When picking the best headphones for gaming we look for sound quality that’s a match for the best gaming headsets. We’re also looking for headphones that can leave your desk and accompany you on your commute or keep you in the zone at the gym. For the most part, it’s a smooth transition as most of these headphones can connect to your PC and other devices via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm cable.
While premium headphones tend to be comfier than your typical gaming headset, they do lack the features you’d find in a headset for gaming. For starters, the microphones (if they have one) aren’t on par with their gaming counterparts since they are mostly designed for taking phone calls and little else. But if you have a desk microphone, such as a Blue Yeti, then all you have to worry about is comfort and sound quality.
It’s rare seeing a pair of headphones that genuinely shine in almost every regard. But with the WH-1000XM3, Sony has created an indisputable winner, a categorically top-notch set of cans whose only shortcoming is the absence of 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, something we hardly ever see outside of the gaming market. They do have Bluetooth, though, so as long as you have a smart TV, an Nvidia Shield, a gaming laptop, or a Bluetooth-capable motherboard, you should be set for the reclusive world of active noise canceling.
Unlike other noise-canceling headphones, the WH-1000XM3 use an unusually silent QN1 HD noise-canceling processor. In our testing, we found it was able to keep out most sounds, even on the crowded New York City subway. The battery does take a hit for this, but you can take solace in the fact that the WH-1000XM3 last 30 hours fully charged. After 10 minutes of being plugged in via USB-C, Sony claims they can deliver pristine high fidelity sound over five hours. And, to top it all off, volume and playback commands are touch-based. Goodbye forever, inline controls.
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