GGToday we are going to talk a bit about gaming headsets. If you have been reading our articles for a while, you know that gaming is a genre that we want to help you with, and that needs regular research of the market. Here we bring some of the best gaming headsets under 100 in 2018, or mid-2018. The list is in order of preference; however, you can go for one that suits your needs.
For example, a wired one might be your choice but a wireless for someone else. And, so on. Nevertheless, these are meant to give you a much better experience and sound feedback when playing games on your computer. Again, why to go for a gaming headset?
Before reading: What I really think of the current gaming headsets
The current gaming headsets range from $200 to $1000 and more. They offer sophisticated technology, and also hardware for greater comfort and luxury. This is a guide to best gaming headsets under 100 dollars 2018 version.
Why you should buy a gaming headset? To hear what you need
The gaming headsets are a must for not so quiet surroundings and many companies are trying to put technologies which help you listen to the game sounds rather than the noise. So, making a list of them in priority order:
- Clear sound from gameplay.
- Reduce ambient noise.
- Cancel ambient noise.
- Multiplayer games.
So, that is why you must get one.
The current cutting-edge technology: Wireless and Wi-Fi
The benefit of using a stereo pair of headsets is much more than just clarity but also to make sense of position and location of the enemy in the game. It matters a lot when playing FPS and stealth games. The sounds are quite vital also when playing multiplayer games. Thus, wireless and high fidelity headsets are the current hot technology in the market.
10 Best gaming headsets under 100: Value for money essentials
To get to the list of best gaming headsets under 100 2018, we must briefly explain the priority order. Our preference was to those headsets that deliver great quality and user convenience when using them. The looks and aesthetics were given secondary priority. So, to make a cut they needed to do better in delivering crisp and clear sound feedback when gaming. Also, the ability to reduce ambient noise active/passive is noted.
Workflow: How we picked & tested?
Again, they are picked based on many factors. The following products were picked according to above norms.
- HyperX Cloud II.
- SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless (DTS).
- Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless.
- HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro.
- Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma V2.
- SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB Illuminated.
- CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB Wireless.
- Razer Kraken Pro V2.
- Kingston HYPERX Cloud II (Gun Metal).
- SteelSeries Arctis Wireless Bluetooth All-Platform.
Why you should trust me: Taking the users’ perspective
We try to find out the content and the products based on user feedback and reviews. In actual conditions when someone is using them gives more insight than the on-paper specs. This is the best way to pick up products.
Part #1 5 Best gaming headsets under 100 2018: Remarkable value-packed gaming gadgets
With so many brands taking up space and putting products that compete in some area such as lighting, wireless connectivity, and audio quality, prioritizing the factors are difficult, often. In this guide for best gaming headsets under 100 2018, we make such a list of the top 10 in the market, as of today.
Top 1 HyperX Cloud II reviews – aesthetics and quality
This product is an amazing device on the first look. The specs on paper are really great and things like active noise canceling with a sound card, memory foam for greater comfort and build quality, in general, is remarkable. Of course, there are many that offer the same, but here comes testing the actual performance, off the paper.
Some major differences in this gaming headset under $100 stem from the 7.1 surround sound capability and noise cancellation using active circuits for better voice over play. In many multiplayer games, you would need a microphone. The 7.1 surround sound is the bread and butter for playing any realistic FPS game. You want to be able to hear who is approaching you and from which direction for the positioning in space.
- 53mm Drivers Neodymium Magnets
- Detachable Microphone
- Noise Cancelling Microphone by Inline Sound Card
- Echo Cancelling by Inline Sound Card
- USB 7.1 Connectivity for PC & Mac. Stereo compatible with PS4, Xbox One
- TeamSpeak Certified with Ambient noise attenuation: approx. 20 dBa
- The Xbox One Stereo Adapter is required, but not included
- It is a completely wired setup, though the detachable mic is a nice touch
Overall, this gaming headset delivers a good value for money proposition. Though there are no fancy bulbs or tube lights, it is really worth purchasing. Again, for beginners, this has everything you want, even if not too sophisticated. Also, wireless is something it lacks, but that is seldom a deal breaker.
Top 2 SteelSeries 61463 Arctis 7 reviews – subtle poweress
This is a great product, though a bit expensive if you wish to have all the above goodness within a wireless setup. So, you get a gaming headset that is $50 more, but offers 24+ hours of battery backup. It supports the latest 2.4 GHz channel for communications. And, not miss the looks are more modest and gentle. It differs in the choice of colors too.
Compared to the above, and in general gaming headset setups, it does not have any red, green or RGB frames, lights around it. It is all blackish and very subtle. Something you can carry to your office without attracting many eyes. Well, it has a retractable mic that will not get lost, unlike the above HyperX.
- Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Headset with DTS
- 1 Surround Sound with up to 40ft/12m range
- ClearCast mic delivers studio-quality voice clarity
- Microphone sensitivity-48 dB and background noise cancellation
- Compatibility: PC, PlayStation 4, VR, Mac, and Wired for Nintendo Switch, Android, and iOS
- The active noise cancellation is not that brilliant, at this price point
- The aesthetics might not appeal to some
In all, SteelSeries is a wonderful brand and have always made great products. This is again a winner among wireless gaming headsets under $100, if you can get some off on Black Fridays. So, it aptly gets the 2nd rank in our list and a subtle poweress indeed.
Top 3 CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB Wireless reviews – affordable wireless
This is a great alternative for wireless setup if you don’t want to wait for the off-season and get it under $100 right away. Corsair is also a known brand. The aesthetics are the first thing that attracts anyone. It is subtle but more interesting than others. It has the kind of looks inspired from aviation copters and robos sort of.
What you are missing is a small set of building quality, color and design elements from the SteelSeries. You still have crystal clear, low latency, wireless audio with up to 40ft range and up to 16 hours of battery life, instead of 24+ of SteelSeries. But, these are alright if you like the design theme going on here. So, that $50 can be saved for some good lunch.
- Microfiber mesh fabric and memory foam provide exceptional comfort
- USB Type A connector
- 20Hz – 20 kHz. Sensitivity: -38dB (+/-3dB)
- Custom tuned 50mm neodymium speaker drivers, bigger drivers cover more range and audio output
- Up to 16 hours of battery life
- Unidirectional microphone with LED mute indicator
- The mic is not retractable or removable, but can be rotated upwards to rest
- No active noise cancellation
So, in all, you get a good bang for the buck. The only thing is that it has a non-traditional design, more game-ish and not subtle like the SteelSeries or HyperX. But, it is fresh and great looking at the other hand a nice gaming headset under $100.
Top 4 HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro reviews – looks and feels okay
The first thing strikes out is the frame design. I’m not into those types of design, but you can pick yours. The black and red also works okay, but not great as the 1st pick in the list. The mic is also flexible and soft though, and detachable. This is consistent, though across their designs. The frame is aluminum though, and not steel.
Further, it has the same all configurations as the top pick in this list. It has dual drivers in both chambers. It has something new though that none of the above had a detachable braided cable, strong indeed and good quality, for inline audio control. An audio control is a great addition.
- Detachable braided cable with convenient in-line audio control
- Detachable noise cancellation microphone
- Durable aluminum frame with an expandable headband
- Dual Chamber Drivers for more distinction and less distortion
- Compatible with PC, PS4™, PS4™ Pro, Xbox One™, Xbox One S™, Mac®, Mobile, Nintendo Switch™, VR
- The design is not subtle and calm as SteelSeries or distinctive as Corsair, so it comes on 4th rank
This is a very traditional looking pair of headphones. A good gaming headset under $100 must have some basic offerings, and it excels them with additional audio controls that others simply lack. If you need that, go for this. Though, the finish just doesn’t seem premium.
Top 5 Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma V2 reviews – interesting everywhere, very affordable
The Razer products are always interesting with the way they design cool yet attractive designs with lights and all. This is a very shiny and lustrous black design all over. Again, very traditional and almost like the HyperX, but still very different. The absence of red frames kind of makes it more subtle. It has a much lower price though, some $20 less than those. We are sure to miss some technology indeed.
But, we get the Chroma Lighting which many like. It is lightweight by the way and has big over the ear comfy ear-rests. It also offers something called Razer Synapse, wherein you can customize the surround sound to your listening preferences and know exactly where the enemy is coming from to strike with precision and secure your win. It is a software, not hardware control.
- 1 V2 to deliver positional audio with pinpoint accuracy using built-in advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound
- Frequency response: 12 Hz – 28 kHz
- Sensitivity at 1 kHz- 123 dB
- Drivers with neodymium magnets
- Fully-retractable microphone with active mic noise cancellation
- 50mm audio drivers, custom-tuned for balanced output
- Cable length: 2 m / 6.6 ft
- No active noise cancellation on headphones
- Traditional design, unlike the Corsair
- Over-the-ear is completely round, not oval
So, a $79 product from Razer has been designed reasonably well. It is not too futuristic or too dull looking. For the best gaming headset under $100, this passes with flying colors except for a wired setup instead of wireless and little things. But, it is also $20 cheaper.
Top 6 SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB reviews – great design, great price
One of the unique offerings in terms of gaming headsets under $100 is the SteelSeries Arctis range. It offers really attractive design, 5 color combinations. I like the one with White and, also Solar Red. But, the additional orange accent makes it stand out, really well. This one though, comes with additional volume control for chats and gameplay.
To mention that it is a separate USB sound card to enhance game vs. chat clarity and all. You do have separate volume controls on the headset itself. So, design-wise it offers great accessibility in comparison to Razer. It charges $15 more too. The mic is retractable just like Razer, not detachable like HyperX. This is a better way to keep it actually as it won’t get lost.
- S1 speaker drivers and DTS Headphone
- Detachable USB sound card with ChatMix allows adjusting game vs. chat volume on the go
- 1 surround sound on the PC (stereo audio available on Mac, PS4, Xbox One, VR, Switch, and Mobile)
- Exclusive ClearCast mic with background noise cancellation
- Traditional yet fresh aesthetics
- It is not wireless, though, comes with other goodies
- No fancy RGB colors and lights
The headsets won the Red Dot Product Design award among some others. Officially and practically a great product and the design is just awesome to have one of these. If you prefer the design concept, everything else is really fine a great gaming headset under $100 indeed.
Top 7 CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB reviews – Dolby 7.1 and Discord Certified
This pair of Corsair takes the same gaming inspired, futuristic, robos and aviator design clues. The striking feature of all is the over-the-ear ear-rest. The design is clean and minimal. You get only a single black color option just like Razer with RGB color illumination for the logo on the headset. On the paper, it is a fresh and non-traditional design apt for gamers.
The specs don’t mention any active noise cancellation, sound card settings or detachable controls like that of SteelSeries or HyperX. Nevertheless, it might be available through the software. The CUE software needs to be downloaded from the internet. It comes with the Legendary CORSAIR build quality ensures long-term durability. It has an LED Mute indicator too.
- Custom tuned 50mm neodymium speaker, certified by Discord
- Dolby certified 7.1 surround sound
- Microfiber mesh fabric and memory foam provide exceptional comfort
- Wireless audio with up to 40ft range and up to 16 hours of battery life
- Optimized unidirectional microphone with LED mute indicator reduces ambient noise for enhanced voice quality
- The mic is non-detachable
- No additional on the fly controls like that of SteelSeries
Overall, this is again the same as the previous Corsair product. The design is unique, but might not be appealing to many who want something kind of traditional circular or oval shape. It is comfortable, though; even it might not seem a nice wireless option for gaming headset under $100 in 2018.
Top 8 Razer Kraken Pro V2 – Oval Ear reviews – oval, not circular. Great build quality
This brings the same style as the above Razer headset, but with more traditional look and feels all over. The earpiece is now oval and nor circular. The detachable options like additional soundcard or controls are not present though. Yet, it has the quality of audio output, microphone and decent performance for the money. Again, this is $30 cheaper than all the above $100 options.
So, if you are a beginner and need the cheaper option without sacrificing on the quality of basic audio output and microphone. This is it. It does not advertise 7.1 surround sound, but speaks of Kevlar-reinforced durable cord. So, again, longevity and quality in basics delivered really well and, really, really comfortable to wear.
- Ultra-durable Kevlar reinforced cable
- 50 mm Razer custom tuned drivers have been designed and tuned to deliver richer audio, crystal clear highs, and rumbling lows
- Fully-retractable microphone with in-line remote (analog 3.5 mm)
- The Bauxite aluminum headband is both lightweight and extremely flexible, so you get greater durability, without sacrificing comfort
- It is not wireless
- It doesn’t tell 7.1 officially
- It lacks Chroma Lighting
- It lacks additional controls like some above
This particular product from Razer covers all the basic areas quite well despite lacking some fancy stuff, but you also get a great pair of gaming headsets under $100, at just $69. The mic is great; the ear-rest is comfortable and sensitive nothing much to sacrifice here.
Top 9 HyperX Cloud II Gun Metal reviews – same stuff, subtle design
If you really liked the top pick in this list, this model is the same with a different color option. The Gun Metal replaces the metallic red on the frame and microphone accent. Overall, it makes it look really dull but inconspicuous. It also gets the unattractive traditional design so you can easily carry it to your office without turning eyes on you.
However, SteelSeries and Razer also have the same design principle, with a fresh design. So, it stands between overly attractive and really dull. The build quality and controls are all basically the same. You get USB Audio Sound Card with 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound and comfy memory foam ear-rests that adapts to every ear size nicely. So, a great option in a dull way.
- 53mm Drivers Neodymium Magnets
- Noise Cancelling Microphone via Inline Sound Card
- Inline Sound Card also offers Echo Cancellation
- 15-25kKhz Frequency Response
- Memory Foam ear pads with an extra set of Velour ear pads Detachable Microphone with TeamSpeak Certified
- Compatibility – USB 7.1 Connectivity for PC & Mac. Stereo compatible with PS4, Xbox One
- Xbox One Stereo Adapter Required, not included in the box
- It is not wireless, no fancy lights either
Overall, a nice gaming headset under $100, except for the more subtle and inconspicuous look than the top pick in this list with red accents a great choice for office and class, but not so gamer-centric design. But, it has all the goodies though.
Top 10 SteelSeries Arctis Wireless reviews – wireless SteelSeries
If you liked the above models and color options from SteelSeries, this is the same with wireless connectivity through Bluetooth. You get all the same comfort and style at $30 more than $100 mark we had set here. But, offers and Seasons like Black Friday are always helpful nothing to complain about the comfort here. It might be for some of the oval ear pad though.
In terms of compatibility, it has great accessibility across devices just like its peers. You can even take calls, join chat, VoIP, and stream music wirelessly over Bluetooth while hearing your game through the 3.5mm wired connection. This really adds a nice touch for a gaming headset. Overall, the same features that the above had, goes with this.
- S1 speaker drivers are engineered to produce a detailed, balanced soundscape with ultra-low distortion
- Clear Cast mic is the best mic in gaming since it delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation
- Perfect for Nintendo Switch, with a wired connection to the console and Bluetooth connected to the Switch Chat mobile app
- There is no 7.1 surround sound for positional accuracy, in this particular version
- The design might be a tiny bit dull for some
Now, for all fine and great headsets, those designed for the best gaming headset under $100, many make the cut. There are SteelSeries everywhere because of its stunning design, which now comes with the lack of some features but the addition of some. You get to pick. It is subtle, can be carried anywhere at work or in class.
Comparison: Top 5 picks: What I really think of?
In all, I like the SteelSeries more, but it is also expensive. The top pick in this list delivers some nice additions like an inbuilt sound card for clarity and stuff, but the SteelSeries or Razer also works pretty well without mentioning them officially. Though, the top pick is based on several other factors like the current black and red theme that goes with several gaming laptops from Dell and Asus. It blends pretty well too apart from the performance.
The Razer and SteelSeries are also nice options for gaming headsets under $100 but they have really nice and neat design. Dell has some nice laptops to go well with them like the current G Series. For beginners, go for the Razer that comes with a brand value and really affordable price tag. Next, consider the HyperX for overall goodness. If you can spend some more, go for the SteelSeries which is the best in my opinion.
Short buying guide: 3 tips you should know
Most of the features are very near to each other in practice, and it is really difficult to distinguish unless you play the games that require such support. For beginners go for the cheaper ones without sacrificing quality or durability with Razer. I like it a lot. The Chroma Lights are a nice touch if you can spend $20 more.
The HyperX is an overall goodness, but I prefer SteelSeries more because of available color options which can cost more or less depending on location. And, Corsair is in a different league with all new striking design.
Further reading time: Read best gaming headphones ultimate guide
In all, when compiling this list of best gaming headsets under 100 2018 version, we have included the most overall headsets. These products deliver great performance and only subjective differences in preference matters here. You can read more on gaming laptops for under $500 and $600 at our site. The 2018 has been really great.
A nice gaming headset helps when you play a lot of games in a busy environment or for nice positional accuracy in FPS and multi-player setups with friends. It is much better than a big expensive speaker system. You get really immersive experience with gaming headsets under $100 and even lower like Razer.