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Finding the best wireless gaming headset no longer means you need to sacrifice features or quality compared to the best wired headsets. The constant march of progress and technological advancement means that the only real downside to modern wireless headsets is that you'll occasionally need to charge them. Even that consideration is mitigated by higher capacity, longer-lasting batteries; some of the best wireless headphones will last 15 hours or more between charges, and that's with regular use.
So what elevates a pair of cans to best wireless gaming headset status? One of the important factors is compatibility, especially if you own multiple consoles (XBox One, PS4, or Switch), or a console and a sweet gaming PC. Beyond that, it's largely the same considerations of any other pair of headphones: audio quality, noise cancellation, comfort, and design. These are the top picks across a number of uses cases and qualities, so you're sure to find something to match your needs.
Excellent boom mic
Great wireless range
Compatible with all consoles and PC
Few extra frills
If you’re a serious gamer looking for a serious wireless headset, the latest version of the SteelSeries Arctis 7 gives you all the best features you could want. Lag-free audio is critical, and you’ll definitely get low-latency, lossless audio with an all-around high-quality, balanced sound. The Discord-certified ClearCast boom microphone provides excellent recording quality and background noise reduction, too, so nothing gets in the way of clear communication with your teammates.
At the same time, the top-notch sound comes with the convenience and flexibility of a wide 40-foot wireless range and an impressive 24 hours of battery life. The Arctis 7 connects wirelessly on the 2.4-GHz frequency through a USB dongle, making it compatible with PC and Mac computers as well as the Sony PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles. You also have the option of making a wired connection to phones or any other sources with an audio jack.
The design of the Arctis 7 is relatively straightforward compared to other gamer-centric peripherals. It comes in black and white color options and not many other frills, but the build quality can’t be denied. The headset feels well-made and sturdy enough to survive drops and everyday wear. Velcro straps on either side make the elastic “ski-goggle” headband fully adjustable, allowing it to securely and comfortably crown just about any head size and shape.
"The best, most comfortable gaming headset out there for marathon sessions." — Alan Bradley, Tech Editor
Can be used wired or wirelessly
Connects over the 5-Ghz band
Supports 7.1 Dolby
Bright green XBox version is divisive
Dishing out an exciting blend of performance, features, and style, the fairly pricey Astro A50 gaming headset delivers the quality you pay for. There’s a green version for Xbox One and a blue one for PS4. Both are compatible with PC, and both sport a stylized space-age look that screams “made for gaming.” The wireless base station is actually what’s locked to the particular console; you can dock and charge any A50 headset with either base. The base also lets you connect to your source with a wired audio cable, which the headset itself can’t do directly.
But you’ll be using the A50 for its wireless capabilities anyway, and you get seamless coverage in its decent 30-foot range. It connects over the 5-GHz wireless frequency, allowing for higher speeds at close range than the 2.4-GHz band, plus it’s often less crowded by other devices. Meanwhile, its 12-hour battery life is boosted nicely by an auto-off feature that kicks in when you set the unit down.
Of course, you shouldn’t ignore a headset’s audio quality, and the A50 has the goods. Putting 7.1-channel Dolby Headphone surround sound to good work, it sounds excellent whether you’re enjoying games, movies, or TV. And the included Astro Command Center Software lets you customize audio levels and equalizer presets to your liking.
Excellent 50mm drivers
Useful equalizer presets
Fairly limited range
With versions designed for PS4/PC and Xbox One/PC, Turtle Beach’s Stealth 600 headset proves that you can get great performance and wireless gaming features on a budget. The 50mm speakers produce surprisingly rich highs and lows for the price, with support for virtual surround sound. There are four equalizer presets to play around with, including Bass Boost and Superhuman Hearing settings. You can switch through these modes with a button on the left ear cup. Also on this side is the power button, volume control, and a microphone that mutes when you flip it up and out of the way.
The Stealth 600’s 20-foot wireless range isn’t as wide as other headsets, but you still get a strong signal and lag-free audio, which is the most important thing when you’re in the middle of the action. Its 15-hour battery life is reasonably long, too. Your comfort with the headphones will depend on your preferences, but for bespectacled gamers, the Stealth 600’s construction includes glasses-friendly design that’s meant to relieve pressure on your eyewear.
Excellent lossless clarity
Great DTS 7.1 surround sound
Fairly vanilla aesthetics
Wireless gaming headsets still call for higher price tags than their budget-level wired counterparts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find any that are affordable, effective, and attractive at the same time. Just look at the Logitech G533 for PC. Its 2.4-GHz wireless audio is low-latency, lossless, and clear, with an excellent range that reaches up to 50 feet. It supports DTS 7.1 surround sound for positional audio that can give you a bit of an in-game edge by hinting where your enemies are coming from.
The G533’s design isn’t as flashy as many high-end gaming headsets, but it’s still sleek and professional-looking. The left ear cup has an extendable and flexible microphone in front, with the headset’s controls in the back. This includes an on/off switch, volume knob, and a “G” button that functions as a mute button by default, but you can map it to a different custom function, like play/pause.
You configure button this in Logitech’s G Hub software, where you can set the EQ globally or for individual games, and adjust the volume for each of the seven channels (for example, if you want to crank up the rear channels to avoid sneak attacks). The G Hub also lets you see the charge level of the replaceable battery, which can last for a good 15 hours on a full charge.
Superb audio quality
Massive frequency range
Transmitter box with EQ controls
Wireless headsets are already luxury items in a lot of ways. If you’re going to go all out, go with the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless for PS4 and PC. While most headphones make concessions in terms of sound quality when they ditch the wires, the superb sound is the Arctis Pro Wireless’s greatest strength. Its high-resolution, low-latency audio will have even discerning audiophiles using it not just for games, but for music and movies.
Its stereo drivers are capable of a frequency response range from 10 Hz to 40,000 Hz, a broader spectrum of sound beyond the 22,000-Hz cap of standard headsets (or what humans can typically hear). If you want to tweak its already-rich, well-balanced sound, there are equalizer controls right on the included transmitter box.
While the Arctis Pro Wireless shares the same excellent ClearCast microphone and comfortable ski-goggle construction as the Arctis 7 and other SteelSeries headsets, the transmitter embodies a number of extra features that help it stand out. It has ChatMix controls for balancing game volume with separate chat audio. You can connect to Bluetooth simultaneously to use a mobile chat app or take phone calls.
You also get two removable batteries, so you can charge and monitor the level of one in the transmitter box while you use the other, and then swap them as needed for functionally endless power.
Up to 30 hours of battery life
Excellent detachable boom mic
Solid audio quality
Not XBox One/Switch compatible
For travel, marathon gaming sessions, or simply the convenience of not having to plug in and recharge, you’ll want a headset that can sustain long stretches of use on a single charge. That’s exactly what you can expect from the Cloud Flight, a PS4/PC-compatible wireless headset from HyperX, the high-performance product division of Kingston Technology.
When using it at about half of the max volume and with its stylish LED lighting effects turned off, the headphones can go a whopping 30 hours before needing a charge. This goes down to 18 hours with the LEDs in pulsing mode, and with the LEDs always on it’s closer to 13 hours, which is about the battery life you get on many other wireless headsets anyway.
Another element of the Cloud Flight that stands out among its competitors is the quality of its detachable boom microphone. You and your squad will be able to hear each other literally loud and clear, thanks to the mic’s excellent recording quality and powerful noise processing technology, which keeps a lot of background noise at bay. Its overall solid audio quality and strong value for a wireless headset are notable, especially if you want to avoid the hassle of frequent recharging.
THX Spatial Audio
Great integrated controls
Wire required for XBox, Switch, and smartphones
While most gaming headsets start to feel like they have similar specs and feature sets, the Razer Nari Ultimate aims to stand out with several unique touches. The first is its HyperSense haptic technology, which engages more of your senses by delivering dynamic, real-time touch feedback to the headset. Going beyond basic rumbling, the Nari Ultimate generates vibrations with realistic levels of intensity based on game audio curves.
And speaking of audio, the Nari Ultimate forgoes the surround sound found in other headsets in favor of THX Spatial Audio, which simulates 360 degrees of positional audio all around you. Combining this with the haptic feedback, the headset truly adds extra levels of immersion to your gaming experience, not to mention potentially giving you more of a chance to react quickly to your in-game surroundings.
Other ways Razer tries to innovate with the Nari Ultimate’s design is by giving you more controls directly on the headset rather than in separate software. It has a wheel for adjusting volume and another for tweaking the balance between game and chat audio. There’s even storage space for the USB dongle, used to connect via 2.4-GHz wireless to PC and PS4 (only wired connections are supported for Xbox, Switch, and smartphones).
Angular, modern aesthetic
Handy iCue software suite
Sturdy and comfortable
Primarily built from plastic
Gaming accessories have become synonymous with exciting aesthetics, and Corsair’s line of gaming hardware doesn’t disappoint. The Void Pro wireless headset has a modern, angular look, and is available in an eye-catching white, black carbon, or yellow varieties. The bigger visual appeal for many PC gamers, though, will come from its LED lighting effects.
Using the Corsair iCue software that handles the device’s audio settings, not only can you can customize the color and glow patterns of the Corsair logo on either side, but you can also set the effects to match other peripherals you may have that feature RGB lighting (particularly other Corsair products) for a cool, coordinated look to your gaming setup.
In terms of its build and design, the Void Pro’s construction is mostly plastic but quite sturdy, with comfortable padding on the ear cups and the headband. A Discord-certified microphone turns on and off as it moves up and down on an arm on the left side. The sound quality is great, too, with a highlight being its Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound.
On the whole, the Void Pro is a good way to make your ears, eyes, and wallet happy, considering it’s one of the less expensive wireless headsets on the market.
Reactive RGB lighting
Software required to customize
For a pretty affordable price, Logitech’s G933 Artemis Spectrum is packed with wireless gaming performance and features that you can tailor in many ways to suit your preferences. The most easily visible customization aspect is its look. Its futuristic design (in either black or white) is punctuated by glowing RGB lighting on the “G” logo and on strips along the sides of the ear cups.
These LEDs are heavily customizable thanks to Logitech’s Lightsync technology, with about 16.8 color options and a variety of animations and effects. The lights can react based on the audio, colors, and action in your games, and can be synchronized across Lightsync devices. You’ll be able to use the headset for a listed eight hours with the default lighting, up to 12 hours with the lights off.
The excellent sound you hear from the G933 can be personalized, too, through the Logitech G Hub software. You have access to volume controls, a powerful equalizer, swappable audio profiles, and settings for the 7.1-channel surround sound (you can use either Dolby or DTS technology). Perhaps the most functional feature is the inclusion of three programmable “G-keys” on the headset that can be set to any actions or settings you need quick access to.
To top it all off, the G933 also offers flexibility in its sources and connectivity options. Connect to your PC or PS4 with the USB dongle for 2.4-GHz wireless, or to any consoles or mobile devices using the 3.5-mm wired cable.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 gets the nod as the best wireless gaming headset because of its excellent all-around quality—great sound, range, features, and fit. If you prefer a bolder presentation, handy charging base, and surround sound, consider the Astro Gaming A50.
None of our picks for the best wireless gaming headsets have been put through their paces by our team of trusted experts just yet. However, their hands-on testing will consist of logging significant hours on their computer or console, paying attention to the overall input and output quality, as well as how long they can go without having to charge a particular model.
Anton Galang has been writing about tech and gaming for more than ten years now. His extensive expertise in PCs, computer hardware, and peripherals, makes him perfectly suited to guide our roundup of wireless gaming headsets.
Alan Bradley is a tech journalist and editor who's been working in the field for more than eleven years now, and been building PCs and playing with peripherals (including some of the headsets on our list) for far longer. He frequently uses the SteelSeries Arctis 7 at home during marathons of the latest epic open-world RPGs and strategy games.
Audio quality - Regardless of what you're using them for, the most important characteristic of any headset is how accurately it reproduces sounds, and how well it performs across low, mid, and high tones. This is just as true for wireless and gaming headsets as elsewhere, so we definitely prioritized it when filtering products for our list.
Comfort - More than a lot of other headphone use cases, gaming requires a comfortable fit, particularly if you're the sort of gamer who tends to measure your play sessions in hours rather than minutes.
Compatibility - Unless you exclusively plan on using your headset with a single system, getting something that's compatible with every console you own (and, if you're rocking an awesome gaming rig, PC) is critical. While many of the options on our list are broadly compatible with every modern platform, some are exclusive, and others require a wired connection to function with certain devices.