There are plenty of headsets floating around warehouses all over the world. So the question is not “what headset should I get”, but “what headset should I not get.” There is no perfect fit, as everyone’s ears are differently shaped. There’s no perfect price, as quality comes with price. There’s no perfect anything, really. So, I have attempted to read the reviews of multiple websites and narrow the field down to 5, which was no easy task. There are simply too many out there, and since I do not have the funds to personally try all of them myself, I can only go off of the reviews of others.
However, in order to save you the time of researching for yourself, here are my picks for what are most likely the best headsets for the lowest price. Please do not send me nasty emails if you followed my advice and ended up disappointed; you will hurt my feelings. I am not the headset God, I am only a human being who can only read so many reviews before my brain hurts!
OK, now that my disclaimer is over, here are my choices, from all ends of the price range spectrum:
- Platronics Xbox 360 Headset: $9.99 on Newegg.com
While this headset is only compatible, for Xbox 360, it is a suitable replacement for the standard Microsoft headset when it fails, costing less and, according to the reviews, being much more reliable. The only con that people seemed to mention repeatably was that the volume didn’t quite go up to what they wanted. However, if you care about your future hearing, this may not necessarily be bad.
- Koss SB49 Communication Stereophone: $44.99 on Amazon.com
Relatively inexpensive, has a microphone, and has a pretty good amount of people saying it’s comfortable.
- Razer Carcharias PC Headset: A little bit more expensive, at $64 on Amazon.com.
This one has been said to be VERY comfortable, with good sound quality. The Mic is not adjustable, however, which, if you have a mouth somewhere on your forehead, might be a problem.
- Tritton AX 720:$139.99 on Newegg.com
Yes, more expensive, but this is compatible with pretty much everything but the Wii. It has surround sound, but require a Digital Optical connection. There is a Dolby converter box, I believe (judging by pictures), but this would not be very portable if you have a laptop. Then again, why are you gaming on a laptop…
- And if you want to spend the big bucks…
Plantronics Discovery 925 Jewel: Bluetooth-headset for $80,000! Not exactly for gaming (it’s actually for cell phones) but I had to add it anyways.
Phew! OK, good luck!