It’s easy to overlook the humble headset, or to treat it as one of the more unnecessary accessories for your battlestation. But better sound makes for a more immersive experience, plus it’s the easiest way to actually look like you’re calling in hellfire in the Middle East or coordinating a drone strike somewhere in Russia. Luckily Maximum PC put together this handy list of gaming headsets that should fit all types of uses, and which I’ve copied, abridged, below. So, gamers, show some love to your ears with these:
Plantronics Gamecom Commander
The Gamecom Commander doesn’t feel like other gaming headsets. It’s made of surprisingly heavy-duty plastic, with military-inspired oval earcups. Everything—the cups, band, wires, and microphone—feels more sturdily constructed than what we’re used to.
Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage Wireless
With the Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Rage Wireless, you’ll never feel like you didn’t get your money’s worth—this is the most feature-packed headset at this price point. Most notably, it’s wireless, connecting to your computer with a USB dongle and charging via a removable, braided cable. Wireless headsets have been known to have some problems, like latency or interference, but we never experienced either with the Rage.
Razer Kraken Pro
The Kraken features 40mm drivers, and sound quality is good, overall. Treble range sounds are crisp and clear, and the bass is strong but a bit muddy—a state of affairs that’s common in gaming headsets, where the emphasis is on precisely picking out footsteps and distant gunshots, rather than on appreciating the nuances of a good bassline.
Republic of Gamers Orion Pro
The aforementioned oversize earcups are comfortable for long play sessions, and create a good seal around the ear, providing impressive passive noise cancellation. Each cup contains a 50mm driver, which provides impressive sound quality.
Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930
The G930 is a wireless headset, with a number of practical extra features. The set comes with a puck-shaped USB device that powers the wireless transmitter dongle and simultaneously houses a pass-through charging cable. This allows you to charge and use the G930 at the same time, without using up two USB slots on your PC.
MadCatz F.R.E.Q. 7
The common threads among all the Cyborg peripherals are their hyper-futuristic design and rock-solid construction. The F.R.E.Q. 7 is no exception, built out of metal and durable-feeling plastic and featuring a design that’s sure to turn some heads. Though the set is on the heavier side, the extra-squishy rubber pad under the headband kept head pain to a minimum.