Top 5 Best Headsets For Gaming Under $100


Great video games have great audio and headsets allow players to truly experience the work that goes into such audio. An exceptional gaming headset can really bring out the game’s score, sound effects and dialogue. Additionally, a headset will also allow for clear communication between players when playing online.

Top-performing headsets help us to immerse ourselves more deeply into a game and even to gain an advantage from superior audio. The best headsets are also very comfortable and can be worn over longer periods of time.

There are plenty of superb options under $100 USD. To pick the top 5 in this price range is a tough task and this article aims to do just that.

The top 5 best gaming headsets under $100 are:

Let’s get into why each of the above-listed headsets is a top performer in its price class.

Since we’re having a discussion within the context of a price cap, I figure I should leave a link to a related My New Microphone article: Are Expensive Headphones (Or Cheap Headphones) Worth It?


What Makes A Gaming Headset?

Though the term “best” is subjective, we should still list out the criteria used for determining what makes a great gaming headset.

  • Comfort: this is perhaps the simplest yet most important criterion of any headphone especially for longer gaming sessions. Though highly subjective, specifications such as weight; contact pressure; earpad shape/material; stiffness, and the overall dimension play a role in comfort.
  • System compatibility: though you may only use one gaming system, it’s important that a top-performing gaming headset be compatible with numerous gaming systems in order to suit a greater number of gamers.
  • Frequency response: a great pair of headphones should be able to reproduce the full audible spectrum from 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz with clarity.
  • Number of audio channels: many games are designed with surround sound. Even though headsets only have two ear cups, they can still be designed in such a way that gives the illusion of surround sound.
  • Wireless: wireless capability is a benefit as it further improves the functionality and general comfort of the headset and rids of any cords that could get in the way during playing.
  • Microphone quality: a great headset must have a great microphone. An electret microphone with clear pick up is typical of a high-end gaming headset.

With that, let’s get into our top 5 best gaming headsets under $100!


HyperX Cloud II

Let’s start with the HyperX Cloud II (link to check the price on Amazon).

HyperX Cloud II

The HyperX Cloud II is an excellent and affordable multi-console gaming headset. It’s compatible with PC, PS4/5, Xbox One, Mac, Mobile and Nintendo Switch. When connecting to Xbox, you may need a Microsoft 3.5mm adapter, which is sold separately.

The Cloud II offers both stereo and virtual 7.1 surround sound. 7.1 can be toggled on for improved positional audio and an expanded sense of space. The headset sounds super clean and with a frequency response of 15 Hz – 25,000 Hz, it provides awesome bass and clear mids/highs.

To learn more about headset and headphone frequency response, check out my article What Is Headphone Frequency Response & What Is A Good Range?

The sound is made possible with the 53mm dynamic drivers with Neodymium magnets. This is a rather large driver that sounds great and really nails the low-end extension in the frequency range.

The Cloud II is wired. Though outside of the price range defined by this article, the HyperX Cloud II Wireless is another superb choice for gamers. It has all the benefits of the Cloud II with the major benefit of being wireless!

To learn more about wireless headphones and headsets, check out my article How Do Wireless Headphones Work? + Bluetooth & True Wireless.

The wired Cloud II is built with comfort and durability in mind. It’s made from a flexible aluminum frame that will outlast cheaper models. It utilizes HyperX signature memory foam in the ear cushions and premium leatherette across the adjustable headband. The unit even comes with a spare set of velour ear cushions.

The clamping force and weight distribution are carefully designed to offer a headset that remains comfortable throughout long gaming sessions. We all know we can get really into our video games and an uncomfortable headset will not be on our mind (or head) during these longer sessions with the Cloud II.

Since the Cloud II is a closed-back design (as most gaming headsets are), it keeps inside sound from leaking out and outside sound from leaking in. It also helps enhance bass reproduction. This makes for a more enjoyable experience for you and your roommates in terms of sound isolation.

For more information on closed-back headphones and headsets, check out my article The Complete Guide To Open-Back & Closed-Back Headphones.

However, closed-back designs often sound a bit boxed in and may make your ears sweaty during prolonged use. This usually isn’t a big deal but it’s worth mentioning here.

A detachable noise-cancelling electret microphone is included in the HyperX Cloud II design. This cardioid mic is held within a wind/pop screen at the end of the detachable boom. The arm is easily adjustable and the mic sounds great, allowing gamers to communicate effectively whilst playing online.

To learn about cardioid microphones, check out my article What Is A Cardioid Microphone? (Polar Pattern + Mic Examples).

Unfortunately, there is no control panel on the earcup like many of the great headsets. However, when connecting via USB (and the included USB control box cable), users can adjust volume and toggle 7.1 via the control box. When using the Cloud II with PS4 or Xbox, we must control the volume within the menus.

The HyperX Cloud II comes with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee and a 2-year warranty.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 53 mm Dynamic with Neodymium magnets
  • Impedance: 60 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 25,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98 ± 3dB
  • IP Rating:
  • Open/Closed-Back: Circumaural|Closed-back
  • Weight: 320g
  • Wireless/Wired: Wired
  • Microphone: Electet|Cardioid|50–18,000 Hz|20 mV / Pa

To learn more about headphone specifications, be sure to read my article Full List: Headphone/Earphone Specifications w/ Examples.

HyperX is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 13 Best Headset Brands (Gaming, Aviation, Communication).

The HyperX Cloud Alpha (link to check the price on Amazon) is another excellent choice under $100 worth checking out.


Corsair Void RGB Elite

Second on the list is the Corsair Void RGB Elite (link to check the price on Amazon).

Corsair Void RGB Elite

The Corsair Void RGB is perhaps the best wireless gaming headset on the market for under $100. It works perfectly well with PS4/5 and PC but unfortunately does not work with Xbox.

That being said, the wired version of the Corsair Void Elite (link to check the price on Amazon) will connect to PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch and mobile. This version is even cheaper than the wireless!

The audio quality of the Corsair Void RGB Elite is actually pretty remarkable. When applicable, we can set the headset to 7.1 surround sound and hear everything from the score to the biggest sound effects to most minute details.

The sound quality is due, in large part, from the custom-tuned 50mm high-density neodymium audio drivers. The headset has a published frequency response of 20 Hz – 30,000 Hz, covering all the audible frequencies and even expanding into ultrasound.

Related article: What Is A Good Driver Size For Headphones?

Corsair’s Void RGB Elite is highly comfortable and ergonomic as well, allowing gamers longer sessions without pain from the headset. Just keep the volume reasonable and the headset will sit nicely on your head.

The aluminum yokes make this headset durable while the breathable microfiber mesh fabric and plush memory foam earpads make wearing it a pleasure.

In terms of wireless capabilities, the headset uses low-latency 2.4 GHz wireless transmission signals. The range of the headset is maxed out at 40 feet, which is further than any typical gamer would dare venture from the screen during action.

The battery life on a full charge will last 16 hours.

The optimized omnidirectional microphone is Discord-Certified and picks up voice with superb clarity. The mic and boom feature a flip-up mute function. Simply move the boom up and out of your vision and the mic will effectively be muted.

For more info on omnidirectional microphones, check out my article What Is An Omnidirectional Microphone? (Polar Pattern + Mic Examples).

Volume controls are available on the left earcup for distraction-free adjustments.

The Void Elite RGB can be controlled via the Corsair iCue software. Use this software to command your entire set up of Corsair products. It can be used to customize the lights of the headset (for aesthetics only); to adjust the EQ by hand or with tuned audio profiles, and for sidetone control (plays back what the microphone hears into the earphones).

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 50 mm Dynamic with Neodymium magnets
  • Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 30,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 116dB (+/-3dB)
  • IP Rating: no info
  • Open/Closed-Back: Circumaural/Closed-back
  • Weight: 399.73 Grams
  • Wireless/Wired: Wireless
  • Microphone: Electret|Omnidirectional|100Hz to 10kHz|-42dB (+/-3dB)

Corsair is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 13 Best Headset Brands (Gaming, Aviation, Communication).


EPOS|Sennheiser GSP 300

Third on the list is the EPOS|Sennheiser GSP 300 (link to check the price on Amazon): a collaboration between the world renowned German audio equipment manufacturer Senneheiser and the Danish high-end audio solutions brand EPOS.

EPOS|Sennheiser GSP 300

The EPOS|Sennheiser GSP 300 delivers an immersive sonic experience. It’s a great affordable option and is compatible with Mac OSX, PS5, Xbox Series X, PC / Soft phone, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

The closed-back design of each earcups houses a dynamic transducer that provides immersive high-quality audio to the gamer. The design offers a combination of deep bass sonic clarity across the mids and high that help to intensify the game action. It also does a great job of blocking sound from escaping or entering the headset, putting the gamer into his or her own sonic world.

Just looking at this headset, we can tell that it’s comfortable. The earpads are made of memory foam for customized fit and the headband is well-padded for maximal comfort.

This is a wired headset. It doesn’t come with any software and works universally with any device or console that has a 3.5mm jack (preferably one with a TRRS connection to allow the use of the stereo headphone and microphone).

Related article: Differences Between 2.5mm, 3.5mm & 6.35mm Headphone Jacks.

This headset is comfortable to wear and has ergonomic ball joint hinges that all users to adjust to the shape of their head.

The GSP 300 features an intuitive volume control wheel on the right earpad along with a flexible lift-to-mute arm for its microphone. The advanced noise-cancelling microphone offers great pick up when in use for clear communication when gaming online.

EPOS offers a 2-year warranty period with this product.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: Dynamic
  • Impedance: 19 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 26,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 113 dB
  • IP Rating: no info
  • Open/Closed-Back: Circumaural/Closed-back
  • Weight: 290g
  • Wireless/Wired: Wired
  • Microphone: Electret|Omnidirectional|10 – 24,000 Hz|-41 dBV/Pa

Sennheiser is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 13 Best Headphone Brands In The World and Top 14 Best Earphone/Earbud Brands In The World 2020.


SteelSeries Arctis 1

Fourth up is the SteelSeries Arctis 1 (link to check the price on Amazon).

SteelSeries Arctis 1

The Arctis 1 is the first edition of SteelSeries’ superb Arctis line of gamin headsets. The wireless version, which we’ll discuss here, is compatible with PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Android.

Note that the Arctis 1 also comes in a wired version (link to check the price on Amazon). This wired version is an all-platform gaming headset, meaning it compatible across all consoles.

The wireless version actually comes with a universal cable to make it wireless if need be. If you so desire, you can plug the Arctis 1 into an Xbox controllers and any other device with a 3.5mm connection.

Both models utilize the same 40mm dynamic drivers as the company’s award-winning Arctis 7 headset.

Complete with rare earth neodymium magnets, these drivers easily produce the superb soundscape the Arctis line is known for. A fantastic frequency response includes detailed mids, non-fatiguing highs and a solid low-end, emphasizing subtle details and heavy sound effects alike.

For more information on dynamic drivers, check out my article The Complete Illustrated Guide To Moving-Coil Dynamic Headphones.

This headset boasts a 20-battery life on a full charge and uses lossless 2.4 GHz wireless audio transmission. Its wireless range is 30 ft (9 m).

The detachable microphone of the Arctis 1 is a Discord-certified ClearCast noise-cancelling mic with a bidirectional pickup pattern. It allows for clear and concise communication during online gaming and can be easily removed, turning the headset into a simple pair of headphones.

For more info on omnidirectional microphones, check out my article What Is A Bidirectional/Figure-8 Microphone? (With Mic Examples).

The steel-reinforced headband combines durability with comfort. The large earcups fit easily over the ears and the adjustable headband allows users to find the perfect fit. The Airweave ear cushions are breathable, helping to keep the ears cool while also completing the seal of the closed-back earcup design.

The left earcup, which connects the microphone boom, has simple adjustments for volume as well as control for muting the microphone and playing/pausing media.

The headset can be further tweaked to sound exactly how you want it with the SteelSeries Engine (available for Mac and Windows OS). Adjust the headphone EQ, mic level and sidetone level from easy-to-use software for a personalized experience.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 40mm Dynamic neodymium
  • Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 100 db
  • IP Rating: no info
  • Open/Closed-Back: Circumaural/Closed-back
  • Weight: 0.6 pounds (272g)
  • Wireless/Wired: Wired
  • Microphone: Electret|Bidrectional|100 Hz – 10,000 Hz|-38 dB

SteelSeries is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 13 Best Headset Brands (Gaming, Aviation, Communication).


Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

Last but not least is the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition (link to check the price on Amazon).

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is an awesome affordable wired gaming headset with a USB audio controller. It’s compatible with any device with a 3.5mm audio jack as well as PC and PS4/5 via USB.

The Kraken Tournament Edition is the first gaming headset to introduce THX Spatial Audio. This advanced 7.1 surround sound format creates realistic sound in a 360º sphere, offering superior positional accuracy in in-game surroundings. This gives gamers a competitive edge.

Note that the game must be compatible with THX Spatial Audio for the format to work and that PS4/5 only allows for 2.0 stereo audio with this headset.

In addition to the excellent sound format, the Kraken Tournament Edition has a clear frequency response and powerful bass by way of its custom-tuned 50mm dynamic drivers and closed-back earcup design.

The USB dongle offers controls for Volume Up/Down, Bass Up/Down, THX Spatial On/Off, Microphone Mute and Game/Chat Balance. The headset features an in-line volume control wheel along with a quick mute toggle for the microphone.

Speaking of the microphone, Razer’s Kraken Tournament Edition is designed with a retractable unidirectional (cardioid) electret mic. This polar pattern helps in rejecting environmental noise. The microphone allows for clear communication when gaming online and is easily positioned for an optimal gaming experience. Use the Game/Chat Balance on the dongle to mix game and communication levels perfectly.

To learn more about electret microphones, check out my article The Complete Guide To Electret Condenser Microphones.

The frame of the Kraken Tournament Edition is made of lightweight durable aluminum. Its frame and earcup clamp firmly but comfortably to your head and the ultra-soft headband padding sits nicely on top.

The ear cushions of this Razer headset are infused with cooling gel to reduce heat build-up, a common issue with closed-back headset during longer playing times. This cooling gel is housed within a heat-transferring fabric that causes faster sweat evaporation and soft memory for a comfortable fit that maintains superb sound isolation.

Razer offers a 2-year warranty and reliable tech support. Purchase directly from RazerStore and get a 14-day period for risk-free returns.

Key Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: 50mm Dynamic
  • Impedance: 32 Ω
  • Frequency Response: 12 Hz – 28,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 109 dB (1 kHz)
  • IP Rating: no info
  • Open/Closed-Back: Circumaural/Blosed-back
  • Weight: 322 g / 0.71 lbs
  • Wireless/Wired: Wired
  • Microphone: Electret|Omnidirectional|100 Hz – 10,000 Hz|-42 ± 3 dB

Razer is featured in My New Microphone’s Top 13 Best Headset Brands (Gaming, Aviation, Communication).


Honourable Mentions

There are plenty of great gaming headsets out there for under $100. Here are 5 more options that nearly made the top 5:

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