Best Xbox One Headsets Under £100Last updated: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Looking for a new, mid-ranged headset for your Xbox One for under £100? Then read on, as this article looks at 5 of the best Xbox headsets in this price range, which we’ve put through their paces and ranked on a range of different criteria, including their range of features features, audio performance, build-quality and the overall value for money that they offer. We’ve done this to help you make an informed decision on which of these is the best Xbox One headset for you.
Best Xbox One Headsets Under £100
1. Turtle Beach XO Seven Pro (£99.99)
The Turtle Beach XO Seven Pro is billed as an Xbox One headset designed with competitive play in mind – and features a range of features and functionality to match. In the box you’ll find everything needed to get up and running – the Ear Force headset audio controller plus, a breakway cable, mobile adapter with in-line mic, micro USD cable and removable boom mic. Setting the XO Seven Pro up is quick and easy, allowing you to start enjoying it without too much effort.
At first glance, the XO Seven Pro is a good looking, well-built Turtle Beach Xbox One headset – being study, whilst lightweight, and offer a great deal of comfort, making the XO Seven Pro a great choice for lengthy gaming sessions. When it comes to comfort, this headset offers generously padded, memory foam cushions on its 50mm earcups – these work great, adequately cushioning your ears whilst helping to isolate background noise, adding to immersion. The headband is also well-padded and can be adjusted to head size.
The XO Seven Pro is also equipped with much of the features and functionality you’d expect from a competitive, Turtle Beach headset – including audio EQ presets, mic monitoring and SUPER HUMAN HEARING – a feature that heightens in-game audio to give you an edge when playing competitively. All-in-all, this headset is a great option for the budget conscious – offering functionality typically reserve for premium headsets, whilst retailing at a mid-range price point.
2. 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.
3. Razer Kraken (£89.99)
The Razer Kraken Xbox One headset is a solid, no-frills gaming headset designed to punch above its weight – offering a level of audio performance through its 40mm neodymium speakers that matches that of headsets at a significantly lower price point. This audio performance extends to voice chat, with its uni-directional, analogue mic offering crystal-clear in-game chat – this mic can also be folded up for when not in use for easier storage.
When it comes to comfort, the Razer Kraken delivers – it’s very light-weight and doesn’t feel clunky, or overly heave whilst in use, something that makes the Kraken a great choice for longer gaming sessions. It benefits from generous padding – both around its closed-ear cups and across its headband – and features mechanism on the top, allowing gamers to easily adjust it accordingly to their head size.
This Razer Xbox One headset boasts an appealing aesthetic – having a matter black finish with simple touches of green – which should appeal to most gamers. As well as this, and as this version of the Razer Kraken headset has been designed specifically for use with the Xbox One, it ships with a headset adapter right out of the box – allowing you to use it with older Xbox controllers without having to fork out for an official adapter. All-in-all, if you’re in the market for a back-to-basics, simplistic gaming headset that delivers an immersive experience for under £100, they don’t come much better than this.
4. Tritton ARK 100 (£65.99)
The ARK 100 is the first of two all-new Tritton Xbox One headsets – the other headset being the Tritton ARK 300 – the more expensive, premium wireless headset model from the ARK series. The ARK 100 however is not wireless – being wired, interfacing with consoles, PC, and other devices via either USB or 3.5mm stereo jack – and is billed as an entry-level, two-channel stereo headset, retailing at just shy of £60.
The ARK 100 features 3 audio EQ presets to choose from – optimal, bass boost and treble boost – which although on the face of it may seem limited, should offer enough options for most gamers. When it comes to audio, one of the main features of this headset is its use of two drivers – one 60mm driver, delivering bass and mids, with a second 10mm driver that works to handle higher sounds. This setup is indeed impressive – especially for a stereo headset – with this device outputting audio is crisp, rich and with considerable spatial depth.
This headset is very good looking, thanks to its futuristic look and feel – with a nice matte black finish and unique, motion-dynamic RGB LED lights – design elements that combine to give the ARK 100 an aesthetic that rivals that of headsets way beyond its price point. The lights really are a nice touch – giving off an ambient glow that cycles and pulsates – however it’s a real shame that the show is lost on the wearer, and they do inhibit battery life from 25 hours to 10 hours of continual use.
Overall, the Tritton ARK 100 is a decent Xbox headset – offering what is an incredible level of audio performance, considering its relatively low price point – and looks great, with its impressive light-show and beautiful matte-black finish taking centre stage in what is a solid, entry-level gaming headset.
5. 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 – some of the best Xbox One headsets around. This Astro Gaming headset that 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 highest-quality, budget headsets on the market today – offering a level of comfort and performance that is unmatched by similarly priced offerings from other headset manufacturers. Unlike some of the more premium Astro Gaming Xbox One 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.