Best wireless gaming headsets in 2024: the top cans I'd buy myself

Wireless gaming headsets deliver audio without anchoring you to your desktop, so making a cup of coffee while in the group chat becomes a breeze, and you can run to get the door without ripping your headset out of the jack.

The best wireless gaming headset is the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, with its incredible audio quality, flawless connection and 300-hour battery life. We're seeing more gaming headsets with Bluetooth and the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro is the best Bluetooth gaming headset we've tested, though lag-free dedicated dongles are best for PC gaming.

If you're a serious audiophile, you should check out our picks for the best headphones for gaming, and bargain hunters should read through our best gaming headsets guide, though not all of them provide the cableless freedom the ones below will.

Curated by...
Dave James
Curated by...
Dave James

Dave's been a born again audiophile since his time running Techradar's Home Entertainment channel around half a million years ago (give or take) and after his first taste of high-resolution audio, speakers worth tens of thousands of dollars, and $51,000 headphones, he's been all in on what sounds good. Having tested the whole spread of different quality gaming gear he's best placed to say which budget cans still sound good, and which high-end headsets are worth the cash.

The quick list

Recent updates

Updated February 15, 2024 to ensure our recommendations are still the best choices in each category. They are but we expect lots of tough competition appearing, as the year progresses.

Best wireless gaming headset overall

The best wireless gaming headset

Specifications

Drivers: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
Connectivity: 2.4GHz wireless dongle
Frequency response: 15–21,000Hz
Features: Bi directional detachable mic
Weight : 322–335g with mic
Battery Life: 300 hours

Reasons to buy

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Battery life that can only be described as witchcraft
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Excellent for listening to music
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Precise, powerful audio is great for gaming
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Very comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Microphone isn't up to par with the rest of the headset
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They aren't the loudest headphones
Buy if...

✅ You want the very best wireless gaming experience: Peerless battery life, superb audio quality, and day-long comfort all go to make the Cloud Alpha unmatched in this segment.

Don't buy if...

❌ You need a high quality microphone: Compared to the rest of the headset, the Cloud Alpha's mic is merely okay and isn't suited for streaming at a professional level.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha is perhaps the most praised thing to exist on this site and the wireless version is by far the best wireless gaming headset you can buy. We all love it on the team and the biggest drawcard for this headset is the huge battery. This offers up to 300 hours of battery life while in wireless mode, and yet the Cloud Alpha Wireless is still relatively light and comfortable.

Out of the box, our review sample was reporting having about 80% charge, so we decided to leave it there to see how well that held. A full workday listening to music and it still said 80%; a week of gaming and music and it didn't even reach a 50% battery level.

That impressive battery life is, of course, a best-case scenario. A lot of that has to do with the volume you're running the headset at, and volume is probably the only real complaint. It's absolutely loud enough but you can listen to it at full volume and still be fairly comfortable.

The sound quality truly is incredible. Music sounds amazing and these are definitely one of the better gaming headsets we've used to listen to music on, with instruments and sound layers being clearly separated.

When playing games, the directional sound is also very nice: It was easy to locate hidden batteries by directional beeps in Deep Rock Galactic and Doom Eternal becomes properly terrifying. If you've ever wanted to know what it sounds like to have a Cacodemon suddenly show up and whisper sweet blah-things into very specifically your left ear, then these cans absolutely deliver.

The Cloud line is always touted for comfort and despite the hefty battery this still definitely fits the bill. The top band is thick and has soft padding underneath. This, coupled with the equally soft ear cups, makes for a very cozy experience and does an excellent job of blocking out noise.

Sadly, the mic is your fairly standard affair and while it will work just fine for normal chat in games, it's very basic and uninspired when it comes to sound quality. 

Though all things considered, it's hard to imagine a customer who wouldn't be happy with these as a wireless gaming headset. They're pricey, but within reason for their specs, and they certainly deliver on everything you could want for gaming, and listening to music, on your PC.

Read our full HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless review.

Best budget wireless gaming headset

Best budget wireless gaming headset

Specifications

Drivers: 50mm
Connectivity: 2.4G, Bluetooth
Frequency response: 20–20,000Hz
Features: Detachable mic
Weight : 274g
Battery Life: 24 hours

Reasons to buy

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Surprisingly lightweight
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Well-built
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Good audio for gaming
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Flip-to-mute microphone

Reasons to avoid

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Microphone quality isn't up to par with wired model
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Cheap-looking plastic construction
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Sound profile is nothing spectacular
Buy if...

✅ You want wallet-friendly wireless: Cheaper headset are available but they're usually wired. You're getting a pretty decent headset for the money, all things considered.

Don't buy if...

❌ You need a high quality microphone: A common theme with gaming headsets is a mediocre mic, yet the wired version of the HS55 is really good. Shame this one isn't.

When you're shopping for a budget wireless gaming headset, you have to be prepared to spend more than you would on a budget wired gaming headset. Or at least if you want something quality that won't let you down in the long run. We rate the Corsair HS55 as the best budget gaming headset so it seems only fitting to recommend the wireless version for anyone who wants to cut the cord.

The audio quality on the HS55 Wireless is decent, with enough clarity throughout the frequency range necessary for gaming. These cans work great in Destiny 2, for example, and it's easy to pick out positional cues well while wearing them. That said, they can sometimes become a little woolly with lots of calamitous noise all happening at once.

As for listening to music, there's not much special here. These are pretty standard 50mm drivers and they sound like it. The bass is a bit too heavy, though thankfully not entirely blown out like some gaming headsets.

You'll find the same frame on most of Corsair's mid-range headsets, and the HS55 Wireless plays things by the book. That means you get a well-made if a little plasticky, headset in the box, with a flip-to-mute microphone protruding out of one ear cup.

We all love a flip-to-mute microphone in the office, as it's far more convenient than using a removable mic, and there's less risk of losing your microphone. Not that we've ever done that, no sir. 

One thing to note specifically about the wireless version of the HS55 is that the microphone quality isn't quite up to the standard of the wired version. Recording our usual microphone test for both the wireless model and the wired model again, highlighted just how much better the wired pair sounds.

The wireless connection seems to add a whole lot of noise to the output on the HS55 Wireless. While the output is clear enough to be heard (we've used this headset in meetings and a few group gaming sessions without any complaints), it's a little sad to see the HS55's strongest feature become one of its weakest, as a trade for wireless functionality.

But we rarely find a decent wireless gaming headset going for so little, at least not without a discount. That's something to keep in mind: A good deal on a higher-end wireless headset is perhaps worth checking out. MSRPs withstanding, the Corsair HS55 offers enough to get our check of approval on a tighter budget.

Read our full Corsair HS55 Wireless review.

Best high-end wireless gaming headset

Best high-end wireless gaming headset

Specifications

Drivers: 90mm planar magnetic
Connectivity: 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth,
Frequency response: 10–50,000Hz
Features: 3.5mm audio I/O, chat/mix controls, detachable mic, beamforming mic, Bluetooth and wireless simultaneous connection
Weight : 490g
Battery Life: 80+ hours