Best Headset for Xbox Series X

Best Headset for Xbox Series X, Cheap Wireless Gaming Headsets in 2020

Fed up with your headset cable messing with your keyboard? Here are expert reviews of the latest wireless gaming headsets for xbox series x in 2020.

By and large, the criteria for testing wireless headsets fall in line with testing any other type of headset. Factors such as design, build quality, fit, long-term comfort, sound quality and features all come into play. However, for wireless headsets,there’s a few more areas to consider.

First up is the reliability of the wireless connection. We check for decent range, interference from other devices and lag. Battery life is also a factor. Any longer than around eight hours is enough to last a lengthy gaming session, or a working day, but ideally you want double this figure, so the battery lasts for a couple of gaming sessions and not come up short if you forget to charge it every day.

Most wireless gaming headsets also offer virtual surround support. Once a widely mocked feature, modern virtual surround is very good and makes a big difference in certain games. Not all headsets support it or use the same technology, though, so this will be an important point of distinction.

Meanwhile, some headsets only allow wireless audio, while others include analogue and USB wired connections, so you can carry on gaming when the battery dies (both because it’s not charged and, long-term, if the battery fails). 

The size and style of the USB dongle (transceiver) is a small factor too. Some are much larger than others,making them prone to getting damaged if knocked, while some plug directly into the USB port and others are on the end of a cable.

We’ll also pay particular attention to just how well the headset fits when being used in odd positions. As we’re all used to video chatting and working from home, a headset that sits securely while lounging on the sofa, doing your lunchtime yoga or simply just reclining in your office chair, is becoming more important.

List of Best Headset for Xbox Series X

These are our top recommendations for the best Wireless Gaming Headsets for xbox series x in 2020.

  1. Asus ROG Strix Fusion Wireless (Best Headset for Xbox Series X)
  2. Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless (Best Wireless Gaming Headsets for Xbox Series X)
  3. HyperX Cloud Flight (Cheap Headsets for Xbox Series X)
  4. Logitech C533 (Best Xbox Series X Headsets Under 100)
  5. Razer Nari (Best Xbox Series X Headsets Under 50)
  6. Sennheiser GSP370 (Best Budget Xbox Series X Headsets)
  7. SteelSeries Arctis 7 (Best Surrounding Sound Headset For Xbox Series X)
  8. Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero (Best Turtle Beach Headset – Xbox Series X)

1. Asus ROG Strix Fusion Wireless

Asus’ ROG Strix brand is well known for striking designs and a Blackpool promenade level of RGB illumination. However, with the Strix Fusion Wireless, Asus has opted for a far more muted approach.

This headset is completely devoid of lighting, RGB or otherwise, save a tiny pinprick power indicator light next to the power button. The identically styled wired version has lighting emanating from the shiny black plastic slashes on the back of each ear cup, but the wireless version omits these in order to reduce weight and boost battery life. 

The styling is muted too, with a black and gunmetal colour scheme. Plus, while the design is angular and rather aggressive-looking, it isn’t overly bold & brash.

Build quality is decent as well. The headband is fashioned around a neat laser- etched metal strip, while all the plastic parts feel reassuringly solid and have pleasing metallic paint or soft matt plastic finishes. 

The headband adjustment is particularly satisfying in the way that it requires quite a forceful push to overcome each notch. This ensures the headband stays the right size when the headset is being removed and otherwise chucked around.

When it comes to fit and comfort, this headset is middling. At 395g, it’s quite heavy, so its presence is felt a little more than some headsets overtime. However, the ear cups fit snugly around your ears, making for a secure fit that eases the pressure a little on the headband padding. 

There’s also enough ear cup padding to prevent your ears from getting squashed, and the headset stays surprisingly secure when your head is tilted or moved quickly. There’s a choice of either leather padding or rough-stitched fabric padding included in the box.

The right earcup is completely devoid of features, with all the controls, cabling and the microphone packed into the left earcup. This is where you’ll find the micro-USB charging port, slightly fiddly power button, microphone and this headset’s apparent standout feature: touch controls.

Simply tap the centre of the left earcup, and it will play and pause music on your PC. Swipe forwards or back, and you can skip back and forth between tracks, and up and down will adjust volume. The former two functions work surprisingly well. However, the volume adjustment is too slow, moving up and down only a couple of steps (out of the 0-100 Windows volume scale) with each swipe.

 If your headset is too loud, for instance, your only option is to quickly remove the headset, as turning down the volume takes far too long. It’s also relatively easy to accidentally activate the touch controls.

Meanwhile, virtual 7.1 surround sound is available via Asus’ Armoury II software, which also includes a ten-band EQ and various other noise-cancelling and voice enhancements options. The surround mode works well. Bass is particularly powerful and the overall sense of space is quite narrow but the directionality is good.

When it comes to overall audio quality, we were impressed. Bass and treble aren’t overly boosted, making for a reasonably balanced sound that still delivers plenty of mid-range warmth, making for pleasurable music listening. The microphone, though, while producing adequate audio quality, is awkward to deploy and stow away. 

It rotates upwards and clicks into place, but the mechanism is clunky. Battery life is also on the lower end, at a maximum of 15 hours. The USB transceiver is pleasingly tiny, though, sticking out only 10mmfrom the socket.

Specifications

  • Audio config: Stereo and 7.1 surround
  • Frequency range: 20-20,OOOHz
  • Sensitivity/sound pressure: Not stated
  • Mic frequency response: 50-10,OOOHz
  • Mic sensitivity: -39dBV/Pa
  • Wireless range: Not stated
  • Weight: 395g
  • Stated battery life: 15 hours
  • Extras: Touch volume and playback controls

Summary: A surprisingly even sound profile puts the Asus among our favourite-sounding headsets, especially for music. It’s also accomplished when it comes to surround sound audio for gaming. However, it’s a little on the heavy side and some of its features,such as the touch controls and microphone stowage system, need some work. Decent sound for the money, although it’s a bit heavy and some of its features could be better implemented.


2. Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless range arrived with quite a splash, with the Special Edition (SE) version sporting a very fetching all-aluminium construction and great audio performance. However, with a price tag of $180, it was a bit expensive for most folks. 

Thankfully, the same performance can be had from the more affordable non-SE versions, which drop some of the aluminium parts and replace them with plastic. The $30 saving isn’t exactly game-changing, but every little helps.

So what exactly does change between the SE and the standard Virtuoso models?Well, instead of the outer plate of the earcups sporting an aluminium plate, you get a plastic plate. However, you still retain the aluminium ear cups holders of the SE, so you get much of the same premium feel. Indeed, the overall fit and finish is excellent, so it doesn’t feel like you’re missing out on much by saving yourself $30.

Elsewhere, the design is reminiscent of the Razer Nari, with both headsets opting for a very symmetrical look with round earcups. It makes for a good-looking headset, although such designs aren’t necessarily always the best in terms of comfort and fit.

Thankfully, that largely isn’t the case here, with the Corsair offering plenty of padding, while the strong grip from the headband ensures a secure hold. The only caveat is the basic headband design, the padding of which isn’t the deepest, widest or softest on test, so you feel the relatively hefty 360g weight after a while.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a modern Corsair product without iCUE-compatible RGB lighting, and sure enough, the Corsair logos on the outside of the ear cups give off a glow. The light-up Corsair logo looks good, though, and it’s not overly offensive to have it shining out from either side of your head. Opting to have the lighting will reduce battery life, though, which is stated at 20 hours as standard.

Whether you engage the lighting or not, most other aspects of the Virtuoso are impressive. The detachable microphone offers plenty of flex and stays in position when moved. It also incorporates a mic-mute button, meaning there’s one less function cluttering the rest of the headset when the microphone isn’t in use.

Along the same lines, Corsair has thought about ease of access to the other features,spreading them across both earcups. The left earcup is home to the microphone, an analogue input and the micro-USB charging port (audio also works over USB), while the right cup houses the volume wheel and power button. You miss out on a chat/game mix wheel but this feature can be controlled in software.

Another neat addition is an accelerometer, which will power off the headset when it’s set down and power it back up when you pick it up again, which helps to eke out a little extra battery life.

The audio quality from this headset is a cut above most designs too. There’s more clarity than most gaming headsets we’ve tested, plus plenty of bass punch and mid­range warmth too. The software-enabled 7.1 virtual surround sound works well as well, bringing that all-important sense of directionality to games.

Specifications

  • Audio config: Stereo and 7.1 surround
  • Frequency range: 20-40,OOOHz
  • Sensitivity/sound pressure: 109db
  • Mic frequency response: 100-10,OOOHz
  • Mic sensitivity: -40dBV/Pa
  • Wireless range: 18M
  • Weight: 360g
  • Stated battery life: 20 hours
  • Extras: RGB lighting, detachable microphone, accelerometer

Summary: We were mightily impressed with the Virtuoso RGB SE and are just as impressed with its slightly cheaper sibling. If you don’t mind missing out on a little extra aluminium, this cheaper version is the better-value option, as it delivers the same features and performance for less money.

The headband comfort could be better, but the Virtuoso is otherwise a superb wireless gaming headset. Stylish, great sound and decent value, the Virtuoso is a great gaming headset.


3. HyperX Cloud Flight

Hyper Cloud and CLoudX headsets have been among our favorite choices of wired headsets for some time now, due to their smart design, great comfort and superb sound quality. 

The CLoudX Flight, though, sports a different overall design, eschewing the aluminium frame, leather-wrapped headband and symmetrical look of its relations, and instead opting for an off-angle, all-plastic design.

This design difference clearly affects the aesthetics of the Cloud Flight, the exact subtleties of which will come down to personal preference (we’re not overly keen), but it also results in a less premium feel. Perhaps more importantly, the different materials affect comfort and practicality too. 

The plastic headband is stiffer, making it less easy to open up the headset to slide it onto your head. Once it’s on your head, the earcup padding isn’t quite as soft either, and the grip of the headset isn’t quite as secure on your head.

Direct comparisons aside,the Cloud Flight is still reasonably comfortable,with its relatively low weight making it easy on the top of your head with prolonged use, although the earcups are a little more fatiguing than some designs. 

The headband size is easy to adjust both on and off your head, although it has a tendency to slip as you’re stretching the headband to put it on.

Meanwhile, the HyperX logos on the outside of each ear cup are backlit in red, and they don’t look too bad. However, keeping on the lights drops battery life from a reasonable 30 hours to a middling 18 hours if you’re using the breathing light pattern, or a paltry 13 hours with the lights on constantly.

For features, the addition of a conventional 3.5mm analogue input means you can use this headset with alternative audio sources,with the headphones’ frequency response widening from the 20-20,OOOHz limit of the wireless mode to 15-23,OOOHz in analogue mode. It does make a noticeable difference too, especially if you have a good-quality audio output.

We plugged the Cloud Flight into a Focusrite 2i2 audio interface, and the uptick in quality was striking, with so much more clarity and depth, particularly with music.It really highlights one of the potential downsides of wireless or USB headsets/headphones, compared with having a higher quality analogue setup.

Otherwise, there’s not a huge number of extra features. You get a small power button, a micro-USB charging port and a microphone input on the left earcup, alongside the analogue headphone input. 

The flexible microphone again uses a standard 3.5mminput, so in theory you could upgrade it or replace it if the original gets damaged, although the socket is well recessed into the headset, so not all cables will fit. On the right earcup is the volume wheel, which uses a digital adjustment, rather than a fixed, analogue potentiometer.

In terms of overall sound quality, the Cloud Flight has a slight boost to bass and treble but it’s not as pronounced as on some headsets,making for a reasonably even-sounding headset that’s suited to a wide variety of uses. 

The microphone is decent too, with the simple addition of a foam tip helping to eliminate wind noise. However, crucially,this headset is stereo only, with no software or hardware features available to switch to virtual surround without opting for third- party software.

Specifications

  • Audio config: Stereo
  • Frequency range: 15-23,OOOHz analogue, 20-20,OOOHz wireless
  • Sensitivity/sound pressure: 106db
  • Mic frequency response: 100-7,OOOHz
  • Mic sensitivity: -45dBV/Pa
  • Wireless range: 20M
  • Weight: 315g with mic
  • Stated battery life: 30/18/12 hours (no Lights/breathing/solid)
  • Extras: Analogue input, red lighting

Summary: The HyperX Cloud Flight has a well-balanced feature set and good sound quality, and its analogue input makes it versatile, opening it up for use with other devices or high-quality audio outputs. Its pricing is about right too. 

However, it lacks the wow factor of previous HyperX Cloud headsets and there’s no virtual surround. Lacks the visual impact of previous Cloud Headsets, but the analogue input can make the Flight a decent option for listening to stereo music.


4. Logitech C533

Like Corsair, Logitech has a stark division in its ranges of headsets,with the likes of the G935 and G633 going all out on their RGB lighting and sporting very aggressive, angular designs. Then there’s the G Pro range and the headset we’re reviewing here, the C533, which eschew all such fripperies and instead opt for simple, staid, all-black design.

Of course, aesthetic design preferences are all down to personal taste, but we’re alitor this approach, as it gives the G533 a smart and classy appearance. Despite the lack of frills,it’s also a noticeably more stylish headset than the likes of the Sennheiser GSP 370, which opts for a similar muted design but is much more utilitarian in its approach.

The Logitech G533 is stylish, then, or at least to our eyes, but it’s sadly not the best-fitting headset. The headband is a bit stiff to open up when it comes to putting the headset on your head, yet it also doesn’t clamp down tightly enough, making for a Loose fit. 

Similarly,the earcups have quite a wide, open area for your ears, so there’s a fair amount of slope and not enough adjustability to get the balance right.

Combine this loose fit with the middling 350g weight, and you end up with a headset that slides around if you move your head too fast. Plus, it slides forwards and back if you lean in those directions, although at least it doesn’t entirely fall off, as we found with Logitech’s G933 headset.

Meanwhile, the padding on the earcups is reasonably deep, so your ears don’t feel squashed. However, the fabric feels a little rough against your ears, especially compared with the smooth leather or flock covering the earcups of some of the other headsets on test.

In terms of features, the Logitech’s left earcup sports a flip-down and slide-out microphone that’s mostly easy to operate, although the overall loose fit of the headset means that pulling out and pushing back the microphone ends up pushing the headset around your head. A micro-USB charging port is also present, as is a chunky digital volume wheel, a small (but easy to locate) power switch and a button for what Logitech calls its G mode.

The latter defaults to muting the microphone, but it can also be reassigned to other functions, such as switching audio profiles or swapping between stereo and virtual 7.1 surround modes, using Logitech’s Gaming Software. At least, that’s the theory – in practice, any attempt we made to change the G button’s function proved fruitless.

A ten-band EQ system is also available via Logitech’s software, which works well, and there are various options for tweaking the virtual surround sound. You can choose from DTS 7.1, First Person Shooter and Logitech Signature Studio surround modes, the middle of which sounded the most natural to us in games, providing an excellent surround sound experience.

Overall sound quality is good too. Bass and treble are boosted, as is often the case with gaming headsets, but there’s plenty of detail and warmth too, making the Logitech G533 a versatile headset that’s appropriate for both music listening and gaming.

Specifications

  • Audio config: Stereo and 7.1 surround
  • Frequency range: 20-20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity/sound pressure: 107db
  • Mic frequency response: 100-20,OOOHz
  • Mic sensitivity: Not stated
  • Wireless range: 15M
  • Weight: 350g
  • Stated battery life: 15 hours
  • Extras: G button for muting mic (can be reassigned

Summary: Solid sound quality, optional virtual surround and a decent feature set make the LogitechG533 a solid all-rounder, and its integration with Logitech’s capable software is welcome too. However, the loose fit can make wearing the headset problematic if you move your head, and the battery life is also low compared with the competition. 

That’s a shame, because there’s the basis of an excellent gaming headset here. A slightly Loose fit lets down this otherwise capable headset.


5. Razer Nari

There’s not a lot of RGB lighting in this, but you can always rely on Razer to get the light show party started. On the outer surfaces of each earcup, Razer’s logo shines bright in whatever color you choose, thanks to Razer’s Chroma software control. 

As lighting zones go, they’re reasonably subtle – or at least they can be – and it always helps that Razer’s logo is a funky-looking assemblage of snakes, not just a big letter or clunky company name..

Elsewhere, the Nari sports a simple, symmetrical design that lends the headset a subtly stylish quality, assuming you like black.The Nari has a slightly different headband design to the rest of the company’s headset range. 

The padding is a separate stretchy suspended section that sits below the twin metal strips of the headband itself. It’s a clever system that distributes the considerable 430g weight of this headset well.

The ear cups also have ample padding – the deepest on test – and have loads of room inside. Unfortunately, in combination with the relatively weak grip of the headband and the high weight of this headset, this makes for a very loose fit and this headset will fall off if you lean back.

For features, you get a retractable microphone, which has a neat little red ring of light around the end to indicate when it’s live. A button on the back of the left earcup controls the microphone muting, and it’s joined by an analogue chat/game mix dial, the power button and an analogue input. 

On the right earcup is the analogue volume control and a pop-out stowage location for the tiny USB transceiver. This arrangement of buttons and dials offers plenty of control and choice, and unlike the SteelSeries Arctis 7, you don’t tend to knock the controls when handling the headset.

The microphone itself sounds good, though like other retractable mics, it tends to move the headset around when you try to stow it. However, it stays where you put it when repositioned, unlike some. Sonically,the Nari sounds decent, with plenty of clarity across the frequency range. 

The usual boosted bass and treble is present (bass is very strong), leaving a slightly hollowed- out mid-range, which isn’t amazing for music listening but works well for gaming, as with most of the other headsets on test. Explosions hit hard, yet footsteps and other subtle sounds are plenty clear enough.

Perhaps the crowning glory of Razer’s entire virtual surround headset line-up is its THX spatial audio feature, which you can now apply to any stereo headset, thanks to Razer offering its software for sale independent of its headsets. 

This not only provides the same virtual 7.1 surround as several other headsets on test, but also lets you alter your virtual position within the soundscape.

As such, if the headset or your hearing is slightly imbalanced, you can fine-tune the surround effect to ensure that the effect sounds balanced to you. It really works too, with just a small tweak making all the difference.

Battery life is middling, at 20 hours without lighting but just 14 hours with lighting. That’s still plenty for most gaming sessions, but if you’re working and gaming all day, you’ll need to charge it at least every other day.

Specifications

  • Audio config: Stereo and 7.1 surround
  • Frequency range: 20-20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity/sound pressure: 107db
  • Mic frequency response: 100-6,5OOHz
  • Mic sensitivity:  -42dBV/Pa
  • Wireless range: 12M
  • Weight: 430g
  • Stated battery life: 14/20 hours (with/without lighting
  • Extras: Analogue input, game/chat mix control

Summary: The Razer Nari delivers on many fronts,offering a smart design, decent sound quality,good value and, of course, RGB lighting. The crucial addition when it comes to gaming is Razer’s excellent positional audio tweaking options in its software, which ensure you get the best virtual surround experience. 

However, the weight and loose fit of this headset may put some off. Stylish, reasonably comfortable and with great virtual surround sound, the Razer Nari delivers the goods.


6. Sennheiser GSP370

Sticking with its high-end audio credentials, Sennheiser (soon to be known as Epos for gaming peripherals) offers headsets that cost up to a whopping $280. However, it has some more affordable options too. 

The GSP 370 can be bought for $170, and while that’s still a premium price, this headset offers the high- end experience you’d expect, as long as a fancy design isn’t a priority.

The GSP 370 looks very utilitarian, with a plain grey and black color scheme, plus a shape and choice of finishes that lack any real design flare. It’s a far cry from the slick looking Corsair Virtuoso or SteelSeries Arctis 7. However, the GSP 37O’s design is fantastically functional. 

It’s all-plastic construction makes it very light, at just 285g, and helps to ensure the headset remains comfortable to wear for a long time and doesn’t tumble off your head. Indeed, the overall comfort and secure fit is exceptional.

The wide, split headband helps spread the already light load across your head without blocking ventilation. The headband also bends outwards easily, making the headset easy to put on and remove, yet it also clamps back securely on your head. 

The earcups then do a fantastic job of securely nestling around your ears without squishing them, although the cups are relatively small, so people with large ears may find the edges of their ears brushing up against the sides. 

The final piece of the excellent fit is the headband adjustment, which is quick and easy to move but stays secure.

There’s very little in the way of extra features though. You get a sturdy, fixed microphone that rotates up and out the way,and auto-mutes as you do so, with an audible click denoting when the mute point has been reached. 

There’s also a tiny power switch and a power indicator light, plus a micro-USB charging port below the microphone.

On the opposite side is just a single, large digital volume dial. Its rotation action is stiff enough to not be easily knocked out of position, but it’s still light enough to adjust quickly and accurately.

It’s easily the best volume adjustment of any gaming headset in this test. There are no lights, extra inputs or mode-switching buttons,though -just the basics.

Install Sennheiser’s Gaming Suite software and you can switch between stereo and 7.1 audio configurations, as well as adjust the EQ, tweak the microphone response and apply firmware updates. It’s enough to get the basics done, but the EQ isn’t particularly granular – it has just five bands – and you miss out on the positional adjustment of Razer’s software.

As for sound quality, this headset impresses with the level of detail, providing clarity right across the frequency range. However, it has a slightly scooped sound with a very powerful bass and slightly boosted treble response, the former of which can muddy the sound at times. 

The surround mode sounds great, though, and that bass really brings games to life. The microphone provides a very clear, full-sounding signal that puts several rivals to shame, as you’d hope for its size.

The final stand-out feature is the battery life. Sennheiser claims the non-removable battery lasts a whopping 100 hours between charges,and while we didn’t have time to verify this exact claim in our tests, the battery held up comparatively well over a lot of game testing.

Specifications

  • Audio config: Stereo and 7.1 surround
  • Frequency range: 20-20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity/sound pressure: 117db
  • Mic frequency response: 100-6,3OOHz
  • Mic sensitivity:  -41dBV/Pa
  • Wireless range: 10M
  • Weight: 285g
  • Stated battery life: 100 hours
  • Extras: None

Summary: It may not look exciting, and you may baulk at getting so much plastic on a $170 headset, but the GSP 370 excels where it counts. It’s very comfortable to wear, the battery life is amazing and it sounds great, as long as you don’t mind a strong bass response. 

Its lack of features certainly dents its value, but it’s still well worth considering if comfort, sound and battery life are your main priorities. A dull design can’t dent the delights of this comfortable and great-sounding headset.


7. SteelSeries Arctis 7

SteelSeries’ Arctis line of headsets has Long been among the most stylish on the market. The combination of slimline, ovoid earcups, with a thin metal headband, neat retractable microphone, great build materials and finishes,and a smart set of styles makes for a headset that rivals premium headphone brands for looks. 

Style is, of course, in the eye of the beholder, though, so how does the Arctis 7 perform on less subjective measures?

When it comes to fit and comfort, the Arctis 7’s unique design has pros and cons. The metal headband expands easily but doesn’t clamp back very tightly. The adjustable elastic band that’s used in place of headband padding and sliding side arms also has a tendency to droop down, so you can’t easily slide on the headset from the front, slicking back your hair in the process (a crucial consideration for people with long hair).

Also, the elastic does distribute the weight of the headset well, but it doesn’t provide much grip. Combined with the modest clamping pressure of the headband, this makes for a slightly loose-fitting headset that slips when you lean forward or back.

The straight-sided ear cup design also makes for quite a wide opening inside the padding, again making for a relatively loose fit around your ears. The padding is plentiful and nicely contoured, though, so it nicely cossets your ears without squishing them.

The Arctis 7 does better when it comes to features. As well as the micro- USB charging port and volume dial, you get a chat/game mix dial, a mic-mute button and a couple of extra inputs. 

One of them is a standard 3.5mm jack that can either input audio or be used to share the headset’s signal with another set of headphones. The second input is a proprietary connector that, with an included cable, can be used to connect a phone.

The volume and chat mix dials are analogue, which is convenient from a ‘set and forget’ perspective, but it’s relatively easy to knock the dials while handling the headset.

The retractable microphone works well, though, and is an improvement on previous versions of the Arctis 7. The old version would move the headset around when being deployed and stowed and wouldn’t stay in position when bent into shape. Now it suffers neither of these issues.

When it comes to sound quality, we’re very impressed by the Arctis 7. Drive an analogue signal into it and it has an impressively flat, natural sound with little in the way of bass or treble boosts, to the extent that some may find bass a little lacking. 

However, run it wirelessly and SteelSeries has applied an EQ that boosts the treble and bass. As a result, it sounds on a par with most of the other headsets here for overall balance, but detail levels are particularly good.

When it comes to virtual surround sound, the Arctis 7 employs DTS Headphone:X 2 technology. It works well, providing a noticeable improvement in directionality compared with plain stereo. Like most of the other headsets, it’s only enabled via software.

Finally, the Arctis 7 uses a USB transceiver that’s on the end of a long cable and has some extra audio inputs. The idea is that the end can be placed on your desk, but the lightweight dongle doesn’t really sit flat on the desk,making for a slightly untidy system.

Specifications

  • Audio config: Stereo and 7.1 surround
  • Frequency range: 20-20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity/sound pressure: 98db
  • Mic frequency response: 100-10,OOOHz
  • Mic sensitivity:  -38dBV/Pa
  • Wireless range: 12M
  • Weight: 375g
  • Stated battery life: 24 hours
  • Extras: Analogue input, game/chat mix control

Summary: There’s a lot of style and a fair bit of substance to the Arctis 7. It sounds great, has several useful extra features and its battery life is better than plenty of others. However, a more conventional headband design would make for a more secure fit. A versatile and stylish headset, the Arctis 7performs well but also has some caveats.


8. Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero

With the lowest price in our list, you’d be forgiven for assuming that the $100 Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero offers a bargain basement set of features. However, its feature set is still surprisingly competitive. 

On the left earcup you don’t just get a digital volume wheel, but also a second programmable wheel that can be used to control the microphone volume,chat/game mix, bass boost and more.

There’s also a programmable button that defaults to turning on Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing mode, but can also be used to mute the microphone, turn on Turtle Beach’s 3D Audio or mute the whole headset, among other functions. These two buttons sit above the power button, micro-USB charging port and the analogue audio input.

The latter is primarily meant for use with phones or tablets, but you can also use it to hook up a high-quality audio output to get the best sound quality from the headset. Further around the left earcup you’ll find the microphone input for the detachable, bendable microphone.

Overall, it’s a great feature set, and all the controls are easy to find and tell apart. The only downside is that the two volume wheels are too easy to knock while you’re putting on the headset, or when you’re blindly trying to find the buttons and dials with your fingers.

Meanwhile, the right earcup is a barren wasteland of features on the outside, but if you prize off the padding you’ll find a stowage spot for the transceiver. The transceiver here is a little smaller than some designs,and it extends by only 23mm from the socket. 

It’s still long enough that you could damage it if you knocked it, but it’s far less prone to damage than the longer dongles of  other headsets.

The Turtle Beach is a reasonably stylish and well-made headset. The steel headband and metal grilles on the earcups elevate the appearance a little, the plastics feel pleasant, and the overall fit and finish is very good. 

The headband prises open wide, but provides a good strong clamping force, making for a headset that’s easy to fit and surprisingly comfortable to wear for long use, despite the rather weedy headband padding.

Meanwhile, the earcups provide a good balance between being small enough to cup around and anchor onto your ears for a secure fit, while still providing a bit of extra room for people with large ears. 

The padding is also ample and has ProSpecs technology, which lets you pull in a section of the padding, so it puts less pressure on your glasses’ arms. The headband adjustment is quite limited, though, so anyone with particularly large heads may struggle.

As well as button programmability, Turtle Beach’s software also offers a ten-band EQ and the ability to setup game/chat split mixes, as well tune the Superhuman Hearing setting. 

This is a drastic treble-boosting, game-orientated EQ that greatly enhances the clarity of typical in-game audio cues, such as footprints. It sounds awful for music, but it’s great for competitive play.

Speaking of which, this headset otherwise sounds pretty good. It produces a reasonably balanced sound that lends itself well to gaming and music. However, it doesn’t have a proper virtual surround sound option, only Turtle Beach’s 3D Audio setting, which sounds okay but lacks the level of directionality of other virtual surround systems – it sounds more like expanded stereo than surround sound.

Specifications

  • Audio config: Stereo
  • Frequency range: 12-20,000Hz
  • Sensitivity/sound pressure: Not stated
  • Mic frequency response: Not stated
  • Mic sensitivity:  Not stated
  • Wireless range: Not stated
  • Weight: 285g
  • Stated battery life: 30 hours
  • Extras: Programmable control wheel

Summary: The Elite Atlas Aero offers great value for money, a surprisingly capable feature set and a comfortable fit, despite the limited headband padding. The only issue is the lack of proper virtual surround sound, but the Turtle Beach is a solid choice if that’s not a priority for you and you have limited funds.

A surprisingly good headset for the money,as long as you don’t need a virtual surround.


Buying Guide

Choosing a best headset for Xbox Series X can dramatically change your experience of Xbox games. Better sound quality allows for better immersion in the game, so you can hear enemies creep up behind you in Fortnite, really feel the roar of the engine and the screech of the tires as you speed through the English countryside in Forza Horizon 4 , and let yourself be carried away by all the subtle little noises of the environment of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. 

Plus, Xbox Series X headsets have built-in noise canceling microphones, so your voice will be crystal clear when chatting with friends online. But what makes an Xbox Series X headset the best?

The best headphones are those that manage to strike the perfect balance between sound quality, comfort and price. Some of the best headsets for Xbox Series X do wonderfully for all three criteria, and our pick of the best headset, the Razer Kraken Pro V2 manages to produce great sound and is perfectly comfortable for under $70. 

It’s hard to beat, and there’s even an Xbox Green version, if you want an aesthetically balanced gaming setup. Other headsets are more comfortable, like the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2, and others have better sound quality, like the Sennheiser GSP 600. The Razer Nari Ultimate is even able to vibrate to the sound of explosions and bangs. fire. 

This is something you have to have tried to be able to fully understand the point. And then there are other helmets,like the basic official model, at low prices (despite often poor sound quality). Everyone will find what they are looking for in the list below.

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