What are the Best Gaming Earbuds? Our Top Picks of 2017

It’s no secret that a lot of gaming requires a head set. How are you supposed to talk down Leroy Jenkins or that annoying 12-year-old dwarf on your team without a mic? And how are you supposed to stay up until 3 in the morning blowing up zombies and not wake up the whole neighborhood without a good set of headphones? But traditional gaming headsets can get cumbersome, hot, and uncomfortable, especially when worn for any length of time. And forget about taking them anywhere with you. Enter in-ear gaming earbuds. Inconspicuous, made to fit well in the ear, and nice and light, earbuds are essential in any modern gamer’s tech arsenal. We’ve done the due diligence and compiled a list of the 12 best gaming earbuds with microphones, to help you choose the best gaming earbud for you in 2017 – whatever your preference or style of gaming. Enjoy!


1. Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 (Editor’s Pick)

Best for Lightweight Reliability

Razer Hammerhead Pro V2 Gaming Earbuds

These gaming earbuds earned our “Editor’s Pick” by being super durable and light—Razer made sure of that by building them out of the same aluminum that airplanes are made of! Not to mention they offer extreme sound isolation and optional bi-flanges for a customizable fit and five-star comfort. Pristine acoustic quality makes the Razers stand out from the competition—these earbuds are absolutely worth the investment. If you’re looking for gaming earbuds, then look no further than the Razer Hammerhead Pro V2‘s.


2. Sentey Bullex Gunmetal Earbuds

Best for Style Conscious PC Gamers

Sentey Bullex Gunmetal Earbuds

These customizable gaming earbuds have been steeply discounted and are flying off the shelves RN. With a sleek, bullet-like design and corrosion-resistant aluminum construction, we love the chic look and ruggedness of the Sentey Bullex Gunmetal Earbuds. They also deliver nice, loud sound and have interchangeable front caps to accommodate different types of music. Of course, like all the gaming earbuds on this list, they have an in-line mic and sound isolation for an immersive gaming experience. These earbuds are best for PC gamers because they aren’t compatible with gaming systems like XBox or PS4. But pull out Overwatch or Civ VI and be amazed!


3. GranVela G10

Best for a Comfy Fit

GranVela G10 Gaming Earbuds

GranVela has engineered their G10 earbuds for ultimate comfort and a full sound. The memory foam tips conform perfectly to the contours of your ear for personalized, long-wearing fit. They won’t fall out, they won’t hurt your ears—and if the memory foam tips aren’t quite the right size, GranVela includes three different sizes of gel tips, too. And we love that these earbuds have a splitter cable for multi-device compatibility. In other words, you can whip up Molotov cocktails in The Last of Us for PS4 or plug them into your tablet for a podcast. Isn’t it nice to have options?


4. Mad Catz ES Pro

Best for Trash-talking

Mad Catz E.S. Pro 1 Gaming Earburds

Are you always being asked to speak up? Maybe you need the Mad Catz ES Pro gaming earbuds with a second detachable boom mic. This extra mic picks up sound like nobody’s business and is perfect for getting your voice heard over the hustle and bustle of multiplayer platformer games. The earbuds also feature a super long cable (two meters!) and convenient, easy-to-use in-line volume controls and a mute button. Can you hear me now? Good.


5. Turtle Beach Gaming Earbuds

Best for… Well, Call of Duty

Turtle Beach COD Gaming Earbuds

What can we say? We’re geeking out over these Limited Edition Turtle Beach Black Ops II CoD earbuds. Not only do they gratify our inner fanboy, but they also deliver some of the best sound in the business. With a gold-plated plug for the highest sound fidelity, a body design that maximizes ear stability, and a durable braided cord, there is so much to love about these earbuds. They’re specially engineered for use with Play Stations, but you can also plug them into your phone or tablet for casual listening or movie watching.


6. ROCCAT SYVA

Best for Forgetting They’re There

ROCCAT SYVA earbuds

The cool, angled design of these earbuds reminds us of a Corvette’s classic silhouette. So save yourself some money and cure your mid- (or quarter-) life crisis with these high performance gaming earbuds. Enjoy great audio quality, a tangle-resistant cord, and super lightweight construction. In fact, they’re so light that you might have to remind yourself you’re even wearing them! We love that the ROCCAT SYVA gaming earbuds literally weigh half an ounce but still drop some powerful bass and a crisp, clear sound.


7. Actionpie VJJB-V1S

Best for YOUR Ears

Actionpie earbuds

Actionpie has really impressed us with the quality and design features of these ActionPie VJJB-V1S earbuds. For the perfect custom fit, choose one of SEVEN tips, and choose between wearing the earbuds straight down or over the ear. Unique driver engineering makes for ultra-realistic sound, powerful bass, and beautifully balanced tones. And the earbuds feel surprisingly light and comfortable in the ears. We think they look pretty hardcore, too. These are a great go-to for either gaming or music.


8. Razer Hammerhead V2

Best for Build Quality

Razer Hammerhead Gaming Earbuds

Razer has a well-earned reputation for excellent gaming headsets, and now they’ve expanded their product line to include on-the-go gaming earbuds. We dig the ergonomic design of the Razer Hammerhead V2 earbuds, the flat anti-tangle cord, and the characteristic heavy Razer bass and outstanding sound quality.


9. Honstek In-Ear Earbud Headphones

Best for Energetic Gamers

Honstek In-Ear Gaming Earbuds

It’s seriously hard to find earbuds that can stand up to lots of movement. Even the most comfortable ones tend to fall out with enough jumping around. Honstek has solved that issue with the Honstk X6 In-ear earbuds that practically click right into your ear canal and stay put like a miracle. They’re so comfortable you could wear them all day, whether slashing monsters in Zelda or blasting gangsta rap on your long run. Not only that, but they deliver unbeatable sound quality and can handle bass, mid, and high ranges. And at this price, these earbuds are a total steal!


10. PlayStation Vita In-ear Headset

Best for Dependability

PlayStation Vita In-ear Headset

PlayStation practically invented gaming headsets, so it doesn’t surprise us that their Vita In-ear headset is absolutely top notch. They look great, they sound amazing, and they’re genuinely easy to use. Obviously, they are specially built to be best for use with the PS4 and other PlayStation models, but they are compatible (and sound fabulous) with phones and tablets as well.


11. Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earbuds

Best for Upping Your Bass Game

Sony Extra Bass Earbud Headset

It’s hard to go wrong with Sony! These Sony MDRXB50AP gaming earbuds really reduce ambient sound and use special magnetic drivers to put out strong bass and exceptional mids and highs. We love the clear sound and comfortable feel of these earbuds, and the microphone is easy to use and high quality, too. Check them out in red or blue for a stylish pop.


12. Sentey Oryon Eaburds

Best for Matching Your Earbuds to Your Outfit

Sentey Oryon gaming earbuds

With a brushed metal finish and five different color options, we love the look of these Sentey Oryon gaming earbuds. And they’re a bargain like you wouldn’t believe! They boast high def sound, a tangle-free cord, a universal mic, and a choice of three unique end caps for different sound preferences. At this price, you might as well get a different color for each day of the week!

James