We are well into 2018, which means that naturally, most of the people are gearing up to buy new hardware, especially peripherals since there are always amazing offers available on them in the start of the year. The hardware in question today is the best gaming headsets under 100 dollars in 2018, and before we start looking at all the options, let us have a little understanding of the product. By many, gaming headsets or peripherals were seen as gimmicks in the first place, made to attract the customers into paying higher prices and buying them.
However, over the past couple of years, gaming headsets, as well as all gaming peripherals have found a way into the industry and made their place. All of this, thanks to companies like Corsair, Asus, Logitech, HyperX, Razer, SteelSeries, and some other. Keeping all that in mind, this list caters to the best gaming headset you can buy in 2018, however, we are keeping the price range limited to $100. That is because in the targeted price range, you can find some impressive options from a number of different companies, meaning there is a good amount of differentiation available to the consumer who just wants to buy a good gaming headset.
Best Gaming Headsets 2018
1. Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum ( Best 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset)
If I am to name a company that has been in the peripheral market for as long as I can remember, I will not be able to think of anyone other than Logitech, at least as far as this list is concerned. Logitech has been making peripherals way before this need for gaming peripherals came into the mix, so they are already aware of how to make high-quality products, even if they are required to make them look outlandish with RGB lighting.
Say hello to the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB, Logitech’s top-end gaming headset that aims to deliver excellent gaming performance for a good price. The headset is available in both wired and wireless versions with the latter being on the expensive side. Right from the get-go, it is easy to tell that Logitech designed this for the gamers; the design is aggressive, and for some reason, reminds me of the aliens in the original Crysis.
Luckily, the bulky design does not have its influence trickle down onto the comfort level as the headset happens to be among the most comfortable ones you can buy for your money. There is ample cushioning available to the user, allowing for a great gaming experience even if you are pulling all-nighters.
My biggest gripe with gaming headsets is how they do not sound as good with tasks other than gaming; thankfully, Logitech takes care of that by ensuring a great sound quality in games, movies, and music. On top of that, despite having artificial 7.1 surround sound, it handles everything really, really nicely as well.
Moving on to the Logitech Gaming Software, I am pleased that despite being in the business for a long time; the software suite that follows is robust, simple, and easy to use. Thankfully, it does not convolute itself, and certainly does not confuse the user with all the options that are available either. All the controls that you need are available; you can customize sound profiles, lighting, or profiles in general with just a click of a button.
Lastly, the Logitech G633 works well with PC, consoles, and mobile phones thanks to the plethora of connectivity options available to you.
The only real gripe I have with the G633 is that if you are someone who games on a laptop and prefers to travel with your gaming gear, then the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB might not be the top choice as the headphone’s bulky design makes it difficult to carry it around with ease.
All in all, the Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB is among the best you can buy at the moment, especially if it is functionality you are looking for, because it does provide an impeccable listening, and overall gaming experience that many other headsets fall short of.
2. Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headset (Best MIC in a Gaming Headset)
I have to be honest here; when the original Razer Kraken Pro came out, I had a lot of issues with it; the headset was bulky, and mostly constructed out of cheap plastic. I would have overlooked it had the headset had abysmal performance in almost all the fronts. For starters, the sound was bad to a point that there was almost no sound separation, and in addition to that, the comfort was next to nothing. So, when Razer brought back the Kraken Pro as a V2 version, I saw some hope.
Although the Kraken Pro V2 is built around the original’s formula with almost the same design, much has improved over the first version. The plastic construction is now much more solid, and I love Razer’s matte approach to everything. In addition to that, there is ample cushioning available on the headset, and thankfully, the headset no longer clamps onto your head like a face hugger.
However, all these are minor, incremental upgrades. I was more interested in seeing how good the Kraken Pro V2 are with sonic performance, and I am pleased to say that they have improved a lot. The headset delivers a punchy bass, but also provides enough separate between all the frequencies. However, I have to say that the mids kind of feel muddy in certain situations, but it is nothing that will break your experience. So, as far as the sound is concerned, Razer’s fixed 95 percent of it. Speaking of sound, the microphone received an upgrade too, and now I can easily tell my team mates the enemy location without me sounding like a robot from Transformers. So, good job on that, Razer.
The headset has an attractive design, followed with an amazing build quality, ensuring that you will not be breaking your headset even if you rumble with it – although, I would not suggest that. Razer has taken a very subtle approach with the design, so you are not going to find any tacky, flashy colours plastered all around the headset, which is amazing.
Though, there are somethings that still require a bit of work; for starters, the mids are a bit muddy on the Kraken Pro V2. However, that only happens in certain situations, so I can assure you that your overall gaming or listening experience will not be effected as much. On top of that, I found that the headset does not have as much clamping force; which can basically make the headset slip around a bit when you are wearing it during gaming.
If these minor inconveniences are not an issue for you, then the Razer Kraken Pro V2 is an excellent choice that will make your gaming experience great, and hopefully bring you back to Razer products as well.
3. SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB (Premium Surround Sound Gaming Headset)
I was really excited when SteelSeries introduce the Arctis series of headphones. I have always been a huge fan of their Siberia series of headsets, so it was definitely refreshing to see the Arctis lineup that had a new design, and very tastefully done RGB lighting that looked subtle, but had a class of its own. The headset I am looking at today is the SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB, a middle of the road headset in their lineup that aims to deliver a great comfort, and sound quality.
SteelSeries is now focusing on a minimal design that is neutral enough to go with any peripheral of colour scheme you have. I love the soft-touch plastic because it feels good to touch, and feels premium as well. I honestly can’t think of anything I would like to change in the design, or the build quality. Both black and white versions are full of character, making this a whole package.
Thankfully, SteelSeries has paid good attention to the headset as a whole as the Arctis 5 is one of the most comfortable options available in the market, and one can wear them for long hours without having the need to adjust or take them off. This is really important because people who play a lot of games, or listen to music while working need something that is comfortable.
Speaking of listening to music, or playing games; the sound on both ends is excellent; I would not call it neutral as some frequencies are more pronounced than the others, but the music and gaming experience on the Arctis 5 is excellent with plenty of loudness to give the proper immersion. However, the one complaint I have in the sound department is about the surround sound as it happens to be average at best.
SteelSeries has also worked hard on the new software that you will need to customize the headset, and I am saying this because the software follows a no-nonsense routine, and it is extremely easy and smooth when it comes to the usage. I wish more companies could pay attention to this as it has become a norm in the industry to over populate your gaming software with features that you do not really need.
The only issue I face with the SteelSeries Arctis 5 apart from an average surround sound is that the cable of the headset is long and sometimes get convoluted. However, if you have a larger desk with proper cable management holes, then you should not have any issues with the headset cables.
Other than these small issues, the SteelSeries Arctic 5 RGB is a great gaming headset that does not cost a lot of money and delivers a fantastic performance as well.
4. HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro (Best E-Sports Gaming Headset)
Kingston’s entry into the peripheral market took everyone by surprise, and many people even joked that the company will not be able to hold its own in the heat of the competition. Because let’s face it, the heavy hitters like Corsair, Razer, Logitech, and even SteelSeries don’t let others have some share from the pie. However, the company defied the expectations with their HyperX Cloud, one of the best gaming headsets you could get.
The HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro definitely is a successor to the original, so it is safe to say that it will come with a lot more features, as well as a higher price. The good thing is that HyperX did not move away from their traditional design language, so you will still find a black headset with read accents, and guess what? No RGB. Which happens to be an extremely bold move in a market where even chairs are now with RGB.
Speaking of design, every single cable on the HyperX is detachable, giving you a true portable experience, and allowing you to carry the headset wherever you want to. Since HyperX is already good with headsets, they have made sure that the comfort level is good too, making the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro one of the most comfortable pair of headphones that I have had the chance to use. I truly enjoy the comfort level, and could not have asked for more.
Moving on to the sound quality; it is definitely as good as the original, however, the high notes might feel a little muddled, but that happens in certain conditions, so if it is good music you want to listen to, or you want to play games without feeling weird about the sound, then the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro definitely delivers on those fronts.
My only issue with the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro is obviously the fact that the high frequencies on the headphones can be muddled in certain instances. However, the good thing is that there are tuning options available through software, so you can control how you want the sound to be.
All in all, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro is actually a great gaming headset with exceptionally well audio f or the price, and the comfort level that makes it among the best gaming headset that you will get the chance to use. The muddled high frequency does not create a lot of issues, so you can keep that in mind for sure.
5. Corsair VOID Pro RGB Gaming Headset (Best Wireless Gaming Headset)
The original Corsair VOID RGB was one of my favorite gaming headsets; it had everything I wanted in a gaming headset, and it complemented by suite of peripherals which is mainly filled with Corsair products only. However, there was one thing that I did not like about it, and that was the microphone felt very quiet. Well, thankfully, Corsair took note of that and released the Void Pro, an upgraded version of the same Void with better sound quality, same solid design, and a better microphone as well. Let’s find out more about it and see if the upgrade is worth the price.
Right out of the box, you get a familiar feeling from the Void Pro, it is not all different from its younger sibling. Corsair has made sure that the Void Pro is available in wireless, wired, and stereo options, just like the original. What we have here is the wired surround option, because that one fits the budget the best.
Not a lot has changed since the original, so it is safe to say that most of the changes are under the hood; though you will find that the microphone has been revamped, and looks differently as well. But does it sound any better? Thankfully, it does sound miles better than what the original Void sounded like, which certainly is a step up. The voice is loud and clear now, and there are no issues with the isolation as well.
With that said, not much has changed as far as the sound quality is concerned, which is a good thing. I am an advocate of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, and it seems like Corsair is serious about it too. The Void Pro sound as good as the original Voids with plenty of separation, and the surround sound works wonderfully well too. I am not a fan of the Corsair Utility Engine, but considering how I have been using it for better part of a year, I am used to how it works.
The headset is moderately lightweight, and you comfortable thanks to the ear-pads shaped in a way that they can fit in the human ear, and in addition to that, the breathable material is solid as well.
With that said, I really cannot find anything to complain about the Corsair Void Pro, however, I would like to talk about some things that are in my mind about this headset. It seems like Corsair took the safe approach they could with the headset; instead of completely revamping the original Void, they fixed some of the things that were not completely up to the Corsair standards. While there is nothing wrong with it – it just makes the Void somewhat of a boring product.
If you are buying a completely new gaming headset, then the Void Pro is definitely a great option, however, if you already own the original Corsair Void RGB headset, then buying this is all sorts of pointless because you will not get your money’s worth at all.
6. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset ( Best Budget Gaming Headset)
If the HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro is a bit out of your range, but you still want to enjoy the greatness of a HyperX Cloud headset, then don’t worry. The HyperX Cloud Stinger is probably one of the most affordable headsets in the market. However, do not let the price fool you as despite the low price, the headset still manages to holds its own against the competition and still provide a great value for money.
Before I proceed, I would prefer to address the elephant in the room, and that is the build quality, because obviously, HyperX had to cut corners somewhere. The build quality is average at best, but that is understandable given the low price tag of the headset. However, as far as the comfort is concerned, it is still as good, so you will not have any issues in that department.
Moving on to the sound quality, the HyperX Cloud Stinger actually has a great sound for the cheap price you are paying. It is not going to lead the class, but considering the price range, I do not think you can get better sound quality. However, I do have to mention one important thing that the Cloud Stinger uses an analog connection, which basically means that the sound quality will largely depend on the device you have plugged the headset in. If your computer or device has a good enough sound quality, you will not face any issue as far as the sound is concerned.
I was a bit skeptical about the microphone because I did not really know if it would sound as good, considering the low price. However, thankfully, the microphone is good enough for gaming online with your friends with enough passive noise cancellation that you will not have any issues whatsoever.
With that said, the complaints I have with the HyperX Cloud Stinger is that the microphone cannot be detached. The reason why this is a complaint is being a lightweight, analog headset, I would want to carry it in my backpack so I can use it while on the go, however, the added microphone just makes the experience a bit less optimal, to say the least. Other than that, the build quality is not as good as some of the other options you would find, but since it is mainly due to the lower cost of the headset, we can consider it to be a necessary cutting of the corners.
7. Corsair HS50 High-End Stereo Gaming Headset (Discord Certified Gaming Headset)
If you believe that the Corsair Void is a bit too aggressive for you when it comes to the design, or a bit out of your range, but you still want something from Corsair, then you are at the right place. The thing I love about Corsair is that aside from providing some of the best peripherals, they also care about people who are not willing to spend a handsome amount of money.
This is the case with the Corsair HS50, from the looks of it, the HS50 looks like a remade Raptor HS40 which was popular among the budget conscious users back when it originally came out. Right from the get-go, you should know that the HS50 does not provide surround sound as it relies on the 3.5mm analog connection, which is fine as well.
The sound quality, luckily, is great to be honest. This is one of the most natural sounding headset that is being marketed and sold as a gaming headset, and I love it. I normally test all the headsets by playing Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds with my friends, and honestly, I love how the HS50 sounds. I shifted from AudioTechnica M50x to this just for the review, and had no issues despite the price difference between both headsets. I could easily pin-point gunshots, and even footsteps, making the gaming experience a bliss.
Have I mentioned that the headset is also really, really comfortable? Yes, the comfort is another strong suite with the headset, and I can assure you that your long gaming session are not going to be interrupted because of any discomfort. Corsair has also made sure that the overall weight is less, all the while maintaining a decent build quality.
The microphone is surprisingly good as well, which is something that I did not expect in the first place, but I was thoroughly surprised. Making the Corsair HS50 a great bang for your buck. So, what’s not to like about this headset? Well, the microphone cannot be detached, and in order to properly drive the headphones, you are going to need a decent DAC, which should not be a problem if you have a good enough motherboard like the Asus Maximus series.
Needless to say, Corsair has done a fantastic job with the HS50; the headset is the perfect example of how Corsair can deliver some great products that are not priced ridiculously high, and can still have a great value for money, and not to forget, some great gaming performance as well. The Corsair HS50 is definitely worth the money if you want a gaming headset without all the flashy looks and lighting that just adds up to the cost.
The one thing that you will see among the companies when you are out in the market looking for a gaming headset is that they create something for everyone. You do not necessarily need to have a lot of money to be able to buy a good gaming headset, because you can easily score one in a lesser price. The same is the case with Logitech, because the company is known for delivering some budget level headsets as well; the headsets definitely sound great, and are worth buying.
Today, I am looking at the Logitech G430 – a budget-oriented headset that offers more simplicity than you would find in some of the other headsets in the market. But can it hold its own against the tough competition, especially in the sub $100 price range. Thankfully, the Logitech G430 has a lot to offer when it comes to performance.
Right out of the box, you can tell where the company has cut corners; you no longer get the RGB lighting. Instead, the headset dons a blue and black color scheme that goes well with the Logitech’s logo. I absolutely love the design on the G430 – it is practical and easy to understand. Sure, it still looks a bit aggressive, but it does not go away from the functionality that the headset provides, as a matter of fact, the G430 is one of the most functional headsets I have had the chance to review.
The comfort level is amazing; I can just wear this headset for hours without feeling the need to take them off; truly a wonderful experience. In addition to that, that construction is lightweight too, so it just adds up to the whole experience.
As far as the actual performance is concerned, this is where things get a bit interesting; I am not saying that the G430 is a bad headset; the performance in games is really good. However, as soon as you move over to the music side of things, everything just becomes mediocre. Needless to say, if you want to enjoy your high-quality music files, then the Logitech G430 might not be the perfect choice for you. While we are on the topic of the sound quality, the Logitech G430 uses 7.1 surround sound, but sadly, it is just average at best; it simply fails to deliver.
Last but not the least, the Logitech G430 does have software support, but only the bare minimum, which can hinder the overall usability experience by a greater degree for some users.
All in all, the Logitech G430 is a headset that tries very hard to fit in, and almost does too. It is largely marred by the shortcomings, that end up making this otherwise wonderful headset, a less than ideal choice for gamers looking for a good headset.
9. SteelSeries Arctis 3 (Best Budget Surround Sound Gaming Headset)
The list is almost done but we still have two more great gaming headsets to look at. I have already reviewed the SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB and raved about it, but if that happens to be a bit out of your budget, then do not worry, the Arctis series has more to offer. The Arctis 3 is basically the younger brother of the Arctis 5, and although SteelSeries had to make some compromises to bring the Arctis 3 into the series; the compromises are not all that big, meaning that the Arctis 3 does provide great value for money, and still has a lot of features that most of the people would want.
For starters, you do not get the RGB lighting of the Arctis 5, but the good thing is that the same matte finish build quality is already here. In terms of the shape, and look, the Arctis 3 largely looks like the Arctis 5, which is not a bad thing considering how I loved the Arctis 5 in terms of look. So, where did SteelSeries cut corners?
Well, as far as the sound quality is concerned, the Arctis 3 has a lovely sound range, and I am glad, because at a cost this low, you would generally expect to compromise on the sound quality. Thankfully, that is not an issue; as far as gaming is concerned, the SteelSeries Arctis 3 delivers on that front masterfully, and thanks to the lightweight, and sturdy construction, the headphones also offer plenty of comfort, so I can assure you that you will not run into any issues as far as the comfort is concerned.
As far as the downsides are concerned, there are some things that I do not like at all; for starters, the microphone is bi-directional, and although it is good, it ends up picking up some unnecessary background noise which is no phone at all. However, that can be solved using the software, so it is definitely a plus point. Sadly, the same software is definitely not polished enough to provide a good experience, and might annoy a lot of people.
In conclusion, the SteelSeries Arctis 3 feels like a product that does not belong in this list. I mean, I like the sound quality, I love how comfortable and lightweight it is, but at the same time, there are so many functionalities that it downright lacks. This ends up killing the entire experience to an otherwise great gaming headset. The software ends up holding the headset back a bit, what otherwise could have been a great product to say the least.
The last headset on the list is another offering from Logitech, and this one is probably the cheapest option available on the market, and it is made specially for people who are not in the mood to spend a lot of money. Which is completely fine considering the fact that gaming headsets do not have to be ridiculously high priced in order to be good. Say hello to the Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset.
The G230 is a stereo enabled gaming headset, which basically means that there is no artificial or real surround sound. Now it would make me upset if I was looking at a higher price tag, but considering how it is extremely cheap (probably the cheapest on the list) it all makes sense. So, does it lacks something? Well, yes, and no at the same time. Yes, because you do not get features such as software control, surround sound, and powerful mic. No, because you are getting exactly what you are paying for, and that is a very good part on Logitech’s side of things.
Do not worry, there are plenty of things good with the Logitech G230 Stereo Gaming Headset; for starters, it takes a more standard colour approach of red and black, which makes things much easier, and better for a lot of people as the headset certainly does not look out of place. As far as the build quality is concerned, the headset is certainly not going to win any awards for being top of the line; however, it is sturdy, and will not break despite being all plastic – thanks to Logitech using good quality plastic instead of the cheaper ones that you can find on many other products.
The headset is also very comfortable; and considering how comfort has become a luxury, it is great to have with this headset. You can wear it for hours, and the headset will not bother you in anyway. This becomes even better knowing that the headset has a lightweight construction as well, so you can easily wear it during your intense gaming sessions.
Speaking of gaming sessions, let’s not forget the sound quality. When I first opened it up and checked the price tag on this, I was a bit skeptical because I did not know what to expect from it. Thankfully, it soon changed as soon as I plugged the headset in; the Logitech GG230 Stereo Gaming Headset is undoubtedly one of the best when you look at the price tag. Sure, it is not going to win any sound engineer awards, but you have to try it out once before you go on passing judgements. The sound is great, considering just how cheap the headset is, and that is certainly a commendable feat achieved by Logitech.
In conclusion, the Logitech G230 does cut a lot of corners but at the same time, provides you with enough features that would make your gaming experience rather good. The decent sound, a lightweight construction, and great comfort is what makes the Logitech G230 worthy enough to be on the list, and at the given price tag, I do not think you can ask for more.
How to Choose a Gaming Headset
The people nowadays are most certainly very tech-conscious, especially regarding the sound. We have come a long way from the time of mute black and white videos. Today we will be looking at one of the vital needs of all gamers, that’s right I am talking about the best budget headset.
A gamer or even a layman at this age and time will appreciate the best sound quality within economical budget. Thus it brings us to this topic as to what an individual should look for in a decent headset, which will not make one destitute. Don’t we all agree on that?
Since there is a huge industry of headset, as you enter the market there will obviously a lot of products to choose from; but one thing you must remember is everything that shines is not gold. The headsets are not merely an equipment to listen but it is an upgrade for your gaming skills and gives a person a sense of realism. The things a person must look into for headsets are…
The first thing is deciding how much to invest in the headsets. In my opinion, $200 is more than enough funds to find a decent headset in the market. But we have to make a few compromises since there is always something better at a greater price. As we have heard from our elders “nothing is perfect” and because of tech advancement, there is always something new on the market. Well not everyone has enough funds so you don’t need to get all depressed as you can find good headsets below that $200 marker, which is below a $100. But for that, you will have to sacrifice some of the luxuries.
Well, the sound quality is the one thing one must absolutely and totally never compromise on. Why else would you invest even a $100 if the headset does not have a good sound quality?
A good and high bass is an absolute necessity for first person shooter gamers. This feature adds a sense of realism to those hours of gaming sessions. This feature more than comes forth as the substitute for the surround sound feature which might be a bit costly.
The other good feature to have a headset is the 7.1 surround sound, though it is optional since this will increase the budget of the headset you are looking for. Surround sound is a feature which basically has drivers installed in each ear pad which emit the sound in certain angles as to create a realistic atmosphere. Caution! When you find this feature in a low ranged price product steer clear of it. Since some cheap products advertise that they have this feature but that is simply a cheap hack and will only distort the sound quality.
Since every day the technology is evolving the manufacturers are trying their best to reduce the acoustic impedance in their devices. Basically lower the impedance better the sound quality.
Now let us discuss a bit about the level of comfort we are looking for and how we can pick a suitable one. Well for hardcore gamers and sound conscious users alike comfort is one thing they cannot compromise upon. Honestly, in my opinion, no one really wants headset which, like some mountain troll seems to be crushing your skull in long sessions of your games or during the movie, right?
We shall look at the build quality the headset should be light and durable since we will be wearing them for long durations. The band should be pretty flexible and light in weight. Now on to the next step the ear pads should be such that the cover the entirety of your ears to avoid sound from getting out or in and affecting our sound quality.
There are some headsets with a noise cancellation feature which means there is an exterior inverted speaker which produce a sound to cancel out the unwanted sound and definitely increase the sound quality. Most headphones these days have this feature so it is a must to have.
Let us talk a bit about how to judge the ear pad quality, the leather ear pads definitely look exotic but they also have their cons. And during long periods of donning those headsets, one will feel irritated with the sweat due to leather restricting the air flow in that region. The ear pads must have a soft cushion to make your experience much more comfortable.
When you enter the market, you will stumble upon all sorts of variety. There will be headphones with open closed or both types included headsets. The ones with both types are suitable since you can have an option of switching to any kind depending on your mood. But if this thing will increase the price of the article I would suggest opting for the ones with only closed ear pads option. Since open earpads will cause the sound from within the headphones to spread around in the room causing disturbance to people around you.
WIRED OR WIRELESS
The wireless headsets these days in the market do seem comfortable…
And are obviously comfortable obviously! Who would like being tangled up in all those wires when you can have that same sound experience in the wireless ones, don’t you agree?
Well, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this feature is an absolutely and definitely a luxury feature and only be a huge blow to your finances. Don’t go for the wireless ones unless you want to spend the rest of your month as penniless. Since the good headsets with wireless feature start right about $300.
But if you have that sort of funds then definitely go for the wireless ones, who in the world would refuse such a good feature which will definitely give you a sense of freedom and won’t give you the feeling of being bound by your gaming platform…
Let’s wind this all up. When you are choosing new headsets, of course, you need to do some research. Since the computer geeks like us don’t take the quality of sound lightly. Like, olden times the kung fu masters often secluded themselves in nature and meditated for training. Same as them we also like to immerse ourselves in those games and movies. Since the world out there is unfair obviously the headset industry is not an exception…
There will be things you will have to compromise upon since the industry wants to profit off of us. There will be some cheap headsets which will boast of all sorts of features and will be tempted to buy them but if you stick to the things I have pointed out, you might be able to steer clear of those scams. As the saying goes everything that shines is not gold!!!