With so many different gaming headsets out there, finding the right pair can be a long drawn out process. Our aim for this guide was to make finding the best gaming headset under 100 a simple and quick process with a wide variety to meet all different types of gamers needs. Whether you’re using a PC, Xbox One, Or a PS4, we’ve included headsets that will work for you and allow you to take your gaming experience to the next level.
Keep in mind that these headsets are all between more than $50. If you would like to see some other gaming headsets that cost less than $50, check out my post on the best gaming headsets under $50. So with that out of the way let’s get into the top 10 gaming headsets of 2017!
Best Gaming Headset under 100 At A Glance
Have a look below at our summary of our ranked headsets. We have an in depth review of each headset beneath the summary.
10. SADES SA929 Gaming Headset – Review
One of the most important things about headsets is build quality and the SADES SA929 nails this perfectly. While, they aren’t perfect, they are worth taking a look out for their incredible 7.1 surround sound and a decent mic. If you’re looking for good headsets and want to try out a new brand, then these headphones are an excellent starting point.
- 2017 New SA929 Gaming Headset,is compatible with daily gaming and plug and play.It is the amazing design for every gamer friends.
- Top sound quality:Acoustic positioning precision,game telepresence is better.50mm high flux neodymium iron boron/drive unit,effectively rnhance the sensitivity of the speaker unit.
- Adurable design:Black stencil using paint technology,excellent workmanship.With one 3.5mm Jack Cable 1 to 2(Audio line) and one Virtual 7.1 conversion line,you could find a best way by yourself in gaming or other daily time.
- Humanized feature:Adaptive suspension lightweight headband pad,automic adjustment,Perry Wear comfortable without pressure,a flexible microphone which is full of personality.
- A universal gaming headset.Best gift for you and your friends.
While SADES has been putting out a consistent stream of high-quality headsets, they are still relatively unknown compared to some of the bigger brands such as Logitech or Razer, but it would be a shame to disregard their headsets for that as they consistently produce high quality, affordable headsets with excellent build quality, so they have started our best gaming headset list.
The SA929’s offer 7.1 surround sound which should be a pro for any gamer that understands what this means. If you don’t, you’re getting a great balanced sound experience that has no major cons other than the minimal bass (which can be a deal breaker for some). If you are a person who likes to get immersed into the game world, these headsets are great at helping you achieve just that.
The SA929’s mic is also pretty good when it comes talking to others, but feels a little lacking compared to some of the other mics on this list (a range of 50 – 10,000 Hz). It’s also pretty bulky just as the rest of this headset and the microphone isn’t detachable. If any of these things seem like an issue to you, then you might want to check out the other headsets on this list.
I will say that this headset has the lowest impedance out of all the others on the list. The lower the Ohms – the easier it should be to get higher volume…you know if you’re into destroying your ears. The headset offers a 50mm driver size and has a Neodymium magnet as well to help with those big sounds.
Not everything is great with these headphones. The reason why I placed the 929 at the bottom of my top 10 for our midrange gaming headsets, is that the cable length is one of the shorter cables on the list at 5ft and coupled with the okay microphone frequency mentioned above.
While I am a fan of the amount of value SADES is offering with this over ear headset, they feel very bulky and there have been some noted sound issues for users before. However, if you can get past these flaws, they make for a good pair of headsets for gaming.
The headset itself is about average for weight compared to the others on the list ( .7 lbs / 317g).
While most mainstream headsets are fragile and feel as though they weren’t made to last a long time, the SADES SA929’s stand out from the crowd, for their excellent durability, and incredible affordability. If you’re looking for something that’s going to last you a long time for a decent price, then check out these mid range headsets.
9. Xiberia T19 Gaming Headset Cans – Review
Coming in at number 9 is the Xiberia T19 Gaming Headset. This one is a bit hefty compared to some of our other offerings for headsets under $100 dollars, weighing in at over 1 pound in weight, but this is to help the T19 contain what is a powerhouse gaming headset.
- Long, 6ft cord
- Cool design
- Controls for many different features
- Compatible with PC and PS4
- Detachable microphone
- Issues with downloading drivers
- Chinese company
- On the heavier side
- No Xbox compatibility
8. Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450 Gaming Headset – Review
Turtle Beach carries a name recognition with it that a lot of PC gaming gear does not have. They earned this recognition as a result of their high-quality products from headsets to keyboards. So it should come as no surprise that the Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450 Gaming Headset easily makes our list of the best gaming headsets under $100.
- 100% fully wireless
- for crystal clear game and chat audio
- Superhuman HearingTM audio preset which gives you the competitive advantage of hearing enemies before they come into view
- DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound
- DTS Surround Sound modes to bring out the best from your games
The 15 hour long rechargeable battery in the Turtle Beach Ear Force allows gamers to play for a long session without the worry of losing connection with their headset. When the time does eventually come for you to recharge your headset’s battery, you can do so easily and still be able to game, thanks to the ability to charge the Ear Force while it is still in use (although you may find yourself sometimes struggling with the somewhat short charge cable during these times). The charging port is however a micro USB, so you can buy 10 ft cable for pretty cheap here.
Obviously, the attractiveness of a wireless headset is that you are able to play at a farther distance than the wired brethren on this list – having a 30ft range
For gaming immersion, the Ear Force has some audio presets available that help to amplify certain sounds while gaming, giving you both high end audio and an advantage when playing online. The wireless range of this headset is also something worth mentioning, as the headset can be easily used from different distances and still maintain its sound.
The Turtle Beach has an auto shutdown feature which can be irritating in some cases – if you have times where not much sound is coming from the headsets you will get a prompt asking if you wish to cancel the power off. Regretfully, this auto shutoff feature can’t be disabled. I understand the battery saving feature, but it could be implemented in a less annoying way.
Even so, there is a lot to like with the Turtle Beach Ear Force, with sound quality that is hard to beat and wireless range that is difficult to compete with. If you can look past potential design flaws, then I definitely suggest the Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 450 headset!
7. Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless RGB Gaming Headset – Review
Best Wireless gaming headset under 100
Another leading force in the world of technology, Corsair has many different computer devices under its belt, including our number 7 pick the Corsair Gaming VOID Wireless RGB Gaming Headset.
The Corsair Void is definitely the best Wireless gaming headset under 100.
Not only does the VOID provide gamers on the PC with some of the best audio feedback available for the price, but it also gives gamers options and control like none other.
These options include instant feedback on your audio quality with “InfoMic” and RGB Multicolor lighting that gives the VOID a pleasing and soft glow. While these features are certainly great in their own right, there is so much more to the VOID than just this.
- Legendary audio, zero hassle: 2.4GHz wireless freedom up to 40ft + 16 hours battery
- Epic immersion and true multi-channel audio: Built-in , 50mm drivers and genuine Dolby 7.1
- RGB Dynamic multicolor lighting - nearly unlimited lighting customization
- Complete CUE control software - Link and program your Corsair RGB keyboard, mouse and headset to deliver
- InfoMic: Everything you need to know about your audio status-instantly
The Corsair VOID is made to take you the distance during your gaming sessions. This is thanks to a large and comfortable ear pad and long battery life that makes using the headset for longer gaming durations easy. If you play games that take a lot of time investment, such as MMOs, this is the headset for you.
The microphone of the VOID, while not without its positives, is also the biggest drawback of the VOID. While you are able to monitor the sound of your voice thanks to the “InfoMic” feature, you can’t hear your own voice through the headphones themselves. This can make it hard to get an accurate read on your voice. This is something you may want with this headset too, because audio quality can be sometimes a bit poor with the VOID’s microphone, with wind and static being transmitted regularly.
What makes up for the mic quality is the overall experience you can get from the VOID by syncing it up with Corsair Keyboards and mice. By syncing all these Corsair branded products together, you can get exclusive features that give you even more out of your games than any of these products could alone.
It may have its problems, but the Corsair VOID is still a really great gaming headset choice and is the best wireless gaming headset under 100. If you are willing to give the VOID a try, especially if you own other Corsair computer products, then you will not be disappointed.
6. RAZER Blackshark Over Ear Gaming Headset – Review
Not only are the Razer BlackSharks easy on the eyes, but it also has the specs and durability to put it in the number two spot on this list. You get excellent stereo quality, amazing bass, and some headphones that will last you for a long time. When you consider all of what you’re getting, it’s no wonder these are the top. If you’re looking for something that has all the features and also a name brand than the BlackSharks are your pick.
- Sound-isolating circumaural ear cup design
- Detachable boom microphone for voice chat or added mobility
- Audio/mic splitter adapter cable
- Memory foam leatherette ear cushions for maximum comfort
- 40mm neodymium magnet stereo drivers with copper-clad aluminum voice coil drivers
If you’re someone who’s looking for a gaming headset that will totally immerse you into the gaming world around you, then the Razer BlackShark’s noise canceling feature will be your best friend. One of the worst things that could ever occur is you getting really drawn into the game world, and something break your immersion. The Blackshark eliminates any thoughts of that every happening.
Even though the noise isolation feature is nice, that’s not all that makes the BlackSharks great. You’re also getting superb stereo quality and some amazing bass that is rarely seen in this price range. The Mic is clear and allows for clear communication and is also detachable. Even though this might not be a major deal to others, it’s important to me because I can’t stand having a mic in my face while playing a single player game as it breaks immersion.
All of these things along with the metal frame just gives the Sharks a feel of excellence that other headsets at this price range just can’t seem to compete with.
There’s a reason why I put these headphones at the top of my list; they are just good. You’re getting so much for the money that I’d say that they compete with a few products that are even in the $150’s. If you don’t mind paying close a hundred dollars and want something with a flashy design that also doesn’t sacrifice functionality, the Razer BlackSharks are hard to beat and are a great midrange gaming headset.
Top 5: Best Gaming Headset under 100
5. SteelSeries Arctic 5 RGB – Review
We are getting into the top five of our list now, so you can expect that the next few products will be the cream of the crop for our best gaming headsets. To kick off this portion of the list, we present you with the SteelSeries Arctric 5 RGB.
This over ear headset is a very good buy and comes with an impressively long cable of 10 ft. What i also particularly like about the Artic 5 is that the controls are located on the headset, which i think is an overall superior location than inline.
- Exclusive ClearCast mic delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation.
- Detachable USB soundcard with ChatMix allows you to adjust the balance between game and chat volume on the fly.
- S1 speaker drivers and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound on PC (stereo audio available on Mac, PS4, Xbox One, VR, Switch, and Mobile)
- Arctis headsets feature athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions and a ski goggle suspension headband for lasting comfort
- Arctis headsets won the Red Dot Product Design award, Tom's Guide "Best Overall Gaming Headset," PC Magazine Editors' Choice and Nerd Reactor says, "the best headset I have ever used for gaming"
The quality of sound from the Arctic 5 can’t be beat by many other headsets in the price range. This includes studio-quality voice feedback that will make your voice sharp and crystal clear across the network.
For PC users you can enjoy audio playback in immersive, simulated surround sound, even though users of other devices can still get enjoyment from this headset. And with audio balancing and noise canceling options, the Arctic 5 can help you experience gaming like never before.
If you happen to be like me and have a larger noggin, you will find a few comfort issues with the Arctic 5. Both the headband and the ear cups are a bit on the smaller side, so it may make things a bit uncomfortable until you get used to them.
While it is a bit pricey and a tad small, the SteelSeries Arctic 5 RGB is a headset that can be hard to pass up. Any gamer that can spend a bit more on their headset would be doing themselves a favor by picking these bad boys up.
4. Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma V2 USB Gaming Headset – Review
Next up is the Razer Kraken Pro V2. At first glance you will find that this headset can appear a bit deceiving, with a simple design not unlike those that you would see in a normal set of headphones. Much like the creature it is named after, however, the Kraken is a beast in hiding.
While not wireless, the Kraken has a decent reach at nearly 7 feet in length, and can ensnare you with its 7.1 surround sound. However, again much like the mythical creature, the “tentacles” (or wires in this case) prove to be the weak point.
- The built-in advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine enables the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 to deliver positional audio with pinpoint accuracy.
- Customize the surround sound to your listening preferences via Razer Synapse and know exactly where the enemy is coming from to strike with precision and secure your win.
- Engineered to enable on-demand crystal-clear communication, the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 features a fully-retractable microphone with active mic noise cancellation capability.
- Inner ear cup diameter: 56 mm / 2.2 inches; Microphone Available on PC Only
- The Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 features 50mm audio drivers custom tuned for balanced and crystal-clear in-game audio and communication
- Amazing sound quality
- Oval design helps comfort
- Millions of colored lighting options
- Retractable cord
- Mute control on headset
- Poor quality wiring
- No 3.5mm/Xbox support (see note below)
- No volume control
One thing the Kraken has that sets it apart from others is its appeal to a wide range of gamers. From PC to consoles, the Razer Kraken provides gamers with amazing 7.1 virtual surround sound, immersing the gamer in their environment. If you happen to be someone with a larger head or who wears eyeglasses, the oval shape of this headset can help to increase your comfort tenfold. While these features alone can make the Kraken a headset for nearly everyone, all users can find a little more to love about their headset with a huge array of RGB lighting options.
Where Razer’s headsets look to separate themselves is in the software, you can control the RGB lighting (as earlier), sliders, mixers equalizers. Ultimately the software gives any gamer true customization.
While the microphone doesn’t disconnect, it does retract back into the headset which eliminates the risk of losing the mic, while almost completely eliminating it from view.
What you get in quality of sound and versatility of use, you lose in wiring quality. The wires of the Kraken are rather weak, and it can lead to the headset malfunctioning (hopefully within the 1 year warranty period).
In addition, you are not able to control the volume on this particular headset, and must be controlled from your device itself – which is one of the big reasons why it only made it to the top 3.
With some care this problem can hopefully be avoided, so it is still worth taking the gamble on the Razer Kraken, which is easily one of the best headsets around for under $100.
Note: Razer does have a 3.5mm version (thus allowing it to work with xbox, Playstation etc) – is less expensive but doesn’t offer 7.1 surround (you do get volume control though!) and you miss out on some frequency range.
3. Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Headset – Review
Honestly, the Sound BlasterX’s just sound so good and the price just doesn’t make sense for the quality you’re getting. Look, I don’t know why creative is being so generous, but if you don’t check the Sound BlasterX’s out you might really end up missing out in the future. These are my top pick for a reason, sound quality that rivals headsets that cost at least double what the Sound BlasterX’s cost and you also get a mic that lets you effectively communicate with others. If you’re trying to get the best gaming headsets you possibly can with $100, then it will be hard to find a pair that’s as good as these.
- UPGRADED 50mm DRIVERS FOR BETTER GAMEPLAY - Immersive and crystal-clear surround sound. Audio is rich and alive, so you feel like you're right in the action of your game.
- IMPROVED MIC QUALITY - Redesigned and improved detachable mic enhances vocal pickup and noise cancellation in loud gaming environments.
- DURABLE ARCHITECTURE WITH NEW SLEEK LOOK - New brushed metal earcup plates and gun metal finishing with Sound Blaster's signature red cable and bold red fabric earcup lining. Steel and aluminium architecture provides solid build quality.
- AWARD-WINNING SOUND SIGNATURES - Same dynamic sound signature with punchy highs, mids and lows for balanced and natural sound with enhanced clarity and precision on analog. Connect the H7 Tournament Edition via USB to customize and save sound signatures right into the headset, so that it will reproduce your sound configuration without any need to install software when you're connected to different gaming setups.
- X-PLUS MODE - X-Plus mode accentuates game cues that matter in a competitive game while playing down distractions, by changing the sound signature to audio profiles specially tuned for different eSports titles.
- Insane Sound Quality
- Great Bass and Treble
- Aluminum Frame (Durability out of this world)
- Great Design
- PS4, PC, Xbox compatibility
- Short Cable
The Sound BlasterX H7 from Creative takes the top spot for its impressive style and quality. This headset has a balanced, high-quality sound, with the bass powerfully amplified. Memory foam ear cups and headband make this headset \extremely comfortable and perfect for long gaming sessions. Inside, the foam coating has a metal reinforcement that keeps the headset in place. Its closed design blocks out external noise, minimizing distractions so you can enjoy your game in quiet.
The Sound BlasterX uses 50mm speaker drivers. Without a doubt, these account for the near-perfect listening experience. The 5-foot braided cable is not quite long enough to cover the distance between your favorite couch and the game console.
The Microphone is detachable. Should the mic malfunction, you can have them replaced separately without having to replace the entire headset. It would be a shame to have to throw such a high-performing pair of headsets due to a problematic mic. . Creative gives a one-year warranty on the Sound BlasterX. In the unlikely event that any component breaks or malfunctions within this period, they will issue a replacement at no extra charge.
I really have nothing negative to say about the Sound BlasterX, they’re good headsets and are worth every penny you pay. Great Sound, Mic, and also are very comfortable. As you can see the H7 is easily fit within our top 3 headsets.
2. LOGITECH G430 GAMING HEADSET
The Logitech G430 is without a doubt, a high-quality gaming headset. With 7.1 Dolby surround sound, a very long braided cord, a mic that blocks out background noise, and finally just amazingly comfortable, you really can’t complain. If you’re looking for a cheap affordable headset, then you can’t complain. The only issue with this headset is its questionable build quality. It feels as though it could have been made with more expensive parts, but considering the price so lot at this point I’d have to say you get what you pay for. It also doesn’t work with USB 3.0 slots for some odd reason.
This headset is actually part of my under $50 gaming headset list as well – for obvious reasons.
I’m a frugal person, and it’s difficult for me to think of a reason why I wouldn’t buy this headset. I couldn’t quite make the jump to justify the number 1 spot – but it’s a very close matchup.
- DTS Headphone: X and Dolby 7.1 surround sound: Experience an immersive 360-degree sound field that lets you hear what you can't see
- Built for comfort: Lightweight design and soft sport cloth ear cups with 90-degree swivel for maximum comfort and a personalized fit
- Folding, noise-cancelling boom mic: Reduces background noise for clear voice pick up and rotates up and out of the way
- On-cable sound controls: Volume dial and mute switch are close at hand for quick audio adjustments
- Compatibility: Works with PS4 and Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista computers
No one appreciates bulk in a gaming headset, not even when the headset costs only a few dozen dollars. Logitech understands this, as seen in the lightweight Logitech G430 Surround Sound. The sleek design of the headset gives it the looks of an expensive headset. Memory foam covers the center part of the headband and the ear cups/for increased comfort. Use the 90-degree swivel feature to adjust the headphones for the most comfortable fit. With this adjusting feature, everyone sharing the headset gets to personalize it for their head each time they use it, a convenience that you do not get in many gaming headsets in this price range.
Logitech G430 stands out for its surround sound. For anyone who appreciates the surreal depth of a bass tone, the G430 surround is a delight to listen on. The headset supports a wide range of frequency. Every high and low tone reflects perfectly in your ears, bringing the scenes closer to you. Noise cancellation technology sustains clarity in sound and keeps background noise to a minimum. The volume controls, conveniently located on the cable, provide an easy way for you to mute the game or adjust the volume to a level of your liking.
While there is much that Logitech does right, I do have to admit that their software is so bad compared to others on this list – (hello Razer software). If you are looking to customize something I’d go with a Razer product as their software just allows you do so much.
The G430 doesn’t work out of the box with any unified 3.5mm ports, but you can easily get around this with a splitter i found here
If you’re looking for something that works right out of the box that provides incredible comfort and is a quality product then definitely check the G430’s up – what’s not to like about the price!
Note: There is also a newer Logitech headset the G433, but it’s almost $60 more and offers moderately better mic sesitivity than the G430 and a different appearance – for this reason I have kept the G430 in the list.
1. KINGSTON HYPERX CLOUD Alpha GAMING HEADSET
Best Gaming Headset under 100 & Best PS4 Headset under 100
The HyperX Cloud gaming headset definitely sounds the best for comfort out of all the headsets on this list. Fortunately, the name is not the reason why it made the number 1 spot. They’re also pretty comfortable and durable.
This is the newest headset from HyperX – an improved version over the previous top pick the HyperX Cloud II.
- HyperX Dual Chamber Drivers for more distinction and less distortion
- Signature Award-Winning HyperX comfort
- Durable aluminum frame with expanded headband
- Detachable braided cable with convenient in-line audio control.
- Detachable noise cancellation microphone
When you are spending around $90 on a gaming headset, it is normal to keep expectations about quality low. Kingston’s HyperX Cloud surprisingly exceeds expectations and offers a listening experience usually associated with premium headsets. The Sound quality is excellent, in no small part made so by the 53mm speaker drivers. Kingston has maintained a balanced high-low frequency, ensuring that no tone is compromised. The headset weighs only 11.84 ounces, slightly heavier than the previous Cloud II at 9.6 ounces. It is still, very light that you stop feeling its weight when it has been on your head for a few hours, which is an amazing experience. The earcups come in two varieties: velour and leatherette memory foam. Both are comfortable next to the ear, and the choice of one over the other is merely a matter of personal preference rather than quality.
This year HyperX has decided to have their gaming headset as a Stereo speaker rather than the 7.1 version. Overall, the Stereo speaker offers incredible sound with slightly higher impedance than others on this list (65 Ohms).
The HyperX cloud is perfect for all gaming consoles which is why it is also the best PS4 headset under 100 as well. This headset will work will Xbox and basically every type of gaming console.
Push your seating position further back if you do not particularly enjoy huddling in front of the monitor; the six-foot cable is long enough to cover a considerable distance. Kingston has thrown in multiple accessories including an airplane adapter, which makes this model the headset of choice for gamers who are also frequent travelers. Factor in the 2-year warranty and you have a manufacturer keen to give you the best gaming experience.
Good gaming headsets can be a tricky thing to find. A lot of the time they look amazing but tend to sound like $15 cheap headsets. Hopefully, with this guide, you found some gaming headsets under $100 that you might consider getting. All of these headsets are amazing and the best of the best when it comes to gaming headsets. However, I’d recommend getting one of the top three headsets on this list as they are just some of the best deals you can get right now.
Of course, after you have a great gaming headset, don’t forget to display your gear with a variety of headphone stand designs.
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