TechBottom's Review of Our Best Budget Gaming Headsets of 2020
Finding that perfect gaming headset isn't always easy, especially when trying to work within a budget. As e-sports and Twitch streaming has risen in popularity, the gaming headphone market has become saturated and the amount of gaming headsets hitting the shelves is at an all-time-high. With hundreds of choices constantly going in and out of stock, we decided to test out gaming headsets under $100 and review our favorites. To see all of the headsets we've tried out, visit our headphone review page.
The RUNMUS K2 also has great reviews on Amazon for the price point. While being extremely affordable, this also proved to provide everything we looked for in a gaming headset under $100. It's compatible with PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One (although a controller adapter is needed with an Xbox). The sound experience is solid, and the mic works great for the price. The one quality that did leave us wanting a bit more - durability. We found the K5-M to be built a bit more solidly. Not saying the RUNMUS is not built-well, because it is for the price. But we wouldn't trust it as much to handle the wear and tear as higher priced gaming headsets. The good news is, they seem to have excellent customer support on Amazon and offer a 12 month guarantee. So if you take care of your equipment, the RUNMUS K2 is a great choice for a budget gaming headset. It tops our list for good reason!
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Although the ONIKUMA K5-M has fantastic reviews on Amazon, we approached the K5-M with little expectations since its price tag varies around $30 and upwards. When working with a tight budget, we know that gaming headsets can be hit or miss. The incredibly affordable headset proved us all wrong and has since claimed a top spot on our list of favorite budget gaming headsets. It's versatile in its ability to work on all gaming systems including PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One Controller (although an adapter is needed for Xbox One). The 7.1 virtual surround sound feels surprisingly full for the price, and unlike other cheap gaming headsets, the noise cancelling microphone allows you to be heard loud and clear. The ear padding, top head cushion, and flexibility allow you to game for hours without discomfort. If you are looking for the best budget gaming headset, we cannot recommend the K5-M enough.
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If you can afford to spend a bit more for your budget gaming headset, we highly recommend OMEN by HP Headset 800. While the HP brand is not known for their gaming line, this headset is a fantastic choice for a gamer who likes a beefy, booming sound. The lightweight suspension headband and synthetic leather-wrapped ear cups are designed specifically for comfort, and the 7.1 virtual surround sound experience performs wonderfully. It's compatible on all gaming systems including PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One Controller (Xbox One adapter is included with the OMEN). One note - it doesn't hug your ears as much as other gaming headsets, which is not necessarily bad, just preference based. You still won't miss out hearing a single footstep, and it comes with an adapter so you can use it on any console. Sure it does look a bit dated and bulky, but if you can live with that, we found it to be a great choice for a gaming headset under $100.
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Unfortunately if you are looking for a quality wireless gaming headset under $100, your options are going to be a bit limited. With wireless headphones, we generally recommend going with sets that support an 'aptX' connection. This type of connection minimizes latency and audio syncing issues by significantly reducing the bit rate. This is all done without affecting audio quality, but this technology does demand a higher price tag. If you are looking for a quality wireless headset for a console, you probably won't be able to find one under $100 (at least we couldn't). However, if you need a wireless headset for your PC gaming needs, the Corsair Void PRO RGB passed our test. While it doesn't support aptX tech, it does utilize advanced 2.4Ghz wireless technology and delivers a range up to 40 feet. We also suggest turning off the lights if you want to extend battery life. For PC gamers who want a wireless headset priced under $100 with solid functionality for gaming and chat, the Corsair VOID PRO delivers on all fronts.