Finding the right gaming headset not only makes gaming more enjoyable, it makes you better. In order to help you find the right headset we’re testing 10 of our favorites. We’ve also made a specification comparison chart so you can easily weigh the price of each of these headphones vs. the specifications you get. Before I begin I wanted to mention that we will take the best gaming headsets from a variety of price ranges, rather than just the best overall, and that overall consumer satisfaction from these products has been taken into consideration as well.
The Fifteen Best Headsets for PC Gaming 2013
1.) Sennheiser PC 360 Gaming Headset
Pros: Extremely comfortable, lightweight, hi-fi audio with 3.5mm connection allows you to take advantage of your system’s soundcard or onboard audio. Clear Bass and audio with little distortion, mic is extremely clear.
Cons: Expensive, the microphone is somewhat large, fit is a bit tight for those of you with large craniums, and while it does have a 3.5mm connection which is ideal for use with your soundcard or onboard if you don’t, then you’ll need to purchase a separate MixAmp or card and may be in to your investment another $100-$200.
Other Thoughts: While I find the sound for the PC 360, along with my Asus Xonar Essence , to be far superior in FPS over the sometimes USB distorted gaming headsets, it does cost significantly more and may only be worth it for serious FPS-type gamers. If you’re a Sennheiser fan, then you could also consider the PC 163 or 333 D for a USB alternative.
Compare: See the Sennheiser PC 360 along with all of our other top rated headsets in our Gaming Headset specification table.
2.) ASTRO Gaming A40 Wireless System – 2011 Design
The Astro Gaming A40 is used widely among professional gamers and is the official headset of MLG.
Pros: Comes with MixAmp 5.8, 40 mm drivers, Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, personalization, plush ear pads for comfort, extremely durable, replaceable parts, and the new 2011 design improves upon old hollow base issues as well as mic durability. Less expensive than purchasing the PC 360 and a separate MixAmp.
Cons: While it’s comfortable it’s not quite as comfortable to me personally as the Sennheiser PC 360. Like the PC 360 it’s also pricey, but among gaming tourneys you usually find either the A40 or the PC 360 so you get what you pay for a professional gaming headset.
3.) Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset
Specifications for this headset and all of the headsets in our top 15 are listed in our 2012 gaming headset comparison table.
4.) Sennheiser PC 350
5.) Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930
Pros: Wireless, up to 40 feet wireless range, programmable keys, noise-cancelling boom mic, advanced Dolby Technology 7.1 surround sound, voice morphing feature, memory foam headband, and it’s comfortable for most head sizes.
Cons: The sound is good, but it sounds a little hollow and doesn’t quite separate the way that both the A40 and PC 360 do. It doesn’t feel cheap, but as far as durability goes it doesn’t feel quite as sturdy as the A40 and it sits a little heavy on my head.
Other Thoughts: At it’s price range the G930 is very affordable and definitely a good mid-range option for casual and hobby gamers and is the most popular and best rated in its category.
6.) SteelSeries 7H
7.) Razer Megalodon
8.) Plantronics GameCom 777
9.) Logitech G35
If you don’t need the wireless capability that the G930 gives you or simply don’t like wireless headsets, then the G35 is a great alternative and definitely my favorite PC gaming headset in the under $100 category.
10.) Corsair CA-9011112-WW Vengeance
11.) Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset
Released in late 2011, the Ear Force X12 is the most popular gaming headset thus far in 2012. It’s really almost a no-brainer for casual Xbox 360 gamers.
Pros: You get a lot for the price with 50mm speakers, adjustable bass, and a durable yet comfortable design. If paired up with a separate MixAmp or soundcard the sound rivals the quality, in my opinion, of headset like the G930 which cost nearly $100 more. Fits even large heads.
Cons: I’m getting more outside noise from the microphone than I thought I would as it was made too sensitive. If you play in a room with a lot of background noise, then avoid them. However, if you’re the only one there, then these are a great value for the money.
12.) Razer Carcharias
13.) Sharkoon X-Tatic
14.) PS3 Ear Force PX21
15.) Yapster TM-YP100A
Ok, so you really should find a better headset, especially if you’ve forked over some serious cash building your gaming rig. However, if you don’t have it right now, then go with the Yapster TM-YP100A. It’s the best budget gaming headset available. It comes with a comfortable over the ear microphone as well as a down boom microphone. The sound for this headset was actually better than I expected, and the microphone was clear enough for my gaming buddies, but surrounding noises did become a bit of a pester. Another downside is that it does feel somewhat flimsy when compared to the models above so don’t expect it to last for the next 10 years.
Pros: Price, Decent Sound
Cons: Durability, somewhat uncomfortable, and the cord is somewhat short.
Other Thoughts: If you’re an Xbox Gamer, then be sure to purchase a Dual 3.5mm to 2.5mm converter.
That wraps up our picks for the best headphones of 2012. What’s your favorite headset? Be sure to vote and leave a comment below. Also see our gaming headset table for additional specifications.