Best Xbox One Headsets Under £200Last updated: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Interested in buying a premium, high-end Xbox One headset under £200? Then keep reading, as we’ve taken 5 of the very best Xbox One headsets currently on the market and put them through their paces, with the aim of giving you all the relevant information you’ll need to make an informed decision on which of these Xbox One headsets is best for you. In our reviews of these headsets, we’ve compared and ranked them on a range of different criteria, including their build-quality, features, audio performance and the overall value for money that they offer.
Best Xbox One Headsets Under £200
1. Astro Gaming A50 (Gen 2) Wireless (£176.85)
The Astro Gaming A50 (Gen 2) wireless gaming headset is billed as a high-end, pro-gamer headset – offering the very best in audio quality, including Dolby® Headphone 7.1 surround sound, and performance – and as you’d expect, carries a price that reflects its status as a premium headset. This Astro Gaming Xbox One headset ships with a dedicated base station, housing a 5GHz wireless transmitter that provides low-latency, clear in-game chat communication, as well as making the A50 easier to use – working to make charging and pairing the headset a breeze.
This headset not only delivers on audio, but also comfort – featuring a light-weight with thick layers of breathable padding around its inner headband and earcups – making it perfect for long gaming sessions. In terms of design, this headset looks great – from the beautiful metal bars that hold the headband and earcups together, to it’s slim, soft-touch plastic frame finished in black with a lime green trim.
All of the functions and inputs of the A50 headset can be found on the back of its ear cups – a micro USB and controller port can be found on the left ear, whilst the power, mode select and volume switches are located on the other. This headsets mic – a reasonably long and flexible, uni-directional noise-cancelling microphone – is hosted on the outer-left ear cup.
If you’re looking for a high-end, premium wireless headset for your Xbox but don’t want to fork-out for the newer, Gen 3 version of the Astro Gaming A50 (our pick for the best Xbox One wireless headset on the market today), then this headset is a great choice – offering much of the performance and functionality of its successor, at a price that’s close to £80 less.
2. Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament (£159.99)
The Turtle Beach Elite Pro Tournament headset offers gamers the very best in stunning, crystalline audio performance, combined with the level of comfort and build-quality we’ve come to expect from a Turtle Beach Xbox One headset. This headset truly excels when it comes to audio – sporting top-of-the-line 50mm Nanoclear™ speakers – and featuring a Removable Omni-Directional TruSpeak™ microphone, offering the very best, crystal-clear voice chat.
When combined with the tactical audio controller, this headset offers unprecedented control over your in-game audio – with the ability to adjust audio levels, mic feedback and surround sound modes, all without the need to interrupt play.
Everything about this headset screams premium – from its build-quality, to its range of features and audio performance – Turtle Beach have certainly outdone themselves with the Elite Pro Tournament, making it without doubt one of the best Xbox One headset options on the market.
3. SteelSeries Siberia X800 (£144.99)
The Siberia X800 is essentially the Siberia 800 – the award-winning headset from SteelSeries – retaining all of the same features and functionality. The main difference between this headset and the original – other than the retail packaging – is the inclusion of an Xbox One headset adapter in the box.
This headset is wireless – connecting to an audio receiver, which allows you to listen to game audio from your Xbox One – however, for chat, you will still need to connect the headset to the controller via the Xbox One headset adapter included in the box. This receiver is compatible with other devices – not just Xbox – including PS4, PC and other compatible devices.
Besides this functionality, the SteelSeries Siberia X800 is packed full of other features – particularly for audiophiles – as it fully supports 7.1 Digital Dolby Surround, offering some of the best, high-quality audio performance of any Xbox headset on the market. While the design of this headset may be somewhat basic – it is well-built and comfortable, benefiting from generously padded head band and ear-cups – which can be rotated 90 degrees for easy storage.
If you’re an audiophile, you’re going to appreciate that the X800’s fully support 7.1 Digital Dolby Surround (Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, and Dolby Headphone) and sound simply amazing, unlike what I’ve heard with any console headset before. Even with 40mm drivers in the cups, you’ll be surprised with not only the sound clarity but also the fact that it is completely lag free. Not many gaming headsets offer full Dolby 7.1 surround, but SteelSeries does, and it charges the premium for it, rightfully so once you hear the quality difference. The Siberia X800 from SteelSeries is a great option for those looking for a cheaper wireless headset, and ranks among out pick of the best Xbox One headsets under £150 currently on the market.
4. 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. Released this year, the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is perhaps the best Xbox One headset for 2017, retailing at just under £130 – a great alternative for those not willing to fork out for the more expensive Elite 800X.
5. Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+ (£119.29)
The Turtle Beach’s Stealth 420X+ Xbox headset is designed to deliver high-quality, wireless audio performance at a price point that won’t break the bank. This headset offers fuss-free, plug-and-play wireless connectivity with Xbox One via a USB dongle and can be charged using the same USB cable as the consoles controller.
The main difference between the 420X+ and popular 420X headset is the addition of SUPERHUMAN HEARING – an all-new feature from Turtle Beach that, at the press of a button, heightens in-game audio to give you an edge during competitive play. When enabling this feature, you will hear a voice prompt that requires you to confirm your decision to turn it on – ensuring that you won’t find yourself stuck in this mode unknowingly.
Aesthetically, not much has changed, with the 420X+ appearing near-identical to the model it replaces – however there are a few changes under the hood, including an improved audio processor and noticeably increased wireless range. All-in-all, this is a great mid-ranged, wireless headset for the Xbox One – if your budget will allow for it, the Stealth 420X+ is one of the better options for gamers who are both looking for a full-featured headset and price conscious.