Gaming headsets provide convenience because it not only gives you a more immersive experience when you play your games, but you also get to communicate with your buddies as well.
That being said, while they are convenient in a sense, you’d have to contend with wires and if you are playing in your living room, for instance, that might not be a good experience at all.
So today, I am going to be talking about the best wireless gaming headsets in 2020. These provide convenience, as well as peace of mind, knowing that you do not have to worry about wires getting tangled up or of short length or what have you.
Before you head out there and buy your own gaming headset, it is important for you to know that wireless gaming headsets, in general, are more expensive than their wired counterparts.
Part of the reason why not a lot of people have bought these things is that they were quite expensive back then. However, getting a good wireless gaming headset is cheaper now and it should be well within the budget of most consumers.
That being said, what are the things that you need to consider when buying one? Here are some factors:
All wireless gaming headsets that you can find on the market should work on a PC, but if you are planning to get one for your game console, it is important that you look at the box first before purchasing.
You see, at the time of writing this article, there is no pair of headphones that have wireless support for both Xbox or Playstation console. That means that if you are going to buy a wireless headset for your game consoles, you’d have to buy one for each.
If you only intend to use it on a Playstation, you can readily buy one that supports the said platform. Again, this is quite important, especially if you want it to work without any problems.
Because wireless gaming headsets do not use wires to operate, they use their own sets of batteries to power them up.
If you want peace of mind, you’d want to go for a gaming headset that can last a really long time. The minimum that I would recommend is 20 hours of battery life, but you can get the ones that have a lower number if it has all of the features that you want (just make sure to charge the headset often).
Do you plan to use the headset within the vicinity of your console or PC or do you want to head to the bathroom (which is a bit far away from your game room) and still hear the sounds of the games that you play?
You should get a pair of wireless headphones that have a good range, especially if you intend to go away from the main room for a while. This is to ensure that you are still going to hear things despite being far away from the source.
Another reason why some people shy away from getting wireless headsets is that they do not have the same audiophile quality as that of their wired counterparts.
While that is partly true, wireless gaming headsets have come a really long way and I think that you should try them out now as they produce somewhat comparable sound quality than your regular wired headphones.
As mentioned earlier, wireless headsets are pricier than their wired counterparts, so you’d have to be willing to spend a bit more in the process.
Best Wireless Gaming Headsets
1.SteelSeries Arctis 7
One of the best headsets out there is the Steelseries Arctis 7. It is one of the most comfortable I’ve ever used thanks to the cushioning system on the band itself and the ear pads are quite comfortable to the touch as well.
It uses 40mm neodymium drivers and although I would have loved a little bit more kick in the bass department, it is still relatively good for most use-cases.
The headband needs a special mention here because its design makes everything float a little bit, which means that the entire weight of the cans does not fall on your head. This allows you to wear the headset for hours without tiring yourself out.
It can last up to 24 hours with the volume set to 70% and its microphone is kind of good, albeit it is a bit tinny for my taste.
I also love the fact that this thing has had a huge price drop. Normally, this was priced at $200 but you can now get it for just $150 which I think is a steal, in my opinion.
2.HyperX Cloud Flight S
Kingston’s own gaming division, HyperX, has created a lot of amazing gaming headsets over the years and the company’s latest wireless headset is definitely one that you should consider getting.
The HyperX Cloud Flight S offers superb wireless range, albeit it can only be used on the PC and not on game consoles or your smartphone (because it lacks Bluetooth support).
It has a pretty good battery life and you can also charge it wirelessly using any Qi-compatible charger.
I do have to point out that in my testing, this thing has a bit of a higher latency compared to the others on this list, though I doubt that people would notice this.
Anyway, the HyperX Cloud Flight S got its name for its amazing comfort and if you intend to play marathon sessions, this is one that you should definitely consider getting.
3.Astro A50 Gen 4 (2019)
If you are thinking about getting the Xbox Series X as soon as it comes out, then you need to be prepared in the audio department, and one of the best wireless gaming headsets for the Xbox is the Astro A50 Gen 4.
Although this was released a year ago, this thing really rocks, especially in its sound quality. I do have to say that this is one of the bulkier headsets that you can find on the market, so you will feel that it is on your noggin after a couple of minutes.
Its charging dock also acts as a relay that you can plug into your Xbox game console so that it will work while you play at your convenience.
I also love the fact that you can use it in Bluetooth mode so that you can also pair this with your smartphone- a feature that is not present in some headsets on the market.
Its microphone is good and I’d go on to say that it is one of the best microphones in a wireless gaming headset today.
I have a couple of gripes that need to be mentioned though. For one, this thing leaks a lot of audio, so if you do not want others to hear what you are hearing, this may not be the most ideal choice.
Second, you should take care of its docking station because it is a proprietary product and 50% of the headset’s features can only be enabled using the said device.
The third, it is on the bulky side and you’d probably want to consider getting a smaller one when it comes to comfort.
If you are willing to accept all of these shortcomings, the Astro A50 Gen 4 is still quite a good gaming headset, especially for your Xbox.
4.Sennheiser GSP 670
You’ve probably heard a lot about Sennheiser before and that is because the company has a pretty good reputation when it comes to audio equipment.
That being said, the GSP 600 is the company’s foray into the gaming scene and it has garnered pretty good reviews across the board. The Sennheiser GPS 670 is just its wireless counterpart but the sound quality and feature set should remain relatively the same.
If you truly value sound quality, then there is no doubt that the GPS 670 can deliver. It uses Neodymium magnet drivers and has a frequency response of 10Hz-23,000Hz so you will know that this thing can handle all of that bass.
It has a detachable microphone that you can remove if you are not using it and I’d have to say that it produces crystal-clear audio. What’s more, you can use it on your smartphone because it can connect via Bluetooth as well.
The only thing that could have been improved here is the design. The Sennheiser GSP 670 is a bit bulky and the design is not as polished as other gaming headsets on the market.
But, if you really want something that you can use as a daily driver, especially when it comes to listening to some tunes and in-game sound, this thing will surely be a good one nevertheless.
5.SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless
Another great headset that you can use on your Xbox game console is the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. If you do not like our previous recommendation, the Astro A50, this is the one that you should get.
One of the best things about this product is that it can connect to your Xbox the same way as its controller which means that you no longer have to use any proprietary docking stations or what have you just for this thing to operate.
What’s more, it has onboard memory so that you can tweak its sound on the PC, save your profile, and it should still sound the same when you plug it into your game console and that is indeed pretty convenient.
The Arctis 9X is also a survivor as you can get more than 30 hours of battery life with moderate use. Its microphone produces crystal-clear audio, thus making this perfect if you want to communicate with your teammates in-game.
The only issue that I have is that its bass could have been improved and the comfort of the headset leaves much to be desired.
But other than that, this is another solid choice.
6.Razer Nari Ultimate
The Razer Nari Ultimate has the gaming community divided. On one hand, some people like its ‘HyperSense’ feature which produces haptic feedback based on certain elements in the game, while others say that this is just a frivolous feature that could have been removed to save people some money.
But, to be honest, I find that skeptical people have their fears unwarranted. You see, the haptic feedback doesn’t produce any sound at all and it only affects how immersive the game is and nothing else. That means that you should not worry about any vibrations whatsoever.
I also love the fact that most of the controls that you would set or tinker are on the headset itself, such as the ability to mute the microphone, adjust the volume, among many others.
Of course, you can tweak its parameters using the Razer Synapse software, but I do love almost everything about this headset, except for the fact that its wireless connectivity only supports the PC and Playstation console.
Other than that, you should give the Razer Nari Ultimate a try.
If you just want to try wireless gaming headsets out without spending exorbitant amounts of money, then the Corsair HS70 is for you.
I love what Corsair did here because it borrows some of the elements that are found in the company’s more premium headsets and baked it into this budget offering.
It uses 50mm drivers which produces a lot of bass when needed, though this thing has a flat sound signature which is perfectly suited for all music types.
This thing has a detachable microphone so you can safely remove it when it is not in use. Its quality is okay, though I wouldn’t recommend this if you are thinking about doing a podcast, for example. If that is the case, you should consider getting dedicated microphones for that.
The HS70 plugs into your PC using its included 2.4GHz dongle so there is ease of use here. Its range is pretty good as you can be 30 feet away from the source and still do not experience any loss of sound or quality.
As a budget headset, you should expect some compromises, but this thing only has one and that is in the comfort department.
Because of the use of faux leather, your skin might not adapt to the thing well, but it should fit any-sized noggin out there.
So, if you want to try out some wireless gaming headsets without breaking the bank, the Corsair HS70 is quite an appealing choice.
Amazon Luna- Everything You Need to Know About Amazon’s Cloud Gaming Service
It seems that cloud gaming is the future as a lot of companies are pooling their resources just to make things happen.
Amazon Luna is Amazon’s foray into cloud gaming and it is going to be available soon. Read further to find out more information about this new experience.
Google has paved the way for cloud gaming to come to the fore with the release of the Stadia not too long ago. Although it was mired with a lot of different issues, it seems that the company has found a way to make things work.
Amazon also wants in on the action and although there are some similarities with Luna and Stadia, there are also some stark differences as well.
Before I begin, I just want to explain the concept of cloud gaming. Basically, instead of downloading games to your gaming PC or whatever platform you choose to install them, you will just stream those games using data centers that are scattered all over the world.
It should go without saying that you need to have a fast internet connection to make this happen and so that you will not experience high latency (which was a huge problem when Stadia launched).
That being said, the premise of Google Stadia is that you need to either purchase an individual game so that you can play it at any time (forever) or you could subscribe to the monthly plan and play the games that are on offer every month (and continue to play them so long as you’re subscribed).
With Amazon Luna, you will be presented with different channels that you can subscribe to. Each of these channels has different games on offer which makes this quite appealing for game developers to show their mettle.
Right now, the platform is still in beta and there are only two channels available at the moment- Amazon’s own Luna Plus and the Ubisoft Channel. The latter will have 50 games that you can play right away and more Ubisoft games will be added in the future.
Keep in mind that this channel-based system makes it so that developers can price their services accordingly. It remains to be seen how much Ubisoft will charge individual users, so stay tuned for that.
1080p and 4K Gaming
Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna will support both 1080p and 4K resolutions. Of course, the latter would be more taxing and you will need a fast internet connection to be able to enjoy high-fidelity gaming. I suggest that you get a WiFi 6 router and a compatible device to make the most out of your experience.
Unlike Stadia, Amazon Luna is more flexible in that it supports a lot of different devices. Not only can you play on your PC, but you can also choose to play it using your iOS devices, Android phones, and you can even utilize the company’s own FireTV devices as well.
Now, there has been this entire debacle about Apple’s 30% cut on every app in its App store but the good news is that Amazon can circumvent that.
You see, when you are going to play on your iOS devices, the application will actually be a PWA or a Progressive Web App. Basically, the game that you want to play will run in a contained web browser instead of it being an actual application that you install in your device. This bypasses the whole 30% cut issue which is a good thing.
NVIDIA Hardware Use
According to a recent Steam survey, the vast majority of PC users are all using NVIDIA graphics cards. This is a good thing for Amazon Luna because it means that it can support a lot more people.
That is because the company’s cloud gaming service will use NVIDIA GPUs instead of AMD cards (which Stadia uses for graphics processing).
Supposing that Amazon Luna will be more popular than any other cloud gaming service out there, NVIDIA will enjoy huge profits as a result.
Can Be Streamed to Popular Sites
Twitch is arguably the most popular streaming platform today and Amazon is looking to forge a partnership with the said service to allow you to stream your games to the popular website.
The said platform is widely used as a means of generating revenue- something that is quite popular today due to the recent pandemic.
This move also makes it appealing as well as more and more content creators can use Amazon Luna to reach a broader audience.
New Controller with Alexa Support
Just like Google Stadia, Amazon Luna also requires you to get a special controller. The good thing is that the control will have a microphone so that you can use Alexa for specific voice commands.
What’s interesting about the Luna’s controller is that it is completely connected to the Cloud, which means that you do not have to pair it with the specific device you are going to use to play games online.
According to Amazon’s website, it should have a grippy texture and will feature low-friction thumbsticks that provide maximum performance across the board. By using the controller’s microphone, you can actually tell Alexa to fire up the specific game that you want to play, so long as it is inside the channel that you’ve subscribed to.
Amazon Luna is quite enticing, at least, on paper. It is shaping up to be a better cloud gaming service compared to its competitors but the service is still in beta, so there are more things that need ironing out before its official release.
Right now, there are only two channels that are available and Ubisoft hasn’t imposed its pricing yet. The Amazon Luna channel is priced at $6.99
If you are interested in getting in on the action, you can be an early beta tester by subscribing to the service.
Amazon Luna will be out sometime in October.
Acer Nitro XV340CK Review- A Greatly Competitive Ultrawide Gaming Monitor Under $500
Ultrawide monitors used to be a niche display in that the only people who work on productivity tasks and creative workloads usually buy them.
Fortunately, the display technology has evolved and gamers, too, can enjoy a much wider screen.
Today, I am going to review the Acer Nitro XV340CK which is a 34-inch ultrawide gaming monitor that is priced competitively.
Even though this is marketed as a gaming monitor, the Acer Nitro XV340CK actually doesn’t look like it. It looks simple and I love the aesthetics, especially if you want to place this in your office.
The only thing that might make you think that this is a gaming display is that red accent that you can find on the base of the monitor but that’s about it.
Anyway, let’s start with the stand. Aside from the aforementioned red accent, the stand provides good ergonomics.
It gives you the ability to swivel the monitor a complete 360 degrees, you can tilt it to 35 degrees back and you can adjust the height up to 5.9 inches. Because this is an ultrawide monitor, you cannot put this thing in portrait mode.
I love the fact that this monitor has slim bezels. At only 0.4 inches, you can place another monitor right beside it and it wouldn’t really take a lot of screen real estate at all.
The overall build quality is good. Despite the fact that it doesn’t feel premium, at least when compared to the best gaming monitors out there, it still feels sturdy nevertheless.
For the ports, you get two Displayport 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. Due to the wealth of ports on offer, you can use this for your PC or your game console.
The only thing that might be cumbersome for some users is that the OSD controls are situated at the back of the monitor- particularly on the bottom right side. The buttons are also a bit smaller than usual, so you may have a hard time pressing the right ones.
The Acer Nitro XV340CK has a 34-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440 and an aspect ratio of 21:9. It is the same as other ultrawide gaming monitors that you can find on the market so there is no problem with that.
You do have the option to enable the picture-in-picture mode so that you can divide the display in two if you wish to fire up two different programs at the same time. This is why it is not only a handy gaming monitor, but it can also be used for office work as well.
Its contrast and brightness leave much to be desired. With a native contrast ratio of 1048:1 and peak SDR brightness of only 247 nits, it is not the best display when it comes to these things.
However, its redeeming quality is that its colors are accurate. After calibration, I got 95% sRGB, 82% AdobeRGB, and 81% DCI-P3. It is relatively color accurate and it would have been nice for creative workloads, but its peak brightness just falls short of making it an ideal display for such use-cases.
It is also worth noting that if you are in a well-lit room that the brightness could be a huge issue. The good thing is that the display’s matte finish can help reduce glare significantly, though you will still find that it is not bright enough in some situations.
I am surprised by the fact that there is literally no color bleed on the Acer Nitro XV340CK. This is unheard of, especially since ultrawide monitors are notorious for this.
Sure, its peak brightness and contrast could have improved, but gamers are not especially focused on those things. If anything, it is the performance of the display that usually takes the cake and I am happy to report that you won’t be disappointed with the Nitro XV340CK.
Normally, with IPS panels, they tend to not have a good response time, but that is actually not the case here. At just 5.3ms, it is definitely one of the best out there even when compared to other, more premium models.
How about input lag? This is a speed monitor and as expected, input lag is minimal. At just 4.2ms, I am really blown away by the performance of this thing. Every keypress on your gaming keyboard will register almost immediately and that is really great from a competitive standpoint.
It is also worth noting that its 144Hz refresh rate is ideal, especially since most gamers are clamoring for high refresh rate displays anyway.
This is a FreeSync gaming monitor and you can enable this variable refresh rate feature in both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
To get a hold of the said features, it is important for you to know that you should use the DisplayPort cable that is included in the box. There is also an included HDMI cable if you want to use this display for your Xbox or Playstation consoles.
With all of those things being said, if I were to ask you how much this thing costs, what will be your guess? If you’ve guessed around $700, you’re wrong.
The Acer Nitro XV340CK is priced at just $450! At that price, you are getting a relatively color-accurate monitor, a really fast display with minimal input lag, and a vast number of ports that you can use for your PC or game consoles.
Sure, its contrast and peak brightness could have been improved, but if you are talking about raw gaming performance, the Acer Nitro XV340CK blows other ultrawide gaming monitors out of the way.
Just make sure that you have a nice gaming PC for this thing to work nicely. Other than that, I highly recommend the Acer Nitro XV340CK for its price and performance.
HyperX Cloud Stinger S- A Comfortable 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
As an audiophile, I’ve always loved HyperX’s gaming audio solution. They are inexpensive and for the price, you are actually getting sound quality that you normally would only hear from expensive products.
In today’s article, I am going to review the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. This is a budget offering that aims to improve upon the original Cloud Stinger with the inclusion of a 7.1 surround sound option.
Do I recommend this headset? Find out later on in the article.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is actually quite similar to the original version. It has the same pleather ear cups that envelope your ears quite nicely and the clamping force of the headset itself is actually quite okay.
I’ve been receiving reports that there are some people that have problems with the tightness or, shall I say, how loose this thing can be. But that will probably be a result of the size of your head and not the actual product itself. For me, the fit was okay, but your mileage may vary.
Although this thing is predominantly made in plastic, the overall build quality is good, though I would advise you not to throw this headset when you lose a round in a MOBA game or first-person shooter.
There is a microphone on this headset and just like the original, it is not removable. It would have been nice if you could remove it when you are not using it because even if you fold the microphone (which also acts as a way of muting it), you will still see it which can be annoying at times.
This thing is quite simple and all you have for the controls is the volume slider that is located on the right ear cup.
While other HyperX gaming headsets come with a carrying pouch, I am sad to say that the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t have one.
All you get in the box aside from the headset is a USB dongle that is attached to a relatively long cable and some documentation. And, since you use this thing completely wired, it can also be used in your Playstation or other game consoles as well.
The 3.5mm analog cable should be inserted in the USB dongle if you wish to use its 7.1 surround sound implementation, but if you are just going to watch movies or play non-competitive games, I suggest that you do not use it.
There are two modes that you can utilize if you are going to use the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. You can use its 3.5mm headphone jack and enjoy stereo sound or you could insert that into the included USB dongle and use the 7.1 surround sound feature.
Keep in mind that if you are going to use the 7.1 output that it is only supported on the PC since you will need the NGENUITY software to enable it.
That being said, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S’ sound signature leans more toward being bright and with a little emphasis on the bass. This seems to be the preference of the majority of gamers since lower frequencies can make those in-game sounds pop-out more.
I also love the mid frequencies as it is quite balanced as well. I’ve had no problems listening to in-game dialog and when I am using the microphone, it just works really well.
Although the high frequencies are okay, I would say that it is the weakest of the bunch, though not so much as to diminish the overall sound quality. You will still hear the sibilance of the cymbals and lead guitars, but it is not as pronounced as the lower and mid frequencies.
As for the 7.1 surround sound, you should enable it in the companion software and it is only available when you are on the PC.
Anyway, its surround sound is okay but I say this because it is a budget gaming headset. If you compare it to the more premium ones, this is subpar at best. Still, you could enable it in your favorite games but I will advise against it if you are just listening to music or watching movies.
Despite a relatively good clamping force, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S doesn’t do so well in terms of sound isolation. People around me can still hear what I was listening to, so this might not be ideal if you are playing at night and there are people sleeping.
There is usually this notion that budget headsets have horrible microphones but not the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. In fact, I would go on to say that it has one of the better ones on the market.
Instead of sounding tinny, the microphone quality of the Cloud Stinger S is full-bodied and my teammates can hear every word I said without any problems.
The volume of the microphone is also quite good as well. Normally, with budget offerings, you tend to sound a bit ‘too far’ but that is not the case here.
Overall, I am quite pleased with the microphone. The only thing that I do not like is that the flippable microphone may impede your vision sometimes, but I think that you can adjust to this.
For a budget headset, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is definitely one of the better sounding ones. I also love the fact that the microphone’s quality is top-notch and it can even go head-to-head against its more premium counterparts.
I am just a bit disappointed that you do not get a carrying pouch with this one because other HyperX gaming headsets have them. But, this is a minor inconvenience.
I did not feel the need to talk about the NGENUITY software mainly because it is pretty barebones and all you can do with it is to enable the 7.1 surround sound, adjust the volume and microphone, and that’s about it. There is no equalizer present which is quite odd.
Still, for what it is giving you, the HyperX Cloud Stinger S is highly recommended. This thing costs $60.
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