Top 5: Best PC Gaming Headsets Under $50 in 2020

Updated: July 6th, 2020By: BrantonAudio45 Comments

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Although all of our top 5 are great, the best gaming headset under $50 is the Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger

Choosing 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.

Picking the right headset to use for gaming can make a tremendous difference. In FPS games for instance, where pinpointing things like footsteps and gunfire is key, a good headset will almost always give you the upper-hand on someone without one.

Looking for headsets of a higher quality? Then check out the best gaming headsets under $100 instead!

Best Gaming Headsets under $50 2020

  1. Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger
  2. Corsair HS50
  3. Creative Sound Blaster Blaze
  4. Logitech G230
  5. SADES SA902

Editor's Rating: 4.8/5

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

Kingston’s HyperX Cloud Stinger is easily the best gaming headset under 50 I’ve had the pleasure of testing out in the sub-$50 bracket and it’s great for PCs, Consoles (Xbox One, PS4, etc), and mobile phones.

This wired gaming headset 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. A lot of that is because of the memory foam ear cushions.

As far as comfort & performance go, nothing on this list really comes close to the great sound of 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

  • Good overall sound quality + decent soundstage
  • Good amount of comfort because of memory foam ear cushions
  • Single 3.5mm connection
  • Swiveling earcups

Cons

  • Not USB if that’s what you’re looking for
  • Mic quality is spotty

Editor's Rating: 4.7/5

Specs
  • 50mm speaker drivers
  • 20Hz-20KHz Frequency Response
  • Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Unidirectional Mic
  • Weighs 11.2 ounces
  • Wired (6ft, 3.5mm analog connection, braided cable)

The Corsair HS50 is a surprisingly good headset that works really well for gaming. But, then again, Corsair does have a pretty good track record of making great products to deliver a solid gaming experience.

The HS50 boasts a crisp sounding pair of 50mm Neodymium drivers that have good lows and highs but are somewhat lacking mids. But, not to the point where it’s insanely noticeable or ear-piercing. The open back design allows for a nice wide soundstage that makes it easier to pinpoint where things like footsteps and gunfire are coming from.

The detachable mic is okay and seems to work well when it does. However, there are a lot of reviews that mention their mics didn’t work so well or that they died after a short time. Just something to be aware of for your gaming sessions.

The overall design is very minimalist and with the mic removed the HS50 could easily be mistaken for a high-end pair of audiophile headphones at a glance. The earcup padding is a little rigid and not everyone will enjoy how they feel. The arms adjust smoothly and the actual build quality of the headset seems sound.

Overall, the HS50 is a solid gaming headset for under $50. There are multiple colors available and even an option to get one with an in-line USB DAC to increase the sound-quality even more.

Pros

  • Good sound quality + wide soundstage
  • Detachable mic
  • Durable (and quite flexible)
  • Good in-line controls

Cons

  • Some people might find the ear cups uncomfortable
  • Mic quality can be spotty
  • Lacking mids

Editor's Rating: 4.6/5

Specs
  • 40mm Speaker Drivers
  • 20Hz-20KHz frequency response
  • Noise cancelling omni-directional Mic
  • Weighs 13 ounces
  • Wired (8ft, 3.5mm, Rubber)

Creative’s Sound Blaster Blaze headset is the successor to the previous Sound Blaster Fatil1ty and is still a perfect example of why you don’t need to spend insane amounts of money to get a quality headset. They’re comfortable, sound great, the mic performs 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 Sound Blaster Blaze 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 something that doesn’t need the mic, you could do that.

The sound quality is well above what you would expect from a gaming headset under $50, 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, Creative’s Sound Blaster Blaze gaming headset is a great choice if you’re browsing for something that’ll perform great without breaking the bank.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Feels a little cheaper than its predecessor the Fatal1ty
  • Mic quality can be spotty

Editor's Rating: 4.5/5

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)

Logitech’s G230 is a decent gaming headset and  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 quality can be not the best

Editor's Rating: 4.4/5

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)

The Sades SA902 is definitely one of the better PC gaming headsets that you can get for under $50. In fact, you can usually pick up this headset for right around $25.

Featuring powerful 40mm drivers, virtual 7.1 surround, and noise isolating earcups, the Sentey Arches perform like a headset within the $100+ range, for a very reasonable price.

The mic performs great and offers crystal clear clarity, it also tucks away into the earcup for when you’re not using it. I’m usually not a huge fan of fixed mics, but the SA902’s is pretty good with all things considered.

The A60 are extremely comfortable for extended periods of use and 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 actually required when they have any kind of LED lighting like the SA902 does. This also means that you’re going to need a free USB 2.0+ port to use them, something I’m sure your PC has.

If you’re in the market for a solid headset that’ll last for a while without breaking the bank, you should not overlook the SADES SA902.

Pros

  • The mic works well
  • Good sound quality with plenty of bass
  • Comfortable
  • Decent in-line controls

Cons

  • Not compatible with consoles
  • “Spellond” written above each earcup?.. k
  • Mic can be annoying to extend

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 looking for a cheap gaming headset, this list should have helped answer some of your questions.

If you’ve been told, “buy headphones instead” but you’re not too sure what the difference is, I’d suggest reading my comparison of headphones vs headsets.

All in all, we’ve given you 5 solid pairs of gaming headsets to look over and choose from, but the Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger is our top choice by far. If you can’t find the headset you’re looking for in this list, maybe you’re not looking for a headset at all?

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

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Anonymous
Anonymous
September 18, 2020 12:37 pm

Yes

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 29, 2018 7:31 pm

the Cloud stinger broke for me in less than three months so did the replacement

Anonymous
Anonymous
August 3, 2018 9:59 am

I’m torn between the Corsair HS50 and the HyperX Cloud Core. Is the Core worth the extra $20?

Reubs
Reubs
May 6, 2017 6:13 pm

Hey Branton

Can I ask. What is the mic quality like on the Stinger, in comparison to the fatality?

Rahul
Rahul
January 31, 2017 5:39 am

Awesome list i like it

Alex
Alex
December 28, 2016 3:16 pm

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?

Rens
Rens
November 17, 2016 1:52 am

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)

Rens
Rens
November 17, 2016 4:07 pm
Reply to  Branton

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