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Top 3 Gaming Headsets

Finding the right gaming headset for you isn’t always as easy as it sounds, and there are many reasons for this. The first, and most obvious is the fact that comfort plays a large role in the decision-making process, and as many people no longer have access to physical displays of headphones at retail stores, the only way that they will know for sure if something fits correctly is when it arrives at the door. The second issue is sound quality. While you might not realise it, there are many different connector types and driver designs that make sound reproduction different between manufacturers, and even models.

Headset Basics

1. Cup Design

As a gamer, you know that being interrupted while playing your favourite gaming title is never ideal. For this reason, you want the ear cup design to block out all sound that isn’t coming directly from the headset’s speaker drivers. This sound isolation also helps with sound quality and clarity, providing balanced highs, mids and lows. As well as having excellent sound dampening properties, you want these ear cups to be comfortable, with high-quality materials that do not irritate your ears or deteriorate too quickly.

2. Controls

Ease of use should be another important consideration when looking to purchase a headset. Being able to adjust your volume mid game, mute your microphone, or change sound profiles without having to minimise your game and tweak your PC’s software is essential. Beware of any headsets that do not have physical controls on the headset unit, as this means that you will need to rely on software to control your volume levels.

3. Cable or Wireless?

This will vary from person to person, and setup to setup. You will need to decide if you are happy to use a wireless headset that requires charging in between gaming sessions. If not, then you will need a wired headset instead. The next issue you will need to contend with is cable length. If you game on a console, then the distance from your favourite seat to your console or TV needs to be short enough for your headset cable.

Some Examples

 1. Razer ManO’War Wireless 7.1

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Razer has created a high-performance wireless headset with impressive range, sound quality and design. The maximum wireless range is 12m thanks to the 2.4GHz wireless signal that it uses. Sound quality is outstanding, thanks to the 50mm Neodymium magnet drivers that are installed in the ear cups. There is a removable microphone that pulls out of the left-hand ear cup. System compatibility is also good, with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Mac, and PlayStation 4 all catered for.

2. HyperX Cloud Revolver

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HyperX introduced their own take on gaming headsets some years ago, and the industry has approved. The Cloud Revolver model features great sound quality via the customizable ear cups, and the cable is more than long enough for most gaming setups. Connectors are available as USB and 3.5mm headphone jack, meaning that you can use this headset on many different devices for your gaming requirements.

3. Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset

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On the more affordable end of the scale, we have the no-nonsense Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset. This is a robust set of headphones, and comes with a high-quality microphone, DTS Headphone, X7.1 Surround Sound and Logitech’s own Pro-G drivers, which give a good frequency response as well as better dynamic range.

The final word

Once you have delved into the features of a potential headset, you will have a better understanding of what you should be looking for in this vital gaming peripheral. Be sure to check out which features each one has before making your final decision and be sure to read as much about each device as you can before going for it.