Best Xbox One Headsets 2017Last updated: Saturday, July 22, 2017
If you’re interested in picking up one of the latest Xbox One headsets for 2017, then keep reading – as we’ve taken 5 of the best, all-new headsets for this year and put them through their paces, to give you all of the information needed to be able to make an informed decision on which of these Xbox One headsets will be the best for you. We’ve ranked these based on a wide range of criteria, from build-quality, to audio performance and range, as well as the value for money that they offer.
Best Xbox One Headsets 2017
1. Razer Thresher Ultimate (£249.99)
The all-new Thresher Ultimate headset from Razer is a beautiful gaming headset that offers excellent audio performance and quality, high-levels of comfort, simple-to-use surround sound and achieves what it sets out to – marrying PC-quality audio with the simplicity of home consoles. The Thresher Ultimate isn’t cheap – retailing at £249.99 – and lacks many of the features and functions of other headsets in its price range. That being said – it looks great and boasts exception audio performance – two qualities that combine to make this Razer Xbox One headset a strong contender for the best of 2017.
Headsets from Razer tend to be big and bold – the Thresher Ultimate is no exception – being a hefty, well-built headset you probably wouldn’t want to lug around with you in your backpack. This isn’t much of a drawback – as the Thresher can only be used with its USB receiver, lacking 3.5 mm audio jack – meaning that it can’t be used with most mobile devices anyway, making it very much an at-home headset.
The digital, uni-directional boom mic of the Thresher Ultimate is retractable – making it very easy to position and put away after use – and is high-performance, offering crystal-clear voice chat during online multiplayer. This headset also benefits from replaceable ear cups – letting you choose whether to go for fabric or pleather – some which, although sold separately, is a nice touch, adding to the high-level of comfort already offered by the headset.
The Thresher Ultimate – unlike other Razer products – doesn’t have any special features via the brand’s Synapse software and is a product that is very must what you see is what you get, whether using the device on homes consoles or PC, being a no-frills, solid surround sound headset. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – as the single sound profile offered by the Thresher is best-in-class, being exquisitely balance, providing a much better level of performance than other headsets on the market that come with a range of half-hearted EQ presets that most gamers never use.
The Thresher Ultimate does however have a few notable short-comings – the hub is unwieldy, it lacks a 3.5mm jack, and lacks the range of customisable options when used on PC that are typical of other Razer headsets. That being said, the Razer Thresher Ultimate delivers where it counts – delivering the very best in game and chat, surround sound audio, offering an level of immersion that right now is second to none.
2. Turtle Beach Stealth 700 (£129.99)
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is billed as the first premium, fully-loaded wireless headset for the Xbox One. This headset is one of the first from Turtle Beach to debut Microsoft’s all-new Xbox Wireless technology – a technology that allows this headset to connect to the console via a direct wireless connection. The Stealth 700 also features Windows Sonic surround sound, active noise-cancellation and Bluetooth connectivity through Turtle Beach’s Audio Hub app.
The Stealth 700 is extremely comfortable, with a cushioned, black synthetic leather-wrapped headband, breathable fabric-wrapped over-ear cups, and utilising the latest iteration of Turtle Beach’s ProSpecs™ glasses friendly design – features that make the Stealth 700 a great choice for long gaming sessions.
This headset also boasts Turtle Beach’s SUPERHUMAN HEARING™ feature – a feature that is designed to give gamers the edge during competitive play, heightening in-game audio at the touch of a button – along with a Dynamic Chat Boost™, independent chat and game volume controls, and a rechargeable battery that offers 10-12 hours of continuous use.
3. Turtle Beach Stealth 600 (£89.99)
The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 is part of the headset makers latest line of direct wireless headsets for Xbox One – connecting with the console using Microsoft’s new direct-to-console wireless technology. It also supports Windows Sonic surround sound – offering the best in surround sound audio on the Xbox One – and high-quality in-game chat, thanks to its all-new, modern style flip-up omni-directional mic.
The Stealth 600 is the lowest-price headset in Turtle Beach’s new Stealth wireless Xbox One headsets for 2017 line-up, retailing for under £90 – a price that makes this headset incredibly good value for money. Not only does this headset benefit from a similar aesthetic to both the Stealth 700 and Stealth 800X – two headsets which feature in our best Xbox One headsets under £150 and best wireless Xbox One headsets lists – it also shares the same high-build quality and level of comfort offered by these headsets, thanks to its use of a breathable, mesh fabric-wrapped headband and ear-cushions, along with Turtle Beach’s ProSpecs™ glasses-friendly design – offering greater comfort to gamers who wear glasses.
Other features of the Stealth 600 headset include Turtle Beach’s exclusive SUPERHUMAN HEARING™ setting – a feature that heightens in-game audio, designed to give the wearing an edge during competitive play – mic monitoring, a range of audio presets such as bass boost, independent chat and game volume controls, and a rechargeable battery that offers up to 15 hours of consecutive play.
4. Astro Gaming A10 (£54.99)
Astro Gaming are best known for their high-end, premium headsets – offering some of the best audio quality on the market, albeit at a premium price-point. The A10 is the brand’s first attempt at an entry-level, budget headset for consoles – and we like it – as it offers a level of quality, comfort, and performance that you won’t find of other, similarly priced headsets.
It’s clear that the A10 takes much of its design for its more pricey siblings, although it does noticeably lack much of the flair of the many A40 and A50 headsets on the market. This Astro Gaming Xbox One headset can best be described as bare-bones – there are no swappable, or removable panels and no aluminium struts – with a basic, black plastic build complimented with minimal green accents on its sides.
The Astro Gaming A10 headset is one of the best budget Xbox One headsets on the market today – offering a level of comfort and performance that is unmatched by similarly priced offerings from other headset manufacturers. Unlike Astro Gaming’s premium headsets, the A10 doesn’t feature any customisable aspects or offer simulated surround sound, however, for the relatively modest retail price of under £60, you’ll struggle to find a better-performing, more well-built headset than the Astro Gaming A10.
5. Turtle Beach XO Three (£49.99)
The Turtle Beach XO Three is the latest, officially-licensed entry-level Xbox One headset from the famed headset manufacturer. Designed specifically for use with Xbox, the XO Three offers high-quality in-game and chat audio at a low price point – featuring 50mm Neodymium, over-ear speakers, and a high-sensitivity, omni-directional noise-cancelling mic, offering the best audio quality available for a budget Xbox headset.
Like you’d expect from a Turtle Beach Xbox One headset, the XO Three features a sturdy, high quality build that is equipped with generous fabric-wrapped ear-cushions and leather-wrapped headband, offering a level of comfort and breathability above that of other headsets within its price range. This comfort makes the XO Three a great choice, both for long gaming sessions, and for when consuming other media such as movies and music, thanks to its fully-adjustable, removable mic.
This headset also benefits from conveniently placed in-line controls, putting master volume and mute at your fingertips, and interfaces via a standard 3.5mm connector – something that makes the XO Three prefect for us with other consoles, PC and mobile devices. Everything needed to get up and running with this Xbox headset comes right out of the box – including a Turtle Beach-branded Xbox One headset adapter for use with older Xbox One controllers.