Best Xbox One Headsets Under £30Last updated: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Looking to pick up a cheap Xbox One headset for less than £30? We’ve got you covered – as we’ve put the top 5 Xbox headsets in this price range through their paces, giving you all the information you’ll need to make an informed decision on which is the best Xbox One headset for you. We’ve compared and ranked these headsets on a range of criteria – including build-quality, audio performance, range of features and value for money.
Best Xbox One Headsets Under £30
1. Turtle Beach Recon 50X (£29.99)
The Turtle Beach Recon 50X is very much an entry-level Xbox One gaming headset, compatible with a wide selection of devices – from consoles, including Xbox and Playstation, to PCs, tablets and other mobile devices that support connectivity via a 3.5mm audio jack. It’s worth noting that for use with older Xbox One controllers, this headset will require an Xbox headset adapter – a device which sadly isn’t included in the box.
As you’d expect from a Turtle Beach Xbox headset – and despite its low price-point – the Recon 50X headset much more in terms of audio quality and comfort than other similarly priced headsets. This headset features large, 40mm Neodymium speakers, a high-sensitivity, adjustable boom mic, and convenient, in-line controls, giving you the ability to adjust both in-game audio and voice chat with ease. If you’re looking for a headset rich in features and functionality, then the Recon 50X isn’t for you – it lacks many of the features of some of the more premium members of the Turtle Beach Xbox headset family, including SUPERHUMAN HEARING™, Dynamic Chat Boost™ and support for windows sonic surround sound. However, when it comes to the basics, the Recon 50X excels beyond what is offered by similarly priced headsets.
Although the build quality of this headset does feel cheaper than that of other headsets from Turtle Beach – something you’d expect considering its price – the audio performance it offers is second to none in the sub-£30 price-range. All in all, if you’re looking for a back-to-basics, low-cost gaming headset for your Xbox One on a very modest budget, then the Recon 50X from Turtle Beach is exactly what you’re looking for.
2. Afterglow LVL 3 (£27.95)
The Afterglow LVL 3 is an officially-licensed, wired Xbox headset that offers a reasonably good experience – in terms of audio quality and performance – and a very modest, sub-£30 price point. For anyone using Xbox One launch controllers, it’s important to note that this headset – just like most other older model headsets in its price range – doesn’t include a headset adapter, so you’ll have to pick one of these up separately.
Where the LVL3 headset really excels is in comfort – featuring a fully-adjustable headband and over-ear cups, both of which are extremely well padded – something that really sets this Xbox headset apart for similarly priced, budget Xbox One headsets. Depending on your play-style and favourite titles, having the level of comfort offered by the LVL 3 is must-have for long sessions of play.
Feature-wise, the Afterglow LVL 3 is very much a no-frills, back-to-basics experience, however it does come equipped with 40mm Neodymium drivers and in-line chat and mute controls. In addition, this headset features a flexible, boom microphone, that can be easily adjusted to your preference – the microphone is pretty good, offering crystal clear chat during online multiplayer.
Considering it’s low-price, the Afterglow LVL 3 has a lot to offer – high-levels of comfort, good audio performance and voice chat clarity – if you’re in the market for an Xbox headset on a really tight budget, the LVL 3 is a pretty good choice.
3. Polk Audio 4 Shot (£23.99)
The Polk Audio 4 Shot Xbox One headset is an entry-level gaming headset that offers an in-expensive, comfortable headset with reasonably good-quality, audio performance. This headset is wired – interfacing with your console via a 3.5mm jack and a headset adapter that is included in the box – something that is typically not the case with headsets at this price point, which require you to purchase an adapter separately.
When it comes to design, the Polk 4 Shot excels – featuring an almost futuristic profile, thanks to its use of squared, over-ear cups. This Polk Audio Xbox headset is also light-weight, not overly-bulky and generously padded, making it much better than many of the other Xbox headsets in its price range for longer, extended sessions of play. In terms of features, the Polk 4 Shot is a pretty bare-bones, no-frills experience – but with headsets, as with most things, you get what you pay for. Audio performance in-game is however solid – offering a reasonably good, immersive experience – whilst the retractable, near-field in-built mic is somewhat lacking, with voice chat being hit and miss at times.
All-in-all, for a low-cost, entry-level budget Xbox One headset, the Polk Shot 4 does a pretty good job – offering gamers a good mix of comfort, aesthetic-appeal and audio performance, at under £25, offering great value for those looking to pick up an Xbox headset on the cheap.
4. SADES SA807 (£23.99)
Headset brand SADES aren’t exactly a household name – and certainly don’t compete with the likes of Astro Gaming, Turtle Beach or Razer – however, when it comes to cheap, bargain-basement headsets, SADES headsets offer a lot more than other similarly priced options. The SADES SA-708 certainly fits this bill – offering good audio quality, comfort and voice chat quality – far beyond its sub-£25 price tag.
The design of the SA-807 can be hit and miss – being very much down to personal taste – you’ll either love it, or hate it. When it comes to audio, this headset is equipped with 40mm loudhailer speakers – the SA-807 offers a respectable level of audio performance, giving its very low price point, and provides good comfort compared to similarly priced headsets – benefiting from substantial padding on both its ear cups and headband.
The design of this headsets ear cups are closed, which helps to keep background noise out, but don’t suffer from the “seashell” effect that is typically common with cheap Xbox headsets. That being said, and despite the overall quality of audio this headset offers being fairly, it does at time suffer from noticeably low bass and some distortion at higher volumes.
The SA-807’s mic can’t be detached – something that could well be a drawback for some gamers – however, it is well-positioned, giving the user a good balance voice chat and game audio when playing online, and is flexible, allowing you to adjust the mic to suit your physical fitting or preference. The mic is also equipped with Magic Voice – a feature that works to disguise your voice and can be a lot of fun during sessions of competitive, online multiplayer.
Overall – if you’re the sort of gamer who demands the very best in audio performance, the SA-708 isn’t for you – however, if you’re a casual gamer looking for a super-budget headset to use from time-to-time, then this is a headset worth considering.
5. SUPSOO G813 (£23.99)
The SUPSOO G813 headset is more or less a re-brand of the SADES SA807 – offering much the same in terms of audio performance, build-quality and features. The main difference between the two headsets are their styling – with the G813 having a more classic look, with more of a rounded design that the more sharp, hard-edged design of the SA-807.
The G813 is equipped with an adjustable, passive noise-cancelling omni-directional mic – a feature that is a slight upgrade on the SA-807’s flexible, boom mic – that offers impressive clarity for such a low-price Xbox headset, and 40 mm loudhailer speakers, giving a reasonable level of audio performance.
This headset is billed as a multi-platform headset – interfacing via 3.5 mm stereo jack – and is compatible with home consoles, PC and mobile devices. Despite this, it’s pretty clear from the headsets aesthetic that it was intended for use with Xbox – being finished in black with green highlights. When it comes to comfort – the over-ear cups and headband of this headset is generously padded – something that makes it suitable for longer gaming sessions.
When it comes to audio – the SUPSOO G813 offers much the same experience as the SADES SA-807 – being good at times, without the “seashell” effect common in many other, cheap Xbox headsets, but sometimes lacking in bass with distortion at high volume.
All in all – the SUPSOO G813 doesn’t bring anything more to the table than the SADES SA807 – being more or less a re-brand of the same headset. If you’re weighing up which of these headsets to pick up, it’s going to come down to preference. Personally, we prefer the aesthetic of the SADES SA807 – as well as its choice to use a flexible mic, as opposed to the adjustable, flip-up mic of the SUPSOO G813.