Every gamer knows having a good headset is a basic need. Perhaps you need a high-quality headset to effectively trash talk your way to your team's success and to defeat your enemy with your lexicon of gaming epithet. Coordinating with teammates is made easier with an effective, durable, and excellent gaming headset. Besides, it adds an ultra-boost to your gaming mood. As an added bonus, it can also be great for your work-from-home office or your online class. Who would have thought? As year 2021 commences, a new set of gaming headsets are making it on top of the list.

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Factors to Consider when Choosing the Best Gaming Headset

As Tech Radar notes, before choosing a headset, it's important to know what factors you should be looking for when buying an effective gaming headset.

You should get one that fits your budget and needs. Some headsets like SteelSeries Arctis 9X support only Xbox One. On the other hand, some last gen consoles like PS3 and Xbox 360 may require a headset with their own unique connections. PCs can be more versatile, and usually does work with every kind of headset. Moreover, you need to choose one that fits your budget.

Great reviews is also a factor. Some headsets claim that they offer surround-sound to their users, but actually just mask it with Dolby and DTS processing techniques. This can manipulate the sound and give it an impression of 360 audio. It's best to look for legit reviews from your peers, or from people who review headsets online.

Top 5 Best Gaming Headsets in 2021

PC Mag has compiled a list of headsets that work well with the factors that we've discussed. That said, here are headsets on this list that work with certain systems:

1. Astro Gaming A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR

If you are looking for the best wired headset for gaming, the Astro Gaming A40 TR + MixAmp Pro TR has one of the best audio qualities. This has one of the best killer gaming designs. So far, this is getting ahead of the list.

Pros

It complements its reputation as a crowd favorite when it comes to the best gaming headsets. It has a great and durable build which obviously lasts long. It also has a great futuristic design. It has impressive sound quality with customizable art options. Moreover, this headset gives you versatility as the MixAmp Pro TR provides a lot of physical controls that are within your reach. This one has one of the most customization options out there in the market.

Cons

One of the downsides is its price. The brand itself makes the product expensive. Considering that you need to purchase some aftermarket MODS from Astro if you want to, you may want to prepare a hefty amount. For a wired headset, there are other cheaper options in the market. But then again, the branding and the brand's reputation makes it expensive.

2. Razer Nari Essential

The Razer Nari Essential is probably one of the most comfortable gaming headsets out there. With its reputation of ease and comfort makes it a great choice for every day gaming.

Pros

The headband adjust so it can sit comfortably without too much tension. It isn't so tight and is just good enough. It makes it seem like the weight isn't so noticeable. The build quality is also great and the ear cups are thick. The headset is really durable and solid. It also has great sound balancing, where you will be able to control and balance your voice comms and your game audio well. In some headsets, it can be difficult to manage those features.

Cons

The most apparent downsides of this device is its microphone. Many users say that this headset arguably has a bad reputation with microphones. It is non-directional which means that the device needs to be turned at a specific angle so that it will be capable of picking real sound. Furthermore, the boom is also short. Its charging port is also a micro-USB, which can be difficult for other users.

3. Sennheiser GSP 670

When talking about comfort and durability, the Sennheiser GSP 670 will never be left out of the list. It is definitely a comfortable and long-lasting device with its well-built battery system.

Pros

This is also one of those headsets that are very comfortable and durable. It also has convenient controls for users. Chat and gaming audio controls are also readily separated for easier control. It claims to have 7.1 Digital Surround sound which happens to be very apparent as it happens to have excellent sound balance, clarity and appeal during use. It is also very long lasting since its intelligent battery management allows longer hours of gaming. It also has good quality microphone with Flip-to-mute controls. Another great thing about this is that it has low latency wireless and Bluetooth dual connectivity.

Cons

The downside is that this is another device that is very expensive for some, since others may argue that there are other headsets in the market that can do the same job at a a lower cost. However, just like most top-notch gaming headsets, its branding makes a path for its high price, which also gives users assurance. Another disadvantage here is that this is not compatible with Xbox One or Nintendo Switch.

4. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

If "best upgrade" were an award, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless should have that badge as it has improved a lot in terms of sound since its predecesor which is the Siberia 800. It also ranks well in terms of battery management.

Pros

This one also has excellent audio quality as a standard gaming headset. This new-gen headset has a great leap of updates and improvements in terms of sound clarity. It has a handy transmitter with flexible controls and two batteries with a charging compartment located in the transmitter which allows for a more convenient charging experience. It is also a truly comfortable gaming headset where it sits comfortably over your head without feeling too tight or too restrictive. Its feature-laden base station makes it a premium choice for many.

Cons

This device is also really expensive, with other cheaper options in the market. Its sound somehow lacks bass. Moreover, EQing more with the headset can contribute to a more muddy sound. Although it may pass as an excellent quality as a standard headset, other options have better bass features. Its build also does not feel as premium as other headsets. Moreover, it isn't compatible with Xbox One.

5. Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 + SuperAmp

The Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 +SuperAmp is also one of the best elite gaming headsets in the market in terms of design, sound, and durability. However, it isn't as holistic as the earlier picks mentioned.

Pros

It has incredible audio quality. Apparently, this new-gen headset has also upgraded well from its predecessor. It is also comfortable to use and stylish. It looks futuristic and Avant Garde with its metal additions and black accents. It has excellent sound quality that really shows with its powerful bass system. What other headsets lack in bass quality, this one definitely has which makes it a good choice. It also has Bluetooth audio that includes SuperAmp which makes it a very versatile device for gaming use.

Cons

Just like the Razer Nari, this one has a bad reputation when it comes to microphones. It has less than stellar microphone features which is usually common among many gaming headsets. Its microphone does not seem to fold out of the way. Furthermore, the app meant for this is not very reliable, with many moments of incompatibilities.

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