what to look for when buying a gaming headset

So you are looking for the best gaming headset, but you are not sure what to look for because they’re so many in the market, and the situation is pretty overwhelming.

In a hurry? Have a look at this short video, and you will be in a relatively comfortable position in making your decision. If not, then read on where we will explain in detail all the aspects, with tips, you should be considering before buying a gaming headset.

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What To Look For When Buying A Gaming Headset

There are Ten very important points you must consider before buying a gaming headset of your choice. We are quite sure, after reading the guide, you will be in a very comfortable position to make the best decision as per your needs.

Comfort:

When you start gaming, the most important thing that you must have is your comfort level with the headset. What’s the point in having an expensive gaming headset if that irritates you, cause you neck pain or headache.

If you are comfortable wearing even a budget gaming headset, that will help you have a complete focus on the game only for hours.

The good quality headset is made of good quality and very lightweight materials that give you comfort and prevents from having neck pain or headache.

Only the material doesn’t determine if the gaming headset is comfortable or not; there are some other aspects as well that you need to be checking out before buying the best gaming headset.

Headbands:

The perfect headband should rest comfortably on your head without causing any discomfort. Padded headbands are the most comfortable ones you should be considering.

If the headband is crushing your head, this is certain that you will be throwing them away pretty soon.

headphone with metal frameThere are gaming headsets that have a metal frame, this gives the headset a very sturdy look, but make sure the metal headband has that extra leatherette material in place that sits on the head preventing the head and the metal frame to be in contact and that gives you very comfortable feeling as well.

If the headband is all plastic or without padding, you should think twice.

Earcups:

When we talk about the comfort of the gaming headset, what material is used in earcups of the gaming headset, matters the most.

Usually, the earcups are made of very soft artificial leather in most of the inexpensive gaming headsets, filled with memory foam that also provides comfort even in marathon gaming sessions.

Some brands manufacture earcups that are comfortable for all those users who wear glasses while gaming, to protect their eyes from constant radiation. These ear cups are designed not to put any pressure on the glasses frame. Cowin E8 is an excellent example of such headphones.

Sound Quality:

The 2nd most important thing to consider is the sound quality of the gaming headset. The audio drivers, the speaker’s diaphragm, in the headset, refers to how loud the headset could be. For max gaming performance, it is crucial to have loud and clear audio coming from the game and your teammate.

Usually, the gaming headsets feature 40mm to 60mm audio drivers. The more, the better and louder. Mpow EG1 Gaming Headset is the best example of having 60mm audio drivers with powerful speakers. 

So if you are, besides a gamer, a YouTuber, or a Podcaster, you cannot compromise on the sound quality of your headphones.

Surround Sound:

If you are a professional gamer, you will certainly know the benefits of the surround sound gaming headphones. In FPS games like Call Of Duty, you need to hear every detail and the direction of the sound like an explosion, or gunshot, or footsteps, so you act accordingly. Only the surround sound gaming headphones can give you these details.

The 7.1 surround sound delivers sufficient details and sound stage where you can excel in your gaming, whether its FPS or any other game.

Features:

Every gaming headset doesn’t possess every feature. It depends on your preferences, which is essential for you could not necessarily be as important to others.

Some games like to have the headphones with the detachable microphone so that they can use them in the gym as well. Some like the over-ear headphones compared to on-ear.

So list down your preferences and decide accordingly.

Size & Weight:

The size and weight of the gaming headset have their own significance. If your gaming headset is on the heavier side, neck pain and some other complications will develop soon, and ultimately you will be searching for other options.

The best gaming headset is the one that offers thick and soft ear cushions that are big enough to cover your ears without putting any pressure on your ears. Hence a very comfortable gaming marathon is on.

Wired or Wireless Gaming Headset?

It’s like an endless debate about which one is better. But it’s a fact that we are moving pretty rapidly towards wireless technology, and over time, the wired concept is kind of entering the “past zone,” right?

Currently, both technologies are in place, and people are using both of them. Whether the gaming headset is wired or wireless, they have their pros n cons.

With the passage of time, all the known brands are working hard, trying to overcome the loopholes and developing the technical specifications of the wireless technology.

Microphone:

The microphone is an integral part of a gaming headset. In fact, a headphone is called a headset when it features a boom mic.

Microphones in the gaming headset are of two types.

  • Omnidirectional Microphones 
  • Unidirectional Microphones

Omnidirectional microphones receive sounds from all directions. This can be one of the disadvantages of an omnidirectional microphone, but to tackle this, most of the gaming headsets comes with noise-canceling technology, later we are discussing that.

Unidirectional Microphones pics the sound from one direction only. It improves the elimination of other unwanted noises and improves communication between team members.

So it’s your choice whether you choose one or the other, but both the types work perfectly.

Noise Cancelling:

Most of the best quality gaming headsets feature the noise canceling. A chip is installed in a boom microphone for the noise canceling that inverts the outside noises and cancels them.

The advantage of having the noise-canceling feature in the headset is that you get the full concentration in the game without distractions, and your team members can hear your conversation pretty clearly without other noises. Hence a lot of focus and improvement in the games.

Compatibility & Connectivity:

Another critical aspect to keep in mind is to check whether the headset you eyed for is compatible with your preferred gaming platform.

If you are PS4 or Xbox One user, you should double-check if the headset you have shortlisted is compatible with it or not.

Most of the brands are producing gaming headsets that are compatible with most of the gaming platforms like PC, PS4, Xbox One, etc. but there are gaming headsets that are dedicated to a specific type. So keep an eye on that too.

Open Back or Closed Back Gaming Headset:

What is the difference between the two?

Open back gaming headphones are those where the back of the ear speaker is not closed but open, and you can hear noises around you, and others can hear the game sound too while playing. Usually, open-back headphones are not preferred by professional gamers, but they can be really fun in some games.

Closed-back gaming headsets are those where the back of the speaker is caped and closed, and your ears are entirely isolated from the rest of the world, and you get a very immersive experience.

In closed-back gaming headsets, you can hear the slightest of sound in the game that gives you the edge in the game over your competitors.

Having the closed-back gaming headset on, you cannot hear noises around you, and likewise, others cannot hear the game sound as well.

So we would highly recommend you go for the closed-back headset, but if you want to stay connected to the surroundings like an incoming phone call or doorbell, then you should consider the open-back headset.

Conclusion:

If you are a weekend gamer or a professional, getting a pair of the good gaming headset is a challenging task. All good quality gaming headsets with most features range from $50 – 100. If you are on a lookout for a more budget-friendly headset, then you should be willing to compromise on some of the features.

This doesn’t mean that headset below the range of $50 isn’t good at all, NO. There are a lot of very good budget gaming headsets that come with very reasonable features that can satisfy your needs while gaming.

So you need to clearly point out what your preferences are and what’s your budget, and after that, you will be in a very comfortable position to choose the best gaming headset as per your needs.

We really hope this guide will provide value to you, and we would love to hear from you as well.

Please share your experience in the comments below.

Have a great gaming time.