Best overall

HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro

HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro

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The Cloud Alpha Pro ($99.99) by HyperX is a monster of a headset, thanks to its affordable price and excellent features. The drivers are good enough for gaming and more, and the microphone handles communication with teammates. The cable can be detached, which is great should you have an issue with it at a later date, the cups are comfortable for long periods of gaming, and it doesn't have pointless LED lighting.

Bottom line: You don't have to part with stacks of cash for a solid headset and the Cloud Alpha Pro is evident of this.

One more thing: The aluminum frame helps make the Cloud Alpha Pro one durable headset.

Why the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro is the best PC gaming headset

Matching a solid price with excellent specifications, HyperX has worked some magic into the Cloud Alpha Pro, taking into account feedback from consumers on past headsets.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro isn't wireless. The headset doesn't produce the most refined sound, nor does it offer 7.1 surround sound. But what this headset does offer for $99 is incredible value for gamers.

What makes the Cloud Alpha Pro great value for the price are the dual chamber drivers, aluminum frame for enhanced durability, detachable braided cable (with in-line control), and a noise-canceling microphone. Essentially everything a gamer requires from a headset.

  • Driver: Custom dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets.
  • Frequency response: 13Hz–27,000Hz.
  • Impedance: 65 Ω.
  • Weght: 298g.
  • Cable length and type: Detachable headset cable (1.3m), PC extension cable (2m).
  • Microphone: Frequency: 50Hz-18,000Hz / sensitivity: -43dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz).

Whether you want to game on PC or console, you'll be able to take the Cloud Alpha Pro along for the ride, which makes it even more attractive to gamers who enjoy titles on more than one platform. There are better headsets out there, notably the Razer Thresher Ultimate, but for under $100, this is one you should consider regardless.

Best Sound

Razer Thresher Ultimate

Razer Thresher Ultimate

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Sporting a frequency range of 12 Hz to 28,000 Hz, the Thresher Ultimate ($249.99) by Razer is a superb headset. You'll be able to enjoy more explosive action, detailed playback, and excellent positional sound. All these features come at a price, especially when you consider this is a wireless headset.

Bottom line: For comfort, frequency response, and convenience, the Razer Thresher Ultimate may be the definitive wireless solution.

One more thing: If you happen to game with glasses, you'll find the Thresher Ultimate to be a comfortable fit.

Best Wireless

Logitech G933

Logitech G933

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Logitech's G933 headset ($132.99) claims to offer "gaming-grade wireless performance," and it lives up to that claim. You'll no longer need to be tied to the PC with a cable, be it AUX or USB, so wire-free freedom is at your ears. As well as wireless capabilities, the G933 comes with 7.1 surround sound for more immersive experience while in-game.

Bottom line: An excellent, somewhat affordable wireless headset with a good microphone.

One more thing: There are three programmable G-keys that can be set to a multitude of functions.

Best for VR

Turtle Beach 350 StealthVR

Turtle Beach 350 StealthVR

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Turtle Beach's 350 StealthVR ($59.99) is your go-to choice for virtual reality headsets. Playing in VR, you need to have a pair of headphones on. What makes the 350 StealthVR so good is the fact it's wireless, offers great audio, and its light weight. With VR, you'll be moving more than usual and thus need a decent pair of cups that won't wear you down.

Bottom line: Good bass, great lightweight design, and solid audio make the 350 StealthVR ideal for virtual reality setups.

One more thing: Comes with easily interchangeable cables to swap between the PlayStation VR, PS4 Pro and PS4, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Best Value

SteelSeries Arctis 5

SteelSeries Arctis 5

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The Steelseries Arctis 5 ($99.99) isn't one of the more expensive headsets the company produces, but it sounds amazing, has 7.1 surround support, and is arguably one of the most comfortable headsets ever made. Interestingly, it uses a ski-goggle-style headband, so the weight of the headset is suspended, leaving you able to wear it for long periods without any fatigue. The bands are also swappable, so you can add your own flair.

The 40mm drivers provide great sound, and while it's sold as a wireless headset you get a cable included in the box should you wish to go wired while out and about.

Bottom line: If you need a comfy headset that's both affordable and offers good audio, SteelSeries has you covered.

One more thing: The ski-goggle-style headbands can be swapped out for unique designs.

Best for Comfort

Sennheiser GAME One

Sennheiser GAME One

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The GAME ONE headset by Sennheiser ($228.75) is a comfortable addition to anyone's arsenal. Designed for ease of use for prolonged sessions, the headset even has interchangeable cables for use on a variety of platforms. Unfortunately, like many other headsets, the microphone doesn't detach, but you get noise cancellation.

To save you from accidentally cursing at your teammates, there's a handy mute button on the headset alongside volume controls. Better yet, the refreshed model now sports the interchangeable cables and an improved shell design in your choice of black or white.

Bottom line: Noise-cancelling microphone joins stellar drivers and absolute comfort. The GAME ONE by Sennheiser is a joy to use.

One more thing: There's a soundcard bundle available where you can pick up a dongle that offers 7.1 Dolby surround sound.

Conclusion

There are plenty of options available for gaming headsets, but the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro takes the number one spot thanks to its affordability and amazing value. The quality is top notch, coupled with excellent sound quality. That said, should you require a headset for VR or one without cables, we've got some solid alternative choices.

Best overall

HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro

HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro

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The Cloud Alpha Pro ($99.99) by HyperX is a monster of a headset, thanks to its affordable price and excellent features. The drivers are good enough for gaming and more, and the microphone handles communication with teammates. The cable can be detached, which is great should you have an issue with it at a later date, the cups are comfortable for long periods of gaming, and it doesn't have pointless LED lighting.

Bottom line: You don't have to part with stacks of cash for a solid headset and the Cloud Alpha Pro is evident of this.

One more thing: The aluminum frame helps make the Cloud Alpha Pro one durable headset.

Updated November 2, 2017: We updated this guide, offering only the best headsets available for PC gaming.