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HyperX Cloud Alpha
The best gaming headset
Comfortable across a wide range of head sizes, this headset provides detailed, spacious sound that’s perfect for games, and it works on every modern platform and device.
Our testing panels in 2018 and 2020 consistently rated the HyperX Cloud Alpha as one of the most comfortable headsets in our test group. You can adjust it to fit a range of head sizes and shapes, it has large earcups to accommodate different-size ears, and it feels comfortable to wear with and without glasses. The Cloud Alpha sounds great, with a spacious soundstage and clear distinction across bass, mids, and highs so you can hear light footsteps, dialogue, and rumbling explosions. The combination of comfort and sound quality is rare at this price, and the removable 3.5 mm cable means the headset will work with nearly any console or device.
Corsair HS60 Pro
The best cheap headset
Though it can’t compare to more expensive options, this is the most comfortable and best-sounding headset in this price range with a reliable mic. But it has a nonremovable cable and has some issues with sound bleed.
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Corsair HS50 Pro
The best cheap headset
The HS50 Pro is mostly identical to the HS60 Pro. But it has a rubber cable that tangles more easily, it comes with a Y-splitter, and it lacks the HS60 Pro’s USB surround-sound dongle.
If you don’t want to spend more than $50 on a headset, buy the Corsair HS60 Pro or HS50 Pro. Neither model matches the HyperX Cloud Alpha in comfort or sound, but our testers agreed that these were the most comfortable headsets in their price range; they also sounded better than other cheap headsets we tested, their mics were clear, and they’re well-built. But the mic can pick up audio from the earcups at medium volumes, and the cable isn’t removable. Like the Cloud Alpha, both Corsair headsets are compatible with PCs, consoles, and mobile devices.
The best open-back headset
All of our panel testers were amazed by this headset that let them hear the room around them, and it’s just as comfortable as the Cloud Alpha.
If you prefer to hear your surroundings while gaming—maybe you’re waiting for a package—or if you run hot and need a more breathable headset, get the open-back Audio-Technica ATH-PDG1. It’s light and comfortable for a wide range of head sizes, it has an airier soundstage than the HyperX Cloud Alpha, and it sounds more accurate (if less bassy, which some people who play games tend to prefer) than our other picks. The microphone muffles voices slightly, but they remain clear enough for you to converse with other players, and the ATH-PDG1 is compatible with PC, consoles, and any tablet or smartphone with a headphone jack.
HyperX Cloud Flight S
The best wireless headset
This is a super-comfortable and reliable wireless headset with long battery life, but it’s more expensive, and it doesn’t sound as good as the Cloud Alpha. It’s for PC and PS4 only.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $160.
If you want a wireless headset, get the HyperX Cloud Flight S. It’s even more comfortable than the Cloud Alpha for heads of all sizes, and it has a decent mic, an estimated 30 hours of battery life, and a reliable connection. The Cloud Flight S also offers mic monitoring, has chat balance (on PC only), and supports Qi charging and surround sound, features our other picks don’t have. But it usually costs roughly a third more than the Cloud Alpha, and it doesn’t sound quite as good. It’s also compatible only with PC and PlayStation 4. (If you need a wireless headset for Xbox, we recommend the HyperX CloudX Flight.)
Headset picks and system compatibility
|HyperX Cloud Alpha||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Corsair HS60 Pro||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|Corsair HS50 Pro||✅||✅||✅||✅||✅|
|HyperX Cloud Flight S||✅||✅||❌||❌||❌|
Source: The NY Times
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