The Best Wired Gaming Headset for Every System

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The Best Wired Gaming Headset for Every System

Whether it’s charging your new phone or putting on a pair of earbuds on your morning commute, most of us use wireless gadgets. But when it comes to gaming headset s, you might want to think twice.

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best for most people

Logitech G Pro X

This is the wired version of our wireless gaming pick, and it’s the most popular for several good reasons. The Logitech G Pro X (8/10, recommended by WIRED) is simple and elegant—more like a high-quality headset than a gaming headset.


Not only does it produce resonant sound on a wide soundstage with 7.1 surround sound, but Logitech’s included software gives you fine-grained control over the sound quality. The included microphone and software were designed with the help of Blue (of Blue Yeti fame), and together they produce clear, broadcast-quality communications. Prices are also very reasonable.

The best wired headphones

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wired Headset

It’s been a long time, but someone has finally replaced the Arctis Pro + GameDac headset that has long been our go-to. Not surprisingly, it’s the new version of the SteelSeries headset, the Arctis Nova Pro.


This new version produces immersive, expansive sound, and it packs all the great features we love in the Arctis Pro – like the included desktop DAC with its sleek little display. It can be used to adjust volume, or a mix of voice, sidetone, and voice chat. Most importantly, it is very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The ear cups are plush and soft, blocking almost all external sounds. The new adjustable headband pays homage to the classic ski goggle adjustment strap that made the original Arctis so good.

Wired, Wireless and Comfortable

Logitech G735

Logitech’s new G735 headphones are one of my new favorites for everyday use. It works with a standard 3.5mm cable, the included Logitech Lightspeed wireless dongle, and even Bluetooth. But its biggest feature is its plush design and comfortable fit.


The headband is soft plush, as are the ear cups, which are surprisingly light overall. As light as this, I don’t think they’re wireless at all, only dedicated wired headphones are usually this kind of light. On your head, they are barely noticeable, even after prolonged wear. No squeezing, no sweaty ears, just a gentle cradle and killer voice. Plus, the sleek, curved edge design is a welcome departure from the world of black and neon gaming headsets.


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Audeze Penrose Gaming Headset

The Audeze Penrose uses a planar driver. This means that an ultra-thin conductive film layer is suspended between two permanent magnetic fields. just float there! so cool. That film vibration produces an incredibly clear, detailed, rich sound. For games, that means a whole new level of immersion. Best of all, they work both wired and bluetooth – the included (detachable) boom mic sounds great.


Preferably under $100

SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1

Steelseries makes a lot of appearances on this list, but for good reason. The new $60 Actis Nova is a budget option, but it’s surprisingly powerful. It feels as sturdy as Steelseries’ more expensive offerings and sounds almost as good. It’s close, the Nova 1 doesn’t compete side by side with the Nova Pro, but next to the Nova Prime or Nova 3, the sound is pretty much the same. It’s slightly less immersive and directional than the Nova Pro, but the sound is clear, detailed, and surprisingly rich. It’s certainly on par with the more expensive Nova 3 and Nova Prime, and much cheaper.

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