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The best cheap gaming headset deals June 2022

A good gaming headset is practically a necessity these days. Clean and precise audio is essential for competitive gaming, allowing you not just to pinpoint your enemies but also to communicate effectively with your teammates. Moreover, recent developments in spatial audio and virtual surround sound have allowed headsets to meet — and occasionally surpass — more expensive audio setups, allowing even the most budget-conscious gamer to obtain a competitive edge at a fraction of the price.

While you could always invest in a massive pair of speakers, they’re likely to earn you the dubious distinction of the worst roommate of the decade. Thankfully, the right headset will allow you to keep the running and gunning to yourself, which is why we’ve rounded up a collection of the best deals you can currently find on some of our favorite models.

For the sake of clarity, we’ve broken the deals down into two categories: wireless and wired. The former is tailored toward gamers looking for a little less clutter in their setup, while the latter is aimed at anyone who doesn’t mind a little extra cabling or is looking for a headset that’s a little more budget-friendly.

The best wireless gaming headset deals

Corsair HS70 Pro

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5

The HS70 Pro, an older model from Corsair, is currently discounted to $79.99 at Best Buy, down from its original price of $99.99. This inexpensive headset sports a design that’s reminiscent of the more expensive options from Bose and Sennheiser, but it also retains some older features that betray its age.

Let’s start with the good. All of the contact points use plush leatherette, and the frame is largely comprised of aluminum, lending the HS70 Pro a premium look and feel. The headband, in particular, exemplifies this, with cross-stitching along the inside that looks like the leather seat of a luxury car. The boom-mic is detachable, too, and the left earcup features in-line volume controls and a quick-mute button. While the HS70 Pro does support virtual 7.1 surround sound, it’s limited to PCs, as the headset is only compatible with Sony consoles and can only be paired with an audio source using the included 2.4Ghz wireless dongle.

Now for the shortfalls. While the HS70 Pro can last for up to 16 hours on a single charge, it still relies on the older Micro USB charging standard. Additionally, the headset lacks Bluetooth connectivity and has no wired listening options, which severely limits the headset’s compatibility and renders it unusable if you forgot to charge it.

Despite its age, however, the HS70 Pro is still a good choice thanks to its virtual surround support and its premium build quality, provided you’re doing most of your gaming on PC.

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Corsair HS70 Pro

Corsair’s wireless HS70 Pro wireless headset features virtual surround sound, a detachable boom mic, and on-ear volume controls.

Logitech G435

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch

Definitely the boldest headset on our list, the Logitech G435 is a gaming headset perfect for anyone that isn’t afraid to make a statement. This comfortable, colorful headset is on sale in a variety of colorways at Amazon and GameStop for just $59.99, nearly matching the best price to date.

Logitech’s on-ear headset features both Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity, making it compatible with PCs in addition to consoles and mobile devices. The 18-hour battery life is impressive, too, and while it does lack the more traditional 3.5mm audio jack, the included USB-C cable can be used to simultaneously charge and listen.

While the lightweight headset lacks the prevalent boom-mic design used by other headsets in this category — it opts for beamforming microphones — the integrated mic still manages to provide an adequate audio input solution. This has the added benefit of giving the headset a more traditional, on-ear profile, giving you the option of wearing these in public without broadcasting your gamer status.

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Logitech G435 Lightspeed

Logitech’s G435 Lightspeed is a lightweight and comfortable wireless gaming headset that won’t break the bank. It’s compatible with PlayStation consoles, as well as the Nintendo Switch and PC. It also supports Bluetooth, so you can listen to music or pick up calls while you game.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch (via 3.5mm audio)

The wireless version of the esports-inspired BlackShark headset from Razer boasts a lightweight, aviator design and is currently discounted in multiple colorways to $139.99 at Amazon and $142.99 GameStop. This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen the comfortable headset go for, but it remains a solid discount on an excellent gaming headset that normally retails for $179.99.

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is sturdy and perfectly suited for extended play sessions. The only break in its otherwise innocuous profile is a dedicated knob on the right earcup that allows for quick adjustments to volume when necessary and its detachable boom mic. The headset also features a 3.5mm audio jack and can be paired via 2.4Ghz wireless thanks to the included dongle, but the lack of Bluetooth is a bit disappointing. The V2 Pro is THX 7.1 surround-capable, too, and comes with an included license for Razer’s THX Spatial Audio software.

In terms of battery life, the V2 Pro is capable of lasting up to 24 hours on a single charge, making it one of the longer-lasting headphones on the market. Sadly, however, it still relies on Micro USB for charging.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro


Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

The wireless version of Razer’s aviator-style, esports headset is lightweight and comfortable. This model also features a detachable boom mic and volume knob.

Razer Barracuda X

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S (via 3.5mm), Nintendo Switch

The Razer Barracuda X, another solid entry from team green, is definitely one of Razer’s more versatile (and affordable) options when it comes to wireless gaming headsets. It typically retails for $99.99, but the black and white colorways are on sale at GameStop and Amazon right now for $79.99.

The Barracuda X is a fairly unremarkable headset at first glance, given its standard design, but despite its bulkier profile, it is actually lighter than the Razer BlackShark series of headsets. Our initial impressions by Verge staffer Cameron Faulkner noted how comfortable the Barracuda X was, even after several hours of wear, and mentioned that the design sets a strong precedent for potential future iterations.

While the lack of Bluetooth makes the Barracuda X a poor choice for mobile gaming, the 2.4Ghz wireless dongle uses a USB-C connection, meaning that you won’t have to rely on a 3.5mm audio cable to use the headset with your Nintendo Switch. The USB-C dongle can enable wireless connectivity with PS4 and PS5 thanks to the included adapter, too, but it can’t be used with Microsoft consoles unless you use a wired connection.

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Razer Barracuda X

Razer’s latest gaming headset, the Barracuda X, normally costs $100 and ships with a USB-C audio transmitter. This makes it an easy choice if you game primarily on the go with a Nintendo Switch or if you have a PS5. It’s also compatible with other platforms via the included USB-A adapter.

Razer Nari Ultimate

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S (via 3.5mm), Nintendo Switch

The Nari Ultimate, the high-end model in Razer’s Nari lineup, offers a fairly comprehensive list of features for a wireless headset. The headset normally retails for $199.99; however, it’s currently on sale on Amazon and Best Buy for $129.99, one of its best prices to date.

Like the rest of the Nari lineup, the Ultimate comprises an aluminum frame with leatherette cushions on the headband and earcups. The adjustable boom mic can be quickly muted by retracting it into the earcup, and each earcup sports an RGB Razer logo that can be customized using the Razer Synapse software or the Razer Chroma app. The Ultimate also features a bass-heavy sound that’s accentuated not only by THX Spatial Audio but Razer’s “Hypersense” feature, which provides haptic feedback through the earcups for thunderous sounds.

The only real drawback to this particular model is the lack of wireless connectivity with Xbox consoles. You can use the headset with an Xbox One or Series X / S, but only via a 3.5mm wired connection.

Razer Nari Ultimate


Razer Nari Ultimate

The Nari Ultimate is the premium model in the Razer Nari lineup. This model includes wired and wireless connectivity, and is equipped with Razer Chroma as well as THX Spatial Audio for virtual 7.1 surround sound.

Logitech G535 Lightspeed

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch

The Logitech G535 is currently on sale at GameStop and Best Buy for around $91, down from its usual price of $129.99. While the G535 isn’t available in the same fun colors as the G435, Logitech does currently offer different headbands for the G535 that allow you to personalize the headset with a variety of fun accents.

Aesthetically, the G535 looks similar to the G435, but has a number of key differences. Its primary method of connection is through the 2.4Ghz wireless dongle, but because it lacks Bluetooth connectivity, the G535 is more difficult to use with mobile devices. Just like the G435, the headset uses a USB-C connection for charging, which unfortunately can’t be used for wired listening — an omission made worse when you consider that the G535 doesn’t offer a 3.5mm audio jack.

The earcups have a similar shape and feel to those on the G435, opting for a slightly angular design and breathable fabric for the cushions instead of leatherette. The left earcup houses a power button and built-in volume controls, too, but there’s no way to adjust the in-game chat or mic balance without using the Logitech G software. Thankfully, the flip-to-mute boom mic makes the G535 more catered to gamers, and while it isn’t particularly noticeable when flipped up, it can’t be removed when you’re not using it.

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Logitech G535 Lightspeed

The Logitech G535 uses a 2.4Ghz connection, features an adjustable boom mic, and a “ski-goggle” headband that can be swapped out with different color options.

Razer Kaira Pro

Compatible with PC, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One

If you’re first and foremost an Xbox user, the Razer Kaira Pro is a worthwhile option to consider. It has large, 50mm drivers in each earcup for a broader sound, and you can quickly toggle through four EQ modes — including an FPS mode that amplifies enemy footsteps when playing shooters.

The Kaira Pro is one of the more expensive models featured here, with an MSRP of $149.99, but it is currently receiving a hefty discount of $50 at Best Buy and Amazon dropping the price to $99.99 in the black or white colorways.

Razer’s Kaira Pro has been one of our top picks for Xbox-dedicated wireless headsets, only being unseated by the Xbox Wireless Headset since it came in at a lower price. This sale price puts them on relatively even footing, with the Kaira Pro gaining the edge in some ways due to its larger drivers and detachable boom mic. The Kaira even has a backup, mobile mic built into the headset, so you don’t have to walk around with the cardioid microphone sticking out if you feel like listening to music on your phone while on the go.

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Razer Kaira Pro

The Razer Kaira Pro is a great, Xbox-specific wireless gaming headset. It’s compatible natively with the Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One, but its Bluetooth functionality makes it easy to connect it to your phone, tablet, or PC.

Logitech G Pro X Wireless

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch

The Logitech G Pro X Wireless is discounted to $176.99 (about $50 off) at Amazon and $179 Best Buy, reducing the premium, esports-inspired headset to its lowest price to date.

The design of the Pro X wireless is mostly an imitation of Logitech’s other G Pro headsets, with aviation-style earcups and a detachable boom mic (it even comes with the same memory foam leatherette and fabric earcups). The G Pro X Wireless uses a 2.4Ghz wireless dongle for audio connectivity, but, sadly, has no other means of connecting to an audio source, limiting its overall compatibility. It also lacks Bluetooth and a 3.5mm audio jack, and its USB-C port can only be used for charging. And although the headset is compatible with PlayStation and the Nintendo Switch consoles (when docked), it works best with PC, where you can make full use of DTS:X virtual surround sound and fine-tune your listening options using Logitech’s G software.

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Logitech G Pro X Wireless

Logitech’s premium wireless esports-focused headset, the G Pro X Wireless, features virtual surround sound and a selection of mic filters to choose from.

EPOS H3 gaming headset

The mic on the EPOS H3 is muted when it’s flipped up, as it is in the picture.
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EPOS H3 Closed Back gaming headset

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

The EPOS H3 is a newer release from this lesser-known manufacturer, and you can currently find the lightweight headset on Amazon and GameStop in select colors for $78.03 instead of $99.99, which matches the headset’s best price to date.

The headset shares a similar form factor to its more expensive siblings, with wide-set, closed-back earcups that offer some decent noise isolation but fall short of what you’d expect when it comes to active noise cancellation. This design choice also lends the H3 an excellent sound stage that’s equally impressive for gaming or just jamming out. Overall, the sound quality easily rivals headsets that normally cost twice as much.

Elsewhere, you’ll find a flexible boom mic that is hardwired to the headset and can be flipped up to quickly mute it. The right earcup also has a knob for fine-tuning volume, but the H3 lacks a built-in audio mixer as well as the ability to adjust the mic pickup levels. It relies on a 3.5mm audio connection as well, which may prevent it from working with some mobile devices, but it’s otherwise compatible with all current consoles and PC.

Indeed a bit larger than your average gaming headset, the EPOS H3 remains deceptively light. And while it may not appeal to everyone from an aesthetic standpoint, the thick leatherette cushions that cover its contact points make the EPOS H3 an excellent choice for extended wear. Read our review.

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EPOS H3

The EPOS H3 is a closed-back, wired headset. The lightweight accessory is extremely comfortable and can be tethered to a variety of devices as long as they have a 3.5mm audio jack.

Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

This esports-centric entry in the wired category gets serious points for opting for its super-clean aesthetic. The Logitech G Pro headset was designed with esports in mind and is currently available at GameStop and Amazon for $79.99, a modest discount on its typical $99.99 price tag. This is still one of the lower prices we’ve seen for this particular headset, which was already a substantial value prior to the current discount.

The G Pro is remarkably simple in terms of its appearance, with no visible knobs or buttons, and no extra ports with the exception of a second 3.5mm audio jack for the detachable boom mic. In addition to the expected 3.5mm audio cable, the G Pro also comes packaged with velour ear pads that can be swapped with the standard leatherette earcups, as well as an external USB DAC that can be used to fine-tune your audio experience on PC using Logitech’s G Hub software.

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Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset

The wired version of Logitech’s esports-focused gaming headset features the same sharp aesthetics and robust sound that made the wireless version so popular.

Razer BlackShark V2 X

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

Amazon and Best Buy have discounted the Razer BlackShark V2 X from its usual price of $59.99 to just $39.99, making the least expensive model of the BlackShark lineup just a little more budget-friendly. The headset looks virtually identical to the standard and Ultimate versions, with aviation-style earcups and a flexible boom-mic, and the left earcup features the same quick-mute button and volume control knob. However, the V2 X makes some compromises to achieve its more approachable price point.

The earcups are still roomy and comfortable, but they use imitation leather instead of the more breathable fabric used on the more expensive models. The boom mic also looks and sounds similar to the standard BlackShark, but isn’t detachable. The 3.5mm audio cable is also built into the headset and can’t be detached. Finally, although it features virtual 7.1 surround sound, the V2 X isn’t compatible with THX spatial audio, which limits your options when it comes to fine-tuning your audio.

Overall, however, these changes are largely cosmetic. There are certainly headsets that sound better or have a greater list of features, sure, but it’s difficult to find a headset that bests the BlackShark V2 X at this price point.

Razer Blackshark V2 X


Razer BlackShark V2 X

The budget entry in the BlackShark lineup shares the same form factor as its more expensive variants but relies on a 3.5mm audio connection.

Razer Kraken

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

An absolute unit of a headset, the Razer Kraken is currently on sale in its green colorway at Amazon and Best Buy for $39.99, roughly $40 off its standard retail price. The massive headset is certainly one of the larger models in Razer’s arsenal, yet it remains a solid choice for anyone who wants powerful sound while gaming on their PC or console.

The Kraken uses an integrated digital-analog converter (DAC), which provides 7.1 virtual surround without the need for additional accessories. However, this feature is only available when connected to PCs running Razer’s THX Spatial Audio software. Additionally, the headset features thick, leatherette ear cups with cooling foam — which are perfect for extended play sessions — as well as a flexible boom mic that retracts into the left earcup when not in use. And, thanks to its 3.5mm audio connection, it’s compatible with both consoles and mobile devices, as well as PC.

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Razer Kraken

The Razer Kraken is a large, wired headset that features 7.1 virtual surround sound for PCs and consoles. Its retractable boom mic also comes equipped with active noise cancellation.

SteelSeries Arctis 3

Compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S, Nintendo Switch

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 is an excellent, budget-friendly wired headset. Normally $69.99, the headset is currently available in black at Amazon for $48.99, matching one of its best prices to date in recent months. If black isn’t your color, the white colorway is also discounted at Dell to $56.99.

Like all the models in the Arctis line of headsets, the Arctis 3 uses a less conventional design, opting for a ski-goggle headband instead of a padded leatherette. You can secure the headband with velcro and adjust it to provide a better fit, but you can also replace it with a variety of other SteelSeries headbands if you want different accents. The slimness of the headband also makes it uniquely suited for use with VR headsets.

The earcups, which rotate to lay flat are covered with a breathable textile cushion, can also be removed and replaced with either imitation leather or velour cushions (both sold separately). Additionally, the left earcup is equipped with sliders to fine-tune volume and mic pickup, and the boom mic can be muted by retracting it into the earcup housing.

As for connectivity, the Arctis 3 relies on a 3.5mm audio jack to provide connectivity to your platform of choice, and just like other wired headsets, this gives it a broad spectrum of compatibility, with mobile devices lacking 3.5.mm audio jacks being the lone exception.

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SteelSeries Arctis 3

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 is the most humble model in the current Arctis lineup, but retains the same excellent build quality shared by its more expensive counterparts and is compatible with all current gaming platforms.

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