Top 5 Gaming Headsets

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - March 5th, 2021
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Today we’re taking a look at the best in PC Gaming Headsets, with options from Razer, SteelSeries, Logitech G, Corsair, Cooler Master, Sennheiser EPOS, HyperX, Turtle Beach & Astro all vying for the top spots. Our lineup focuses on choices with premium features, while also considering value.

A good gaming headset is more than just good sound coming out, it's got to have a great microphone for communication with the team - essential for quality Valheim & COD shenanigans. It must be comfortable as well to be the very best - comfort can be a bit of a tricky one though with all of our heads being slightly different sizes and shapes so we've focused on lightweight designs with good ear cups to keep this list on target for pleasing the majority.

Some of the headphones in our list are part of a series, with wired and wireless options, various colours, more affordable versions and so on, whenever possible we’ll include quick links to those too.

With each headset below we've included a few little bullet points covering some essential specs, volume control and microphone are pretty self-explanatory but Frequency Response and Driver Size warrant a little more information.

What is the Frequency Response? Most headsets list this on the box and this indicates the range of sounds that the headset can accurately reproduce without distortion, the normal human hearing range is said to be 20 - 20000Hz so the best ones will start low and end high, there are plenty of Hz tests on YouTube if you want to get an idea of your personal Hz hearing range.

What are Headphone Drivers? This part of the headset that converts the electrical signal into sound, best described as the speaker within your headset. Bigger units are typically better, and in the high end headphone space we sometimes see they also say "Neodymium" which is a rare earth metal often used to reduce the weight while enjoying higher sensitivity and sound output.

With those technical specifics addressed, let's take a look at our 2021 picks for the best in gaming headphones!

1. Razer BlackShark v2 Pro Wireless Gaming Headset

  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Frequency Response: 12-28,000 Hz
  • Volume Control: On earcup
  • Microphone: Removable, gooseneck boom arm
  • Battery Life: up to 24 hours
  • Weight: 320 grams
  • Connector: USB Dongle

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless is a top rated gaming headset with extremely good audio output and input, surprisingly, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro does not feature Razer Chroma RGB Lighting. The microphone is excellent, it enjoys more noise rejection from the sides compared to others, while providing a significantly more accurate recreation of your voice than most, it has a sensitive low frequency response and an open microphone housing designed for minimal obstruction.

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro also includes titanium-coated diaphragms, giving added clarity to any vocals you hear so that any comms you receive is always crisp and clear. This wireless headset is designed to shut out noise by using special closed ear cups that fully cover your ears, aided by plush cushions that form a perfect seal for greater sound isolation.

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It's a comfortable wireless experience, with a superior microphone
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Surprisingly, the BlackShark V2 Pro does not use Razer CHROMA RGB
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The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is a sleek, high quality headset

An updated breathable weave minimises sweat and heat build-up generated by skin contact, while the ultra-soft foam’s improved density greatly reduces the headset’s clamping force. Razer have patented the design which allowed their engineers to custom tune each driver as though there are three, allowing for the individual replications of high, mid and low audio frequencies to deliver on richer trebles, brighter sound and thunderous bass.

THX ready, the BlackShark V2 Pro can use game profiles to aid in-game awareness with next-gen surround sound that provides pinpoint positional accuracy and accurate directional acoustics. You can apply custom-tuned profiles that enhance existing sound design in your favorite games and choose between THX Environmental Mode for truly lifelike immersion, or THX Competitive Mode for hunting footsteps.

The Razer BlackShark Pro V2 is part of an impressive family of gaming headsets, check out the full range in the Razer Store for options to suit all budgets!

2. EPOS GSP 370 Wireless Gaming Headset

  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Volume Control: On earcup
  • Microphone: Adjustable boom arm
  • Battery Life: up to 100 hours
  • Weight: 285 grams
  • Connector: USB Dongle

It is easy to assume that a set of headphones this cushioned are going to be heavy, yet the Sennheiser EPOS GSP 370 is amongst the lightest. This closed-back gaming headset is powered by Sennheiser’s high-end acoustic technology, which delivers Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, wirelessly. The headset features a firm microphone with a lift-to-mute flexible boom arm, and it's the only headset on our list with that extremely convenient feature.

The GSP 370 wireless gaming headset delivers reliable, lag-free audio with up to 100 hours of play on a single charge. The partner developed the EPOS Gaming Suite provides more control over your game audio than most with a full equalizer, noise control settings, microphone tuning, surround sound settings and more, so advanced users may tweak their sound and create a perfect audio experience, tailored for them.

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Sennheiser EPOS GSP 370 Wireless Gaming Headphones are great for big heads
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They're super comfortable too, with a lot of soft padding
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The boom mic can be flipped up for quick and easy mute

The EPOS GSP 370 Wireless Gaming Headset features memory foam ear pads offer a best-in-class acoustic seal for excellent passive noise attenuation to allow for total focus on the game without being interrupted by outside sound, the superior fit is further assured by a clever ball-joint hinge that makes it easy to perfectly angle the speakers to suit your face shape. The luxurious ear pads have been designed in accordance with Sennheiser's dedicated research into the ergonomics of the human ear for superior comfort - even for extremely long gaming sessions.

The EPOS collaboration has improved some already great Sennheiser options, check out the EPOS Store to see more of the latest options!

3. HyperX Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset

  • Drivers: 53mm
  • Frequency Response: 15 - 20,000Hz
  • Volume Control: On earcup
  • Microphone: Removable, gooseneck boom arm
  • Battery Life: up to 30 hours
  • Weight: 309 grams
  • Connector: USB Dongle

The new HyperX Cloud II Wireless Gaming Headset was built to be an ultra-comfortable gaming headset with amazing sound.

It feels so familiar because the HyperX Cloud II wired version has been super popular for years - and this new wireless version features the same lush memory foam, premium leatherette and lamping force to create a headset that's comfortable through long gaming sessions. It's no wonder that the Cloud II became the go-to gaming headset for gamers around the world.

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The detachable mic makes the Cloud II wireless better for those watching movies or listening to music
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The volume roller is very smooth with a nice infinity scroll
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Attach the mic and your HyperX Cloud II Wireless is ready to get into some great co-op gaming

The aluminum band is both durable and flexible, built to last. The high quality of the headset means you’ll be ready to play, day in and day out. The detachable microphone is great, making the Cloud II wireless even more accessible for those watching movies and listening to tunes, 7.1 can be toggled on for improved positional audio and an expanded sense of space.

Although it’s wireless and needs to house the batteries inside, the new Cloud II comes in weighing less than it’s wired version, the full range is pretty awesome and you can check it all out in the HyperX Store today!

4. Logitech Lightspeed G733 Wireless Gaming Headset

  • Drivers: 40mm
  • Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000Hz
  • Volume Control: On earcup
  • Microphone: Removable, Adjustable boom arm
  • Battery Life: up to 29 hours (20 hours with RGB)
  • Weight: 278 grams
  • Connector: USB Dongle

Just a quick side note, the YouTube videos the various brands make for their gaming headsets sound soooo good on a good headset - and this new Logitech G733 Wireless Gaming Headset range sure is a fun one to watch too.

These latest Logitech G headsets are super light, very comfortable, and sound excellent. They come in a range of colours, gaming mice options are available to match but the black and white enjoy matching with new Lightspeed wireless keyboards as well - but what does lightspeed mean for users? "Lightspeed" identifies the new USB dongle that can connect a bunch of different gaming gears to your PC, cutting down on wireless dongle cable clutter, but this is different from the "unify" dongle with older logitech products, so bare in mind that new works with new, old with old.

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With RGB off the Logitech G733 has a battery life at around 29 hours
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The mic is removable too, making the G733 ideal for watching movies and enjoying music too
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Turn the RGB on and you'll lose some battery life, but it's still an impressive 20 hours

The G733 takes the spot as our favourite largely due to the shape of the earcups, very low weight and excellent software integration, but a hot contended for best headset has to be the Logitech PRO X Wireless which has a really great microphone, but it does weigh in a bit more at 320g, best advice is to check out the full range of Logitech G to see them both!

5. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless Gaming Headset

  • Drivers: 40mm (neodymium)
  • Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000Hz
  • Volume Control: On earcup
  • Microphone: Retractable gooseneck arm
  • Battery Life: up to 10 hours per battery (2x batteries included)
  • Weight: 278 grams
  • Connector: USB Base Station with Battery Recharger

Available in a range of models, the SteelSeries Arctis Gaming family is a lightweight headset designed to work across multiple platforms and provide you with the comfort needed for long gaming sessions.

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless a premium option capable of impressive 7.1 surround sound on a Windows 10 PC, software installation and account registration are required to access all the settings, but once you do the next generation of DTS' renowned surround sound, headphone:X v2.0, immerses you in the action by delivering incredibly accurate positional cues without sounding like you're in a tunnel, so you can lose yourself in the game as the audio comes to life all around you.

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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro is the only headset on our list with a retractable mic
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The wireless transmitter has easy to use controls and a battery recharge slot
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Microphone in for a glorious clean look, SteelSeries design at its best

This top tier gaming headset has airweave ear cushions that stay cool and dry. When you need to change audio settings, reach up to the on-ear controls for quick and easy access. The retractable microphone design is more convenient than the removable options above. To tackle battery life the SteelSeries team have included two batteries, and a re-charger built into the USB wireless base station, this allows for very quick swapping when one is running low, used correctly it's like having infinite wireless battery.

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is a feature-rich gaming headset, a real treat for those with the budget to afford it. Check out the massive range of options available in the mighty SteelSeries Store!

Wow what a list!

Every Gaming Headset above is excellent, but which one is perfect for you is going to depend on the shape of your head, and how much you're wanting to spend. We'll continue to update the list with more new options as they arrive with us in New Zealand, so be sure to keep your eyes on Hardwired news for more of the latest and best!


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Darthfishpaste

I'm surprised the Astro A50 didn't make it; it is fairly pricey but trying it in store I was almost immediately tempted to grab a pair simply by how comfortable it felt compared to any other headphone I'd ever tried.

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