Do you want to know what things to consider before buying gaming headsets? You are on the right place to know the answer of this question.
We have prepared a guide for you so that you can choose the best gaming headsets for PC and consoles. Unlike the guides that we have already made for Gaming keyboards and mice, gaming headphones are a peripheral whose choice I think depends mainly on two factors.
The first if we consider that having a good sound quality in the game is essential and the second our economic capacity.
There are many options on the market, but I think that for the choice of headset that we are going to wear in our gaming sessions, everything depends on these two factors.
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If we have money and can afford a high-end headset, we will buy it because we value audio quality. If we do not have so much financial solvency, fortunately we have many options in the market. Shall we start?
Different Types of Gaming Headsets
Currently we can choose between 4 models of gaming headphones:
Headphones that go inside the ear: They are ideal if we use a laptop. Its sound is stereo and the best quality ones stand out for their bass.
They also include a microphone (some models), so they are highly recommended if we play LAN-PARTYS, as they are very easy to transport and store.
Stereo headphones: the most common type of gaming headset available in the market. It connects via a 3.5” Jack to the microphone and headphone ports of the Motherboard’s audio output.
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Its sound quality is usually determined by the size of the speaker, whether it is 40mm or 50mm. They are recommended for any type of game.
Its sound virtual and it emulates a 5.1 surround sound through software. It connects via USB to the computer and it is the software that allows us to have an immersive feeling in the game, since it only has a 40mm or 50mm speaker in each earmuff. They are especially recommended for shooter-type games.
Its sound is real, it has 5 speakers inside each earmuff, which makes the immersive sensation that the player has total.
The headset incorporates its own integrated sound card as well as its own audio controls in one remote. It is the highest-end headset and if you are an audio gourmand, it is a must.
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But as we said at the beginning of this guide, this is the recommended choice if we have financial solvency and value excellent audio quality.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Gaming Headset
These 3 aspects that we highlight below are the ones that we value as the most important when it comes to getting the headset that will accompany us in our gaming sessions.
Once we have clearly chosen one of the four types of headsets that exist in the market and of which we have previously spoken. The aspects to take into account are:
An essential aspect is that the headband is comfortable and has good padding. The pads must be breathable, due to sweating and they must relieve the pressure that the headset exerts on the head.
If they are not comfortable, they can end up bothering us in the hair, because we are going to spend many hours using them. We must seek to make it as comfortable as possible.
It is a very important factor, we are going to spend hours with them on us and, unless you have the neck of Fernando Alonso, if they weigh a lot you are going to end up so tired of them that you will end up taking them off. Keep in mind that wireless headphones usually weigh a little more than wired headphones, due to the batteries.
Noise canceling microphone
If the headset microphone has this system, it automatically isolates external noise while we play and focuses on what we speak through the microphone, so the sound of our voice is heard more defined and clear.
A must have for any gamer. Being able to have a volume control with microphone mute with easy reach, either on the cable or on the headphones themselves, known as audio monitoring.
It is important because during the game, especially if we are playing in multiplayer, we cannot waste time looking for the volume control of the desktop or the game itself.
In addition, those of us who play regularly know that we can find the typical troll that leaves us deaf during the game, so it is vital to be able to lower the sound until we can mute it.
This factor is essential especially in the 7.1 model. It must have good software that works correctly for a quick installation and that allows us to edit the values to best balance the surround sound to our game mode.
In the case of stereo headphones, this point must be omitted. As an additional note, I must say that the best software that currently exists is the one that CREATIVE has developed for its range of Sound Blaster X headphones.
We hope that this gaming headset guide has helped you to choose a model.
Faizan Ali is a Master in Computer Sciences and has been writing content for computing, gaming and mobile technologies since 2016. He has written content for number of online magazines, websites and blogs and now writes for “the buyers trend”. Feel free to contact him for any sort of writing for your technology related blog, website or magazine.