Wired vs Wireless Gaming Headset – Which Is Better For Gaming
The wireless technology used to be something that inspired on people’s something exciting and new. Nowadays, it’s pretty mundane. That’s what happens when an invention becomes mainstream and don’t get us wrong, we’re not complaining. Wireless technologies help make our lives convenient to a degree that would otherwise be unimaginable, but it’s easy to forget that this is what wireless technology is all about. Convenience. It’s not a direct improvement over wires. It just takes a different approach. One that also has some downsides of its own. With that in mind, today we’ll be taking a look at how wired and wireless gaming headsets measure up against each other. By the end of this article, we hope that you’ll know exactly which type is best suited to your gaming needs. So without any further ado, let’s begin.
The first thing we’d like to point out is that not all wireless headsets use the same wireless technology. With modern wireless headsets. You’re presented with two options here. They can either utilize Bluetooth or 2.4 gigahertz radio signals. The benefits of Bluetooth are the lower price and the support for any Bluetooth enabled device. This, however, comes at the cost of lower sound quality and shorter range. The 2.4 gigahertz wireless is essentially the complete opposite headsets. Using this wireless technology have a better sound quality in a longer range, but they suffer from limited compatibility and the need to connect by their own wireless dongles. In practice, this means Bluetooth headsets are a better pick if you intend to use them with multiple devices. Also, while the sound quality will be lower by comparison, we have to know that newer versions of Bluetooth offer a much better sound quality than older ones did. Still worse in comparison to 2.4 gigahertz, but still pretty good. On the other hand, if you plan on using the headset exclusively on your PC thing, choosing 2.4 gigahertz wireless will give you the best sound quality. Just remember that whatever device you’re planning to use these headsets on, we’ll need to have a USB port for the dongle and also support the headset in question.
Now with that out of the way, let’s get back to the question of wired versus wireless headsets. Essentially, there are three things to keep in mind when deciding which headset is the better pick for you. These are the sound quality, the price, and whether you’d rather deal with the cable or the battery life. Let’s start with the sound quality.
No. Before we go any deeper into this matter, we have to remember that the sound quality depends on more than just the connection type. The quality of the drivers plays the most crucial role here. So $300 wireless headset will sound better than a hundred dollars wired one. Even despite the fact that pound for pound wired connections have the edge here. Another notion that we’d like to dispel is that of sound quality being measured by bid rates. Wired connections support much higher bit rates than wireless connections. That’s true, but the thing is these higher bid rates are in most cases unnecessary. This is because digital audio rarely reaches bit rates that aren’t supported by a quality wireless headset. No, don’t get us wrong. It’s not that bit. Rates don’t matter at all. If you’re listening to top quality lossless audio or analog records such as vinyl, then yes you need the higher bit rates and therefore a wired connection. But we’re here to see which of these is better for gaming and frankly you have to be certified audio file to notice any difference here when it comes to end game audio and MP3 files. So there really is no concern not to opt for a wireless headset, at least as far as sound quality is concerned. Of course there are always other things to consider. The first of which is usually the price.
Wireless headsets may not sound discernibly worse for gaming, but they sure are discernibly more expensive. So the question here shifts from which one of these is better too. Why should I pay more for lower sound quality? If you’re on a budget, the answer is you shouldn’t. Especially if you’re a PC gamer, you’ll be next to your computer anyway when gaming is. So the only benefit of going wireless would be to have one fewer cable to worry about getting tangled up doesn’t seem like the best straight. If your console gamer, however, then you’ll be sure to appreciate the added freedom of movement. But this is already getting into the territory over third subcategory. So let’s roll the transition screen first.
Okay, that’s better. Now what this section basically boils down to is both of these types of headsets have some drawbacks. Wide headsets can be a real hassle to manage what would the cables tangling and the limited range of movement, but at least you don’t have to worry about the battery getting out in the middle of a match and wireless headphones for all the freedom of movement they provide are still shackled by their battery life and ironically depend on cables for charging the battery. Life will depend on the model and how frequently and intensely they’re being used. But most headset will need to recharge every couple of days or even daily. In the end, it’s entirely up to you to decide which of these is the lesser evil.
So when we look at all the equations, what does the math tell us? Is it better to use a wired or wireless headset for gaming? Honestly, neither is superior and it all comes down to preference, but if we had to speak in general terms, wired headsets are the better pick for PC gaming. If nothing else, they’re much more cost-efficient. However, if you’re a console gamer or use both platforms, then going wireless is definitely the wiser move. Of course. Another good question to ask yourself is whether you need a headset in the first place, if headphones will suffice. If you want to know more about the distinction between these two, then check out the link in the description. That’ll lead you to our post which covers this exact topic. There will also be a link to the post where we list out the best wireless gaming headsets currently on the market, so make sure you check that out as well.
If decide going wireless is the way to go, and there you have it, a brief article answering the age-old question of wired versus wireless. This time in regards to gaming headsets. If you’ve enjoyed this post, then don’t forget to like subscribe and let us know where you stand on this topic down in the comments. Also, if you want to see more reviews like this one, the best way to do that is to click on the bell icon so that you’ll be the first to know when new reviews get uploaded. In the meantime, mere games, be fun in your last few, and as always, we’ll see you next time.