Cheap Headset for Your Xbox? We Look at 3 of the Best Budget Headsets of 2017
If you’re a keen gamer, you’ll definitely want to consider investing in a gaming headset. Whether you spend most of your time gaming on your own, online, or both – a headset has a lot to offer – from increased immersion, to crystal-clear voice chat, enhancing the overall gaming experience immensely.
You may think that headsets are expensive – with many of the leading, premium options on the market often retailing for hundreds of pounds – however, they don’t need to be, with there now being a wide range of affordable, good quality entry-level headsets to choose from.
We’ve put together a list of 3 of the best budget Xbox One headsets released this year, helping you to make an informed decision on which to buy if you’re thinking about picking up a cheap Xbox headset.
- Turtle Beach Stealth 600
The Stealth 600 is one of two new Xbox One headsets for 2017 from Turtle Beach – the other being the Stealth 700 – that makes use of Microsoft’s all-new Xbox Integrated Wireless technology, offering a truly wireless experience without the need for a base station or chat cable.
First announced back at this year’s E3, the Stealth 600 – the cheaper of the two wireless Xbox One headsets, retailing at under £90 – packs a punch when it comes to features, including ProSpecs™ glasses-friendly design, SUPERHUMAN HEARING™, mic monitoring, a range of EQ presets, as well as independent chat and game volume controls.
With a lot to offer, the Stealth 600 is our pick for the best low-cost headset released this year – being a feature-rich, fully-wireless headset that won’t break the bank – making it a great choice for anyone interested in a new headset for their Xbox console.
- Astro Gaming A10
Astro Gaming are known for their premium headsets – such as the Astro A40 and Astro A50 – two headset lines that offer some of the best gaming audio performance on the market. That is until now, with the brands first entry-level headset – the Astro A10 – a headset that aims to make the Astro Gaming brand more accessible and bring their headsets to the wider market.
While it’s clear at first glance that the Astro A10 takes much from its premium siblings, it does lack a lot of their flair, offering more of a no-frills experience, without cutting too many corners when it comes to quality and comfort. There are no fancy, customisable panels or aluminium struts in the A10’s construction, or virtual surround sound here – however for a price tag under £60, what you do get is a solid, high-performance, mid-ranged headset at an entry-level price.
In our opinion, the Astro A10 is one of the best low-cost gaming headsets on the market today – offering levels of comfort and audio performance that are unmatched by headsets from other brands in its price range – making it our choice budget wired headset of 2017.
- Turtle Beach XO Three
The Turtle Beach XO Three is the newest, officially-licensed budget Xbox One headset from popular brand Turtle Beach, and offers the high-quality – both in build and performance – that gamers have come to expect from the Turtle Beach brand.
This wired headset features 50mm Neodymium, over-ear speakers – offering a very good level of audio performance – and an omni-directional, passive noise-cancelling mic that is highly-sensitive, giving the best in in-game voice chat performance and clarity at this price point. The comfort the XO Three offers is second to none when it comes to budget headsets – making it ideal for those longer sessions of play – and benefits from a high build-quality that is typical of headsets from Turtle Beach.
If you’re after an Xbox headset on a budget of under £50 – they don’t come any better than the Turtle Beach XO Three – from its generously padded, fabric-wrapped ear-cushions, to its build-quality and audio performance, for the money you can’t go wrong with the XO Three.
Which Budget Xbox Headset Should You Buy?
When it comes to choosing one of these headsets, it’s going to come down to personal preference – perhaps you already have loyalty to one of these brands, or prefer a wired headset over a wireless ones – it’s very much up to you.
If you ask us – the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 wins hands-down – offering a fully-wireless, feature-rich Xbox headset that boasts audio performance that rivals some of the more expensive, premium headsets on the market. However, you really can’t go wrong with any of these headsets – with each performing well where it counts.