They say you can’t buy happiness, but if you invest in the best wireless gaming headset, you’ll not only be able to get up from your chair without cable-related whiplash, but you’ll also be able to waltz away from your desk and make a cup of coffee without interrupting your tunes.
If that isn’t happiness, I don’t know what is.
Now you’ve got that image in your head, I bet you’re wondering: what makes a good wireless headset? Because if you’re going to go cordless, you’ll want to make sure to invest in equipment that won’t make you regret that decision.
The features that really matter are great battery life and a flawless wireless connection, up to a reasonable distance obviously. We also expect nothing less of the best wireless gaming headsets than we do the best gaming headsets: excellent audio and a competitive price go a long way here, too.
These wire-free headsets aren’t too costly, either. Our top choice, the HyperX Cloud II Wireless, can be found for just $150 in some places, so it strikes a perfect balance between performance and cost. The Corsair HS70 is an excellent budget headset that can be found for under $100, too.
Of course, you could spend a whole lot more on fancy greebles like RGBs, or tech that does backflips, but it’s reassuring that you don’t necessarily have to.
If you’re a serious audiophile whose primary focus is music instead of gaming, you should check out our picks for the best headphones for gaming (they’re not just for gaming). Similarly, if you’d just prefer a wired set, then check out the best gaming headsets for our top picks—that’s where you’ll find the real bargains too.
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.
Whatever you’re listening through the Arctis 9X wireless gaming headset, there’s none of the muddiness or audio artifacts that have historically plagued other wireless cans. In essence, it sounds just as good as the best-wired models we’ve tested at this same price
The Arctis range’s distinctive ski goggle headband is effective at keeping the weight of the headset away from your head. After a solid 12 months of daily usage, the headband has slacked off, making for a looser and slightly less comfortable fit, but the bands themselves are replaceable. We’re big fans of the control placements at the rear of the headset, too: volume wheel and mic mute on the left, chat/game mix, and headset on/off on the right. The retractable mic is a little quiet, but it remains perfectly usable.
The extraordinary battery life clocks in at over 30 hours out of the box, and after almost a year of heavy use, that figure’s hardly dropped off. This SteelSeries headset hits the sweet spot of providing the best sound without taking out a bank loan.
The long-awaited Xbox Wireless Headset definitely did not disappoint. We knew that Microsofts first wireless gaming headset was going to be ambitious; little did we know that it was also going to be one of the best budget wireless headsets for gaming at $100.