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Best Budget Gaming Headsets - February 2017

7 Febuary 2017

Best Budget Gaming Headset February 2017

So, you are seeking for a decent gaming headset that has good sound quality but does not break your pocket? Then you definitely need to look at these headsets.

All of these headsets are under $100 and generally received good feedback from fellow gamers. Of course, compared to the high-end ones, these budget headsets may not be too excellent to do streaming or voice-over editing, but they are great enough in terms of comfort, sound quality, design and value for money. 

1. Kingston HyperX Cloud Core

Kingston HyperX Cloud Core Gaming Headset

Product View

  • Compatibility: PCs, PS4 console, XboxOne
  • Headphone Frequency Response: 15Hz–25,000 Hz
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100–12,000 Hz
  • Wireless: No
  • Mwave Price: $95.00

Verdict from PCWorld

"The HyperX impresses right from the start with some notable luxury features. The solid metal construction gives this headset both a nice heft and a durability that’s unmatched in the sub-$100 range, while keeping the form factor slim and attractive.

The ear cups were large enough to encompass the entire ear with room to spare, but also didn’t commit the sin of transferring the tension to the jaw. This is easily one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever worn".

The Good The Bad
  • Fantastic sound for the price
  • Solid metal construction, but still comfortable
  • Microphone needs tweaking
  • Slick high-end

2. Plantronics Gamecom 388

Plantronics Gamecom 388 Gaming Headset

Product View

  • Compatibility: n/a
  • Earphone Frequency Response: 20Hz–20KHz
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 100Hz–8KHz
  • Wireless: No
  • Mwave Price: $94.98

Verdict from Amazon users

The Good The Bad
  • Strong and balanced sound
  • Clear microphone
  • Comfortable for large head
  • Sound leak from earcups

3. SteelSeries Siberia 200 

SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset

Product View

  • Compatibility: n/a
  • Headphone Frequency Response: 10-28,000 Hz
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 50-16,000 Hz
  • Wireless: No
  • Mwave Price: $92.95

Verdict from Hardware Canucks

"The 200 shares its predecessor's basic shape, with a flexible and adjustable headband sitting below low-profile tubes covering the cables. The plastic construction is lightweight, and time will tell how it holds up to consistent use. The sound is bright and clear, and the headphones did a good job of demonstrating the wide post-apocalyptic soundscape of Fallout".

The Good  The Bad
  • Lightweight
  • Bright and clear sound 
  • Weak microphone
  • Thin sound 

4. Logitech G430 Surround Sound 

Logitech G430 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Product View

  • Compatibility: n/a
  • Earphone Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 50-20KHz
  • Wireless: No
  • Mwave Price: $75.00

Verdict from Tom's Guide & PCWorld

"The Logitech G430 offers most of what a good gaming headset should. It sounds OK and packs a stellar mic, and you can wear it for hours on end without wanting to take it off. For single-player and casual, competitive multiplayer games, it gets the job done without asking too much money in return. The peripheral's software is lacking in options, and its music performance leaves a lot to be desired, but the G430 is a solid headset for the price".

The Good  The Bad
  • Affordable 7.1 surround sound
  • Comfortable and durable cloth material
  • Lightweight
  • Limited colours
  • No customizable G-Keys

5. Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger

Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

Product View

  • Compatibility: PCs, PS4 console, XboxOne
  • Headphone Frequency Response: 18Hz–23,000 Hz
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
  • Wireless: No
  • Mwave Price: $69.00

Verdict from PCWorld and Respawn Ninja

"Solid sound, serious comfort, and an attractive design make it a great option for anyone taking their first foray into gaming headsets, or anyone who just needs “good enough” quality without the accompanying wallet-shock".

"The microphone was clear and my voice was always understandable, it has some noise cancelling functionality built in too which is amazing value once again. It handily mutes when you push it to its upright position which is something all Esports headsets need to get on board with".

The Good The Bad
  • Solid, mid-heavy sound
  • HyperX finally adds volume/mic controls on the headset itself
  • Audio not as rich as the more expensive HyperX Cloud
  • Microphone could be better

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