Top 5: Best Gaming Headsets Under $100 in 2018

Updated: October 24th, 2018Author: BrantonCategory: Audio35 Comments

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Stuck trying to figure out which headset is the best for PC gaming under $100? Picking the right one is definitely going to give you an advantage, so it’s a good thing you’ve found your way here.

There are so many options available that it’s easy to make the wrong decision and the wrong decision could lead to you losing more than winning. Not to mention wasting your money on crappy products. Using a guide like this one is definitely a step in the right direction!

Instead of overwhelming you with 47 different options, I’m simply presenting you 5 of the absolute best and top-rated headsets to choose from. Each of these headsets range from $50-$100 in price and are all guaranteed to be top-performers. Looking for cheaper headsets? Check out the top 5 best gaming headsets under $50

#5

Razer Kraken Chroma V2

razer kraken chroma gaming headset

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The Razer Kraken has been tested and proven to be one of the top gaming headsets time, and time again. The only difference with the 7.1 Chroma edition is that it adopts the Kraken Pro form, while offering virtual 7.1 surround sound & an upgraded mic.

The Kraken Chroma delivers high-quality sound, a great mic, and enough in-line controls to get the job done. Being a “Chroma” product, the LED backlight color is completely customizable, and you can choose from a total of 16.8-million colors – don’t get overwhelmed.

It’s also relatively comfortable, but a little tight at times. This isn’t a huge deal, but after long periods of use it would tend to become somewhat uncomfortable.

All-in-all, if you’re looking for a good, comfortable headset with RGB lighting and virtual 7.1 surround sound, the Kraken Chroma is definitely one to consider.

The Good
  • Great overall sound quality
  • High quality mic
  • Lightweight build
  • Durable padding (doesn’t break down quickly)
  • Very comfortable for extended use
The Bad
  • No “Base” Warranty
  • Not very durable around hinges/joints
  • Wiring prone to failure
Specs
  • 50mm Neodymium Speaker Drivers
  • Closed back
  • 2m (6.6ft) braided cable
  • USB connection
  • 12-28000Hz headphone frequency response
  • 100-10000Hz microphone frequency response
  • Unidirectional, noise-cancelling microphone
  • Weighs 12.2 ounces

#4

Corsair VOID PRO RGB

Corsair void pro rgb headset

$66.99 USD

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The Corsair VOID PRO RGB is a solid headset with a very unique headphone design that many people are going to find strange to say the least. Corsair decided that the old circular style of headset was old and washed up, so they decided that more like an oblong square was in order. Thus, the VOID PRO was born. Circles are boring anyways.

Performance-wise, the VOID PRO is solid. It’s not going to blow your mind but it’s not going to disappoint you either. It’s somewhere right in the middle. Remember, we’re talking about the “upper echelon” of sub $100 headsets here, so compared to a lesser unit the VOID PRO is noticeably better. Like most headsets boasting RGB lighting, the VOID PRO does require a USB port connection.

It comes in a few different colors, specifically red, carbon, and white, each with their own individual price points and availability. The included RGB lighting can be tweaked and customized via Corsair Utility Engine or CUE for short.

Unlike a lot of similarly priced headsets, the VOID PRO steps away from the traditional PU-type leather for the earcups and adopts a more breathable mesh fabric. Some people will like this way more than PU leather, and others will dislike it. It’s a preference thing. 

The Good
  • Good overall sound quality
  • Good amounts of bass
  • Quality microphone
  • Good software
  • Comfortable to wear
The Bad
  • Mesh fabric might be a deal breaker for some
  • Microphone is almost overly sensitive
Specs
  • 50mm Neodymium Speaker Drivers
  • Closed back
  • 1.8m (5.9ft) braided cable
  • USB connection
  • 20-20000Hz headphone frequency response
  • 100-10000Hz microphone frequency response
  • Unidirectional, noise-cancelling microphone
  • Weighs 13.8 ounces

#3

SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB

steelseries arctis 5 rgb gaming headset

$92.00 USD

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When it comes to making good headsets for gaming, SteelSeries is always right up there in the front of the pack and the Arctic 5 RGB is a perfect example of why. Not only does it sound great and have an awesome mic, but it’s also one of the most comfortable headsets you can get for under $100. But, that doesn’t come without a few caveats.

First things first, the cable management for the Arctis 5 is somewhat of a nuisance. It has a 3m (10ft) long rubber cable with an DAC that likes to get caught on everything due to the large button protruding from it. The rubber cabling doesn’t help this any, especially if you have a glass desk. It can work, but some might find this annoying.

The microphone is highly sensitive, this is both good and bad. It picks up everything from moving it to simply bumping it with your hand. The recording quality is great, but not as good as some of the other options on this list. 

The Arctis 5 does have RGB lighting which can be tuned and customized via the SteelSeries Engine 3 software. Using this software you can also customize many facets of the headset’s performance as well, but most people will be better off with default settings. 

The Good
  • Large, comfortable earcups
  • Good sound quality
  • Highly sensitive microphone
  • Microphone retracts
  • Great stereo performance
  • Comfortable and unique headband
  • RGB lighting looks great, not excessive
  • Engine 3 software works well
The Bad
  • Virtualized surround sound is… underwhelming
  • Cable management can become a nuisance
  • Microphone is almost too sensitive
Specs
  • 40mm Neodymium Speaker Drivers
  • Closed back
  • 3m (10ft) rubber cable
  • USB or single 3.5mm connection
  • 20-22000Hz headphone frequency response
  • 100-10000Hz microphone frequency response
  • Bidirectional, noise-cancelling microphone
  • Weighs 9.9 ounces
  • 1-year Limited Warranty

#2

Sennheiser GSP 302

sennheiser gsp 302 gaming headset

$81.81 USD

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If you know of Sennheiser, then you know they make some of the absolute best audiophile headphones out there. Lately, they’ve decided to take a crack at making gaming headsets and have been making waves with their GameONE and GSP 300 headsets. But today, we’re talking about the GSP 302.

The GSP 302 are an awesome closed back headphone with an equally awesome attached microphone, if not somewhat bulky and a little on the heavy side. Sennheiser has been in the business of making high-quality audio peripherals for a long time now, so they know enough to leave the virtual 7.1 surround sound off, which is exactly what they did with the GSP 302. This headset is much more akin to a high-end pair of audiophile cans than it is to other headsets for that reason.

The microphone is above-average when it comes to a gaming headset and I think you’ll really be impressed by just how well it works and how clear it is. This might just be the best microphone a gaming headset has ever been paired with, minus the bulk. 

The comfort level when using the GSP 302 will depend on your own personal preference. Some people are definitely going to find it to be big and bulky while others while find it fits and feels perfect. 

The Good
  • Incredible sound quality
  • Really good microphone
  • Very comfortable comfortable
  • No virtual 7.1 surround sound (you don’t need it)
The Bad
  • Earcups don’t swivel
Specs
  • 50mm Neodymium Speaker Drivers
  • Closed back
  • 2m (6.6ft) braided cable
  • 2x 3.5mm connection (single connection with adapter)
  • 15-26000Hz headphone frequency response
  • 10-15000Hz microphone frequency response
  • unidirectional, noise-cancelling microphone
  • Weighs 10.2 ounces
  • 2-year warranty

#1

Kingston HyperX Cloud 2

The Kingston HyperX Cloud 2 used to be my #1 pick for the best gaming headset under $100, and it’s only recently been dethroned. It’s going to give you everything you could need, regardless of the type of game you play, and the sound quality is great for both basic communication and streaming.

Being the lightest headset on the list at only 9.6 ounces, the HyperX Cloud is also the most comfortable headset over long use. It’s so comfortable that you could honestly forget you’re wearing a headset altogether.

Sound quality? Amazing. The 53mm drivers really pump the highs and lows, and they really immerse you into whatever you’re playing. Want the audiophile equivalent? Then check out the Takstar 2050.

Good mic? Oh definitely. The HyperX Cloud’s mic is very similar to the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma’s, and it’s really hard to compare it to anything else remotely close to this price-range.

So what’s the one thing I mentioned that sets this headset above the Kraken 7.1 Chroma? The simple fact that the mic is detachable. Not to mention the HyperX Cloud comes with way more extras, like a second set of earcups made from a different material, and enough nylon-braided cable to strangle multiple elephants.

The Good
  • Great sound quality
  • Detachable mic & cable
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • In-line controller
  • 2 styles of earcups (leatherette & velour)
The Bad
  • Wiring around connections prone to failure after time 
Specs
  • 53mm Neodymium Speaker Drivers
  • Closed back
  • 1.8m (6ft) rubber cable
  • Single 3.5mm connection
  • 15-25000Hz headphone frequency response
  • 50-18000Hz microphone frequency response
  • Bidirectional, noise-cancelling microphone
  • Weighs 16 ounces
  • 2-year Warranty

Conclusion

When it comes to picking the absolute best gaming headset, you really have to consider what you’ll be using it for. Do you need a better mic, or better sound-quality? Some headsets offer a good mixture of both, but be prepared to pay a top dollar.

A headset like the HyperX Cloud II or the Sennheiser GSP 302 will give you all around amazing quality that’s ultimately very comparable (if not better than) spending $50 on a pair of audiophile headphones and then another $50 on a ModMic 4.0.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free me below!  

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Are ant of these open back? If not, is there an open back headset you would recommend in the same price range?

David
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David

Which one is better?

I saw in your revew and in other pages the hyperX Cloud II are good.
Then in the coments the people chosen the blasterx h5 or h7

And now both have the same price, so i dont know witch one to chose?

Blasterx H7 or HyperX Cloud II ?

Both are comfortable if im wearing glasses ?

Anonymous
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Check out the HyperX Cloud Stinger, I believe it deserves a place on this list.

Jess Anderson
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Jess Anderson

Thanks Branton for sharing such great reviews! I got the Sound BlasterX H5 and personally speaking, it’s a gaming beast!

E.E. Mort
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E.E. Mort

Was all set to buy the BlasterX H5s (woo for the beautiful tournament edition babies) based on your wonderful review (nice page). Sadly there are a significant number of reviews on retailer sites citing the plastic build of the headband and that it breaks easily and after not much use… just food for thought. Think I will take a shot at the HyperX Cloud II headset – guess they sound amazing if you install the Razor 7.1 audio software (we will see). Thanks

Tarrin Funderburg
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Tarrin Funderburg

I got my BlasterX H5 in the mail today, and I’m not getting any bass out of it. Everything sounds tinny and mid/high heavy, even with low-end EQ settings increased and the volume at near-deafining levels. I was replacing a pair of JVC gummy+ headphones, which honestly sounded like they had more bass and fullness than the H5, despite only being cheap in-ear headphones.

Is there any trick to getting the H5’s “awesome sound quality” (preferably without buying an external sound card)?

PS: Yes, the cable’s plugged in correctly

Jesse
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Jesse

Hi! Very nice review. Asan audiophile, I really appreciate that you made an up-to-date list since now I will be able to squeeze all the value out of my $100. I will be bying the Sound blasterx h5. Thanks!