Best gaming headsets of 2017

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You may think of gaming headsets as the sort of purchase limited to the hardcorest of the hardcore gamers, but there are actually plenty of people who could benefit from a decent set.

Whether you want to play online and trash talk your competition, get great audio from your Switch while you play on the go, or just plug in to save your family or partner from listening to the sounds of gunfire while you game, a decent gaming headset is worth the investment – though it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Still, it’s not always a straightforward decision, and you’ll have to bear a few factors in mind. First, there’s the console you want to use it for. The Switch and 3DS only support wired headphones, so that rules out Bluetooth if your main aim is playing on a Nintendo console.

The PS4 will work with either, and the Xbox One depends entirely on which controller model you have – the most recent support Bluetooth, older models are wired-only, and the oldest even require an adapter. If you’re a PC gamer, your PC may or may not have Bluetooth support – though you can always grab a Wi-Fi headset, or pick up a Bluetooth dongle for your computer.

Wired sets also tend to boast better response times and audio quality, and you also need to think about whether you want an in-line or boom microphone, whether you need them to be lightweight and portable or not, and how much muting and audio mixing functionality you need built in.

That’s not even getting into aesthetics – while gaming headsets have traditionally been pretty garish, more and more companies are designing understated sets that you’d be equally happy to take on the go as your default audio gear – though check out our guide to the best headphones if you want to keep your gaming and music separate.

In our reviews below, we break each headset down by audio quality, features, design, and price, to offer buying advice no matter your budget or requirements. Before you buy, make sure to check out our best headphone deals to grab the cheapest price.

Best gaming headsets of 2017

Astro A50 wireless


SteelSeries Siberia 840


SteelSeries Siberia 840

Razer Man O’War


Razer Man O'War

Turtle Beach Elite Pro


Turtle Beach Elite Pro

Logitech G433


Logitech G433

Antlion ModMic 4.0


Antlion ModMic 4.0

Plantronics RIG 500E


Plantronics RIG 500E

SteelSeries Arctis 3


SteelSeries Arctis 3

Fnatic Duel Modular Headset


Fnatic Duel Modular Headset

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum


Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum

Creative Sound BlasterX H5


Creative Sound BlasterX H5

HyperX Cloud Stinger


HyperX Cloud Stinger

Logitech G231 Prodigy


Logitech G231 Prodigy

Sumvision Akuma


Sumvision Akuma

Creative Sound Blaster Evo Wireless


Creative Sound Blaster Evo Wireless

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