Best USB Headsets for Gaming (2020)

We spent a lot of time researching for the best USB headsets for gaming. In conclusion, we claim that the SteelSeries Arctis Pro as the top choice among the best USB gaming headsets. Check out the rest of the headsets on the list below.

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Top Pick
SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Wired Gaming Headset - Certified Hi-Res Audio - Dedicated DAC and Amp - for PS4 and PC
Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition HD 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Razer Kraken Tournament Edition THX 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset: Aluminum Frame - Retractable Noise Cancelling Mic - USB DAC Included - For PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch - Green
HyperX Cloud Revolver S - Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound - Steel Frame - Signature Memory Foam - Premium Leatherette - Detachable noise-cancellation microphone
HyperX Cloud Orbit - Gaming Headset, 3D Audio, for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Mac, Mobile, Nintendo Switch, Planar Magnetic Headphones with Detachable Noise Cancelling Microphone, Pop Filter
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SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC
Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition
Razer Kraken Tournament Edition
HyperX Cloud Revolver S
HyperX Cloud Orbit
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Item Dimensions
3.5 x 6.5 x 7.4 inches
8 x 8.8 x 4 inches
6.76 x 7.6 x 3.86 inches
4.4 x 9.3 x 9.6 inches
8.9 x 8.9 x 3.9 inches
Top Pick
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SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Wired Gaming Headset - Certified Hi-Res Audio - Dedicated DAC and Amp - for PS4 and PC
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SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC
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Item Dimensions
3.5 x 6.5 x 7.4 inches
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Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition HD 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
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Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition
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Item Dimensions
8 x 8.8 x 4 inches
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Razer Kraken Tournament Edition THX 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset: Aluminum Frame - Retractable Noise Cancelling Mic - USB DAC Included - For PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch - Green
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Razer Kraken Tournament Edition
Prime
Item Dimensions
6.76 x 7.6 x 3.86 inches
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HyperX Cloud Revolver S - Gaming Headset with Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound - Steel Frame - Signature Memory Foam - Premium Leatherette - Detachable noise-cancellation microphone
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HyperX Cloud Revolver S
Prime
Item Dimensions
4.4 x 9.3 x 9.6 inches
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HyperX Cloud Orbit - Gaming Headset, 3D Audio, for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Mac, Mobile, Nintendo Switch, Planar Magnetic Headphones with Detachable Noise Cancelling Microphone, Pop Filter
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HyperX Cloud Orbit
Prime
Item Dimensions
8.9 x 8.9 x 3.9 inches
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Best Overall

Bearing the title of “Best esports USB gaming headset”, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is a must-have if you are a type of hardcore gamer. With the help of its exclusive Game DAC (Digital to Analog Converter), the Arctis Pro guarantees that you have a better edge over your opponents.

Pros:
  • Game DAC is reliable
  • Incomparable sound quality
  • custom 50mm driver
Cons:
  • Cables feel cheap
  • Slightly fragile
  • A bit pricey

SteelSeries Arctis Pro is commonly seen in high-profile esports games such as Rainbow Six: Siege and CSGO. A lot of pro players like it since the headset provides great sound quality whether listening to enemy footsteps or hearing where gunshots are coming from. The Arctis Pro takes advantage of its own crystalline sound design with a good frequency response range of 5Hz – 40KHz. So what does the Game DAC do? Well, it lets you configure the headset’s sound settings without absorbing your CPU’s power. Along the DAC comes a control pod, a preamp and a noise-cancelling mic. The control pod includes EQ settings, chat/game mix, and a surround sound toggle. If you do not own this yet, we highly recommend you do.

Best Value

Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition is an amazing gaming headset that has a lot of value. While it is cheaper compared to most headsets on this list, it is still chock-full of features including noise-cancellation, 50mm drivers and an exclusive X-PLUS mode.

Pros:
  • X-PLUS feature works well
  • Great ergonomic design
  • Good surround sound
Cons:
  • Thin cables
  • Gel earcups aren't that helpful
  • No DAC

Creative hasn’t been in the spotlight for quite some time now but the Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition got them back as one of the best sound-based products for PC. The BlasterX H7 is leaps and bounds better than the H5 and H6 – mainly because of drastic improvements like much better mic quality and the inclusion of customizable 50mm directional drivers. It is geared with a pair of powerful 7.1 surround sound speakers, lightweight design, software for configuration settings and the exclusive X-PLUS mode – a feature that includes premade audio profiles specifically designed to make the sound quality better for the likes of Apex Legends, Fortnite, CSGO, League of Legends, Overwatch and many more.

Cheapest USB Gaming Headset

The Razer Kraken is a heavy favorite here at ICONTROLPAD and that is because it is so good for a very low price. Now with a USB version, the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is a quality DAC-based headset that does not burn your wallet or even your ears (thanks to its great sound quality)

Pros:
  • Very cheap
  • Great surround sound
  • Easy DAC controls
Cons:
  • Earcups pressure the ears
  • Quite large for smaller players

If you are familiar with the Kraken, then this is barely any different. In fact, the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition includes a DAC control panel – which minimizes CPU consumption on audio profiles and settings. As the name says, this Kraken is based used for competitive gaming – and with its DAC, Razer guarantees you have the upper hand over your enemies. However, its control panel does not have much options like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro. But still, for a gaming headset this cheap, that means a lot for the budget gamer. This headset also includes a 7.1 surround speaker pair, a retractable mic and gel foam earcups.

Most Ergonomic

If ergonomics appeal you more in a gaming headset – especially for USB types, then the HyperX Cloud Revolver S makes a great choice. Assembled with memory foam earcups, and aluminium alloy frames, this lightweight gaming headset will leave you wearing it for hours without the aching ear pressure.

Pros:
  • Super Dolby surround sound
  • Great padding
  • Lightweight
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Gaudy appearance

While the HyperX Cloud Revolver S does look whacked out like an alien gaming headset, its ergonomics are unquestionably marvelous. Looking spiky on the appearance, it is deceivingly the most comfortable gaming headset – much so as a USB type – on this list. But is the audio good? Yes, of course! The HyperX Cloud Revolver S includes specs of 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound speakers, a detachable noise-cancelling microphone, a DAC control for surround mode on or off and, of course, the cozy build. Thanks to the memory foam and fabrcated earcups, you could wear this headset as if you are lying down on a pillow. And as for the weight, it is very light for the head. The cord is braided too so the cable does not break easily.

Best High-End

For the rich kid on the block, there is the HyperX Cloud Orbit – the brand’s high-profile gaming headset that combines audiophile specs with premium gaming advantages. This headset is only for when you are certain on spending lots of money on a single gaming headset. The quality itself – both physical and sound – is already beyond the usual gaming headset.

Pros:
  • Planar magnetic drivers
  • Intensive audio customizations
  • Audiophile quality ergonomics
Cons:
  • Very expensive

Lo and behold, the HyperX Cloud Orbit is an expensive gaming headset that offers features never before seen in other competing headsets. So, what are we talking about here? It includes the following according to their page: Audeze planar magnetic drivers, waves Nx fully immersive 3D audio, advanced audio customization, detachable noise cancellation mic with pop filter and three detachable cable options. Sounds complex? Not so much but you can recognize its sound differences from, let’s say, the Razer Kraken – according to some experienced users in forums. Is it worth buying? Yes, but only if you have bucketloads of money to spare.

What We Would Buy

No questions asked, the SteelSeries Arctis Po is undoubtedly the best on this list: it has a reasonable price, it has loads of USB gaming features, and it has the best DAC configurations. But if you want something significantly cheaper, you will want to get the Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition or the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition instead. Looking for the most ergonomic gaming headset? Maybe you should buy the HyperX Cloud Revolver S. And if you are a rich gamer who wants a rich-quality gaming headset, then the HyperX Cloud Orbit is the best ideal choice for you. In the end, it is all up to your reference.

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.