The popularity of wireless headsets has increased considerably in recent years. Of course, wired offerings still have advantages, but the wireless counterparts are no longer inferior by default. When trying to find a good new wireless headset, many are overwhelmed by the numerous offerings from different brands. This list of best wireless headsets in 2023 tries to make your search for a solid wireless offering somewhat easier during the holiday season.
Best budget wireless gaming headsets
Razer Barracuda X – $99.99 via Amazon
Razer’s entry-level wireless offering was released back in 2021, but it’s still among the best headpieces in this price range. The Barracuda X is an excellent plug-in-and-go multi-platform headset that offers a good sound experience in this segment. On top of that, the headset’s battery offers a battery life of up to 23 hours on a single charge and features USB-C charging.
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless – $99.99 (currently available for $70 via Amazon)
This headpiece from SteelSeries was released back in 2019 but is still among the best in its class. SteelSeries’ offering is a direct competitor to the Barraduca X, and while it lacks the USB-C charging capabilities of Razer’s offering, it does offer more EQ customization options. Like the Barracuda X, this headset works with basically anything wirelessly that has a USB-C connection (including the Switch, and there’s also an Xbox version). The Arctis 1 stands out with the comfort that it offers as well as good sound output in this price range. Battery life is somewhat inferior to Razer’s offering but still on par with other headpieces in the lower segment. You won’t go wrong with this one.
Lucidsound LS15P – $79.99
It’s not the most familiar brand, but LucidSound was acquired by PowerA back in 2020. Although we wouldn’t rate the LS15P as good as the Barracuda X and Arctis 1 Wireless, this headpiece separates itself with its innovative iconic controls and onboard EQ presets. Add good comfort, good battery life, and decent sound quality and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid PlayStation/PC headpiece for just under $80.
Best mid-range wireless gaming headsets
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7p/7x – $179.99 (currently available for $159.99 via Amazon)
One of the most recent outings from fan-favorite SteelSeries – is the Arctis Nova 7 line. We tested this one recently and were again impressed wit this offering from the brand. This model is available in the ‘regular’ version for PC, the 7P for PlayStation players, and the 7X for Xbox players. Interestingly, as with other offerings from SteelSeries, the Xbox version basically works with all platforms, whereas the regular PC and PlayStation versions aren’t compatible with Xbox. The new Arctis Nova 7 line builds upon the older Arctis 7 line and offers improved battery life as well as the new Nova Acoustic System. The new Nova line sounds better than the older Arctis 7 models and is easily among the best headsets in this price range. With the Nova line, SteelSeries has moved away from the brand’s iconic ski-goggle headband, but luckily, comfort is just as great. Battery life is top-notch, offering roughly 40 hours of juice on a single charge. Also, this headset features quick charging, adding around 6 hours of playtime in just 15 minutes. Multiplatform players looking for a solid pick below $180 might do well to check this one out.
HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless – $199.99 (currently $167.15 via Amazon)
The Ostrich – the stamina beast among wireless gaming headsets. This wireless offering from HyperX (now HP) is comfortable, offers killer battery life (over 300 hours on a single charge), and a great sound experience for both PC and PlayStation players. The Cloud Alpha Wireless is a no-nonsense headpiece with solid build quality. Lacking Bluetooth, it’s not the most versatile wireless headset, but PlayStation and PC players looking for a wireless gaming headset below $200 will be pleased with this bang-for-buck headset.
Razer Kaira Pro for Xbox (and PC) – $149.99 (currently $89.99 via Amazon)
Released in 2020, the Kaira Pro is Razer’s all-around wireless outing for Xbox players. Often found for roughly $100, this headpiece offers on-par battery life (around 19 hours), a good microphone, plenty of customization through the Razer application, Dual Wireless (Bluetooth and Microsoft Wireless), great comfort, and good audio performance in this segment. The Xbox version is basically limited to Microsoft’s platform (and PC through a dongle), but since its initial release, Razer has also released a PlayStation version as well as other models of the Kaira.
Best premium wireless gaming headsets
Turtle Beach Stealth Pro – $329.99 – (currently available at $320.07 via Amazon)
Another headpiece that we managed to test out for ourselves recently. The Stealth Pro from Turtle Beach – a direct competitor to the headset below this one, the Artcis Nova Pro Wireless from SteelSeries, but priced less.
Like its competitor, the Stealth Pro offers Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which is actually quite great and among the best that wireless gaming headsets currently offer. Also, Turtle Beach’s outing comes with swappable batteries. Each battery lasts more than 15 hours, and since the other battery is being charged in the included base station, you’ll never run out of juice. As with the SteelSeries’ wireless models, the Xbox version works on PlayStation, but the opposite isn’t true.
As such, those owning both platforms are advised to get the Xbox version. The Stealth Pro is comfortable (although a bit less so than the Arctis Nova Pro, partly due to its weight), well-built, and packs a good microphone. Personally, if you’re willing to spend this much on a headset, we would opt for the Nova Pro Wireless, but Turtle Beach’s offering remains a solid pick for $20 less than its main competitor.
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless – $349.99(currently available at $319.56 via Amazon)
As we wrote last year – ‘The King of the Hill’. SteelSeries has been long known for delivering superb comfort combined with a great sound experience. The Nova Pro Wireless is no different. This premium offering from SteelSeries builds upon the Arctis Pro many have come to love over the years. It packs plenty of features, including a hot-swappable battery, great build quality, excellent sound quality, superb comfort, and something that we really appreciated – a hub that connects to two platforms simultaneously. This allows you to, for instance, connect the Nova Pro to both a PS5 and Xbox Series at the same time without having to swap a transmitter. Tip for multiplatform users: pick the Xbox version as this one is also able to connect to PlayStation, whereas the PlayStation version isn’t compatible with Xbox consoles.
EPOS H3PRO Hybrid – $279.99 (currently available at $221.50 via Amazon)
Not the first brand gamers looking for a wireless headset might think about, but with the H3Pro Hybrid, Sennheiser daughter company EPOS has delivered a headset that offers outstanding sound quality. Also, this headset packs good comfort and plenty of versatility for multiplatform gamers. As I wrote in my review last year, I would have loved it if this offering also worked on the Switch in handheld mode. Another nice feature the H3Pro offers is Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which does a decent job of filtering out background noises. Gamers looking for ‘something different’ in this price range might want to check this out.
There you have it – our list of some of the best wireless gaming headsets in 2023. We’re pretty sure that there are plenty of offerings out there that aren’t included on this list, but you won’t go wrong with any of these.
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