GAMING HEADSETS
PC Gamer|Christmas 2021
Treat your ear holes to smooth and responsive audio with one of the top headsets.
Jacob Ridley, Dave James

The power of quality audio for gaming cannot be understated, and while you’ll find plenty of computer speakers capable of rumbling your inner ear, it’s the gaming headset that comes out trumps for most of our gaming needs. Finding a pair of cans that delivers excellence in positional audio, fidelity and comfort is high on the shopping list for the budding PC gamer.

If there’s one thing we’re not short of in PC gaming in 2021, it’s gaming headsets. So you’ve quite the job narrowing down your options. Depending on your budget, you’ll want to weigh up whether you wish to be free of wires or tethered to your desk by one. Then there are more technical decisions such as choice of driver, microphone and whether you want an open-back or closed-back design.

Blackshark V2 Pro

RAZER £180

Beating the Cloud Alpha at their own game

The wired Razer Blackshark V2 is a great gaming headset, and this wireless ‘Pro’ version takes all of the best bits and snips off the cable. The Cloud II Wireless we’ve also featured in this test has a slightly longer battery life and is a little lighter on the wallet too, but the Blackshark V2 Pro is a very close second and personally I much prefer the soundscape the slightly pricier Razer cans can deliver.

The TriForce driver design apes the fantastic HyperX Cloud Alpha headset, and matches its fantastic audio delivery. They feel detailed, punchy, yet still rich enough to deliver an incredible experience in your chosen gameworld.

They’re also super comfortable too, and, call me a luddite, but having a physical volume dial is far more pleasing than fumbling around trying to find little buttons. My only real issue is that I’m not a fan of its little boom mic, but given the fact there are some fantastic budget gaming mics out there right now, that’s not a biggy.

VERDICT

  • Fantastic wireless audio
  • Decent battery life
  • Comfortable

SPECS WIRELESS: YES

DRIVERS: RAZER TRIFORCE TITANIUM

CONNECTIVITY: USB 2.4GHZ WIRELESS DONGLE

FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 12HZ-28,000 HZ

FEATURES: DETACHABLE MIC

WEIGHT: 320G

H6PRO

EPOS £149

Premium all-ways

The H6PRO poses a question to PC gamers: should I buy open-back or closed-back headphones? Usually we don’t get the choice, as most gaming headset manufacturers cheer for the closed-back team. If you’re anything like me, though, you’re willing to fight in the open-back corner. The H6PRO is a great test bed to compare between the two because both models are the same bar a few key acoustic features. That means either way you’re getting a comfortable headset with a removable, flip-to-mute high-quality microphone and top build quality.

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