If you’re serious about gaming you will definitely want to get yourself either a pair of headphones, earbuds, or a dedicated gaming headset. Doing some casual gaming on a set of speakers is obviously always an option, but sound plays such an important part in modern competitive games that you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you limit yourself to a set of desk speakers.
A headset is better at positional audio (for gaming purposes), isolates you from distracting outside noises, and isolates your housemates or neighbors from your gaming sounds, so there are only benefits if you’re asking us. Luckily a decent headset doesn’t need to cost too much. If you’re primarily a DOTA 2 player who is looking for a new set you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been taking a look at what the pros are using and we’ve used that data to come up with this list of recommended headsets. In this article we’ll briefly go over their features so that you can make an informed decision on your next purchase.
The most used headsets by DOTA 2 players
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro WhiteCheck price10.64% of players (5)
Razer BlackShark V2 ProCheck price8.51% of players (4)
Alienware AW510HCheck price8.51% of players (4)
Logitech G Pro X HeadsetCheck price8.51% of players (4)
Corsair HS80Check price8.51% of players (4)
The most popular headsets are calculated based on 47 professional players.
What makes a headset good for DOTA 2?
DOTA 2 is known for its excellent sound design, and that combined with the fact that you can hear enemies even in the fog makes it so that you can definitely increase your overall gameplay by getting yourself a good headset or a pair of headphones.
What makes a headset ‘good’ depends on a number of factors, however. By far the most important aspect is that it has to be comfortable for you. It doesn’t matter if it’s the best and clearest headset in the world: if you can’t stand the feeling of it on your head for an extended amount of time then it’s not going to be right for you.
For most gamers, a headset is the most convenient solution. Sure, the microphones on headsets don’t match dedicated broadcaster mics, but if you’re just using said mic to make callouts and talk tactics that doesn’t really matter. If you’re always playing at home and/or you don’t mind the additional bulk of having an external mic in combination with a pair of headphones then it’s definitely an option. You don’t need a gaming-branded headset to game with.
In any case: gaming headset have come a long way in the last couple of years. You often hear people say that every gaming-branded headset is a shameless cash grab but that’s not really the case if you’re asking us. Sure, there are a lot of subpar gaming headsets out there (just as there are a lot of disappointing headphones that are aimed at audiophiles) but there are definitely some really good options out there too.
AlienWare is a brand that initially was mostly known for its gaming laptops and PCs but in recent years the brand has been focusing on other markets as well. Their monitors, for example, are used by a ton of professional gamers, and now their headsets also seem to be getting picked up by the best gamers in the world.
The AW510H is a comfortable and lightweight headset that delivers, for its price, good sound quality and positional audio. Couple that with a decent mic and reliable build quality and you’ve got a good budget option for if you just want a dedicated gaming headset.
There’s little in the way of customization though: there is no software that’s included to allow you to tweak the EQ, for example. All of the controls are on the product itself. That doesn’t have to be an issue but if you’re looking for the latest and greatest in headset tech this probably won’t be it.
Alienware AW510HUsed by 4 DOTA 2 players (Jun, 2023)
The Alienware AW510H is a solid mid tier option for people who are looking for a gaming headset with a unique design.
- Good sound quality
- Wire gets in the way
- Not very adjustable
Logitech G Pro X Headset
Logitech’s G Pro line of products is aimed at professional and competitive gamers. They’re definitely not the only brand to trot out a variation of the ‘made for gamers by gamers’ type of marketing, but their Pro line does seem to hit the mark on pretty much all fronts. The Pro mice, keyboards, and headsets are heavily used across all of our analyzed games and that’s no different here.
The G Pro X has a great sound profile and a bunch of different EQ settings to choose from in Logitech’s G Hub software so that you’re always playing with optimal sound settings. Of course there’s also the option to create and store your own sound profiles. There’s also DTS HEADPHONE:X 2.0 virtual surround sound but we wouldn’t really recommend that for competitive multiplayer games as it can alter the directional audio and that’s not really what you want when one of the main reasons for using a headset is pinpointing important sounds.
The mic also sounds fantastic thanks to Logitech’s cooperation with Blue and their VO!CE technology. There are a bunch of voice EQ settings for you to choose from and the clear and natural sounding mic can (if you’re asking us) also be used for things like limited content creation and so on if you’re asking us.
Take all of that, stick it in a very comfortable and well built piece of equipment (there’s a richly padded headband, and two types of ear cushions to choose from) and you’ve got a fantastic all-round headset.
Logitech G Pro X HeadsetUsed by 4 DOTA 2 players (Jun, 2023)
❝The wired G Pro X is a great piece of equipment, delivering great audio, supreme comfort, and one of the best mics in the business, all packed into a stylish and attractive design.❞
- Great microphone
- Good audio quality
- Comfortable fit
- Blue VO!CE technology improves mic quality even further
- Good build quality
- Relies on software for most of its functionality and is therefore not as suited for console use
After the success of a headset like the Cloud II (which is a pretty barebones, no-nonsense type of headset) many other companies have attempted to recreate that successful formula, and this Corsair HS80 seems like on such product.
This is a mid-tier headset that’s not focusing on fancy features (though it does come in an RGB version) and just wants to focus on the basics. It does do pretty good at those basics, but nothing more than that. If you’re looking for a headset like that, then the HS80 is a decent option, but it has competition from a whole ton of similarly priced and similarly featured headsets, so if you’re shopping in the budget range of the HS80 we’d recommend you to really consider your options first.
Corsair HS80Used by 4 DOTA 2 players (Jun, 2023)
❝In most aspects, the Corsairs HS80 RGB USB is a perfectly capable gaming headset, and nothing more. Sometimes, that’s complete fine and all you need. Not every product needs to reinvent the wheel. If you’re looking for a reliable, solidly built gaming headset you can certainly look towards the HS80 RGB USB, though there are alternatives such as the Logitech G Pro X or similarly priced offerings from HyperX.❞
- Decent microphone
- Good sound for gaming
- Lacks bass and high tones, making it subpar for content consumption
- Not the most comfortable
- Build quality leaves something to be desired
Razer BlackShark V2
The BlackShark V2’s design is focused on (passive) noise cancellation so that you won’t be disturbed by outside noises, and their flowknit memory foam ear cushions ensure that you’ll stay comfortable while gaming with minimal distractions.
What’s nice here is how light and sturdy the headset is: this is made for making multiple trips to and from LAN parties or tournaments without so much as a hiccup, and we suspect that the fact that it somewhat looks like the noise-canceling headsets that professional gamers often have to wear onstage isn’t an accident.
The mic is a bit of a letdown but for the price you’re getting a headset that’s very accurate with its sound and hits the mark on pretty much all fronts, even blowing some more expensive headsets out of the water. It’s not cutting edge technology, but what it does it does (really) well.
Razer BlackShark V2Used by 1 DOTA 2 player (Jun, 2023)
The Razer Blackshark V2 is Razer’s take on the ‘no frills’ type of gaming headset. This more headset is aimed more towards the budget side and it gives you a great bang-for-your-buck performance if you’re looking for a plug-and-play headset from Razer.
- Sturdy build quality
- Good (passive) noise isolation
- Good sound quality
- Good value/performance proposition
- Headset cable isn’t detachable
- Microphone is a little subpar
Logitech G Pro X Wireless
The Logitech G Pro X Wireless headset is pretty much the same product as the wired version in the sense that it performs the same in all aspects. The only major difference can be seen (or rather: heard) in the form of the mic. The microphone on the wireless version sounds notably worse than the microphone on the wired version.
If you’re in the market for a Logitech G Pro X headset and you don’t really care about going wireless we would always recommend the wired version: it is a better headset and you will save some money too.
Logitech G Pro X Wireless HeadsetUsed by 3 DOTA 2 players (Jun, 2023)
The G Pro X Wireless headset is the wireless version of the Logitech G Pro X Headset. It performs pretty much the same in all aspects.
- Good build quality
- Flawless wireless connection
- Good audio quality
- Microphone is way worse than on the wired version
The best headset for DOTA 2 – Conclusion
Contrary to what you might think, sound is very important in DOTA 2, so getting a reliable headset that accurately delivers important info to your ears can mean the difference between winning a teamfight and losing it.
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