Full-size gaming headsets offer a wider soundstage than in-ear headphones, but their headband and earcups are not always comfortable. Some users say they clamp too tightly and turn their ears red and hot even after a short time. They are also not very portable and prove too large to pack for a trip. The leather padded ear cups can also make your ears and head sweat.
To enhance your experience and your interaction in on/offline games, gaming earbuds have been built with excellent sound quality. They also feature an innovative mic for picking up voice more easily and clearly. They come with an adapter/splitter to work with all kinds of game consoles.
If gaming earbuds are more your style for their simple design, portability and multi-purpose functionality check out our top picks for 3 of the best gaming earbuds on the market.
Razer Hammerhead Pro Earbuds: Solid Build and Sealed In Sound
These are well-built and comfortable gaming earbuds. The included bi-flange eartips come with different sizes so you can find a perfect, custom fit and impressive noise isolation. This pair of earbuds are rugged and fully metal, and the cord is thick and durable. They are designed for playing games on the phone, tablet or PC (with a splitter adapter).
Equipped with 9 mm neodymium dynamic drivers, the Hammerhead Pro Razer earbuds pump a lot of well-extended bass, though not as well as the Sony MDR-XB90EX – another bass enhanced in-ear headphone. This heavy bass sound signature is great for playing games, as well as listening to rap, hip-hop, and r&b. For other music genres, you may find the sound unbalanced with a flat midrange and treble. Furthermore, the mid and highs are held back, and the soundstage is rather narrow.
These gaming earbuds also include a splitter-mic and along with a nice carrying case.
- Deep bass for bassheads
- Solidly built
- No controls
- Not very good at capturing voice
Sennheiser PC300 Gaming Earbuds With Mic
Are you a serious gamer who wants to take your gaming experience to the next level? This is what exactly the PC300 earbuds were made for.
The Sennheiser PC 300 earbuds feature a mic and inline control, and capture voice better than Razer Hammerhead Pro. The omni-directional microphone is very sensitive and great for picking up your voice, but not the ambient sounds around you.
In terms of sound quality, the Sennheiser PC300 puts more emphasis on bass and mid-range, but the treble is not bright or extended. Sound effects such as footsteps feel real when somebody approaches you in the game. Keep in mind that this headset is designed for gaming, but it also performs well if you watch movies. Unfortunately, they aren’t great for listening to music.
There is a cable extension for connecting to a TV or desktop computer when you want to sit far from the screen.
All in all if you are looking for a decent headset for gaming that will enhance your experience and comfort, check out the PC300.
- Voice calls are definitely better than Razer
- Great clarity
- Decent bass performance
- Not for music lovers
SteelSeries Flux In-Ear Earbuds For Gamer
The SteelSeries Flux is a great-sounding in-ear headset. Aside from silicon eartips, the SteelSeries Flux includes memory foam eartips, which increase the comfort and noise isolation for gamers. This ensures that whether you play games at home or on the go, you always have the best audio experience. For voice quality, these earbuds use an Omni-directional microphone which performs well and won’t miss any voice commands from you.
Since these earbuds incorporate BA drivers, they sound clear and precise overall ranges. As is the nature of BA, they may not deliver your desired bass levels.
You can choose to wear them straight down or over the ear and the cable is flat to prevent it from knotting or tangling.
For the same price you could get an over-the-ear gaming headset with a fuller sound, and more rumbling bass, but if you are looking for a set of portable earbuds, these are the ones for you.
- A wide array of included eartips to choose from
- Clear and accurate sound
- Not for bassheads
- Quite pricey
- Very microphonic
Earbuds are uncommon for gamers, but playing games on a tablet or phone while you are on the go requires a more portable set of headphones. If you are debating between gaming headsets and earbuds, you may want to take a look at these top gaming headsets by Sennheiser. If those are out of your price range, take a look at this side-side comparison of two popular budget Beexcellent gaming headphones.
As for listening to music with gaming earbuds, their sound signatures vary widely. Some beat a lot of bass and focus on the mid-range which is important for things like sound effects which engage users in the story of the game. The more bass, the more breathtaking a moment can be. If you think bass is the most important sound for your games check out some of the best bass earbuds.
One thing I really like about these earbuds for gaming is the inline mic. It is naturally located at the shoulder level, which I found very convenient whether for calls or voice commands with other players in the game. However, over-ear headsets do a better job of capturing voice than earbuds since their mic faces your mouth.
Most gaming headsets you see today are over-the-ear headphones with an adjustable boom mic. They are the best option for creating 3-D sound and pumping rumbling bass, which brings about a more immersive experience for gamers. One of the best over-ear gaming headsets, the Sennheiser G4ME ONE, is highly rated not just for gaming enthusiasts but also music lovers. It is extremely comfortable to wear and easy to fold up. Another contender is the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset, which has great build quality and sound at an affordable price.
Over-ear gaming headsets are never ideal for gamers on the go since they have a large size and some can’t fold up. If you are interested in Bluetooth earbuds check out our top picks and note that Bluetooth earbuds use batteries faster and don’t sound as good as wired earbuds because of connection issues.