More often than not, audio is often overlooked as part of a gaming PC upgrade. Players usually make do with what they have, which usually means a cheap, low-quality headset that doesn’t do justice to the game’s sound design. This guide will help you decide on the best gaming headset.
If you want to be completely absorbed in a game world, a good quality gaming headset is an absolute must- especially if you are into competitive gaming. Whether you are trying to place an enemy’s footsteps as they sneak past you or want to pinpoint exactly where the distant firefight is taking place, a well-tuned headset can enhance those sounds and help you be better prepared to take them head-on.
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Choosing a gaming headset largely depends on the user’s preference. Besides sound quality, there are several things to consider, such as frequency response, sensitivity, connectivity options, multi-platform compatibility, comfort and ergonomics, microphone quality, equalizer options, and more.
To help you make a sound decision, we have narrowed down a list of the best gaming headsets currently available in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the Middle East below.
Best Wired and Wireless Gaming Headsets in UAE for 2023
1. Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless
Interface: 2.4GHz USB wireless, 3.5mm audio jack | Features: THX Spatial Audio, noise cancellation, TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers, removable HyperClear Supercardioid mic | Battery Life: 24hrs | Platform Compatibility: PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch
- Great positional audio
- Decent Mic
- THX virtual surround sound isn’t the best
The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro is a wireless gaming headset and doesn’t come cheap. But for the price, it delivers exceptional positional audio, great comfort and a solid mic. It also features THX certification for one of the best virtual surround solutions on a headset. It doesn’t have the most pleasing aesthetics, but does it matter when it’s on your head?
2. Sony Inzone H7 Wireless Headset
Interface: 2.4GHz USB wireless, Bluetooth | Features: 40mm drivers, flip up/down boom mic, game/chat balance, 360 Spatial Sound, PS5 features | Battery Life: 40hrs | Platform Compatibility: PC, PS5
- Deep and punchy sound signature
- Supremely comfortable
- Simultaneous wireless and Bluetooth audio
- Average microphone
- Some QC issues over time
Sony’s first foray into gaming headsets has yielded great results. Although the company doesn’t outright brand these as PlayStation headsets, the look and feel are quite similar to the PS5.
The chunky wireless gaming headset provides hours-long comfort thanks to its well-padded ear and head cushions, and the lag-free wireless performance delivers up to 40 hours of playtime over a single charge. Sony has used its expertise on its XM series of headphones with the H7, delivering rich and deep bass while still keeping the mids forward and clear; however, the highs have been smoothed out for a pleasing listening experience.
The Inzone H7 also features built-in compatibility with the PS5 with on-screen menu pop-ups; however, it lacks any equalizer options that the Pulse 3D enjoys.
3. Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro
Interface: 3.5mm, USB DAC | Features: 40mm drivers, ClearCast Gen 2 retractable mic, GameDac Gen2, Hi-Res certification | Battery Life: N/A | Platform Compatibility: PC, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, Mobile
- GameDac Gen2 is amazing
- Wide compatibility
- Excellent PC software
- Pricey (but worth it)
- Not comfortable for everyone
At close to AED 1,000 (US$249), the Arctis Nova Pro is Steelseries’ most premium wireless gaming headset and is packed with features that more than deliver on value. The magic of the headset lies in the extremely powerful and Hi-Res certified GameDac Gen2, which offers the incredible sound quality, low distortion, and high customizability to take your gaming experience to the next level.
The headset also packs the ClearCast Gen2 retractable microphone that delivers clear voice quality for in-game chat and online streaming and can be further customized using the SteelSeries companion app on PC.
SteelSeries sells two different versions of the headset, one built for PC and PS5 and the other for Xbox Wireless, although the headset’s 3.5mm connectivity ensures wide platform compatibility no matter which version you get (except that you won’t be able to use the GameDac depending on the version you buy).
4. HyperX Cloud Alpha
Interface: USB wireless | Features: HyperX Dual chamber drivers, DTS Headphone:X spatial audio, detachable mic | Battery Life: 300hrs | Platform Compatibility: PC, PS5
- 300hrs battery life
- Great audio quality
- Excellent comfort
- You might lose the charger before you need to recharge
- No Bluetooth or game/chat balance for the price
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless’ biggest USP is its enormous battery life. On a single charge, the headset is able to last up to 300 hours, which is at least 3x-4x more than any other wireless headset available on the market currently. How did HyperX achieve this, no one knows, but we believe they tapped into some multiverse dark magic, and you can’t convince us otherwise.
Besides, the Cloud Alpha Wireless boasts signature HyperX features like excellent comfort, HyperX Dual Chamber drivers that deliver great bass and balanced range across all frequencies, and the largely decent detachable microphone for online chat.
5. Logitech G Pro X Wireless Gaming Headset
Interface: USB Wireless, | Features: Logitech Pro-G 50mm drivers, Blue VO!CE-powered mic, | Battery Life: 20hrs | Platform Compatibility: PC, PS5
- Neutral sound signature
- Snazzy looks
- Some may find its sound profile boring
- Mic is average
Boasting a fairly neutral sound signature, the Logitech G Pro X Wireless is built with pro wireless gamers in mind. It handles positional audio easily, with a robust wireless performance that provides low-latency gaming without interruption. It’s a bit pricey, though, and the mic and battery life could be better, but if you want a solid-performing wireless headset that also looks snazzy on your streams, this is an easy choice.
6. Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset
Interface: USB Wireless | Features: Astro Audio V2 40mm drivers, Base Station provides mix-amp, charging and Dolby Audio, flip-to-mute mic | Platform Compatibility: PC, PlayStation or Xbox, Mobile | Battery Life: 15hrs
- Base Station is excellent
- Warm sound signature
- Below-average battery life
The Astro A50 Wireless is an enormously popular choice among gamers, and for a good reason. It’s widely compatible across all consoles (even next-gen), has a warm, ear-pleasing sound signature, and the cloud-like ear pads provide hours of comfortable gaming experience. This wireless gaming headset comes with a charging base station that makes charging a hassle-free experience while looking great on your desk.
7. Corsair HS55 Stereo
Interface: 3.5mm | Features: 50mm drivers, Adjustable boom mic, onboard controls, Custom 50mm Neodymium drivers | Platform Compatibility: PC, PS5, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Mobile | Battery Life: N/A
- Great audio quality
- Good mic
- Construction might feel cheap
The Corsair HS55 is a basic wired gaming headset with a fairly low-end price of AED 300 (US$60.) But it punches far above its weight with its well-calibrated 50mm drivers, excellent all-around comfort, lightweight construction (273g), and Discord-certified microphone. The HS55 has been a popular option for many budget-minded users as it delivers great audio quality without breaking the bank.
8. Epos H6PRO
Interface: 3.5mm | Features: 42mm drivers, open/closed-back options, removable microphone | Platform Compatibility: PC, PS5, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Mobile | Battery Life: N/A
- Open or closed-back options
- Sennheiser-level audio quality
- Pricey for a basic headset
- The volume dial is a little fiddly
Epos is a branch of the world-renowned audio gurus Sennheiser, so if there is one thing they excel in, it is making excellent headsets. Epos focuses more on gaming hardware, and the H6PRO is one of their premium lineups, and it might also be the best headset for music in this article.
It comes in two variants: open or closed-backed. The open-back headset delivers a more spatial sound experience, while the closed-backed headset features a more intimate sound profile. Regardless of which model you choose, you can expect excellent audio quality that’s well-balanced across all the frequencies, as well as terrific comfort and decent microphone quality.
It’s a bit expensive ($179) for a wired headset that lacks any creature comforts, but what do you expect from a company that comes from the Sennheiser lineage?
9. Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Gaming
Interface: 3.5mm | Features: 45mm drivers, open-back | Platform Compatibility: PC, PS5, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Mobile | Battery Life: N/A
- Industry-leading audio quality
- Large soundstage
- Very comfortable
- Very sharp on the high-end frequency
You might have seen the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro donned by Ninja and other popular streamers, but the headphone’s status far exceeds its recent popularity. The DT 990 is arguably an industry standard used primarily for audio mixing and studio use. However, its superbly calibrated drivers translate well to gaming as well, delivering a large soundstage and incredible control over positional accuracy and immersion.
For AED 600 (US $150), it is a bit pricey as a “gaming headset” since it doesn’t feature a microphone or any virtual surround sound features (not that it requires it), but for pure bang-for-the-buck, there is nothing as good as the DT 990 Pro. The only thing one must consider before getting the headphone is that it is quite a bit sharp on the high-end frequency, which might lead to fatigue over time.
10. Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero Wireless
Interface: USB Wireless, wired | Features: 50mm Nanoclear drivers, Waves NX 3D Audio, ProSpecs Glasses Relief System | Platform Compatibility: PC, PS5, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Mobile | Battery Life: 30hrs
- Waves NX 3D Audio
- Good comfort
- Good mic
- Bass could be weak
The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero is a non-looker by any measure, but it at least delivers where it matters the most. Sound quality is top-notch, as is the 30 hours of wireless connectivity. Where it does lack is a comfortable fit, despite its ProSpecs Glasses Relief system, and the wireless range isn’t something to write home about, either.
The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero may not be pleasant to the eyes, but it delivers where it matters the most. The 50mm NanoClear drivers pump out great audio, and the largely excellent Waves NX 3D Audio helps with soundstage and positional accuracy (if you are playing on PC). The lag-free wireless transmission is mostly excellent, and the 30hrs per charge battery life is just about enough to last you a week-long gaming session.
Gaming Headsets FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Which headphone is best for gaming?
The best headphone for gaming should have certain characteristics to enhance in-game audio. If you are a primarily competitive player, you will want a headset that has good positional accuracy and a large soundstage. If you are a single-player, story-driven kind of gamer, then you will want something that has a punchy bass line but which also keeps the mid and high-range frequencies forward and intact.
Where are the best gaming headset deals?
Online retailers like Amazon.ae, and Noon.com have routine deals of gaming accessories, including headsets.
What does a gaming headset need?
The most important features a gaming headset should have is a good set of drivers, a comfortable fit, and a good microphone to stream and chat online. Besides that, users should also look at if they want a wired or wireless headset and what sort of platform compatibility they want out of it.
What is the best gaming headset brand?
Some of the best brands for gaming headsets include Razer, Sennheiser, Epos, Logitech, Steelseries, HyperX and more.
How much do good gaming headsets cost?
Depending on the headset’s functionality, a branded headset will cost around AED 300-400 (US$75-100), while a premium gaming headset will cost more than AED 600 (US$175.)
What pro headset do pro gamers use?
Some of the popular headset choices for professional gamers include HyperX Cloud, Sennheiser Game Zero, Logitech G Pro X, Razer BlackShark, etc.
Can the headset act as headphones?
Yes- a headset is basically a headphone with a microphone. But don’t expect features like noise cancelling as those are targetted more towards music playback.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.