The Best Gaming Headsets of 2018 as reviewed by BIILT.
The right and good gaming headset would make all the difference between a clutch, well-coordinated last-minute play, and a crushing defeat. A good headset should also be comfortable enough to never take them off mid-game. However, the most essential and obvious quality to have is sound quality. It should have a rumbling base, pinpoint surround-sound and decent noise-canceling. Ultimately, superior audio is the most important factor.
We ranked these gaming headsets around sound quality. While our second consideration is its value for money, we believe in guiding gamers to get the premium audio experience at a price point that is affordable. The third consideration, comfort. It would certainly be a hindrance if one needs to keep taking off their gaming headsets just to rest their ears. The last factor would be additional features. For example, Bluetooth connectivity, the ability to charge wireless gaming headsets whilst gaming, or even the ability to customize EQ options.
Here are BIILT’s top recommendations for each gaming headset in its respective categories.
Best Wireless Gaming Headset and Best Overall: SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019
Photo Credits: Arctis 7. Retrieved from SteelSeries, URL: https://steelseries.com/gaming-headsets/arctis-7
Cost: US$179.99, SG$249.90
Frequency Response: 20-20k Hz
Features: Retractable noise canceling mic, DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is one of the best and most versatile headsets out there. It unanimously outclasses many of the gaming headsets in the market. Flawless wireless functionality is just the tip of the iceberg for the SteelSeries Arctis 7. Moreover, this headset boasts remarkable sound and in-depth EQ customisability features available through the SteelSeries software. Additionally, the surround sound packs an immersive, directional punch, and music sounds highly remarkable. Thus, with appropriate EQ profile setting, the headset’s vast potential can be unlocked to provide an immense sound experience.
Lastly, it is also extremely comfortable. It packs an innovative headband that makes finding a perfect fit dead simple, thanks to the upgraded ear cups and an adjustable head strap. However, there is one pet peeve that we have with the headphone. The headphone actually requires some tinkering to show its full capabilities and is not ready for gaming right out of the box, which may be cumbersome for some gamers.
Ultimately, its perks far outweigh its small shortcomings. Thus, the Arctis 7 is our choice for the best overall and best wireless gaming headset.
Best High-End Gaming Headset: SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
Photo Credits: Arctis Pro Wireless. Retrieved from SteelSeries, URL: https://steelseries.com/gaming-headsets/arctis-pro-wireless
Cost: US$349.99, SG$559.00
Frequency response: 10Hz – 40k Hz
Features: Retractable noise-canceling mic, interchangeable rechargeable batteries w/ base station, DTS Headphone:X 2.0
The pinnacle of wireless gaming, and if not for its high price point, it would be a must have for every gamer. The sound on the Arctis Pro is natural, balanced, and clear, without over-optimizing any of the different elements present. The surround sound is done well, and immersion could be increase without forsaking too much competitive edge.
Moreover, the gaming headsets are remarkably light, considering what is inside them. It is also extremely convenient to change batteries quickly. Simply plug the depleted ones to the base station to charge, and pop the charged one out so that you never need to stop gaming or plug the headset in. The base station is easily controllable as well. EQ presets, virtual surround, chat mix can all be adjusted easily with only a few simple taps.
However, what we dislike is the cumbersome desktop set up. Pairing it to mobile was a simple breeze, but once the base and desktop was involved, things started to be difficult.
This is one headset we would rush to get but the only huge downside is its hefty price. However, the Arctis Pro Wireless rightly deserves its price. It deserves to be crowned the best high-end gaming headset.
Best Gaming Headset for PC: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum
Photo Credits: Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset. Retrieved from Digitalhub, URL: https://digitalhub.com.sg/product/logitech-g933-artemis-spectrum-wireless-7-1-surround-sound-gaming-headset/
Cost: US$200, SG$299.00
Frequency response: 20-20k Hz
Features: Light sync RGB, noise-canceling boom mic, custom sound profiles, custom commands, DTS Headphone:X 7.1
Comfortable, great value and great sound. The Star Wars-esque looking headset feels as good as it looks with its large ear-cups, plush headband and a light fit combined. And the sound quality heard, is right up there with how it felt. With an incredible sound stage, the G933s delivered remarkable sound with out of the world in-game precision. This headset is the one to get if you’re a hardcore multiplayer FPS gamer. It’s the perfect fit for games like Call of Duty and CS:GO. Its sound-tracking is world class and can really provide the gamer with a competitive edge in FPS games.
The surround sound and EQ customisability with the Logitech software is simple and excellent as well. The fold-able mic sounded clear and great and would give the Sennheiser’s a run for its money.
However, what we dislike about this amazing headset is that it just misses on its mark on build quality. It doesn’t entirely feel cheap, but the plastic did have a modicum of squeak when it was flexed. Overall, it’s an outstanding work and it’s a great option to have if you want to use your ears like Shroud in PUBG to complement your reflexes.
Best Budget Gaming Option: Corsair HS50
Photo Credits: HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset – Carbon. Retrieved from Corsair, URL: https://www.corsair.com/ww/en/Color/hs50-config-na/p/CA-9011170-NA
Cost: US$50, SG$109.00
Frequency response: 20-20k Hz
Features: Customization via Corsair Utility Engine, Virtual 7.1 surround sound on PC, Bluetooth connectivity
A gamer focused budget headset that looks and feel way out of their price range. Everything, down to the build radiates quality. It has a subtle visual for a gaming headset, but it is elegant, and the sound produced by it is astonishing. It gave many headphones which double its cost a run for their money in terms of sound and mic quality. The HS50’s sound stage is bright and balanced. The stereo drivers do a more than adequate job of letting us know whenever an enemy is nearby in a multiplayer FPS game. This budget headset handles movies and music extremely well too. It is also comfortable due to its super plush, faux-leather cups.
But here come the pain points. The headset is limited to a 3.5mm analog connection, which could potentially cause sketchy feedback hums. And, the headset is sold purely for its utility and not features. It does the basic job incredibly well and does not include anything extra.
Overall, the Corsair HS50 is value for money, sounds great and is a pleasure to wear. Moreover, if you’re not planning to go pro, this is the best budget gaming headset for you.
Ultimately, there is no perfect headset. It all boils down to the gamers’ budget and purpose. Personal preference and brand loyalty play a huge part as well. But do consider our criteria before proceeding to purchase a headset, or at least to include them into your research plans.
Audio’s settled but what about the visuals?
Perfect visuals and audio are needed to successfully climb the leader board rankings of FPS games like CS:GO. Wanna excel? You’ve got to get a decent gaming monitor. Hence, we recommend reading more on BIILT’s recommended gaming monitors here!