Gaming headsets can cost well over $70. But most gamers are unaware that there are quite good gaming headsets that cost way less than $50. The best cheap gaming headset I found, Bengoo Stereo, cost me only $30. The only thing you are missing out with budget gaming headsets is a fancy brand name, which is not at all related to performance. Here is a list of affordable yet top-quality gaming headsets for you to consider. When picking the products, we decided to restrict the price of the products to $50 or less:
10 Best Cheap Gaming Headset – 2017
The best cheap gaming headset I found is this over the ear headphones that cost me only $30. The headset has a stunning blue exterior designed with rubber oil paint. When plugged in, there are breathing lights in 7 colors. All this is eye catching enough. However, this headset is more than the looks. It has a high precision 50mm driver to generate high quality audio with superb clarity. The earmuffs are comfortably padded, and cut out almost all background noise when wearing. The padding is sweat resistant too. The headset has 3 jacks: a USB jack for powering the lights, a green audio output jack and the red microphone jack. The microphone is omnidirectional and has 360-degree rotation. The switch to the mic is on the left earcup for convenience. The headset cable is braided to prevent tangles and the general mess. Also, it’s durable and won’t lose sound on one side easily. Overall, I am very satisfied with this headset and don’t really have anything bad to say about it. If you’re looking for the best gaming headset under $50, this should do it.
When I got this gaming headset for $15 online, I wasn’t expecting much. But DLAND managed to pleasantly surprise me. Design wise, it’s very standard. It’s not as comfortable as Bengoo, but it fits on the head adequately and is not uncomfortable to wear for prolonged period. This headset is compatible with laptops, notebooks and smartphones too. It connects with a litz wire, which is quite sturdy and won’t break unless you pull really, really hard. The microphone on this is quite excellent. Also, the mic is very sensitive. While it’s great when talking gently, sometimes the person on the other end can hear annoying noises like breathing. The cable has buttons for the microphone, including a voice button to answer calls immediately. This is a definitely a solid investment for cash-strapped gamers.
Costing around $10, this gaming headset is super cheap. It’s also sports a sleek design. It came with an additional 3.5mm jack too. This gaming headset provides good audio, though it didn’t have as much clarity as some high-end ones. However, the audio is not awfully distorted and I found it adequate considering the price. The microphone works quite well, just like the standard microphone. However, it can sometimes be oversensitive. There’s a volume button on the cable, but you cannot answer calls with a click on one of the cable button. While the gaming headset overall was comfortable to wear, the ear cups can be a bit of a hassle when wearing for hours. Otherwise, this is a very good gaming headset that you can get for an unbeatable price.
This $20 gaming headset has stunning blue LED lights on the ear cups that lights up beautifully when in use. The ear cups are covered in very soft leather that does not rub against the skin. They were so comfy to wear and did not cause any discomfort issues even after hours of gaming. Those who don’t like cushion covered ear cups will definitely like this headset. Despite the low price tag, this headset is amazingly flexible and durable. It can handle even rough use. The PVC cable wire has excellent tensile strength to last years. The headset is equipped with a 40mm driver, so the sound clarity is quite astounding. It has an excellent sound range and can deliver special sound effects, like sound of shocks, superbly. This headset is compatible with laptops, smartphones and gaming consoles like the PS4 and Xbox One. It’s practically a steal considering this level of compatibility for mere $20.
Sades has a good reputation for making truly excellent gaming headsets. This release is no different. It has a really cool-looking exterior and very comfortable ear cups. It’s compatible with multiple devices including Macs, PS4, Xbox 360 and any Windows PC. The head pad and ear cups are cushioned with soft leather that is sweat resistant. The microphone is adjustable by 120 degrees and can be folded and hidden. Sades claims that the headset can shield electromagnetic and radio-frequency interference during gameplay. I haven’t really experienced either of these as issues, so I can’t say how effective the headset is at shielding them. Overall, the design and sound quality is quite excellent. I bought this for a discounted price of $20 so it was all worth it.
Design wise this gaming headset is pretty standard and I don’t really have anything unique to say about it. I do complain that the microphone design was not very flexible. It jutted ahead in a straight line and does not curve so I couldn’t bring it closer to my lips when talking. Regardless of all that, the appeal of this headset is the audio. This is the only gaming headset I have that can deliver deep bass sound professionally. The driver in this headset is optimized for delivering precise and specific sounds. The audio is really great for playing games with storylines and are heavy on the soundtrack. Also, the headset looks bulky, but it’s very lightweight and easy to wear.
At $15, this is definitely one of the best cheap gaming headsets. It has a well padded head strap and earmuffs. What I really liked is the microphone. It looks like a serpent with scales. The design allows the microphone to be really flexible and bend in any direction to facilitate talking or hide when you don’t need it. This headset is really high on the comfort level. Also, the audio controller has buttons for volume control, pause, play and answering calls. This headset is specifically designed for gaming consoles, but it works on smartphones and some computers as well.
The Envel G200 is the quintessential gaming headset that I purchased for a bargain price of $22. It’s very comfortable designed to be worn for hours on end. The headset is very durable too, so it will survive a fall or two without a scratch. Importantly, this headset is equipped with a 50mm high precision neodymium driver, so the sound this provides are so vivid, as if you are really in the game hearing the noises. It delivers excellent sound clarity and reproduced sound effects in an eerily realistic manner. The headset is great for noise cancellation too. My only complaint is that the earmuffs weren’t as sweat resistant as I’d hoped.
With a 40mm driver, this headset delivers splendid sound when gaming, and also when watching movies and listening to music. It has one of the simplest designs I have seen. Thanks to this simplicity, Turtle Beach headsets are very lightweight and super easy to wear. It’s compatible with gaming consoles, PCs and smartphones. Sold around $30, this is a wonderful minimalist headset many gamers definitely prefers to have.
At $10, this is a dirt cheap gaming headset with only the basic, necessary features. It’s not super comfortable. I’d say it’s as comfortable as those standard headsets people used back in the nineties. Audio is of medium good quality. It can, however, deliver strong bass sounds. The microphone can be pulled out when needed. The ear cups are covered in soft leather that feels like shopping bag material. It’s not particularly uncomfortable, but if this is all you can afford, it will be quite adequate.
Tips for Buying a Budget Gaming Headset
Here are several tips for buying the best budget gaming headset:
When it comes down to it, great sound is what you need the most. Look for specific sound features the gaming headset you are interested in offers. Check the specs for the driver and compare with several other products before making your final decision.
Comfort level matters too. You will be wearing this headset for hours while gaming. So, you would want it to be comfortable, not slip off or cause chafing. Most gaming headsets available nowadays are well padded. Make sure the padding is sweat resistant. Choose leather padding as it is the most comfortable in general. The padding should be made from breathable material to facilitate temperature regulation.
There’s a debate between wired and wireless gaming headsets. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. Most budget gaming headsets are wired. This is necessary to deliver great audio and record the microphone. Wireless gaming headset may not deliver audio as well as you like.
Check the position of the microphone and how flexible it is. The microphone should be foldable to put it away when you don’t need it. Bendable microphones are also preferable so you can adjust it as you like when talking.