Every serious gamer understands that their PC is not the only thing that makes a good setup. There are additional components that will make your setup the best it could be, and that includes things like headsets. Never underestimate the importance of sound in games, as it is a huge part of the immersion, and absolutely crucial for online co-op games, and alike. Of course, there are many good-quality headsets out there, but the problem is that some of the best-known ones cost a fortune to purchase. However, if you dig deep enough, you can also find something just as good, but for a much lower price. With that in mind, we will now present you with the best budget gaming setups in 2019.
1. HYPERX CLOUD STINGER
The first on our list is HyperX Cloud Stinger, which is also a gaming headset that we consider to be the best one overall.
It is not difficult to understand why anyone would like this model so much — it is very lightweight, and extremely flexible, in addition to being very affordable, and still an excellent-quality solution. It features 50mm directional drivers, which ensures that you will be delivered extremely accurate sounding, and it also has a noise-canceling mic, which will make communication much clearer.
On top of everything else — it is also quite comfortable, with its earcups featuring memory foam that makes it sit perfectly on your ears. In won’t be too tight nor too loose, and your ears won’t hurt, even after hours of use. As for its volume control, it is also very intuitive, which is why this model goes to the top of our list.
The only downsides that we were able to think of are the fact that its microphone is a non-detachable one, and that it features a short headset cord if you don’t use a Y-adapter extension. If you can live with that, then this will be the perfect headset for you.
2. SteelSeries Arctis 1
Next, we have the SteelSeries Arctis 1, which can deliver pretty much everything that a top-quality gaming headset needs to have, as well as every feature that you have come to expect with other models from the SteelSeries’ Artis line. However, one major difference is that this model delivers it all at an extremely low price.
With Arctis 1, you won’t have to worry about any of the usual concerns regarding headsets. In terms of design, it offers a simplified version of the manufacturer’s sleek, signature design, for which these headsets are best known. It is also extremely comfortable to wear thanks to the soft fabric earcups so that you can use it for hours without even feeling the headset on you.
Not only that, but it comes with the same rich drivers as any other Arctis model, including the most expensive ones, meaning that the sound quality is not going to be an issue for you, either. With this headset, you can get fully immersed into the world of your favorite game, and get lost in it for hours with no discomfort.
This model also features a removable microphone, as well as a 3.5mm connection, which makes it a great companion to every gamer, even during long hours on the road. All you need to do is bring your Switch with you, and you will get fully immersed in it, as well. And, if you are looking for a great headset for your PC, this model qualifies there, as well. It definitely offers some of the best performance in this price range, which is why we encourage you to give it a chance.
3. HyperX Cloud Alpha
Going back to HyperX for a brief moment, we have the company’s Cloud Alpha gaming headset, which is a well-rounded, extremely well-balanced headset which is a superb solution for any gamer looking to secure great audio during their gaming sessions.
This model is slightly more expensive than the one that had opened this list, but we still consider it to be a budget option. You should know straight away that this is not a wireless solution, but that also makes it more reliable. However, there is also the fact that it doesn’t have a detachable cable, which is not too big of a downside, but it is still something to be aware of.
The sound that this model delivers is the embodiment of excellence, and the build quality is right up there with it. As a result, this model is slightly more expensive but quite sturdy and well worth the money. You will immediately notice extra bass, but also that it doesn’t interfere with the clarity of the sound itself. This makes it great for both games and music alike.
The headset also comes with 50mm drivers’ dual chamber design, which gives high, medium, or low frequencies more than enough space to properly resonate and not interfere with one another, and mess up the overall sound. As for the padding, it is very generous, which guarantees a top, comfortable experience.
The mic is clear, so you won’t have any trouble with communication, but you might notice that inline controls are not the best of the best, and they feel slightly out of place when compares to the excellence of the rest of the features. Other than that, we have nothing to criticize, and we recommend this model as well, as one of the top solutions for every gamer who appreciates quality.
4. Corsair HS60
Next on the list, we have Corsair HS60. Finding a Corsair model on a list such as this really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, considering that the manufacturer is considered to be a specialist in terms of creating peripherals. If there is one company that you can rely on to deliver the best build quality, it is this one.
This headset offers great value, as well as excellent sound quality for this price. It is also very lightweight, but still strong and durable, which was ensured by its mostly metal construction.
The model also comes with 50mm directional drivers, which ensures audio precision, as well as 7.1 surrounding sound. Apart from being sturdy, lightweight, and excellent sound-wise, it is also quite comfortable thanks to the fact that it uses memory foam to keep the headset stable and comfortable during long periods of time. Also, its earcups are quite adjustable, which provides them with the ability to move around a bit and find a comfortable position for each individual user.
As for the microphone — it is detachable, but also quite good when it comes to capturing sound and isolating voice. The only issue with the headset is that its frequency responses are not so good, although they are not that different when compared to most other models, so we don’t expect that it should be an issue for an average user.
All in all, Corsair’s HS60 is more than a decent model, coming at a very affordable price, and a number of features that make it not only sturdy and comfortable but also a primary choice for a lot of quality-seeking gamers.
5. LOGITECH G430
Next on the list, we have our cheapest model yet — Logitech G430. This is a go-to model if you want a truly budget solution, as you can get it for under $30. However, don’t let the price trick you — this model is not at all as bad as you might expect it to be, considering its price range. In fact, it can offer some pretty great options.
The headset was designed with X and Dolby 7.1 surround sound, meaning that immersive audio is pretty much guaranteed as soon as you put them on. Not only that, but it also stands above the rest within this price range when it comes to comfort, which is one of its greatest strengths, and definitely a feature for G430 to be proud of.
The earcups are extremely soft, and they can swivel by as much as 90 degrees. The model is also very light, and it features a built-in noise-canceling mic. This is where its features end, but we are more than satisfied with what we have seen so far, considering the price tag.
Now, there are a few downsides that might not be real deal-breakers but are worth keeping in mind if you are interested in buying this model. For example, the build quality is mediocre, and it is only available in blue color. Next, the headset is only suitable for PC in its default mode, and you might have to pay extra for compatibility with some other platforms. But, if you are a PC gamer that doesn’t mind the color blue — you will likely appreciate this headset quite a bit, especially due to a great price.
6. Astro A10
When it comes to Astro A10, this model has proven that Astro offers a lot more than only high-end headsets that will cost a fortune. This is a budget option that offers a lot in return, with great, modern design which was clearly inspired by some of the more expensive models, including A50 and A40. However, the level of style and sturdiness is quite impressive for a headset that can be obtained for less than $30 for PC.
It should be mentioned that there are different versions of this model that were developed to work specifically on PC, Xbox, or PS, so be careful when you order it, as you might get the wrong one by mistake.
Other than that we truly have nothing else to criticize. The model is very lightweight, with ear cushions being covered in soft memory foam, which makes it ideal for long hours of gaming. The earcups might be a bit uncomfortable, depending on the size of the ear, although most people should find them to be perfectly fine and cozy.
However, the real strength of this model lies in the quality of its sound, which is quite amazing, considering the price. The highs are extremely crisp, and the lows are meaty, all of which combines makes for an excellent experience, and provides full immersion into a dedicated gamer’s favorite game.
7. Razer Nari Ultimate
Then, there is Razer Nari Ultimate. Now, we will be honest — this model is more expensive than others, and depending on where you happen to find it — it might cost you a bit over $100, or quite a bit over $100. However, while this model may be quite close to crossing the line and moving away from the budget solutions, we had to include it due to its quality.
There has been a long-standing debate of haptic feedback in games, and while we won’t go into the details of it, let’s just say that Razer Nari Ultimate is the first model that has executed it properly, which is a feat that secured its place on this list.
The model comes with the company’s new HyperSense tech included, which makes the headset feel almost as if you were wearing a pair of subwoofers attached to your ears. There is no decent way to describe the strength and quality of the sound, and it is definitely something that you must experience to understand and appreciate.
That is what pumped up its price, but if you can afford to pay it — you definitely won’t regret that decision. In addition, the model also comes with a wide gamut of haptic frequencies, instead of simply having a single static move of vibration. This lets it provide you with a real rumble sensation, which is, once again, something that you must experience for yourself in order to truly understand and appreciate.
Not only that, but the support for it is not programmed all the way down at the software level. In other words — any game you can think of will be compatible. This is definitely one of Razer’s top creations, and we suggest you consider giving it a chance.
8. SADES A60
Last but not least, we have Sades A60 — a model that was designed to be used for PC gaming, which means that it won’t work with Xbox or PS, unfortunately. However, it might be one of the most interesting models on our list when it comes to its design, as this headset is very unusual, but in a good way, which allows it also to be quite attractive.
Let’s start off by saying that this headset is quite incredibly cheap, which is not something that we had expected upon first laying eyes on it. Its design definitely attracts the eye, and that alone could have raised its price by quite a bit. However, that is not the end of its features, and it offers something for next to nothing. It has quite decent adjustment features, as well as a hideaway microphone.
It should also be noted that it is a bit heavier than others we have mentioned on this list, but also bulkier, which might take off a few points from the overall impression, but not that much. It definitely makes up when it comes to style. Also, we wouldn’t exactly call this headset sturdy, so you might want to be a bit more careful when it comes to handling it. However, that is to be expected for such a price — the lower price usually indicates bad service or cheaper materials.
Since the service is more than decent — the materials are the part where the manufacturer had to cut corners. Now, while we are at the topic of service — it really is quite good, and as soon as you download the drivers for these, you will be able to take advantage of the 7.1 surround sound which comes with the pair.
The sound is clear and strong, which is always a welcome feature when it comes to gaming headsets. Also, the microphone is just as good, which is good to know, since there are cases where the manufacturers do not pay extra attention to providing a good mic in addition to the good headphones.
All in all, this headset is very comfortable, albeit a bit bulky, and while it is not as sturdy as we would have liked — its price is cheap enough to completely make up for it.
Getting the proper headset can influence your gaming experience quite a bit, which is why it is important to get yourself proper gear before you dive deep into your favorite games. On our list, you will find eight different models, all of which provide great service. Meanwhile, they go from the very border of budget options to some that are ridiculously cheap for the quality that they provide.
In other words — whatever you might be looking for in a budget solution, the chances are that you will find it on this list, so all that remains is to study it and take your pick.