Do you enjoy chatting with your teammates while gaming? A good quality gaming headset with a noise-canceling microphone can really help your mates hear you clearly. Apart from that, a gaming headset also needs to be comfortable and, more importantly, relay game sounds and chat clearly and accurately.
If you want to buy quality gaming headsets with noise-canceling mics, here's our curated list featuring a few of the best ones out there.
So, without further ado, let's have a look. But first,
If you want the best audio experience and do not mind spending a few hundred bucks, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is worth every cent. This headset features a built-in DAC or the Digital to Analog audio converter. Apart from delivering quality audio to your ears, it has a minimalist design — quite a rare among the gaming accessories.
Apart from sporting a simple look, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is every bit stylish. Most importantly, it has an ergonomic design and the plush ear pads. The headband fits easy on your head and ears. You wouldn't end up with sore ears by the end of your gaming session.
Interestingly, with the Arctis Pro, you needn't get any third-party software to play with the headset settings. It comes with an OLED screen display of its own. Yes, you read that right. Be it tweaking the EQ or switching the virtual surround sound on, this mini screen lets you do them all.
The performance is solid, be it the audio delivery or of the mic. The mic carries all the details and delivers clear audio to the other end. This is further accompanied by strong Bluetooth connectivity.
How does the idea of haptic feedback in your ears sound to you? Imagine this — as you shoot down your enemy in one epic game of PUBG, your headset gives a subtle vibration. Sounds exciting, right? If yes, pick the Razer's Nari Ultimate. This is a wireless headset and features HyperSense Haptic tech, which is responsible for the subtle haptic feedback. That aside, it's a decent gaming headset and bundles comfortable design, good noise isolation, and above all, a detachable mic.
While these headphones do not bundle ANC (Active Noise Cancellation), it safe to say that the earcups seal out the ambient noise so that you can game with ease. The same can be said of the mic, which isolates the background noise and manages to relay clear and accurate audio back to your team members,
Although it's a wireless headset, the connection is consistent, and there is minimum latency.
However, it's not without its share of limitations. For one, the 5-hour battery life can be limiting for many. Secondly, for a headset that costs upwards of $150, it comes with a micro USB port for charging. Also, it's not too music friendly and won't sound good for casual listening.
Razer's BlackShark V2 brings a lot of interesting changes. Unlike many flashy gaming headsets, this wired headset features a plain look. There are no fancy LED light or flashy designs on top. At the same time, you wouldn't find any over-sized earcups. Instead, Razer brings you a pair of light and comfortable earphones, which you can wear for long durations without any issues. And this is further accompanied by soft memory foam covered earcups that prevent sweat from building up.
This headset delivers an impressive audio output. It's clear, accurate, and has the right amount of bass to enhance the game sounds and audio. Interestingly, you can also experience virtual surround sound in this pair. This feature essentially helps you decipher the game sounds like approaching footsteps, leaves' rustle, etc.
The mic is removable, and the best part is that it doesn't pick up background noise. You can also turn the Ambient Noise Reduction feature on to team chat with ease.
Apart from the usual controls, the Razer BlackShark V2 offers plenty of customizable options through the in-house Synapse software. Right from tweaking the EQ to playing with the game profiles (THX-tuned) or adjusting the mic's sensitivity, there's plenty to poke around.
In short, the Razer BlackShark V2 brings an interesting mix of features and performance at a good price.
HyperX Cloud Alpha looks like a cool gaming headset and delivers a worthy performance. The red accents on it that give off cool gaming vibes. Featuring thick ear pads for sealing the sound, you can wear them comfortably for hours. Sound-wise, you get an impressive outcome. The audio is balanced and clear.
Compared to the ones above, there aren't many fancy features. For instance, you won't find surround sound features or tweaks to play with the headset's audio.
On the bright side, it's designed well. The mic is detachable, and since it's a wired device, the buttons for volume control are all located in the inline control. Speaking of the mic, this one is designed for playing games that require lots of chats, for it delivers clear and accurate audio to the other side.
Originally priced at just under $100, the HyperX Cloud Alpha is now available for around $85 on Amazon. If you are looking for a no-nonsense headphone that does the basic right, this is one you shouldn't miss.
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While many headsets bundle plenty of interesting features and customization options, it's important to find one that gets the basic right. After all, you wouldn't want to end with a pair of snazzy headset that can't deliver a balanced audio output. More importantly, you should check its compatibility with the gaming platform of your choice.
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