Ever since the inception of wireless gaming headsets, there have been a series of obstacles that impede them from realizing their full potential. Most of them come in the form of hefty price tags, latency issues, and battery. But the truth is somewhat more troublesome. On top of what we mentioned above, up until a few years ago, wireless headsets simply couldn’t provide the quality of sound that their wired cousins can.
Fortunately, recent advances in wireless technology have addressed the latency problems, while also offering decent battery life. However, the price you need to pay for tangle-free gaming is still as high as ever. As a general rule of thumb, if you want to go wireless, the best course of action would be to shell out the extra bucks and invest in brand-quality, instead of trying to land a bargain that might leave you hanging in the middle of a heated gaming session.
When it comes to Bluetooth gaming headsets, here are our picks for the best models in the market that will give you the best bang for your buck.
Razer is the manufacturer of some of the world’s best gaming peripherals, often preferred by professional gamers for their build quality and vast features.
The Man O’ War is not an exception to this premise. This top-of-the-line gaming headset features latency-free wireless sound, in real 7.1 surround capacity. This product is equipped with 50 mm Neodymium magnet drivers, which translates into crisp and clear sounds at all volume levels. The Man O’ War offers a battery life of up to 14 consecutive hours, with a charge time of around 3 hours, which leaps ahead of the average. The microphone is retractable, which makes this product ideal for both cooperative multiplayer, as well as single-player enjoyment. Last but not least, the LEDs of this headset can be customized with more than 16 million color combinations.
Up until a few years ago, Skullcandy produced one of the world’s most viral headphones, famous for their designs and aesthetics, over their quality of sound. Nowadays, this company features somewhat more conservative designs while taking an increased interest in the quality of their products.
The PLYR1 is a testament to this statement, as it features proprietary sound technology that focuses on delivering crystal-clear highs and ground-trembling lows that could even bring the dead back to life. This product is equipped with a Dolby Digital Pliix wireless transmitter, that ensures professional-grade performance with 0 latency for a wide variety of tasks, from gaming to music-listening sessions. If that wasn’t enough quality for you, this headset is equipped with several EQ modes that allow you to tweak the equalization to make it better suited to the task at hand. The microphone of this headset is pivotal and can be easily retracted when not in use.
Similar to Razer, SteelSeries is one of the other big fish when it comes to gaming peripherals, often manufacturing products that rival, or even surpass, those made by its main competitors.
The proprietary speaker drives installed in this product offers the detailed highs and lows that are expected from a headset in this price range, and its 7.1 capabilities provide the coveted true surround-sound experience. The earmuffs themselves are padded with a soft leather that offers comfort in even the longest gaming sessions, and the click-wheel in the ear cups allows you to adjust your volume, or even mute it on the fly.
Latency is not an issue with this headset, as the powerful OLED transmitter, paired with the continuous frequency hopping technology used by this product prevents any interference that could arise from a faulty connection. Similar to the Man O’ War, the microphone of this headset is retractable, so you can get it out of the way when not in use.
The A50 were specifically designed to be used in a gaming environment, so you can be sure that you will receive your money’s worth in quality, especially considering that it’s one of the most affordable models on this list.
Like other entries, the A50 offers 7.1 surround sound capabilities with the help of its Astro MixAmp. This product operates on a 5.8 GHz frequency, which is higher than other wireless headsets, resulting in less interference and a clearer sound, free of latency and other undesirables. Since this headset was created with gaming in mind, it offers multi-system compatibility, which allows you to easily use it on your PC, as well as your PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, or other consoles. Last but not least, these headphones offers unparalleled comfort, as they are optimized to be used either flat around your neck -as makeshift speakers-, or firmly attached to your ears with their superior over-ear cushions.
Turtle Beach is somewhat of an underdog in the peripheral industry. However, they have steadily built their reputation by providing decent quality equipment at equally-decent prices. You could say that this company truly offers your money’s worth in all their products.
The i60 premium headset offers top-notch 7.1 surround sound with its Immersive DTS Headphone:X technology, providing incredible spatial accuracy to your gaming experience. At first glance, you wouldn’t even believe that this is an actual headset, as the microphone is concealed in the product itself, so it never gets in the way during intense gaming. This headset offers dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities that allow you to easily connect it to your PC or your phone, with no interference at all. All in all, this is one of the best products for the price, with a great design as well.
Most users believe that wireless headsets pale in comparison to their wired counterparts, and they would be right for the most part. Wireless technology has always been infamous for being expensive and impractical. However, nowadays there are models that definitely warrant taking a look at, considering their features when compared to wired variants. Still, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might end up blowing your budget on a pricey wireless headset. Hopefully, this list will help to give you an idea of the features you should be looking for in order to make the best choice.
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