By Vamien McKalin | Apr 26, 2013 12:09 PM EDT
Playing video games is probably the best thing you can do whenever you're home and bored out of your mind. Sometimes the best way to concentrate on your gaming is with a headset on, but the top of the line gaming headsets are very expensive, so what can you do?
To get decent quality gaming sound through a headset is indeed possible for under $100:
Corsair Vengeance 1500: $59.99 Amazon
For just $60, this bad boy is one of best you'll find for under $100. There's no 3.5mm jack here, it's all USB, so you won't be using this with your smartphone or any other device that doesn't support USB audio. One thing you might like is the mic, which has noise-cancelling with clear voice communication.
SteelSeries Siberia V2 Navi: $79.04 Amazon
The SteelSeries Siberia V2 Navi is one of the largest gaming headsets around, so for those with tiny heads, you might have a problem wearing one of these for long periods. If there is no problem with the size, then consider giving this headset a run. It comes in multiple colors, so you'll definitely find a color fitting your personality. It also packs a 3.5mm jack, so it should perform admirably with your smartphone or tablet device.
The mic is of the pullout variety. Volume controls are on the cords, though it is not certain if it will work for non-gaming devices.
Afterglow Universal Wireless Headset: $80.77 Amazon
A wireless headset has to be included on this list. Yes, wired headsets have better performance, but sometimes one doesn't want to be constricted by wires when playing. This is where the Afterglow Universal wireless headset comes into play. It's cheap, at only $89.99, and supports all the major consoles, including any smartphone device with Bluetooth functionality. It also has pretty lights, and who doesn't like pretty lights in this day and age?
The battery inside provides 10 hours of constant gameplay; however, it is not removable. Furthermore, it does not come with a 3.5mm cord, so when the battery goes out, you're basically out of the game if you lack a power source nearby.
Logitech G330: $49.99 Amazon
When comes to gaming headsets, Logitech is one of the most well-known names, so you won't go wrong with this beauty. The design is pretty slick; however, it's not an over-the-ear type, and the mic is not retractable. But for the price, all that matters is that the device performs as expected, which it does. If you're a PlayStation 3 gamer, worry not: the headset comes with a USB connector.
Skullcandy SLYR: $79.99 Amazon
My personal favorite and the headset that I use almost daily. Skullcandy released this heavy-duty piece of kit back in 2012, and to this date, it is still one of the best, most affordable gaming headsets available. The Skullcandy SLYR will work with all your gaming devices, plus, it comes with the correct plugs for your PlayStation 3, so no need for a USB adapter. There are two different cords, a short cord that is connected to the device, and a longer cord with extra connectivity options.
Communication-wise, the headset comes with a mic that can be easily tucked away. I found out this same mic can be used when taking a phone call, which makes the Skullcandy SLYR a headset for general use.
What you see here might not be to your liking, so in the comments, let us know of your favorite gaming headset for under $100.
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