The 8 Best Gaming Earbuds in 2021 – Buying Guide & Honest Reviews
If you are looking to take your mobile gaming experience to a whole new level, you would greatly benefit from earbuds that were designed with gaming in mind.
Besides comfort and ultra-portability, thanks to a set of quality gaming earbuds, you can also enjoy a world-class audio experience that will help you fully immerse yourself within the games that you play.
So, the team at DiamondLobby and I set out to discover the best gaming earbuds to help you shop with utmost confidence to help take your gaming experience to a whole new level.
The selection process was simple. We accumulated an extensive list of qualifying products, then compare and review them based on 6-point criteria to find the best 8 earbuds on the market today. After that, we conducted even more thorough research to find the pair that offered the best performance, best value for money, and best noise cancellation.
We found that the average gaming earbuds offered at least 3 hours of battery life (for the wireless earbuds), comfortable fitting bud design, ear hooks to further better the grip on your ear, device-wide compatibility, decent audio quality, and a microphone.
Anything better than that really is a winner. For example, the higher-end earbuds within our selection feature active noise cancellation (ANC), which you can take advantage of for approximately an extra $100.
Regardless of your requirements, we explored and made a selection of earbuds that host a vast range of features across a scope of price points.
So, without further ado, let’s jump in and explore the 8 best gaming earbuds on the market today.
If you ask anyone on the DiamondLobby team who they would recommend you to speak to when it comes to headphones, earbuds, and audio tech in general, they will point you my way. That is perhaps because I own a pretty good number of high-end gaming headsets and earbuds that I use for anything from gaming to general day-to-day use and have done my due diligence in the field for quite some time.
Over the years, I have spent hundreds of hours researching and reviewing headsets, earbuds, speakers, and other audio-related technology, which has left me with a pretty large amount of knowledge in the field.
Besides my personal expertise in the field, the DiamondLobby team and I took a completely unbiased approach to researching, reviewing, and comparing each of the products in our initial list, to then filter through the 37 earbuds that we initially had and come down to the best 8.
To find out more about how we picked each of the gaming earbuds within our final selection that you will see in this list, please continue reading.
When we set out to find the best gaming earbuds that the market had to offer, we knew that the competition would be fierce and that making a confident list of the best 8 gaming earbuds would be close to impossible without some sort of criteria.
So, we decided on 6-point criteria, which we used to judge each of the 37 earbuds that caught our eye and made our list to help us finalize our final selection of the top 8.
If you are wondering exactly how we picked the final 8 earbuds that you are seeing today, please continue reading as we break each of the 6 points down individually.
We know that any given product’s price is of a huge influence as to whether or not the customer would go ahead and make the purchase. As we explored the best gaming earbuds on the market, it wasn’t surprising to find some pretty pricy products, some of which have made our final selection.
So, to prevent us from only including the most expensive earbuds on the market that very few people could afford or be willing to invest money into, we decided to also include the best products from a vast range of pricing brackets to help all shoppers find something for their budget and needs.
Design / Comfort
When the design of the earbuds is concerned, we ensured that we featured a range of gaming earbuds to fit a vast range of tastes and styles.
Moreover, as a gamer myself, I know how important the comfort of your earbuds is, especially when you play for prolonged periods of time. So, within our final selection, we have only included earbuds that are comfortable and won’t hurt your ears in any way, even after hours of gaming.
There is no doubt that the quality of the audio that you get from the earbuds that you are considering is of utmost importance. At the end of the day, you really are shopping for the best product that can offer you that amazing immersive experience so that you can enjoy your gaming time to the fullest.
So, what we decided to do is fully focus on making a selection of products that offered amazing audio quality, and made that one of our number one priorities when judging each of the 37 products in our initial earbuds selection.
When connectivity is concerned, there really are only two options; wired and wireless. So, what we did was go ahead and make sure that our final selection of the top 8 gaming earbuds featured both wired and/or wireless connectivity to suit every possible need of the consumer.
As a gamer, there is a strong chance that you would want to invest money into a single audio device, and use that across your PC, console, phone, or tablet. If that is the case, don’t worry as we have taken compatibility of each of the earbuds in our final selection in consideration.
The large portion of the products that you will come across in this guide are compatible with pretty much every mainstream device including Nintendo Switch.
As you are looking for earbuds as opposed to a headset to supplement your gaming experience, we have taken into consideration the fact that you may want to bring those earbuds everywhere you go.
So, we have ensured to select products that are not only great in terms of design, comfort, and performance, but also in portability and how easy they are to be carried around.
If money is no objection and you are after the best of the best when it comes to wireless gaming earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM3 are just for you. The reason why we believe this product by Sony is the best, despite its relatively average price point as compared to some of the earbuds on this list, is because it possesses practically everything that you could need to have an awesome gaming experience.
The price at the time of writing was $178.00.
Design and Comfort
The Sony WF-1000XM3 follow a really sleek and modern wireless design in black throughout the exterior with the logo nicely positioned across in bronze/copper color. If black doesn’t rock your boat, you can also opt in for the Silver variant of these wireless earbuds.
As far as comfort of the XM3 earbuds is concerned, the ergonomic design of the earbud ensures a perfect and isolating fit for optimal grip and stability to help you immerse yourself in the games that you are playing.
I actually am a proud owner of the XM3’s by Sony. Not the earbuds that we have displayed here, but the actual headset, and I can confidently say that they are by far the best pair of headphones I’ve ever owned. When it comes to the XM3 that we are talking about here, they are literally just as good, only smaller, and significantly more portable.
When performance is concerned, one of the biggest features that stand out the most to me is the active noise cancellation technology that is perfectly supplemented by a tight and comfortable ear fit. This not only betters the stability of the earbuds as we mentioned above but also better isolates the sound for crystal clear audio quality.
Supplemented with 24bit audio signal processing, the XM3 earbuds by Sony ensure to deliver a dramatically improved sound quality as compared to any of the competitors within this selection.
Moreover, the truly wireless design features uninterrupted L/R simultaneous Bluetooth transmission, which is responsible for crisp clear, and seamless wireless connectivity.
You can take advantage of the amazing audio that these earbuds can produce for up to 24 hours with the charging case. Furthermore, just 10 minutes of charging will equal to 90 minutes of active playtime.
If you are after the best noise cancellation technology that you could possibly find within gaming earbuds, then the Bose QuietComfort 20 gaming earbuds are definitely for you.
The price at the time of writing was $249.99.
Design and Comfort
The QS 20’s host a simple, and modern looking design in black (for the base and the wire of the earbuds), with white (for the buds and the ear hook).
The ergonomic design of the buds ensure that you can enjoy the crisp clear audio quality and experience the active noise cancellation to the fullest in complete comfort, regardless of the time you spend gaming.
We absolutely love these gaming earbuds thanks to their truly world-class noise cancellation technology. Because of that, unsurprisingly they made our top pick for noise cancellation. So, if you are strictly after that, and can afford the pretty high price point, we can assure you that you won’t find anything better on the market.
Besides the ANC technology, these earbuds also feature an “Aware Mode“, which can set your earbuds to adjust the noise cancellation to your surrounding area. As an example, if a car is approaching you, the noise cancellation will take only the noise from the vehicle approaching into consideration and let it slip through the active noise cancellation to help you be safer.
From an audio standpoint, the QS 20’s feature an exclusive TriPort technology, which is responsible for delivering an even better sound, for helping you immerse yourself in the games you are playing.
You could take advantage of these amazing earbuds for approximately 16 hours of total usage, and can enjoy them to their fullest again in just 2 hours of charging.
Note: The Bose QuietComfort 20 that we are exploring today are strictly for Apple devices. Please click here for the Samsung & Android devices compatible Bose QuietComfort 20.
Are you after the earbuds that provide the best value for money possible? After conducting our thorough research, we concluded that the 1MORE Triple Driver best fit this category thanks to their average price bracket and amazing design, comfort, and performance features.
The price at the time of writing was $79.99.
Design and Comfort
The 1MORE Tripler Driver feature a very comfortable ergonomic design thanks to the oblique angled ear fittings, which are designed to naturally match up perfectly with your ear canals.
Rather than getting 1 set of earbuds and dealing with those, with this product, you will get 9 sets of different sized earbuds so that you can make use of the one that best matches your needs.
In terms of design, these earbuds are very simple and clean looking. The lightweight 0.8 ounces aluminum alloy design also ensures further portability and durability.
In terms of performance, the 1MORE Triple Driver combines unrivaled design and Grammy Award-Winning sound engineer Luca Bignardi’s expertise to deliver a profound game-enhancing audio experience.
Despite not having active noise cancelling, thanks to the range of fitting earbuds that you will get, these earbuds will provide you with a perfect noise isolating fit. You can also enjoy the crystal-clear MEMS microphone, which will make your in-game conversations sound sharp and crystal clear, even if you are gaming in loud environments.
These earbuds are also fully wired for guaranteed seamless connection to your mobile phone, tablet, PC, or virtually any other device that you could want to game on.
If you know a thing or two about audio, then you must know that there should be no audio-related guides without at least one product by the amazing Sennheiser. Thus, the most appropriate earbuds for this best product list are the Sennheiser IE 80 S.
The price at the time of writing was $199.00.
Design and Comfort
These earbuds by Sennheiser feature a very simplistic and modern design. You could hardly tell just by looking at them that they are one of the best earbuds on the market today. Perhaps such a design is good for people with more minimalistic expectations.
As you could imagine, the ergonomic design that they host makes them very comfortable to the ear, even after hours of usage. Moreover, thanks to the ear tip set that includes a standard silicone, lambella silicone, and comply foam (all in small, medium, and large sizes), you will be able to find the perfect fit that best matches the shape of your ear canals for optimal fit and audio quality.
Personally, the Sennheiser IE 80 S are easily in our top 3.
The IE 80 S, feature audiophile fidelity that is combined with contemporary design elements and ergonomic features for a hugging ear canal fit and strain relief after prolonged usage.
The improved acoustic design features a fairly dynamic transducer supplemented with powerful neodymium magnets, which work together to provide you with outstanding accuracy and audio clarity.
The IE 80 S earbuds also feature a range of frequency response tuning capabilities. The response of the bass can be customized by adjusting a control located on each earphone (using the included tool). If you take a closer look, you can see a tiny jack-like plug in bronze. This allows you to personalize the frequency response to enhance your in-game audio experience.
Really, the only downside to these earbuds is that they don’t offer active noise cancellation that some other earbuds in this selection feature for an even cheaper price. However, if that isn’t such a big deal to you, then these may be the perfect earbuds for you.
On the bright side, rather than active noise cancellation, with these earbuds, you can enjoy noise isolation, which delivers effective passive noise attenuation of up to 26dB. This will help you to block out distracting background noise to improve your immersion and in-game performance.
If you are on a strict budget, you absolutely don’t need to go for the biggest brands that provide the best technology and sound quality to get decent earbuds. In our opinion, despite their very low price point as compared to some of the earbuds from above, the Turtle Beach Battle Buds are a fantastic budget-friendly alternative.
The price at the time of writing was $19.95.
Design and Comfort
Thanks to their very basic and simplistic, yet efficient design, the Turtle Beach Battle Buds weigh just 0.24 lbs, which makes them ultra-portable and easy to use on the go, whether you are on your way to school or work.
When comfort is concerned, they definitely aren’t the most immersive of earbuds, but you can rest assured that they will not fall out of your ears during the most intense moments thanks to the ear grips. As an addition, you can also switch it up by using the rubber tips that come with the earbuds to find the most perfect fit for your ears.
When performance is concerned, while the ball isn’t amazing, the Battle Buds by Turtle Beach offer very decent audio quality for this price range that many of the competition do not possess.
If you plan on gaming online, you can take full advantage of the detachable, plug & use microphone, which fortunately also provides a very decent level of input audio quality.
Despite being aimed primarily at mobile and Nintendo switch gamers, these earbuds are also fully compatible with Android, Xbox, PS4, and PC, thanks to the seamless plug & play wired connectivity.
Other Great Gaming Earbuds
Didn’t quite find what you were looking from our recommendations from above? Below, you can check out a few other great earbuds for gaming.
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2
Looking for more affordable, yet very decent earbuds alternative to the more expensive recommendations from above? The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 might be just perfect for you.
The price at the time of writing was $79.99.
Design and Comfort
The Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 follow a very compact and sophisticated overall design. The ergonomic design of the buds ensure optimal comfort as well as stability within your ear canal.
Though these earbuds come in black with red, you could also find them in white and red should you have a preference for color.
The set of earbuds also come with a very sleek and compact charging case that can be carried around with ease, wherever you decide to go.
The Souncore Liberty Air 2 gaming earbuds feature an ultra-light and rigid diamond-inspired sound drivers, which produce high-quality audio with premium accuracy.
In case you plan on participating in multiplayer games, these earbuds are just perfect for you thanks to the 4 built-in microphones with cVc 8.0 uplink noise reduction technology for crisp clear communication.
In case you are on the go, and the weather isn’t too great, you can rest assured that your gaming earbuds will be completely safe thanks to the IPX5 waterproof protection.
You can take advantage of all this for up to 7 hours of active usage, and an additional 28 hours if you decide to bring along a fully charge charging case. Furthermore, in just 10 minutes, you can enjoy a full 2 hours of playtime.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless
If you are a true gamer, you 100% have heard of Razer. An unmatched gaming accessory manufacturer. If you are a Razer fan, we’d like to present you with the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless gaming earbuds.
The price at the time of writing was $69.99.
Design and Comfort
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless feature a very sleek, and minimalistic design that reminds us quite a lot of the AirPods 2.0. Weighing at just 0.64 ounces, and featuring a super portable charging case, these earbuds by Razer are perfect for on-the-go gaming.
Although this design comes in matte-black, you can also find this exact model in a Classic White color.
When comfort is concerned, these gaming earbuds guarantee a secure in-ear fit, which is ensured thanks to the silicone tips for more comfort and added grip.
As you could imagine, Razer certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to performance and can easily put up a fair challenge to even some of the more expensive products within our selection.
These earbuds feature an immersive, full-range audio thanks to the custom-tuned 13 millimeter driver technology that supplies a very deep bass and even higher frequency for more dynamic and superior crystal-clear audio quality for on-the-go gaming.
Thanks to the in-sync audio visual response technology for mobile gaming integrated within these earbuds, you can enjoy an immersive wireless gaming experience on the go via the ultra-low 60ms input latency.
Supported by Bluetooth 5.0 and auto-pairing technology, these earbuds by Razer can connect to the last paired device seamlessly for a fuss-free handling experience, and last up to 15 hours with the charging case.
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro
Not quite sure whether the Razer earbuds from above quite matched your needs? Take a look at their 2.0 version, the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro, which undoubtedly feature everything you could possibly need from a set of gaming earbuds.
The price at the time of writing was $199.99.
Design and Comfort
Visually, the Pro version of these gaming earbuds feature a very sleek and minimalistic design, that reminds us of their standard edition. With these, however, the earbuds feature a different, more sophisticated and better-fitting bud design.
Because of this upgrade in ergonomics and design, we believe that the Pro version is more comfortable to wear, which is ideal for gamers that love to play games for hours on end.
The charging case is also completely different. With the Pro version, the earbuds are standing still, very much like the AirPods, while the standard model lay down.
When pure performance is concerned, the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro are THX certified, which means that they are tested and optimized by experts in cinematic audio immersion at THX for a richer, more balanced soundstage for all of your games.
Besides crystal clear audio experience, with the Razer Pro’s, you can also enjoy an advanced hybrid active noise cancellation that will counter any kind of noise that it detects around you to keep you fully immersed into the game that you are playing.
In most cases, such great technology integration will come at a cost when it comes to battery life, however, we see literally no difference in battery life between the standard and the Pro version, which is amazing news.
So, you may be wondering, how exactly is the Pro model different to the standard model? Well, we have put a table just under for you to see a direct, head-to-head comparison, which will hopefully help you understand why the Pro version is around $130 more expensive.
Standard vs. Pro Version
|Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro||Razer Hammerhead True Wireless|
|Earbud Battery Life||4 hours||4 hours|
|Wireless Charging Case||N/A||N/A|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.1||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Charging Case Battery Life||12 hours||16 hours|
|Assistant Support||Siri & Google Assistant||Siri & Google Assistant|
|Size of Speaker||10mm drivers||13mm drivers|
|Active Noise Cancelation (ANC)||Yes||No|
|Ambient Sound Mode||Yes||Yes|
|Audio Codecs Supported||SBC, AAC||SBC, AAC|
Picking the Right Earbuds
If you have come this far in our guide, you are probably having a hard time deciding which earbuds you should go for. To help you make the right choice, we will provide you with a series of scenarios and hopefully, those will help you to determine the product that you should go for.
Scenario 1: Looking to purchase an affordable, portable, and decent quality earbuds with a detachable microphone for multi-device gaming?
In such a case, we would highly recommend you the Turtle Beach Battle Buds.
Scenario 2: You want to block out the world completely while getting amazing audio quality for complete immersion whether you are playing your favorite tablet game or are gaming with your friends on your gaming laptop.
In this scenario, we would recommend you the Bose QuietComfort 20 as they have the best noise cancellation technology ever fitted into an earbud.
Scenario 3: Let’s say that you are looking for gaming earbuds that offer the most value for your hard-earned money. In other words, you are not interested in the brand, or technology, and all you are after is the best possible investment.
For the best value for money, we would highly recommend you the 1MORE Triple Driver.
Gaming earbuds are most beneficial to mobile and tablet gamers for on-the-go use, however, they are just as good for PC and console gaming.
Active noise cancellation (ANC) is a fantastic, quality-enhancing technology that is unfortunately quite expensive. You would need to spend over $100 to find gaming earbuds that host this technology.
You can find very good gaming earbuds at a very affordable price point.
Even the wireless gaming earbuds within our final selection offer a battery life sufficient enough to carry you through the longest of gaming session that you may desire to have.