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The best PC headset for gaming 2022

The best PC headsets for gaming 2021
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Incorporating one of the best PC headsets for gaming into your setup is such an easy win given it is - genuinely, and we know we say it often at GamesRadar+ - the easiest way to elevate your immersion in games. With innumerable EQ settings to fiddle with, incredible haptic responses on offer, and - of course - high quality audio pouring out of your favorite games, gaming headsets designed specifically for PC players have come a long way over the years. Some of these will get you dangerously close to outright best gaming headset territory...

However, the best PC gaming headset market is quite full. It's one of the most saturated peripheral markets right now, really, and that's in some part because headsets cross platforms, generations, and connection types. This means there is an enormous multitude of headsets vying for your attention (some are bad, some are great) but also that pricing is very competitive from manufacturers and retailers alike.

There can be a place for owning a budget headset - there are some budget gems - if you want to redirect your overall budget to other parts of your setup, or have a second one that you don't mind getting knocked about on the commute, you'll need to be sure of what you're after. And that is one of the best PC headsets for gaming. But how do you separate the best PC headsets for gaming from the poor ones? Well, this guide is a start.

The best PC gaming headsets 2022 - Top 10

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Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT

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Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT

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Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT

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Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT

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Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT

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The best PC headset for gaming

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back; over ear
Cable length: 5.9ft / 1.8m
Battery life: up to 15 hours
Drivers: 50mm
Weight: 0.84lbs / 381g
Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS5, PS4, XSX|S, Xbox One, Switch, Mobile

Reasons to buy

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Looks and feels amazing
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Audio quality is top-notch
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Versatile connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Super pricey

Although the price tag is quite lofty, the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT punches well within its price range and above, even trading blows with pricier audiophile sets. It's the best PC headset for gaming and truly offers a premium gaming experience. The sound quality is impeccable, with clear mids, loud bass, and unmuddied high notes in games, music, and movies.

Just unboxing the headset gives an immediate sense of quality craftsmanship and class.

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT review

The ‘broadcast-quality' detachable microphone performs excellently for voice chat with very minor compression - we found that speech was clear with little background fuzz, even across a variety of pitches. Plus, the headset's multi-connectivity means you can use the Virtuoso XT with almost any device. We tested across all connection options and found the Slipstream connection to be particularly impressive in its low-latency reliability. Dolby Atmos provides excellent surround sound, and the battery was good enough for a full day’s constant use in our testing.

The craftsmanship of the Virtuoso XT simply shines through, with a high-quality design and build level, featuring durable machined aluminium and soft leatherette. We did find that, while soft to the touch, this leatherette wasn't especially breathable in our time with the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT, raising some concerns for those playing for longer sessions in warmer climates.

It might be expensive, but this headset does plenty to justify its price tag and earn its place as best PC gaming headset.

Read more: Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT review

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Razer headsets: Razer Kraken V3 X

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Razer headsets: Razer Kraken V3 X

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Razer headsets: Razer Kraken V3 X

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2. Razer Kraken V3 X

The best PC headset for gaming for less than $50/£50

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back
Drivers: Razer TriForce 40mm drivers
Compatibility: PC, PlayStation

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant 7.1 surround sound on PC
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Comfy
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Non-detachable mic
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7.1 only on PC
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Only USB connection

The Razer Kraken V3 X is both the latest 'Kraken' headset from Razer and the latest 'X' headset from Razer. The idea is that the latter, when added to the former's name, would make a more affordable and value-for-money entry point to the Kraken range. And the V3 X continues to do that: in short, the V3 X enhances its predecessor in every way and takes advantage of some of the latest advancements that Razer can offer - and packages it into a value-busting proposition. 

The headset has been refreshed to include the latest developments and enhancements that Razer has in its bag, but in particular, it's the microphone and the drivers which get the most attention. Both features are upgraded to almost be in line with Razer's top dog headset, the BlackShark V2: the microphone is the now Razer's Hyperclear Cardioid mic, with greater speech pickup and noise cancellation; and the drivers are now Razer's own excellent TriForce beasts, offering improvements across the sound spectrum.

In actual, everyday and gaming use, we found the sound excellent still, and the 7.1 still shines on PC - this is a PC-first gaming headset still - though it is a little tinnier than the top tier BlackShark headsets. The mic is also an excellent upgrade, though it being non-detachable will irk some folks. However, for the price, this is an excellent gaming headset, particularly for those looking to get into the pc gaming headset game, and it features all the hallmarks of Razer's audio excellence.

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Razer BlackShark V2

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Razer BlackShark V2

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Razer BlackShark V2 X

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The finest Razer PC gaming headset going

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back; over ear
Cable length: 5.9ft / 1.8m
Drivers: TriForce Titanium 50mm
Weight: 9.2oz / 262g

Reasons to buy

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Exquisite game audio
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Brilliant richness and audio detail
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Very comfortable
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Near-endless versatility and customization with the app
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Great bang-for-buck value

Reasons to avoid

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Not all features available on console

The Razer Blackshark V2 is one of best PC headsets for gaming I have tested in, well, ever, and a very worthy inhabitant of being this close to the top spot.

There is a balance and clarity to all audio, here - in games, music, film, and work use - that I haven't heard for a while, if ever.

Razer BlackShark V2 review

With a new spin on the original BlackShark's design - from eight years ago - the V2 packs brand new tech, a lightweight design, and Razer quality and stylings into a great value, exquisite PC offering. Its design is lightweight and comfortable; its audio quality is seriously excellent thanks to brand new Titanium drivers; its microphone is one of the best I've ever used; and through a companion app, it's got features and customization coming out of everywhere. The stars have really aligned with this headset and I can't wait to use it every time I sit down to play.

Teamed with the recently-released THX Spatial Audio app, and a whole new world of game audio, customization and refinement will be open to you, taking the already-excellent audio of the headset to greater heights. And with a price tag of $100, you get enormous value for money. If you have the budget and you want one of the best, this is it.

Read more: Razer BlackShark V2 review

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A fantastic and luxurious wireless headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back; over ear
Drivers: 40mm Neodymium Magnet
Weight: 11.2oz / 318g
Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, Mobile

Reasons to buy

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Wireless charging
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Peerless comfort
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Powerful, distinct sound

Reasons to avoid

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Software isn’t as luxurious as the hardware
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Slow to charge

The Astro A50 range has been a high-tide mark not just within the manufacturer’s own product range but in console-compatible wireless headsets for the better part of a decade now. A few minutes with the latest version of the A50 and it’s clear why - peerless comfort and build quality, twinned with a rich sound even the most tedious audiophile would be impressed by. This version’s had its wireless base station slimmed down to take up less space on your desk and charges the headset to about 15 hours of charge, which is about the standard for current wireless models. We did find charge time to be comparatively slow, but did appreciate the option to hook up via USB and keep using while you’re juicing. 

As an overall package, the sound here is irresistible

Astro A50 review

While it was a little frustrating to see that Astro’s Command Center software isn’t quite befitting of such a top-end product, it still provides a choice of EQ profiles and tweaks within its simple interface. Not that tweaks are really necessary here - the sound you get by default is really special. 

We found this sound profile to be authoritative but tight in the low end, making those low resonant frequencies felt without drowning out the subtler details higher up the frequency range. In fact, it might be the single best for sound articulation on the wireless PC headset for gaming market right now. 

It’s still a gaming headset of course, so it’s not a truly flat response. It’s just flat enough to excel in music as well as games, but ‘scooped’ enough to make the bombast extra-exciting when you’re in the virtual trenches. 

Read more: Astro A50 review

Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense review

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The best PC gaming headset for haptic feedback

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back; over ear
Audio drivers: 50mm TriForce Titanium
Cable length: 2 m / 6.74 ft
Wireless: No
Weight: 344 g / 0.75 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Incredible haptic feedback 
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Stellar audio quality 
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Comfortable over time 

Reasons to avoid

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The cable doesn't detach 

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense marries incredible sound quality with immersive haptic feedback for a gaming and music experience that few other PC headsets for gaming can match. Through a combination of THX Spatial and the TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers, you're getting rich and authentic audio that sounds stellar for just about any media you through its way. 

It's not going to do as much for the console crowd, but if you've been after an incredible sounding, all-encompassing headset with a few tricks up its sleeve then it's a very easy recommendation.

Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense review

With that said, the standout feature of the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense is the haptic feedback technology itself, which was found in some earlier models, such as the Nari Ultimate. In this latest iteration, though, we were particularly impressed by the dedicated toggle button for intensity built onto the cup as opposed to just being in the Synapse software. This on-the-fly nature meant we were actively switching between strengths to suit each situation in our testing, which came in particularly handy during competitive gaming. 

It is a wired headset, and the cable provided is long enough for comfortable use when sat at your setup, as intended, though it does not detach as the microphone does. It's something to keep in mind when considering the unit as an addition to your battle station. 

Read more: Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense review

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Asus ROG Delta S gaming headset

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ASUS ROG Delta S

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Asus ROG Delta S review

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Asus ROG Delta S gaming headset

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The best PC gaming headset for EQ tinkerers

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back
Cable length: 1.5m
Drivers: 50mm Neodymium
Weight: 300g
Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Android mobile

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and comfortable
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Plenty of customization options
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Excellent audio performance...

Reasons to avoid

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... once the EQ is sorted

The Asus ROG Delta S certainly packs a punch, once you unlock all that horsepower from the Armoury Crate software on PC. When we first pulled this headset out the box, we found it very much towards the higher ranges, which meant bass lines were flattened out under dialogue-forward scenes. However, a few minutes tinkering in the expansive EQ software offered up an incredibly in-depth set of controls which meant we could adjust levels across the entire spectrum.

If you're willing to put a little time in with the software, the ASUS ROG Delta S transforms into a powerhouse that punches far above its price tag

Not only that, but the headset itself is more than equipped to take on all your presets. A Quad-DAC dedicated four separate chips across low, mid, high, and ultra-high ranges, and the cups are even capable of reading MQA files as well. That means you'll be able to stream high-end Tidal masters with studio-level quality while your thumbs are taking a break. 

All of that is housed in a sturdy yet lightweight shell, with durable plastic cups lined with clean (and easily personalized) RGBs and heavy memory foam cushioning. The cups themselves sport a unique triangular shape inherent to the Delta design, but aside from standing out to the eye we also noted that they provide plenty of support while remaining roomy enough to withstand longer sessions. 

This is certainly a powerful headset, but it's worth noting that PC players with the time and inclination to delve into those settings will benefit the most here. 

Read more: Asus ROG Delta S review

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SteelSeries Arctis 7+

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SteelSeries Arctis 7+

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SteelSeries Arctis 7+

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SteelSeries Arctis 7+

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7. SteelSeries Arctis 7+

A small refresh makes for a quality wireless Arctis

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed Back, over ear
Drivers: 40mm Neodymium
Weight: 354g
Compatibility: PC, PS5, PS4, Switch, Mobile

Reasons to buy

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SteelSeries game audio quality
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USB-C dongle connectivity
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Brilliant 30-hour battery life
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Great build and comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Strong bass can be hard to find
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Stock has been patchy

The Arctis 7 has long been one of the best PC headsets for gaming. However, the refreshed Arctis 7+ offers some excellent enhancements for PC gaming in 2022 for those who want a premium audio experience, and one that cuts the cords too.

Retaining that immediately recognisable Arctis design, the headset really is another Arctis 7, straight out of the lineup. However, the subtle but distinct enhancements of a beefy 30-hour battery life, a neat quick-charge function to the battery, and swapping microUSB for USB-C charging and wired connectivity mean that the 7+ really is brought into 2022. They might not combine to make folks want to immediately upgrade from something similar but if you're in the market for a new PC headset for gaming from one of the best, then these factors are going to be attractive.

The audio the 7+ gives out is still some of the best going, too. The sound is clear, distinct, detailed, rich, and well-rounded - the lack of the bass is a slight complaint but that's our only real complaint. To round out the experience, the excellent build of the Arctis series remains too: the exceptional design and build remain though: there's a chic design, the build makes the headset strong and solid while retaining great comfort, and the ski-goggle headband is still as great as ever, as are the retractable microphone and onboard controls.

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8. Steelseries Arctis Pro with GameDAC

A brilliant choice for big-budget users

Specifications

Wireless: No
Drivers: 40mm neodymium
Connections: USB, 3.5mm wired
Features: GameDAC, Certified hi-res audio, retractable ClearCast bi-directional mic, RGB lighting

Reasons to buy

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Incredible audio range
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Well designed headset
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Good quality mic

Reasons to avoid

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Feels less solid
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Quite expensive

If you're looking for a higher budget headset, designed with PC in mind, the Steelseries Arctis Pro with GameDAC is the one to buy. While the drivers are smaller, they deliver an excellent frequency response range (10-40,000Hz), which is actually more than the human ear can perceive. The result is audio far richer than most other gaming headsets, which makes the Arctis Pro a great all-rounder, ideal for anyone who switches between gaming and other PC usages. Which we all do, right?

The design of the Arctis Pro is unusual too, offering more of a headband style than other headsets, which makes it comfortable in a different way. It's still very wearable after hours of play, although it becomes a little looser after months of use (the headband can be replaced cheaply and easily, however). What makes this model stand-out, however, is the GameDAC, which fulfills a number of roles. It not only lets you change volume and audio settings, but it also takes the processing of the headset away from your PC's hardware, so you don't have to take any knocks in performance while you use it.

The mic is great too - a smidge better than even the Razer headsets - so if you're doing a lot of talking in team-based games, or you want better personal audio for streaming, the Arctis Pro performs better than the competition. A great contender for best PC headset for gaming, then, but one that comes at a serious price.

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Corsair HS60 Haptic

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Corsair HS60 Haptic

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Corsair HS60 Haptic

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Corsair HS60 Haptic

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Rumble in the jungle (print)

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back; over ear
Cable length: 2.7m / 9.1ft
Drivers: 50mm Dynamic
Weight: 14.8oz / 420g

Reasons to buy

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Haptic feedback isn't just a gimmick
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Great pairing for shooters
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Solid HS60 foundations

Reasons to avoid

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A bit specialised
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Plain audio quality isn't as impressive

Haptic headphones are still a bit of a new frontier, and perhaps a lot of us still regard it with some suspicion. Force feedback audio sounds like a great way to get a splitting headache, and while Razer and Sony have made early experiments, it’s definitely not mainstream yet. Corsair’s HS60 Haptic is a bit niche, then, on the best PC headset for gaming market.

An exciting foray into haptic feedback headsets from Corsair that provides a fun and very enjoyable game-first audio experience.

Corsair HS60 Haptic review

But as it turns out, it’s a very enjoyable niche that it occupies. The haptic feedback here feels like nuanced rumbles and jolts from a gamepad resonating through your temples, in a way that reflects the audio cues impressively. Shooters are a natural fit to show it off, and in Battlefield 5 with all its intelligent sound design you get a really exciting added dimension. At $129.99 - the same price as the Razer Kraken V3 Hypersense featured earlier up this list, this is one for those after auditory chaos vs. a perfectly balanced treatment of wider soundscapes.

While we were blown away by the haptic feedback in our testing, unfortunately the everyday audio didn't impress us quite as much as to feature it further up this list. This is largely an HS60 as it existed before - solid build, premium materials, smart control layout. But there’s a price premium here, and before you take the plunge you should consider whether you’re happy to reserve this just for using with those bombastic shooters, and using a cleaner stereo headset for music and movies. 

Read more: Corsair HS60 Haptic review

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Audeze Penrose X

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Audeze Penrose X

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Audeze Penrose X

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Audeze Penrose X

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A premium, high-end wireless gaming headset for PC and Xbox

Specifications

Acoustic design: Over-ear, closed-circumaural
Cable length: Wireless (c.50" / 127cm aux cable)
Drivers: 100mm Planar Magnetic
Weight: 11.3oz / 320g
Compatibility: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One , PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, Mobile

Reasons to buy

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Rich and detailed sound
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Comfortable over lengthy play sessions
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Easy to use and tweak game audio and chat volume in the mix

Reasons to avoid

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A large price tag
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It's easy to burn through the battery life
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Microphone is a bit finicky

The Audeze Penrose is a high-end gaming headset for those of you looking for the very best build quality, performance, and versatility. Of course, the device comes with a high-end price tag too. Still, you're going to get a practically unrivalled audio experience out of the Penrose; deep bass, incredible clarity, and a real depth and detail to the sound that helps to immerse you into your favourite virtual worlds and give you better insight into the action unfolding around you in multiplayer arenas. 

Rich, detailed, directionally robust, and well balanced, it really is as close to the full package as it gets

Audeze Penrose review

There are two versions of the Penrose. One is PlayStation focused and one is Xbox, but both work beautifully with PC, and they re the same headset, in essence, under the hood - just with blue or green accents on the outside.

The Penrose doesn't disappoint, regardless of whether you're pushing the action in-game or settling in for some of the most audio-intensive media that Hollywood has to offer. Sure, this is a premium headset, but after all our testing, we're confident in recommending it as a longer term investment. You're getting a quality, depth, and density in its sound that few of its peers are able to match, and for that reason, it really is one of the best PC headsets for gaming you can get.

Read more: Audeze Penrose review

The best PC headset for gaming - best of the rest

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EPOS H6PRO

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EPOS H6PRO

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EPOS H6PRO

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EPOS H6PRO

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Premium cans that want to be top of the wired market

Specifications

Acoustic design: Open back; over ear
Cable length: 1.8m / 5.9ft
Drivers: TriForce Titanium 50mm
Weight: 9.2oz / 262g
Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, Mobile

Reasons to buy

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Spacious, natural audio
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Luxurious looks
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Smart detachable mic design

Reasons to avoid

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Is in the same category pf price as wireless sets

Once upon a time, Sennheiser made excellent PC headsets for gaming that looked more sophisticated than their RGB-daubed cousins and sounded like they’d been made by a long-established pro audio company - funny, that. Then EPOS took over those lines and refreshed them with an eye on repositioning them juuust slightly more towards the lifestyle market. 

A worthy successor to Sennheiser’s GAME ONE in the wired open-backed market - but that’s a specific niche.

Sennheiser EPOS H6Pro review

The H6PRO is part of that push - mature looks, premium price, and an open-backed design that’ll get audiophiles nodding. In pure, naked audio terms the old Senny GAME ONE still sounds better, but despite a darker voicing these H6PROs are natural and flat, with a tight and unexaggerated bass response.

They are, you’ll notice, both $180 / £150 and wired. That means they’re catering to a specific audience. A hybrid of audiophile and all-out gamer who wants that breezy sound and RGB-free look, but also wants a meaty microphone for Discord. 

This is an exceptionally light model for the spec - just 322g. As such, it’s not carrying the timber most high-end headsets do. You’ll find no needless brushed steel accents here. Just lightweight plastics and soft cloth cushions around an aluminium band. Neat features like the detachable mic and its swappable magnetised cover do impress, and this is good wireless headset money.

Read more: Sennheiser EPOS H6Pro review

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Audio-Technica ATH-GL3

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Audio-Technical ATH-GL3

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A lightweight and quality option for a PC headset for gaming

Specifications

Battery life: NA
Connection: 3.0m cable with 3.5mm mic and headphone plugs for computers (GL3); 1.2m cable with a 3.5mm TRRS plug for gaming consoles (GDL3)
Drivers: 45mm
Frequency response: 10 to 35,000 Hz
Compatibility: PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox
Mic: Detachable

Reasons to buy

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Great, clear sound quality 
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Sleek, elegant design
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Detachable mic
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Very lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Feels slightly cheap/fragile
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Open back model has sound leakage

The Audio-Technica ATH-GL3 gaming headset for PC looks as good as it sounds - but this isn't all that surprising to us. After all, from testing headsets for years we know Audio-Technica to be a famous brand in the world of audiophiles, making some seriously powerful mics, speakers, headsets, and more. And this entry into the game space is an impressive one and one that could prove a great selection for a PC headset for gaming.

This headset looks and sounds amazing and is incredibly comfortable during lengthy gaming sessions.

Audio-Technika ATH-GL3 review

We were sent both the Audio-Technica ATH-GL3 and the ATH-GDL3 (opens in new tab) to test - they're very similar save for the GL3s are closed-back and the GDL3s are open back, and the latter is more expensive. We found that the Audio-Technica ATH-GL3 boast some seriously punchy audio that may come as a shock considering how lightweight they are - less than eight ounces, to be precise. With 45mm drivers, gorgeous soundscapes were presented to our ears, and an audio profile that made it easy to identify footsteps in Apex Legends with as much detail as the chords in a Fleetwood Mac song makes the headset shine. These ATH-GL3 are a great option for gamers looking to spend less than $100 on a headset for PS5 and who want to maximise gaming performance, as well as audio quality.

Plus, the ATH-GL3 is designed with multi-use in mind to help you to maximize bang for your buck but it is incredibly at home on PC. With fantastic quality, impressive build, and reasonable price point, we think the Audio-Technica ATH-GL3 headset is a fantastic gaming headset option. 

Read more: Audio-Technika ATH-GL3 review

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A great performing and flashy - but pricey - PC headset

Specifications

Acoustic design: Closed back; over ear
Cable length: 1.8m / 6ft
Drivers: 50mm Dynamic
Weight: 13oz / 369g

Reasons to buy

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Extremely comfortable
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Superb all-around performance
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Great software and customisation

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey
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Brash RGB elements

The JBL Quantum One represents the veteran audio company's bid to carve out a  niche in the world of premium headsets. One look at the specs sheet could bring a tear to the eye to even the most jaded of PC gamers, not least the hefty price tag.

Thanks to the extremely plush fit I was able to feed my unhealthy obsession with playing long sessions of Mount and Blade Bannerlord without any discomfort.

JBL Quantum One review

With a gaudy, if absolutely solid build, the JBL Quantum One is definitely a departure from the increasingly subtle and subdued recent entries from the Sennheiser and Logitech lines. It’s a statement - the name of the game here is LEDs, and lot’s of them. If you can look past that, however, you’ll find plenty to like with these lavishly specced out cans, not least the incredibly comfortable memory foam equipped ear cups and a dizzying array of customisable features.

Active noise-cancellation, DTS sound profiles (complete with an 8-band EQ), and full LED customization mean the sky’s the limit in regards to personal taste. That said the much-acclaimed QuantumSPHERE 360 head-tracking does have a faint whiff of the gimmick with slight calibration issues, but, all in, this is a great PC headset for gaming. 

Read more: JBL Quantum One review

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Still one of the best all-singing, all-dancing Razer PC headset for gaming

Specifications

Wireless: Yes (2.4Ghz)
Drivers: 50mm
Connections: USB, 3.5mm wired, wireless
Features: THX Spacial Audio, Gel-infused ear cushions, Hypersense Technology, retractable mic

Reasons to buy

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Incredible sound
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Haptic feedback is wonderful
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Great wireless connection

Reasons to avoid

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Quite expensive
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Mic is less good
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Fast becoming a legacy model

The Razer Nari Ultimate is a wonderful, feature-packed bit of kit that - unlike many other PC headsets for gaming- actually justifies the asking price. And that's saying something because this is an expensive piece of kit. Let's start with the sound. It's not just loud, but crisp, and there is virtually zero artefacting (little incidental noises or sound cut-outs) from the wireless connection, thanks to an impressive 2.4GHz connection. The THX spacial means that the sensation of being inside the gaming world you're playing is near unparalleled, and you can pinpoint where each sound is coming from in your game - whether they be incidental noises, or approaching enemies hoping to shotgun you in the back.

If you're looking to take your home entertainment to the next level, the Razer Nari Ultimate really is a transformative experience.

Razer Nari Ultimate review

What sets the headset apart is the haptic feedback, which means the ear-cups actually vibrate as you play. It's not the most essential feature, but it's a cool extra that does slightly enhance the way you listen. While you undoubtedly pay a little extra over the regular Razer Nari for the Hypersense tech, there are enough boosts over the vanilla model to justify the Ultimate's 25% higher price. The drivers are bigger, and frequency response range better, and the Ultimate's mic is retractable, so you can remove it completely from view if you're not using it. We're not keen on the mic, and did have a couple of issues with our voice cutting out, but it's not a huge issue. The charging time of the headset's battery has been decreased too, and now takes about 4 hours from zero to full.

It's an exceptional headset that only loses out to the Razer Kraken Tournament on account of its higher price making it a more 'luxury' purchase. If you can afford a great, high-end wireless headset, this is the one to get.

Read more: Razer Nari Ultimate review

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ROCCAT Syn Pro Air

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15. ROCCAT Syn Pro Air

Quality sound, and a cool look all in one

Specifications

Connection: USB-A Wireless
Features: RGB lights
Drivers: 50mm Nanoclear neodymium drivers

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and comfy
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Sleek design
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24-hour battery life

Reasons to avoid

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RGB are way more dim than advertised
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Earpads are non-removable
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The same price as other, better headsets on the market

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air wireless is a PC headset for gaming that looks cool (although not nearly as cool as advertised, with dimmer RGB lights than expected), but it's a bit pricy for its features. If you're looking to match your headset with ROCCAT's other sleek gaming peripherals, then purchasing this is a no-brainer - the sound quality is good and the headset is pretty comfortable for long-term wear. And it is a cool-looking headset. 

Again, the ROCCAT Syn Pro Air headset sounds good on its own and is improved greatly by ROCCAT's NEON software which allows you to turn on and off settings and adjust the EQ. It's also a lightweight and comfy headset with a 24-hour battery life - which is nothing to scoff at. It's just that its price point might be a little tough to justify unless you're looking to collect the complete ROCCAT set.

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HyperX Cloud Alpha

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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A good pure-gaming PC headset

Specifications

Wireless: No
Drivers: 50mm (dual-chamber)
Connections: 3.5mm wired
Features: Dual-chamber drivers, detachable mic, in-line controls

Reasons to buy

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Sturdy and comfy
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Detachable mic is handy
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Good frequency response range

Reasons to avoid

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Basic design
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No USB connection

The HyperX Cloud Alpha is an archetypal gaming headset. While it isn't pretty, or filled with fancy features, what it does is deliver superior sound and comfort at a reasonable price. You could just as easily pick up the HyperX Cloud 2 and get a similar experience, but we recommend the Alpha for a couple of key reasons. The biggest one is that the frequency response range is slightly better in the Alpha, so it offers a slightly richer sound for all different uses. 

The HyperX Cloud Alpha remain an absolutely stellar choice for a top-quality headset at a reasonable price.

HyperX Cloud Alpha review

While it doesn't have the 7.1 audio of the Cloud 2, its stereo sound is pretty much as good, so there's no issue with working out where sounds come from in the gaming environment. The audio is further enhanced here by the dual-chamber drivers, which essentially separate the bass from the other sound types, allowing for a slightly richer audio.

It's a comfy headset too and feels nice and chunky, so you're unlikely to break it. There's an in-line control, instead of a separate box, and it's fully adjustable for all head sizes and shapes. The mic, which performs well, can be detached too if you're playing offline. This is a good mid-range pick, with audio and durability at the heart of the design, making it perfect for everyday use as one of the best PC headsets for gaming.

Read more: HyperX Cloud Alpha review

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17. SteelSeries Arctis 7

One of the best wireless PC headsets

Specifications

Wireless: Yes
Drivers: 40mm
Connections: Wireless, 3.5mm wired
Features: Retractable ClearCast mic, on-ear audio controls, auto speaker-switching

Reasons to buy

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A versatile headset
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Great wireless sound quality
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Lovely design and comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Not as clear as the Arctis Pro

There's a lot to love about this mid-range wireless gaming headset. The Steelseries Arctis 7 is an elegantly designed wireless PC gaming headset, but one that has enough versatility to be used with any of the wireless (or wired) audio devices in your home. While it isn't the very best gaming headset (opens in new tab) on this list, it's one that can be taken outside the PC and into the wider world. Or at least used with your game consoles... So what's the deal with it?

As with most Steelseries drivers, the 40mm ones in this gaming headset perform extremely well, although this doesn't have the frequency response range of the Arctis Pro, so the audio isn't quite as rich. What does seriously impress is the battery life, which offers nearly 20 hours of use before you need to charge it again. Combined with the decent wireless connection - where the audio isn't quite as pure as the Pro, but is still excellent - this is a great wire-free option for busier PC set-ups. The headband design is comfy, the price is great for what you actually get, and the design of this headset is so lovely you could wear it out and about. It's a great wireless option.

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A great mid-range headset, perfect for PC

Specifications

Wireless: No
Drivers: 50mm
Connections: 3.5mm wired
Features: 7.1 surround sound, adjustable headband

Reasons to buy

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Great sound quality
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Very comfortable, and sturdy mic
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7.1 surround audio works well

Reasons to avoid

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Looks basic, and lacks features

Creative is a big name in gaming audio, and the H6 represents its mid-range play in the current PC headset market. And it's a cracker. While it isn't quite the best at any one thing, the Sound BlasterX H6 does everything remarkably well, and all at one of the most competitive prices out there. Audio quality is great, and while the H6 can handle bassy explosions and loud shooters, it's also refined enough to pick up the nuances of dialogue in more RPG-like games. The 7.1 surround is perfect for shooters like Apex Legends and Fortnite, and the in-built mic is clear enough to communicate in any team-based game.

What's more, the H6 is very comfy to wear, and can - at a push - be mistaken for a regular pair of headphones if you want to listen to it on the move. On the downside, the design is quite basic, and there's a lack of extra features here to really vary the sound according to the games you play. That's little concern, though, as the headset is such an excellent all-rounder, you won't need to mess with it regardless of how it's used. For the price, this one comes highly recommended.

Read more: Creative BlasterX H6 review

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Sennheiser audio brilliance on PC - for less

Specifications

Wireless: No
Drivers: N/A
Connections: 3.5mm wired
Features: 7.1 surround sound, adjustable headband

Reasons to buy

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Sennheiser-quality audio
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Excellently clear mic
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Comfy
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Affordable (for Sennheiser)

Reasons to avoid

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No chat/game audio balancer
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Limited features
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Design is OK

As I said in my review "Getting a Sennheiser-quality headset like this, at this price point, and with this device-versatility, is an excellent proposition and one that is easy to recommend." If you're desperate to get some Sennheiser-level audio quality in your choice for best PC gaming headset without paying the premium price tags, then the GSP 300 is just that headset. It's compatible with every device and provides detailed audio, excellent surround/directional accuracy, and great overall richness. Its microphone is great too though it being non-detachable does perhaps preclude it from being a good match for mobile players

In an ideal world, it'd be nice to have some features but the stripped-back approach helps to keep the costs down too. Its sheer bang for buck value cannot be denied though and this is one of the top headsets going for less than the three-figure mark.

Read more: EPOS | Sennheiser GSP 300 review

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LucidSound LS50X

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LucidSound LS50X

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A quality - but pricey - option for PC in 2022

Specifications

Connection: USB Bluetooth dongle, 3.5mm aux cable
Battery Life: 20 hours
Speaker Size: 50mm
EQ Modes: Signature sound, bass boost, movie mode, music mode, flat EQ
Microphone: Dual mics, one flexible boom and one built-in

Reasons to buy

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Sleek, elegant design that's clearly well-made
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Dual mics make it multifunctional
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EQ make the superior audio even better

Reasons to avoid

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Pricey compared to most
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Earcups hurt after lengthy game sesh

The LucidSound LS50X gaming headset is an expensive-looking headset - both literally and figuratively. The quilted black leatherette headband cushion and black memory foam ear cups stand out against the brushed silver metal of the headset's skeleton. It looks chic - but that comes at a cost, with its price of admission being a sizeable $250. 

But the audio is exactly the kind of quality you'd expect from such an expensive piece of hardware: 50mm drivers make for an impressive bass and the variety of EQ modes lets you really tune it to your desire. Hearing the footsteps of enemy Spartans in Halo Infinite is easy with the LucidSound LS50X, and the spray of gunfire sounds is crisp and sharp. 

Connecting the LucidSound LS50X to your PC is as easy as plugging in a dongle (although I initially had an issue, I think it was more user error than anything else). The headset controls are a little tough to get used to - most headsets have earcup buttons for audio modes and volume, but the LucidSound LS50X has baked all its controls into the headset design. The low profile controls require you to click in on the center circles in the earcup to change modes or mute, and turn the outer circle of the cups like a dial to adjust volume. At first, I was a bit lost and struggled to adjust the chat volume. Once you get it, however, it's pretty damn cool - especially when you consider that its Bluetooth connectivity means you can use it to pick up phone calls or change Spotify tracks. 

Unfortunately, the LucidSound LS50X isn't as comfortable as you'd expect a $250 headset to be for long-term wear, especially if you need to wear glasses as I do. After a five-hour Halo Infinite sesh, the ear cups were pinching the sides of my face where they touched it, and my poor glasses were getting painfully pushed into my temples. The headset is perfectly comfy for an hour or so here and there but was cumbersome beyond that. 

Overall the LucidSound LS50X is a solid entry for best PC headset for gaming. It is a pretty high-quality, expensive headset that will certainly work for gamers who can stretch the budget.

Read more: LucidSound LS50X review

How we test the best PC headsets for gaming

We test gaming headsets almost every day, constantly thinking about what it takes for them to be considered one of the best PC headsets for gaming out there - the lucky few make this list. Each member of this esteemed club has good sound quality and is comfortable for those longer playing sessions. Some offer more features and better audio than others, but usually, that bump in quality comes with a bump in price too. It's easy to get hung up on stats like frequency response, range, and the size of the drivers inside each headset, but there's no real substitute for putting the headset on and seeing how it performs with actual games. That's what we do. We test headsets in online shooters, to see how the surround sound performs, and we test in epic single-player games to see how the music comes through. We test with shooters for the depth of the bass, and RPGs to see how rich the dialogue is. Finally, we look at the price and decide whether or not you're getting actual value (and not just buying an overpriced headset).

Which PC headset brand is the best?

The PC gaming headset market is a rich and diverse, and very full, one. As a result, and because a lot of brands have been going at this for a while, there really isn't just one brand that sits above the rest for everyone.

However, plenty of brands are perennially reliable and excellent, and you can barely go wrong with anything from them. The likes of Razer, Astro, SteelSeries, Corsair, Sennheiser (now EPOS), and HyperX are all favourites with lots of gamers for good reasons. And while each will be slightly different, and offer slightly different features and audio executions, they will all fit differently due to build and comfort, price, and flexibility. Be aware of exactly what you need when you start off and you'll soon whittle it down.

What is the best headset for gaming on a PC?

Everyone will have their favourite PC gaming headset but there really isn't one that can be pointed to for 100% of users and needs.

However, it's best to think about what you need from a headset, and the pieces will start to fall into place. For example, when you start drawing lines in terms of price tag, you'll start to get closer to the best headset for you, and then you can make calls like going wireless or staying wired, which features are must-haves, and so on. This is the way to find the best headset for gaming on a PC, for you.

What headsets do pro gamers use?

Most of the biggest brands and manufacturers are represented at the top of the esports table - Logitech, Razer, EPOS, and more are all present among the top teams. But such is the accessibility and sometimes downright affordability of the top sets, looking at what the pros use and aiming to replicate that has actually never been easier; the gap between everyday gamers and the pros is not as wide as some might think.

And remember, the headset market covers a lot of ground: check out the best PS5 headsets, the best Xbox Series X headsets, and the best Nintendo Switch headsets to cover your bases and round out your research throrouhgly.

I'm the Commissioning Editor for Hardware at GamesRadar+ and have been here since late 2018. I'm also a writer on games and have had work published over the last five years or so at the likes of Eurogamer, RPS, PCGN, and more. Day to day, I take care of a whole host of gaming tech reviews, buying guides, and news and deals content that pops up across GamesRadar+. I'm also a qualified landscape and garden designer, so I do that in my spare time. I'm also an expert on the virtual landscapes and environments of games and love to write about them too, including in an upcoming book on the topic!