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Best gaming headsets for 2018
By Sam Jones - 20th Dec 2017Games
Get your head in the game and experience awesome audio
Modern games and their audio are often constructed with gaming headsets in mind, giving the player a truly engaging experience for the ears, as well as the eyes.
To enjoy most game sessions, and to be able to chat with friends and fellow players, you'll need a headset that can pack a punch and remain reliable in terms of battery life, performance and comfort. Fortunately, we've put together a list of gaming headsets that we think you should check out - whether you're a hardcore gamer who streams to the masses, or just enjoy quality sound when playing your favorite games.
SteelSeries Arctis 7
The Arctis 7 is one of the high-end gaming headsets on the market right now, with a wireless connection that is practically crystal clear within a 30-feet radius to your PC. The headset comes in black or white colors.
- Comfort is assured with the elastic headband and two straps connected to the headset’s frame, allowing you to easily put the headset on and take off.
- The basic yet modern style means the Arctis 7 can be worn out and about during daily commutes when listening to music, as well as for gaming.
- The ClearCast microphone – which is retractable and flexible – uses an exclusive bidirectional design, delivering unmatched voice clarity and background noise cancellation. Without a doubt, this is one of the best mics in gaming.
- The SteelSeries Engine 3 software allows you to configure the surround-sound and equalization settings, as well as create profiles with your preferred settings and link them to individual games and programs.
Astro A50 Wireless
Built for durability and worn by professional gamers, the Astro A50 Wireless is an absolute beast in this competitive market. Discord certified, this is a top choice among the more high-end headset product range.
- Speak to your friends, rile up your opponents and get engaged with up to 15 hours battery life from a single charge.
- The Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound helps optimize chat levels and game sounds with the built-in MixAmp technology. The Astro Command Center software also allows pros gamers and live streamers to tune every input and output parameter of the A50 to their precise configuration.
- Like mods? The optional A50 Mod Kit allows players to add synthetic leather headband and ear cushions to improve noise cancellation and extra comfort.
- Power up with the Astro Base Station, with its magnetic charging tech, and use for docking when the headset is not in use. The station’s front display indicates battery life and charging status to ensure you never get stuck with a dead headset - while the 3.5mm input/output supports extra audio sources – giving you the ability to take phone calls, play background music, or output your game audio and chat to external capturing devices.
- The A50 Wireless’ mic is flexible, durable and provides low noise communication – optimized for PC/Mac and Xbox One.
Engineered to win, the LucidSound LS40 surround sound universal gaming headset is tough yet comfortable and lightweight. The fetching stitch work finishes off a stylish look for this luxury product.
- Take care of your headset with its own designed travel bag, including inside pockets for cables.
- Detachable boom mic and integrated mic delivers clear, non-distorted sound perfect for in-game chat. You can also detach it and use the built-in headset mic for phone calls and listening to music.
- The LS40’s intuitive control scheme allows gamers to alter the game volume, mute and answer calls by rotating the left earcup, while the rotation action on the right earcup alters chat volume and mute options.
- Enjoy 15 hours of full charge, and even if the power turns off, players can enjoy sound via the headset's passive mode.
- Advanced uncompressed wireless technology gives players the best sound quality and, best of all, it’s lag-free.
- Jump from your PC to other console platforms and still enjoy the same quality sound, comfort and experience – as the LS40 partners well with not only PC/Mac, but also mobile, PlayStation (3 and 4) and Xbox (360, One and One X).
SteelSeries Siberia 800
Chunky and ever so funky, the SteelSeries Siberia 800 was PC Gamer's pick for the 'absolute best wireless gaming headset' for 2017 - and chances are you'll want to try it for yourself going into 2018.
- Delivering well-designed wireless technology, the Siberia 800 provides crystal clear audio with a cutting-edge performance.
- Fine tune your gaming experience with the powerful OLED transmitter, customizing your voice chat balance and EQ settings.
- Cut down on wasted time changing batteries and waiting hours for your headset to charge with the handy hot swappable batteries – with a battery life of around 20 hours per pack.
- Immerse yourself in truly epic in-game audio and pristine chat thanks to the Dolby 7.1 surround sound.
- Wire up to enjoy your headset sound when using mobile devices via the share port and 3.5mm jack cable.
Winner of 15 top headset awards from leading retailers and gamers across the world, the Razer ManO’War is packing gaming grade lag-free 2.4 GHz wireless technology and immersive 7.1 surround sound.
- Whether you’re streaming or just playing games for fun, the wireless headset boasts around 14 hours of uninterrupted audio – an average play time of two hours a day equals an impressive seven days’ worth of charge!
- Versatile unidirectional digital microphone boom which easily pulls out and can be adjusted to your exact position. The mic is also equipped with an optimized algorithm for more natural sounding and crystal-clear voice reproduction.
- Brighten up your gaming experience with the ManO’War Chroma lighting options – cycle through all colors, fade in and out of one set or keep your favorite color static with a constant glow.
- Easy reach mic and volume adjustments located on the earcups provide an effortless experience even in the heat of battle.
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