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Black Friday 2018: Best gaming headset deals

Be more like these gents and grab yourself some great head gear this Black Friday

November is well and truly here, so why not be like these fine Victorian gentlemen above and head on down to this month’s Black Friday deals bonanza to bag yourself some excellent PC gaming headset head wear? After all, everyone likes getting something cheaper than usual, especially when so many of today’s very best gaming headsets will set you back at least 100 of your finest English pounds or American dollars.

To that end, I’ve put together all the best Black Friday gaming headset deals that are available right now. Some retailers have kicked off their Black Friday sales a bit early (Newegg, for instance, has gone full Black November already), but you’ll also find some more regular, non-Black Friday deals here as well, so I’ve marked up which ones are which to keep things nice and clear. Still, even if your favoured headset isn’t on a specific Black Friday deal right now, there are still plenty of savings to be had if you’d rather jump the queue and get in early instead of waiting two and a bit weeks for Black Friday proper.

As always, you’ll find all these and more over in our central Black Friday 2018 hub, but I thought I’d be helpful and give all the important stuff their own individual list, because I’m nice like that. And just in case you clicked on this page by accident and actually want one of our other Black Friday deals hubs, then you’ll find everything you’re looking for in the links below.

Best UK gaming headset deals

Corsair Void Pro RGB£140 from Overclockers UK (down from £155, comes with free Corsair ST100 RGB headphone stand, see our Corsair Void Pro RGB review for more info)

Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500£125 from Overclockers UK (down from £155, see our Asus ROG Strix Fusion 500 review for more info)

Sennheiser GSP 600£300 from Overclockers UK (down from £410, comes with GSX 1000 Amplifier, see our Sennheiser GSP 600 review for more info)

Steelseries Arctis 3£45 from Box (down from £70)

Steelseries Arctis 7£120 from Amazon (down from £160, read our Steelseries Arctis 7 review for more info)

Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC£210 from Box (down from £250, read our Steelseries Arctis Pro + GameDAC review for more info)

Roccat Khan Pro£80 from Box (down from £90, read our Roccat Khan Pro review for more info)

Razer Kraken 7.1 V2£93 from Box (down from £100)

Best US gaming headset deals

HyperX Cloud Flight
$160 from Newegg

Logitech G533 Wireless$90 from Newegg (down from $150)

Cougar Immersa$50 from Newegg (down from $60)

Logitech G533 Wireless$90 from Newegg (down from $150)

Steelseries Arctis 7$119 from Amazon (down from $150)

Sennheiser GSP 600$225 from Amazon (down from $250)

Gaming headset buying advice

With so many headsets available these days, it can be hard to find one that’s right for you. After all, a gaming headset doesn’t just have to sound good, it’s also got to be comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and have a decent quality microphone if you’re going to be using it for playing with your mates online. With that in mind, here are some top tips for hunting down the best gaming headset for you and your budget.

Gaming headsets largely fall into two broad categories: wired and wireless. The latter are usually more expensive and need regular charging, but come with the added bonus of being wire-free (as the name suggests), giving you one less thing to worry about in your warren of PC cables. Wired headsets, meanwhile, usually connect to your PC via USB or a 3.5mm audio connection, but USB ones are generally PC-only headsets. If you’re looking for something you can also use with a console or phone as well, I’d recommend a 3.5mm headset. Just make sure it comes with a headphone and microphone splitter or adapter (i.e: two separate jacks instead of a combined one) otherwise you won’t be able to use the microphone while playing on PC, as some headsets specifically designed for consoles don’t always come with them in the box.

Be wary of headsets that say they do 7.1 surround sound. Not because 7.1 surround sound is a bad thing, but because not all 7.1 headsets are created equally. In order to do proper 7.1 surround sound, for instance, you need seven individual speakers and one subwoofer. Headsets, clearly, aren’t built for that, so most 7.1 headsets achieve their surround effect through software – what’s known as ‘virtual 7.1 surround sound.’ Again, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s worth reading reviews to see how good a headset’s surround sound effect actually is, because some can be pretty terrible.

Similarly, don’t get fooled by headsets that say they do Hi-Res audio, because that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re better than everything else. Hi-Res audio headsets are really intended for people who also have a large library of proper Hi-Res music files, or subscribe to Hi-Res streaming services such as Tidal. Most games don’t utilise Hi-Res audio, so they’re not going to make your games sound any better than your regular non Hi-Res headset. By all means go for it if you’re planning on using it for listening to regular Hi-Res music files as well, but I suspect that, if indeed you are such a person, you’ve probably got a much better pair of headphones for doing that than your average gaming headset.

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