Top 5: Best PC Gaming Headsets Under $50

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If you’re looking to pick up the best budget gaming headset for under $50, this is the list you need to read. Picking the best headset for gaming doesn’t mean looking for the shiniest lights and most futuristic look, it means finding the best audio quality for the best price possible – especially when you’re on a budget of $50.

Depending on the type of gaming you do, a headset can make an immense difference on how you’re able to perform. In FPS games for instance, where hearing is key, a good headset will probably give you the upper-hand on those without one; you’ll be able to pinpoint your enemy by their footsteps before they have a chance to even see you.

If you’re looking for over ear headphones (without a mic) for under $50, then you should check out this other list!

#5

Etekcity Scroll H5GX

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$54.50 USD
At Amazon

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Etekcity is a relatively smaller brand, but they really did a good job with the Scroll H5GX gaming headset!

They don’t claim to feature any virtual 7.1 surround sound, but they still deliver a wide soundstage for a $20 headset. They also feature a rotateable unidirectional mic, and a lot of comfort which makes this headset a good choice for gaming. The H5GX is also super flexible and can basically be stretched and twisted in any direction.

The Scroll H5GX gaming headset is able to deliver a rich, virtually produced 360⁰ soundstage that sounds great. I don’t think you’ll run into any issues with them not being loud enough, or not powerful enough. Although the headset boasts great sound quality, it suffers in the mic department, and it tends to pick up a fair amount of background noise.

The overall design looks and feels great, and they even have a novel LED feature that’s powered by USB. There’s also two 3.5mm jacks, one for audio and one for the mic.

For $19, I really have a hard time finding any real complaints with the H5GX headset, and I think you’ll be in the same boat. It’s a really decent headset for under $20.

Pros

  • Solid sound quality
  • Comfortable
  • Durable (and extremely flexible)
  • In-line controls

Cons

  • Some people might find the ear cups uncomfortable
  • Not the best mic

Specs

  • 40mm Speaker Drivers
  • 20Hz-20KHz Frequency Response
  • Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Unidirectional Mic
  • Weighs 10 ounces
  • Wired (6ft, USB & 3.5mm, braided)

#4

Logitech G230

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$33.99 USD
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Logitech’s G230 gaming headset is probably one of the older sets on this list, but it’s tried & true and still competes with newer tech in the sub-$50 range.

They don’t claim to feature virtual 7.1 surround and they deliver a rich and wide soundstage that allows you to pinpoint sounds with ease.

Although the set I tested worked perfectly, there have been a few people mention that the quality of the mic is substandard. Like I said, mine worked well, but I don’t doubt that this issue exists.

The G230 is comfortable for short uses, but can get somewhat uncomfortable during extended use depending on your preferences. Personally, I found it pretty comfy.

Overall, the Logitech G230 gaming headset is a good one to consider for under $50, and if you can deal with a sometimes crappy mic, they will work well.

Pros

  • Large, comfortable earcups
  • Good sound quality
  • Decent bass
  • Compatible with almost anything

Cons

  • Somewhat “cheap” feeling
  • Mic is “iffy”

Specs

  • 40mm Speaker Drivers
  • 20Hz-20KHz Frequency Response
  • Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Noise Cancelling Unidirectional Mic
  • Weighs 19.2 ounces
  • Wired (10ft, 3.5mm, Braided)

#3

Creative Fatal1ty HS800

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$59.29 USD
At Amazon

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Creative’s Fatal1ty HS800 headset is a perfect example of why you don’t need to spend insane amounts of money to get a quality headset. They’re comfortable, they perform well, and they’re more than affordable – what more could you ask for?

The overall design is simple and the removable mic lets you use them for more than just gaming or VoIP. With other uses in mind, the HS800s come with a 3.5mm jack and they’ll work with basically anything that has this type of input. So if you wanted to pull the mic off and use them with your phone, you could do that.

The sound quality is well above what you would expect from a $20 gaming headset, and the quality of the mic is also above par. They deliver a decent sound stage and you can definitely pin-point enemy footsteps as soon as you hear them.

Overall, the Fatal1ty HS800 gaming headset is a great choice if you’re browsing for something solid in the $20 range.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • In-line controls
  • Removable mic
  • Solid sound quality
  • Comfortable

Cons

Specs

  • 40mm Speaker Drivers
  • 20Hz-20KHz frequency response
  • Noise cancelling omni-directional Mic
  • Weighs 12 ounces
  • Wired (8ft, 3.5mm, Rubber)

#2

Sentey Arches GS-4730

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$180.00 USD
At Amazon

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The Sentey Arches gaming headset is definitely one of the better PC gaming headsets that you can get for under $50.

Featuring really decent 40mm drivers, virtual 7.1 surround, noise isolating earcups and a built-in subwoofer, the Sentey Arches perform like a headset within the $100+ range, for just shy of $40. They also deliver on a really interesting vibration feature that kind of emulates explosions, etc.

In quiet areas the mic performs extremely well and puts your voice out there crystal clear, but it also picks up every little bit of background noise you might have going on.

The Arches are extremely comfortable for those who like the free floating headband style, but not so much for those who like a solid headband. The padding used in the earcups is super comfortable and doesn’t seem too hard or too soft.

USB connections for gaming headsets are pretty standard, and the Sentey Arches follow suite with a gold-plated USB. This also means that you will need a free USB 2.0+ port to use them.

All-in-all, if you want a good gaming headset for under $50 with a free-floating headband, the Sentey Arches are definitely something to consider, but I really think you should check out my #1 pick first!

Pros

  • Durable
  • Crystal clear mic
  • Good sound quality
  • Comfortable
  • Gold-plated USB
  • Good in-line controls
  • Vibration!?

Cons

  • Some people might not like the headband style
  • Mic picks up lots of background noise

Specs

  • 40mm Speaker Drivers
  • 20Hz-20KHz Frequency Response
  • Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound
  • In-Line Controller
  • Omnidirectional Mic
  • Weighs 25.6 ounces
  • Wired (6.5ft, USB, Braided)

#1

Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger

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$2.29 USD
At Amazon

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Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Stinger is easily the best headset I’ve had the pleasure of testing out in the sub-$50 bracket.

It offers a level of comfort that’s unprecedented in a $50 headset and a level of performance comparable to a mid-range set of audiophile cans that would cost a lot more. As far as comfort & performance go, nothing on this list really comes close to the Cloud Stinger, yet.

Probably the coolest feature that the Cloud Stinger comes with has to be how you mute the mic, which is done by simply moving the mic into the vertical “resting” position. Definitely a feature that I have yet to see implemented on another headset!

The overall look & feel of the Cloud Stinger will definitely leave you wondering how you got away with such a high-quality headset for such a low price in comparison. It’s very lightweight even though it uses steel reinforcements, and the swiveling earcups don’t feel like they’re going to snap off anytime soon and everything just feels very well put together.

All-in-all, the number 1 spot on this list was pretty easy to hand over to Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Stinger, after about a day of using it the results were pretty clear and I have no doubt that you’ll feel the exact same way!

Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • Loads of comfort
  • Single 3.5mm connection
  • Swiveling earcups
  • Intuitive mute function
  • Feels like it should cost way more than it does
  • Will work on consoles (PS4/Xbone)

Cons

  • Not USB if that’s what you’re looking for

Specs

  • 50mm Speaker Drivers
  • 20Hz-20KHz Frequency Response
  • On-Ear Controls
  • Noise Cancelling Omnidirectional Mic
  • Weighs 11 ounces
  • Wired (6.5ft, 3.5mm jack, Braided cable)

Conclusion

As you can see, it’s more than possible to get a great gaming headset for under $50. For the gamer on a tight budget, or the one who just doesn’t use headphones enough to warrant spending a lot, this list should have helped answer some of your questions.

All in all, we’ve given you 5 solid pairs of gaming headsets to look over and choose from, if you can’t find the headset you’re looking for in this list, maybe you’re not looking for a headset at all? Maybe you need a pet rock or a kite?

If you have any questions, comments, or general observations, feel free to leave it in comment section below! 

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The first game that I ever played on a PC was Ultima Online in 1999, and since then I have been hooked on PC gaming, and putting together awesome builds. Thanks for stopping by!

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38 Comments on “Top 5: Best PC Gaming Headsets Under $50”

  1. My Sentey Arches just got here, and they completely kill my old g320s! I couldn’t recommend them more!

    1. I’m glad that you’re happy with them! For a gaming headset, I thought the sound quality was pretty damn good, and the mic was crystal clear.

  2. I already have the Plantronic 780s and there really good, but I think I’m going to order the arches now to. I think I’ll like the feeling of them more. I didn’t even know they existed until I saw them here. Thanks

    1. If you’re more keen on the “suspended strap” style headbands then I think you’ll like the Sentey Arches more than the 780s. Personally, I prefer a rigid headband and that’s primarily why I ranked the 780s over the Arches. They’re both extremely comfortable headsets though, and the only real difference that I could notice is the fit/look.

    1. They’re all pretty good for CS:GO and shooters in general. But I would go with either the Plantronic 780s or the Sentey Arches, depending on which style you like more.

    1. Hey, Mike

      Good to hear! They’re an awesome pair of headphones and I’m sure you’re going to really enjoy them!

  3. How do the mics compare between the Sentey Arches GS-4730 and the Plantronics GameCom 780? I see the GameCom 780s have a noise canceling mic but everything I’m reading online says the Sentey Arches do not? I game in a fairly noisy environment and my friends routinely complain about the background noise. Thanks!

    1. Hey Brad,

      In a quiet area, both mics are both crystal clear and relatively similar, but the Sentey Arches GS-4730’s mic does not cancel out background noise very well. I would definitely suggest the GameCom 780 for its awesome noise cancelling mic!

      I hope that helps!

  4. I’ve been looking at reviews for the GameCom 780s. A common complaint is that the plastic shows signs of strain after a bit of use and the headphones snap after a few months. Have you noticed this issue? Should I get the Sentey Arches instead because of this?

    1. Hey Jack,

      I have definitely noticed that the plastic clip where the metal arms for the ear cups are held feels a little more “stressed” under pressure than I would like; but, I really couldn’t see them breaking anytime soon, not without hitting a wall or the floor with some force.

      The Arches are a great headset also, but they don’t have a noise-cancelling mic like the 780s do. This may or may not be a big deal to you, but it’s definitely something to consider because they pick up a fair bit of background noise.

      I would say that which headset you pick should depend primarily on if you need the 780’s noise cancelling mic, or not. Otherwise, both headsets offer similar sound quality, and in a quiet area both mics are also fairly similar. I also felt that the 780s were a fair bit more comfortable, but that’s entirely a personal preference thing.

      I hope that helps!

  5. I also have a question about the GameCom regarding some reviews I’ve been reading. Is it true that it is incompatible with Windows 10? The reviews were often unclear about how functional they were when coupled with Windows 10, and I was hoping you could help clear that up for me.

    1. Hey Zack,

      The Gamecom 780s are known to have issues with Windows 10, but those issues are easily fixed by downloading and installing the appropriate drivers from Plantronics’ website. They’re not the only thing to have issues with Windows 10 either, and this is why I still recommend grabbing 7 or 8/8.1, this way you can test Windows 10 and still have something to revert back to if you end up not liking 10’s current build.

  6. My H5GX just came in and I wanted to come back to thank you for suggesting them. I’m on a really strict budget, so for $20 I couldn’t have hoped for a better headset. Thanks again.

    1. Hey cloud7,

      No problem! I was blown away by how well they perform – especially when compared to pretty much anything else in the $20 bracket.

  7. How noticable is the background noise to others with the arches? Is it like you can hear it but not complain or is it like, “dude your mic is crappy”. can you help me on that. Thanks

    1. Hey reaper,

      You definitely wouldn’t be getting any “dude your mic is crappy” responses, but if someone’s vacuuming behind you or something crazy like that, then a lot of that noise would likely leak through the mic. Or, if you’re running game audio / music through your speakers too loudly, then some of that might leak through the mic also. Overall, it’s an awesome headset if you’re somewhere that’s not completely flooded with background noise.

    1. It’s basically a novelty feature, and I wouldn’t buy the headset based on it. But, that said, the Arches have lots of other things going that make them a great headset.

  8. Great reviews, thank you! I’m really leaning towards the Arches. Do you have any recommendations for a Bluetooth headset for under $50?

  9. Hey Branton,

    I am currently looking to buy new headset or headphone mainly for gaming, but of course for music too. I had Gamecom 380 and after almost 4 years of usage, they are dead now. My favourite for now is Sharkoon H10, they cost around 30$ in my country. What do you think about that headset and do you recommend me some other? Is Fat1lity better than H10 or should I buy G203?

    1. Although I’ve never personally used the Sharkoon H10, I’ve only been able to find positive reviews about them. They look like a really nice over-ear headset, and if you like them, I don’t see any harm in grabbing them.

  10. So Im having a really hard time deciding between these 6 headsets i want the best headset I can get under $25 here are my options:
    Sentey GS-4531 Symph
    GW SADES SA902
    EACH G4000
    SADES SA901 Pro
    VersionTech Professional Stereo Gaming Headset
    AFUNTA Gaming Headset

    Which one is the best in terms of Mic quality and comfort

  11. Hey
    I don’t Knowles what to choose. Logitech 230 or Plantronics 388. What’s your opinion?

  12. Looking at the Creative Fatal1ty, and I was wondering if you knew if (and if so, how much) background noise it gets. Sometimes my computer’s fan gets pretty loud.

    1. Hey Joshua,

      As long as you’re not sitting beside an active construction zone, most general background noise won’t be picked up by the Fatal1ty – your CPUs fan won’t be an issue 🙂 That said, a loud fan might indicate that it’s on the way out or that it needs to be cleaned, might be something to check into!

  13. Hello Branton,

    I was wondering what your recommendation is for comfort while wearing glasses,
    I’ve been looking for a good headset but alot of them are said to be uncomfortable when wearing glasses.
    Also i can’t get the sentey arches, since there not available in my country.

    (Also I have an odd name I know)

    1. Hey Rens,

      I would definitely suggest the HyperX Cloud Stinger for you. It’s super comfy with glasses on, and it’s also an awesome headset for the cost – that’s why it’s my #1 pick at this level 🙂 Or, if you’re willing to invest a bit more, I just received a pair of HyperX Cloud Revolver in the mail for review (that’ll be posted soon), and it’s also turning out to be an absolutely AMAZING headset, as well as suuuper comfy with glasses on – the only downside I’ve found so far is the free floating headband, but I’ve never been a fan of them.

      Odd/uncommon names are more than welcome around these parts, otherwise I’d have a hard time getting by 🙂

      Hope that helps!

      1. Alright, thanks.
        I’ll probably go for the Stinger then,
        as my budget is not large enough for the Revolver.

  14. The Sentey looks pretty good, but I’m also considering a pair of refurbished Turtle Beach XO Seven headphones for the same price. Which would you recommend?

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