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Best 200 USD budget picks for 2020
In this Best Headphones for mobile gaming list, we will cover units that are under but near that $200 mark. It is a bit high, but at this price range, it is all about the high-class build and audio strength. Virtually all headsets included below have either 50mm drivers, support multiple platforms, and use either the 3.5 mm jack or Bluetooth to connect to a mobile device. Since the price is a bit steep, we’ve only included headsets that have proven to have the highest durability and that can last up to a number of years, including cord durability where a cord is used, and a light comfortable frame that is also going to last long.
Razer Nari Ultimate is one of the more expensive models from Razer but the series commands great respect with pro gamers in general. It is used in eSports competitions and is quite a seller, despite it going near $200 up until recently. Currently, this model can be found for approximately $150 bucks, and that’s a bargain when we factor in the features and the build of the unit, which is durable and comfortable all around.
This model is one of the industry’s leaders in the positional accuracy sound, which it pairs with THX Spatial 7.1 surround capability. It is very light in weight and comfortable to wear, with its band adjusting automatically for the required size and shape. It has a retractable microphone with audio adjustments of its own which is praised for being excellently tuned for a chat and team communication. The controls for volume and mute are located on the headset directly, while it uses a 3.5mm jack to connect to a mobile device. It works wirelessly only on PC and PS4 though, but with the 3.5mm cord, it can be used for Nintendo Switch, all Smartphones who have it, and more.
LucidSound LS35X is one of the more luxurious models from the series. While it has had plenty of models that have sold good, this one is particularly praised for its multi-platform compatibility and sound. It connects wirelessly to the Xbox with one button sync touch, while it can be connected to PS4, PC, Mac, and iOS and Android mobile phones but with a 3.5mm cord. It loses some of its grace for not working wirelessly, but its other features compensate for this rather well. It currently sells for approximately $125 bucks, while its regular price is around $175.
The unit has a special cooling gel and memory foam in the ear cups, with space and comfort to spare. They fit quite nicely and don’t become a burden even after several hours of wearing during gaming. The microphone can be plugged into the unit itself, but it is not retractable. However, it does have decent noise canceling. However, if used for mobile phone gaming, the microphone is to be removed so that the integrated mic for mobiles is utilized, which has a slightly lower quality sound, but decent nevertheless. All of the audio controls are on the ear cups, and this LucidSound LS35X unit is very durable and promises a long-lasting work life.
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless is easily one of the most luxurious units under that $200 mark. However, it won’t go wireless for mobile devices and you will have to use the 3.5mm jack. It also carries with it the USB wired connectivity cord and the Slipstream wireless transmitter. However, what really makes this model worth every cent is its incredible audio quality, both on the speakers and the microphone.
This unit comes with the 7.1 surround sound capability, and it is coming from 50mm high-density neodymium drivers in the speakers, which can go from 20hz-40,000Hz, which is approximately double the sound frequency typical headsets have, even at higher prices. The earpads contain memory foam and the headband also has a soft pillow, ensuring comfort, while the body is durable and lightweight at the same time. The 9.5mm broadcast Omni-directional dynamic range, a high-bandwidth detachable microphone is one of the best in the market as well, and this Corsair Virtuoso RGB unit really packs everything you need for gaming. It can be found for $160 currently.
V-MODA Crossfade LP2 unit currently goes for around $150 bucks, which is a bargain price considering the sole build of this headset. It has a matte black futuristic durable design and a Kevlar-reinforced cord that features 45° strain relief, which is a hundred times more than the industry standard, and the manufacturer promises 1+ million bends for its cable lifetime. However, design and build are only part of the overall luxury package of features this unit brings.
The 50mm dual-diaphragm sound drivers with inner & outer rings are responsible for incredible sound, strong bass, and great clarity without overlap. The headband can be stretched so it is comfy to wear for prolonged gaming hours. The unit connects to mobile phones with a 3.5mm cord, while it also has other connectivity options and comes in a neat carrying case. It provides a 3D immersive sound experience, is excellent for FPS and other gaming genres, and is likely to last you for a number of years with normal use. The microphone is located at the in-line control pad, which supports voice recognition and has good noise cancelation.
SteelSeries Arctis 9x is another wireless gaming headset that is integrated for Xbox automatically, but also for Bluetooth. It has a 20+ hour battery life capacity and sells for approximately $200, which is our top range for prices in this list. As mentioned, it is compatible with mobile phones via Bluetooth, meaning you don’t need cords, which will make holding your mobile device much easier and is especially appreciated during prolonged gaming hours.
The set carries a noise-canceling microphone that transmits a pretty clear sound, and the 20h battery life is sufficient to suit all gaming needs. The controls are mounted on the ear cup, while the construction of the headset is very comfortable and durable. It has Air-Weave ear cushions and the headband uses a ski-goggle method, while it is reinforced with steel plates. It is also capable of 3D spatial audio on Xbox One and Windows 10, and the microphone frequency response is between 100 and 10000 Hz. It also has a 38 dBV/Pa microphone sensitivity with 2200 Ohm impedance and is retractable.
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