If you’re looking to avoid cluttering your desk with cables and always repositioning your speakers and microphone for an unobstructed screen view while playing, choosing a gaming headset can save you all that trouble. They look almost like all commercial headsets but also have a built-in microphone and can offer better virtual surround sound quality.
As is the case with gaming keyboards, gaming headsets are made for convenience and are wildly popular in the online communities because they allow players to easily communicate with one another. In terms of design, these gaming headsets do not disappoint either. They look slick, featuring carefully chosen colors that can reflect your gaming personality.
This article pits three of the best gaming headsets under $100 against each other. Extensive testing and a careful analysis of their most interesting features will help you to choose the best one for you. We will also provide our recommendation as to which of the three is the best overall and which one offers the best value for money.
This multi-platform compatible headset from HyperX offers 90-degree rotating ear cups. The signature memory foam design offers a high level of comfort that is perfect for long gaming sessions. Muting the microphone is as easy as flipping it overhead, even though, with the noise canceling feature you can leave it on all the time.
The volume control is conveniently placed on the ear cups, and the slide feature blends very well into the design. The 50mm audio drivers direct the sound straight into the ear and allow for a very pleasant gaming session. At just 227 grams, this is one of the lightest gaming headsets you can find under $100.
The headset’s steel slider is very durable and helps a lot if you plan on sharing it with someone else. Constantly adjusting it to fit is not an issue at all and will not affect the frame in any way. This is yet another feature that speaks to the durability and level of comfort that the Cloud Stinger headset from HyperX has to offer.
If you don’t need the fixed microphone, you can just flip it up all the way and use these headphones on the street to listen to some quality music. While not at the level of a studio headset, they do cancel out noise quite well, better than classic uncovered ear cups anyway.
Logitech offers a great 360-degree audio experience with their 7.1 Dolby surround sound technology. A lightweight design, similar to the one from HyperX Stinger, this gaming headset is also built for comfort during long gaming sessions. While lacking the memory foam feature, it does make up for it with the sports-cloth ear pads that will reduce heat, moisture levels and strain on the ears. It’s not the best fit of the three products. While it won’t prevent your ears from hurting in the long run, not having to worry excess heat during the summer or sweat infiltrating the audio drivers, is still a good quality of life feature.
The noise-canceling microphone has a rotating feature and can be adjusted downwards until you feel your voice is best captured, and you can mute it by folding it all the way up. The volume control is on the cable which is less convenient when playing something intense that requires your full attention.
The biggest drawback we’ve found with this model is the lack of compatibility with Linux and Mac systems. It’s true that they are not the go-to platforms when it comes to gaming, but it would still be nice to have something that can plug and run on everything. When you decide to get a gaming headset but also want to use it for other activities, this can be an issue.
HyperX hits it out of the park with the Cloud II gaming headset. This comes with the same memory foam ear pads technology used in the Stinger model. What’s more, this headset also offers a very lightweight design so you can play for many hours in great comfort. While it doesn’t have the same convenient volume control placement on the ear cups, it does have an advanced control box with separate settings for microphone and audio as well as an on/off button for the 7.1 surround sound.
The 53mm drivers that come with the Cloud II from HyperX are the best of the three mentioned so far as they can offer a true HiFi gaming experience and will truly immerse you in any virtual environment or movie scene. The microphone has noise and echo cancelation features. When you use it with the audio control box, you can remove it from the headset and use the headphones just for movies or listening to music.
This model is often popular for professional esports competitions and after testing it, we understand why. With multi-platform compatibility from Windows to PS4 to Mac, Teamspeak certification and 7.1 surround sound optimization, this truly is an amazing gaming headset. The level of comfort provided by the memory foam technology and light aluminum framework make this product a must have for any serious gamer.
After testing each model for prolonged play sessions in great gaming audio environments and explosive movie scenes, the HyperX Cloud II definitely gets the top spot on our best gaming headset under 100 list. The Stinger and 7.1 G430 from Logitech were contenders but even the other HyperX model didn’t come close to matching the Cloud II in terms of performance and comfort.
The superior 53mm audio drivers are better than what other models have to offer and provide the clearest surround sound you can have while gaming. The memory foam technology is perfect for long sessions, and the microphone offers both noise and echo cancelation features, making you sound clearer than ever. The fact that the Cloud II headset has a removable microphone allows it to double up as a casual headset too.