A decent gaming headset is probably one of the most important gaming accessories you can get. It not only enhance your gaming experience but also can give you quite an advantage over other players if playing competitive games. Hearing enemy footsteps, gunshots, that’s exactly what gaming headsets are made for.
In this article we have picked our top 12 best gaming headsets that you can buy for under 100$, meaning almost every serious gamer will be able to afford them. However, this does not mean that all headsets on this list cost around 100$, there are also cheaper ones. So what are you waiting for?! Take a look!
How to choose a gaming headset?
Before making any purchase, you should know what do you want and expect from a gaming headset. Below are few most important criteria and specifications when choosing a headset.
Probably the most important criteria are sound quality. If you are getting a headset that costs nearly 100$, it will most likely sound decent. The headset driver size can make difference, for example, if the headset has 50mm or 40mm drivers. When it comes to sound quality, you should check such specifications as frequency range and whether it has surround sound or not. Of course, stereo headsets work well. However, if you want a small advantage over other players especially when playing competitively, then surround sound is the way to go.
Nowadays you can choose between a headset with 3.5 mm jack, USB connection or no wiring at all. When choosing your connection type, remember that 3.5mm audio jack is compatible with almost all devices unlike USB or Bluetooth connections. Does sound quality change depending on your connection? No, it doesn’t. However, you should remember that wireless headset can interfere with other wireless devices and these noises can affect your audio quality.
If you are getting a gaming headset, you should know how you will use it and on which platform. Is it PC, Xbox or PS4, maybe Nintendo Switch? Compatibility is a must check criteria when looking for a gaming headset. If you want to use your headset on a console as well as PC – on many applications, we advise getting a headset with 3.5mm audio jack.
Comfort is very important when it comes to gaming. You will most likely spend few hours a day sitting and gaming. A headset with poor comfort level can cause strains and squeeze your head and ears. Therefore, we always advise trying on your chosen headset before purchasing it.
At last but not the least there is the price. As mentioned all headsets listed in this article cost less than 100$. If your budget is around 70-100$, you will get a headset with all the latest features and decent sound quality. Sadly, if you go below this price range, you will most likely miss something out.
12 Best Gaming Headsets under 100$
SteelSeries Arctis 7 is probably the best wireless headset on the market today because of it’s superb audio quality, features and price. One step down is SteelSeries Arctis 5. Basically, it’s the same headset as Arctis 7 just with one small drawback – it’s not wireless but wired otherwise it’s exactly the same. For connection, you can use USB or analog connector. Sound quality is impressive, and you get 7.1 surround sound. We also loved that you can choose it in one of five colors. Overall it’s one of the best choices you can make.
If you are looking for a headset that looks good, has tons of features and superb audio quality, ASTRO Gaming A40 TR is exactly for you. It’s very basic yet modern headset that comes with traditional 3.5 mm connector. Therefore, it’s compatible with all gaming platforms.
The build quality feels very sturdy and well made. It’s also relatively light headset making it super comfortable for long gaming sessions.
SteelSeries Siberia v2 is a simple yet stylish headset that has everything a casual gamer would need. The only drawback is no 7.1 surround sound, otherwise, this headset is great. You get 50mm drivers that provide you with excellent sound quality. Although bass sometimes can feel a bit muddy, overall it does great.
This headset has very good noise reduction features for both – earcups and microphone.
Kingston’s HyperX Cloud II is one of our all-time favorite headsets simply because it works great. You get huge 53mm drivers with neodymium magnets, 7.1 surround sound and noise-canceling microphone. We were also very impressed with the 15-25kKhz frequency range which is much wider than traditional 20-20kHz meaning you will hear deeper bass and higher pitches. Comfort wise it’s also great. Going to use your headset for 8 hours a day? No problem, memory foam ear pads with an extra set of Velour ear pads makes this headset very comfortable.
Razer is a well-known gaming accessory manufacturer. Although products of this brand usually cost quite a lot of money, it’s a good investment. Razer Kraken Pro V2 comes with 50 mm Razer™ custom tuned drivers that sound very well and in a combination with this classy yet sturdy and solid design makes Razer Krakken Pro V2 so desirable.
If you can’t afford HyperX Cloud II yet still want something that sounds just as good, a wise choice would be HyperX Cloud Stinger. Of course, it doesn’t have as many features and it’s a stereo headset yet it still sounds excellent and is very suitable for gaming. Also, the build quality is quite flimsy featuring hard plastic. However, can you ask much more from a headset that costs two times less than HyperX Cloud II?
A step up from Razer Kraken Pro V2 is RazerKraken 7.1 Chroma V2. You get the same elegant and classic looking design, very similar build. You get 7.1 surround sound, customizable Chroma lighting with 16.8 million color options. This surely is a headset for those who want a quality product for not a lot of price. Basically, you get a premium headset under 100$. Only drawback – this headset is wired.
Logitech is well-known gaming accessory manufacturer. When it comes to audio systems, they are very well at making speakers. While many gamers use Logitech’s speakers, few use their headsets. G933 Artemis is their high-end gaming headset that’s compatible will almost every gaming platform. Sound quality is great and you get all the features you would expect – LED lighting, 7.1 surround sound and much. Unfortunately for under 100$, you can only get the wired version of this headset.
This is probably the cheapest gaming headset on this list. Turtle Beach Ear ForceRecon 50 is a very simple and basic yet good sounding gaming headset. Because of traditional 3.5mm connector, it’s compatible with all gaming platforms. Simple said – if you’re on a budget, this probably is your best bet.
Another very modern and up to date headset. Although it doesn’t have such features as noise cancellation microphone or 7.1 surround sound, it still is a superb headset and quite cheap to buy. As for sound quality – it’s good, we didn’t had any complaints.
This is an excellent gaming headset that’s made by not so well known brand. Despite that, it has a lot to offer. First, you get a stainless steel frame that gives a very robust feel. Then for audio, this headset features 50mm high definition speakers which deliver high-quality audio. Best thing is that this headset ins’t as expensive as it seems at first.
Many think that you can’t get a decent wireless headset for under 100$. Ear Force Stealth 400 proves it’s wrong. Battery life is around 15 hours which is more than enough for most gamers and it’s compatible with almost all gaming platforms. As for audio – no complaints here.
We truly hope that this article helped you choose your best fit. All gaming headsets above are excellent and offers superb audio quality. You just have to choose what design, brand, and features you want. You won’t be disappointed no matter which headset you choose. Just before you do so, check compatibility with your system. If you are after specific console headsets, check out our top Xbox headset and PS4 headset articles.
Have a specific headset in mind that you would include in this list? Which headset would you choose? Feel free to comment below.