The best gaming headset deals you can get right now

Logitech’s budget-friendly G435 boasts color and comfort, as well as a host of solid features. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

A good gaming headset is practically a necessity these days. Clean and precise audio is essential for competitive gaming, allowing you not just to pinpoint your enemies but also to communicate effectively with your teammates. Moreover, recent developments in spatial audio and virtual surround sound have allowed headsets to meet — and occasionally surpass — more expensive audio setups, allowing even the most budget-conscious gamer to obtain a competitive edge at a fraction of the price.

While you could always invest in a massive pair of speakers, they’re likely to earn you the dubious distinction of the worst roommate of the decade. Thankfully, the right headset will allow you to keep the running and gunning to yourself, which is why we’ve rounded up a collection of the best deals you can currently find on some of our favorite models.

For the sake of clarity, we’ve broken the deals down into two categories: wireless and wired. The former is tailored toward gamers looking for a little less clutter in their setup, while the latter is aimed at anyone who doesn’t mind a little extra cabling or is looking for a headset that's a little more budget-friendly.

The best wireless gaming headset deals

HyperX Cloud Core Wireless

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5

At first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking HyperX’s Cloud Core Wireless — which is currently on sale for $49.99 ($30 off) at Amazon and Best Buy — for its more expensive cousin, the Cloud II Wireless. Both feature virtually the same design, with a padded leatherette band and removable earcups, as well as the ability to pair with devices via 2.4Ghz wireless. They also feature a detachable, noise-canceling microphone and the same 53mm drivers, which managed to deliver punchy, balanced sound when we tested them in the Cloud II Wireless. Both feature support for DTS:X virtual surround sound as well, allowing for more precise directional audio while gaming.

If you’re on a budget, however, you’ll be happy to know that the bulk of the compromises the Core Wireless makes to achieve its more accessible price point are relatively minor. It omits Bluetooth connectivity, for instance, which limits its compatibility with other devices, and it swaps out some of the aluminum hardware found on the Cloud II for plastic. HyperX also claims the Core Wireless only offers 20 hours of battery life per charge, which is 10 hours less than the Cloud II Wireless. Still, the Cloud Core remains a straightforward headset that’s currently available for less than $100.

Logitech G435

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch

Definitely the boldest headset on our list, the Logitech G435 is a gaming headset perfect for anyone that isn’t afraid to make a statement. This comfortable, oft-colorful headset is on sale in its white and blue colorways at Amazon for $39.99 — its best price to date. Adorama also has the blue colorway available for the same price. If you want the black colorway, however, you can find it discounted at Best Buy to $49.99.

Logitech’s on-ear headset features both Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity, making it compatible with PCs in addition to consoles and mobile devices. The 18-hour battery life is impressive, too, and while it does lack the more traditional 3.5mm audio jack, the included USB-C cable can be used to simultaneously charge and listen.

While the lightweight headset lacks the prevalent boom-mic design used by other headsets in this category — it opts for beamforming microphones — the integrated mic still manages to provide an adequate audio input solution. This has the added benefit of giving the headset a more traditional, on-ear profile, giving you the option of wearing these in public without broadcasting your gamer status.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch (via 3.5mm audio)

The wireless version of the esports-inspired BlackShark headset from Razer boasts a lightweight, aviator design and is currently discounted in the white and black colorways to $139.99 at Amazon. This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen the comfortable headset go for, but it remains a solid discount on an excellent gaming headset that normally retails for $179.99.

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is sturdy and perfectly suited for extended play sessions. The only break in its otherwise innocuous profile is a dedicated knob on the right earcup that allows for quick adjustments to volume when necessary and its detachable boom mic. The headset also features a 3.5mm audio jack and can be paired via 2.4Ghz wireless thanks to the included dongle, but the lack of Bluetooth is a bit disappointing. The V2 Pro is THX 7.1 surround-capable, too, and comes with an included license for Razer’s THX Spatial Audio software.

In terms of battery life, the V2 Pro is capable of lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge, making it one of the longer-lasting headphones on the market. Sadly, however, it still relies on Micro USB for charging.

Razer Barracuda X

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S (via 3.5mm), Nintendo Switch

The Razer Barracuda X, another solid entry from team green, is definitely one of Razer’s more versatile (and affordable) options when it comes to wireless gaming headsets. It typically retails for $99.99, but is currently on sale at Amazon in black for $69 and in white for $64.99. You can also find the black colorway for $69 at Walmart.

The Barracuda X is a fairly unremarkable headset at first glance, given its standard design, but despite its bulkier profile, it is actually lighter than the Razer BlackShark series of headsets. Our initial impressions by Verge staffer Cameron Faulkner noted how comfortable the Barracuda X was, even after several hours of wear, and mentioned that the design sets a strong precedent for potential future iterations.

While the lack of Bluetooth makes the Barracuda X a poor choice for mobile gaming, the 2.4Ghz wireless dongle uses a USB-C connection, meaning that you won’t have to rely on a 3.5mm audio cable to use the headset with your Nintendo Switch. The USB-C dongle can enable wireless connectivity with PS4 and PS5 thanks to the included adapter, too, but it can’t be used with Microsoft consoles unless you use a wired connection.

Logitech G535 Lightspeed

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch

The Logitech G535 is currently on sale at Best Buy and B&H Photo for $99.99, down from its usual price of $129.99. While the G535 isn’t available in the same fun colors as the G435, Logitech does currently offer different headbands for the G535 that allow you to personalize the headset with a variety of fun accents.

Aesthetically, the G535 looks similar to the G435, but has a number of key differences. Its primary method of connection is through the 2.4Ghz wireless dongle, but because it lacks Bluetooth connectivity, the G535 is more difficult to use with mobile devices. Just like the G435, the headset uses a USB-C connection for charging, which unfortunately can’t be used for wired listening — an omission made worse when you consider that the G535 doesn’t offer a 3.5mm audio jack.

The earcups have a similar shape and feel to those on the G435, opting for a slightly angular design and breathable fabric for the cushions instead of leatherette. The left earcup houses a power button and built-in volume controls, too, but there’s no way to adjust the in-game chat or mic balance without using the Logitech G software. Thankfully, the flip-to-mute boom mic makes the G535 more catered to gamers, and while it isn’t particularly noticeable when flipped up, it can’t be removed when you’re not using it.

Logitech G Pro X Wireless

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch

The Logitech G Pro X Wireless is discounted to $179.99 (around $50 off) at Amazon and Best Buy, reducing the premium, esports-inspired headset to its lowest price to date.

The design of the Pro X wireless is mostly an imitation of Logitech’s other G Pro headsets, with aviation-style earcups and a detachable boom mic (it even comes with the same memory foam leatherette and fabric earcups). The G Pro X Wireless uses a 2.4Ghz wireless dongle for audio connectivity, but, sadly, has no other means of connecting to an audio source, limiting its overall compatibility. It also lacks Bluetooth and a 3.5mm audio jack, and its USB-C port can only be used for charging. And although the headset is compatible with PlayStation and the Nintendo Switch consoles (when docked), it works best with PC, where you can make full use of DTS:X virtual surround sound and fine-tune your listening options using Logitech’s G software.

Razer Kaira Pro

Compatible with PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One

If you’re first and foremost an Xbox user, the Razer Kaira Pro is a worthwhile option to consider. It has large, 50mm drivers in each earcup for a broader sound, and you can quickly toggle through four EQ modes — including an FPS mode that amplifies enemy footsteps when playing shooters.

The Kaira Pro is one of the more expensive models featured here, with an MSRP of $149.99, but it is currently receiving a hefty discount of $50 at Best Buy and Amazon, which drops the price to $99.99 in the black or white colorways.

Razer’s Kaira Pro has been one of our top picks for Xbox-dedicated wireless headsets, only being unseated by the Xbox Wireless Headset since it came in at a lower price. This sale price puts them on relatively even footing, with the Kaira Pro gaining the edge in some ways due to its larger drivers and detachable boom mic. The Kaira even has a backup, mobile mic built into the headset, so you don’t have to walk around with the cardioid microphone sticking out if you feel like listening to music on your phone while on the go.

The best wired gaming headset deals

EPOS H3 gaming headset EPOS
The mic on the EPOS H3 is muted when it’s flipped up, as it is in the picture.

Astro A40 TR

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

Normally $149.99, you can currently get the wired Astro A40 TR at Amazon and GameStop for $99.99, the gaming headset’s lowest price to date. The A40 TR is available in three different variations for the same price, which, apart from showcasing different accents, determine the headset’s compatibility with various versions of Astro’s Audio V2 software. The aforementioned software package gives you a way to fine-tune the settings of your headset, allowing you to adjust for a more optimal listening experience.

Keep in mind that which headset you buy will limit which console you can use with the software, but the A40 TR does sport a 3.5mm audio connection, allowing you to use it with any platform in a pinch. Another plus is the sheer variety of swappable components on the headset, which let you change out headbands and earcups, or remove the boom mic altogether. A number of themed components are available directly from Astro, but you can also design your own if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

HyperX Cloud II

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

The tethered version of the HyperX Cloud II is currently on sale in its black colorway at Amazon for $49.99, and in its red-accented colorway at Amazon and Target for $69.99, as opposed to its usual price of $99.99. The Cloud II shares many of the same features as the wireless version, including a comfortable fit, detachable boom mic, and virtual 7.1 surround sound when using a USB connection on a PC. While the wired connection does present some challenges, it has the added benefit of making the Cloud II compatible with a wider variety of platforms.

EPOS H3 Closed Back gaming headset

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

The EPOS H3 is a newer release from this lesser-known manufacturer, and you can currently find the lightweight headset at Amazon and GameStop for around $85 instead of $99.99.

The headset shares a similar form factor to its more expensive siblings, with wide-set, closed-back earcups that offer some decent noise isolation but fall short of what you’d expect when it comes to active noise cancellation. This design choice also lends the H3 an excellent sound stage that's equally impressive for gaming or just jamming out. Overall, the sound quality easily rivals headsets that normally cost twice as much.

Elsewhere, you’ll find a flexible boom mic that is hardwired to the headset and can be flipped up to quickly mute it. The right earcup also has a knob for fine-tuning volume, but the H3 lacks a built-in audio mixer as well as the ability to adjust the mic pickup levels. It relies on a 3.5mm audio connection as well, which may prevent it from working with some mobile devices, but it’s otherwise compatible with all current consoles and PC.

Indeed a bit larger than your average gaming headset, the EPOS H3 remains deceptively light. And while it may not appeal to everyone from an aesthetic standpoint, the thick leatherette cushions that cover its contact points make the EPOS H3 an excellent choice for extended wear. Read our review.

Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

This esports-centric entry in the wired category gets serious points for opting for its super-clean aesthetic. The Logitech G Pro headset was designed with esports in mind and is currently available at GameStop and Amazon for $79.99, a modest discount on its typical $99.99 price tag. This is still one of the lower prices we’ve seen for this particular headset, which was already a substantial value prior to the current discount.

The G Pro is remarkably simple in terms of its appearance, with no visible knobs or buttons, and no extra ports with the exception of a second 3.5mm audio jack for the detachable boom mic. In addition to the expected 3.5mm audio cable, the G Pro also comes packaged with velour ear pads that can be swapped with the standard leatherette earcups, as well as an external USB DAC that can be used to fine-tune your audio experience on PC using Logitech’s G Hub software.

Razer BlackShark V2 X

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

Amazon and GameStop have discounted the Razer BlackShark V2 X from its usual price of $59.99 to just shy of $50, making the least expensive model of the BlackShark lineup just a little more budget-friendly. The headset looks virtually identical to the standard and Ultimate versions, with aviation-style earcups and a flexible boom-mic, and the left earcup features the same quick-mute button and volume control knob. However, the V2 X makes some compromises to achieve its more approachable price point.

The earcups are still roomy and comfortable, but they use imitation leather instead of the more breathable fabric used on the more expensive models. The boom mic also looks and sounds similar to the standard BlackShark, but isn’t detachable. The 3.5mm audio cable is also built into the headset and can’t be detached. Finally, although it features virtual 7.1 surround sound, the V2 X isn’t compatible with THX spatial audio, which limits your options when it comes to fine-tuning your audio.

Overall, however, these changes are largely cosmetic. There are certainly headsets that sound better or have a greater list of features, sure, but it's difficult to find a headset that bests the BlackShark V2 X at this price point.

Razer Kraken

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

An absolute unit of a headset, the Razer Kraken is currently on sale its the black colorway at Amazon and Best Buy for $44.99, roughly $35 off its standard retail price. You can also get a slightly better discount if you’re willing to go with the green colorway, which is on sale for $33.70 on Amazon. The massive headset is certainly one of the larger models in Razer’s arsenal, yet it remains a solid choice for anyone who wants powerful sound while gaming on their PC or console.

The Kraken uses an integrated digital-analog converter (DAC), which provides 7.1 virtual surround without the need for additional accessories. However, this feature is only available when connected to PCs running Razer’s THX Spatial Audio software. Additionally, the headset features thick, leatherette ear cups with cooling foam — which are perfect for extended play sessions — as well as a flexible boom mic that retracts into the left earcup when not in use. And, thanks to its 3.5mm audio connection, it's compatible with both consoles and mobile devices, as well as PC.



Source: The Verge

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