When it comes to smartphone gaming, things are getting very serious day by day and to perform you need a good pair of earbuds. Because not only your vision, the sound cues are also pretty important. Yes, a gaming headset is always better but for the most part, especially in smartphone gaming, the smaller form factor and the cheaper price are important factors.
There are several earbuds available in the market in the various price ranges. But not every one of them is good for gaming. So, to help you out choosing the best earbuds for you here is a list of 10 best gaming earbuds you can get, both wired and wireless.
10 Best Gaming Earbuds of 2020
1. Razer Hammerhead Pro V2
Razer is a household name when it comes to gaming and Hammerhead Pro V2 is our pick from them for one of the best earbuds. It comes with extra-large 10 mm dynamic drivers, which is over 20% larger than its predecessor. That means you will get better acoustic clarity and bass power than before. On the in-line microphone, there are three Quick Action Control buttons available.
The sound quality is top-notch and for the added clarity you will be able to hear enemy footsteps quite easily. Also as an added bonus, the green and black colours give it a gaming aesthetic. These earbuds are supported by all the major operating system including Android. The only downside is the hefty price tag comparing to the competition.
Price: $54.99 (Amazon)
2. Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass
Sony is an established brand when it comes to audio accessories. From there arsenal, MDRXB50AP Extra Bass will be a fine choice for gaming earbuds. It uses a 12-millimetre dome type driver to deliver deep bass and high energy neodymium magnets for powerful sound. The in-line microphone comes with an electric condenser and omnidirectional capabilities.
The cable is tangle-free and the product is available in three colours – black, red and blue. Although the price may vary depending on the colour. The hybrid silicone earbuds provide long-lasting comfort and are designed to reduce ambient noise, which will help you to focus on the game.
Price: $29.99 (Amazon)
3. PlayStation Vita In-ear Headset
If you use the PlayStation Vita as your main gaming device, you will be happy to know there is an official in-ear headset for that. The audio output is excellent and thanks to the silicone ear-tips, you will also get good sound isolation.
The earbuds come with a high-quality microphone which is designed to provide crystal clear communication every time. PlayStation Vita In-ear Headset also supports Android and other operating systems, but to use the microphone you might need to tinker some settings. Sadly the price is on the higher side, so I would only recommend it if you use a Vita, otherwise check the other options.
Price: $65.58 (Amazon)
4. HyperX Cloud Earbuds Gaming Headphone
HyperX Cloud Earbuds Gaming Headphones are specifically made for gaming in Nintendo Switch and smartphones in mind. With a 90-degree angled plug, the rubberized, tangle-free cable makes it much easier to use while gaming in hand-held devices. The product also comes with 3 pairs of ear-tips so you can get the perfect fit to reduce ambient noise.
The slim and convenient in-line microphone has a multi-function button that easily allows you to answer calls and control your streaming media. The earbuds also come with a carrying case which is small enough to fit in your watch-pocket.
Price: $39.99 (Amazon)
5. Skullcandy Ink’d Plus
If you are into stylish accessories for mobile devices, you are already familiar with the Skullcandy brand. There Ink’d Plus in-ear earbuds are not only stylish but also great for gaming if you are looking for something cheaper than the rest. It comes with two years of warranty and 2 extra sets of ear gels for a perfect fit.
The extra bass and in-line microphones will make sure you know about your in-game surroundings. When it comes to colours, they have many options like red, blue, green, yellow, lavender etc. The only negative point I can see is the cable, which is not tangle-free and thin. So you might want to be careful while using them.
Price: $8.99 (Amazon)
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6. Apple AirPods Pro
For an Apple device, there is no better option than the AirPods Pro if you want to enjoy your gaming session without struggling with cables. Not only for games, but AirPods Pro also provides great music listening experience. It comes with active noise cancellation technology which is extremely important while gaming. The noise cancellation feature also has separate modes, from which you can fine-tune the audio transparency.
Other than that it is resistant to water and sweat, comes with one year of warranty and has 24 hours of battery life including the Wireless Charging Case. But with premium user experience comes a huge price tag. But if you are OK with that, these will be the best earbuds for any Apple product.
Price: $211.36 (Amazon)
7. Powerbeats Pro
If AirPods are not your jam but you want similar feature set, Powerbeats Pro will be the best choice for you. It comes with a trendy look and you can choose from various colours. When it comes to the feature set it is similar to the AirPods Pro as it comes with Apple H1 Headphone Chip and Class 1 Bluetooth. The only thing missing is the active noise cancellation, but as it is an in-ear type earbud, you will get ample amount of noise reduction.
The main feature of the Powerbeats Pro is the long-lasting battery life of 9 hours in one go, and with only 5 minutes of charging you can use it for 1.5 hours. It sports sweat and water-resistant and can be paired with both iOS and Android devices.
Price: $249.95 (Amazon)
8. Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus is one of the top dogs when it comes to wireless audio. Samsung has recently updated there Galaxy Buds line-up and these earbuds have better overall audio quality for both music and gaming than the predecessor. On a single charge it can run up to 11 hours of playback time and with the included wireless charging case you can charge it for 11 more hours.
For extra functionality, these have Ambient Aware2 which will let you listen to your surroundings, like flight announcements, oncoming traffic etc. The isolation is pretty good, so when you want you can focus on the gameplay. The only downside is the microphone is not as good as the AirPods Pro.
Price: $149.99 (Amazon)
9. Microsoft Surface
Recently Microsoft also jumped into the wireless earbuds competition with their Microsoft Surface Earbuds. It supports all the major operating systems, including Android, and comes with three sets of interchangeable silicone ear tips for an ultra-comfortable and stable fit for long gaming sessions. It also gets some extra points for the responsive touch surface, which enables intuitive gestures like tap, touch, and swipe to do various actions.
When it comes to battery life, it can last up to 8 hours on a single charge and 16 more hours with the included charging case. If you use Microsoft products for gaming, it will be the perfect audio accessory.
Price: $199.99 (Amazon)
10. Sony WF-1000XM
Finally, we have Sony WF-1000XM3 on the list which is another great alternative. It comes with industry-leading noise canceling with HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1e and 24bit Audio signal processing delivers dramatically improved sound quality. Not only for gaming, if you want to listen to some music it will blow your mind.
For extra points, Alexa is built-in to the buds for voice access to music, information, and more which you can activate with a simple touch. With the included carrying case it can last up to 24 hours and you can charge these buds for only 10 minutes for 1.5 hours of gaming or music listening.
Price: $229.99 (Amazon)
So these were our top picks for best gaming earbuds for 2020. I have tried to include earbuds for every budget section, but do remember you will not get the same quality with a $10 and a $100 earbuds. If you have any other recommendations, please help others now by writing in the comment section below.