Best Budget Gaming Headset

Never miss a beat with these incredible & cheap gaming headsets

Last Updated: 3rd May 2022

Whether you are a hardcore gamer or an eSports fanatic, upgrading your gaming setup with one of the best budget gaming headsets around will seriously level-up your experience. While some gaming headsets go for anywhere north of $200, fortunately, you do not have to break the bank to attain wireless surround sound. In fact, you can easily find incredible gaming headsets for nothing more than $100.

To help you cut through the fluff, we have rounded up the best cheap gaming headsets available within Australia that will still help you gain a competitive advantage during those long sessions. The brands and models featured here are those that we have personally tested so that you can rest assured knowing that you are getting your money’s worth with our recommendations.

Razer Barracuda X - Best Cheap Gaming Headset

Razer Barracuda X

Price: $109.00 » Wireless: Yes
Compatibility: PC, Playstation, Switch & Android

Okay, so we are cheating with our first mention here because the extra $10 is totally worth paying. With compatibility like no other and an outstanding 20-hour battery life compared to other headsets in this price range, the Barracuda X is a solid choice when on a budget. As no stranger to affordable peripherals, it is incredible that Razer can continue to release low-price, high-value products like the Barracuda. This headset is perfect for budding gamers and even at-home workers who are in search of headphones that will work with any platform at an affordable price.

At best, you will be able to snag the Barracuda for just $99. However, even if you do end up paying full price, you will be surprised to see that this unit even supports two connection methods (wired using a 3.5mm cord and through a USC-C dongle). With most budget headsets only coming with a single type of connection, the Barracuda X stands out for this feature alone. While the Barracuda does not support Razer Synapse, it will work with the audio configurations available on almost all devices. For example, the 3D audio feature from the PlayStation console works perfectly fine on the Barracuda X.

Hyperx Cloud Stinger Review

HyperX Cloud Stinger

Price: $64.00 » Wireless: Wired
Compatibility: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii & Android

If you are a gaming enthusiast that enjoys immersive entertainment, the HyperX Cloud Stinger is one of the best budget headsets you will find for its surround sound experience alone. As a highly capable peripheral with tons of premium features, you will see this headset crop up on many lists like these.

The Cloud Stinger is compatible with consoles, PC, Mac, Switch, and mobile devices since it also carries two connection methods (via audio jack and USB-A dongle). In terms of ergonomics, the overall design of this headset ensures you will prevent neck pains, unnecessary ear pressure, or headaches even on extended use.

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For sound quality, the HyperX Cloud Stinger’s surround sound rivals that of any gaming headset. Thanks to its 50mm drivers and USB dongle, you will also receive the positional audio you need while fragging enemies online. If that’s still not enough to convince you, then you might have to think again as there is not much else you will find this good for less than $70! It’s an absolute steal!

Razer Nari Wireless Gaming Headset

Razer Nari Essential

Price: $89.00 » Wireless: Wireless
Compatibility: PC & PS4

Truthfully, we really loved playing with the Razer Nari Essential. Although slightly more expensive than some of the other cheap headsets on this list, the Nari Essential offers solid wireless performance at a respectable price tag. It comes with surprisingly powerful audio and the microphone is also of respectable quality. As for comfort, the Nari is just your typical large-form factor Razer headset with bags of softness around your ears.

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On the downside, the Nari does come with limitations in that the headset is only compatible with PC & PS4 consoles. Yet, the 7.1 channel simulated surround sound and plenty of options to tweak the audio balance are two really nice features that you would not usually expect within this budget. Overall, the Nari Essential is a powerful pick for PC gamers and offers a solid, comfortable experience. In fact, we would go as far as saying that this is the best budget gaming headset for PC players, period.

Turtle Beach Recon 500 Gaming Headset

Turtle Beach Recon 500

Price: $97.00 » Wireless: Wired
Compatibility: PC, Xbox, PS4, PS5, Switch & Android

For gamers who get sick of charging wireless headsets, Turtle Beach’s Recon 500 delivers a wired gaming headset experience with some serious oomph! While it does weigh some at 355g, the Recon 500 comes with a powerful 60mm Eclipse™ dual-driver that will deliver impressive audio detail; no matter what platform you are using.

In addition, the Recon 500 also doubles up as a standalone headset should you wish to use this outdoors. Simply disconnect the TruSpeak™ noise-cancelling microphone and connect the 3.5mm jack into your mobile device. What makes the Recon 500 a good budget headset choice for many gamers is the sturdy build quality. Aside from the god-send that is the breathable ear cushions, the overall unit features a combination of both metal and solid plastic, which means that the Recon 500 is built to last you a long time.

On top of that, for gamers who rock glasses, the Recon 500 is the perfect match. Designed with ProSpecs™, this little bad boy will prevent pressure on your glasses. Purchasable anywhere between $90 to $100, the Turtle Beach Recon 500 might just be the most versatile wired budget headset on our shortlist.

Corsair HS35 Budget Gaming Headset

Corsair HS35

Price: $45.00 » Wireless: Wired
Compatibility: PC, MAC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, iOS & Android

For a no-thrills headset that delivers lifelike sound quality at an extremely cheap price, look no further than the Corsair HS35. For just $45.00, you cannot complain too much that the Corsair is missing surround sound or other fancy settings. Yet, the HS35 stereo headset will still deliver heightened awareness during gaming sessions as it comes with a 50mm driver. In addition, for heightened immersion, you will be thrilled to know that the HS35 is also compatible with Windows Sonic.

In terms of design, the Corsair HS35 is a solid build with a glossy finish and a metallic logo on each earcup. It comes with a comfortable memory foam earpad which makes it good enough to keep you going for hours and players can choose between four different colours (carbon, blue, red, and green). As for the control layout, we firmly believe that buttons are positioned just right on the unit with players easily being able to control the volume right away. It also comes with a flexible boom mic, perfect for getting your voice heard clearly.

Due to its extremely cheap price, many gamers classify the Corsair HS35 as Australia’s best budget gaming headset due to its versatility and convenience for both work and play. As a fully cross-platform headset, you probably will struggle to find a gaming headset of this quality for the same price. That said, it is missing some of the nicer touches.

Despite lacking the bells and whistles we would rate the Corsair HS35 as one of the best budget wireless PC headsets that you can buy right now.

Razer Kraken X Gaming Headset

Razer Kraken X

Price: $55.00 » Wireless: Wired
Compatibility: PC, MAC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, iOS & Android

Once again, Razer is dominating our list of the best cheap gaming headsets with an incredible range of high-quality headsets for less than $100. Within the $50 to $60 mark, you can pick yourself up the Razer Kraken X.

Simply put, the Razer Kraken X is one of the best cheap gaming headsets for Xbox One and Xbox Series X that you can buy right now.

Sporting a sleek, professional look, the Kraken X is one of the lightest gaming headsets you will ever encounter. Out of the box, the large and extremely comfortable ear cups will fully cover your ears while providing you with exceptional 3D sound. It makes use of 40mm dynamic drivers, which (although some gamers prefer 50mm drives), is good enough to give you natural sounds and help you predict potential threats within your area.

Delivering all the right features for an immersive experience, the Kraken X for overall sound quality is up there with the best of them. While technically you could wear this on the move, in our opinion, the bulkiness of the headset means this is one for the indoors. That said, unlike most other cheap gaming headsets, the Razer Kraken comes with built-in eyewear channels to relieve pressure off your glasses.

Steelseries Arctis 1 Headset

SteelSeries Arctis 1

Price: $69.00 » Wireless: Wired
Compatibility: PS5, PS4, Xbox, Switch, Mobile, PC

If you can stretch your budget from $50 to around the $70 mark, there is no better cheap gaming headset than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. Frankly, the Arctis 1 takes the best of everything from the Steel Series Arctis series and bundles them all up within this sleek, soft and signature-esque headset.

Holding its own against more expensive headsets, the Arctis 1 is particularly suitable when playing FPS games or shooters like Overwatch. Sure, it does not deliver the world-class experience you get with top of the line SteelSeries headsets, however, for just $70 this Arctis 1 is the best performing headset all around that you will get at this price range.

Not to mention that the Arctis 1 is also compatible with a variety of other games consoles and mobile devices. Overall, this is one of the best value gaming headsets going.

Other Notable Budget Gaming Headsets

What would a list of cheap budget headsets be without some runners up? Here are a few alternative close contenders should the list above not hit you in the feels.

  • Corsair HS60 Pro
  • Astro AS10
  • Sony Pulse 3D
  • Roccat Elo 7.1 USB
  • Razer Kraken Tournament

Truthfully, any one of these headset alternatives could also have made the list. So, there are plenty of options to choose from, no matter how tight the wallet.

How To Choose The Best Cheap Gaming Headset?

Just because some headsets are cheaper to purchase, that does not mean that they are not worth exploring. Even the biggest manufacturers have entry options or essentials available. As we have proved above with models like the Corsair HS35, sometimes, cheaper is actually better when all the efforts go into the sound quality over the extras.

Consider the specifications of each gaming headset and also how you intend to use the headsets. From here, your options will drastically be limited which is a good thing. If you are like most, sound quality will trump any peripheral or extras. So, always opt for the gaming headset that delivers the best sound! Oh, and of course, one that will 100% work with the majority of your devices.

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