You have a number of choices if you’re looking for a gaming headset in 2022. While there are some excellent options available, it’s simple to overpay, get a headset that doesn’t function with your preferred console or platform, or end up with one that’s unpleasant after a few hours of usage. Knowing a little about headphones can help, but shopping for gaming headsets has only gotten more difficult — especially the wireless ones.
Wireless headphones for Xbox, for example, use Microsoft’s proprietary wireless protocol. In most situations, they’ll only work on Xbox consoles or PCs with one of Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Adapters plugged in. In contrast, a multiplatform wireless headset with a 2.4GHz wireless USB dongle will most likely operate on the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch (when plugged into the console’s TV dock), and PC — but not the Xbox. To summarise, it’s better to choose a headset that specifically states that it supports your preferred platform on the box, or if you are ultimately unsure, just buy wired headsets instead.
Let’s take a look at the top 3 gaming headsets to buy in 2022.
Number 1. Logitech G435 Lightspeed ($79)
Logitech has been on the verge of creating a gaming headset that will satisfy console, mobile, and PC gamers alike for quite some time. With its new $79.99 (sometimes cheaper) G435 wireless gaming headset, it has finally nailed the balancing act. While the lack of a boom microphone (beamforming microphones) and poor noise isolation will certainly disappoint most enthusiasts, the G435 is a lightweight and pleasant delight to use.
The G435 includes a USB-A audio transmitter that works with most platforms that have that connector, including PCs, PlayStation consoles, and the dock for the Nintendo Switch. However, it is not compatible with Xbox. I’ve also had luck connecting it to my Oculus Quest 2, MacBook Pro, and other devices via a USB-A to USB-C converter.
Aside from its broad compatibility and comfort, the G435’s standout feature is its Bluetooth mode, which allows you to connect to a phone and remain available for calls while using the headset for something else via the 2.4GHz transmitter. You may also use them as ordinary Bluetooth headphones. Although the G435 isn’t the first device to combine Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless, its small weight makes it a more convenient companion to bring around and use for work and play.
The G435 headset is based on the design of the G733, but without the futuristic LEDs. It has ventilated ear pads like the G733, but its plastic headband is coated in a layer of cloth. When it comes to plastic, you’ll find a lot of it here. Many of our other alternatives below include steel-reinforced arms, but this isn’t one among them. When it’s on your head, however, it’s so cosy that you might forget about that minor feature.
The ear cups are attached to rails that extend from the headband, allowing you to effortlessly adjust them until you find the perfect fit. Despite the fact that the G435’s advertising suggests it was designed for a younger generation, my large skull fits comfortably inside the G435’s sizing range. There’s no obnoxious clamping, and these are quite light, so I didn’t have any weariness.
I often find myself picking these up just to listen to music because the sound quality is greater than I expected for the price. They’re also suitable for gaming, albeit they lack the robust low-end sound and noise isolation that you may require (especially if you game competitively). In general, the G435, if you’re looking for a lightweight wireless gaming headset that costs less than $80 (though it’s typically less), has a reasonable amount of functions, and is compatible with a wide range of devices, is a solid choice.
If you’re willing to spend a bit extra on a gaming headset, the Epos H3Pro Hybrid is a new favourite. This wireless device, like the G435 Lightspeed, supports 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth at the same time for $279. However, it’s a significant improvement in terms of comfort, general build quality, smart design, and sound quality, all while being reasonably light at 311 grammes.
It looks and feels a lot like the company’s more cheap H3 Hybrid wired headset, which has Bluetooth capability in addition to the tethered connection. The H3Pro Hybrid, on the other hand, removes the cord (though wired is still an option) and adds other features that make the price difference worthwhile.
The H3Pro Hybrid, in particular, has a lever that activates active noise cancellation, which further minimises incoming noise from your surroundings. Already, the thick, velvety ear cups do a good job of noise isolation, but ANC takes it a step further. When the sound-dampening feature is turned on, it’s impossible to hear much of anything around you, so gamers who need to concentrate on positional sounds will appreciate these (not to mention how handy the feature is for just filtering out noise to focus on work).
Aside from that, the H3Pro Hybrid lives up to its price tag by nailing the essentials. The steel-reinforced headband is sturdy and flexible, with a plethora of sizing options that well exceed the size that my huge head necessitates. The ear cups are just tight enough to form a seal against your skin, and the headband has plenty of padding to keep it from weighing you down.
The battery life is adequate. These feature USB-C charging and can last up to 20 hours with ANC on and more than 30 hours with ANC off.
Number 3. Microsoft Xbox Wireless Headset ($99.99)
The Xbox Wireless headset from Microsoft is surprisingly nice at $100. It has all of the same features as our previous top selection, the Razer Kaira Pro, but costs $50 less and looks better. This headset, like the Surface Headphones, has twistable dials on the outside of the earcups, which makes rapid adjustments like turning up the volume on the right side or changing the game / chat audio mix on the left side much easier.
This headset uses the Xbox Wireless protocol to connect to a contemporary Xbox system with a single press of the pairing button (it pairs just like a controller). It also supports simultaneous Bluetooth connections, allowing you to pair your phone and console at the same time.
At roughly 15 hours per charge, the battery life is adequate but not exceptional. While I appreciate the Bluetooth capability, this headset lacks a multifunction button for controlling, for example, phone calls or playing/ pause music or podcasts from a connected phone or tablet. Another flaw is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone connector, however this may not be a deal breaker for you.
Microsoft’s headset doesn’t break any new ground, but it does a lot of things well for a low price. Other models with better noise cancellation and sound quality than this one are available. However, most individuals should be satisfied with what the Xbox Wireless headset has to offer if they don’t want to spend more than $100.