It’s a nice to stay in so let the Best Wireless Gaming Headset 2018 battle begin. If you’ve been considering getting a wireless headset you have come to the right place because I have Razer, Logitech, SteelSeries, Corsair and HyperX wireless gaming headsets.
|CORSAIR VOID PRO RGB||HYPER X CLOUD FLIGHT||STEELSERIES ARCTIS 7||STEELSERIES ARCTIS PRO||LOGITECH G533||LOGITECH G933||RAZER MANO'WAR||RAZER THRESHER ULTIMATE|
|Sensitivity||107 db||106 db||98 db||102 db||107 db||107 db||112 db||112 db|
|Impedance||32 Ohm||32 Ohm||32 Ohm||32 Ohm||32 Ohm||32 Ohm||32 Ohm||32 Ohm|
|T.H.D.||N/A||< 2%||< 3%||< 1%||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Location||On Ear Cup||On Ear Cup|
|On Ear Cup (Retractable)||On Ear Cup (Retractable)||On Ear Cup||On Ear Cup||On Ear Cup (Retractable)||On Ear Cup (Retractable)|
|Range||12m / 40ft||12m / 40ft||12m / 40ft||12m / 40ft||15m / 50ft||15m / 50ft||12m / 40ft||12m / 40ft|
|Battery Life||16 hours||13hrs (LED on)|
30hrs (LED off)
|24+ Hours||20 Hours||15 Hours||12 Hours||14hrs (LED on)|
20hrs (LED off)
|Compatibility||Windows||PC, PS4, PS4 Pro||PC, Mac, Playstation, Switch, Mobile||Playstation 4, Windows||Windows, Mac||Windows, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Switch||Windows, Mac, PS4||Windows, Xbox, PS4|
|Ear Cup Rotation|
|Product Information Guide|
|4-pole 3.5mm Cable|
|Toslink Optical Cable|
So let’s start with the price under $100 we only have two pairs, the Corsair Void Pro Wireless RGB and the Logitech G533. Stepping up under $200 we’ve got the SteelSeries Arctis 7, Logitech G933, Razer man o war from 2016 and the new HyperX Cloud Flight is up here too at $159. If you’ve got really big bucks to spend the Razer Thresher Ultimate will shred your wallet for sure but not as much as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless with an insane price of $329.
I normally don’t talk about packaging but of course the Razer Cult will appreciate the recognition plus they’re the only ones to have plastic covered the velvet material.
I do like Corsair’s approach to simplified packaging and HyperX Flight with all the cables right at the surface whereas SteelSeries buries all their accessories and tiny boxes.
Logitech is the only one to have their headset wrapped and the number of accessories kind of follows the price point. They all charge via micro USB cable which is included with each headset along with some derivative of a USB dongle so either a thumb stick style or the extension style, so you can expand your reach or close the distance between the headset.
The Razer Thresher Ultimate comes with a hub since it’s a PS4 Edition so that’s where you plug in the optical cable and charge the headset through the hub as well a plastic headphone stem is included with some clothes resemblance to this Imperial shuttle from Star Wars not sure if that’s intentional or not while the most expensive pair.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless gaming headset has all the cables and double the batteries and the control hub that’s also your receiver and a charging dock for the removable batteries.
If you want a simplified wireless setup or are traveling want to minimize cable work all the pair’s with the simple USB dongle would obviously be more convenient so like the Corsair Void Pro and the HyperX Cloud Flight both Logitech Pairs and the Razer Man o War that has a tiny receiver actually built-in into the ear cup while on the Logitech G933 we actually have a specific compartment inside the ear cup to store the receiver but for those that do not have any compartments you can simply tuck it away inside the ear cup like this to safely keep the receiver with the headset.
Build quality varies between these headsets significantly and it doesn’t necessarily follow the price point either. The most robust pair is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless gaming headset, also being the most expensive with the quality metal headband, aluminum hinges and everything just feels awesome the only problem is you cannot expand them because they rely on this self adjusting fabric piece.
The same goes with the Arctis 7 but these have plastic hinges which are a little bit more loose and following after that would be the Corsair Void Pro which happens to be also the cheapest pair, they are nicely balanced weight wise, metal hinges are not to lose and they feel like they can withstand some unnecessary force like if they drop from a table or you flip them across the room. The microphone though feels cheap you know the actual arm might lose resistance over time so that’s the only negative.
I do like the lightweight nature of the HyperX Flight the hinges feel fine but you have to be very careful with an all-plastic body and that seems to be the compromise for these because they’re super lightweight so that’s a positive and they kind of feel like the Bose noise-canceling headphones too but when I’m stretching them out on the sides the plastic stretches too so just have to be careful and be cautious of their built quality.
The Logitech G933 comes next with the robust plastic body that does not creak all over the place, the hinges are not too loose, and the extension mechanism stays in place. They’re a little bit deceiving with this metallic surface but it does play on your perception of it feeling like a high quality build.
The Razer Thresher Ultimate is quite light thanks to the thin metal headband and plastic everything else, the hinges worry me a little bit, but they shouldn’t have any issues with supporting the full weight of the headset.
The only thing that bothers me with the Thresher are the hinges and their corners are super sharp so if they’re around your neck they could scratch you and the same thing if like you put your finger there while you’re taking them off it’s not a pleasant experience.
Unfortunately, the worst build quality goes to the Razer Man o War, the bulky plastic hinges are super loose and actually have a history of the middle headband piece breaking because it’s not well attached.
The Logitech G533 just feel super cheap and the hinges have absolutely no control, so the ear cups just wobble all the time and this headset has glossy sides if you like that dirty look and the only quality element is the expansion mechanism.
Before we completely give up on headsets that have really subpar build quality I want to say that throughout my testing with these there is a balance between build quality, sound quality, comfort, value and features so it’s kind of like a mixed bag, there is no perfect headset in this lineup and that’s a bit unfortunate but just keep that in mind.
The majority of these are lightweight so you can wear them for hours until the battery dies and there is no significant clamping force for any of these, so my favorite would be the HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headset with fantastic ear cup isolation, extra interior padding and they also expand for larger heads no problem and fold on your neck in this nice low profile.
Both Logitech pairs have large and deep cushions, awesome fit overall. The G933 has smooth air padding all around while the newer G933 has this harsh bathing suit material that is super unpleasant on your skin. Both fold on your neck which are a little bit chunky around the ear cups but not seriously uncomfortable.
The G933 is much smoother than the G533 is way harsher like sandpaper on your skin which is super unpleasant when it’s right by your ears. The void Pro has angular cushions so the cover my ears very well with nice pressure distribution too, they fold in this non-choking slim profile on your neck.
The round cushions on the Thresher Ultimate are fine, they are large and will cover your entire ear. The clamping force is pretty weak to avoid pressure buildup, but heat concentration is present and despite being the largest headset in this round up the fold on my neck just fine without any mobility issues.
The Man-o-War headset has the same round ear cup design but a tighter fit and less comfortable headband with more pressure from the top and because they fold on this angle keeping them on your neck is really uncomfortable.
The Arctis Pro Wireless comes with deeper cushions and slightly expanded headband versus the Arctis 7 but since they’re not really size adjustable it won’t be comfortable for larger heads and both of them like to choke you when placed around your neck, the Arctis 7 more so because of the tighter headband.
The three oddballs would be the SteelSeries headsets and the Razor Man O War simply because the Razor one has problems with the headband and it’s not really comfortable when they’re on your neck.
The SteelSeries is perfectly fine for smaller heads but I wish I had a little bit more expansion at the bottom so that I could bring them down a little bit more if I’m wearing hat or something like that but because they choke you when they’re around your neck and since they’re wireless it’s kind of a perfect thing to leave them on your body when even if you’re not listening to something so that’s unfortunate with the SteelSeries Arctis Pro and the Arctis 7.
The HyperX flight, man, what a comfortable design for resting on your neck.
Gaming Headset Features
For features, each headset has a power button, mic/mute switch and a volume wheel and only the Razor pairs, Void Pro and the Arctis Pro have precise steps for volume all others have terrible control.
The G933 has three G keys for macros like changing your EQ settings lighting or whatever else and both SteelSeries pairs include a headphone share port which is quite unique.
The Arctis 7 has a dial for chat mix to balance voice versus in-game volume while the Arctis Pro is the only headset with dual wireless connectivity with bluetooth support letting you connect this to your notebook or your smartphone without the need for a USB dongle.
The hub with the Thresher Ultimate is bare-bones in terms of control, just the power button in the front and the Dolby surround sound that I don’t understand why it’s hidden in the corner while the hub on the Wireless Pro lets you control your EQ, mic side tone and chat mix. Basically, it’s a driver free experience that is appreciated and you have all this control even if you connect it to a ps4.
The Arctis Pro Wireless gaming headset being the most expensive one sounds clean, there’s no noise when you stop speaking but the thing is it just sounds like there’s way too much compression going on as it tries to cancel out whatever is in the background. The Cloud Flight has super aggressive noise compression and tries to mute the background and that causes the voice to be muffled. Not the best sounding microphone in this collection and just lacks definition and it’s not as sharp as the other pair.
The Logitech G933 is the oldest headset in this collection and I think it sounds the worst as well, it just doesn’t have much background compression or any vocal compression, it just like it picks up way too much ambient noise and doesn’t help to isolate just the voice and the voice doesn’t sound that great either so what are you gonna do.
Luckily the new G533 definitely sounds much better, it still exhibits a lot of background noise and hiss despite trying to cancel that out but the actual vocal range is much improved versus the older G933.
The Corsair Void Pro has really aggressive noise compression and tries to cancel out everything, so you will have these spikes in terms of volume of your speech so if you’re not speaking loud enough it will just completely cut that out so it’s not as powerful because it has that really aggressive noise cancellation.
The Razor Man O War is also one of the oldest ones in the group and it also sounds pretty bad. It’s very boomy and doesn’t have clarity in the voice and it does have really good noise compression in terms of the background stuff but in terms of the vocal pickup it’s not pleasant. Unfortunately, the updated Razor does not have any improvements in the microphone quality it still sounds very booming. There is aggressive background compression too, but the vocal definition is completely lacking in comparison to everything else in this roundup
Finally, the SteelSeries Arctis 7 is weird because they all sound the same in terms of how much compression there is for the vocals not just for the background but it tries to compensate for the keyboard switches and typing but it really destroys any vocal definition and range that you might expect from a decent microphone like the microphone on the Sennheiser Game One which has been my go-to headset for games because the microphone is just so good, lots of body to the sound and there’s no nasally compression that we hear on all other wireless gaming headsets.
I think the worst one would be the G933 which is also the oldest one, the Razer pairs have that nice lower end boost which is booming and the rest of them sound the same, they all will have this nasally compression going on in the background so I’m not exactly sure which one wins.
In terms of sound performance, they all deliver really powerful output in terms of volume so that’s not really an issue, but they do have pretty different sound characteristics so if you’re looking for the best surround sound experience hands down either of the Logitech pairs create this large soundstage experience without compromising important details with incredible imaging.
I like feeling the audio coming in front of you and not just in your headset and even in stereo mode you get amazing definition and powerful bass control and treble on both and it’s really unfortunate that the G533 is so flimsy because the sound and surround sound is just fantastic and adds extra points to this headset.
The next in the chain would be the HyperX Cloud Flight wireless gaming headset with a lot of definition, precise bass and smooth treble and definitely one of the best within this roundup.
The Corsair Void Pro Wireless are satisfactory with balanced output, it’s more closed off compared to the HyperX for example but with good detail presentation and bass that’s there without overstepping its boundaries.
The sound signatures between the SteelSeries headset is completely different, they both have awesome detail and really tight bass but the Arctis 7 I prefer more because on the Arctis Pro Wireless, the sound stage is slightly expanded, and the treble is brighter which I prefer less and the Arctis 7 is overall a more fun signature for me in both music and games.
Lastly, the two Razor pairs are the most powerful out of the bunch at 60% volume I was totally comfortable in terms of power output. The Razor Thresher has super harsh travel beyond 60% volume to the point of me needing to lower it in order to hear anything and regardless of this upper boost it lacks mid-range definition and bass has left the building.
The Man o War has a smoother treble and a more pleasant sound signature in comparison to the Thresher, both these would be fantastic for FPS where you can hear every little detail and you don’t care about the rest of the spectrum range you know where you want just the really sharpness to hear everything so perhaps for competitive stuff that would be fine.
I’m guessing everyone who’s be spending money to acquire the best wireless gaming headset for their budget doesn’t want to be just listening to FPS stuff but you want an all-around sound signature that would be compatible for both music movies and games. I would say the Razer stuff isn’t really up to par for that.
In terms of the wireless, signal all of these in my space are perfectly fine. I’m able to walk around the space and go six meters away with a few walls in between without losing a signal and without hearing any quality loss in audio.
For battery life, I think the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless gaming headset easily takes the win because of the interchangeable batteries. One of them is constantly charging inside the dock so you just simply swap them out when one dies and you never have to plug it in to charge the headset versus all others need to be plugged in for charging whereas the Logitech, I really appreciate the battery percentage indicator in the software so you know exactly how much juice you have left and you have to plug them in versus the rest of them in like the Corsair.
The Corsair would give you low, medium or high in terms of battery life whereas the Razor Thresher has no software so you cannot even check the battery life. Everything else can last two days and then you have to be recharging so depending on how much you use I think I would go for about maybe 10 hours of listening a day for most of these no problem and I would have to recharge it a little bit on the third day so that gives you a little bit of an indication on how often you need to recharge.
So maximum, I would say 2-3 days of good heavy use with any of these but still the Arctis Pro because that removable battery easily wins the battery test.
I will give you a few of my favorites. First the HyperX Cloud Flight, because they’re super comfortable and I can wear them for hours. They have amazing isolation and the sound quality is incredible. They are a bit expensive at $160 so there are slightly cheaper options where the cheapest option in this roundup would be the Corsair Void Pro at $80. Overall I’m impressed with this, the only crappy thing is the boom arm for the microphone, it feels kind of flimsy and cheap but in terms of comfort, sound quality, range and battery life really good as long as you turn off the RGB you’ll be fine to game for at least two days.
My surprising pick would be the oldest out of this bunch, the Logitech G933. I’m not exactly sure why Logitech went ahead to replace the really good material that they’ve had there with something that is from a bathing suit on the newer models, but the sound quality is incredible for Wireless and really powerful, not punchy but like really tight bass really and good detail and the treble is not too harsh. The microphone quality on here is actually the worst out of the bunch but as long as my teammates can understand me I’m fine and this is the only headset ever which I’ve actually enjoyed surround sound with but it’s awesome and this would be like a really good dedicated gaming headset but not necessarily the best wireless gaming headset.
I definitely want to give SteelSeries a shout out with the Arctis 7. I think this is the better headset versus the Arctis Pro Wireless but this one sounds better to me and I don’t really care so much about the really big hub there with the interchangeable batteries so to me this would be a better value and it’s significantly cheaper. The only thing is SteelSeries have updated the padding and the actual headband on the Pro to be a little bit more comfortable versus the Arctis 7.
In terms of Razor, it’s good to see they’ve changed the design of the Thresher to be a little bit more distant from the ManO’War so it’s more durable but in terms of sound quality I feel they went a little bit too much on the brightness, it’s a really sharp headset so if you’re into that definitely check them out. In terms of the fit it’s one of the better ones in this collection and the Man o War surprisingly still sounds pretty good for being a 2016 release and it’s only the frame itself that is really bad and you can read up online as to why the top headband just keeps breaking because the design is not exactly the best but if you want to remain loyal to Razer, the Thresher would be my recommendation for the best wireless gaming headset of 2018.
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