On this page, I’ll be reviewing a few of the lightest gaming headsets on the market, each of them weighing less than 360 grams. The weight of a gaming headset drastically affects how comfortable it feels on your head, and in most cases the lighter the headset is, the more comfortable it will be. Some gaming headsets put more effort into achieving a low weight than others, hopefully this page helps highlight some of the options you have when looking for a lightweight headset.
I have only included headsets from reputable brands such as Logitech, HyperX, Sennheiser, Corsair, and SteelSeries.
1. Logitech G Pro
At only 258 grams, the Logitech G Pro is the lightest headset on this list, but how does the build quality hold up? The headset is built with a TR90 nylon headband, a glass fiber reinforced nylon joint, a lightweight polymer earcup, and a premium leatherette lining. I would consider all of these to be quality and advanced lightweight material options.
The leatherette ear cups act as a seal around your ears, giving the headset noise-cancelling properties. If you’re not a fan of noise-cancelling then you can swap the ear cups with the micro-suede replacements included in the box.
This headset is also known for its high fidelity microphone; A Pro-grade condenser microphone that performs with a higher frequency response, allowing for higher sensitivity and sound quality. In addition to this, the mic is also completely detachable making the headset even lighter when removed. The G Pro headset hosts a simplistic but sleek design much like their other G Pro products.
The G Pro is not only the lightest headset on this list, but it also has a great mic, high-quality audio, and a slick design. So if you’re looking for the lightest gaming headset, this is it.
2. Logitech G430
Just a few grams heavier, the Logitech G430 is also an incredibly lightweight option. While the Logitech G pro had an emphasis on microphone quality, this headset has an emphasis on sound quality. The headphones are installed with the famous Dolby 7.1 surround technology for 360 audio when playing, this combined with the extra-large ‘sport mesh’ ear cups gives you complete immersion.
To save weight on the headset unit, many of the controls have been put separately onto the headphone wire, allowing you to mute your microphone and control the volume without any extra weight on the headpiece. Although the ear pieces are large, they are retractable allowing you to store the headset in compact spaces.
While audio is the focus of this headset, the microphone is not bad by any stretch. The G430 contains a folding, noise-canceling boom mic with background noise reduction. You can rotate the mic up and out of the way, once again allowing the fairly large headset to become compact.
3. HyperX Cloud Stinger
The Cloud Stinger is the lightest headset HyperX currently make. Designed with comfort in mind, the Cloud Stinger is equipped with two XL memory foam earpads and a thick sponge headband, making the headset feel even lighter than it is. Uniquely, the earcups on this headset can be rotated a full 90 degrees, allowing you to angle them for the perfect fit.
This headset also comes installed with HyperX’s 50mm directional drivers, giving you the ability to adjust the audio for your preferences, as each individual hears differently. Design wise this is one of HyperX’s simpler designs as it sports a standard but ergonomic shape, finished in a stealth matt black. I personally think it looks pretty cool.
It’s important to note that this headset is currently less than $50 making it one of, if not the cheapest headset on this list. So if you are someone who is looking for something stylish and comfortable on a budget, the Cloud Stinger should be an option to consider.
4. Sennheiser GAME ZERO
Coming in at 300g we have the Sennheiser Game Zero. Design wise, the headset has ultra-soft triple-layered leather cushions, with a padded stainless steel headband. Everything is very circular on the headset, preventing any rigid angles bothering you when on a long play session. Like others on this list, the headset can be completely collapsed making it easy to store. Comfort seems to have definitely been a priority when these headphones were designed.
Comfort and sound quality are two features synonymous with the company. Sennheiser’s custom 50-ohm transducer technology delivers the extreme clarity seen in their studio products. In the microphone department they hold up just as well, it’s equipped with a noise-canceling mic, hovering around 54DCB. It also has a handy auto-mute function, the microphone will mute whenever you lift it up vertically.
When seeking out high-quality audio products, it’s hard to go wrong with Sennheiser. It’s amazing how they can fit in all these high-quality features, and still keep the weight down to only 300g.
5. HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless
The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless is the lightest wireless headset on this list. It’s important to note that wireless headsets are generally heavier due to housing a battery inside, so with the Cloud Flight coming in at 313g, it’s incredibly light for a wireless model.
The wireless functionality of this headset is of the highest standard, it is installed with a 2.4gz lossless wireless connection and is host to an impressive 30 hours of battery life. This headset also comes with a detachable noise canceling-microphone, allowing you to drop the weight even further when you don’t need it.
Like other HyperX models, this headset is also fitted with memory foam ear cups for improved comfort. If you’re someone who is looking for a wireless headset without the extra weight, the Cloud Flight Wireless has the best of both worlds.
6. CORSAIR HS50
Corsair’s HS50 is one of the heavier wired headsets on this list, but for what it lacks in weight, it more than makes up for in build quality. The HS50 is encased in a carbon black rugged metal shell for increased durability. The leather earcups and headband are both filled with memory foam for increased comfort.
This headset is extremely versatile, audio wise it is installed with 50mm neodymium speaker drivers, providing superior sound quality with a wide range and accuracy for all users. The unidirectional microphone reduces background noise and enhances vocal clarity, it is also completely detachable. There are also plenty of onboard controls, allowing to control volume and mute without hassle.
Specs wise this headset can do it all, and to add to this versatility it is also compatible with all gaming platforms. Being less than $50 as of writing this, the HS50 is a fantastic all-rounder with a low price tag, not one to overlook.
7. Logitech G Pro X
Out of all the wired headsets on this list, the Logitech G Pro X is the heaviest, but when you look at the quality and features this headset contains, those extra few grams have been used extremely wisely.
Microphone quality is the name of the game when it comes to this headset. The G Pro X contains unique Blue Voice technology:
“BLUE VO!CE microphone technology gives you a choice of real-time voice filters to reduce noise, add compression and de-essing, and ensure that your voice sounds richer, cleaner, and more professional. Get consistent, studio-quality, in-game vocal comms.”
Audio wise the G Pro X comes with an external sound card that provides the headset with Next Gen 7.1 surround technology, which increases the depth perception of sounds within a gaming landscape. It seems no surprise that is this is the headset of choice for pro gamers such as TSM Bjergsen and G2 Jankos.
This headset has been constructed with steel and aluminum metals for durability and lightness, it also creates a slick premium aesthetic. Another thing to mention is the sheer amount of accessories you will receive with the device:
- Memory foam & leatherette ear pads
- Memory foam & cloth ear pads
- USB External sound card
- 2m cable with inline volume and mute
- Mobile cable with button
- Y splitter for separate mic and headphone ports
- Carrying bag
This Logitech headset contains state of the art technology in a sleek durable package. If you are looking for a premium headset to suit the long-lasting needs of a serious gamer, you cannot go wrong with the G Pro X.
8. SteelSeries Arctis 7
At 354g the SteelSeries Arctis pro 7 is the heaviest headset on this list, but once again when compared with other wireless headsets, it is still relatively light. The Arctis 7 has famously been showered with praise from the likes of PC Gamer, IGN, and many more. It has a compact sleek design with AirWeave cushions, a ski goggle suspension band, and two colors to choose from.
The Arctis 7 has cleverly integrated a chat mix dial, allowing the user to balance the audio of the in-game sound and audio chat separately. If you’re like me and you’re often using discord or skype while playing, the chat mix dial becomes a fantastic quality of life feature.
A common concern is that wireless headsets will have latency issues, thankfully the Arctis 7 has 2.4Ghz lossless audio promising ultra-low latency and zero interference. As mentioned the battery in a wireless headset is what causes most of the additional weight. This headset has an impressive 24 hour battery life to last even the longest of sessions, which for many could make the additional weight worth it.
For those looking for a high-quality wireless gaming headset, you can’t really go wrong with the Arctis 7.
The Lightest Gaming Headsets
All of these headsets are designed for gaming and weigh less than 260 grams. Hopefully this page has helped you explore the options you have when looking for a light gaming headset. Remember that while this list is ordered, none of these headsets are necessarily better than another, it all depends on your personal preferences! I would recommend choosing whichever headset looks the most comfortable within your price range.
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How to choose a gaming headset
The level of audio quality is something to consider when buying a headset. It’s important to ask yourself what you will be using the headset for. Some headset audio specialize in creating the best experience for in-game sound, and others specialize in a broader sound, allowing higher sound quality for mixed media. An understanding of the type of audio a particular headset is suited to is vital for getting the best experience for what you are doing.
In regards to microphone quality, you should once again consider your needs. If you are someone who will be using a mic to communicate with friends during a play session or for socializing, then a headset with a standard mic should fulfill these needs. If you are someone who is a content creator, a streamer, or a person who will be using the microphone in a professional setting, then investing in a higher fidelity microphone could be worth the extra cost.
In regards to comfort, you should consider how long you will be using a headset for. If you are someone who will only game for 1-2 hours a day, then a standard headset may be comfortable enough over a short period of time. If you are someone who plays for extended periods, then a headset that invests more into comfort materials could benefit you in the long run.
Although weight is an important feature when it comes to comfort, if the design or build of a headset is uncomfortable it can feel heavier than it actually is over extended use.
If you are someone who owns multiple gaming platforms, it’s key to find a headset that supports these, it will save you money in having to buy separate headsets for different platforms. If you are a single platform gamer then it would be wise to double-check the headset you are buying supports your platform.
Build quality and price
Build quality and price are two aspects that scale together, it’s simply a question of considering how much you are willing to pay for a certain level of build quality. If you are okay with paying for a cheap headset with the potential of having to replace it sooner rather than later, then that’s fine. But if you want a headset that will last you a long time, then you may have to spend a little more.