With almost any product there is a sweet spot in price. The point at which the quality meets value, and you’re getting a reasonably good product for a fair price. We found this point in gaming headsets to be just around 100 bucks.
Below you’ll find our reviews of four of the best gaming headsets under 100$ for 2020, as well as a short buyer’s guide and FAQ to give you some information on what to look out for.
Best gaming headset under 100
|Razer Kraken Pro V2||12Hz - 28kHz||3.5mm Jack||12 Ounces||Check Price|
|Sennheiser GSP 300||15 Hz - 26kHz||Two 3.5mm Jacks||12.8 Ounces||Check Price|
|Corsair Void Pro RGB||20Hz - 20kHz||USB Dongle||13.8 Ounces||Check Price|
|HyperX CloudII||15Hz-25kHz||3.5mm Jack or USB||16 Ounces||Check Price|
Table of Contents:
Razer Kraken Pro V2 – Style and Durability
Razer is a brand that shows up a lot in my reviews and roundups, but there’s a reason for that. They have managed to keep a pretty clean record and a good reputation over the years, which is very hard to do in the tech industry where people are almost always out to get you.
Razer’s emphasis on solid build quality and using high-quality materials can be clearly seen in the Kraken Pro V2. The speaker frames are made from bauxite aluminum, lending the headset incredible durability. The V2 also boasts an upgraded headband that is not only durable but lighter and more comfortable than the previous model.
The headset uses a standard 3.5mm audio jack connector with a cable that is kevlar reinforced. The pads are oval shaped for optimal ear coverage, and the massive 50mm drivers in the headset and driven by neodymium magnets. This allows them to produce clear and robust sound at a wide range of volumes.
The frequency response on the Kraken Pros is 12Hz all the way up to 28kHz, allowing you to hear every nuance sound in games and music. The microphone is also high quality. It not only produces good sound making it easy for your teammates to hear and understand you but is completely retractable to keep it out of the way when you don’t need it.
If you want a durable, high-quality headset that is super comfortable and functional, then this is the one for you.
Our Rating: 10/10
- Bauxite aluminum frame
- Retractable microphone
- 12Hz to 28kHz frequency response
- Only comes in two colors
- No RGB
- Green is more expensive for some reason
- Extremely high build quality with a light and comfortable headband and aluminum frame
- Retractable mic produces good sounding audio and is out of the way when not needed
- 50mm neodymium drivers offer an excellent listening experience
Sennheiser GSP 300 – Amazing Sound Quality
Sennheiser is known for making high-quality sound equipment. Their headphones are renowned as some of the best in the world, and routinely carry prices well into the hundreds. However, the Sennheiser headset we’re looking at in this roundup, like all of the products on the list, is less than 100$.
As to be expected of Sennheiser, these headphones offer excellent audio quality. This makes them the best on our list for those who listen to music while playing and want the clearest sound. As most of you probably already know, sound also plays an important part in gameplay. Sound queues for finding enemies in games like Rainbow 6 and Quake Champions can give you a huge advantage.
Sennheiser used memory foam for the ear pads on the GSP 300s, making them super comfortable. Along with the very wide headband, these headphones are great for extended gaming sessions.
The microphone on this headset is also stunning. It uses noise canceling technology that does a pretty good job of only capturing your voice. Practically all background noise is filtered out, making your voice crystal clear for your teammates (or trash talking). The microphone pivots up when not in use to keep it out of your face, and actually mutes itself once it is retracted, which is a nice touch.
If audio quality is your priority, then this is the headset for you. Games and music sound crystal clear, as well as your own voice. Also, as an added bonus, they are also super comfortable.
Our Rating: 9/10
- Noise-canceling microphone
- 15Hz to 26kHz frequency range
- Memory foam ear cups
- Super high-quality sound
- No manual mic mute
- Super long cable
- Not super durable
- Sennheiser produces top of the line audio peripherals and these are no different, undoubtedly the best for audiophiles
- Noise-canceling mic offers stunningly clear sound and mutes itself when taken out of the way
- Memory foam padding and wide headband make them very comfortable to wear even for long periods
Corsair Void Pro RGB – Wireless with RGB
If you’re looking for a reasonably affordable headset for gaming that is wireless, then the Corsair Void Pro is a great option. These are actually the headphones that I personally use, and I am very pleased.
While the housing of the headphones is made from plastic rather than high-quality aluminum like the Razer Kraken headset, they have held up incredibly well. I can tell you that I do not necessarily treat my things nicely, but this Corsair Void Pro headset has held up for several years already and does not show any sign of stopping soon.
While the frequency range is only 20Hz to 20kHz, which is as low as you’d want any pair of headphones to be, they produce decent sound and have good bass. They especially excel when it comes to the surround sound, and spatial sounds are very clear. You can really get a good sense of where enemies are in a game with these headphones.
Also, while the mic is not the best I’ve ever used, it is clear enough that I use it for streaming and recording some audio without any issue. In all honesty, the main reason I bought them was for the RGB lighting in the headphones. This lighting can be customized and controlled in Corsair’s CUE software.
Our Rating: 8/10
- RGB lights
- Good bass and surround sound
- 20Hz to 20kHz frequency range
- Plastic housing and frame
- Requires USB connector
- Corsair’s Void Pro is the only wireless one on our list, so if you need extra range or just hate cables then this is for you
- Very comfortable, but a bit large for some people even at the smallest size setting
- Not the best audio tuning for music listening but very good for gaming and excellent spatial sound
HyperX CloudII – USB with Inline Sound Card
The HyperX Cloud headset was one of the most popular in gaming of all time, so the CloudII has big shoes to fill. It has a number of interesting and unique features that make them highly suited to a number of uses aside from gaming.
The headphones use 53mm drivers that are moved with neodymium magnets allowing them to produce deep bass and loud sounds. They are known for being pretty durable and standing up to years of abuse, but not so much for being comfortable. The headphones use memory foam padding, which is great, but the headband is a little less padded and a little uncomfortable when worn for long periods for some people.
These itself has a unique removable microphone that connects to the headphones with a 3.5mm jack. This can then be plugged into other devices for recording audio. The CloudII comes with a convert for using a USB port rather than the 3.5mm jack, and the converter uses an inline sound card.
This sound card can add additional processing to the audio making the microphone much clearer and adding noise canceling to its repertoire.
Our Rating: 7/10
- Removable microphone
- Inline sound card
- 53mm drivers with 15Hz to 25kHz range
- Uncomfortable headband
- Microphone quality is somewhat lacking
- Only has inline controls when plugged into USB
- Inline sound card and USB converter adds decent post-processing to the microphone’s audio including noise canceling
- Memory foam earcups are nice and soft but the headband can dig in a bit over time
- Removable microphone can be used on other devices making it super versatile
What to Look for in a Gaming Headset
There are several things to look out for when considering purchasing a new headset for gaming. The thing that matters the most to many people is the audio quality, which can be roughly approximated by looking at the frequency range. Another important factor is the durability and build quality, and finally, most people also care about comfort.
Frequency response is the term used to describe the range of frequencies that a headset can produce. While the average human can only hear in the range of 20Hz to 20,000 Hz, there is a good reason to go with wider frequency response.
While you may not be able to hear bass frequencies less than 20Hz, you can actually feel it. When you’re playing a game and an explosion or shot gives off a bassy thump, you will be able to feel it more in a headset that can produce deeper sounds.
Also, the more frequencies a set of headphones can produce the easier it will be for it to hit the sounds within our hearing accurately. The more headroom the headphones have when producing normal sound the sharper the sound will be.
If audio quality is your focus, then the Sennheiser GSP 300 is the best option on our list for you.
Durability and Build Quality
Some companies have earned themselves a reputation for making shotty low-quality goods. Meanwhile, others have made a name for themselves by dedicating themselves to making well-built products with premium materials.
If you are looking for a durable one made from the top of the line materials then look no further than the Razer Kraken Pro V2. This is made from bauxite aluminum and is super durable.
Finally, many people will care about how comfortable it is. This can be especially important for gaming purpose where you could potentially have them on for multiple hours without interruption.
Interestingly enough practically all headsets these days past a certain price will use memory foam padding. This is soft to the touch and retains its shape very well over time without wearing out from use.
Due to the similar padding, almost all of these in our roundup will be roughly as comfortable as each other. The Sennheiser GSP 300s probably take the lead a little bit in comfort over the Razer and Corsair models. However, the HyperX CloudII is definitely the least comfortable of the bunch to most people, since they do not use as much padding on the headband.
What is the difference between noise canceling and noise isolation?
Noise-canceling involves taking active measures to reduce the ambient sound that gets through to your ears. This usually involves a microphone on the outside of the headphone housing that picks up sounds, while the headphone itself produces an opposite noise to cancel out the sound waves outside the headset.
Noise isolation is a passive means of blocking out the noise. It involves simply using material like thicker padding to block noise from getting into the headphone in the first place.
Best Gaming Headset Under 100 in 2019
Being able to hear things in a game is an often overlooked factor. If you’ve never used headphones to the game rather than speakers I would urge you to give it a try. There’s a reason you don’t see pro players using speakers. Competitive Rainbow 6, Counter-Strike, and Quake players use their ears to gain a lot of important information. Footsteps alone can tell you not only where your opponents are, but where they are going, and what their intentions may be.
Likewise, if you’ve been playing team-oriented competitive games without a mic all this time, you have been missing out on a lot of important communication. Headsets combine both of these elements, allowing you to not only hear better but become a voice for your team.
If you’ve been looking for a headset, then any one of the pairs we looked at in this list would serve you very well. If you have any questions or uncertainty about which one on our list is right for you, feel free to leave your comment down below. We love hearing from you guys and would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.