The best gaming headsets are on sale this holiday season, and we're here to help you find the best deals on a new pair of cans. Peripherals like headsets are in the perfect price range to make great gifts as we head into the holidays, plus they can be great compliments to make sure you're getting the most out of the best gaming PCs as you upgrade.
Headsets make for a perfect way to get high-quality audio without spending big on a surround sound setup, plus they're borderline necessary if you live in a crowded place. Some also come with nice extras, like noise cancellation, which you can't get on speakers or soundbars. And the built-in microphones make for an easy way to communicate with teammates and coworkers.
Some content even sounds better on headsets than any other kind of listening device. Take ASMR, which is often recorded with binaural microphones meant to mimic the human ear. Listening to this type of content on a good headset can make it sound like the speaker is right there in the room with you.
All these benefits and use cases mean there are a lot of different types of headsets out there, so we're making this list to help you separate the good from the bad as you shop for a gaming headset deal.
Specs to Look For: Gaming Headset Deals
Wired or Wireless? - Wireless lag arguably doesn't matter as much for headsets as it does for other gaming peripherals, since the only input you'll be making with them is via your voice. Still, it's never fun to have lag so extreme that your audio and video are out of sync. With more wireless headsets communicating over 2.4GHz and above, that's now less of a concern, but you'll pay more for the privilege.
Active or Passive Noise Cancellation? - There are actually two kinds of noise cancellation out there. Passive noise cancellation is similar to what earplugs or some earmuffs will give you, in that the headset's construction naturally blocks outside noise. Active noise cancellation, meanwhile, uses microphones on the outside of the headset to produce an inverse sound signal to cancel unwanted noise out.
Type of microphone - Microphones built into headsets usually won't cut it for professional, stream-quality audio, but most are still plenty good for conversing with teammates and coworkers. The best of the best here are boom mics, with some having a bidirectional pickup pattern and others favoring unidirectional or even omnidirectional pickup patterns. Which will work best for you depends on your setup, so you'll also want to look into bass pickup and general quality, as well as bonus features like being able to store the microphone inside the headset or mute it just by flipping it up.
Haptic feedback - Haptic feedback is a rare feature starting to make its way into some higher-end headsets. Think of it as rumble, but more advanced and for your head. This can provide greater immersion, and with the right software, can also accurately recreate the feeling of certain in-game events, like bullets flying over you. It's not to everyone's taste, but keep an eye out for it if you like to adopt new features early.
Gaming Headset Deals: Quick Links
- Amazon: Razer, HyperX headsets starting at $30
- Best Buy: Save up to $70 on Razer, Logitech, Astro headsets
- Razer: Up to $105 off Razer headsets
- Newegg: Up to 49% off Corsair, Logitech gaming headsets
Best Gaming Headset Deals
Razer Kaira Pro Wireless Headset: was $149, now $99 at Amazon
This is an Xbox branded and colored headset that will still work with PCs and essentially takes Razer's 50mm Triforce drivers and Hyperclear supercardioid mic and makes them wireless. It's also compatible with Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth, plus has an on-earcup mic and on-earcup EQ controls
Razer Kraken X: was $49, now $29 at Amazon
This basic wired gaming headset from Razer is a few generations behind, but still comes with 7.1 surround sound and is light on the head at 250g. Its memory foam cushions and headband padding also help its over ear form factor sit easy on the head, and its mic has the common and reliable cardioid pickup pattern. It comes in 2 colors.
Razer Kraken Tournament Edition: was $99, now $49 at Amazon
This esports version of the Razer Kraken boasts many of the same specs as the standard version, but has a snazzy green paintjob option and now has an in-line audio control box. Alongside 50mm drivers and 7.1 surround sound, you'll also get a DAC and a retractable active noise cancelling microphone.
Razer BlackShark V2 X: was $59, now $34 at Amazon
The wired BlackShark V2 X expands on the Kraken X by using Razer's 50mm Triforce drivers, the same used in its most recent Kraken refreshes, plus adding in passive noise cancellation and cutting the weight down to 240g. It still has a cardioid mic and 7.1 surround sound, and it comes in 5 colors.
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless: was $179, now $129 at Amazon
This is a wireless, pro version of the BlackShark V2. It ups the game on its predecessor with Hyperspeed wirless connectivity (the same kind used in Razer's wireless mice) and a detachable supercardioid mic. It also comes with the same 50mm Triforce drivers and 7.1 surround sound, and can be used wired via a removable 3.5mm jack.
Razer Barracuda X: was $99, now $69 at Amazon
The Barracuda X is a wireless headset that aims for simplicity across multiple devices. It's got 2.4GHz connectivity, a 250g lightweight design, 40mm Triforce drivers, on-headset controls and a detachable cardioid mic. You can also use it wired via a 3.5mm jack.
Razer Kraken BT Kitty Edition: was $99, now $79 at Amazon
A favorite of streamers, the obvious appeal for this headset is the kitty ear design and the Chroma RGB capability. Nonetheless, it's got 40mm drivers, can connect via Bluetooth 5.0 and has 2 beamforming mics that won't be as accurate as boom mics but are still strong thanks to clever signal processing. Razer also boasts a low latency "gaming mode" with about 40ms of lag.
Corsair HS60 Haptic: was $129, now $99 at Amazon
This version of the HS60 has all the amenities of the pro version (7.1 surround sound, aluminum yokes, on-ear controls and adjustable memory foam earcups), plus "Taction Technology" haptics that claims to give you "bass you can feel." It has 50mm drivers and a detachable noise cancelling mic.
HyperX Cloud Alpha: was $99, now $80 at Amazon
The HyperX Cloud Alpha has unique 50mm dual chamber drivers that claim to physically separate mids, highs and bass for more distinction and less distortion. It also comes with a detachable active noise cancelling microphone, an in-line audio control box and a durable aluminum frame.
HyperX Cloud II Wireless: was $149, now $142 at Amazon
The wireless version of the Cloud II Wireless adds 2.4GHz connectivity to the Cloud II and not much else. You'll get the same 53mm drivers, 7.1 surround sound, passive noise cancelling earcups and active noise cancelling detachable mic. Also new here is an LED the lights up when your mic is muted, plus in-ear monitoring for your mic output.
Logitech G335: was $69, now $49 at Amazon
The G335 is a basic wired gaming headset from Logitech, with a lightweight 240g design, a snazzy looking adjustable suspension headband and a flip-up boom microphone. The drivers are 40mm, the volume controls are on the headset and you can mute the mic just by flipping it up. It comes in 3 colors.
Best Productivity Headset Deals
Not all headsets are built for gaming. Here's some listening and productivity headset deals.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II: was $329, now $279 at Best Buy
This Bose headset is marketed for gaming, but maintains the best the QuietComfort 35 II has to offer. It maintains the active noise cancelling tech Bose is known for, plus adds in a detachable noise rejecting microphone. It connects via Bluetooth, 3.5mm or USB via the included desktop controller. The controller allows volume control and mic monitoring.
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