This is the Oscars of Gaming Headsets, where we’ll nominate headsets in categories and award the winner a seal of approval.
There aren’t millions of gaming headsets in the world so that each category will have three nominations and only just one winner.
Best Value Gaming Headset
The first category in our Best Gaming Headset 2012 award show is the cost category. This is arguably the most important concept when considering to buy any hardware, whether it’s a keyboard or a gaming headset.
Value is, where you take the price of the headset and weigh it up against the features, that the headset offers. You could, in theory, get a gaming headset for less than 20 bucks, but we both know that what you end up with is a piece of crap that will be painful to wear – and we wouldn’t want that.
Conversely, you can buy a several hundred dollar headsets that might feel nice and everything, but if the sound quality isn’t significantly better than the 100 or 50 dollar headphones, then the high-end headset offers no value – in spite of the quality being great.
The category of Best Value Gaming Headset 2012 is, therefore, isn’t necessarily about finding cheap headphones, but to find gaming headsets that offer excellent quality for the amount spent. With that in mind I made a shortlist of 3 candidates:
The nominees for best value gaming headset 2012 are:
The Razer Electra Essential Gaming and Music Headset is part of the Essential range, which appeals strongly to the casual user who likes to use the headset for other things than just gaming.
It has compelling sound, sweet comfort and an external microphone that you can clip to the cord or your shirt.
At the time of writing the best price is on Amazon.com where you can get it for 23% off Retail.
Plantronics GameCom 367
Plantronics is an old-school high-quality gaming headset producer.
Plantronics Gamecom 367 is a full ear headset, which means that your ears are fully covered. This gives a better comfort in longer gaming sessions.
Audio Quality is impressive too, as you would expect with a quality producer like Plantronics.
The GameCom 367 is in no way a “new” model to the market, but I just had to include it when I saw that Amazon.com had it listed with 50% off retail price.
That means you’ll this insanely good gaming headset for less than forty bucks.
SteelSeries Siberia V2
If you read my SteelSeries Siberia V2 review, you will know that I’m pleased with this headset.
In my personal opinion its one of the most well-made gaming headsets in existence.
Admittedly it is the most expensive of the nominees, but I feel like you get a lot of value for your money.
It’s among the most comfortable headsets I have ever worn, and the microphone and sound quality are in the top.
The blue design is among the newer iterations, but you can get the SteelSeries Siberia V2 in a DOZEN colours.