The 3 most affordable gaming headsets of 2020

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Until now, 2020 has been a year of uncertainty. However, through all the ups and downs, one thing is sure — we’re all looking for a good bang for our buck.

As quarantine drags on day after day, people are turning to gaming more than ever for their entertainment needs. With all the hype surrounding Battle Royale games like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone, gaming headsets have become quite the hot commodity. It’s so important to have a good gaming headset to ensure better sound quality and chat features. 

Before purchasing your own, read up on these three best and most affordable gaming headsets of 2020.

1. Turtle Beach Recon 70 – $40

First, we have the Turtle Beach Recon 70 Gaming Headset. This headset does not disappoint. It is available in nine colors and styles for only $40 each. The sound quality is unmatched by other headsets in this price range. With embedded noise-blocking technology, these over-ear headphones offer crisp sound levels while blocking out the real world for a bit.

Another outstanding feature of the Turtle Beach Recon 70 is its microphone. Flip it up to mute and tell your wife that this is your last game (although it never is). The microphone blocks out all other background sound to ensure clear, uninterrupted communication for those on the other end.

The headset is comfortable and lightweight, utilizing TurtleBeach’s premium ear cushion. The leather exterior over the cushion provides even further comfort, also improving the noise-blocking feature.

2. Steelseries Arctis 3 – $70

Second, the Steelcase Arctis 3 is a great, quality headset for more serious gamers. It comes with a slightly heftier price tag than the Recon 70, but the added features make it worth the extra cost. If you are looking for something sleek and user-friendly, then look no further than the Arctis 3.

The Steelseries Arctis 3 isn’t wireless, though a bluetooth version is available for $100. The headset is compatible with all consoles and is designed for long gaming sessions. For comfort, it has an ear cup surrounded by AirWeave fabric.

One of its improvements over the cheaper Recon 70, is its sound quality range depth. Although the Turtle Beach hones noise-blocking technology, the Arctis seems to take you deeper into the sound, immersing you further in your game. The Arctis Soundscape technology emphasizes critical noise to categorize and improve overall sound quality in-game using their built in AI software. 

The microphone includes noise-canceling technology. My friends said they hear zero background noise, allowing  my voice to come through clear and crisp.

The Arctis 3 by Steelseries is definitely a solid choice. It is a next level headset for gamers seeking to invest money on a headset of slightly higher quality. If wireless capabilities aren’t a necessity, the Arctis 3 is the way to go. 

3. HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless – $89

Finally, we have the HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless. Although it is available in a cheaper wired Cloud Stinger Core version, this headset has plenty of features to justify its $89 price tag. It has a battery life of over 17 hours for active gaming, which is more than enough for a day’s worth.

The HyperX Stinger’s sleek, wireless design makes it look more expensive than it is. The wireless connection ranges to 20 meters, making it easy to walk around the room or take a bathroom break. 

The memory foam padded headband and ear cups provide comfort for a long God Of War session. The ear cups come with another quirky, but effective feature. They rotate 90 degrees and can lay flat on your chest when taking a break from gaming. 

Now, to the most important feature of any gaming headset — the audio. The HyperX’s enhanced bass system produces clear, rich, and precise sound. The surround sound feature (think a home theater experience) makes the Cloud Stinger a premium headset for a not so premium price tag. 

Stinger Wireless’s smooth connection is a must for any gamer looking to take their experience to the next level.

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