In this post, I’m going to be showing you the contenders for the best Xbox One gaming headset under $50 in 2017 and give you my overall opinion as to what one is worth your investment.
There are loads of gaming headsets for the Xbox One that are retailing under $50 and obviously I can’t cover them all in this post – after all, we’re looking for the best. Therefore, I’ll compare some of the most popular and highly acclaimed options, as well ones I’ve had personal experience with to give you the best idea possible for which one to get.
However, before we get right into things here, I’d just like to emphasize to you that these are all low-end headsets; you get what you pay for, so you shouldn’t be expecting revolutionary audio quality and deluxe comfort. But that definitely isn’t to say that there aren’t some cracking deals…
The following list is in no particular order of rating, however
If you don’t have an Xbox One controller with a 3.5mm jack, you will need an adapter, which costs about $25.
1) Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X – A Good Deal
Sitting in the middle of the $0-50 price range, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X is one of the best selling Xbox One headsets under $50 and I can certainly see why.
I bought the headset myself around a month ago and although there’s nothing really special about it, it was perfect for the cause that I was assessing if for. A simple headset that does its job to a decent standard.
- It’s moderately comfortable, the audio quality is good and all you have to do is plug a single cable into your controller and you’re set. This is absolutely perfect for someone that just wants an easy to use, fairly decent headset to communicate with friends etc.
- You don’t even have to plug a USB into your Xbox for it – comparing this to the headset I use, the Astro A40, which uses millions of cables, I found this really impressive. Combine the cheap price of $25 and the fact that it’s made by one of the most reputable gaming headset producers, Turtle Beach, and there isn’t much space to go wrong.
If you just want a cheap headset that you can talk to your friends with and listen to game audio simultaneously and you’re not all that savvy about high-end specs, then this is definitely one to consider. However, there are definitely some good contenders in this list.
2) HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset – The Best Quality
Sitting right at the top of the price range, this might be a headset you would initially look away from. However, its average 4.5 star review with 500+ ratings on Amazon is something that you just can’t ignore.
After all, if it has such good ratings, there must be a reason – and there is.
- It has decent audio quality, with 50mm speakers, which is better than the Ear Force Recon’s, which are 40mm.
- The area that the HyperX especially strides in is the comfort. Featuring 90-degree rotating ear cups, signature memory foam, and an adjustable steel slider, you can easily alter it to your liking. This makes it ideal for long gaming sessions.
- It also has volume control on the ear cup and a swivel mute feature on the microphone.
If we’re talking about the headset with the best quality in this price range, this is probably it. However, it’s also the most expensive; you get what you pay for.
3) KingTop Computer Gaming Headset – Very Lightweight
I’d never heard of KingTop until I came across it a few days ago on Amazon, but was impressed with its 250 customer reviews, averaging a 4 star rating. This is one of the best averages in this price range. The KingTop certainly boasts some impressive features and sitting right in the middle of the price range, this is definitely one to consider.
- It is one of the ‘lightest’ Xbox One headsets on the market, making it very comfortable.
- Features a soft silicone headband self-adjusting headband, which is definitely something unique and is especially useful for people with larger heads.
- Has an original volume controller, with the ability to set the volume between 1-12, allowing you to easily manage the level of sound. The only complaints I’ve heard about this is that it weighs down on the headset a bit and can get in the way.
- Omnidirectional adjustable microphone, meaning that sound is easily picked up.
- Comes with a free 1 year warranty and the offer of a FULL REFUND if not satisfied! Now that’s impressive.
Sitting at the same price as the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X, this is certainly a strong contender for the best cheapest headset to go for.
4) 2016 Sades Newly Updated Xbox One Headset – The New Kid on The Block is on Fire
This is a brand new revision of a Sades headset that was introduced around Christmas time 2016 and it is getting some fantastic responses. It’s currently one of the best-selling Xbox One headsets and this is for a variety of reasons.
- It’s the cheapest headset on this list (by a couple of bucks). Nevertheless, it’s probably the most durable headset on this list with a strong braided cord. Therefore if you’re looking for a long term headset that isn’t likely to break, this is the best one.
- Despite it being the cheapest on the list, it matches the sound quality of all of the other headsets on this list besides the HyperX, as it has 40mm speakers.
- It’s highly comfortable and has a pretty decent microphone with a high sensitivity.
If you like the look, then this is probably the best headset to go for if you want a pretty cheap one that’s actually going to last. Turtle Beaches aren’t exactly known for their durability.
5)TRITTON Kama 3.5 Stereo Headset
Tritton is a well-respected headset brand, so I had to sneak the Kama on the end of this list. Personally, I really like the aesthetics of it and considering it’s low price, this is certainly an option.
Although I’ve seen complaints about it breaking quickly, there are several aspects that are praised:
- Decent sound quality with 40mm speakers.
- Highly flexible microphone
- Padded head rail for extra comfort, although I’ve seen complaints of the ear pads being too small, so bear that in mind if you have large ears.
The specs of the Kama doesn’t really beat any of the other headsets, but if the look of it floats your boat better than any of the others, then it’s a viable option.
Conclusion: So Which One Is The Best?
You came here looking for the best Xbox One gaming headset under $50, but I’ve thrown 5 at you. If anything, by throwing a load of great options on the table, I’ve probably made choosing even harder…
So here are my recommendations for different needs.
Want the best quality Xbox One headset under $50?
The HyperX Cloud is your best bet, as it has the best sound quality, best reviews, optimized for convenience and is one of the most comfortable on this list.
Want the cheapest decent Xbox one headset?
All of the headsets that I’ve listed on this list are of decent quality and the cheapest of the lot by a couple of dollars is the Sades, but this isn’t to say it’s the worst. In fact, some of its attributes are much better than some of the higher priced headsets on this list.
Want the most comfortable Xbox One headset under $50?
Although several of these are likely to be comfortable, such as the Sades and HyperX, the extreme lightness of the KingTop makes it a strong contender for this position.
This isn’t to say the other two headsets on this list are useless, though. The Turtle Beach is just a great versatile and easy-to-use headset, whereas the Tritton is a decent candidate from a reputable brand.
Hopefully, this has helped you make your mind up on which headset to go for – I would love to know what you’re planning on going for the comments section below!
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