I've tested dozens of gaming headsets, and the one I recommend most is currently at an insane discount, making it way cheaper than usual

HyperX Cloud 3 gaming headset
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I've tested dozens of gaming headsets over the years and I've come to experience firsthand how vastly different the level of quality can be. The HyperX Cloud III is the headset that I love the most because it offers excellent sound quality and microphone quality at a lower price than many of its competitors. Right now, it's even easier on the wallet thanks to a holiday deal.

The HyperX Cloud III Wired is $35.20 off right now while the HyperX Cloud III Wireless version is $68 off. These are the lowest prices either one has ever been since they released earlier this year.

HyperX Cloud III Wired: was $99.99  now $59.99 at Walmart ($35.20 off)

HyperX Cloud III Wired: was $99.99  now $59.99 at Walmart ($35.20 off)

Thanks to the soft cushioning on the headband and earphones, the HyperX Cloud III is very comfortable to wear. It plugs in using a 3.5mm jack and offers great speaker quality as well as great microphone quality so you can communicate clearly with your friends. Plug it in and use it with your Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, PS4, PS5, or Nintendo Switch.

✅Perfect for: People who want a less expensive headset that still has great audio and a great mic. 

❌Avoid it if: You prefer to be cable-free and want the wireless version.

💰Price check:
$59.99 at Amazon | $89.99 at Best Buy

🔍Our experience: HyperX Cloud III Wired review

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HyperX Cloud III Wireless: was $169.99  now $101.99 at Amazon ($68 off)

HyperX Cloud III Wireless: was $169.99  now $101.99 at Amazon ($68 off)

The wireless version is a little more expensive, but it offers an astounding 120 hours of battery life and has comfortable cushioning making it easy to wear for long stretches. I've never had a problem with the audio or mic quality thanks to its amazing design. If you don't need to use the microphone, you can detach it. It's perfect for PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Android devices. 

✅Perfect for: Anyone who wants a gaming headset that offers great audio quality and excellent mic quality at a really good value. 

❌Avoid it if: You want a more expensive Hi-Res Audio headset or you want the cheapest gaming headset possible.

💰Price check: $129.99 at Best Buy | $129.00 at Walmart

🔍Our experience:  HyperX Cloud III Wireless review 


What makes the HyperX Cloud III so good?

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I can tell you right now, one of the biggest gaming faux pas people make is using a bad-quality microphone to communicate with teammates in multiplayers. No one wants to hear grainy or glitchy audio while in a high-stress situation as this can be seriously distracting at worst or annoying at least. 

But that's the problem with many cheap gaming headsets out there, sometimes they'll have good speaker quality, but the microphone will suck. That's why I love HyperX Cloud III so much. Both the wired and wireless versions offer great speaker quality and they both carry my voice clearly to my friends so I never have to worry about being that teammate.

The soft cushioning around the headband and earphones also makes them comfortable to wear for hours and hours. I never feel like there is too much pressure on my head either. Personally, I prefer the wireless version so I don't have to worry about cables while playing on PC and the great thing about it is that it offers up to 120 hours of battery life so I don't have to worry about charging the headset up all that often.

Rebecca Spear
Editor and Reviewer

Self-professed gaming geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's editors and reviewers with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest games on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of articles with everything from editorials, reviews, previews, features, previews, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).