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The best gaming headsets to buy in 2021

What are the best headsets for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and which one is suitable for shooters or MMOs? We present our ranking for the best headsets in 2021.

Gaming headsets are essential tools for any gamer. On the one hand, players can communicate with their fellow players, and on the other, they can perceive noises and sounds.

What is the advantage of a good headset? Communication or sound sounds very banal, but can be important at crucial moments: If you can precisely locate your opponent through the acoustics, you have a clear advantage.

Anyone who has ever played a shooter without sound will immediately notice the difference.

In this article we will therefore introduce you to the best headsets that we can recommend to you with a clear conscience:

  • We explain to you what to look out for when buying a headset.
  • We explain terms like ANC and CVC
  • We also introduce you to the differences between open and closed devices.
  • In the following, we will introduce you to the best gaming headsets for 2021.
  • As an alternative, we introduce you to the best headphones for gaming and the best microphones that you can currently get.

If you are not interested in the explanations, but want to know which headset is most suitable for you, you can jump directly to the recommendations via the table of contents.

Do you miss a headset? Then name us in the comments and write why you are missing it. Then we would be happy to take a closer look at your headset recommendation.

Update 04/25/2021: We have added another gaming headset to the article. You can now find the EPOS H3 in the price range for around 100 euros.

Headsets and headphones for gaming at a glance

Here we show you all headphones and headsets from our purchase advice in the overall overview. For the overview, we have once again classified the devices into rough categories so that you can find your way around more quickly.

Entry: The best gaming headsets under 100 euros

In this area you will find above all solid and good headsets, which are aimed primarily at those interested who do not want to spend more than 100 euros. But there is a good sound and a high level of comfort:

Specialists: the best gaming headsets wireless, esports and surround

Here you will find headsets that are characterized by a special function. These include, for example, wireless functions, devices that already offer surround functions at a fair price, or headsets that are particularly suitable for esports:

Premium: The best gaming headsets up to 300 euros

Do you want an excellent gaming headset and are you ready to spend money on it? In this section you will find the expensive representatives of the sound. In addition to high-quality sound and a good microphone, these devices also offer high-quality workmanship:

Consoles: The best gaming headsets for PS4, PS5 and Xbox

Do you prefer to gamble on your home console and are looking for the right gaming headset for it? Here we introduce you to the best headsets for the PS5, PS4 and Xbox. The presented devices all rely on wireless:

The best headphones and microphones for gamers

You don't just want to gamble, but also like to listen to music or just want to do without a built-in microphone? In this section we introduce you to the best headphones for gamers. You can also find the best microphones for your PC and console here.

What do I have to consider when buying a headset?

What should I keep in mind when buying? Before buying a headset, go through the following steps:

  • Wireless or wired: First you should consider whether you want a wireless or wired headset.
  • Calculate the budget: How much money do you want to invest? In our overview, we have therefore set up various price categories to make your choice easier.
  • Which features are important when buying? Comfort, sound quality or a good microphone can be important decision-making aids here. Communication is crucial in many games.
  • Headset or headphones? Many gamers now swear by good hi-fi headphones. These often offer excellent sound quality, but rarely have a microphone installed. Headphones are often better suited for pure sound enjoyment when you don't necessarily need a microphone.
This is why voice chat is so darn important in multiplayer games

What is the difference between wireless and wired?

Both systems, wireless as well as wired headsets, have found their friends.

  • Wirless models have the great advantage of flexibility. You don't need a cable, but you have to charge your device regularly. Devices that use Bluetooth and not proprietary technology such as Logitech or SteelSeries are mostly compatible with smartphones. Wireless is advisable for those who walk around a lot in the apartment besides gambling.
  • Wired models are mostly more universal connections and are not as susceptible to interference as Bluetooth and Co. The cable can still be annoying when gaming and be in the way. Many professional players rely on wired devices because every computer has USB and jack connections. We will explain the difference between USB and jack connection in the next step.

What is the difference between USB and jack?

Most headsets come with different connections. In addition to USB, jack and Bluetooth, there are also proprietary solutions that come from the manufacturers themselves. But what is the difference between jack and USB?

Headset with jack connection:

  • The jack connection is still the most common in electronic devices, making the headset compatible with many devices
  • Headsets with a jack are usually cheaper than USB devices

Headset with USB connection:

  • USB headsets often have an additional sound card integrated, which is why the price is often higher. In return, USB headsets often offer surround sound or other gimmicks for which you need an additional sound card with a jack headset
  • A USB headset requires a free USB port and not all devices supported USB headsets. Smartphones, for example, do not support USB devices or only rarely. Exceptions are headsets that use Bluetooth as well as USB.

Jack or USB? Which type should I choose?

It all depends on what is important to you:

  • pawl: If you want to be flexible and not only want to use your headset on your PC or console, but also listen to music on your mobile phone, for example, you should use jack or real Bluetooth. Some manufacturers such as Logitech rely on proprietary wireless standards that are not supported by Android or iOS.
  • USB: If you rely on particularly powerful sound, surround sound or other special effects, you should rely on USB. Sound cards or chips provide completely different possibilities via USB than a jack connection. Sound cards can also work with jack headsets, but then have to be switched externally.

Open or closed headphones / headset?

What's this? Manufacturers use the open or closed design to describe the design of their devices. Specifically, this means how well the earpieces isolate sound from the outside. But open and closed systems also offer other advantages and disadvantages due to their construction, which we would like to introduce to you here (via Hifi-Suite.de). In our purchase advice you will find the type of headset assigned to each headset.

Open headphones in detail

Here is the advantage: Due to the design, open headphones and headsets offer a more homogeneous sound. The sound image is more detailed and, above all, is much more spatial. This is particularly worthwhile for music lovers who want to classify instruments clearly, or for players who want to locate noises or opponents.

Here is the disadvantage: In the open version, there is no external shielding of the ear. That is, you perceive all ambient noises clearly. This means that the device is only suitable to a limited extent if you are outside or want to play or listen to music in a noisy room. People around you can also hear your music through your headphones, which can be annoying to others.

For whom are open devices recommended? You should buy an open device if you listen to or play music at home or in an undisturbed environment or if you want to have high fidelity. Spatial localization is also a great advantage for players.

Closed headphones in detail

Here is the advantage: In the best case, the closed design shields the ear from all ambient noise. This means you won't hear any annoying noises while gaming or listening to music and other people won't hear your music either. Closed systems also offer a compact and often bass-heavy sound, which is why gaming devices often rely on the closed structure.

Here is the disadvantage: Closed devices are often very close to the head and little air gets to the ears. This tends to create more heat in the ears, which can be uncomfortable in the long run. Due to the strong bass, the sound is often less balanced than with open models.

For whom are closed devices recommended? You should buy a closed headset if you are out and about a lot (for example on public transport) or if you gamble or listen to music in noisy surroundings. The strong bass and powerful sounds are also interesting for gamers.

In the following we introduce you to the best headsets that you can buy in 2021.

Best headset under 30 euros - Beexcellent Gaming Headset

Wireless: No | Design: Over-Ear / Closed | Frequencies: 20Hz-20KHz | Particularities: LED lighting via USB, built-in microphone | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Price range (according to Geizhals): | 21-29 euros

Who is the headset for? If you are looking for a cheap entry into the gaming world and do not want to spend more than 30 euros on a decent sound and microphone, the Beexcellent Gaming Headset is the right choice.

The Beexcellent Gaming Headset offers: The LED lighting on the sides of the headset is cool. This is why the headset has both a 3.5 mm connection and a USB connection, as the lighting is only supplied with power via USB. The 2.1 m long USB cable is also positive here.

By the way, if you want to use the headset on your Xbox One, you need the appropriate adapter from Microsoft, which is not included in the scope of delivery. You can regulate the volume or mute the microphone on the cable itself.

The microphone, which sounds relatively muffled, and the high levels of the sound reproduction are less convincing, which is to be expected at the low price.

Per
  • cheap price
  • very powerful bass
  • comfortable and pleasant to wear
Contra
  • muffled microphone
  • no software
  • moderate height and middle range

What the users say: The headset is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 1829 reviews on Amazon. The price-performance ratio of the gaming headset from Beexcellent and the uncomplicated connection of the headset to the PC or laptop are particularly praised. Some criticize that it gets warm quickly under the headset and that the microphone is only moderately good.

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Best headset under 50 euros - OneOdio headphones over ear

Wireless: Yes | Design:Over-Ear / Closed | Frequencies: 20Hz-20KHz | Particularities: Both wireless and wired possible, microphone connected with jack cable, Xbox support only with Microsoft adapter | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Price range (according to Geizhals): 37- 39 euros |

Who is the headset suitable for? If you are looking for a good entry-level headset for less than 50 euros and expect decent wearing comfort for long sessions, you should take a look at the OneOdio headset

The OneOdio Headst offers: OneOdio offers a pretty red or black look made of plastic and synthetic leather. The headset completely encloses the ears and is very flexible thanks to metallic joints and can be easily stowed in the bag when traveling.

The headset offers both an internal microphone, which is not that convincing, as well as an external microphone that can be connected to the headphones along with the jack cable. The OneOdio does not offer software or the like, but an extensive range of accessories. The Bluetooth connection is also convincing, as is the battery life, which the manufacturer estimates at around 30 hours.

Per
  • high wearing comfort thanks to adjustable ear cups
  • detachable and interchangeable microphone
  • detachable cable thanks to bluetooth
  • lots of accessories
  • good, stable bluetooth connection
Contra
  • high tones very thin
  • sensitive microphone
  • only stereo, no surround
  • in bluetooth mode only compressed audio codec
  • no ANC, no aptX

In our test, we tested the direct predecessor model. At that time, we particularly liked the great wearing comfort (also for people who wear glasses) and the extensive equipment, as well as the exchangeable microphone. We found the sound quality in high ranges and the mediocre microphone quality, especially in Bluetooth mode, to be less successful.

Even now, after several months of active use, the OneOdio headset can still convince. The headset's battery can easily last for a week with several hours of operation per day.

OneOdio now offers a new, revised model. The main difference to the old model is only the way the microphone connects to the headphones: the microphone and jack cable are directly connected to each other and cannot be separated from each other. Otherwise, workmanship, structure and quality remain the same. The connection of microphone and jack cable is a strange design decision, but still works sensibly in practice, even if we liked the individual connection of both the jack cable and the microphone better.

What the users say: On Amazon, 157 reviews rate the headset with 4.9 out of 5 stars. The users are particularly impressed by the comfort and the price-performance ratio, some are bothered by the amount of plastic.

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Alternative up to 50 euros: Logitech G332 gaming headphones

Wireless: No | Design: Over-Ear / Closed | Frequencies: 20Hz-20KHz | Particularities: Foldable microphone | Compatibility: PC, PS4, Xbox One | Price range (according to Geizhals): 39 - 73 euros

Who is the headset for? If you are looking for an alternative to the OneOdio that we presented above, you can also use the G332 from the better-known manufacturer Logitech. This also offers a good entry into the gaming area for less than 50 euros.

The Logitech G332 offers: The headset from Logitech has a synthetic leather look with a lot of plastic. The microphone cannot be removed, but it can be folded in and muted. The headset relies on a jack connection with which it is connected to the PC or to the console. The 50mm loudspeakers are supposed to provide an optimal sound.

Per
  • good overall sound
  • high wearing comfort thanks to adjustable ear cups
  • stable workmanship in spite of all the plastic
  • high compatibility with PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Contra
  • bad equipment
  • no software available
  • weak bass
  • average microphone

What the users say: The headset is rated 4.1 out of 5 stars from 1073 reviews. The sound quality and the ability to adjust the sound directly on the headset are praised.

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Best wired headset under 60 euros - SteelSeries Arctis 1

Wireless: No | Design: Over-Ear / Closed | Frequencies: 20Hz-20KHz | Particularities: detachable microphone, Windows Sonic Support (surround simulation) | Compatibility: PC, PS4 | Price range (according to Geizhals): 46 - 176 euros (wired); 117 - 196 euros (wireless)

Who is the headset for? If you can do without a wireless connection and otherwise rely on good sound quality and a high level of comfort, you will find what you are looking for with the Arctis 1 from SteelSeries. The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is also available in a wireless version.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 offers: The headset from SteelSeries offers a decidedly simple design without a lot of frills for around 60 euros, but does not look as valuable as the competition due to the large amount of plastic.The Arctis 1 offers a comfortable seat on the head thanks to the padding made of Air-Weave fabric (no artificial leather). Unfortunately, the microphone is less convincing in this price range.

Per
  • Great comfort
  • simple but elegant design
  • Wireless variant offers good battery life
  • good overall sound
Contra
  • a lot of plastic, which means that the headset doesn't look very valuable
  • mediocre microphone quality
  • Device compatibility with Android varies in quality

What the users say: 68 users rated the wired version with 4.3 out of 5 stars. Above all, the sound quality and the good gaming qualities are praised: With 4.7 stars, the Arctis 1 is rated very well in the gaming function. Some complain about the poor microphone, which is also said to be incompatible on the Nintendo Switch.