The question whether in-ear headphones or over-ear headphones are better is an age-old discussion in the gaming industry. Some players prefer over-ear, others don't. Today, we're going to be tackling the best in-ear gaming headphones you can get on the market.
One thing is certain, no matter what type of headset you prefer, you'll want to hear the loud screech when Gengar appears on your screen and scares you half to death. You also want to know whether you're about to get booted off the map thanks to your opponent's blue shell in Mario Kart, right? Right. Having the best sound is key when playing League of Legends as well.
So if you're one of the people that like to use in-ear headphones, we've got the best ones for you right here. Oh and spoiler, you don't need to be a millionaire to afford all of these.
1. Razer Hammerhead True Wireless (2021): A Good Choice
Razer created some of the coolest in-ear headphones when they released the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless in 2021. Even if you dislike Razer products, these are some of the best in-ear headphones out there. Guys look, even the small little earpieces have RGB-lights!
Okay, but we know it's not all about the looks, so let's check out what these headphones can handle. You get active noise-cancelling. Basically, they recognize noise and eliminate any background disturbances so you can completely and wholly focus on the game you are playing.
They've even got a built-in microphone so you can swear at your friends when playing a round of Mario Party and they just stole the Star right from under your nose. How many other in-ear headphone brands can say they've added such fancy extras to their headphones, eh?
In gaming mode, the Hammerheads manage a response time of 60 milliseconds, which is pretty good. You also get different earpieces in three sizes so that the earpieces fit properly.
2. Asus ROG Cetra Core Gaming: Very Flexible
The sound comes from a 10 millimetre driver, which is quite big for small in-ears. Asus promises a rich bass that is optimized for gaming. Virtual 7.1 surround sound is also available, but we cannot imagine it to be that great... but you're always welcome to try.
Finally, you get a small control unit on the cable that lets you adjust the volume and play and pause a song. Here, too, you get earpieces in three different sizes.
3. Roccat Syva In-Ear: For Budget Spenders
If you don't want to spend hundreds of bucks, but still want great sound and quality, we suggest the Syva-In-Ear Headset from Roccat. Seriously, these headphones only cost a few pennies in comparison, but the sound is pretty good.
We are used to good quality from Roccat and the design of the Syva also speaks for the headset. You also get three earpieces and a small remote control on the cable, which you can use to control the sound. Honestly, are you going to argue with the price?
4. Shure Aonic4: For the Crème de la crème
Now, if price doesn't matter and you just want the best of the best, then you should definitely get the Shure Aonic4. These will cost you almost 300 bucks, but it's so worth it. The sound is incredible and they're also extremely comfortable, especially when wearing them for a long time while playing games.
Overall, you get very well-made headphones with surprisingly good sound for in-ears. But you should expect that at this price. The fact that the small earpieces have such a good sound is mainly due to the fact that Shure has installed two drivers that take care of different areas of the sound spectrum and unite them in your ear canal.
If you have high demands on your in-ears, you won't be disappointed here.