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.
The headset weighs 376 grams.
The 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.
PU leather with HyperX signature memory foam cushioning
7.1 Dolby® surround sound (Windows and PS4 only)
PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile phones
12 Hz - 28 kHz
Wired (1-m 3.5-mm cable and 2.2-m USB cable)
Solid-steel frame, Audio control box with DSP sound card
Detachable mic with noise-reduction technology (TeamSpeak™ and Discord certified)
You can use the USB ChatMix dial to balance the volume between the game and chat audio on the fly. The on-ear controls are ergonomic, giving you convenient access to volume settings and microphone mute. You'll be able to make quick game-time adjustments doing nothing but tapping the ear cup.
The noise-cancelling tech is passable at best.
The SteelSeries Arctis 5 looks much more mature than most gaming peripherals. You'll still be able to spend non-mature hours gaming with these headphones though, thanks to the AirWeave™ cushions keeping you dry and the ski goggle suspension band contouring the entire head to evenly distribute the device's weight and eliminate pressure points.
AirWeave™ ear cushions
DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound
PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile phones
20 Hz - 22 kHz
Wired (3-m USB cable with USB-to-3.5-mm adapter)
Plastic frame with Ski Goggle Suspension Band, USB ChatMix Dial, Prism RGB Illumination, Ergonomic on-ear controls, compatible with SteelSeries Engine software
ClearCast™ retractable mic with noise-reduction technology (Discord-certified)
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.
The volume control is not very sensitive.
The 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.
PU leather with foam cushioning
Virtual surround sound
PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile phones
20 Hz – 20 kHz
Wired (2.2-m 3.5-mm cable), 2.2-m USB cable for LED lighting
Automatic adjusting headband with soft padding
Retractable mic with noise-reduction technology
38 ± 3 dB
2.5 years (registration required)
The custom-tuned, 40-millimetre drivers provide excellent sound clarity. The drivers' punchy bass can simulate a pretty wide in-game soundscape. The mic's pick-up pattern captures sound from very specific mouth areas, ensuring spotless communication. The 7.1 virtual surround sound support delivers precise positional audio.
The adjuster headbands are made of cheap plastic.
Very few headsets in this price bracket support and enable extensive gaming marathons as much as the Razer Kraken X Ultralight. With the headset's plush foam cushions, soft headband padding, and 275-gramme weight, you can play as long as you want without experiencing any discomfort from the headphones.
Leatherette with foam cushioning
7.1 virtual surround sound
20Hz – 20kHz
Wired (2-m USB cable)
Green-lit earcups, On-board control
Bendable mic with noise-reduction technology
42 ± 3 dB
The plastic housing feels sturdy and the finish is scratch-resistant. The microphone is not bad at blocking out white noise. The ear cushions are breathable, so you should feel fine wearing these headphones even when the temperature gets pretty hot. The headband, though lacks notches, can be adjusted with ease.
The synthetic leather doesn't last very long.
There are no great gaming headsets at ~40 quid. That being said, the Turtle Beach Recon 70X comes pretty close to greatness. The headphones' overall sound signature is quite alright, the microphone is acceptable, and the 3.5-mm jack will let you connect the headset to most devices out there.
Synthetic leather with foam cushioning
Virtual surround sound
PC, Mac, Xbox, PS4/PS5, Nintendo Switch, Mobile phones
20Hz – 20kHz
Wired (1.2-m 3.5-mm cable)
Flip-up mic with noise-reduction technology
38 ± 3 dB
HyperX Cloud Revolver S
Precise Sound with Distance and Depth
The 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.
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, the 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. At 270 grammes, the headset feels very light. Also, defining traditional expectations that are associated with lightweight models, the headset does not move at all when you shift your head from left to right.
|Last updated price||£129.99|
SteelSeries Arctis 5
Clean Lines and Forms
Gaming peripherals are usually loud, splashy, and showy, with bright lights and aggressive design solutions separating them from standard devices. Normally, we can get behind these sometimes even downright gaudy devices but we're definitely not against clean lines, concealed profiles, and minimalistic/streamlined footprints. On that note, let's pivot towards the subject: the SteelSeries Arctis 5.
As you can probably tell, this product is not as extra as SteelSeries' peripherals usually are, like the Syberia line, for instance. The headset adopts polished lines and smooth curves, keeping the colour palette restrained to black and white choices. Having said that, there are these rings circumferencing the ears with LED lights that you can customise but they're pretty slim and not as bright as these lights usually are. As that's normally the case, you can choose between 1.6 million colours and various dynamic effects.
The earpads are made from AirWeave™ cushions, the fabric inspired by athletic clothing to keep the ears cool and dry even through the longest gaming marathons. They're pretty good at that and so is the ski goggle suspension band that contours the entire head to make sure the headset's weight is evenly distributed, eliminating pressure points and keeping you comfortable.
Gamers are not as demanding as audiophiles when it comes to sound performance but they're a pretty finicky crowd too, so you cannot release even budget headphones without decent drivers and expect them to sell. SteelSeries drivers are always solid though, with the S1 line giving you that serious competitive advantage that top-notch sound clarity can bring. Able to produce ultra-low distortion audio, these drivers will make sure you're hearing every detail. Meanwhile, the DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound will immerse you through and through, providing 360-degree precision audio that will always tell you where the action is going and coming from.
Costing less than 50 quid, this is not even technically a mid-range headset, so the trade-offs are inevitable. As far as we're concerned, the biggest trade-off here is the mic. Sure, it is handy, retractable and all that, this is SteelSeries we're talking about. But its noise-reduction tech is middling, so we would recommend minimising the surrounding noise when possible to make your teammates are able to hear you properly.
Even taking that into account though, the SteelSeries Arctis 5 is no joke. This device will be able to trade blows with much more expensive gaming headsets, so we have to give credit where credit is due and add this product to the list.
|Last updated price||£94.98|
As far as gaming headsets go, the 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.
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, the 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.
|Last updated price||£22.70|
Razer Kraken X
Razer headsets are never the cheapest headsets. On the contrary, they're usually expensive and, as far as the company's doubters are concerned, overpriced (relative to what they're offering). But that's not quite the case with the Razer Kraken X Ultralight. Looking at the model through gaming headsets and the company's green-black lens, this device is more affordable than you would expect.
First (maybe not quite foremost though), the "Ultralight" part comes from the headset's 275-gramme construction. Needless to say, weighing less than 300 grammes, this device will not weigh you down during prolonged gaming sessions.
The plush memory foam cushions will also prove pretty comfortable in the long run, with decent sound isolation ensuring that those gaming marathons run uninterrupted. The soft headband padding is pretty adequate at relieving pressure on the head, contributing towards the same gaming marathon case. In the same vein, the headset's measured fit delivers a firm but, at the same time, comfortable grip, keeping this device in place without squeezing down. Of course, due to the product's green-black roots, the model is not complete without Razer's staple green-lit earcups, lending the headset the company's signature look. With green light radiating from each cup, these microphone-endowed headphones will give you an almost menacing appearance (it might be lost on you sitting and playing at home alone but that's beside the point).
On the performance front, the headset adopts custom-tuned, 40-millimetre drivers. Apart from contributing respectable sound clarity, the punchy bass that these drivers produce can simulate the widest soundscape as you play. Subtle footsteps, powerful explosions, and anything in-between, with this headset, the in-game audio will be delivered with lifelike accuracy.
Naturally, because this is a headset and not headphones, the mic plays an important role as well. This time around, we're working with a bendable cardioid microphone. Utilising a pick-up pattern that records sound from the mouth's very localised areas, the mic ensures spotless communication. At the same time, it is not bad at suppressing background noise coming both from the back and sides. Wrapping the audio package is the headset's 7.1 virtual surround sound support. Providing precise positional audio, the headset always gives you an accurate sound direction, so you know where the action takes place and can come prepared beforehand.
Once more, if you fancy an occasional gaming marathon, the Razer Kraken X Ultralight will prove your cup of tea.
|Last updated price||£56.75|
Turtle Beach Recon 70X
A Respectable Turtle
Despite its humble beginnings and a faint but noticeable economy vibe, Turtle Beach Recon 70X can trade blows with the higher end of the mid-range gaming headset spectrum. Sure, considering its price tag, certain compromises are inevitable. As it is usually the case, the synthetic leather that the earcups use will start shedding sooner than one would prefer. Aside from that, the drivers' bass output gets a little muddy at times, and the highs feel unnecessarily sharp. But, again, in spite of these caveats, the overall package is quite respectable.
Comfort-wise, the above-mentioned synthetic leather earcups are pleasant to the touch and easy on the skin. More often than not, the cups provide a snug but firm fit. The foam cushions are not the softest but also not very stiff. The band is easily adjustable, which's always a plus, even though there are no notches on it that would indicate where it's levelled. At 270 grammes, the headset feels very light. Also, defining the usual expectations that people normally have with lightweight models, this headset does not move when you shift your head from right to left.
The flip-up microphone looks a little bulky but sounds quite decent. That said, when you start screaming the enemies' locations at teammates, the audio will peak and get a little distorted. The noise-reduction tech is great with white noise but not as great with background voices, sometimes picking them up from 2 metres away from you.
Accurate Sound Detailing
As far as the performance part of the equation is concerned, the headset sounds better than you would presume. The pickaxe attacks in Fortnite might sound a tad bit sharp and lacking a little in bass when you land a solid hit, but the overall performance will prove above adequate. The headphones are also pretty good at detailing where the gunshot's coming from, and you should have no problem picking up the enemy's footsteps as he runs around a nearby structure.
The shots do not always sound as full as they should but, again, you can always tell the difference between different weapons and, at the end of the day, that's the important part. Listening to single-player games' soundtracks, the depth is not always there, but the music always pops and the effects come out tight more often than not.
Overall, provided that you don't have much more than 40 quid to spare but still want a decent gaming headset, the Turtle Beach Recon 70X should fit that bill.
|Last updated price||£21.00|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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