Best Gaming Headsets in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 5, 2019
There are a lot of different video games that people play all around. We have selected the most popular Gaming headsets for you. If you prefer to spend your time playing games, this review will help you choose the best headset. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
EARPADS
HEADPHONE DRIVERS
SURROUND SOUND
Compatibility
FREQUENCY RESPONSE
SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL
IMPEDANCE
CONNECTION
EXTRA FEATURES
MIC
MICROPHONE OUTPUT
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The tough, solid-steel frame distributes the pressure more evenly, making sure that the headset will be able to stand the test of time. The mic is TeamSpeak™ and Discord certified, so you won't have to worry about any issues with these programs. The clippable advanced USB audio control box makes the settings accessible. 

CONS

The headset weighs 376 grams. 

OUR VERDICT

HyperX Cloud Revolver S is up there with the best gaming headsets on the market right now. Its performance and gaming perks are brilliant and abundant. At the same time, the headset's drivers separate the lows, mids, and highs, producing the sound that will make even audiophiles satisfied with its quality.

detailed parameters
EARPADS

PU leather with HyperX signature memory foam cushioning

HEADPHONE DRIVERS

50 mm

SURROUND SOUND

7.1 Dolby® surround sound (Windows and PS4 only)

Compatibility

PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile phones

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

12 Hz - 28 kHz

SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL

100.5 dB

IMPEDANCE

30 Ohms

CONNECTION

Wired (1-m 3.5-mm cable and 2.2-m USB cable)

EXTRA FEATURES

Solid-steel frame, Audio control box with DSP sound card

MIC

Detachable mic with noise-reduction technology (TeamSpeak™ and Discord certified)

MICROPHONE OUTPUT

~40 dB

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The ProSpecs glass relief system incorporates a comfort-driven profile. It removes pressure on the glasses while you play, making it particularly suitable for bespectacled gamers. The battery will give you 15 hours of non-stop performance on a single charge. 

CONS

Some of the features are strictly limited to PS4. 

OUR VERDICT

If your preferred gaming platform starts with PlayStation and ends with 4, this is the headset for you. You'll be hard-pressed to find a different model that delivers such a great balance between ergonomics and audio performance and comes at a similar price.

detailed parameters
EARPADS

Mesh fabric with foam cushioning

HEADPHONE DRIVERS

50 mm

SURROUND SOUND

Virtual surround sound

Compatibility

PS4

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz - 20 kHz

SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL

N/A

IMPEDANCE

N/A

CONNECTION

Wireless (2.4GHz USB transmitter included)

EXTRA FEATURES

ProSpecs™ glasses relief system, Superhuman Hearing™ sound setting, On-board control

MIC

Flip-up mic with noise-reduction technology

MICROPHONE OUTPUT

N/A

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The memory foam cushions with cooling gel pads will keep your ears nice and comfortable through long gaming sessions. The bauxite aluminium frame and headband make the model particularly durable without sacrificing its lightweight and flexible design in return.

CONS

Doesn't support the Virtual surround sound technology.

OUR VERDICT

We could recommend Razer Kraken Pro V2 to people who take their gaming endeavours seriously. With this gaming headset, you'll be able to showcase your skills. The drivers and the high frequency range will give you a noticeable competitive advantage over your less fortunate opponents.

detailed parameters
EARPADS

Memory foam cushions with cooling gel pads

HEADPHONE DRIVERS

50 mm

SURROUND SOUND

No

Compatibility

PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile phones

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

12 Hz - 28 kHz

SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL

118 dB

IMPEDANCE

32 Ohms

CONNECTION

Wired (1.3-m 3.5-mm cable with a 2-m splitter adapter cable)

EXTRA FEATURES

Bauxite aluminium frame and headband, On-board control

MIC

Retractable mic with noise-reduction technology

MICROPHONE OUTPUT

38 ± 3 dB

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Thanks to the Bass Boost technology, you won't just hear the bass - you'll feel it. The high-sensitivity mic might impress even the most demanding customers, mostly thanks to how loud and clear it picks up the voice and how conveniently it flips up to mute.

CONS

The frequency range is relatively limited. 

OUR VERDICT

Turtle Beach Recon 200 manages to edge out the competition thanks to a couple of things. First, this is one of the more robust gaming headsets in this price range. Second, the manufacturers have been able to improve the model's durability without sacrificing aesthetics and performance in return.

detailed parameters
EARPADS

Memory foam cushions

HEADPHONE DRIVERS

40 mm

SURROUND SOUND

7.1 surround sound (Windows and Xbox only)

Compatibility

PC, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile phones

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz – 20 kHz

SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL

N/A

IMPEDANCE

N/A

CONNECTION

Wired (~1.8-m 3.5-mm cable)

EXTRA FEATURES

Metal-reinforced band, Bass-Boost technology, On-board control

MIC

Flip-up mic with noise-reduction technology

MICROPHONE OUTPUT

N/A

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The 360-degree mic is rotatable, so you can position the microphone basically anywhere you want without worrying about whether it'll be able to pick up your voice. There are LED lights on the earcups that will match and highlight the game's atmosphere. The in-line control attachment lets you quickly mute the mic and adjust the volume.

CONS

The volume control is not very sensitive. 

OUR VERDICT

Mpow GFMPBH209AH puts any gaming headset within its price bracket to shame. You won't be able to find anything that's even remotely as comfortable, functional, and capable as this headset for this kind of money. This product is pretty much everything budget headsets aspire to be.

detailed parameters
EARPADS

PU leather with foam cushioning

HEADPHONE DRIVERS

50 mm

SURROUND SOUND

Virtual surround sound

Compatibility

PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile phones

FREQUENCY RESPONSE

20 Hz – 20 kHz

SOUND PRESSURE LEVEL

N/A

IMPEDANCE

N/A

CONNECTION

Wired (2.2-m 3.5-mm cable), 2.2-m USB cable for LED lighting

EXTRA FEATURES

Automatic adjusting headband with soft padding

MIC

Retractable mic with noise-reduction technology

MICROPHONE OUTPUT

38 ± 3 dB

WARRANTY

2.5 years (registration required)

HyperX Cloud Revolver S

Precise Sound with Distance and Depth

HyperX Cloud Revolver S will elevate your performance more than any gaming headset.

You'll be able to hear and differentiate between every footstep, every explosion, and every gunshot. Using 7.1 Dolby® surround sound that simulates seven speakers positioned throughout the area, the headset provides cinematic clarity, bringing precise sound with distance and depth.

At the same time, the advanced USB audio control box, equipped with this next-gen Digital Signal Processing sound card, works wonders boosting the audio and enhancing noise cancellation to provide an optimised gaming experience. The backlit buttons let you access Push-to-Dolby, mute the mic, and adjust the mic and its output levels. The box's clippable, so you can position this tiny control station anywhere you want.

Naturally, these are gaming headphones first and foremost. Having said that, the 50-millimetre directional drivers that have been put parallel to the ears can do more than crank out crisp, precise audio with brilliant bass. These drivers provide spacious and deep audio that will make movies and music more enjoyable than ever.

Gaming headsets have to make sure the gaming part is covered first though. Besides everything else, these headphones incorporate a studio-grade sound stage that makes FPS and open-environment settings your playground, letting you accurately hear every sound from further away. You'll have an edge over your online opponents that one might describe as unfair.

Review of HyperX Cloud Revolver S

Audiophiles Too

Setting the headset's performance aside, let's pivot towards its build. The company's signature red memory foam earpads bring that long-lasting comfort that's necessary to make intense gaming marathons as enjoyable as possible.

Meanwhile, the tough, solid-steel frame distributes the pressure more evenly, making sure that the headset will be able to stand the test of time.

We've somewhat addressed the microphone before, so there's not much to cover here. As per usual, the mic is detachable. Its noise-reduction tech is top-notch. Plus, the microphone is TeamSpeak™ and Discord certified, so you won't have to worry about any issues with these programs.

All things considered, HyperX Cloud Revolver S is up there with the best gaming headsets on the market right now. Its performance and gaming perks are brilliant and abundant. At the same time, the headset's drivers separate the lows, mids, and highs, producing the sound that will make even audiophiles satisfied with its quality. 

HyperX Cloud Revolver S in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Turtle Beach Stealth 600

This is a Turtle Race

Your average pair of headphones doesn't hold a candle to a quality gaming headset. That said, among the often snobby audiophile community, these gaming devices often get a bad rep. More often than not, it isn't entirely justified but it's not like it is an unsubstantiated stereotype either.

Thing is, these headphones almost always deliver in the ergonomics department and are always packed with an abundance of blinding features. But the sound quality isn't always what you'd expect from a quality headset.

Long story short, gaming gear isn't always what it is cracked up to be but isn't the case with Turtle Beach Stealth 600.

What separates this model from the majority of its gaming competition is the 50-mm drivers. These powerful drivers are the main culprit behind the headphone's robust bass and a crisp treble performance without noticeable distortions.

Of course, the device is still a gaming headset first and foremost, so all of its hardware mostly works towards improving your gaming experience and performance.

A huge part of it is the 4 audio presets that you can use to customise the way your games sound. Among those 4 presets, you will find the Bass Boost mode, one of the most popular audio modes.

Another part is the company's very own Superhuman Hearing sound setting. With this setting, you will be able to pick up every little noise, from quiet footsteps of enemies trying to sneak up on you to their weapons reloading before an ambush.

Review of Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Gaming Headset for PS4 and PS4 Pro

15 Hours of Non-Stop Gaming

In case we haven't made it clear already, this is a quality gaming headset through and through. So, we probably don't need to emphasise the virtual surround sound system and how it will help you immerse yourself in any piece of media on any platform. But we definitely couldn't overlook the ProSpecs glass relief system. By incorporating a comfort-driven profile, it removes pressure on the glasses while you play, making the model a particularly good choice for bespectacled gamers.

Aside from that, these headphones don't really present any new ideas. The company's high-sensitivity flip-up microphone that accompanies all of their headsets is still there, picking up the user's voice loud and clear. As you can infer from the pics, we're dealing with a wireless model here, so you won't be limited by any wires. Plus, the battery will give you 15 hours of non-stop performance on a single charge, more than a respectable number for this class of headphones.

Really, the only major downside of this headset is that some of its features don't work with a PC or an Xbox. So, if your preferred gaming platform starts with PlayStation and ends with 4, we can't really think of a reason why you shouldn't invest in this gaming headset. You'll be hard-pressed to find a different pair of headphones that deliver the same balance between ergonomics and audio performance and come at a similar price.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Wireless Gaming Headset for PS4 and PS4 Pro in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Razer Kraken

Back to Green

Gaming peripherals are seldom cheap. Unless you're made of money, there's a good chance you don't want to be buying a new pair of headphones every year or so. Which is why looking for the most durable option that the gaming market has to offer will often prove a sensible choice. On that note, we would like to direct your attention towards Razer Kraken Pro V2.

Sure, this is Razer we're talking about. The company has lots of fans but no shortage of haters either. Convincing the latter that this pair of headphones isn't as flimsy as some of the company's earlier products occasionally turned out to be could be a challenge.

But we'll gladly take up this challenge. Mostly because we were really impressed with the bauxite aluminium frame and headband. The latter is especially important since it doesn't make the model any less lightweight or flexible but it does make the headset a lot more sturdy, so you get solid durability without sacrificing comfort in return.

Ergonomics was always the company's strong suit and, with this model, you can really see why so many professional players put their trust in the company. Aside from the aforementioned band, this gaming headset comes equipped with interchangeable ear cushions, oval earcups, and the company's iconic fully retractable mic.

All of these things add up to an optimal form, which has clearly been the integral focus in the model's design. With this headset, you'll stay comfortable, regardless of how long your typical gaming session gets. By the way, aside from the iconic green, the headset comes in pink and white.

Review of Razer Kraken Gaming Headset with Retractable Mic (PC, PS4 & Mobile Devices)

Take It to the Next Level

Even the biggest Razer haters will admit that the company seldom skimps on the sound quality. Sure, their headphones have their flaws. With this model, it is mostly the lack of the Virtual surround sound technology.

But we're willing to let it slide thanks to the company's 50-mm custom-tuned drivers. Whether it is more the tune or the design, the drivers bring forth particularly rich audio. The crystal-clear highs and rumbling lows that they produce will virtually put you right in the middle of the action.

So, what else is there to it? Well, we could go down the more technical road and explain how the model's higher-than-average frequency range and sound pressure level won't let you miss a single sound and provide you with a solid competitive advantage over your opponents. But we don't want to bore you with the details.

Instead, before wrapping this whole thing up, we'd like to highlight the fact that this universal headset is compatible with all gaming consoles and that it incorporates a particularly practical and convenient 1.3-m 3.5-mm cable with a 2-m splitter adapter cable.

Bottom line, we could recommend Razer Kraken Pro V2 to people who take their gaming endeavours seriously. With this gaming headset, you'll be able to showcase your skills. The drivers and the high frequency range will give you a noticeable competitive advantage over your less fortunate opponents.

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset with Retractable Mic (PC, PS4 & Mobile Devices) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Turtle Beach Recon 200

A Robust Turtle

Turtle Beach make quality gaming headsets, there's no denying it. Take Turtle Beach Recon 200, for example. Gaming gear is seldom devoid of cool features and it almost always delivers on the performance front. But it isn't unheard of for gaming peripherals to be made of flimsy and outright cheap materials.

With Recon 200, that couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, the foundation and the main frame of the model are still made of plastic. But, on top of that, you get a metal-reinforced band. A band like that makes the whole thing a lot more durable, which is never a bad thing in our book.

Of course, it is still just the band, so you have other components to worry about too. But you wouldn't have to worry too much. For instance, the synthetic leather-wrapped memory foam cushions don't just add an extra level of comfort but also a durability point or two.

Sometimes, you'll manage to trick a couple of gamers into buying a flashy product with a disappointing performance. But a device like that will not be able to achieve any kind of commercial success in the long run. At the end of the day, gaming headsets are still headsets, so you cannot overestimate the performance of the audio quality. Which is precisely why so many people decide to go with the Recon 200 model.

Review of Turtle Beach Recon 200 Amplified Gaming Headset (for PS4 and Xbox One)

Feel the Bass

So, how good is the model when it comes to audio quality? Pretty darn good actually. Considering its price range, there is really not a whole lot to complain about here. Its 40-mm drivers give you crisp highs and thundering lows. Thanks to the Bass Boost technology, you won't just hear the bass - you'll feel it.

Alright, quality is great and all, but what about the volume? Well, the model in question does come equipped with a powerful amplified audio system. Which is great because, honestly, louder is almost always better. Along with the 7.1 surround sound, this system will allow you to truly immerse yourself in the gameplay and even experience your favourite films and music titles in a new light.

Turtle Beach microphones were never the company's weakness. For those who've used their headsets before, the model's mic won't prove anything out of the ordinary. But if you haven't used the company's peripherals before, there's a good chance you will be impressed with the high-sensitivity mic, especially how loud and clear it picks up your voice and how conveniently it flips up to mute.

Plus, taking a page out of Razer's and SteelSeries' books, the mic seamlessly blends into the headsets sleek design, a nice little detail that improves the overall appearance of the whole unit.

In conclusion, there are a couple of things that separate Turtle Beach Recon 200 from the otherwise unremarkable crowd. First, this is one of the more robust gaming headsets in this price range. Second, the manufacturers have been able to improve the model's durability without sacrificing aesthetics and performance in return.

Turtle Beach Recon 200 Amplified Gaming Headset (for PS4 and Xbox One) in the use

Additional Info

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Mpow GFMPBH209AH

Suspiciously Affordable

As far as gaming headsets go, Mpow GFMPBH209AH is suspiciously affordable.

Of course, that's partially the case because Mpow is no SteelSeries, Razer, HyperX, or Logitech. In other words, you're not paying for the brand here. Still, the price barely makes any sense considering everything that this headset offers in return.

First things first, these headphones are compatible with every modern platform, including PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Mobile phones. Needless to say, there's nothing especially impressive about this fact but we're just getting started here.

Gaming headsets demand attention to every detail but headphones are defined by their drivers first and foremost. Here, we have excellent budget 50-millimetre drivers. These things produce precise audio with enough clarity to make the distortions barely noticeable.

At the same time, the headset's virtual surround sound support means that you'll be able to easily tell the difference when the enemies are sneaking up from behind or trying to flank you.

Sure, the audio won't be as spacious as high-end headphones are able to produce but, taking the super-budget price bracket into account, the seven simulated speakers perform as well as you can hope for. Plus, the aforementioned drivers make the headset's sound profile pretty rich and expansive.

Review of Mpow GFMPBH209AH Gaming Headset with 50mm Drivers

Cool LED Lights

Headsets are different from headphones mostly because the microphone matters as much as the sound performance here. In the product's case, the microphone is as suspiciously good as the headphones though. You'll be able to enjoy crystal-clear chatting during gameplay. The 360-degree mic is rotatable, so you can position the microphone basically anywhere you want without worrying about whether it'll be able to pick up your voice.

As far as the build is concerned, the headband automatically adjusts to the head's contours, making this headset flexible enough for different customers. The earpads are pretty soft and breathable too, so the headphones will remain comfortable no matter the temperature and how long you're wearing them. Also, there are LED lights on the earcups that will match and highlight the game's atmosphere.

The in-line control attachment lets you quickly mute the mic and adjust the volume.

In closing, Mpow GFMPBH209AH puts any gaming headset within its price bracket to shame. You won't be able to find anything that's even remotely as comfortable, functional, and capable as this headset for this kind of money. This product is pretty much everything budget headsets aspire to be.

Mpow GFMPBH209AH Gaming Headset with 50mm Drivers in the use

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What Is a Gaming Headset?

In the world of computer games, it's very important to have a good sound surround system. And this is what a good and quality gaming headset is designed for. Sure, a device like that is seldom cheap, but gaming is as much about performance as it is about swagger and attitude. In terms of the former, good gaming headsets are able to reduce all background noises and let you totally concentrate on the game.

Due to high frequencies, you'll get a full range of sound and incredible sense of presence in your games. That, in turn, will allow you to elevate your gaming performance and take your in-game abilities to a new level. The design of these headsets usually differs from the regular headsets and ensures comfortable wear for a long time. Check our review of the best Gaming headsets on the market and make your choice.

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What Features to Compare

Design and Usability

In this review, we will pay attention to the main features of gaming headsets. And the first thing to consider is design and usability. Quality headsets should have the right supported points to comfortably fit your head, and this is what most manufacturers work on. The material and the size of the ear cushions directly affect overall usability. The headsets made of high-quality polyfoam will ensure a better fit. There are two types of earpieces you may want to choose from: ear cover and overhead. Ear cover headsets are made to completely abut to the ears and effectively reduce all background noises. Overhead earphones are made in a slightly different way. They leave a gap between an earpiece and the ear and hence, may let some outside sound get in. The optimal size of an earpiece ranges between 40-50mm.

Sound Characteristics

We also consider sound characteristics. Now many manufacturers use Dolby 7.1 Surround. This technology is the best in its kind. There are several settings that affect sound quality. Sounds have different frequencies: very low and very high. The range determines how good the sound will be. The recommended frequency is 20-20000Hz. Sensitivity is measured in dBm or in decibels. A large number of dBm suggests that the headsets will be very loud, the approximate range is 90-120dB. An important characteristic is the total electrical resistance of the headsets. The output impedance of the source must be less or equal to the load resistance headphones. Professional headsets may have resistance in the range of 120, 300 or 600 Ohms.

Connection Methods

One more feature is connection methods. They can be wired or wireless. The cable length is very important but what's more important than that is the strength and durability of the headset. Pay attention to the thickness and the type of a cable. Expensive gaming headsets are often equipped with replaceable detachable cables. A wireless system features a docking transmitter and a headsets receiver. They provide a wireless sound transmission in the range of 15 to 150 meters. The downside of this type is that it requires an installation of a special software, often compatible with just few gaming platforms.

Features

To sum up, we would like to mention features of the listed headsets. The way you're going to use the headsets and an option to use a microphone is what's important to pay attention to. Some headsets are controlled via a remote control on the cable, others are set via the buttons placed on the headset. Consider how you're going to regulate the volume, control the microphone, use a client chat, and listen to music. All these things are important in the longer perspective. For example, a modular microphone is easy to take off and plug in the speaker. It would also be nice if you could connect the headset to your player and use it on the street, not tangled in the wires.

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