Hot gaming gear: Headphones

Every year we test a huge batch of gaming gear to find the winners to suit all budgets. Here are the best gaming phones.

A quick reminder of how we review gaming gear:

  1. We test the main features, including advanced functions and ease of use.
  2. We check the build quality, use of durable materials and smart design.
  3. Finally we consider the price compared with its competitors.
  4. That’s FEATURES + BUILD + PRICE = VALUE.
  5. We also consider the suitability of each product for different kinds of users.

Gaming headphones

Turtle Beach Elite Atlas

It would take something special to drag us away from cordless headphones, even for gaming, but the Atlas Elite did just that. The luxuriously padded cups have leather borders for sound isolation, and oversized 50 mm drivers, which deliver extraordinarily rich sound, especially for music. The build is extremely sturdy and the floating headband delivers the perfect pressure every time. Okay, there’s no surround sound, but I didn’t miss it as much as you’d think. R2 000


Astro A40 X-Edition

For the gamer who has maxed out their set-up, and who may be looking to move into the competitive e-sports leagues, this may be the perfect companion. The distinctive Astro styling, with its vertical adjustment pillars and overall heavyduty build, sends a powerful message to be taken seriously. The X-Edition is a special commemorative line which marks Astro’s 10-year domination of the e-sports scene. R3 000


T-Dagger Andes

Although a decent budget buy, the Andes headsets are still very basic. Sound quality is decent at the price but they’re ideal for a beginner who doesn’t need to break the bank looking for a competitive advantage, but still wants to be up to speed chatting with his teammates and looking the part with some cool lighting effects. R450


Redragon Ladon

These are much improved on Redragon’s earlier headphone offerings both for sound quality and comfort. The padded floating headband cleverly ensures exactly the right amount of clamping pressure, and the ear pads are certainly soft enough. The 7.1 surround sound and active noise cancelling is adequate, and a big winner for stealth shooter games, obviously. The bendable and retractable boom mic is a nice touch, and voice quality is good for the price. R800

 

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