Whether it's for chatting online or a deeper sense of immersion in the game world, a good headset is what will get you there. And gone are the days of the one-ear headsets that would come packaged with your old Xbox — you can get quality performance out of a full headset without spending a fortune. We tested 15 gaming headsets under $60 and ranked them based on sound performance, mic quality, comfort and design to help you figure out which are worth your money.
The Stinger features a very sturdy design, soft padding and large ear cups that keep the set truly around your ears rather than pressed on them. It is the most comfortable set of the bunch. The on-ear audio control is an intuitive slider that's easy to use while worn, and the wire ends in a splitter for headphone and mic usage without needing a USB pass-through.
Unfortunately, the audio was really blown out at higher ranges, and a bit painful at times to experience, which may be the fault of the onboard volume controls pushing things out too far at max volume.
The G1000 is essentially a slightly higher quality redesign of the G2000, with some changes to the looks and peripheral features. Sound quality is about on a par with the G2000, offering a good, rumbly bass and no glaring issues.
The wire has an attached mic splitter this time, and the extra USB plug to power some lights. It also moved the audio controls to the left ear cup, off the wire, which can mean less fumbling around for the buttons. The mic boom is now an extremely bendy wire that does a decent job staying where you put it.
The Astro A10 is proof that Astro can deliver more than just expensive high-end headsets. The A10's slick design takes some cues from its more premium siblings such as the A40 and A50, offering a surprising level of style and sturdiness for a peripheral that costs less than $60.
The headset's lightweight frame and soft memory foam ear cushions are ideal for long sessions, though its earcups can get a bit snug for folks with big ears. Most importantly, the A10 delivers great sound for the price, with crisp highs and meaty lows that make it easy to hear the competition coming.
This set has a pretty striking design that glows in various places when plugged in, and has "Spellond" in the Harry Potter font printed on the side for some reason. Aesthetics aside, this set has stiff but breathable padding and is easy to wear despite its size and weight. Audio is impressively loud and clear, not muffled or blown out.
The A60 only comes with a USB plug, so you'll have to run the wire to the USB port on a console. The on-wire audio controls are hard to use without looking at the symbols and feel cheap compared with the headset itself.
Despite the confusing numbering system, this is a more expensive set than the G9000, and it delivers on that with better overall comfort and sound quality. The padding is softer and the ear cups are bigger, pressing less on your ears when worn. Audio quality is noticeably better, with a stronger bass.
Like the G9000, it has an extraneous USB plug to power external lights on the ear cups, and not all versions come with the mic splitter. The mic boom also has a noisy ratcheting sound when folding up and down that comes through over the mic.
The G430 shares the long wire length, stiff padding, and underwhelming build quality the cheaper G230, as well as the attached 3.5mm mic split. The big difference is in the 7.1 surround support made possible by an included USB passthrough dongle. On a PC, drivers are installed automatically and gives you customization options through Logitech’s Gaming Software app.
The result is a richer surround sound experience that doesn’t blow out at high ranges. The long wire makes more sense with the G430, as you’d want to connect it through USB to your console, rather than the controller, to utilize the surround sound.
This headset is geared toward long-term comfort, offering very soft synthetic leather padding and a light weight design. It comes with a detachable mic on a bendy boom that delivered impressive clarity even when pointed away my mouth.
Impressive sound quality is not the focus of this set, however, and build quality takes a hit from being made of all plastic parts. With a short wire ending in a single 3.5mm jack and no included splitter, this set is tailored for passthrough on a console controller, making it less than ideal for PC.