Turtle Beach Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Turtle Beach are one of the biggest names in the gaming industry, having had many years experience catering to both the budget friendly and enthusiast ends of the gaming audio market, as well as everything else in-between. With that in mind, I’m very happy to see their new special edition Turtle Beach Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Gaming Headset on my desk. Given the seemingly endless success of the Star Wars franchise, a colossal pile of official merchandise following the new movie was to be expected, but a gaming headset certainly stands out as the obvious addition to that. With Battlefront keeping many people sat at their gaming system of choice and the fact that you can wear a headset that has a heavily inspired design from the movies, it just seems like something a Star Wars fan would want in their collection.

“The Turtle Beach® Star Wars X-Wing Pilot headset features a unique design inspired by the Starfighter Pilots of the Rebel Alliance. Engage in battle with full-range audio delivered through 40mm Neodymium speakers, and call for reinforcements using the high-sensitivity boom mic which provides crystal-clear chat. The lightweight design provides hours of comfort, and the 3.5mm jack connection is compatible with PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC, Mac mobile/tablet and portable gaming devices. May the Force be with you!”

Of course, the performance is what we really care about the most, although since this is a special edition, the design is a big factor for this review. The headset appears to be based around the budget end of the Turtle Beach range, and with a £34.99 price tag, that seems to be a safe guess. It looks like a tweaked Recon 50 type design, so I’m eager to hear how it performs overall.

Star Wars Design
The X-Wing Pilot headset design is inspired by the signature orange jumpsuits worn by the Starfighter Pilots of the Rebel Alliance.

Full-Range Audio
Hear Star Wars the way it’s meant to be heard through the X-Wing Pilot’s high-performance 40mm Neodymium speakers that deliver sizzling highs and thundering lows.

Convenient Controls
The X-Wing Pilot’s in-line controls place Mic Mute and Volume conveniently at your fingertips.

Be Heard Loud & Clear
Team-up with friends and chat in online multiplayer games with the X-Wing Pilot’s adjustable, high-sensitivity boom mic, which can quickly and easily be removed when listening to music and watching movies.

Lightweight & Comfortable
The X-Wing Pilot features Turtle Beach’s latest lightweight and comfortable design, ready to provide hours of comfort during those long, marathon gaming sessions.

Versatile
Fans can use the Star Wars X-Wing Pilot headset for playing games like Star Wars Battlefront, and also use it to enjoy their favorite movies, music and more.

The packaging is very nicely designed, although with it being Star Wars branded, it’s obvious that Turtle Beach would need to capitalise on this as much as possible. Detailed on the box, we can see that it sports a comfortable fit, removable high-quality microphone and in-line volume controls.

Around the back, more details about the multiformat support, design and the in-line controller; but we’ll take a closer look at all this shortly.

The first thing we find in the box, a detachable boom microphone. It comes with a large foam head as well as a flexible arm that should allow for easy positioning.

Next, we have the headset, which comes hard-wired with a fairly standard cable that joins to both ear cups and ends with a 4-pole 3.5mm jack.

On the cable, a small in-line controller. It’s pretty basic, offering a microphone mute switch and a master volume wheel, but that’s all you’ll really need anyway.

Volvo ROAR is an Automated Bin!

Volvo is known for their safe cars, my own family has the saying that Volvo’s are the people’s tanks. They are known for other things and soon they could be the ones responsible for your bins thanks to ROAR.

ROAR (RObot based Autonomous Refuse handling) is designed to help those who come pick up your bins every week. ROAR is a two-part system, with the first part being a drone. The drone creates a “target” for the robot, named ROARY, that enables it to locate and navigate towards the target bin, with it even picking up obstacles and moving around the threats.

ROAR is the brainchild of three universities undergraduates with both Chalmers University of Technology, Mälardalen University and Penn State University to help create the project. The second part of the project is the automated emptying of bins. When you approach the back of a garbage truck it detects how far away a person is, when you are too close the process ends meaning it is safe and keeps curious passersby out of harms way from the large lifting and crushing mechanics.

You could soon see a single person traveling in the truck, with a small selection of drones and copters helping pick up your truck with minimal manpower and risk to both you and the neighbourhood. What do you think about the idea? Is the concept of automating everything going a little too far when it will even take out your rubbish?

FAA Give More Details About Registration Plans For Drones

Drones are advancing at a rapid rate, with companies and the public alike looking to use them for a variety of reasons. Sadly with all new technologies coming into the public domain, there are a few issues. Most recently there was an incident when a drone crashed into a power line in Hollywood, cutting off power to almost 700 people. This has only added more fuel to the fire for people who want to get all drones registered, an idea which was received with skepticism and dread. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now started to clarify some details regarding their plans.

Companies have already popped up stating that they would help users register their drones with the FAA, making that one less task to worry about when you purchase your new piece of tech. The FAA has responded by announcing that users won’t need to work with a company to register as the task will be simple. They state in the post that users should wait till later in the month when more details will be announced before they part with even more of their hard-earned money.

With drones being augmented and adjusted by the general public, do you think it’s a good idea to register the devices? If so, how easy would you want it to be before it becomes unnecessary work?

United States Air Force Running Short of Drone Pilots

After more than a decade of growth, the United States Air Force will soon be cutting back their drone program. Of the more than 1,200 drone pilots currently serving, a large number of them are at the end of their service obligation and many are opting to leave. Cuts will see peak drone flights fall from the current 65 a day to 60 in just a few months. This means that the number of strikes required is set to increase in the face of the campaigns against the Islamic State and other targets.

Unlike the Army, the Air Force requires pilots to be commissioned officers, which narrows down the field quite a bit. The monotonous alternating day and night shifts in a metal box are also not what most pilots think of when they are signing up. Despite being closer to a simulator, all drone pilots are actual pilots who can pilot real planes. Combined with an understaffed and what many consider a dead end position, many pilots are preferring to move on. Stress is also high as the pilots are still being made to make life and death decisions, sometimes with shaky intel. Private drone operators are also paid as much as 4 times Air Force operators are as well.

While many may point to the drone as the future of warfare, as long as we require a pilot at the controls, the human toll remains at both ends. In some sense, it answers the question even if we’re seeing something through a screen or other device, as long as it’s real, it’s effects are real and no sense of distance might be enough to dampen that effect. Another question that remains is if those operating a device through software should be just as qualified as those physically operating the hardware.

Thank you New York Times for the information

Supergirl Pilot Episode Leaks Six Month Before Scheduled Air Time

It isn’t long ago that Game of Thrones had four episodes leak onto torrent sites ahead of the official air time and now it has hit another series. The first episode of CBS’s upcoming Supergirl series has appeared on torrent sites six month ahead of its scheduled air time.

It isn’t even a low-quality version camera version or something like that, but the full-HD version and without watermark. The fact that it comes without watermark suggests another source than early screeners as it was the case for the Game of Thrones leak.

With the way this has pilot has appeared, some people are suggesting that this was a deliberate leak in other to increase the hype around the show – a marketing stunt. We’ll probably never know why, but it’s out there now. Experts don’t expect it to have as severe an impact as the Game of Thrones leak had either, simply because the official air time is so long time away and people will want more than just one episode.

Those who stick to the law will have to do with the 6minute trailer released earlier this month while those who don’t take that part so series can watch the full first episode. I for one can easily wait, especially because I don’t want to wait 6 months between watching the pilot episode and the following second one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm46-envrHo

iPad Software Glitches Lead to American Airlines Flight Delays

Last night there were more angry American Airlines travelers than there should have been, and it can be blamed on iPad software. Delays were caused for flights due to issues with software on the iPads that the airline uses in its fleet of airliners that were to take the place of manuals that could weight up to 35lbs.

The software issue proves that making things better with technology can also really come back to bite you. The iPads the pilots use in the cockpits replaces up to 35 pounds of manuals in each airliner, making a decent fuel saving in the fleet as a whole. But last night the iPads experienced issues with planes having to return to gates for a Wi-Fi connection in order to fix their issue.

On one of the flights, passengers were told that the pilot’s and copilot’s iPads went blank. On another cross country flight passengers were told that the iPads had to be “completely rebooted”. An American Airlines spokesperson said, “We’ve identified the issue, we’ve identified the solution, and we are working on it right now.” They claimed that the issue only affected “a few dozen flights”.

Maybe it is time for American Airlines to look into Android tablets, you think?

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of wikipedia.

Palm Brand Sold Off By HP – New Smartphones on the Way?

Go to Palm.com right now and you’ll see the message above. After that address stopped directing people to hpwebos.com it started going to mynewpalm.com suggesting that something interesting was happening behind the scenes.

It was later discovered that HP had sold off the Palm trademarks to a company called Wide Progress Global Limited – a company supposedly linked to Alcatel One Touch, which is in turn owned by Chinese smartphone company  TCL Corporation. As ArsTechnica says, this move could be seen as TCL’s attempt to break into the US smartphone market under a well-known brand. This all leads people to believe that we’ll see a Palm comeback in some form or another.

Palm is famous for dominating the PDA market that pre-dated smartphones, with its popular Palm Pilot. However, with the advent of smartphones, Palm’s PDA business faltered and they ended up falling behind the new surprise market leaders (Apple and Google). Palm was in turn bought by HP and with the use of the WebOS, they tried to rejuvenate a once leading brand.

As we all know now, that failed, and it’ll be interesting to see what is made of this attempt by a different company.

Source: ArsTechnica

Virgin Atlantic To Trial Google Glass On Flights

Virgin Atlantic are planning to run a six week trial, equipping their cabin crew with Google Glass to see if they can improve the level of customer service they provide to passengers. Google’s wearable tech could allow them to make passengers journeys more personalized, offering each passenger up to date flight information, weather and event information for their destination, translation of foreign language information and more.

“While it’s fantastic that more people can now fly than ever before, the fact that air travel has become so accessible has led to some of the sheen being lost for many passengers,” Dave Bulman, Director of IT, Virgin Atlantic, said in a press release.

When combined with other technologies Glass can provide all kinds of feedback to staff, such as updating passengers about each users dietary requirements and drinks preferences. If the pilot program proves successful then Virgin Atlantic could introduce it on a larger scale.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information.