The best gaming headsets offer excellent sound quality that enhances the gaming experience. For example, high-quality surround sound technology helps add immersive audio, replicating reality as closely as possible. For some games, immersive audio is essential as it helps you determine the distance and location of sounds within the game.
You can also choose from other criteria, such as whether to choose a cordless or wired headset, each of which has its pros and cons. And with many models on the market, it can be difficult to choose which is best for you. So, we’ve created this brief guide on wired gaming headsets vs wireless options and some of our top picks.
The main reason to choose a wired headset is audio quality, especially at the lower end of the market. Wired headsets often offer better sound because the cables can carry all the data the headphones need. This means you will need to pay attention to sound quality if buying a wireless model, but you will find plenty that provide outstanding audio.
Another reason to choose a wired headset is that you don’t need to worry about charging and battery life. Instead, wired headsets don’t need batteries, drawing power directly from whichever device you are using.
Finally, wired headsets are more likely to be compatible with your computer than wireless varieties. This is because wireless options need access to Bluetooth and similar technologies that can transfer data without a cord. This makes it a good idea to check for compatibility before making any decisions.
Why choose a cordless headset?
The main reason to choose a cordless headset is that there are no cables that would otherwise get in your way. As well as not having to endure often cumbersome cables, you have greater freedom of movement because you are not tied down to your machine. And cordless headsets usually have plenty of range, giving you the freedom to move around at will.
Recharging is also easy with a cordless headset, and many gamers will plug them in overnight to have a full battery for their next session. Batteries also usually have plenty of life, even for marathon sessions, which is ideal for serious gamers.
Other features to look for
Headsets offer other features in addition to wired or wireless. Some of these features include:
Most gamers need a headset that offers good sound quality. This means good quality speakers and a good microphone are also important.
Gamers usually prefer headsets with large ear cups that help keep you comfortable over long periods and add sound insulation. Quality, smaller designs are also available if you prefer.
Many gamers will spend long periods gaming with friends or alone. As such, it’s a good idea to look for headphones that will be comfortable after using them for a long time.
Not all headsets will be compatible with your machine. As such, it’s a good idea to check with the manufacturer to be sure you buy a compatible model.
Here’s our pick of some of the best wired or wireless gaming headsets available.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 is a well-built and comfortable headset ideal for people who use them for long periods. Not only that, but this headset has a simple, yet, stylish design that helps make it look suitable in the home or office.
Despite sitting at the lower end of the market, this headset still offers high-quality audio thanks to DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio and 40 mm drivers. This model also has a flexible boom mic that offers excellent recording quality and helps make it easy to communicate with teammates.
While this option doesn’t come with whistles and bells, it still makes a great choice for gamers who want little more than good-quality audio. And the HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 sits at the budget end of the market, representing excellent value for money.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 wireless is a great option for gamers on a budget who don’t want the hassle of wires. Sitting at the affordable end of the range, the design is quite basic but still offers good quality audio thanks to the DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio technology.
The simplistic design of this headset will appeal to many, while this model also uses Signature HyperX comfort, ideal for long gaming sessions. The HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 wireless also has a wireless range of up to 20 meters for those who need plenty of movement space.
This headset offers a battery life of up to 20 hours, which is more than most people could need. It also has a good build quality that offers durability in addition to stylish yet simple looks. Easy-to-use audio controls also add to a positive user experience.
The HyperX Cloud Flight is a comfortable headset thanks to a well-cushioned headband and ear cups with Signature HyperX comfort technology. The earcups rotate through 90 degrees and come with LED lighting for enhanced aesthetics, which you can turn off.
The noise-cancellation microphone is detachable for those who want to ensure online privacy, and the audio and mic controls are easy to use. This model also has an excellent battery life for long sessions and offers a versatile sound profile.
This model is ready to go for most gaming consoles, and an adjustable, durable steel slider makes it easy to adjust your headset to fit.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 is another quality wired headset that offers studio-quality audio at an affordable price. This option has a sturdy build quality with great looks, thanks to its gunmetal design. This model has also been made with comfort in mind, and the earpads use Signature HyperX Memory Foam.
This model offers software-free surround sound that provides an immersive gaming experience thanks to the HyperX virtual 7.1 surround sound and 50 mm directional drivers. The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 is also easy to use, with an advanced USB audio control box that helps you make the most of your sessions.
This option has a durable steel frame for comfort and durability and is highly compatible with other devices. It also features a mic with digitally enhanced noise cancellation.
Large headphones with cushioned earpads are popular among gamers for their comfort, but some people prefer something smaller. The HyperX Cloud MIX Buds Wireless Headphones are a great choice for those who want a lightweight, discreet option that’s easily portable.
These wireless earbuds come with a convenient carrying case, making it easy to carry them. They also offer Dual Wireless TWS: 2.4 GHz Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity, making them easily compatible with the appropriate devices.
Despite their small size, these earbuds offer good quality sound thanks to HyperX Signature sound + DTS Headphone:X technology. The batteries last for up to 10 hours, which is ideal for gamers or others who are often on the move.
The OMEN X by HP is one of the best wireless gaming headsets on the market. This model uses cooling technology that helps keep you comfortable during long gaming sessions. The ear cushions are made from an athletics-inspired fabric that breathes and helps keep you cool and dry.
This model is also well-made and offers a firm but comfortable fit. Not only that, but this headset comes in an attractive, elegant design that would suit professionals as well as gamers. Customisable RGB lighting helps you get the aesthetics just as you want them.
Real-time voice feedback lets you hear your own voice in the speakers, helping you communicate clearly without having to shout. There is also a noise-canceling microphone that automatically mutes when you fold the mic.
Overall, the OMEN X by HP is a great choice for gamers who want a comfortable headset that offers quality audio and a mic without a cumbersome cable.
When looking for the best gaming headset for you, you will find plenty of choices with or without cables. As mentioned, either option offers its pros and cons and which is best for you largely comes down to personal preference and budget.
But don’t forget that wired gaming headsets vs wireless options are not your only options. For example, you can also find small or large headphones, with each style also having benefits and drawbacks. Aesthetics can also be important, and you will find stylish designs with lighting and other options for great looks.
The most important aspect for most gamers is the quality of the sound, and you will find good sound quality even at the lower end of the market. Gaming headphones typically offer surround sound and similar technologies that help enhance your gaming experience.
And if you’re a team player, a decent mic is also important so your teammates can hear you loud and clear. Noise cancellation and similar technologies help ensure your team hears every word crisply and clearly.
About the Author: Jamie Finch is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes.
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