What To Look For In A Quality Gaming Headset

In looking for a quality gaming headset, I had to learn a lot about what they are, how they work and the critical differences between one to another.

Luckily there were a lot of great guides out there that have helped me understand this, such as a particularly good one on breech.co, and utilizing sites like Wikipedia didn’t hurt my end goal either.

What I did notice is how no one site really simplified this for me, so sick of spending money on headsets every 5-6 months because the quality had degraded, the headset broke or it just simply didn’t fit my needs. I feel like I’ve finally cracked the puzzle.

Comfort

Comfort is definitely important. What you’ve got to look for is the material, the size of the headset and even the ‘adaptability’ of the headset.

Generally these are the three main considerations that I have managed to decipher as critical for comfort.

Quality

In quality, it’s true that to some degree you get what you pay for.

The quality doesn’t just come down to the tech being used in the headset, although for early use this can have a huge effect on the sound quality. But quality itself is a rather broader term, do the peripherals in use have the ability to last for a long time without degrading?

Generally what you want to look for is good reviews on headsets that contain much of the same tech as the others, a cool new feature is all well and good, but it may not be in wide use because it’s not lending itself to quality in the long-term.

One such headset I had included a battery feature to add additional bass, the problem was once the batteries ran out the sound quality was reduce from a good 7 to a 3. Not sustainable in the slightest.

You absolutely need to look at the reviews, look at the hardware in play and try to understand what that hardware is. A little bit of research does go a long way.

You want to make sure the microphone quality is up to a standard with the sound quality as well, a good headset does have more than just one good feature. If the sound is great, but the microphone isn’t then it’s not going to be a long-term headset for most gamers.

Value

Value is important, but for me the least important consideration. Value really means getting the most for your money.

Can you get a headset that costs $150 that is as good as a $200 headset? That’s value.

Finding a top quality headset that is value for money means creating a shortlist of the best headsets, based on the research above of comfort and the various factors that go into that. As well as the various factors that go into the quality consideration.

If you’re lucky you’ll have 3 or 4 headsets on your radar and at this point your job is to find the one that’s the best value for money. This can be made easier by looking at some of the reviews on sites like Amazon as well, since there may be little between some of these headsets.

While saving $50 is great, saving $10 for a headset that has worse reviews doesn’t make good sense. Don’t forget, you can do all the research you want, but at the end of the day, peoples reviews count for a lot as well. So don’t try to save yourself a few bucks if it means you’re getting a lower quality end product as that’s not really value for money.

Bottom line:

The bottom line here is that you just need to do research and be methodical, in fact after years of looking for a headset that satisfied me, it took me creating a spreadsheet and looking at the differences to get something I was satisfied with.

Really I should have done it sooner, but who wants to do that? Well I do want to do that from now on as I could have saved myself hundreds and hundreds of dollars over the last 2 years.

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