It’s time to cut the cord.
Last Updated: July 2018
Once you try a pair of wireless headphones, you’ll probably never want to go back to wired again. The same can be said for using a wireless mouse too, actually. There’s not a huge penalty to cutting the cord, and the gains are pretty massive as you get the exact same features as a wired headset without having to worry about that pesky cable getting caught on something on your desk, or (heaven forbid) having it touch either of your hands while gaming. This is simply not acceptable, so get rid of the cable for good.
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that there are some downsides to wireless freedom, namely the extra expense of wireless headphones over wired, and the fact that you have to charge them regularly. These are literally and figuratively small prices to pay though, since wireless headsets aren’t that expensive compared to their wired counterparts, and you usually only need to charge them once a week depending on how much you’re using them. That’s a relatively modest burden in exchange for your freedom, don’t you think?
With all that said, we’ve reviewed quite a mix of wireless headphones recently, and based on our reviews we have singled out some of the very best, just for you. Here are our picks for the best wireless headphones for gaming.
Best Wireless Gaming Headset – SteelSeries Arctis 7
SteelSeries did everything right with the Arctis 7. They are both awesome-sounding and highly customizable, making them the most well-rounded headset we’ve tested. First there’s the “ski goggle” headband, which is not only super comfortable but swappable too, as SteelSeries offers a bunch of different colors and designs, including a leather headstrap if you want to go full hipster. Next, the AirWeave ear cushions are as comfy as a down jacket, but if you prefer a different texture you can swap them out for velour units for just $15.
Another surprising and welcome feature is the fact that they’re wireless for use with your PC, but a 3.5mm cable is included so you can also plug it into your phone, tablet, or laptop too. The flexible microphone is also excellent, and retracts into the left earcup when not in use, and in addition to all of these righteous features they also sound fantastic, and also offer DTS HeadphoneX 7.1 surround sound (PC only). They’re basically as close to perfect as anything we’ve seen in a headset.
Best Multi-Purpose Wireless Gaming Headset – HyperX Cloud Flight
HyperX has long been associated with comfortable, quality gaming headsets, but it never could bring itself to cut the cord. That changed with the introduction of the HyperX Cloud Flight, its first foray into the world of wireless headsets. And what an entrance: this headset is excellent. It works wirelessly with PC and PS4 and you can plug it into Xbox One, Switch, or your phone with the included audio cable. The Cloud Flight is extremely comfortable, and has just the right amount of weight to it.
Best Expensive Wireless Headset – V-Moda Crossfade Wireless 2
This is not a cheap set of headphones, but while the price is high, so is the quality. Not only does the V-Moda Wireless 2 deliver great sound, they’re built to stand up to some brutality. The headband can be completely flattened as many as 10 times before breaking, according to V-Moda. To protect your already sturdy investment, V-Moda’s headset comes in a rugged case that stores everything, including auxiliary audio cable and USB charging cable.
Best Wireless Gaming Headset with Bluetooth – SteelSeries Arctis 3
The SteelSeries Arctis 3 Bluetooth is an all-around great headset, providing balanced audio that can be used for a number of entertainment purposes. They have a well-constructed and comfortable build, and an attractive and understated look. Its microphone isn’t impressive (most headphones, especially in this price range, aren’t), but the combination of wired and Bluetooth connectivity and the very useful SteelSeries Engine 3 software more than make up for it.