It’s time to cut the cord.
Last Updated: January 2018
Once you try a pair of wireless headphones, you’ll probably never want to go back to wired again. The same can be said for using a wireless mouse too, actually. There’s not a huge penalty to cutting the cord, and the gains are pretty massive as you get the exact same features as a wired headset without having to worry about that pesky cable getting caught on something on your desk, or (heaven forbid) having it touch either of your hands while gaming. This is simply not acceptable, so get rid of the cable for good.
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that there are some downsides to wireless freedom, namely the extra expense of wireless headphones over wired, and the fact that you have to charge them regularly. These are literally and figuratively small prices to pay though, since wireless headsets aren’t that expensive compared to their wired counterparts, and you usually only need to charge them once a week depending on how much you’re using them. That’s a relatively modest burden in exchange for your freedom, don’t you think?
With all that said, we’ve reviewed quite a mix of wireless headphones recently, and based on our reviews we have singled out some of the very best, just for you. Here are our picks for the best wireless headphones for gaming.
The Best High-End Wireless Headset – SteelSeries Arctis 7
SteelSeries did everything right with its flagship wireless model, the Arctis 7. They are both awesome-sounding and highly customizable, making them the most well-rounded headset we’ve tested. First there’s the “ski goggle” headband, which is not only super comfortable but swappable too, as SteelSeries offers a bunch of different colors and designs, including a leather headstrap if you want to go full hipster. Next, the AirWeave ear cushions are as comfy as a down jacket, but if you prefer a different texture you can swap them out for velour units for just $15.
Another surprising and welcome feature is the fact that they’re wireless for use with your PC, but a 3.5mm cable is included so you can also plug it into your phone, tablet, or laptop too. The flexible microphone is also excellent, and retracts into the left earcup when not in use, and in addition to all of these righteous features they also sound fantastic, and also offer DTS HeadphoneX 7.1 surround sound (PC only). They’re basically as close to perfect as anything we’ve seen in a headset.
The Best $100 Option – Logitech G533
Logitech’s G533 headset represents a bold move in the world of PC gaming, as the company actually chose to not include RGB lighting on its newest headset, if you can believe that. Lighting on a headset is kind of silly anyway since you can’t see it, but we applaud Logitech for making its headset more utilitarian and less “gamer-y for once.” With that in mind, this headset is all business, with a sleek design that is both comfortable and great-sounding. The retractable and bendable microphone includes a pop filter (a rarity), and can be easily flipped up to mute, which is nice. The G533 offers DTS HeadphoneX 7.1 surround sound (PC only), and it includes an easy-to-access volume wheel on the left earcup along with a G-key for quick access to macro settings. You can also remove and wash the soft earpads, which comes in handy after a year or so. They’re entirely plastic so they feel kind of cheap, but this allows them to be super light so they don’t feel too heavy on your head or squeeze your ears too much. It’s our favorite headset at $100, but note that it’s just for PC gaming as the Logitech software is PC-only.
Pretty Good and has RGB Lights – Corsair Void Pro
Corsair recently updated its Void headset, turning it into the Void Pro. Though it’s not our absolute favorite headset, it’s pretty good and you might prefer Corsair’s design and software over Logitech’s buttoned-down G533 above. The Void certainly has a unique design, with angled earcups, RGB logos, 7.1 surround sound, and soft, breathable fabric on the earcups. Corsair’s CUE software can be a bit tricky to figure out but if you already have a Corsair keyboard or mouse you can control everything from one central app. Everything else about the Void Pro is just really good; the microphone, the comfort, the wireless range, and battery life. It’s even available in white, or in a special “yellow jacket” version if you want to match it to your rig.