When you’re gaming, a nice pair of headphones is almost a necessity. Having the action completely wrap around you, as well as having a stylish look, make gaming headsets staples for any serious gaming.
However, they also need to be comfortable. Long gaming sessions often involve sweat and constant adjustment. Having a pair of headphones that is uncomfortable simply won’t do for a serious gamer.
We wanted to kick all the smushed ears, cramped headbands, and crumpled up earpads. So, we put together a list, in no particular order, of the 7 most comfortable gaming headsets that you can buy.
|Sennheiser Consumer Audio 507081 GSP 350 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset, Black||ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Dolby Gaming Headset for PlayStation 4 & PC - Black/Blue (2017 Model)||V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone (Matte Black Metal)||Turtle Beach XO Three Gaming Headset for Xbox One||Razer ManO'War: Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound - 2.4 GHz Wireless Technology - Quick Action Controls - Unidirectional Retractable Mic - Gaming Headset Works with PC, PS4, & Xbox One||HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset for PC, Xbox One¹, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One S¹, Nnintedo Switch (KHX-H3CL/WR) - Black|
|Devices||PC, PS4, Xbox One||PC||PS4, PC||PC||Xbox One, PC||PC||PC, Xbox One|
|Microphone||Yes||Yes||Yes||Sold separately||Yes – detachable||Yes||Yes|
|Surround Sound||Virtual 7.1||Dolby 7.1||Dolby 7.1||No||Virtual 7.1||Virtual 7.1||Virtual 7.1|
Now that we have a few specs put away, let’s dive into the actual headphones.
Logitech Gaming G933 Artemis Spectrum
Starting off the list is the
Let’s start with the comfort, though. The ear pads are soft plush, meaning they don’t clamp down and they adjust to your head shape. The rectangular shape of them can accompany almost any sized ear so it’s not getting pushed against the side of your head. What’s attractive is the mesh design of the plush ear cups. They breath, meaning you can go longer without discomfort setting in.
In addition to that, these headphones have a slew of other features. They can be ran wired or wireless, connect to and remember multiple devices, and feature 7.1 surround sound. Combine that programmable macros, custom sound presets, and RGB lighting and these headphones are a dream for any gamer.
Sennheiser GSP 350Sennheiser Consumer Audio 507081 GSP 350 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset, Black is known less for gaming peripherals and more for professional audio equipment. What’s beautiful is that,like gamers, audio professionals often wear headphones for long, uninterrupted stretches of time.
These headphones sport the same rectangular earcup design like the Logitechs, but instead use memory foam inside of the earcups. This creates an acoustic seal, giving plenty of passive noise attenuation, and plenty of comfort. Sennheiser has done extensive research into ergonomics for headphones with their professional line, and that engineering carries over here.
Sennheiser has also put a split headband on top. This aviation inspired design reduces pressure on the scalp for more comfort. Going down, a ball joint hinge holds the drivers on allowing you to turn them to fit you perfectly.
Astro is dedicated to making high-end headphones for gamers. The ASTRO Gaming A50 Wireless Dolby Gaming Headset for PlayStation 4 & PC - Black/Blue (2017 Model) are no exception to that. These headphones, while expensive, come packed with features, style, and plenty of comfort.
The A50s were designed from the ground up specifically for long, marathon gaming sessions. The earcups are constructed of soft cloth and backed with synthetic leather. The materials are lightweight, meaning they don’t clamp down on your head. This is especially important if you wear glasses.
The earcups are square like our previous entries, but are no beveled on the edges. They’re large enough to fit your entire ear inside, meaning you won’t have that dreaded smoosh.
Outside of comfort, the headphones feature a flip-up microphone, built-in mixamp that allows you to tune the balance of in-game noise and voice chat, true Dolby 7.1 surround sound, and complete wireless functionality.
While these headphones aren’t specifically designed for gaming, they’re some of the best you can buy for it. V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone (Matte Black Metal) has one of the most unique headsets out there that provides tons of rigidity and plenty of comfort.
The comfort comes from the large, memory foam ear cushions. V-MODA’s CEO tested hundreds of different prototypes for over a year before signing off on this design. The ear cushions mold to the shape of your ear and then stay there, no matter how long you game.
The hexagon shape of the earcups minimizes force on your head, distribution the push between the different angles. The ergonomics, combined with passive noise isolation and a fantastic frequency response make these headphones an excellent choice for gamers.
Turtle Beach XO THREETurtle Beach XO Three Gaming Headset for Xbox One doesn’t always make the best headphones. However, they excel due to one thing, the price. These cans are no exception, coming in as the cheapest option on our list. Despite the low price tag, these headphones are extremely comfortable and, while missing out on other features, still a great option for gamers.
The ear cushions are made out of breathable fabric, with memory foam stuffed inside. This molds the ear cushions to your head, while also letting the fabric breathe. No more nasty ear cushions after hours of sweaty gaming.
The headband is nice as well. It’s wrapped with faux leather, and internally stuff with plushy material. It’s not the most original design out there, but it’s enough to make these headphones sit comfortably on your head.
Take that with a grain of salt, though. The all plastic construction, less than ideal microphone, and muddy sound hold these headphones back from being truly special.
Breaking from the model established thus far are the Razer ManO'War: Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound - 2.4 GHz Wireless Technology - Quick Action Controls - Unidirectional Retractable Mic - Gaming Headset Works with PC, PS4, & Xbox One headphones. Customizable RGB lighting, digital 7.1 surround sound, and up to 7 days of wireless usage off a single share make these headphones an exceptional value. However, the thick earcups are where they shine in terms of comfort.
Razer breaks in the ear cup shape. These sport a circular design that, instead of wrapping around your ear, slightly presses on it. Normally, that’d be an issue, but it’s not with these headphones. Due to how much cushioning is present, the earcups give a pleasant amount of pressure on the head, not creating a full seal, but still satisfying.
With that being said, these aren’t the headphones for everyone and some may find them uncomfortable. Due to the pressure, they’re not a great choice if you wear glasses. However, they break from the norm and the mild amount of pressure added may be a win for some.
Kingston HyperX Cloud
And, of course, we couldn’t make a list of the most comfortable headphones without mentioning these badboys. The award-winning comfort of them has stood the test of time. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset for PC, Xbox One¹, PS4, PS4 PRO, Xbox One S¹, Nnintedo Switch (KHX-H3CL/WR) - Black provide one of the best values for gaming headphones, being inexpensive and totally comfortable.
The memory foam ear cushions are some of the best out there. They provide enough resistance so that you don’t fully sink in, while still molding to how your head is shaped. In true form, they feel like a cloud on your head.
Other than that, there isn’t much to say about the headphones. They’re a great all around pair with the exceptional comfort, detachable microphone, and large 53mm drivers. They aren’t the best, but they’re cheap, making them one of the best values out there.
No matter what application, comfort with your headphones is important. However, it is particularly important when gaming. Hours and hours of rigorous play cannot be interrupted by headphones that sit funky on your head.
Despite all the options out there, not all of them hold up to the task. Many gaming headphones just don’t hold up. While we didn’t catch every headphone out there that’s comfortable, this list is a good place to start.
At the end of the day, like all things, it comes down to your preference. Depending on your ear and head shape, the choice of headphone can vary widely. We suggest trying out some for your own (some on this list maybe) and seeing what works for you.
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