Best Headset for League of Legends - The Ultimate Guide
Gaming with speakers is never a good idea. It means that positional audio is going to be wonky, you usually can't raise the volume too high, and you disturb housemates after a while. Gamers are usually spotted with a headset on their dome for a reason; headphones are just way better at isolating you from your surroundings (if that's what you want; you can of course also get open-backed headphones) allowing you to focus on your game. Slap a microphone on there and you've got an ideal two-in-one solution that allows players to communicate with their teammates (something that's vital in team games) and hear what they need to hear.
In this list we've gathered the five most popular headsets with League of Legends professionals so that you can hopefully learn a thing or two that'll help you with your next headset purchase.
What makes a headset good for League of Legends?
There are some debates as to whether or not the sound in League of Legends is actually something useful, but whatever your position on that argument is: it's a certainty that you'll want a pair of cans on your head for gaming.
What makes a headset good for League of Legends depends greatly on something personal: comfort. You can have the best sounding headset in the world, but if it hurts your skull after wearing it for just two hours you're never going to be able to rely on it for gaming, so comfort is definitely one of the main considerations when buying a headset.
If you go online you'll notice that audiophiles often recommend you to ditch dedicated gaming headsets and go for a pair of regular headphones and an external mic. This is without a doubt an option, and if the quality of your voice is important (for content creators, for example) it's an avenue you'll want to consider given the fact that headset microphones, no matter how good they are, will never be as good as dedicated broadcast microphones.
With that said: most gamers aren't content creators, and as such a headset is a far more convenient all-in-one solution for most people. The days of headset microphones sounding like cold war era walkie talkies are also behind us; there are definitely headsets out there that can reliably be used for long conversations without them bothering the person on the other side of the call.
Looking on the right, we can see that Logitech is the most used headset brand in the professional League of Legends scene. That's a bit of an outlier, given the fact that HyperX usually take the top spot in this market segment. All three brands that you see on the right produce some great headsets however, and which one you should get depends mostly on what features you want, so in this list we'll briefly go over the important aspects of the five most popular headsets in the League of Legends pro scene.
Most used manufacturer
1. Logitech G Pro X (Wireless)
We counted the G Pro X and the G Pro X wireless together for this entry.
Great gaming headset
The Logitech G Pro X (Wireless) is yet another product from Logitech's Pro line of products that managed to find its way to the professionals. It's the successor to the G Pro headset but this X version improves on that product on nearly all fronts.
The G Pro X has a very sturdy aluminum design that doesn't creak when using the headset, and the stitched headband is thickly padded, leading to a comfortable fit even if you're gaming for hours on end. It also comes with two sets of ear pads: one leatherette set and one cloth set.
For this iteration of the G Pro headset, Logitech have partnered with Blue. You might know that brand from their ubiquitous and high quality Yeti and Snowball microphones. In an effort to create a gaming headset with a crystal clear mic they've implemented their VO!CE technology. This gives you a gigantic suite of options to tweak the microphone settings (including a bunch of presets made by Logitech-sponsored esports professionals) so that your voice comes through as naturally as possible.
The sound itself is great as well. The G Pro X comes with DTS HEADPHONE:X 2.0 virtual surround sound in case you're someone who likes to use that kind of audio processing, but seeing as most gamers use headsets without any sort of virtual surround it's important how a headset sounds without all of that, and the G Pro X also delivers on that front. Here too you can choose between a bunch of premade profiles that allow you to set the equalizer to whatever game genre you're playing, and you can also make custom profiles.
All of this to say that Logitech have really thought this headset through: the sound quality that you get is great and, perhaps most importantly, the soundstage is accurate. For most users it's also incredibly comfy so if you ask us this is a worthy headset for dedicated gamers. With a battery life of around 20 hours for the wireless version and onboard controls you're also guaranteed a hassle-free experience when using the G Pro X.
One note: the microphone on the wireless version is vastly inferior to the microphone on the wired version. Keep that in mind when considering this headset. There are sound samples in our review that we linked on the right.
2. HyperX Cloud Flight S
Wireless HyperX headset
Note: there is also the Cloud Flight but that's a very different headset than the Flight S. We only counted the Flight S for this entry in the list.
League of Legends pros seem to pick up wireless peripherals far more often than professional players in other games that we analyze. Wireless mice are more or less commonplace these days, but all other peripherals usually have a cord attached to them. That's not the case in LoL, and the Flight S is another example of that.
This Qi-charging wireless headset has virtual 7.1 surround sound, a battery life of around 30 hours and memory foam padding. Its steel frame completes that signature HyperX marriage of comfort and durability. Intuitive onboard controls (you control the chat/game balance via the dimples you see on the ear cup) and a detachable mic make for a portable headset that can be used with or without software. If you're a fan of HyperX's design philosophy and/or you want to get a no-nonsense wireless headset with a reliable design then this could be the one for you.
3. Corsair VOID Elite RGB
Budget wireless audio
Compared to the kinds of prices that headsets/headphones can go for we wouldn't necessarily call most products in this article 'expensive' but if you're on a bit of a budget and you definitely want a wireless headset then this Corsair VOID Elite RGB Wireless is a great one to consider.
It comes with virtual 7.1 surround sound, memory foam ear pads and microfiber fabrics for breathability and up to 16 hours of battery life. It's made out of aluminum and has onboard volume and mute controls for a hassle-free experience. The audio experience is pretty impressive and can be finetuned with preset equalizer profiles as well as the possibility to create custom profiles.
The Corsair VOID Elite RGB perhaps isn't the sleekest wireless headset in this article, nor does it have the longest battery life, but it does deliver where it matters, so if you're looking to go wireless you should definitely consider this one.
4. HyperX Cloud II
The HyperX Cloud II has been the de facto 'standard gaming headset' for years now, and that's for a reason. When it released, the Cloud II offered a fantastic value/performance proposition, and while there are certainly alternatives that can match it today it's still a fantastic option and a product that often finds its way to the heads of our analyzed pro gamers. That's a testament to how well designed this product is.
What you get with the Cloud II isn't anything fancy: it has a sturdy and durable design, two pairs of ear pads to choose from (one fabric set and one leatherette set), a dongle to turn on virtual surround and tweak the volume levels, and that's about it. Sometimes that's all you need, though. The sound quality that the Cloud II delivers is very impressive, and while it's true that you're not able to tweak the sound profile by going into any EQ settings or what have you the default sound mix is done so well that that doesn't really matter.
If you're looking for a high end experience or you want to have lots of customization options this might not be the one for you, but if you just want something super solid that's been the standard to beat for years then the Cloud II is the headset you should be looking at.
5. JBL Quantum One
Going all out
JBL is a subdivision of Harman International, and both companies know a thing or two about audio to say the least. This JBL Quantum One is very much a 'throw everything we've got at it' kind of project, which results in an interesting product.
To start off, the sound quality of the JBL Quantum One is up there with the best, which is to be expected from a company that primarily deals in audio solutions. For those noisy environments this headset also features active noise cancellation, which is a feature that's rather rare in gaming headsets. It's not the best noise cancelling pair of headphones out there, but it'll certainly do wonders to drown out annoying sound in the environment, allowing you to focus on the game without distractions.
On top of all that you get the QuantumSPHERE technology: this tracks your head, creating a 360 degree 'audio sphere' so that, when you turn your head away from the screen the audio follows your movements, resulting in lifelike situations where you can turn your head to only hear sound on your right side, for example. That's not exactly extremely useful in competitive games but it is an example of the tech that this Quantum One is packing.
What's more important is the overall sound and comfort, and that's great. There's an equalizer that you can tweak to get the perfect sound profile and despite perhaps looking a bit awkward there's plenty of padding that allows you to get a comfy fit at all times.
If you want to get a futuristic looking headset with some cutting edge technology behind it then this is an obvious choice. It's also a great choice for people who don't care about all that and want to get really good sound quality. The mic is a little below par for a headset in this price range, but the Quantum One delivers on all other fronts.
Conclusion: the best headset for League of Legends
Sound isn't as important in League of Legends, but that doesn't mean you should neglect your ears. A comfy headset will not only allow you to hear the game clearly, but it will also allow you to communicate with your teammates without any hiccups, and communication can be vital in team-oriented games.
What headset that you end up getting will depend on a number of things including your budget and personal needs, but hopefully this guide has served as a nice baseline for you to decide what you want. If you're interested in the topic you can always browse our other guides and if you have any questions then please don't hesitate to reach out to us on social media or in the comments of the relevant articles.
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