Here’s the situation, you’ve been playing for a few years now, and your confidence in the old headset is starting to get a little tired. Now seems like a good time to switch to a wireless gaming headset.
So today, we’re going to dive into five popular gaming headsets to see which one is worth your hard-earned greenbacks.
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SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless Gaming Headset
Let’s start with the SteelSeries Arctis 7. For about $120 on Amazon, this is one of the most affordable helmets in the current lineup. It comes with the necessary charging and audio input cables, as well as a remote receiver to extend your wireless range. The range of these headphones is the best of all the headphones we’ve tested in our range. It managed to get out of the building and through most of the parking lot before dropping the signal. Not bad! On the back of this receiver, there’s a line in and line out. You can use the line input for sound from a second source such as your phone and the output for your computer speakers, which turn off automatically when you turn on your wireless headset. This eliminates the need to play through the menu on the playback device. Big win!
When it comes to the listening experience, Arctis 7 is a great performer. Although there is a noticeable drop at the upper and lower ends of the frequency range. That’s pretty easy to explain with the Steel Series Engine Software EQ. For gaming, the 7.1 virtualization is very good, with clear directionality to the enemy’s movements in the game, but as far as chatting is concerned, well, the microphone exists, but it’s not going to win any prizes. It does, however, have a very practical retraction mechanism. So that’s good, I guess.
The headband offers a lot of adjustment possibilities, but the pressure around the ears is a bit strong, especially for long sessions.
All in all, the Arctis 7s didn’t impress us too much, but they’re definitely passable.
Corsair Virtuoso Wireless RGB
Moving on. Feast your eyes on this, the Corsair Virtuoso Wireless RGB. They’re pretty expensive, but they got the looks to match. Check out the image attached below to immerse yourself into it’s subtle RGB encased in the machine aluminum accents.
The big ear cuffs are comfy and actually didn’t end up getting too hot during use, which is something that occasionally can be a problem with leatherette cups. There’s also a fully removable microphone. A nice touch if you have a stand-mounted microphone for streaming, for example.
The range is reported to be 60 feet, but our tests put it closer to 20-25 feet, which actually is the worst of the bunch, but I am happy to see USB-C making an appearance in this wireless gaming headset. As for gaming, the Virtuoso RGB’s have great imaging. This makes it super easy to focus in on targets you hear. However, the sound profile is all over the place. The bass drops off toward the end of the range but is weirdly jacked up in the low mid-range.
So it’s really boomy out of the box. However, the Clear Chat EQ preset in the companion IQ software actually does a remarkable job of remedying this. And with some additional tweaking, we ended up really pleased with the headset as a whole. Good job, Corsair. Maybe just throw a better tune on this thing out the box, and yeah, happiness!
Next up, we have the most expensive wireless gaming headset in the lineup – the Astro A50. The big appeal with the A50’s is the fancy wireless charging cradle/dock ordeal. Not only does it charging a snap, literally, there’s also a huge array of IO on the back, including optical.
But watch out because other than the micro-b charging port, there’s no IO on the headset at all. So you cannot connect it to any other devices unless you use the dock. That applies to wireless or wired. Our A50s are PC and PS4 compatible, and there’s also a PC/Xbox version if that’s your console of choice. As for how they sound, though, well look, they sound good, okay? Quite good, actually.
They have a nice, clear response through the entire range, particularly up top, but they aren’t actually the best sounding headset in this list, in our opinion. And for the price this command, that’s a major sin in my eyes anyway. This is really comfortable, though. I really, really want to love them. They are really comfortable, and they are easy for day to day usage, and the fact that there’s an Xbox version is awesome. You don’t always see that. By the way, we’re working on a video where we check out all the different game streaming services that are coming out now, like GeForce Now, Project xCloud, and PS Now, so make sure you’re subscribed, so you don’t miss out. But for gaming specifically, I’m gonna have to recommend my next set of headphones, incidentally from the parent company of Astro, Logitech.
Logitech G935 With 7.1 Surround Sound
Let’s get one thing out of the way here first. The G935 series headsets from Logitech are not perfect. The creak a little on the twist, and their relatively big design may not be for everybody. So why is this our favorite headset of the bunch? Well, they’re priced incredibly well.
They’re comfortable with these big plush ear cups, and they just sound fantastic. The 50 mm drivers make their presence known with a full and deep low range while still doing pretty well up top, with only a mild drop off in the very high end of the range and with a mild EQ tune-up, they sound just stellar with music. When it comes to gaming, however, make sure to use the profile switching feature to enable surround sound.
The DTS codec and surround sound emulation do an incredible job imaging in-games. Just be aware the processing affects music to the degree that is noticeable, but as long as you’re actually using the automatic switching, you’re good to go. The G-hub software gives you a ton of options for programming the three G buttons on the back of the headset for lighting, sound, or IO presets, and of course, there’s RGB. Even though it’s all on the back of the headset where it’s not visible to your stream viewers or audience and if no one can see your RGB, does it really exist? Features like the tip-up microphone mute are great to see as are the hidden dongle rowdy and user-replaceable battery.
HyperX Cloud Flight
Finally, we have the HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headset. Wow, are these headphones over-amplified. The highs are way over modulated and so is the upper bass range with the noticeable dip in the mids, and since the 270-megabyte software actually contains nothing useful, the only way to make these sound better was to install Equalizer APO, a free equalizer which actually got them to a totally reasonable level.
Very listenable, that doesn’t mean ill forgive the lack of effort HyperX put into the overall user and listening experience here, though. For a measly $94 relative to all the other ones in the group, I can understand it, but it feels like an incomplete product, and our similarly priced other options here are just better buys.
Our gold medal of the best wireless gaming headset for 2020 goes to these creaky Logitech G935’s as the best value, especially with a good EQ applied.