A good gaming headset is increasingly becoming a near mandatory accessory for video gaming. Not only does a gaming headset allow you to communicate online, but it also provides some of the best gaming audio. Now, typically gaming headsets cost a ton, but there are good headsets out there for under 100.
In this article, we are going to review five of these such headsets and give you our choice for the best gaming headset under 100. We have also put together a buying guide, which will walk you through the process of buying a good gaming headset. For those in a rush, we recommend going with the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2: 7.1 Surround Sound Headset.
A Spotlight On Some of The Best Gaming Headset Under 100 In 2019
CORSAIR Void PRO RGB Wireless Gaming Headset
Corsair is an extremely high-quality, well-known brand, so it might be a bit surprising to see one of their great headsets on sale for under 100.
If you are familiar with Corsair products, then you already know the sort of high-quality experience that you are going to get when you use this headset. However, for those who aren’t familiar with Corsair products, you are going to be amazed at the high level of quality. To start off, let’s talk about the amazing sound quality.
The sound quality of this headset is amazing due to two factors. The first factor is the presence of custom tuned 50mm speakers and the second factor is the fact that the headset reduces ambient noise, ensuring crystal clear audio output.
The microphone on the headset is of equally high-quality. It has a frequency range of 100Hz to 10KHz. There’s basically no latency on the microphone. Your voice will always come through very clearly when using the microphone. Because both the audio quality and mic quality are high, this is a great headset for team-based games where both listening and communicating are extremely important.
One of the best features of this headset has nothing to do with audio quality, but with comfort. You are likely going to be wearing this headset for hours at a time, depending on how long your typical gaming session is. Unlike a lot of other headsets, which use uncomfortable materials on their headset ears, Corsair has decided to use their own special fabric to cover the ears of this headset.
This fabric is breathable, soft, and doesn’t encourage sweat. It feels great on your ears, which makes long gaming sessions a lot more comfortable.
There are a couple of other quality of life features that should be mentioned, such as the fact that the headset has a 40-foot wireless range. The fact that you can easily mute the mic by just moving it. And finally, there is the fact that it can work with Windows 7, 8, and 10.
Overall, this is an amazing headset and the fact that it is under $100 is simply amazing.
Great sound quality.
Custom 50mm speakers.
Drowns out ambient noise.
Comfortable fabric ear cups.
Can operate wirelessly from up to 40 feet.
Is meant for PC gaming, not optimized for console gaming.
SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB Illuminated Gaming Wired Headset with DTS Headphone
To follow up the amazing Corsair headset, we have an equally amazing headset from SteelSeries. First and foremost, we should mention that this headset is usable on any platform. That means that if you game primarily on PC, that you can use the headset. It also means that if you prefer to game on console, it can be used for that as well. It is compatible with all major consoles (Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo).
On the PC, it outputs amazing sound quality. S1 speaker drivers ensure that it is capable of providing high-quality surround sound. The sound quality on consoles is a bit less impressive, as it is only stereo sound, however, it is still very good and a noticeable improvement over the sound quality of your standard television speakers. It also comes with very high-quality noise cancellation.
Where this headset really shines and one of the primary reasons why we felt that it belonged on the best gaming headset under 100 list, is the amount of comfort that it provides.
Like some other high-quality headsets (like the Corsair that we just reviewed) the SteelSeries Arctis 5 doesn’t use uncomfortable coverings on the ear cups. Instead, it opts for comfortable, fabric ear cups. We have already stated how this is good because it makes longer gaming sessions easier on your ears. Likewise, rather than having a hard, plastic headpiece, the SteelSeries uses a padded headpiece, which further adds to the overall comfort levels.
Another, unique feature of this headset that we have draw attention to is the nifty little USB soundcard that comes with the headset. By popping the card out, you can change the settings on the card and adjust between game audio and chat audio. Then, when you are done adjusting the settings, just pop the card back in.
Padded ear cups and headpiece.
Great sound quality on PC.
Good sound quality on all consoles.
Unique system for changing settings.
The cord can be pretty cumbersome.
Turtle Beach – Ear Force XO One Amplified Gaming Headset
All right, so far, we have featured two headsets on this list that, while they may work with both consoles and PC, are clearly geared towards PC users. We want out best gaming headset under 100 list to have something for all kinds of gamers.
So, we are going to remedy the problem by including the Turtle Beach – Ear Force XO One Amplified Gaming Headset. Not only is this a great quality headset, but it is also a headset that is meant for and optimized for use on consoles. Turtle Beach is a very well-known brand in the gaming sphere and we are sure that most of you are familiar with their reputation for providing high-quality gaming headsets.
Let’s start with sound quality. These Turtle Beach’s boast very well-made 50mm speakers. As you would expect from any Turtle Beach headset, the sound quality is amazing. It is far better than anything that you can get out of your television’s speakers. While the sound quality isn’t quite on par with the quality provided by more expensive sound systems, it is pretty close.
Of course, when you buy a Turtle Beach headset, you aren’t just buying it for the headset, you are also buying it for the microphone. The Ear Force XO One’s microphone is great. There’s very little, if any, delay. It can be moved all around to whatever position that you want.
The headset as a whole is very comfortable. The ear cups are made using soft fabric and the headpiece is padded. So, you can wear these all day and not feel any worse for wear.
Now, something that we need to mention is that these technically don’t work on all consoles. They are optimized for use on the Xbox One and can plug directly into the controller. While it may work on the Nintendo Switch and the Sony PlayStation, we can’t know for sure and we doubt that it is optimized for that. It is for this reason that, we are including on the list, that we aren’t declaring it the best gaming headset under 100.
Comfortable thanks to padded ear cups and headpiece.
Great sound quality.
Mic is removable.
Only optimized for use with the Xbox One.
Razer Kraken 7.1 V2: 7.1 Surround Sound Headset
Next up we are continuing our trend of featuring great quality headsets from well-known brands by including a headset from Razer. The Razer Kraken is, simply put, an amazing gaming headset. Probably one of our favorite things about this headset is that it is truly universal.
It works perfectly well on every platform. So, it doesn’t matter whether you are a console player (and it doesn’t matter which console either, which is nice!) or a PC player, or both, you can appreciate and get use out of this headset.
In terms of sound quality, the Razer Kraken is simply amazing. It provides high-quality surround sound that will make you think that you are in a movie theater. At the same time, the audio quality is so good, that pinpointing things like location in-game will be trivial. Therefore, the headset is a great choice both for casual gamers who only care about good sound, and more hardcore gamers who care about getting a competitive edge in multiplayer gaming.
The audio quality of the headset is made even better by the presence of some truly impressive noise cancellation abilities. While no headset can completely get rid of ambient noise, the Razer Kraken does an amazing job and it without a doubt improves your overall gaming experience.
In terms of overall construction, the Razer Kraken strikes an impressive balance between being durable and being lightweight. It is made using very strong, yet flexible bauxite aluminum. Bauxite is also very lightweight. So, the end result is a headset that is very flexible, that feels light, but that will also last you for a long time and that can take a bump.
And of course, it comes with a very good microphone to round out the whole package.
This is our pick for the best gaming headset under 100. It is a great headset on its own, and the fact that it is under $100 makes it a steal.
Lightweight and flexible.
Great noise cancellation.
Amazing surround sound capabilities.
Works for both consoles and PC.
Comes with microphone.
The microphone is a bit stiff and hard to move around.
Sennheiser GSP 302 Closed Back Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One
For the last entry on our best gaming headset under 100 list, we have one more great headset that works on all platforms. As the name of the product above indicates, this headset is optimized for use on both major consoles, as well as both major PC platforms.
The audio quality of the headset is great. Not only are the speakers very well-made, but also because the physical design of the headset’s ear cups is meant to keep game audio in and ambient noise out. There is also some very good quality noise-canceling included with this headset.
In terms of comfort, this headset score quite highly. The ear cups use memory foam that conforms to the shape of your ears. Plus, the headset itself is very lightweight. The end result is that you can wear this headset for longs hours and you will still be amazingly comfortable at the end of it. We should also mention that the headpiece is fully padded, so it isn’t just the ear cups that are comfortable.
Fully padded ear cups and headpiece.
Closed back design improves audio quality.
Good speakers and microphone quality.
Conveniently located volume control on right ear.
Microphone is very stiff and hard to move.
Gaming Headset Under 100 Buying Guide
Now that you have seen both the list of five gaming headsets that we picked and our choice for best gaming headset under 100, we can move onto this second, equally important part of our article, which is the buying guide. In this buying guide, we will focus on what features are most important to look for when buying a headset.
Now, not only will this buying guide make buying your own high-quality headset easier (in the unlikely event that you don’t like any of the headsets that we reviewed), but it will also give you insight into the criteria that we used to evaluate which headsets were worthy of inclusion in this article.
To Get A Mic Or Not
There are a lot of different ways to evaluate and categorize headsets. On the best gaming headset under 100 list, the primary divider between different headsets seems to be whether they have a mic or not. So, that is where we are going to start this buying guide.
See, while many headsets have microphones, not every headset does. So, this raises the question of whether you should go for a headset with a mic or not. The answer is entirely dependent on what you want to do with your headset. Having a microphone is crucial for communicating in online games.
However, if you don’t play online, you may not want a microphone because there is no point to it. Some others prefer having their microphone be separate from their headset (this is useful if you plan on streaming).
We personally think that the headset with microphone combo is the best, which is why the majority of headsets that we reviewed on this list have microphones. However, if you feel that you wouldn’t get much use out of a microphone, make sure that you buy a headset that either doesn’t have a mic or that has a detachable one.
Make Sure The Headset Works With Your Platform
You probably picked this up while reading through our article, but we should state firmly that not all headsets are universal. Some headsets are optimized only for use on a PC. Likewise, some other headsets are optimized for use only on certain consoles. When shopping for a headset, make sure that you are diligent and that you don’t buy a headset that won’t work well with your specific platform.
The sound quality of a headset is determined by a few factors. First off, there are the speakers. Determining speaker quality can be a bit difficult but generally speaking, if you are getting a well-known headset, then you can trust that the speakers will be of good quality.
Another important factor in determining sound quality is noise cancellation. You would be surprised at just how much ambient noise can impact your gaming experience. Good noise cancellation ensures that you will only hear the game’s audio, and nothing else. It can dramatically improve the sound quality of any headset.
When evaluating the quality of a microphone, there are two things that you should look for. Firstly, make sure that the microphone can be moved around easily. You want a microphone that is easy to adjust on the fly. Secondly, make sure that the microphone has minimal delay in picking up and transmitting your voice. This will make online communication a lot easier.
One thing that we really emphasized while making this list was comfort. Your average gaming session is quite long, and you might also want to use your headset for other things. So, you want to make sure that whatever headset that you buy is very comfortable. When it comes to evaluating comfort levels, there are a few things to consider.
First and foremost, you want a headset with a lot of padding on the ear cups. Secondly, you want a lightweight headset that doesn’t weigh heavily on your head. Finally, you want the headpiece to also be padded (although this is less crucial than the previous two points).
This is the end of our best gaming headset under 100 article, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the discussion as a whole.
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