The Top Ten PC Gaming Headsets 2012

As this is our first post here at Gaming PC Builds we wanted to write about something that we are passionate about that goes beyond just your standard PC build.  In the last few years many gamers have been focused on Video depth and shade technology and the overall increases to graphics technology; however, what many of them forget about is that with increased video technology advancements in audio technology for games is also very important.

Let’s take the Battlefield 3 video with 12 minutes of game play as an example.  While you may not need to watch all of it you can see that the rich colors and depth which EA has included are simply unprecedented.  With new graphics and depth to each game it also becomes increasingly important to have a headphone that allows you to hear your enemies coming.

Battlefield 3 Gameplay Trailer

While we are waiting impatiently for Battlefield 3 we are still  practicing on BF2142 and BFBC2.  We decided to run a two night test in which we used basic non-surround sound ($20) headsets to play the first night and, then the Logitech G930 which boasts “immersive surround sound” as one of their technical specifications.  While this test was not super “technical or detailed” we did make sure to play similar opponents.

The first night we played “ok” as a squad.  The 4 of us remained within the top 15 players most of the night despite lingering problems with microphone quality.  The second night was much better with all 4 of our squad members remaining within the top 10 the entire night.

In the end what we could hear was the difference as we had the same computers and similar opponents.  Being able to turn around and knife your opponent when you hear them coming behind you while you are in a vulnerable position is key.  In fact, despite the better overall sound that’s the biggest improvement we saw.  Other than that it was just pure ear candy.

Without further adieu here is our list of the top 10 best gaming headsets for 2011.  Please note that the order is based on customer ratings, popularity, and personal opinion and not placed in order of performance as we wanted to include budget options for wallets of all “sizes”.

We’ve done a review for each of these headsets which includes where you should look to buy each of these headsets online.

Top 10 Gaming Headsets 2011:

1. Sennheiser PC 360 Headset for Pro Gaming

2. Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 with 7.1 Surround Sound

3. Tritton TRIAX-720 AX 720 Dolby Digital Surround Sound

4. Logitech G35 7.1-Channel Surround Sound Headset

5. Razer Megalodon 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset

6. Ear Force X11 Amplified Stereo Headset with Chat

7. Plantronics GameCom 367 Closed-Ear Gaming Headset

8. Logitech Gaming Headset G330 (Black)

9. Sharkoon X-Tatic SP Gaming Headset

10. Creative Labs HS-980 Fatal1ty Professional Series MKII Gaming Headset

In the end if you want better results make sure to first practice and be familiar with the ins and outs of the maps you play, second make sure to have proper hardware that will run your game smoothly, and last but not least have a solid PC gaming headset so you can really hear what’s going on around you.

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