The best free website builders 2018

Creating a website used to be the domain (geddit?) of professional designers and coders, but thanks to free website builders, these days it’s something anyone can tackle.

The problem is that there are so many website creation applications and services vying for attention that it can be difficult to know which one to opt for – this is where we can help.

We’ve collated the very best free website builders available, including a mixture of offline software and online tools. It’s usually quicker, easier and more efficient to create and edit a site entirely online with a WYSIWYG editor, but if you want complete control over every aspect of your site’s design and hosting, you’ll need a desktop-based free website builder.

So whether you’re looking to create a site for your business, a new blog, or you just fancy creating an online presence for yourself, here are the best website builders to help you out.

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If you want to create a website as quickly as possible, look no further than Weebly. It’s so easy to use, you’ll have a great-looking site online in mere minutes.

Weebly offers you two ways to build your website. Both involve creating it online, and both are as quick and painless as possible.

The simplest option is to use the basic editor builder which will guide you through a series of questions before automatically creating a site for you. There is scope for customization, but the focus here is really on fast results for anyone who is terrified of designing websites.

A more hands-on approach is available if you decide to use the standard Editor. There are literally hundreds of stylish templates to choose from – and, yes, they are genuinely impressive – which you can tweak and tailor to your needs using a beautiful WYSIWYG editor.

Despite being a cloud-based website builder, Weebly gives you a great degree of control over the look of your site and placement of page elements. You can also liven it up using additional feature features such as a newsletter and live chat. This power and flexibility make Weebly our favourite website builder around for creating your own site.

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Download WordPress

WordPress is the tool for choice for many blog owners. It takes a little getting used to, but once you’ve mastered it, you’ll love its flexibility

Causing a slight degree of confusion, there are actually two different versions of WordPress. The more complex variant can be downloaded from wordpress.org, and you will need to upload it to your own web space and install it using the automated online installer. You can then customize the templates and use add-ons to make the site your own.

This is the route many bloggers go down, but there is a simpler option for people who don’t want the hassle of fiddling about with scripts and getting dirty with hardcore editing.

The hosted version of WordPress lets you create your own site on wordpress.com. You can create everything from a blog or photo site, to a fully fledged online store, and there are a number of templates to choose from.

Whether you’re creating a static site, or a blog-style site with regularly updated content, the online editor is a joy to use and allows just about anyone to create an impressive, professional-looking site. The only downside is the limited range of plugins and templates compared with the desktop website builder.

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WebSite X5

WebSite X5 makes building a website on your desktop easy, with good-looking templates and an intuitive site builder

Incomedia WebSite X5 normally sells for £14.90 (about $21/AU$26), but it’s free to download for TechRadar readers.

Unlike WordPress and Wix, WebSite X5 is a desktop website builder, which means you can work on your site offline and have more freedom to make your website look exactly the way you want.

There’s a range of ready-made templates to choose from, or you can create your own design from scratch. Next, build up your site map, showing the hierarchy of your pages and how they connect to one another – a feature you won’t find in most web-based site builders.

Once that’s done, you’re ready to start building your pages using Website X5’s simple drag-and-drop interface, which includes tools for editing both rich text and photos.

If you don’t want to be tied down to an online site builder, WebSite X5 is the tool for you.

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CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor

CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor isn’t a WYSIWYG website builder, but it provides a live preview of your site as you write it

CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor is one of a dying breed of web building programs that don’t use a CMS (content management system). While not in the same league as the likes of Adobe Dreamweaver, Free HTML Editor packs quite a professional punch. With split screen code/preview views, it’s possible to see the effect the changes you make have straight away.

To help you get started quickly, there are a number of templates built into the program, and there are some very nice features such as tag and code suggestions as you type. For absolute beginners the program might seem a little overwhelming to start with, but it’s worth sticking with it – assuming you have some HTML knowledge. There is one slight issue; a number of features, such as spell-checking and code optimization, are only included in the paid-for version of the program.

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Joomla

If you’ve used WordPress before, you might be interested in the power of Joomla. It’s not as easy to use though, so beginners are better off sticking with a simpler option like Wix

Joomla is a well-known name in the CMS world. It may not be as popular as WordPress, but it offers the same two options: build a site using the web app at joomla.com and have it hosted on the company’s servers, or download the software from joomla.org and host it yourself.

If you choose the latter option, you’ll notice that the interface is much less approachable than WordPress. It’s not completely impenetrable, but there are lots of menus and options to work through and it doesn’t feel quite as polished as WordPress.

Joomla’s online website builder is nearly as complex, but doesn’t involve the same setup process, making it a better option for beginners. Its key selling point is a huge collection of themes and extensions, which provide endless ways to customize the way your site looks and works.

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Mobiistar adds two new names to the list of affordable smartphones in India

Vietnam based smartphone maker Mobiistar has made its debut in India with the launch of Mobiistar XQ Dual and Mobiistar CQ budget smartphones in its Selfie Star series. Both the devices will be available exclusively from Flipkart starting May 30.

The Mobiistar XQ Dual has been priced at Rs. 7,999 and the low-end Mobiistar CQ has been priced at Rs. 4,999. The XQ Dual is a selfie focused smartphone and features a dual camera setup up front. The Mobiistar CQ is aimed at first time and low-end smartphone buyers. While the Mobiistar XQ Dual has a fingerprint sensor, the CQ does not sport the sensor, which is alright considering its price.

Mobiistar XQ Dual Specifications

The Mobiistar XQ Dual runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and features a 5.5-inch full HD 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, an aspect ratio of 16:9 and Asahi Dragontrail protection. While 18:9 displays are trending these days, Mobiistar has decided to use a 16:9 aspect ratio display for its device.

In terms of performance, the Mobiistar XQ Dual is powered by an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled with Adreno 505 GPU. In terms of memory, the device features 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.

Coming to the camera department, the main highlight of the device is its dual camera setup at the front. It features a 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture plus a 120-degree wide-angle lens. At the back, the device sports a 13MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash.

The Mobiistar XQ Dual is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, ViLTE, Bluetooth 4.1 WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, micro USB port, FM Radio and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Mobiistar CQ Specifications

The Mobiistar CQ is aimed at first time and low-end phone buyers. In India, the device will compete with the likes of Xiaomi Redmi 5A and the Tenor D which have similar specifications. It runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and features a 5-inch HD 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9.

In terms of performance, the Mobiistar CQ is powered by the quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. In terms of memory, the device features 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A and the Tenor D are also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC.

Coming to the camera department, the Mobiistar CQ features an 8MP primary camera with LED flash. On the front, the device sports a 13MP secondary camera for selfies. It has seven level beauty mode to help users take proper selfies.

The Mobiistar CQ is powered by a 3,000mAh battery and connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, ViLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, FM Radio, GPS and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Pricing and Availability

The Mobiistar XQ Dual and CQ are priced at Rs. 7,999 and Rs. 4,999 respectively and will be available exclusively from Flipkart starting from May 30. Both the smartphones come with Flipkart mobile protection at Rs. 99 and Rs. 2,200 cashback offer from Reliance Jio.

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Best nonprofit software of 2018

From attracting and retaining donors to organizing fundraising events and campaigns, the operational challenges that come with running a nonprofit are varied and abundant.

Just as in the business world, maintaining relationships and revenue streams are vital to survive, but in the world of nonprofits the pressure to do so in an efficient, cost-effective manner – looking after those precious donations made in good faith – is perhaps even greater.

Thankfully, there is a wide array of software tools to help nonprofit organizations with this very challenge. While some traditional CRM platforms may work for charities as they do with businesses, we’ve focused on software specializing in supporting nonprofits. Let’s take a look at the best on the market right now.

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NeonCRM

NeonCRM puts all your data and tools in one place, helping nonprofits to improve efficiency and organization so they can “focus on the work that really matters”, to quote the NeonCRM team itself.

Many of the platform’s creators come from a non-profit background which means they understand the administrative and operational pain points of running such an organization, and should help them design a service catered to these specific needs. Users are able to create online forms, engage donors, plan events, manage members, track volunteers, and get insights from built-in metrics dashboards. 

The platform is comprehensive and pretty straightforward to use, but if problems do pop up, a host of tutorial guides are on hand to walk you through any issues. These are particularly useful in the early stages of getting acquainted with the NeonCRM platform.

The price point – starting at $50 (£37) a month – may perturb smaller nonprofits, but this is not the most expensive offering of its kind, and comes highly recommended if budget allows.

  • Sign up for NeonCRM starting from $50 (£37) per month

Little Green Light

Little Green Light is a sophisticated fundraising and donor management system that does a lot of the digital legwork for nonprofits. In the words of its creators, “timely insights that the data provides mean fundraisers work smarter – not harder – to connect supporters to their mission.”

A wealth of features are on offer here, including a fully customizable dashboard, customizable reporting, constituent and contact management, the creation of acknowledgment messages and receipts, integrations with other software platforms you may be using, and customized, trackable mailings.

The automatic categorization of donors (top donors, most active, and so forth) is a particularly handy feature, enabling users to home in on certain targets without sifting through reams of data to identify them in the first place.

With so many tools on offer, it may be worth utilizing the extendable free trial to fully get to grips with the platform and make sure it’s right for the needs and skillset of your staff. A further boon is a user-friendly design, plus a heap of video tutorials to help the unacquainted acclimatize to the system, and make good use of its numerous features.

  • Sign up for Little Green Light starting from $39 (£29) per month

CharityTracker

CharityTracker enables different charitable organizations in the same community to collaborate with one another to improve the efficiency of their services.

The creators came up with the idea for the platform off the back of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in 2005. They noticed the scarcity of communication between different agencies trying to help displaced families in their home town of Florence, Alabama, which led to duplicated operations and poor management of resources.

CharityTracker address these issues by enabling users to communicate in real-time – with each other, and with their communities. Features include a shared client case database, tracking and reporting, post bulletins and referrals.

An extremely easy-to-use interface is one of the key plusses here. Navigation across different features is simple, which should save time training users. With many of these users potentially being volunteers with little knowledge of IT and data entry, this is an invaluable aspect of the platform. Its round-the-clock tech support is excellent too, so any problems that do arise should be nipped in the bud swiftly.

For the data-heads who like to really get under the bonnet with their analyses, the reports may seem a little limited and cumbersome, but there is little else to fault with this well-priced service.

  • Sign up for CharityTracker starting from $20 (£15) per month

Bloomerang

Bloomerang helps nonprofits reach, engage and retain donors with its feature-packed platform. The company claims to have worked with “high-level thought leaders in philanthropy” to create a service that makes it easier than ever to build strong relationships with donors.

The software’s core features include a dashboard that displays the organization’s donor retention rate along with suggestions on how to improve that, as well as future incoming donations.

Users can also manage reports and accounts, while a social media hub monitors what constituents may be tweeting about your organization. It’s a shame Facebook and Instagram aren’t enabled, but lots of platforms don’t have this tool built-in at all, so we’re not complaining.

Design is a strong point, with campaign progress showed as soon as you log in, while a clean, user-friendly design is employed throughout. You don’t have to be a software expert to make use of the platform, and it’s also been optimized for mobile for those who wish to log in on the move.

Bloomerang boasts an impressive array of features but it is slightly less customizable than other services, which can be frustrating when trying to tailor the platform to the specific needs of each user within the organization. Given the higher price point demanded here, this is something of a drawback.

  • Sign up for Bloomerang starting from $99 (£74) per month

DonorPerfect

DonorPerfect is a one-stop-shop for fundraising and donor management. It promises to “supercharge your nonprofit’s fundraising initiatives and cultivate your most valuable relationships” via its software platform.

The roster of features include the ability to manage constituent contacts and donor development, send personalized communications, report and analyze results, integrate with other products and services, as well as being able to collect donations and information online.

A standout feature of DonorPerfect is its extremely attentive support team. Unlike many other services, there is always somebody ready to help at the end of the phone. Sometimes scanning tutorials just doesn’t answer your question, and long waits for assistance can be frustrating, so the ability to speak directly to someone about an issue is a strong selling point.

DonorPerfect doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of other services we’ve covered here, but it remains very comprehensive, and only really hard-core users will exhaust the options at their disposal.

  • Sign up for DonorPerfect starting from $89 (£66) per month

Best of the rest

Operating on a slightly smaller scale? Then perhaps Continue To Give is the platform you need. With pricing starting at $30 (£22) per month, this service helps small to medium-size nonprofits collect donations across multiple avenues via the web, email, mobile, and social media crowdfunding.

Wild Apricot is an all-in-one membership management solution which already serves over 16,000 associations, nonprofits, and clubs. Key features include full membership database management, a drag-and-drop website builder (including easy integration with your existing website), online event registrations, automated emails and much more. 

By bringing together supporter engagement and constituent relationship management software in one integrated platform, Salsa CRM supplies nonprofits with all the online and offline tools they need to engage communities, raise funds, rally supporters, and thus, in the words of the company, “change the world.”

Focusing on events and volunteer organization, InitLive enables users to efficiently manage their teams. The cloud-based web platform boasts tools for event planners to recruit, assign staff, copy shifts, and reuse or export data. 

DonorSnap allows fundraisers to capture, organize and store donor contacts effectively. Using a customizable database with user-defined fields, you can track relationships and affiliations, manage memberships and accept event registrations.

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Turning GDPR into an experience benefit

In recent years, data capture has followed a ‘quantity over quality’ approach resulting in acres of premature data taking up space and causing a headache if and when we actually needed to delve into it. However, GDPR forces a return to the idea of ‘quality over quantity’ and actually creates an opportunity: GDPR offers us the chance to start again; finding quality data and capturing this at the right time, for the right reasons. 

Data can be a powerful tool, and when used collected and processed correctly, you can turn it into an experience benefit for your customers, enticing them to return, nurturing them from initial contact, through to purchase, all the way through to advocacy and loyalty. Here are just a few ways to achieve this:

Be clear about how you will use data before you capture it. Data isn’t useful until it has a purpose

Data without context is just data, data with context is information. A date is only a string of numbers until you know you’re looking at a date, add in formatting and it’s even clearer. Data needs to be viewed with other data to make sense of it. What you actually want from your customers is to be able to add their data into your analytical melting pot and for it to spit out information that will:

A) Encourage spend or interaction

B) Make your customers feel valued and loyal to your brand

Tell your customers that, so they understand how their data helps make your brand better.

Know the difference between data you want, and data you need

Under the GDPR the customer has a right to know why data is captured and what it will be used for. Customers won’t give up their data if they don’t see a credible reason beyond the obvious need for fulfilment of the service or product. As a mutually beneficial value exchange develops along with trust, you can start to ask for more data at the right time and in the right context. Don’t be greedy. Create a list of the data items that you need, separated from what you want alongside your customer journey / customer experience plans. 

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Don’t use data as a ‘just in case’ asset

We hoard data. Gathering it as soon as we can, just in case we might need it. Manufacturers long ago realised that this ‘just in case’ mentality is simply inefficient, expensive and a bit lazy. With leaner planning and forecasting processes, manufacturers are less likely to be stuck with a roomful of expensive but defunct widgets. So why shouldn’t we treat data in the same way? The fear that customers won’t part with their data later on drives brands to capture so much data as soon as they can. This mentality has to change; ideally customers should volunteer data to personalise or customise their own experience.

Have a plan for dealing with the new ‘rights’ under GDPR

Along with subject access reporting, customers can and will request changes to their data, and will exercise the right to decline processing. You need to have a plan for how you will manage these so that you can act promptly and mitigate risk to your brand. Social media and the press will be all over GDPR-related incidents. More importantly, no-one wants to be trending as part of #NotGDPRCompliant.

Adopt a service thinking approach – learn to adapt and adapt to learn

For a mutually beneficial value exchange to work we need to encourage feedback. Service thinking requires feedback loops and agile thinking. Brands are not going to get this right immediately so be prepared to adapt and to listen to your customers. It’s their data after all.

 Marie Bradley is Head of BA and QA at Tribal Worldwide’s Tech Engineering Practice.

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Volvo V40 becomes the first car you can order on Amazon Prime – for a test drive

Amazon Prime is pretty amazing with the things you can get delivered to your door, but now it’s added something you wouldn’t expect – the Volvo V40 hatchback.

That’s right, using your Amazon account you’ll be able to order a Prime Now delivery of a Volvo V40 to either your home or office.

Now, this is a fairly limited run (which smells more than a little like a marketing stunt), only available over a series of a few weekends in June and July, and only in select cities. 

Coming to a postcode near you

Just in case you want to be one of the lucky few who’ll be able to take advantage of the Amazon Prime Now test drives, here are the time and dates that you’ll be able to book:

  • 9-10 June, London
  • 16-17 June, Birmingham
  • 23-24 June, Manchester
  • 30 June – 1 July, Edinburgh

You’ll need to head over to the Amazon page dedicated to the Volvo partnership, enter your postcode, then pick a time slot for your V40 to be delivered. It’ll be accompanied by an expert who can explain the V40 to you. 

We’d have liked to see true Amazon integration so that you could use you Amazon Echo to call for a vehicle to come to your door, but you can’t have everything, eh?

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The best PC gaming headset 2018

As you wait for the best graphics cards return to regular prices, you should think about the rest of your components and peripherals and how they’re getting older – one day they’ll be as obsolete as an Intel 8080 is today. And honestly, high-quality sound is severely underrated, so while you’re busy trying to fetch the highest resolutions and framerates, you’re being outdone by someone that’s taking advantage of the best gaming headsets, and the audio immersion they offer.

These days, even the best gaming monitors either don’t come equipped with speakers, or they feature speakers so bad, they might as well not have any. So, if you want decent sound, you’re stuck choosing between the best computer speakers, or preferably, the best gaming headsets to hear all the immersion-making background, sound effects and dialogue in crisp, clean detail.

However, a good set of computer speakers can be expensive and take up more space than you actually have, so our general advice here is to just skip all that hassle and just go for one of the best gaming headsets – they sound great, and they’re easily stored to boot.

For the money, the best gaming headset will give you all the bells and whistles of a pair of speakers, but with one key difference: privacy. For those dead-set on letting their roommates sleep at night, here’s a collection of gaming headsets that we’ve methodically tested and ranked for your reading pleasure below.

HyperX Cloud Revolver S

When we first sat down to review the HyperX Cloud Revolver S, we were a bit divided. On one hand, it features fantastic 7.1-channel surround sound, delivered through Dolby’s trademark digital signal processor. On the other, it’s extremely pricey when compared to other similar headsets. Luckily, as one of Kingston’s most subdued pair of cans we’ve ever seen (or heard), the pristine comfort and top-notch sound more than make up for its high price and oddly placed detachable mic.

Read the full review: HyperX Cloud Revolver S

If there’s anything you can count on SteelSeries for, it’s pristine audio – and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro is proof perfect of just that. Not only will this headset provide immersive surround sound for all the explosive action of your favorite games, but, thanks to its included DAC (digital to audio converter), the Arctis Pro will also serve you well while listening to music. It may be a little expensive, but when you consider just how comfortable and bombastic this headset is, well, it’s not hard to see why it’s one of the best gaming headsets you can buy today.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Arctis Pro 

Valuing sheer performance over the traditional ‘gamer aesthetic,’ the Logitech G Pro headset offers fantastic sound quality over long periods of time and little else. Not that that’s a bad thing though. Available for just $89 (about £65, AU$115), Logitech made sure that you’re paying for fantastic sound and comfort, with none of your cash being wasted on flashy RGB lighting or other frivolous features. If you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, but can perform with the best of them, the Logitech G Pro is a compelling headset.

Read the full review: Logitech G Pro Gaming Headset 

If you’re looking for one of the best gaming headsets, but those high-end $300 headsets make your stomach turn and you also don’t want something cheap, you should take a look at the Astro A20s. Featuring solid stereo sound performance in a wireless headset, not to mention the stunning 15 hour battery life, this headset has all the necessary features that you might want in its price range. Sure, it doesn’t have surround sound, but it more than makes up for it with its economy and battery life.

Read the full review: Astro A20

Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition

Over the years, Creative has made a name for itself to be trusted when it comes to audio products – and the Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament edition further cements that legacy. Rather than just sitting and iterating on the winning formula of its previous products, Creative took the Sound BlasterX H7 and completely changed it up, creating a headset that looks as good as it sounds. If you’re looking for a comfortable, sturdy and deep-sounding headset, the Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition, especially at such a low price, is one of the best PC gaming headsets money can buy in 2018.

Read the full review: Creative Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition 

Compromises are a part of everyday life, but nobody actually likes making them. Luckily with the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, you don’t have to make any compromises, you can get high quality lossless audio playback with a wireless headset. And, when you add in the unique and ultra-convenient dual-battery charging system that lets you wear this headset in perpetuity, you have a recipe for one of the best gaming headsets we’ve ever gotten our hands on. If you have the cash, and you absolutely need the best wireless headphones money can buy – you can’t do wrong here.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless 

HyperX Cloud Flight

The HyperX Cloud Flight is a long-lasting wireless gaming headset packed with up to 30 hours of battery life. This means you can potentially get two full days of gaming in between charges. However, there is a catch – unlike the Cloud Flight’s competition in the Astro A20, the HyperX Cloud Flight only offers stereo sound, foregoing any surround sound implementation. You can thankfully get around it by messing around with the Dolby Access app, however, and the sound profile is balanced enough to make this a non-issue. 

Read the full review: HyperX Cloud Flight

Razer ManO'War

Razer ManO’War

Quick and easy to set up using a wireless USB receiver that stores inside the headset for transportation, the Razer ManO’War is a user-friendly unit primed for surround-sound gaming. Sure, it’s a little chunkier than most other headsets, but two soft leatherette ear cups make it comfortable to wear over extended periods. And, with Chroma RGB lighting customizable through Razer Synapse, it even looks snazzy to observers.

Read the full review: Razer ManO’War

Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless

It wasn’t that long ago that Corsair was solely known for PC components but, over the last five years or so, they’ve arguably become better known for their gaming peripherals. With products like the Corsair Void RGB Wireless, it’s hard not to see why. Now, while at first glance, some may scoff at the asking price, the Void Pro RGB Wireless delivers on that price point with great build quality, fantastic sound fidelity and – perhaps most importantly – RGB lighting. Plus, if you’ve already got a full arsenal of Corsair peripherals, the Void Pro RGB Wireless fits in nicely, and can even synchronize lighting effects with other peripherals through the Corsair Utility Engine.

Read the full review: Corsair Void RGB Wireless 

Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset

As a general rule when you’re buying anything, much less gaming peripherals, you get what you pay for. You don’t go into Walmart, pick up a $50/£50 gaming headset and expect to be blown away. Corsair takes this rule and turns it on its head. The Corsair HS50 is, for the budget gamer, the best gaming headset you can buy today. Retailing at $50 in the US, the HS50 has sound quality and mic quality that rivals headsets that are twice as expensive. Everything, even down to the build materials radiates quality. If you’re looking for a cheap gaming headset, and you don’t mind giving up some extra bells and whistles, like 7.1 surround and Bluetooth connectivity, you need to take a look at the Corsair HS50.

Read the full review: Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset 

Beyerdynamic Custom Game

While it’s more expensive than we’d like, the Beyerdynamic CUSTOM Game is one of the best gaming headsets we’ve used in a while. While it might not feature flashy surround sound or wireless functionality, this headset excels in the two most important categories: sound and comfort. Seriously, once you put it on and experience your games in cans that sound this good, you won’t want to go back. Even if the price is a little tough to swallow.

Read the full review: Beyerdynamic Custom Game

Turtle Beach XO Three

Although it’s designed to be used for the Xbox One, Windows users can take solace in the fact that the Turtle Beach XO Three is compatible with any PC sporting a single jack for both mic input and headset output or a PC splitter cable. In spite of this minor caveat, the XO Three is a steal for the price, especially considering its use of 50mm sound drivers. What’s more, it even supports Windows Sonic for 3D surround sound. 

Read the full review: Turtle Beach XO Three

SteelSeries

SteelSeries Arctis 7

 

SteelSeries has a storied reputation among the best PC gaming headsets, and the Arctis 7 only proves to continue it. Boasting a shockingly long battery life and extreme comfort, this headset will appeal especially to anyone who plays a lot of MMOs, where comfort reigns supreme over long play sessions. The sound quality is also worth noting here – as its neutral sound signature means that even audiophiles will be happy with it, even if the bass is a little weak.

Read the full review: SteelSeries Arctis 7 

Astro A50 Wireless

We called the original Astro A50 a “game-changing, experience-enhancing headset,” and thankfully its wireless successor follows the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rule. Astro’s latest headset does what it says on the tin and adds wireless connectivity to an already stellar package. Not only is it ready to rock with your PC, but with PS4, Xbox One and legacy consoles as well – a headset that’s robust and versatile.

Asus ROG Centurion 7.1

Eschewing any traditional rules of fashion, the ROG Centurion 7.1 is a beautiful headset regardless. Even if it’s a genuine pain to get going, this excellent PC gaming headset features both surprising style and a knack for emitting extremely clear sound. The Asus ROG Centurion 7.1’s onboard amp controls give you complete control over this bombastic sound, and this beast can even bolster its already amazing sound through a passthrough to an external set of speakers. Really, this thing is great. 

Read the full review: Asus ROG Centurion 7.1 headset

Gabe Carey has also contributed to this article

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