When we play video games we mostly shoot and yell. And we need speakers and a microphone, and the microphone should not interfere with the shooting. The best place for a mic is around the face, far enough from hands. So, what a gamer should a get is an affordable gaming overhead headset with a mic sticking out. Here are 12 cheap microphones for gaming that are also not too heavy.
HyperX Cloud Stinger
Despite the heavy look HyperX Cloud Stinger is quite light, 275 grams. The speakers are 50 mm size as with the piece above but the sound is better. It sits on gamer’s ears on foam, should feel good for years to play. And, of course, you can change the volume right the headset as well.
There is also an adjustable steel boom. The microphone swivels to mute. Both things are cool.
The USB letters in the name mean that you can only plug it in through USB port.
Kotion Each G9000
The G9000 fits sweetly on the ears. But the sound quality won’t impress too many people. It certainly does the job. The mic quality is not for singing, strictly for gaming purposes.
The audio controls work great, but the wire ends with a USB and a 3.5mm jack, that’s two jacks where you’d like to have one. They installed the USB only to power the external lights. The link we are adding here is for the version with a detachable mic splitter.
Kotion Each G2000
Kotion Each G2000 clearly has better durability than the G9000. What I care more about is that it provides better sound quality. The padding is less hardcore, user can play video games for days wearing this. Just what you want, right? The G2000 also has the USB plug to power the toy-ish lights.
The one real disadvantage is that the mic boom makes sounds when folding/unfolding.
The G432 shares minor cons, like mediocre build quality and stiff padding with the cheaper G230. Why you should pay extra for this model for the 7.1 surround sound support. That’s because the USB passthrough dongle does some actual work here. Insert it into your PC, and the drivers will get installed automatically. The drivers enable cool customization features.
You are going to appreciate the lightweight design as well. In also features swiveling earpads, both for comfort and transportation.
Folding mic, long convenient wire, and on-wire sound controls are probably not worth mentioning.
Turtle Beach Recon 50P
This headset looks the softest of the ones on the list and it does deliver long-term comfort. The mic is detachable here. Convenient for quiet, brooding types.
People don’t buy this one for the superior sound quality because it’s not here. There is a but too much plastic here as well, in fact, it’s all plastic.
The short wire ends in a single 3.5mm jack, splitter not included. That makes Recon 50P excellent for passthrough on a gaming console controller. Clearly less great for PC.
Naturally, Logitech has some notable presense on this list. Besides the low price and availability in any store now it is offering things high-end by Logitech standards. The G230 even offers reasonable sound quality. It uses a 3.5mm jack and an attached mic splitter. Build quality is a bit poor, though.
G230 has almost the same looks as other sets in this line, but the padding is cheap and all the audio controls are put on the wire instead. The wire of considerable length is good when you sit far from your PC. But the long wire also makes using the controller difficult.
Creative SB Blaze
This set will meet your basic gaming audio needs without really acing any one thing. Audio quality is OK. The headset is alright, just pretty cheaply built, better yet because it’s so light.
The mic fully detaches from the left ear cup instead of just folding up, which can seem odd. This is not the best quality mic, it does not sound distant only when receiver shaves your mouth or lipstick. It includes a non-detachable mic splitter, and easy regular on-wire audio controls.
CAD U37 USB
This microphone is one the most widely used for recording gaming videos. They are simply great for the price (curently 39 USD). The mic name clearly states that it comes with a USB connector. That also means no XLR connector. The USB connector makes for an extremely easy setup. Just connect the USB to the PC/Laptop. Start recording.
It also comes with a stand bundled. And with the stand, the mic takes up some of the precious space on the desk. But you can adjust the stand easily to any position you want.
Most importantly, the sound quality is great.
Another bestseller because of sales to gamers is the Behringer C-1. You should get this one instead of the U37 USB if you want XLR connection and slightly better sound quality more or less clear of background noise. With the C-1 you can do professionally sounding commentary and podcasts with interviews of people. Can’t do podcasting with a USB mic.
It also comes with an adjustable stand that allows you to adjust it to your comfort levels for recording.
All these features come at an affordable price of around $50.