People who are low on budget are practically forced to go with the more affordable options while professional gamers usually get their high-end gear from their sponsors. If you’re tired of the constant buzzing and hissing feedback from your budget headphones and are looking for an upgrade, we’ve handpicked 7 gaming headsets under $100 for you to choose from.
Let’s start off with HyperX’s Cloud II Gaming headset. Overall, it’s pretty safe to say that this might be best model in this price point category as it excels in virtually every possible field of performance.
In terms of sound, it packs 53mm neodymium magnets coupled with 7.1 surround sound technology, so you can rest assured that the audio quality of the Cloud II is impeccable, to say the very least.
The sound dampening features include a noise-cancelling microphone and Echo cancelling technology. This basically means that the sound bleed is kept to a minimum. As far as comfort is concerned, the Cloud II packs ultra plushy memory-foam muffs with an extra Velour pad set.
There’s been a lot of talk about Steel Series’ Arctis releases, and even though the Arctis 3 is among the earliest iterations, it’s one of the best wireless gaming headsets on the market.
Obviously enough, the sheer fact that it comes with Bluetooth technology makes it a bit more convenient than most wired models.
Generally, its sound quality is pretty great for the price, and the muffs are very comfortable to wear. Additionally, the microphone was specifically designed for in-game conversations and comes outfitted with great noise-cancelling technology.
There’s just one downfall to it, however. These headphones don’t sound too great on any other platform apart from PC. On the brighter side, it is compatible with all sorts of gaming platforms, such as PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox.
Next up is Razer’s Kraken headset. This is a perfect option for gamers that are looking for a well-rounded headphone set. It packs a formidable set of features and it’s very comfortable due to its plushy, lightweight build. The Kraken is made of premium quality bauxite aluminium materials, so it’s pretty safe to say that it was built to last.
First of all, the sound chip of the Kraken features custom tuned 50 millimetre drivers. In comparison to the standard 50mm chip set, the one that Kraken comes supplied with has a slightly more balanced soundstage.
As far as its comfort rating goes, the Kraken is fairly light and supplied with gel-infused ear cushions. They’re not just plushy, though, as they will make you sweat substantially less.
Here we have yet another great wireless gaming headset made by Trond. Though they aren’t as famous as HyperX, SteelSeries, or Sennheiser, this model shows a lot of promise.
First of all, these headphones pack a very strong battery which can last up to 30 hours per charge. They’re also incredibly comfortable as they sport plushy earmuffs that can swivel up to 115 degrees. Additionally, Trond’s headphones weigh only 7.5 ounces, but even so they’re quite formidable in terms of durability.
Moreover, this headset packs a Bluetooth version 4.2. Though it is not the latest version, it’s significantly more reliable and faster than the 4.1. which most similarly priced models come outfitted with. Trond’s headset sounds pretty good for the money, especially in the bass section, but the 40mm drivers aren’t as powerful as 50mm chipsets that are regarded as the industrial standard.
Cougar’s Immersa gaming headset was designed for hardcore gamers. Though it might not look as flashy, it offers premium comfort and exceptional sound quality, not to mention that it’s counted among the best budget gaming headsets due to its inviting affordability.
In terms of sound, the Immersa fares pretty well, although there’s nothing too exceptional about it. However, when it comes to comfort it’s safe to say that it has no equal in the price range.
This headset packs two sets of memory foam pads, a titanium-coated diaphragm, and to top it all, it’s incredibly elastic and flexible. The clamping pressure it puts up is minimal, and there’s no way you’d sweat excessively because the headband is attached to a set of barely noticeable cables.
Though we could say that it’s not the most durable of headsets out there, its incredible adaptability makes it well worth the money.
Turtle Beach is generally known for their premium quality models, such as the Stealth 700, Elite Pro 2 and Elite Atlas Aero, but they also offer a wide variety of decently affordable gaming headsets such as the Recon 70.
This headphone set comes outfitted with 40mm speaker magnets that were finely tuned to provide a boost in bass. Additionally, the Recon got its name due to its lightweight and very flexible frame. Even so, this headset is quite durable, as it’s made of sturdy plastic materials.
As far as comfort goes, the Recon 70 is outfitted with an incredibly gentle ear cushions made from synthetic leather. This type of material is also quite thick, so the sound isolation is improved in turn.
Overall, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 holds a huge value for the cash, even if we’re to completely neglect the fact that it’s a very affordable gaming headset.
Last, but not least, we’re recommending you a model that’s, perhaps not cheap enough to be put in the budget section, but it’s definitely one of the most affordable models on our list.
The Eksa’s E900 gaming headset is one of the best-sounding models in the lower-end of this price range as it packs 7.1 Surround sound technology and a set of fairly strong drivers. With its ergonomic and lightweight design it’s incredibly comfortable to wear.
In terms of compatibility, Eksa’s E900 works well with playstations, Xboxes, PCs, Macs, PSPs, laptops, and most modern smart phones. The only drawback of this headset is that the earmuffs put up quite a bit of clamping pressure, so using them for longer periods of time might lead to some ear fatigue.
The ‘medium price point category’ is full of premium quality models, up to the point where it’s hard to distinguish great ones from the very best. Nevertheless, we’ve managed to find models that not only comply to the industrial standards in terms of quality, but raise the bar in turn. Let’s take a look at what makes the best mid-priced gaming headsets so good.
While gamers who are low on budget search for durable low-end headphones, those with some money to spare often look for models that sound a bit better than their previous ones. Of course, durability is still very important, but it’s safe to say that the quality of sound a headset can offer you is placed first on the ‘what to look for’ list.
The second key factor you should take into consideration is durability. Although mid-priced headsets are almost by default more durable than budget models, not all headphones in this price range were built to last per se. However, each of the 7 models we’ve included in our review are sturdy enough to withstand several months of usage, to say the very least.
There are many great gaming headsets that come supplied with ‘exceptional’ features within the price range of $100, so while you’re at it you should be on a lookout for them. For instance, the Eksa’s E900 features a dual-interface design, the Immersa is among the most flexible headsets out there while the HyperX’s Cloud II features Echo Cancelling feature.
The price point category of ‘under $100’ is filled with all kinds of gaming headsets, some of which are relatively basic, and some which are extraordinary in all possible aspects.
Due to the fact that the market is overwhelmed by new manufacturers every day, it’s pretty safe to say that we’ll start seeing some of the boutique models (from higher price ranges) fall into this category. As a matter of fact, that process is well underway for quite some time now. Plainly put, you should expect to find a gaming headset that could match the performance of a boutique level model.
Unlike the models from the budget price point category, the mid-priced gaming headsets excel in multiple fields of performance, or at least the high value models do. It’s not uncommon to stumble upon a headset that packs a durable frame and is equipped with a powerhouse of a chip, such would be the HyperX Cloud II for example.
On another hand, models such as Cougar’s Immersa sound great but are not nearly as durable as, say Razer’s Kraken. However, the Immersa offers unparalleled comfort rating and adaptability. In this light, we can conclude that mid-priced gaming headsets are leagues above budget models.
As a matter of fact, there are even some budget gaming headsets that come supplied with exquisite features, but they’re far more present in the designs of mid-priced headsets. Certain models feature surround sound technology, some wireless models have batteries that can survive up to 30 hours per charge.
There are numerous models that sport outstanding features, such as the Turtle Beach Recon 70, for example, which rocks a set of very comfortable earmuff cushions made of synthetic leather and a flip-up microphone.
After comparing all of the 7 models we’ve listed so far, it feels like HyperX Cloud II has a bit more benefits to offer. This gaming headset features the best drivers (53mm Neodymium), the best ambient noise reduction technologies, superior comfort rating, and unmatched compatibility. Overall, it has everything you could possibly want from a gaming headset within the price range of $100.
The runner-up would be Razer’s Kraken, as it packs a similar set of features (albeit slightly inferior drivers and durability), with the addition of superior construction in terms of weight. This being said, all the models we’ve listed are very valuable for the cash, so kick back and take your pick.