Measured in milliseconds, high latency might result in an imperfect sync between the sound and the onscreen action that might be the difference between winning or losing a competitive round. Most of the true wireless earbuds we considered have an app-activated gaming mode, which will further reduce their latency.
Wired earbuds will ensure that you never have to worry about charging and deliver sound that’s in perfect sync with the gameplay. However, these standard audio connector-toting products will probably require a dongle (USB-C or Lightning) to connect to most phones and tablets. They also don’t have elaborate companion apps, and let’s face it — wire clutter can get annoying (especially while you’re gaming).
Find the perfect pair of earbuds for conquering your favorite games among these extensively vetted picks.
Logitech G333 Gaming Earbuds
Logitech G333 are hands down the best wired gaming earbuds worth your attention. They have a cool design with colorful aluminum housings and matching cables, an inline remote control with a stellar microphone, and thanks to a duo of audio drivers packed into each bud, sonic capabilities that defy their price.
The buds also come bundled with a USB-C adapter for seamless compatibility with phones and tablets without an audio jack.
Soundcore Life P3 Wireless Earbuds
The Soundcore Life P3 true wireless earbuds by Anker are great for mobile gameplay. Available via their best-in-class companion app, the buds’ gaming mode will reduce their latency further and embellish the sounds of voices and footsteps, ensuring that you won’t miss anything.
To top things off, the P3 earbuds offer impressive sound and noise cancellation, comfy fit with reliable controls, and a wireless charging-compatible storage case.
JBL Quantum 50 Wired Earbuds
The Quantum 50 wired earbuds by JBL are our favorite for budget-minded consumers. The buds impressed us with powerful sound, a lightweight and comfy fit, and a superb remote control featuring a volume slider and a button to disable the microphone.
Compatible with every device that has an audio jack, the buds are also incredibly stylish — their fabric-covered cable makes them look way more expensive than they are.
Apple AirPods Pro
If you like gaming on an iPhone, an iPad, or Mac, you should look no further than Apple’s own AirPods Pro as your next earbuds. Thanks to the H1 chip, the noise-canceling earphones will maintain a rock-solid connection with your Apple hardware and allow you to focus on your gameplay.
The range-topping Apple earbuds also have top-tier sound, impeccable comfort, convenient controls, and a storage case that’s compatible with wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Wireless Earbuds
Samsung’s smartphones are always among the best mobile gaming rigs, and the Galaxy Buds2 — the tech giant’s latest wireless earbuds — are unsurprisingly great accessories for such a task. Thanks to a gaming mode that’s available in their companion app, the colorful Buds2 can deliver a sonic experience that’s in perfect sync with the onscreen action.
Great sound, high-quality noise cancellation, reliable touch controls, and a wireless charging case round up these earphones’ noteworthy features.