most gamers will be on the hunt for will be gaming headset deals—and chances are some of the best gaming headsets featured on this list will be on sale during the busy shopping holiday.

When deciding what makes our best gaming headsets list, we look for a number of key features. Sound quality and price point are always important, but what sets these gaming headsets apart is they offer more than just good sound at a decent price. Some offer surround sound, haptic feedback, or insane comfort.

The first thing you should know is that you don’t need to max out your credit cards to grab one of the best gaming headsets. For under $100, you can pick the HyperX Cloud Alpha wired gaming headset which is currently sitting at the top of our list for its killer sound and sturdy build. If you have some cash to spend and want a great pair of wireless gaming headsets, the Razer Nari Ultimate might be the best headset to feature haptic feedback. The HyperX Cloud Orbit S ended up being one of the favorite premium headsets we’ve handled this year.

Or if you’ve already got one of the best headsets, maybe take a gander at the best computer speakers to fill your living room with the sweet sounds of victory.

Best gaming headsets

1. HyperX Cloud Alpha

Wireless: No | Drivers: 50mm dual chamber neodymium | Connectivity: 3.5mm analog | Frequency response: 13Hz-27,000Hz | Features: Detachable noise-cancelling mic, in-line cable controls

Powerful but clear sound

Bombproof build quality

No detachable cable

Flimsy inline controls

Bearing the fruits of HyperX Cloud’s long legacy of excellence, the newest Cloud Alpha presents excellent sound and build quality with the essential features done well, and no feature-flab inflating the price. The stereo soundscape in this closed-back design is punchier in the low end than we’d usually go for, but the extra bass doesn’t interfere with overall clarity—and frankly, in games and music environments, it sounds great. Each 50mm driver’s dual chamber design is intended to give low, medium and high frequencies space to resonate without interfering with each other, and you do get a sense of that while listening to them.

Elsewhere it’s the usual impressive build quality, generous padding, clear mic and high comfort levels over longer play sessions that the Cloud design has always offered. The inline controls are the only exception to that rule—they feel flimsy by comparison to the rest of the package. We recommend the Alpha over the Cloud II (only just) because of the better frequency response range, although there’s very little separating the two models.

Read the full review: HyperX Cloud Alpha

2. Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

Wireless: No | Drivers: 40mm neodymium | Connectivity: USB, optical, 3.5mm analog | Frequency response: 10Hz-40,000Hz | Features: Retractable noise-cancelling mic, DTS Headphone:X 2.0, RGB

Tasteful RGB lighting

Handy GameDAC controls

Cables feel fragile

Slightly overpriced

High-res audio is on the up thanks to lossless streaming from Tidal et al, and games such as Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus offering full support. The Arctis Pro GameDAC makes full use of that crystalline high-res sound with a 5Hz-40KHz frequency response range—a spec that also makes the drivers sound great for everyday compressed audio usage. So, if you’re planning to use a gaming headset for watching videos and TV on your PC, or music, this is a great choice.

The GameDAC itself is a combination of a digital-to-analog converter that takes the strain away from your CPU, a preamp, and a control center. With a press of its button and a roll of the dial, DTS Headphone-X surround can be enabled or disabled, chat/game mix tweaked, and EQ settings perfected. The subtle ring around each earcup on these cans ticks the RGB box without ruining the overall aesthetic. Our only reservations with the GameDAC model are that it requires an adapter for smartphone usage, and that its cables feel cheaper than a $250 headset should.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC

3. SteelSeries Arctis 9X

Wireless: Yes | Drivers: 40mm neodymium | Connectivity: Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth, 3.5mm analog | Frequency response: 20Hz-22,000Hz | Features: SteelEngine 3 compatibility, ClearCast retractable bidirectional mic, 20-hour battery life, Windows Sonic support