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TOP 8 best gaming headsets in 2021. Photo: Tomsguide

The best gaming headsets can turn a video game from a fun distraction into a fully immersive experience. While cheap headphones may technically play a game’s sound, a great gaming headset can highlight important noises, deliver rich music, let you customize your soundscape for different applications, and communicate with your teammates with a high-quality mic.

Read on to find out how you can improve your overall gaming experience with one of the best gaming headsets.

1. Razer Blackshark V2

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Photo: Phongcachxanh

It doesn't matter if you've got $500 budget or a $50 one, the Razer BlackShark V2 is worth considering. The sub-$100 range for gaming headsets is pretty much the most competitive part of the whole market. It's a space littered with very good and great options that pair accurate audio with lots of great features.

Wireless: No | Drivers: 50mm Razer TriForce Titanium | Connectivity: 3.5mm, USB soundcard | Frequency response: 12Hz - 28,000Hz | Features: Detachable noise-cancelling mic, in-line cable controls | Weight: 262g - $89.56

Dethroning the HyperX Cloud Alpha from the top spot wasn't an easy job. Razer's Blackshark V2 gaming headsets manages to do just that by offering killer audio quality, great price, and easy-to-use software. The 50mm TriForce Titanium drivers are designed with discrete ports to separate bass, mid, tremble tones from interfering with each other. The result is a richer sound and keeps it on par with HyperX's 50mm dual-chamber neodymium driver headset.

The $100 price point is not a big financial ask for anyone who wants a quality gaming headset. The Blackshark V2 Pro's recent release gives players a wireless option though, $180 seems a bit steep, Pcgamer noted.

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2. HyperX Cloud II Wireless

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Photo: Tinhte

Wireless: Yes | Drivers: Dynamic, 53mm with neodymium magnets | Connectivity: USB Dongle | Frequency response: 15Hz-20kHz | Features: Detachable mic | Weight : 300g | Battery Life: 30 hours - $79.99

Bearing the fruits of HyperX Cloud's long legacy of excellence, the Cloud IIs presents excellent sound and build quality with the essential features done well and no feature-flab inflating the price. This closed-back design's stereo soundscape is punchier in the low end than we'd usually go for. Still, the extra bass doesn't interfere with overall clarity—and frankly, in games and music environments, it sounds great. The 53mm with neodymium magnets 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 II design has always offered.

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless are great for wireless gaming. They're well-built, comfortable enough for long gaming sessions, and have low audio latency via their non-Bluetooth wireless dongle. Their continuous battery life lasts over 30 hours, and their mic can record your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. However, their companion software also only offers limited features and it doesn't have an EQ to help tweak their sound, Rtings reviews.

3. Xbox Wireless Headset

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Photo: Baoquangninh

Compatibility: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, mobile | Drivers: 40mm | Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz | Wireless: Yes - $99.99

The Xbox Wireless Headset is exactly what the name suggests: a wireless headset that works particularly well with Xbox consoles. Whether you have an Xbox Series X, an Xbox Series S, an Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC with an Xbox controller adapter, this headset can provide fantastic sound with a simple pairing procedure. Not only that: the Xbox Wireless Headset supports Bluetooth as well, meaning that you can listen to music or take calls on your phone while you game.

Unlike some of its competitors, the Xbox Wireless Headset won't work with a PS5 or a Switch at all, which means it's not a great choice for gamers who own multiple consoles. Getting a comfortable fit can also be troublesome. But for the price, the Xbox Wireless Headset offers terrific features, a streamlined interface and a stylish design, Tomsguide cited.

4. Corsair HS60 Haptic

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Photo: Meftech

Interface: Wired (USB) - $129.99

Features: haptic bass powered by Taction Technology, custom-tuned 50mm neodymium audio drivers, noise-cancelling unidirectional mic.

Easily one of the best headsets we've ever used, the Corsair HS60 Haptic boasts haptic feedback so that you can feel every single bass note, putting you right in the middle of all the action. It actually feels like you’ve just strapped a subwoofer comfortably to your head, and that’s without compromising the sound quality.

With no Bluetooth or wireless radio connection to worry about, this isn’t a surprise. For those who enjoy multiplayer campaigns with friends, that mic not only provides incredibly clear voice input, but also comes with a few onboard controls for mic muting, volume and haptic intensity. Best of all, while this isn’t the cheapest headsets out there, it’s also not expensive, making it a great value for your money.

5. Logitech G Pro X Wireless

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Photo: Rtings

Interface: Wireless, Features: up to 20h battery life, Detachable mic with foam windscreen, 1.8m USB A to USB C charging cable - 199.99$

Wireless headphones are no longer plagued with latency, with such releases as the Logitech G Pro X Lightspeed setting a higher standard for wireless audio. One of the best gaming headsets out there, this pair of cans gives you wireless freedom alongside low latency, robust build quality and, most importantly, excellent sound. It also boasts up to 20 hours of battery life, and a wireless range of up to 13m. Its microphone could be better, and it could also be cheaper. However, if you have the cash (and you don’t use the mic that much anyway), this one’s a shoo-in, Techradar regarded.

6. Steelseries Arctis 9X

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Photo: IGN

Wireless: Yes | Drivers: 40mm neodymium drivers | Connectivity: Wireless via USB, 3.5mm wired, Bluetooth | Frequency response: 20Hz-22,000Hz | Features: Retractable noise cancelling mic, DTS Headphone:X, 7.1 surround - 199.99$

We like best about the Arctis 9X because you can easily forget it’s a wireless model while you’re using it. There’s none of the muddiness or audio artifacts that have historically ruined the party for wireless headsets. The added Bluetooth compatibility means that you can use this headset on your mobile devices, too, perfect is you plan on gaming on your phone or tablet.

The great battery life clocks in at over 20 hours out of the box; you can keep playing while you charge, too, simply by connecting the headset to your PC with a USB cable.

The distinctive ski goggle headband is really effective at keeping the weight of the headset away from your head, and even after playing for hours, we’ve never felt it digging in.

7. Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero
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Driver: 50mm Nanoclear, Frequency response: 12Hz -20,000Hz, Wireless: Yes, Weight: 870g, Battery life: 30 hours, Mic type: Detachable boom - 149.95 $

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero should be one of the very first gaming headsets PC gamers consider when shopping for an upgrade. The reason for this is not just the hardware package the headset delivers, which partners a future-industrial, understated and mature aesthetic with the high-end build quality and top-rate audio reproduction, but the fact that it then allows audiophile-level customization through the Turtle Beach Control Studio Windows application.

The Turtle Beach Control Studio aesthetically looks a bit old-fashioned (it reminded T3 of Hi-Fi software from the turn of the century), with sliders, buttons and toggles left, right and center, along with tabs, settings, and more. However, the control it grants over the Elite Atlas Aero is truly first-rate, with everything from treble, bass and dialogue levels, through mic variables, noise and volume, and onto high-level features like Superhuman Hearing and 3D Audio tweakable, T3 Blog noted.

8. Lucidsound LS50X

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Photo: Owo-7Top

Speaker size: 50mmFrequency response: 20 - 20,000 HzWeight: 408gWireless: YesWireless range: 30ftMic type: BoomBattery life: 20 hours - $189.99

LucidSound is one of T3's favorite gaming headset makers thanks to its ability to deliver top-draw audio reproduction and stylish, comfortable builds at attractive price points – and the LS50X, which works with both the new-gen Xbox Series X and S consoles, as well as all Xbox One consoles, does nothing to knock that reputation.

The LucidSound LS50X will work with both your current Xbox One console and your new Xbox Series X or S, and you'll be up and gaming in 10 seconds, it really is that fast. There's a flexible, removable boom mic, with the ability to cancel out background noise and echoes, plus five EQ modes to pick.

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