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The Best Gaming Headsets Under $100

Need a great new headset but don't want to break the bank? We've got you covered.

When it comes to communicating with friends in your favorite game or just keeping up with the action in the latest blockbuster, a great headset is an absolute necessity. But that doesn't mean you have to drain your bank account. While there are many gaming headsets on the market that you can choose from, many of which tend to spike upward in price, sometimes into the triple digits, there are also excellent headsets that offer the same great quality for a pittance.

In fact, SteelSeries offers a variety of options under $100 that you can choose from. If you're in the market to upgrade, here are five suggestions for you to consider, all under $100 so you've got the cash left over for some additional accessories as well.

Arctis 1

The Arctis 1 headset in all its glory.

Price: $49,99

If you want a budget-friendly option for gaming on all platforms, including PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC, the Arctis 1 is the way to go. It offers the same great performance the Arctis line is known for, like the detachable ClearCast noise cancelling microphone and signature Arctis sound, but with a compact form factor. It also features a steel-reinforced adjustable headband to fit snugly on your head. It's also perfectly portable, so you can take it with you on the go.

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Arctis 3

A look at the Arctis 3 headset.

Price: $69,99

If you're looking for a Multiplatform solution, the Arctis 3 is a fantastic option. Whether you game on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, or PC, you can toss on this headset and be good to go, thanks to detachable 3.5mm cables. It's one of the best headsets you can bring home from our collection, and it comes in two colors: matte black or white. Not only does it come with a Discord-certified ClearCast noise-cancelling microphone, but it also includes a signature soundscape to help you hear what's going on around you in-game. Plus, it's built to stay comfortable, even when worn for extended periods of time thanks to cushy Airweave ear cushions to keep your ears cool and dry.

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Arctis 1 Wireless

An image of the Arctis 1 Wireless headset, sans wires.

Price: $99,99

Take the reliability and fantastic sound quality of the wired Arctis 1 and upgrade it considerably with wireless connectivity. The Arctis 1 Wireless) headset offers ultra-low latency lossless wireless for PlayStation, Switch, Android, and PC. As usual, it comes packing the Arctis ClearCast noise-cancelling detachable microphone as well as high-performance speaker drivers, the same as those in the award-winning Arctis 7. You can play without having to worry about being tethered to your console with this enhanced version of the Arctis 1, and it's even compatible with the PlayStation 5's Tempest 3D AudioTech.

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Arctis 5

A detailed photo of the Arctis 5 and its illuminated RGB ear cups.

Price: $99,99

Looking for something a little flashier? The Arctis 5 will be right up your alley. This surround sound headset comes packing the same familiar tech from the other SteelSeries headsets we offer, only souped up with some RGB goodness. Slip it over your head and cover your ears with Prism RGB-illuminated ear cups that you can customize to your liking. In addition to simply looking cool, you can also balance your game and chat audio with the integrated USB ChatMix dial. Throw in the same ClearCast microphone and award-winning Arctis sound you get with the cheaper models, and you're left with a svelte headset that matches your lifestyle in either black or white.

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