Okay. Who doesn’t love some affordable gaming peripherals? You can check out that video right over here, but today we’re stepping things up for the cheapest gaming headsets we could find. Let’s begin
So these, my friends all range from 20 to $25. What a lovely budget price point. And I spent less than a hundred dollars on all five of them. And you can check them out with description below if you’d like to buy some of them. But here’s my favourite gaming headset for reference, the GSP 300 and I’m curious to see how the cheap gaming had said stack up against something serious. Let’s check it out. Right? So you’re looking for something with class, good value, comfortably populated in ATX motherboard are you, it’s all about the user experience and great airflow. Who knew your temperatures would drop that low route? The cables behind the cover illuminate your hardware with built-in LEDs. The A’s for a hundred I is for you to this guard. This one’s in real life, not in your dreams.
All right, so these are the cheapest gaming headsets that I could find with Amazon that were around $20 had good reviews without me needing to resort to overseas sellers or out of the express. Now, unlike with the cheapest mice video, that was a challenging one because none of them had like consistent model names throughout a versus here. They do so on Amazon regardless if you’re buying them from the U K Deutschland, Canada, US, they all have the same model name, but the brand may be slightly different. And because these headsets have been rebranded a thousand times with different a company name, make sure that they use our links that we provide to get the exact headset and model number. Now usually what you’ve gained peripherals, you’re guaranteed to find some fun marketing, gaming BS lingo. And so three of these headsets have the pro gaming headset texts written instead of just gaming headset because of course, they are not for amateurs.
The K one has a protein cushion and I’ve seen a lot of gaming marketing, you know, lingo and protein are a first for me. I’m surprised at the no BS marketing approach for the youth. Three power, clarity and comfort. All sound like excellent terms, unlike Sade’s gaming headset. Okay, this is quite hilarious. Listen to this softness and good air permeability protein, earmuffs, multi points pressure head beam accord with human body engineering specification. Oh in the parental has been designed specifically for the Asia market and the design of the heart by wire. What is the heart by wire? I’ll keep in mind all of these are on $20 so don’t expect much in terms of they all have a manual and extension cord of some sort of a mic and a headphone splitter and one even comes with a driver disc and we all know what to do with those, right?
Just throw them away. Now for built quality, they’re all in kind of a similar boat and that the frames are completely plastic. No metal pieces anywhere, but this might be a good thing. Since despite my severe bending test, I’m not hearing any creaking or parts simply breaking off and that’s quite surprising. The only outlier here include the sales headset with the fragile feeling air Cubs and the unpleasant plastic on plastic contact and the U three had said with a loose size extension on the microphone side, the drops by its weight. The Duffer spares are the two blue ones that have the somewhat caught on the frame, but the all very much feel like toys and something might crack and the potential fall from your desk one compared to the GSP 300 that there’s also pretty much all plastic but it feels strong.
And the same can be said for the corsair HS50 and only 50 bucks. That has a metal frame, but it is much closer in price to the cheaper headsets. Now in terms of design, I would say the best looking pair out of the five is the U three with an all matte and rubbery texture. I’d say the current gaming brands could take some pointers. You know, an old black design, nothing flashy aside from this kind of giant, uh, Fox looks like on the sides, but the thesis white and not coloured and uh, yeah, I appreciate this design. Unlike the glossy plastic found on the sides. And this one has like a bit of everything, red glossy plastic mat headbands with some math red accent as well. So it’s kind of all over the place, but at least it is low profile, but you know, it wouldn’t be a gaming product without some illumination.
So the G 2000 and the GM one shared the blue led illumination, that looks kind of cool in my opinion, on the June 2000 and spreads throughout the entire earcup while on the GM one. It only shines through the sides. And weirdly, it kind of reminded me of the protein molecule from my favourite Saifai show the expanse, check it out if you haven’t, uh, it’s awesome. Uh, but it is powered via USB, uh, while the audio is analogue. So if you want to have the bling and that a visual aesthetic, you have the power to be a USB. While everything else plugs in via 3.5-millimetre jacks and lastly the key one is kind of all over the place with glossy colour and transparent elements. This one actually supposed to come with a USB version as well to light up the transparent element with red, but this one only comes with analogue so I’m not sure why but yeah, just a not a pretty headset because of like it’s just bulky plastic for the sake of being large you one thing they all share in common is a basic inline remote for volume control and mic Button that they’re all within the comfortable reach with the Sates headset.
They the tactile approach with buttons instead and a mute button for the audio. Since it’s the only USB headset, I’m surprised that four out of the five pairs have a braided cable. I guess it adds this perceived value, but they’re all quite thick and quite heavy. So I prefer the lighter non-braid cable on the GM one. Now, comfort-wise it’s a bit of a weak point for all these headsets either because the ear cushions are not deep enough or the frame itself is not appropriately structured to create a good seal. The good thing is that none of them is super tight and being plastic also helps with the lightweight nature. Uh, I wouldn’t wear them for hours and hours and hours, but having them for like a gaming session for standard use is fine. The Sates headset is the most comfortable with good pressure and seal and they can even rest on your neck without poking you in weird ways.
The G 2000, this kind of you average fit, but I can feel the drivers inside and the ear cups have no motion so they’re slightly opened and the bottom not creating the best seal. Uh, but they are also fine for your neck. The be excellent. GM [inaudible] are so loose, they have almost no clamping pressure and the plastic is pokey. When around your neck, so not recommended. While the K one sits fine on my head with good pressure around the ear cups, but the headband has these weird wings at the back that are super uncomfortable when the headset sits around your neck. And lastly, you three have good clamping force, but the ear cushions are quite thin and the headband material is pretty harsh, especially when in contact with your skin. So not pleasant around your neck. And just for reference, here’s the GSP 300 within an incredible fit and seal that has made for a human head and takes into account the potential of being worn for hours without any fatigue whatsoever.
While the $50 HS 50 kind of share the similar nature in terms of not having too much clamping force as the cheaper headsets, but still a lot more comfortable than any of those combined. All right, so when it comes to microphone quality, this is a $24 G 2000 it sounds better than some gaming headsets, like much higher and this price point, so this like impressive, clear sound definition. It doesn’t have much, you know, noise cancellation in the background. So if you’re clicking and clacking away on a mechanical keyboard, then you know, tough luck. But uh, and also another thing is that it is completely non-modular. You can move it up but uh, it doesn’t, it cannot be moved closer to your mouth. So it’s like stuck in one position and this is not flexible, but sound-wise it’s really good. So this is what the key one sounds like.
It has slightly more compression than the background and a sit less detailed pickup but still quite good. And this one is slightly flexible so you can position closer to your mouth over its further away. Uh, so mobility on the microphone is better. This is what the [inaudible] sounds like. Uh, there is more compression going on so, uh, you will do sacrifice a bit of vocal clarity. Also, the microphone is pretty short and not flexible, but I mean pretty decent for 20 bucks. Uh, the teammates will hear you and um, yeah, not the worst in this collection. This is the youth three. This one sounds the most distant like the microphone is like really far away but still has some clarity. And the thing is it’s very stiff on its arm. So by rotating up, I can just remove the headset by itself. So that is one of the disadvantages when it comes to budget game peripherals.
And lastly Sade’s gaming headset. This one has the most amount of uh, background compression. So it’s a good thing, but also you kind of lose on the vocal clarity a little bit because this is running off a USB. So the processing is done by the headset and not by my sound card on the motherboard. And just for reference here is the GSB $399 headset that I use as like the benchmark for a good quality microphone that has a nice body richness to the vocals that has good clarity, good compression in the background without sacrificing that vocal detail. Really good microphone overall. But how does the $50 HS 50 stack up? So this one actually sounds a bit harsher in comparison to GSP 300 and also I would say like the G 2000 sounds a bit more clear and like not as nasally. So this likes impressive, clear sound definition.
And quite frankly, I’m a bit surprised that we haven’t seen better microphones on more expensive pairs because for $24 the microphone on the G 2000 sounds better than this guy. But let me know which one sounded the best to you in the comments below. All right, so audio impressions of next, the G 2000 has a good body through the sound without sounding too tinny, it does lean towards the muddiness because of course the base isn’t like super controlled and tight, but you can still feel it’s got a little more power in there. And the only disadvantage here would be the lack of sound stage. The sound is quite closed off. And also they don’t create the best seal, which is where I think the base could have been improved. But uh, for $24, these have been quite impressive. Moving onto Sade’s gaming headset, that $23 this one has a fun sound signature.
This one has the best bass out of the entire five pairs because of a better seal. It resonates nicely inside the ear cup. You can feel the power, uh, and the treble is not harsh, nice detailed presentation, but beyond 80% volume. I could hear the store shoe and things start to fall apart a little bit and this is the most powerful headset out of the bunch. I would say 70% volume is where I would leave it for maximum because otherwise, it gets way too loud. And uh, I would say this is the best sounding pair out of the five. Pretty impressive for $23. The be excellent. GM one is next at $20. The be excellent. Name is ironic because it is far from it. A super harsh, treble, dry. The base has left the building because the seal is nonexistent because they’re so loose and just don’t, you know, they’re almost like little tiny speakers beside the ear that don’t create anything for you.
This is the headset that you would buy if you want to prank someone, totally avoid this one. Moving on to the U three these are quite satisfying delivering the best stereo imaging out of all these five pairs. So your special spatial awareness in games is quite good. The base is quite flat with a nice treble boost. So I would say that is you, or at least my preferred sound settings for games. So you three not bad. And lastly, the K one, these are okay. They deliver a bright extension, so there’s an emphasis on trouble, which is a good amount of detail, but you can hear the distortions at higher volumes, which is unpleasant. But these do deliver the widest soundstage out of five of these, which is quite impressive, but with really airy base. So those lower endnotes are just not grabbed. You don’t feel anybody to the sound.
It’s quite bright, not harsh and low unless you go to really high volumes. So these are just, okay. All right, so mic , two pigs from this Roundup would be these two, the SAIS gaming headset because it has the best sound quality, the best bass, the best isolation. And uh, I would say they’re also the most comfortable out of the bunch despite being kind of wonky in the build quality and the G 2000 because the microphone at $24 is quite impressive. The fit is okay. Isolation, you know, it’s not, it’s not as good as the saves, but it’s still better than the rest. And the sound quality is pretty decent too. Now if you were to double your budget, the $50 [inaudible] 50 is a no brainer. These will last you longer because of the metal construction. They have a much wider and cleaner soundstage, better base and better fit overall.
The microphone is good too and they’re also low profile so you can wear them outdoors and not be stuck with this like gaming aesthetic on your head. This is for home use only of course. And these are a bit more versatile and if you’re stepping outside of your comfort zone, the $100 GSP 300 is a no brainer in that next price level because the microphone is incredible. They are super comfortable. Audio characteristics are awesome, uh, and they create an incredible CO2 the basis. Excellent. So just an overall balanced headset that you know is gaming-centric but worth it for 100 bucks. Wow. Could this be the one, this is the land cool one. The case with a fantastic front panel design with a brushed aluminium plate complimenting airflow and the gorgeous RGB elimination through the central cavity. We’ve got a type C port that the front and capable interior for water cooling and airflow and the flushed glass panel on the side.
And to spice things up, they’ll lean on these trimmer cables, give off unique RGB illuminations for 24 and eight and cables controlled via the case lighting or through its control or hub for this interesting colour spill on the interior. And you can check them out and description below. And so in conclusion, it is always fun to venture out into the budget territory and hopefully discover a gym or two. And I think we did with these two pairs and um, I would say like all of them have their strength in terms of like the design elements and microphones are quite impressive for under $25. And the only outlier here would be the be excellent GM one.