No one relies on the computer or phone speaker system to watch movies or play games. Buying a headset can improve the audio quality you get from a phone, laptop or a gaming console several times better. Most headsets, regardless of price, can provide really good audio quality.
The trick to buying a really good headset is ignoring the price, and relying on the features offered. For example, the best cheap headset I recommend is Logitech ClearChat H390. It doesnt cost much but has the functionality of a $100 gadget. So don’t worry; you can get a budget headset with top-quality features. Read ahead to for a list of the best affordable headsets for phones, computers, and gaming consoles.
Best Cheap Headsets You Can Buy – 2017
I chose this as the best cheap headset because it’s cheap, durable and comes backed with a host of features. This headset has padded ear pads and a headband, so the comfort level is quite high. I can wear this for hours and not feel like I’m wearing anything at all. The headset has inline volume and mute controls, which I find very convenient. It’s also compatible with both Windows (from 2000 to 10) and Mac OSX. The microphone automatically cancels noise when I’m talking on Skype or gives voice commands. It can be simply rotated out of the way when watching a movie for example. For a great price, comfort and a number of benefits, I highly recommend this headset.
This is probably the best phone headset ever. This hands-free earphone and microphone set works seamlessly with any phone with a 2.5mm headphone jack. It’s very lightweight and comfortable. Earbuds can be used in either ear without worrying about the site. The microphone volume can be manually adjusted. More importantly, this headset is durable. I never have to worry about one side suddenly going silent. The cord can be a bit annoying, but the audio quality is unparallel to other phone headsets.
I got this headset exclusively for playing Starcraft. I wanted a headset that good deliver top-quality audio, but without compromising the audio quality of the microphone. So far, I’m impressed. The voice conversations are as clear as on a phone with a good signal. The headset is a bit thick, but it’s lightweight and does not bear down on the skull. Also, I like the fit. I move my head a lot when I game, but I can rely on this not to fall off. This is essentially the only headset gamers would need. I also highly recommend this headset for watching HD movies in private. Please note that I got this headset for a bargain price during Christmas. Regular retail price may be higher out of the holiday season.
This is one of those rare headsets that work with PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones. I even used it with my Xbox. It’s very comfortable thanks to extra padding on the ear cups. The headband is lightweight and does not feel weighty with prolonged wearing. The breakaway cable works just as good with handheld devices as with computers. The audio is stereo, and it was high and clear when I used it with my tablet and computer. The headset has in-line volume control with a microphone. The mic worked fine, though there’s nothing really special to say about it. Note: This does NOT work with the new MacBook Pro. But it works fine with older Macs.
This is a very sleek and expensive looking phone headset that costs only $25. I didn’t want to spend that price for a phone headset in the beginning, but for durability, I did. It’s powered by Bluetooth, so I don’t have to worry about wires getting tangled up when I’m talking while walking or jogging. The headset packs about 11 hours of talking time. Bluetooth version is 3.0, and Bluetooth profiles supported are HSP, HFP, and A2DP. It also has this neat feature where I can put the headset to deep sleep and save battery for up to 3 months. The speaker audio is very clean and has clarity. Microphone sound is all right, but it doesn’t kill background noise.
This budget headset comes with one of the most ergonomic designs I’ve experienced so far. Comfort is given priority. The ear cups swivel so you can adjust it for the best feel. Earcups are made from breathable leather that is easy to wear and clean. The headband is adjustable for length. The microphone is easy to operate too. The sound was clear without any distortions. The microphone worked great on audio conversations. I didn’t mind listening to music using these too. The only con is the cable, which is made of fabric rather than hard plastic.
This gaming headset gives off vivid surround sound audio. It’s particularly useful for gaming because you can get the feel of various sounds coming from different directions. The volume levels can be increased. The highest volume is rather moderate, probably because of safety reasons. The headset does not cancel out noises completely, but it comes pretty close to it. I was impressed by the comfort level, and also the grip. The voice system for this headset is super clear. Voice registration is very quick and highly accurate. It has a cord, but it’s very long so I could sit back and play a game without worrying about it snapping. This headset works with PCs and gaming consoles, but not on Macs, unfortunately.
I’d say this is one of the best cheap headsets for busy bees and joggers like me. It’s a Bluetooth headset that secures around the neck without a wire. Though I wasn’t super impressed with the audio (it’s not as good as Plantronics), I was impressed by how it clear it was. I could rely on solid sound quality even in crowded areas, especially because the earbuds have limited noise canceling ability. The exterior is plastic, so it’s super sweat resistant. The earbuds fit me perfectly, but I know some people who had trouble fitting these in perfectly. This headset is lightweight, highly portable and definitely worth the price.
This headset offers amazing comfort and sound clarity for its price. It fit over my ears perfectly, the cushioning enough to deter any discomfort. It’s coded and comes with inline volume control and a mic. The cord is very heavy duty and is very unlikely to prevent kinking. That’s what I really liked about this headset. It’s durable despite the cheap price. The only complaint I have is the microphone. It works fine, but the sound is not as good as on the earphones. However, the mic had adjustable boom and it’s very easy to swing it out of the way when not needed.
This slightly expensive headset is perfect for those who don’t like thick headsets. This one has a slim headband and padding only on the earpieces. The padding is leather, so it’s sweat resistant and you can wipe it clean after use if needed. This is perfect for doing non-gaming tasks on a computer like Skype calls and listening to music. You can use it with any PC or Mac that has a USB port. The microphone cancels noise and delivers excellent audio, though it can be a bit of a hassle to move it out of the way. This headset is compatible with Dragon voice dictation software, Google voice, Pandora and similar software.
Tips for Buying a Budget Headset
Here are some of the tips that will help you buy the best budget headset:
Don’t buy large and bulky headsets if you plan on carrying them. Most gaming headsets have big designs. These devices are prone to breaking when you stuff them in book bags and purses. So, if you need portability, buy a small headset.
Think about what types of earpieces you are most comfortable with. Are you okay with in-ear headsets? If you don’t like that, you can try over-the-ear ones with a headband. If you don’t like the headband, you will had to try earphones that don’t go inside the ear.
There’s an advantage to buying noise canceling headsets. You can listen to music in peace when commuting for example. Also, noise canceling microphones can make audio conversations clearer.
You can choose a headset with or without a cord. However, wireless, Bluetooth-powered headsets need to be charged. They may not have as good audio quality as the wired ones.
Do wait for bargain prices. You can get as much as 50% price cuts during holiday seasons if you can be patient.