Let’s talk about the best gaming headset for small heads.
If you were born with a head that’s smaller than the average size for your age, and you like to play videogames, then chances are that you’ll start looking for one of these pretty soon.
That’s because standard-sized headsets will make life difficult for you. We know because we’ve been in the exact situation.
It’s not easy to focus on the game when the headset on your head is either too bulky or too wide, or both.
You’ll find yourself trying to adjust the headband again and again, or struggle to get it to stay in one place.
Not the ideal scenario to be in when you are playing a game where decisions have to be made in the blink of an eye.
Don’t even get us started on the challenges of walking in public with an oversized monstrosity on your head.
What’s the solution though?
Best Gaming Headset For Small Heads Comparison Table
The fact is that there are very few headsets for small heads, unless you are okay with kiddie headphones that is.
After carefully analyzing the best headphones and their size adjustability, we have narrowed down on a list of five that can fit your head snugly even if it’s a tad smaller than normal size.
P.S. Not all of these are dedicated gaming headphones per se. But we are sure that these’ll fit your head more comfortably than a large one with flashing LED lights all over.
Here you go.
1. Urbanears Plattan 2 – Budget Pick
The Wired Urbanears Plattan 2 was quite well-received by both gamers and audiophiles for its well-rounded sonic profile and uber-comfortable design.
It is very lightweight and the clamping force is just perfect for long hours in the commute. For gamers, that translates into marathon gaming sessions spent without a sore head.
The headband has little padding. But you can just slide to adjust it and thankfully, it fits small heads perfectly. We have spoken to many women who swear by how comfortable these are on their heads.
Urbanears has directed all the padding towards the ear cups, which are plush and offer excellent noise cancellation. Nothing leaks in or gets out of this.
On the right ear cup, there’s a joystick which lets you access most controls by sliding it in different directions. That certainly beats manually pressing buttons and makes it easier to control when you are answering calls or using it for multimedia listening.
Coming to the sound quality, it’s not an audiophile headphone. But there’s enough punch in the bass to keep things interesting. The mid-range has great clarity, vocals stand out without sounding muddled, and the highs don’t distort.
That ticks all the right boxes.
2. Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum
Despite a few flaws, we really liked the Logitech G433 for its comfortable design and signature sound.
Sadly, the G533, which was the successor to the 433 was a huge letdown. Then came the G933 Artemis.
Thankfully, when worn, the bulk does not interfere with the fit and it is surprisingly light, allowing long wear times. Also, the panels are magnetic and can be removed if need be, to reveal the LED trims and the G logo.
The headband has ample padding and comes with a fabric covering.
It offers great flexibility and is very easy to adjust to your head size. Even if you have a much smaller head than normal (think a teenager), this will give you a snug fit with just the right clamping force.
The ear cups have a swiveling design, that can be adjusted depending on your preference. Also, it folds for storage and transport.
The control panel is on the right ear cup and we really like the programmable G buttons and the volume wheel, which is easier to use than normal buttons.
The microphone is the flip-down variety and it does not add to the bulk of the G933. The audio quality and the intelligibility are decent enough to record voice commands clearly.
Coming to the sound quality, the G933 sounds as good as any high end gaming headset.
It offers great noise isolation and there’s enough oomph in the bass to keep things interesting. The soundstage does seem a little narrow, but this increases the effectiveness in picking directional sound.
The G933 comes with a 12-hour battery life depending on how you use it.
3. Astro A40 – Premium Pick
Astro is one of our favorite brands that makes some of the best gaming headsets.
We liked the A10 a lot for its exceptional sound quality at an entry-level pricing. Then came the A20, which set a new benchmark for budget-priced gaming headsets.
Both of these are phenomenal buys even today. But there’s none better than the A40 in the Astro line up.
Despite being around for over 5 years, the A40 continues to be Astro’s flagship and is peppered with generous upgrades to both sound and design.
Thankfully, Astro has not added to the weight of the headphone. It’s still a little heavier than the rest at 300gms. But the cloth-covered ear cups and amply padded headbands make long wears comfortable.
Moreover, you can swap these out with a material of your choice if need be.
The sound quality is one of the best in the gaming space. The bass is just perfect, neither too heavy nor too dull. There’s great clarity in the vocals and the mid-tones are crisp and clear as well.
There’s no on-board surround sound. But the soundstage is pretty wide for a gaming headset and it does provide an immersive experience. The directional positioning is top notch as well and you should easily be able to pick up directions in a game that demands it.
You can buy the A40 as a standalone unit or as a bundle with a variety of accessories. We particularly like the MixAmp Pro, which offers a dedicated sound control pad and brings Dolby Pro Logic IIx surround sound to gaming. If you prefer more advanced controls, go for the bundle.
4. SteelSeries Arctis 1 – Our Pick
The SteelSeries Siberia was one of the best when it came to comfortable headsers. But the Arctis 1 makes it seem pale in comparison.
This is one of SteelSeries’ best gaming headphones and much to our glee, it is perfect for men and women with small, petite heads.
This allows you to wear this for hours at end with zero discomfort.
Along with the right fit, the Arctis 1 also boasts of one of the best ear cup fits in the business. It is plush memory foam wrapped in fabric, it is comfy and it will cut the outside world when you wear it.
No overheating, no sweat, no contact points with anything hard or sharp.
The controls are perfectly positioned at the rear of each ear cup and they are a breeze to use. The volume control is a scroll wheel.
The sound quality is a little flat as compared to bass-heavy headphones. But there’s a noticeable thump in the gunshots and explosions. At the same time, the flat profile makes the mids and highs sound crystal clear. The vocals are loud and crisp as well without getting subdued by the other sounds.
There is no distortion either at high volume. Overall, a very satisfying sound quality.
If you hate metal headbands that bite into your head, you’ll love the Arctis 1. Hard to go wrong with it.
5. Sony Playstation Gold
Sony’s attempts so far at creating a quality gaming headphone have been tepid at best.
Despite a flashy design and aggressive marketing, we didn’t like their platinum headphones much. We felt that it was too expensive for the quality.
Their Gold Headset though is a different creature altogether.
This makes it a great addition to this list.
Despite the ‘Gold’ in the name, the headset is entirely matte black from head to toe. Batman would’ve been proud of it.
As a positive, it looks serious. Almost menacing.
The pleather coated headband and the plush circular ear cups are light weight, and have enough padding to be worn all day without pain or discomfort. It has a sliding adjustment mechanism that allows you to slide it up and down to adjust the fit.
The controls are positioned on the left ear cup, which also houses the inbuilt, pinhole mic. Sadly, there’s no boom mic and if you are looking to stream, you’d want to consider other options.
But if it’s for normal gameplay, you’d be pleased to know that the mic sounds crystal clear and loud. There is no muddiness in the sound and it recognizes voice commands perfectly.
It comes with a USB dongle to attach to the PS4. But with a 3.5mm jack, you can connect it to any portable device.
Overall, the Sony Playstation gold is a terrific choice for anyone looking for a great headset for smaller heads.
How To Select The Best Gaming Headset For Small Heads
Like we said, these headsets are not a standard category on offer.
This means that you’ll have to base your selection on a few specific variables.
Here are some of them.
Fit And Adjustability
You want to pick a headset that offers some degree of flexibility and adjustability on the headband.
Be it a sliding mechanism or a Velcro based one, or the conventional metal pronged adjustment system, customizing it will allow you to get the right fit for your head.
By the way, all five headphones in this list can be adjusted to conform to the size of your head.
The clamping force of a headphone is what keeps it in place around your head. It also plays an important role in noise cancellation.
But if it’s too tight, then you won’t be able to wear the headphones for too long without your temples getting sore.
Look for headphones that offer a comfortable fit. Some headphones seem overly tight out of the box but ease up after a few days of use. So, even if it does feel a tad tight, it might eventually wear out.
Padding on the headband and on the ear cups go a long way in improving comfort levels, especially if you wear headsets for a long time.
However, too much padding can add to the bulk of the headphones which can make them look awkward, for users with a small, petite head. It can add to the weight too.
Look for a workable middle ground.
Some manufacturers reduce the padding on the headbands but offer an alternative adjustment mechanism which prevents the headband from coming into contact with the head in the first place. That’s something you might want to consider.
Sound quality is subjective. We may prefer a flat, neutral sound profile while you may like a heavy low-end.
As long as it offers reasonably good clarity and has a bit of punch to the bass, don’t get hung up over the sound quality.
If you are looking for studio-grade sound, then you might want to check out our list of the best audiophile headphones for gaming.
That sums up our list of the best gaming headset for small heads.
We hope that you enjoyed reading it and that you can use this as a reference point for your research.
If you feel that we’ve missed out on anything, do write in the comments box below. We’ll get right back at you.
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