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The best wireless gaming headset in 2021

Included in this guide:

Razer Blackshark V2 Pro and Cloud II Wireless on an orange background
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The best wireless gaming headset is the one wireless peripheral that offers complete freedom from your desktop. No longer do you need to worry about being AFK on Discord, just take your headset with you to the kitchen for a cup of tea. Just remember to mute yourself, yeah?

The features that really matter for the best wireless gaming headset are great battery life and a flawless wireless connection, up to a reasonable distance obviously. We also expect nothing less of the best wireless gaming headsets than we do the best gaming headsets: excellent audio and a competitive price go a long way here, too.

We've tested each and everyone of these cable-free cans with our own sensitive ears. We know audio, and we know what makes for the best wireless headphones. Throw some high-res audio, some outstanding gaming soundscapes, and hours of playtime at a headset and you get to know its joys and failings intimately.

If you're a serious audiophile whose primary focus is music instead of gaming, you should check out our picks for the best headphones for gaming (they're not just for gaming). Similarly, if you'd just prefer a wired set, then check out the best gaming headsets for our top picks—that's where you'll find the real bargains too.

Best wireless gaming headsets

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HyperX

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1. HyperX Cloud II Wireless

A well rounded, well-balanced wireless headset

Specifications
Drivers: Dynamic, 53 mm with neodymium magnets
Connectivity: USB Dongle
Frequency response: 15–20,000 Hz
Features: Detachable mic
Weight : 300g
Battery Life: 30 hours
Reasons to buy
+Powerful but clear sound+Exceptional build quality
Reasons to avoid
-Old design-High price

The HyperX Cloud II is one of the classic gaming headsets of the past 20 years, and this modern wireless spin has breathed new life into the old canine. Honestly, I'd have preferred a genuine wireless Cloud Alpha, with the superior drivers of those modern cans, but the Cloud II Wireless still presents a great audio experience for the money.

This closed-back design's stereo soundscape is punchier in the low end than we'd usually go for. Still, the extra bass doesn't interfere with overall clarity—and frankly, in games and music environments, it sounds great. The 53mm with neodymium magnets are intended to give low, medium, and high frequencies space to resonate without interfering with each other, and you definitely do get a sense of that while listening to high-res music through them. 

Elsewhere, it's the usual impressive build quality, generous padding, clear mic, and high comfort levels over longer play sessions that the Cloud II design has always offered.

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Razer Blackshark V2 Pro gaming headset

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Razer Blackshark V2 Pro gaming headset and accessories

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2. Razer Blackshark V2 Pro

The best wireless gaming headset for pure audio

Specifications
Drivers: Razer TriForce Titanium
Connectivity: USB 2.4GHz wireless dongle
Frequency response: 12–28,000 Hz
Features: Detachable mic
Weight : 320g
Battery Life: 24 hours
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic wireless audio+Decent battery life+Comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Relatively weak microphone

The wired Razer Blackshark V2 is our favourite gaming headset and the wireless 'Pro' version takes all of the best bits from those excellent headphones and snips off the cable. So, why is it only number two in this list then? Well, the Cloud II Wireless has a slightly longer battery life, and is a little lighter in weight and on the wallet.

But the Blackshark V2 Pro is a very close second, and I've had to do some soul-searching to try and pick a winner, given that the Razer headset is the one I use on a daily basis. The best thing about the pricier Razer cans is the soundscape they deliver.

The TriForce driver design apes the fantastic HyperX Cloud Alpha headset, and matches its fantastic audio delivery, helping knock the previous top gaming headphones off their perch. They feel detailed, punchy, yet still rich enough to deliver an incredible experience in your chosen gameworld.

They're also super comfortable too and, call me a luddite, but having a physical volume dial is incredibly useful, and saves me otherwise fumbling around for buttons on an earcup. In fact our only real issue is that I'm not a fan of their wee boom mic, but given the fact there are some fantastic budget gaming mics out there right now, that's not a biggy for me.

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3. SteelSeries Arctis 9X

The best wireless gaming headset for cross platform players

Specifications
Drivers: 40 mm neodymium drivers
Connectivity: Wireless via USB, 3.5 mm wired, Bluetooth
Frequency response: 20–20,000 Hz
Features: Retractable noise cancelling mic, DTS Headphone:X, 7.1 surround
Weight: 371g
Battery life: 30 hours
Reasons to buy
+Solid gaming sound+Great Mic +Bluetooth 
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy on the head-Headband slackens over time

Whatever you're listening through the Arctis 9X wireless gaming headset, there's none of the muddiness or audio artifacts that have historically plagued other wireless cans. In essence, it sounds just as good as the best-wired models we've tested at this same price

The Arctis range's distinctive ski goggle headband is effective at keeping the weight of the headset away from your head. After a solid 12 months of daily usage, the headband has slacked off, making for a looser and slightly less comfortable fit, but the bands themselves are replaceable. We're big fans of the control placements at the rear of the headset, too: volume wheel and mic mute on the left, chat/game mix, and headset on/off on the right. The retractable mic is a little quiet, but it remains perfectly usable.

The extraordinary battery life clocks in at over 30 hours out of the box, and after almost a year of heavy use, that figure's hardly dropped off. This SteelSeries headset hits the sweet spot of providing the best sound without taking out a bank loan.

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4. Xbox Wireless Headset

The best Bluetooth headset for Xbox and PC

Specifications
Drivers: 40 mm neodymium
Connectivity: Bluetooth, Xbox Wireless Protocol
Frequency response: 20–20,000Hz
Features: Bendable boom with dual mics
Weight: 311g
Battery Life: 15 Hours
Reasons to buy
+Good Value+Nice, minimalist design+Solid Stereo Sound
Reasons to avoid
-Weak battery life

The long-awaited Xbox Wireless Headset definitely did not disappoint.  We knew that Microsofts first wireless gaming headset was going to be ambitious; little did we know that it was also going to be one of the best budget wireless headsets for gaming at $100.

While the battery life being on the lower end, the ability to get four hours of juice on a 30-minute charge is pretty clutch and makes up for not having 3.5mm connections.  One interesting feature for Xbox users is that you can connect the headset to your phone and your console simultaneously. This means you can hop onto Discord on your phone and hear your teammates WHILE still getting game audio from your Xbox. 

If you're a PC and Xbox Series X/S owner, the Xbox Wireless Headset, much like the Xbox Wireless controller, is a well-made piece of kit worth investing in that won't let you down or hurt your wallet. It's an easy-to-use Bluetooth headset that works well on multiple devices (except PS5s), and that isn't an easy trick to pull off. 

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The best budget wireless gaming headset

Specifications
Drivers: 50 mm
Connectivity: 2.4GHz wireless
Frequency response: 20–20,000 Hz
Features: Available in black or white finishes, detachable mic
Weight: 314g
Battery life: Up to 16 hours
Reasons to buy
+Great construction+No-nonsense package
Reasons to avoid
-Poor battery life

This is great work from Corsair. The company has channeled all its expertise from higher-end models and somehow kept costs right down without compromising... well, anything detectable. If you'd told us the HS70 was a $150 headset when we first unboxed it, we'd believe you. 

Stereo spread and overall sound articulation are the highlights here. The drivers are tuned in line with the modern trend for flatter EQs and thus better versatility when you close down PUBG and bring up that doom metal playlist you've been working on in Spotify. 

The build quality is what baffles us about the HS70's lower end pricing, though—they feel sturdy enough to last years but light on the head and well-padded. The slightly under-padded headband is the only exception. We're not wholly on board with that perforated metallic finish on the earcups either, but that's a small price to pay for nailing everything that counts.

Read our full Corsair HS70 SE review.

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6. EPOS | Sennheiser GSP 670

The best wireless headset for wannabe NFL coaches

Specifications
Drivers: Neodymium magnet
Connectivity: Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless
Frequency response: 10–23,000 Hz
Features: USB audio station, true 7.1 surround, detachable mic, on-headset controls, Bluetooth
Weight: 398g
Battery life: 20+ Bluetooth, up to 16 hours 2.4GHz
Reasons to buy
+Excellent sound quality+Dual connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Not great battery life-Weighty

Sennheiser is well known for its premium audio hardware, and the likes of the GSP 600 wired headset had it building a name for itself in gaming. It's all change for the GSP line-up in 2021 however, with the spin-off responsible for the range, Sennheiser Communications, coming to an end and a new company, called EPOS, taking the helm. 

From here on out, you'll find the GSP 670 marketed as the EPOS | Sennheiser GSP 670—and sold by EPOS. The design hasn't changed, though, and neither has anything else we love about this wireless gaming headset. 

Offering connectivity over Bluetooth or an included 2.4 GHz wireless adapter, the GSP 670 is capable of maintaining a steady connection for around 18 hours on a single charge. 

This massive headset embodies a bold, uncompromising sound. At such a high price point, the expectations were high, but it delivers here.

These headphones' unique shape and design won't be for everybody, though, as they tend to be bulkier than most gaming headsets. While they were remarkably comfortable, even for extended periods while wearing glasses, I couldn't shake the feeling that I looked like an NFL coach with their distinctive and bulky silhouette.

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The best wireless gaming headset with style

Specifications
Drivers: Custom 50 mm
Connectivity: Slipstream wireless, USB, 3.5mm wired
Frequency response: 20–40,000 Hz
Features: RGB Lighting, 7.1 surround sound, detachable mic
Weight: 360g
Battery life: Up to 20 hours
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous design+Multiple connection offers
Reasons to avoid
-Paying for the premium finish
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Let's be frank, most gaming headsets—regardless of how good they sound—often look a bit silly. Whether it's an overly bulky design or aggressive RGB lighting, some headsets targeted at gamers look like ridiculous ancient alien headgear. The Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE's are a stylish pair of cans that can be easily confused with some you'd find on our best headphones for gaming list.

In our review of the Virtuoso, we praised the attention to detail in its design, along with applauding the 20-hour plus battery life. Despite not having the best bass set up for music, it's a different story for gaming. The 7.1 surround sound works great in first-person shooters, and the detachable microphone is one of the best ones we've used. 

Read our full Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE review.

Wireless gaming headset FAQ

How do you test wireless gaming headsets?

Many of the qualities you’re looking for from a wireless headset are the same you’d hope to find in any audio equipment—tone, build quality, and reliability leading the charge. As such, we listen to each review model while playing different genres of games, listening to music, and watching movies with bombastic sound effects and surround mixes—think less Werner Herzog, more Chris Nolan.

There are a few wireless-specific elements we need to test for, too: battery life, charge time, range, and latency. The former is pretty self-explanatory, though, in addition to an ‘everyday use’ battery life test, we also run the headset at full volume to discover how quickly the charge drains under those conditions. To ascertain charge time, we… well, we charge the headsets and note how long it takes.

Range and latency are trickier to test scientifically. However, having a pleasant walk around the house gives a good indication of range, and latency ultimately comes down to perception. After several days of use, we’re in an excellent place to make the call on a headset with all that taken into account.

Are wireless headphones okay for gaming?

There are some for whom nanoseconds do matter, or at least are perceived to, and they may wish to steer clear of wireless headphones, but for the majority of us there is little problem with the best wireless gaming headsets today. 

Unless you connect via Bluetooth, however. That is the laggiest of current wireless connections, with a 2,4GHz wireless interface able to deliver the audio performance that won't get in the way of your game. 

Are wireless gaming headsets more expensive?

The sad fact is that you are likely to be paying a premium for a wireless version of any product. You have to factor in the extra design, the extra connectivity peripherals (the wireless dongle, etc.), and the fact you now have to have a battery.

Are wireless gaming headsets heavier than wired ones?

Generally, because of that added battery, you will find that a wireless version of a gaming headset will weigh more than its wired equivalent. Taking the number two on the list, the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro, it weighs 42g more than the wired, non-Pro version.

Jorge Jimenez

Jorge is a hardware writer from the enchanted lands of New Jersey. When he's not filling the office with the smell of Pop-Tarts, he's reviewing all sorts of gaming hardware from headsets to game pads. He's been covering games and tech for nearly ten years and has written for Dualshockers, WCCFtech, and Tom's Guide.