Turtle Beach are back with their second Star Wars branded headset today, with the release of their Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper Gaming Headset, a multi-platform stereo headset that comes well equipped for the multi-platform gamer. Of course, some of you may also remember we recently reviewed another Star Wars headset, the Turtle Beach X-Wing headset. The X-Wing was the more budget friendly model of the Star Wars/Turtle Beach deal at £29.99. While the Sandtroopers isn’t overly expensive, it’s certainly the more premium of the two at £69.99.
“The Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper is a feature-rich universal gaming headset for Star Wars fans and collectors. The Battlefront Sandtrooper offers crystal clear multiplayer chat when connected to the PlayStation®4 controller and other console controllers, and the 3.5mm connection makes it perfect for mobile/tablet devices. Fans will experience amazing sound through booming 50mm speakers, and the headset also includes in-line controls for Mic Mute and Volume, plus an adjustable, high-sensitivity boom mic that can be removed when watching movies and listening to music.” – Turtle Beach
Equipped with powerful closed-back drivers, a detachable microphone, lightweight design, multiformat support, in-line controls and, of course, that sleek new Star Wars inspired detailing, the Sandtrooper is certainly sounding like a competitive headset, so let’s move on and take a closer look at what it has to offer.
Booming 50mm Neodymium speakers deliver sound the way Star Wars was meant to be heard.
In-line controls conveniently place Mic Mute and Master Volume right at your fingertips.
Crystal Clear Chat & Audio
Use the high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game and online chat, and then remove it when listening to music and watching movies.
The packaging is typical Turtle Beach design and has plenty of cool graphics on the front showing off the design, as well as the Battlefront/EA branding which the headset was designed for.
Around the back, a little technical information, but nothing we won’t be able to see for ourselves when we get it out of the box.
In the box, you’ll find all the usual documentation, a detachable boom microphone and some backplates for the drivers; It all comes very nicely packaged too, which is always a welcome bonus.
Under the top tray of components, you’ll find the headset and it’s cables all neatly tucked away and well protected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turtle Beach are one of the most established gaming brands around, having created a wide range of headsets for every budget and every major format, including PC and mobile devices, consoles, and more. While I must say that their high-end equipment is amazing, it comes with a high price tag to match, something that’s not really suitable for a lot of day-to-day gamers and consumers. Their latest headset, the 60P comes in a nicely affordable £39.99, not for off the RRP of most games and it is a far cry from the £250 for the flagship Turtle Beach hardware such as the 800X. With that price in mind, this obviously isn’t going to be the greatest headset that Turtle Beach has ever made, but I am eager to see how much quality and performance you get in return for your modest investment.
“An amplified digital stereo headset for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 gamers, the Ear Force Recon 60P delivers long-lasting comfort and game-changing features with booming 40mm speakers and in-line controls that place Mic Mute and Master Volume at your fingertips. The Recon 60P includes Mic Monitoring when connected to PS4 and PS3, and a high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game and online chat that can be removed when listening to music and watching movies.”
Designed for use on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, the 60P is going to be ideal for Sony console gamers, as it’ll use the USB amp to deliver amplified sound. However, since it also comes with a 3.5mm jack, you’ll find it will be backwards compatible with a huge range of audio devices, such as the PC, mobiles, tablets, mp3 players, even the Xbox One, albeit without the bonus of extra amplification.
The packaging is nicely designed, giving us a quick run down of the main spec, such as the powerful stereo drivers, microphone monitoring and the in-line remote.
Around the back of the box, a quick run down of the features, such as the in-line controller and USB connector, but we’ll take a closer look at this in a moment.
In the box, you’ll find a USB to 3.5mm adapter, this also has the built-in amplification hardware, so it’s nice and easy to set up. There’s also a detachable boom mic, an RCA pass through cable and the usual documentation.
The time for holiday festivities is almost upon us and as the modern tradition of consumerism continues to grow, it becomes harder and harder to pick the right gifts for people every year, or perhaps it’s just me who struggles? Either way, we’ve sat around a Christmas fire, or just a general fire in November and December, getting into the gift buying state of mind and picked a range of our favourite products which we’ve reviewed here at eTeknix throughout 2015, as what better products to recommend than the ones we’ve had in our own hands and tested!
We’ve got a huge range of budgets covered here today, although I think it’s fair to assume that given we play around with graphics cards and a lot of enthusiast friendly products, there are some real wallet busters here too. Of course, you can use this guide to find some of the best products of the year to treat your family, friends and more, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t just spoil yourself too!
Rock Band 4 Band in a Box
Get ready to rock out this Christmas and no doubt many other days. Pick up the guitar, drum sticks, or just butcher your favourite song on the microphone. Rock Band 4 – Band in a Box is a fantastic gift and it’s a great thing to deploy at parties too, certainly beats the usual Karaoke chaos! It comes with the guitar, microphone, drums and the game for $249.99. To save costs, the standalone game with the guitar is just $129.99. In the UK, the Band in a Box is £219.99, while the guitar and game is just £109.99.
The Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower chassis is by far my favourite chassis of 2015, it just oozes high quality inside and out, with capabilities for high-end water and air cooling and so much more. It is available from Overclockers UK for £139.99 and is available in both Gun Metal and black.
What a fantastic little chassis this is! Built from beautifully finished brushed aluminium and available in a wide range of colours, this would make a great gift for someone building a new gaming system this Christmas. The Raijintek Styx chassis is available from Overclockers UK for just £64.99.
Another expensive chassis on our list, but one of the best we’ve seen this year. If you’re wanting to build someone, or yourself, a gaming PC that not only looks great but is as silent as you could ever hope for, the Silent Base 800 Window is the way to go. It is available from most popular retailers for 149,90EUR/119 GBP/149,90 USD ex. VAT.
Corsair Strafe RGB MX Silent Red Mechanical Keyboard
Featuring the innovative Cherry MX Silent Switches, the Corsair Strafe RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is simply amazing to use. It’s packed full of features and is by far the quietest mech we’ve ever tested. A little expensive, but I’m sure anyone would be happy to unwrap this at Christmas. The Strafe is available for £139.99 from Overclockers UK, while the MX Red and the MX Brown are priced at £129.95. If you want the non-RGB version, you can find the MX Red and the MX Brown at £99.95 each.
Thermaltake Commander Gaming Gear Keyboard and Mouse Combo
The TteSports by Thermaltake Commander Keyboard and Mouse Combo is a great gift for Christmas, it’s affordable, has a nice range of features and you get a keyboard and a mouse in a single nice and tidy (and easy to wrap) box! With prices around £23.99 it’s hard to say no to such a great deal! Readers in the US can pick one of from Newegg for an equally impressive $29.99.
RGB mechanical keyboards are everywhere this year, but the XTi from Cooler Master is my personal favourite so far. It’s no-fuss and bold design is great for home and office, gaming or work, with the added bonus that it’s incredibly durable and has some of the nicest lighting tones I’ve seen so far, even if it does only allow for a mixture of red and blue! You can pick up the XTi from Box for just £134, although there’s also a deal that includes a free mouse here!
The Gaming Scimitar RGB MOBA/MMO Gaming Mouse is packed full of features that will put a smile on any PC gamers face. With RGB lighting, excellent performance and a customisable keypad on the side, it’s one of the best mice we’ve ever tested. better yet, it’s only £69.95 from Overclockers UK.
The Logitech G502 is a prime example of how great a gaming mouse can truly be. This is without a doubt the best mouse sensor we’ve ever tested and the rest of the mouse isn’t exactly lacking in features either. I’d be tempted to buy this one for myself this Christmas, but you could always treat someone else with it too. It’s available directly from the Logitech website (with free shipping) for just £69.99.
A relatively new entry on the peripherals market, the G.Skills MX780 is a fantastic gaming mouse, with a switchable left or right handed grip that makes it ideal for a wide range of gamers. With a retail price of just $59.99 it is exceptional value for a Christmas gift, and given its spec, it’ll go head to head with many of the best mice on the market.
We were absolutely blown away by the Corsair Void series, some of the best sounding, most comfortable and best-looking headsets we’ve ever seen! They would make a great gift, but be careful, if you try them out before you give them away, you may want to keep them. The Corsair Void USB 7.1 RGB Headset is available from Overclockers UK for just £79.99. This is £10 cheaper than the Wireless headset which is £89.99, I prefer the wireless and think it’s not much more to pay for the extra tech, but you’re own preferences will obviously determine which model you prefer.
Eager to get the best of the best gaming headset for you or your loved one? Then make no exception, the Astro A40 TR Headset with Mix Amp Pro is the way to go. This is one that’s sure to leave a dent in your wallet, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Available from the Astro store for £200, plus around £48 for the optional Mod Kit, the Astro is expensive, but the sound quality, features and comfortable fit are priceless.
SSD prices are dropping constantly and there really has never been a better time to invest. If it’s for your own system, you can give yourself a great upgrade without spending a fortune, but the smaller drive sizes make excellent gifts to those who could do with a performance upgrade on their system. The Crucial BX200 comes with an MSRP of £234.49 ($299.99) for the 960GB model and £66.49 ($84.99) and £116.99 ($149.99) for the smaller 240GB and 480GB models, plus the small boxes are super easy to wrap up as a gift.
Give the gift of a connected home this Christmas, from streaming your movies around the house, to backing up those important files, there are a lot of benefits to owning a NAS. Not the cheapest of gifts, but it’s one of those products where if you buy cheap, you’ll likely regret it in the long run. The QNAP’s TS-251 Turbo NAS can be found at NewEgg for $384.99, at Scan UK for £295.32, or through Geizhals starting at €284.
AMD have created a mighty powerhouse with the R9 380X and the Sapphire Nitro is one of the finest examples. It’s fast, sleek and affordable, more than enough power for 1080P ultra gaming, or 1440p high gaming, making it a great addition to anyone who wants the latest PC games for Christmas. The Sapphire Nitro R9 380X is currently available from OverclockersUK for £199.99. NeweggUS currently has this card listed for $229.99.
Spend a little more, get a lot more, the GTX 970 is a superb card, but one that may be getting a little expensive for those looking for a Christmas gift. With enough power to play anything on the market and even delve into high-end resolutions, it’s a strong contender for something to put under the Christmas tree, or even put on your own wish list. The Gainward Phoenix GTX 970 is currently available in the UK from SCAN for £273.56 and for an estimated $360 in the US.
It wouldn’t be Christmas if we couldn’t all hope and dream, but the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 980Ti is currently one of the best cards on the market and we would be crazy not to suggest the best of the best. Available in the UK for the £599.99 it’s certainly not cheap, although we’ve seen some great deals bringing it down below £500, so it’s best to shop around. Just imagine the look on your partners face when they unwrap this monster on Christmas day!
Getting a little more back to reality and reasonable prices, DDR4 memory is dropping in price quite nicely now. It was super expensive at launch, but now you’ll often find DDR4 kits at equal or lower prices to their DDR3 equivalents. That makes them a great upgrade for Christmas, but make sure you have a DDR4 motherboard to go with it!
Snapped up a 4K TV in the Black Friday deals? The Nvidia Shield Console is the most powerful Android device on the market, and it’s the perfect media player for Plex, 4K content on Netflix and more. Even better, it’s also a very powerful gaming system, with many AAA games available to play, as well as game streaming features that will leave you wondering why this device doesn’t cost more than £149.99! You can buy the Shield TV and accessories directly from Nvidia here.
Think someone could do with a cooling upgrade for their system, or perhaps even parts towards a new system build this Christmas? Treat them to an AIO water cooler and they’ll be able to reduce the noise from their system and unlock its overclocking potential! The Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme S is a little expensive, but it’s still a competitively priced AIO at just £81.98 and would make a great gift, especially if you’re just going to treat yourself.
The Atlas is one of the coolest coolers we’ve seen this year, a tiny form factor with big performance and virtually silent acoustics. Building a system for someone or upgrading your own, this is one cooler you’ll want to consider and given that it’s available from Overclockers UK for a very reasonable £42.95, it’s another great addition to our buying guide.
Need a premium cooler but don’t want to pay a premium price this Christmas? The be quiet! Shadow Rock Slim is more affordable, but still packs some impressive performance figures. It’s available from Scan.co.uk for just £30.52 + shipping here in the UK and from Amazon.com for $49.90 + $9.80 shipping in the US.
Love your music on the go, when you’re out at the park, or anywhere for that matter? The Mercury box offers up a huge sound from such a tiny box. Built from aluminium and featuring a waterproof design, it’s one of the best mobile speakers on the market, great for listening to music wherever you are! Available from Amazon.com for just $48.99 and readers in the UK can get it from Amazon.co.uk for £49.99.
The perfect stocking filler, a 10,000 mAh mobile battery. This has enough juice to charge most mobiles several times, and it’ll even recharge high-end devices such as iPads with ease too. Perfect for travelling, and best of all, it’s super lightweight and affordable. The power bank is £13.99/$14.99/€15.99 and you can order it directly from OnePlus.
Nothing says I love you like a kick-ass gaming PC. Of course, budgets vary wildly from hundreds to even thousands of pounds/dollars, but that’s the joy of buying a PC, or building your own, there’s so much to choose from! With so many awesome system integrators around these days, you can’t go far wrong. Chillblast, CyberPower, PC Specialist, Vibox, Freshtech or Overclockers UK.
Gaming in the living room? Why not invest in a CyberPower Syber Steambox! Prices start at £485 and go right up to £1905, giving you a great choice to suit your needs, and your budget.
A whole lot of gaming for not a lot of money from Chillblast, with their very competitive Fusion NightHawk, a great option for those looking for their first gaming PC at just £599.
Another mid-budget powerhouse, this time from Vibox with their Element X. At just £649, this MSI R9 380 and AMD FX-6300 powered computer is great for gaming and would make a great gift this Christmas.
Time to bring out the big gun’s and really treat yourself? Or perhaps you just want your friend or family member to open a present they’ll never forget? The FreshTech Solutions Stealth Gaming PC is an absolute beast, powered by some of today’s latest and greatest hardware. Of course, it’s not cheap at £1412, but this is not your run of the mill gaming PC.
Picking the right headset is no easy task, although it may seem quite simple. There’s a huge range of products on the market to pick from, so many that it can be quite daunting trying to find the one that will best suits your needs, or your bank balance. The latest from Turtle Beach, the Recon 50, is targeted at the budget-friendly end of the market and with an RRP of just £29.99, it’s certainly going to appeal to a large part of the market. Obviously, that low price does mean it’s not going to be as amazing as some of the more expensive products on the market, but I am eager to see just how much you can get for such a small price tag.
“Experience the sleek, lightweight design and crystal clear audio of the Ear Force Recon 50 gaming headset. With 40mm Neodymium speakers and in-line controls, the Recon 50 conveniently places Mic Mute and Master Volume at your fingertips, and you can use the high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game and online chat, and then remove it when listening to music and watching movies. The Ear Force Recon 50 connects to virtually any PC, Mac and mobile/tablet device, and is also compatible with the PlayStation 4 controller, the new Xbox One controller with the 3.5mm headset jack, and other Xbox One controllers via the EAR FORCE Headset Audio Controller (sold separately).”
With powerful drivers, a detachable microphone, multi-format support, a lightweight design, and even a basic in-line controller, the Recon 50 isn’t exactly shy on the features you’re actually going to need. Let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what this headset has to offer.
The packaging is typical Turtle Beach, bright colours and a stylish picture of the headset, with a few of the main specs detailed down the side.
Around the back, we have more information detailing the 40mm drivers, mobile support and detachable microphone.
In the box, you’ll find the headset (obviously), as well as a quick start guide, detachable boom microphone and a 3.5mm 4-pole to dual 3.5mm 3-pole adapter cable.
The Recon 50 comes hard-wired, making it plug and play ready with most devices, including mobile. Just remember that you’ll need the adapter cable (see above) to use the microphone and audio on PC.
What is a little worrying is that the cable is quite thin, especially the part that goes from each driver to the in-line controller. They’re no thicker than most in-ear headphone cables and while they’re going to do the job just fine, extra care should be taken as they could be a little more prone to breaking if you’re a bit rough with them. The in-line controller is a bit basic, but it does have a master volume control and a microphone mute switch, so it’s certainly a welcome addition to the setup.
At first glance, the headset looks to follow the design of most other Turtle Beach headsets. It still has that oval ear cup shape and mounting system, as well as a semi-open back design. However, a few things are slightly different, such as some cheaper materials being used, which is no doubt a requirement for the price to be brought down lower.
The headband is quite thin and while there is an extension slider on each side, the interior components are also plastic. They’ll do the job, but I’d be careful not to sit on your headset any time soon.
On the bottom edge of the headset, there’s a jack socket for the boom microphone. I do like that the microphone is detachable, as it means the headset can double up as headphones for mobile devices.
The ear cups fold inwards, which is great for when you’re wearing the headset around your neck between games.
There’s a good amount of padding on the ear cups, which does provide a snug fit while the leather coverings help block a lot of external noise. They’re a little uncomfortable at first, but as it often the case with this type of padding, it takes time to wear-in to the user. The 40mm drivers in this headset are quite surprising, they’re quite powerful at max volume, have a good amount of base and bright and clear treble. There could ideally be a little more punch to the mid-ranges, but for gaming, watching movies and listening to music, they sound on par or above most headsets in this price range.
The headband on the Recon 50 is quite thin, with a grippy rubber coating on the top and a little bit of Turtle Beach branding.
There’s minimal padding on the interior, with a rubber grip coating. This isn’t great for comfort, but the headset is lightweight, so you can get away with it. The main issue is that the red rubber coating grips your hair, sure it keeps the headset in place, but trying to adjust the headset during use can feel a little uncomfortable.
The microphone boom isn’t the most flexible, but you can bend it a bit to get a more ideal speaking position. Much like the drivers, I was pleasantly surprised by the microphone performance. It’s bright and clear with no distortion and at this price, that’s more than enough to make me happy.
Picking the right headset can be a virtual minefield as there are a seemingly endless range of products to choose from. Of course, if you pick out what you really want from your headset and set a budget, things do get a lot easier. The latest headset from Turtle Beach is perfect for use on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Apple/MAC and Mobile, so there’s no doubt that it’s versatile in terms of formats, and the single ear-cup design means it’s tailored to suit those who only need a headset for chat functions. Add to that a price tag of just £19.99 and the 30X is shaping up to be an interesting entry-level product.
“Experience the crystal clear audio and comfort of the officially licensed EAR FORCE Recon 30X Xbox One chat headset and enhance your multiplayer games by communicating with your team.” – Turtle Beach
Direct 3.5mm connection to the new Xbox One Controller, and to other Xbox One controllers via the EAR FORCE® Headset Audio Controller (sold separately)
Unique slotted ear-cup design allows external game sounds in
Large 40mm Neodymium speaker delivers crystal clear chat audio
Lightweight and comfortable over-ear design
In-line controls place Mic Mute and Chat Volume conveniently at your fingertips
Use the high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game chat
The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with other turtle beach products. There’s a clear image of the headset, as well as a quick rundown of the major features, such as the in-line volume controller.
In the box, you’ll find the headset (obviously), as well as a few bits of documentation, nothing fancy, but at least everything you need is here.
The headset comes hard-wired and doesn’t require drivers, meaning you can just unbox, plug in and play.
The latest headset from Turtle Beach is here at last! The market may be packed with brands and products right now, but from a consumer perspective, it never hurts to have more choice. The PX24 is certainly an appealing product, not only because it comes from a well-known brand name, but because it promises exceptional value for money that simply cannot be ignored.
“The Ear Force ® PX24 is a multiplatform gaming headset featuring Turtle Beach’s innovative Ear Force SuperAmp battery powered in-line amplifier which delivers amazing audio from all devices.”
With a feature packed in-line controller, audio processing, multi-format support and so much more, you would expect this headset to be quite expensive, but it’s actually a perfectly reasonable £69.99, so colour me very interested, let’s see what this headset can do!
There’s a great range of features on offer here, especially the multi-format support and the Ear Force SuperAmp.
Multiplatform compatible with the PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC, Mac and mobile/tablet devices with a universal 3.5mm jack
The innovative Ear Force SuperAmp battery powered in-line amplifier offers fingertip control and amazing amplified sound from any device
Experience Turtle Beach Virtual Surround Sound on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and mobile/tablet devices
Superhuman Hearing audio preset gives players the competitive advantage of hearing enemies before they come into view
Adjustable, high-sensitivity boom mic picks-up your voice loud and clear
Lightweight design and mesh ear-cups for hours of comfort
On the front of the box, we’ve got a stylish image of the headset, as well as a picture of the SuperAmp; you’ll also find a quick rundown of the major features and device support.
Around the back, a more detailed look at the PowerAmp, it’s a rechargeable device and can operate for up to 30 hours on a single charge, or simply be powered via USB cable if you need to. That much will depend on which device you’re trying to use the PowerAmp with; mobile device will use battery mode PC can use USB power.
In the box, you’ll find the usual assortment of documentation, the USB to Micro USB charging cable for the PowerAmp and the PowerAmp unit its self.
Turtle Beach are on of the biggest names in the gaming peripherals market, and Star Wars is one of the biggest names in movie history. With Star Wars set to enter the realm of gaming once again, which the launch of Star Wars: Battlefront, is was only a matter of time before a brand launched a special edition headset, or two, to celebrate.
The Star Wars themed Sandtrooper and X-Wing Pilot gaming headsets are the perfect match for fans of Battlefront, although I personally think they look pretty cool in general, so perhaps you don’t have to be a hardcore Star Wars fan to enjoy them.
The Sandtrooper headset (above) is themed after the squad of Stormtroopers donning the signature orange shoulder pauldron and is available for a MSRP of £69.99.
The celebrate Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the X-Wing Pilot headset is themed after the signature orange jumpsuits worn by Rebel Alliance pilots and is based on Turtle Beach’s all-new lightweight and comfortable entry-level Recon series design and features a very reasonable MSRP of £34.99.
“Star Wars is one of the hottest, must-have consumer brands heading into the holiday season and we’ve got two truly unique, high-quality Star Wars-inspired headsets fans will definitely want to add to their collections,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “Turtle Beach is filled with hardcore fans, so it’s been a real pleasure for us to design these two headsets that will let gamers further immerse themselves in theStar Wars universe.”
Star Wars Battlefront launches November 19, 2015 on the PS4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC. The Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper and Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Headset are available now. Which of the two headsets would you rather own?
Turtle Beach have been on a winning streak this last few years, delivering very competitive headsets at virtually every price point. We’ve reviewed quite a few of their products this last year and I must admit that they’ve all been really impressive in terms of features, performance and quality, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what their latest PC gaming headset has to offer to an already pretty feature packed range of products. Check out our previous reviews of the 420X, 800X, XO Seven, 500X, Z60, Elite 800 and Recon 320 to scratch the surface of what Turtle Beach have been doing just this year!
Turtle Beach are doing great work in the PC peripherals market this year, not only with headsets, but they also launched their fantastic desktop devices, such as the Impact 700 and 500 mechanical keyboards and the GRIP 500 and 300 gaming mice. But enough of touting their previous products, as the one we’re really interested in today is their new Stealth 450, a wireless PC and Mobile compatible gaming headset, which offers features such as DTS Headphone X, SuperHuman Hearing, Variable Mic Monitoring and more!
The packaging is really nicely designed, although that much is true of almost all Turtle Beach products. All the major specifications are listed on the box, as well as a stylised image of the headset.
Around the back, we’ve got a more technical breakdown of the features, such as the surround sound modelling, wireless dongle and the detachable microphone.
In the box, you’ll find all the usual documents, setup guides, warranty information and a nice Turtle Beach sticker.
There’s two cables included in the box, one for connecting the headset to mobile via 3.5mm 4-pole, meaning you’ll be able to use the headset for phone calls. The other cable is the USB to MicroUSB charging cable.
The microphone was also tucked into the box and features a gold 3.5mm connector and a small bit of branding on the head.
There’s a small opening on the other side and a tough housing and some filtering to prevent unwanted noise from being picked up.
The boom is flexible and positional, so it should be super easy to find a comfortable speaking position.
The dongle is simple enough, a small USB device that is plug and play ready.
Now onto the good stuff. The headset is typical of Turtle Beach design, with a mixture of matte finish, lightly textured plastics and a little bit of coloured trim. As with most Turtle Beach headsets, even their wireless ones, the headset in surprisingly lightweight, yet feels both flexible and strong at the same time; pretty much how you would want your headset to be!
There’s some branding on top of the durable headband. The headband has a bit of flex to it too, which should help with the overall fit of the headset.
The ear cups are mounted on sturdy adjustable joints, with each ear cup being capable of turning -10 and +90 degrees to allow a comfortable fit over your ears, as well as make them comfortable to wear around your neck between games. All the controls you’ll need are located on the bottom edge of the right ear cup, where you’ll find independent game/chat volume controls, preset control, as well as the charging microUSB and mobile 3.5mm jacks.
There’s a thick and durable padding to each ear cup, with a little Turtle Beach detailing on the rear cloth cover. The padding is a little hard at first, but it will wear in after a few days usage.
Even more padding on the headband, which adds a lot of comfort and does well to distribute the weight of the headset; it also gives the headset good grip, preventing it from sliding around.
The headband extensions have a sturdy set of notches on it and can be pushed/pulled to adjust the length. It had a good range, making it suitable for a wide range of users, including younger gamers.
Each ear cup come mounted on a secondary pivot that allows quite a lot of inward tilt, meaning you should have no issue getting a good clean fit over your ears.
The detachable microphone plugs into the bottom of the left driver and locks firmly in place. If you don’t need it, or you just want the headset as a set of headphones for single player gaming, it’s certainly nice that you can remove this completely.
Turtle Beach, easily one of the most recognisable audio brand names on the market today. Love them or hate them, there’s no doubt in my mind that Turtle Beach have created some truly fantastic gaming headsets over the years and after several recent successes, I’m hoping to see them continue that trend with the release of their Ear Force Stealth 420X. The 420X follows the premium grade, and premium priced, Turtle Beach 800X. The 800X is a £250 behemoth with a tour de force of features, but likely more so that most people need, or can afford. The 420X clocks in at a much more affordable £150, but still offers many of the thrills and features of its bigger brother, so let’s jump in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.
“Welcome to the Ear Force Stealth 420X, an officially-licensed Xbox One gaming headset with the freedom of 100% fully wireless, crystal-clear game and chat audio. The Stealth 420X comes loaded with a suite of must-have features for every Xbox gamer, including Mic Monitoring, independent game and chat audio controls, four audio presets including Bass Boost, a rechargeable battery with up to 15 hours of wireless gaming life and mobile compatibility via mobile cable with in-line mic — all packed into an cutting-edge, affordable, simple-to-set-up fully wireless gaming headset.”
The packaging is nothing too complex, with a nice picture of the headset on the front, a few of the main specifications; it keeps in theme with what we’re used to seeing from Turtle Beach.
The box is really nicely packaged, with everything in tidy boxes in their own compartments.
In the box, you’ll find the usual literature, as well as all the required cables for setup and operation. There’s a 4-pole 3.5mm cable with in-line single button controller and pin-hole microphone, USB charging cable, USB dongle and the detachable microphone boom.
The headset is really nicely designed, with a mixture of stealthy matte black plastics and a few glossy touches, such as the backplates on the left and right drivers. The Turtle Beach logo in the centre of the ear cup has LED backlighting and the one on this side also doubles as the master power button.
The headset is very adjustable and each driver can be rotated inwards, making it more comfortable to wear around your neck between games and also helping to provide a better fit over your ears.
There’s a good amount of pivot, helping to provide an ever closer fit over your ears.
The headband is extendable, on the smallest setting, it’s suitable for younger games and at the maximum, it even fit on my own oversized head with no issues.
On the edges of the ear cups, you’ll find all the major controls. On one side the microphone boom socket.
On the other side, the 3.5mm line-in, USB charging port, chat and game volume controls, microphone mute button and profile selector.
The headband is lightweight and durable, with a funky embossed Turtle Beach logo.
The ear cups are nicely padded with a perforated leather material, giving you lots of comfort.
More of the same padding on the inside of the headband. It doesn’t look much, but it feels supportive and comfortable when you’re wearing the headset.
The microphone has a full flexible boom, making it super easy to find a position that works best for you, plus you can remove it completely for the times you just want headphones, or to use the in-line microphone on the 4-pole 3.5mm cable.
It’s been a very interesting time for Turtle Beach, with the revealing their new desktop peripherals at CES 2015, we’re now very excited to have them in the eTeknix office. We’ve already looked at their new gaming nice, the GRIP 500 and the GRIP 300, as well as their full-size mechanical keyboard, the IMPACT 700. Today, we’ve got their first Ten Keys Less (TKL) keyboard, the Impact 500.
“The Turtle Beach IMPACT 500 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for PC and Mac combines precision and power in a minimalist, tenkeyless keycap layout for minimum distance and smaller keyboard footprint. For that sharp, tactile feel, the Impact 500 features Cherry Blue MX mechanical switches that deliver gold-standard responsiveness. Six-key rollover with full anti-ghosting means fast-moving fingers can control games without the fear of missed moves and dropped instructions. And a rubber-coated, steel reinforce chassis provides rock-solid stability in a small footprint occupying less space on your desktop.”
TKL keyboards are very popular with LAN gamers, as they’re much easier to chuck in your bag and transport. They’re also great for those who don’t rely on the number pad, as their compact size frees up a huge amount of space no your desk, which means more room to move your mouse, so they’re perfect for those with limited desk space too.
The Impact 500 TKL comes equipped with the very popular Cherry MX switches, in this case, we have Cherry MX Blue on our sample.
In the box, you’ll find the keyboard, a detachable braided USB cable and a quick start guide.
The keyboard design is pretty straight forward, but not so basic that it is boring, as there’s no doubt that this is still a very nice looking keyboard.
The keyboard is a little heavy, as is the case with most mechanical keyboards. It feels pretty rugged and very well made overall, so it should stand up to lifetime of abuse from those long gaming sessions and LAN events.
The 500 has a slight slope to its design, with a slow curve on the key layout from front to back; this should provide you with a comfortable typing position, but it can be raised further with the kickstands at the back.
The key caps are of a very good quality and they don’t bottom out on the chassis of the keyboard, giving you nothing but the tactile sensation of the MX Blue switch when you’re typing.
There’s an Fn-Shift function on the Impact 500, this gives you access to some basic multimedia, volume and windows lock keys along the top of the keyboard.
There’s also a small LED light on the Windows Lock/F9 key so you can see when this feature is enabled.
To keep the exterior bezel to a minimum, the CAPLK and SCRLK indicators are located just above the INS and HOME keys, further helping to save desk space, without compromising on key spacing or the need to make the chassis bigger.
The arrow keys are located quite close to the corner, but since the keyboard is rather slim here, you won’t need the use of a wrist rest. The keys are slightly recessed into the body of the keyboard too, giving you an even slightly lower design overall.
The trim around the keyboard is nice and clean with no ports or anything on show.
There’s a cable track on the underside of the keyboard, allowing you to take the USB cable out the left, right or back of the keyboard.
The Mini-USB connector is recessed under the keyboard, so it’s unlikely you’ll accidentally pull the cable out of its fitting.
Here you can see the cable attached to the keyboard; nice and simple.
There’s four rubber grips on the underside of the IMPACT 500, so it won’t slide around your desk while you’re gaming. There’s also two small rubber grips on the kickstands so you don’t lose the grip when using the extra feet.
Recently, I’ve been getting engrossed in the world of Turtle Beach peripherals. The company announced they would be breaking away from being an audio only company, set to explore the world of keyboards and mice and we were very impressed with the products we saw at CES 2015. More recently, we’ve been lucky enough to play around with their gorgeous GRIP series mice, such as the GRIP 500 which we recently review and if that’s just a taste of things to come, we should be in for a real treat with their keyboard products.
“The Turtle Beach IMPACT 700 premium-quality backlit mechanical PC gaming keyboard sports Cherry MX Brown key switches for a smooth responsive, tactile feel and laser-engraved keycaps with keyboard-controlled adjustable soft-to-hard red backlighting and multiple illumination modes, all set in a steel-reinforced chassis for stability and maximum durability. Six-key rollover with full anti-ghosting gives fast-moving fingers instant and accurate gameplay control even when hitting multiple keys, including double or triple taps. The IMPACT 700 also includes 3.5mm mic and audio jacks, and two USB 2.0 ports with direct audio pass-through to support a gaming headset and mouse.”
You can’t go far wrong with a mechanical keyboard and since the Impact 700 is equipped with Cherry MX switches, we already know were going to get a great quality product. However, given the rather high price of the Impact 700, which we’ll get to in a little while, I’m expecting or at least hoping for something really special from Turtle Beach and their new keyboard.
The model I have at my disposal today comes equipped with Cherry MX Brown switches and as you can see from the packaging, it follows a similar design to most other Turtle Beach products.
A few cool features on the back of the box, such as audio and dual-USB pass through, LED back-lighting, a steel-mounted chassis and more!
In the box, you’ll find everything you need to get you started, the keyboard, obviously, as well as a quick start guide, some extra key-caps and a key-cap pulling tool.
The extra key-caps are particularly interesting, even if they’re almost unnecessary. There’s replacement WASD keys, which has a white block around the letters, that’ll let more backlighting through and help you better differentiate the keys. Then we have some rather funky alternative key-cap replacements, such as GG, InCTRL and NoCTRL, they’re just a bit of fun, but I like them.
the Impact 700 comes hard-wired with a rather bulky, but incredibly durable sleeved cable. The thickness is dictated by the fact that the keyboard has two USB headers and two 3.5mm cables.
The key-caps are of a very high quality, with a really nice silky black finish to them. They are laser etched to allow the LED backlighting to shine through and have a nice clear font on them.
Like most keyboards these days, the F-Keys also act as multimedia keys, which can be accessed via the Fn-Shift key; I prefer dedicated multimedia keys, but this is certainly better than nothing.
More multimedia functions here, this time for volume control.
The LED brightness can be dialed up or down using F11 and F12, again, via the Fn-Shift function.
The arrow keys are as you would expect and the key spacing is pretty standard stuff; nothing to complain about, that’s for sure.
Those with a keen eye will notice I don’t have a UK layout keyboard here today, but UK/US will be available dependant on your region when the keyboard is released.
The 700 is quite a chunky keyboard, but that’s no bad thing as it’s as durable as it looks. The Steel chassis on the interior does add weight, but it also means the 700 is strong, rattle free and isn’t going to slide around your desk in the heat of battle.
The included key-cap removal tool is a welcome bonus, as it makes cleaning and general maintenance a lot easier. It also means it’s nice and easy to swap out the stock key-caps for the included alternatives.
Such as these lovely WASD keys which you can see below.
Around the back of the keyboard, you’ll find a pair of USB ports and a pair of audio jacks. This is perfect for connecting your other peripherals, such as a gaming mouse, microphone, headset and similar devices, without having to fiddle around behind your computer.
There are four side and tough rubber grips on the base of the keyboard, giving it a firm hold on your desk.
the kickstands are plastic, but they’re thick and strong, so it’s unlikely they’ll break anytime soon; they’ve also been treated to small rubber grips of their own so you don’t lose too much traction on your desk.
When we visited Turtle Beach at CES 2015, we were amazed to see a full range of gaming keyboards and mice, especially given that Turtle Beach has spent so many years focusing on the audio market. I was eager to see what they could do and since then, we’ve already been impressed by their GRIP 500 gaming mouse, so today I’m really looking forward to see what their next product, the GRIP 300 is capable of.
“The Turtle Beach Grip 300 optical gaming mouse is an affordable, ergonomically engineered 5-button scroll-wheel mouse that uses quality components such as the Avago 3050 optical sensor and Omron switches to deliver smooth, precise control. Its compact sculpted body sports an illuminated logo and scroll wheel, and hardware switches to adjust DPI from 500 to 1750 and polling rate from 125 to 1000Hz. Plug and play for both PC and Mac® right out of the box, there are no drivers to load or software to run. And its non-slip soft-touch coating enhances grip control and increases gamer endurance.”
The GRIP 300 comes will all the features you would expect from a gaming mouse, but with a few nice extras given its respective price range. As you can see below, the GRIP 300 box is a little wide, making room for the DRIFT mouse mat, which comes bundled with it.
On the interior of the box, you can actually touch the mouse, which is great for those who are picking up the box at retail, as it allows you to test the main switches, scroll wheel and feel the surface finish on it.
The mouse mat is of a very high quality, with a smooth finish, hard-wearing surface and stitched edges to prevent them from fraying.
Unlike the plastic cable of the GRIP 500, the 300 comes equipped with a high-quality braided cable and a gold-plated USB header, which should help improve the overall lifespan of the mouse.
In terms of design, the GRIP 300 is pretty straight forward with few buttons on show, something that may appeal to the pro gaming market, who often prefer simple designs for competitive gaming.
There’s a nice ergonomic shape to the mouse, like the design of the GRIP 500. Although, unlike the GRIP 500, the 300 only has two side buttons, not three.
The GRIP 300, much like its name implies, has been treated to a grip coating. This hard-wearing rubber-like surface has a really nice feel to it and it’ll also benefit those who suffer from sweaty hands while gaming.
There’s a good quality scroll wheel with a soft rubber grip around it and a soft tactile bump when rotated, making it very easy to control.
Overall, not the most exciting design, but build quality feels good, the design is aesthetically pleasing and the switches have a nice quick and responsive click to them, which will be great for gaming.
While the top side of the mouse may be lacking a lot of controls, that’s not to say the features are limited. Here you’ll find switches for adjusting the polling rate, as well as the DPI settings. Of course, you’ll also find the optical sensor.
At the start of this year, we visited Turtle Beach at CES 2015 and one thing in particular caught our attention, keyboards and mice! Turtle Beach has a long history of creating gaming focused headsets for a wide range of formats, but until now, that’s pretty much all they’ve done. Now, just a few months after they were first revealed, Turtle Beach are looking to tackle the PC gaming market with a range of keyboards and mice.
“The Turtle Beach Grip 500 laser gaming mouse is an ergonomically engineered, illuminated 7-button scroll wheel mouse that uses premium components such as Avago 9800 laser sensors and Omron switches to deliver steady, precise gaming control. It packs a number of powerful features, including the ability to customize performance, change illumination settings, program all seven buttons and the scroll wheel, plus create up to 50 complex macros with up to 100 commands each and then assign them to any button. They can then be saved into five different colour-coded profiles, loaded into on-board memory and changed on the fly.”
It certainly has all the hallmarks of a good gaming mouse, with all the features you would expect, but what we really want to see, is how it feels and how it performs, so let’s get right to it and take a closer look.
For the purpose of this review, Turtle Beach also sent me one of their new DRIFT mouse mats, I don’t typically review these, as they’re really down to user preference, but it seems like it’ll be a nice match for the GRIP 500 mouse.
For those looking at this mouse at retail, there’s a cut-away section that allows you to test the buttons, scroll wheel and feel the finish on the mouse.
In the box, you’ll find the GRIP 500, which comes hard-wired with a lightweight cable and the instruction booklet; not the most comprehensive bundle, but it’s really all you need.
The cable is of a good quality, no gold-plated connector, but honestly, you really don’t need it to be gold anyway.
The main panels of the GRIP 500 have been treated to a grippy soft-touch rubber. This is quite common on gaming mice these days, as it gives improved grip, a stealthy aesthetic and it’s often quite resilient to scratches and easy to keep clean.
Down the left side, you’ll find three switches, which just like the rest of the switches, are fully programmable. They’ve got a nice light tactile click to them that gives them a nice responsive feel.
The rear of the mouse sweeps out a little at the base on both the left and right sides, giving a nice ergonomic shape that fits the palm of your hand well.
There’s a slight curve to both the left and right mouse buttons, providing a stable finger resting position and combined with the grip coating, the mouse feels just as adept at both palm rest and claw grip play-styles.
There’s a single toggle switch behind the scroll wheel that can be used for DPI, or anything else you wish since it’s also fully programmable. The scroll wheel is very low set in the mouse body, but it is quite big and features a very grippy coating and ridges that make it very easy to manipulate.
A small Turtle Beach logo at the back, which will look nice when powered up thanks to some internal LED lighting.
The 500 GRIP, contrary to its name, glides exceptionally well on both soft and hard gaming surfaces, that’s to its slip-mats and its relatively lightweight design.
We’ve teamed up with the very awesome people at Turtle Beach to offer you a chance to win one of three stunning Turtle Beach Earforce Z60 DTS Headphone X ready Headsets! We’ve had a lot of entries to this competition, but the good news is that we’ve been able to pick three lucky winners!
We reviewed the Z60 headset just a few weeks ago and loved its range of features and capabilities for competitive gaming. If you use a headset a lot for team chat, then you’ll really enjoy the quality microphone and separate game/chat volume controls.
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Turtle Beach is one of the most easily recognisable brands in gaming, having many award-winning and very successful products on virtually every format. While Turtle Beach have been a popular choice for many at home gamers, they’ve also proven time and time again that they can deliver great headsets for the competitive gaming market and with the constant rise in popularity of eSports, there’s certainly a lot of demand for high-end hardware from consumers.
The Turtle Beach XO Seven Pro is designed for competitive gaming on Xbox One, with the added bonus of mobile device support for those who also love to game on the go.
“Raise your game on Xbox One with the Ear Force® XO SEVEN Pro featuring the new Ear Force Headset Audio Controller Plus which adds Superhuman Hearing, Game and Mic Presets, Mic Monitoring and more! Whether you are on the MLG Pro Circuit or just want to be, the XO SEVEN Pro has the tournament-grade durability, amazing sound quality and features you need to win. Plus, with the included Mobile Cable with In-Line Mic, the XO SEVEN Pro will be your headset of choice for mobile calls, music and gaming on the go.” – Turtle Beach
It also comes equipped with all the features you would expect from a competitive headset, with microphone monitoring, audio EQ presets, game/chat audio control and “Super Human Hearing” which is effectively dynamic range control.
The headset comes equipped with everything you’ll need to get you started; two braided cables, one for the Xbox One and one for mobile devices, a detachable microphone, USB recharging cable and the controller hub.
Since the Xbox One doesn’t come with its own headset connector, Turtle Beach has supplied a feature packed unit that connects to the controller. It has buttons for the game and chat volumes, microphone and game EQ preset controls, a master mute button and the Super Human Hearing button; a great range of features for any gamer.
Both of the main cables are of a very high quality and come with a high-quality braiding.
The headset comes hard-wired with a short cable and a proprietary connector. You’ll notice on the image above that the mobile cable also comes with a call button on this connector, meaning you don’t have to reach for your device just to answer a call. It also has a built-in pin-hole microphone, so no need for the boom mic!
The XO Seven Pro is really nicely designed and while there are a lot of plastics on show, they’re of a very high quality; the headset manages to feel very durable while maintaining a low weight.
A plain black headset could look a little boring, but there’s a tiny touch of green trim around the headset that gives it some added flair.
The ear cups can be rotated inwards, which is perfect for wearing the headset around your neck between games, but combined with a small amount of pivot, it’ll also help you get a good fit over your ears.
The ear cups are padded with a soft glossy look leather that feels incredibly comfortable over your ears. There’s also a soft cloth back on the drivers with the Turtle Beach logo printed on them.
As you would expect from virtually any headset, the headband is extendable; it has a good range to it and it locks firmly into place at each stage.
The headband has been covered with some thick padding and some stitched leather, meanings it’s very comfortable and hard-wearing.
The detachable microphone is a welcome bonus, as it means the XO Seven double up nicely as headphones. Also, not everyone wants the boom microphone in front of their face all of the time.
It’s competition time once again folks! We’ve teamed up with the very awesome people at Turtle Beach to offer you a chance to win one of three stunning Turtle Beach EArforce Z60 DTS Headphone X ready Headsets!
We reviewed the Z60 headset just a few weeks ago and loved its range of features and capabilities for competitive gaming. If you use a headset a lot for team chat, then you’ll really enjoy the quality microphone and separate game/chat volume controls.
We’ve got three of these to give away, giving you even more chances to win!
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One of the main problems with wired headsets is the wire, having it trail from your headset to your console, or even from the headset to a controller adapter can be a real pain. The wire can limit your freedom and even snag on your clothing. If you suffer from any of these issues, then there’s only one perfect solution for it; a wireless headset.
The Stealth 500X is the latest wireless headset from Turtle Beach. It has been designed to work with Xbox One without the need of a controller adapter and it’ll even work on your Mac or PC should you want to update its firmware, download extra profiles and other settings.
“No controller adapters, no cables, just completely wireless DTS Headphone: X 7.1 Channel Surround Sound that puts you in the center of the action. Designed for Xbox One, the powerful Ear Force® Stealth 500X delivers incredible interference-free wireless audio and chat through a comfortable, functional headset design. The Stealth 500X also includes a mobile cable for making calls, mobile gaming or for connecting a phone to get text or call notifications while gaming.” – Turtle Beach
The headset comes equipped with a pair of powerful 50mm drivers, a removable omni-directional microphone, intelligent channel-hopping wireless, DTS Headphone X, a 15-hour rechargeable battery and a whole lot more. To cater to much of this, the headset comes with a USB base unit for the wireless transmitter, a mobile 3.5mm cables, a USB charging cable and a 6ft TosLink optical cable.
The base unit isn’t the prettiest bit of tech ever, but it is very practical and it’s small enough to snug into your AV setup without causing too much distraction. Although you may want to keep it within reach, as there are a few handy controls down the side for picking presets.
Around the back, you’ll find that the main USB cable is hard-wired. What I am happy to see is optical pass-through, perfect for having it setup to run through your home AV system and the headset without having to swap any cables.
The 500X is fairly typical of Turtle Beach design, light weight, durable, while matte black plastics make up the bulk of the construction of the headset. There’s some green trim on the drivers to liven up the design and there’s some nice green stitching on the headband material.
Each ear cup has some control buttons on the back. Here you can see the microphone and chat controls, although there’s also a volume dial on each side and a microphone mount. I’m not sure about the microphone mounting, while it will be great for folding the up out of the way once installed, it looks a bit rubbish having that plastic bit stuck on the side of the headset.
On the underside, you can see a 3.5mm jack which can be used for hooking the headset up to your mobile device. On the right, there’s also a mini-USB port for charging the headset.
The headband has lots of padding on it, with a nice level of grip to it, so it should be comfortable and stay firmly in place for those long gaming sessions.
As with most modern headsets, the drivers are rotatable. This will help provide a good fit over your ears and help with wearing them around your neck between games.
The boom microphone is flexible and has a soft foam tip to help reduce unwanted noise.
Turtle Beach are one of the leading names in the gaming audio market. They’ve got one of the most recognisable brand names in gaming and they’ve built themselves a great reputation for providing gamers with a wide range of headsets that cover virtually all budgets and formats. The headset I have at my disposal today is targeted at the mid-market, with a very reasonable price tag of around £79.99. This isn’t so expensive that it’s into the premium grade, but still more than enough money that you’re going to be expecting a great range of features and solid performance.
The Z60 is designed to work with PC, as well as mobile platforms and comes equipped with a great range of features that should provide us with some impressive audio, or at least I’m hoping it does! The Z60 is the first headset on PC to utilize 7.1 channel DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound and it pushes this new virtual surround technology through a pair of powerful 60mm drivers.
The Z60 comes equipped with a detachable boom microphone, a USB controller with built-in soundcard for plug-and-play compatibility with desktop PC/MAC and a hard wired 3.5mm cable on the headset for plug-and-play mobile use.
The USB in-line controller is really nicely designed. Not only is this the DTS Headphone soundcard, but it features all the controls you could ever need in a compact unit. The game and chat audio are on separate control dials and there’s a dedicated microphone must switch on the side.
One of the cooler features, which I’m really looking forward to testing, would be the mode switch, which allows you to tailor the surround mix for different kinds of media, such as movies, music and gaming.
The microphone is fully detachable and has an adjustable boom to help you find the optimal speaking position. I really like detachable microphones as it’s not often I need one and it bugs me when it’s in front of your face and not being used.
The headset itself has a sleek and somewhat understated look. There’s a nice mixture of soft matte finish plastics and some glossy back covers on each of the drivers.
The headset is trimmed with a little bit of red detailing to help keep it looking a little bit interesting. There’s a thick foam padding on each ear cup and a very comfortable feeling fabric coating that will be very welcome during those long gaming sessions.
The headband is thick and durable to help keep the headset in place, but it’s also very light weight so that it doesn’t become bothersome during extended use.
The interior of each ear cup is big enough that the headset will fit over-the-ear. Combine this with the thick padding and the closed back design and you should find it very easy to get lost in the game world and block out virtually all external noise.
The side extenders lock firmly at each position and there’s a good range to each side; perfect for a wide range of head sizes.
Each ear cup can be rotated to lay flat, which is a lot more comfortable when you’re wearing the headset around your neck between games.
Overall, a very nice looking headset that avoids much of the garish flair we often see on gaming headsets. It feels durable, lightweight and initial impressions are that it’s very comfortable.
If you asked someone to name a great headset for PlayStation, there is a good chance that they’ll mention Turtle Beach. Their headsets have proven time and time again to be some of the best in the business and they’ve proven a big hit with gamers around the world. This is partly due to the vast range of headsets that Turtle Beach produce, offering something for virtually every major gaming platform, as well as every budget.
Today I’ll be taking a look at their Elite 800, one of their latest flagship headsets for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and mobile devices. It comes with a range of premium grade features such as DTS Headphone X, wireless technology, Bluetooth, noise-cancelling, surround sound and a whole lot more; such as a premium price tag. The price of the Elite 800 isn’t for the faint of heart, or the light of wallet and it’ll set you back around £249.99.
For your hard-earned money, you’ll get the headset (obviously), the transmitter box and a nice collection of cables; all of which come nicely bundled into their own respective boxes.
The headset is really nicely designed, with a mixture of mostly soft matte black plastics and some glossy back plates.
The back plates of each ear cup feature controls for all of the major buttons; this is a wireless headset after all, so there’s no in-line controller.
On one side, you’ve got the volume, power and Bluetooth controls, on the other you’ll find the microphone mute, voice chat volume, and the preset buttons. They’re all nicely spaced out, making it easy to control the settings without taking the headset off of your ears.
Along the base of the headset, you’ll find a microUSB port and a small jack socket; these are used for charging and mobile use respectively. More interestingly, there are two contact points next to the MicroUSB port, which are used to charge the headset when it is docked on the transmitter box.
The Elite 800 has a slightly offset headband, which allows it to rest slightly further back on your head for extra comfort.
The headband has a length adjustment and each ear cup can also rotate to provide a closer fit.
Each ear cup can be rotated all the way inwards, providing you with a comfortable resting position when wearing the headset around your neck.
All the cables you should ever need are included in the box. There is a TosLink optical cable, USB cables and the 5-pole 3.5mm cable for mobile devices.
The transmitter is a multi-purpose unit. It will act as the transmitter, a stand and a magnetic charging dock for your headset.
There are two pins in the base of the unit and the headset simply drops onto the top for charging; nice and easy.
There’s also four thick rubber grips on the base to prevent your expensive new headset and stand from sliding around your desk.
Overall, an absolutely stunning looking headset. It’s not as loud a design as most other gaming headset, but it feels great, the padding is soft and thick, plus it looks fantastic mounted in the transmitter unit.
Turtle Beach are one of the hottest and biggest gaming brands around, time and time again they’ve delivered great quality headsets for a range of budgets and a wide range of formats. Their new Ear Force Recon 320 is a mid-budget headset, so it’s not completely over the top with features, but it does still promise high-end performance and build quality; not that I would expect anything else from a well-known brand such as this.
The Recon 320 may not be the most expensive headset that Turtle Beach produce, but it still packs plenty of features. It supports the latest Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound virtual processing, a pair of powerful 50mm drivers, customisable backplates, an in-line controller, detachable microphone boom and more, so I’m really looking forward to putting it through its paces to see what it can do!
The headset comes equipped with a USB connection for PC, but also a detachable 3.5mm cable that makes it perfect for mobile use, or for use with just about any device in the world with a headphone socket. Just keep in mind that the Dolby Surround features only work via the USB connection and that the headset will run in stereo mode via the 3.5mm cable.
The microphone is pretty standard, but features a flexible/positional boom and can be easily removed from the headset when not in use; perfect for those who want to use the headset as headphones.
The in-line controller is nice and compact, but has a volume dial on the side, as well as a master microphone mute switch that’ll prove handy while playing online.
The headset has a somewhat minimalist style. There’s some matte finish plastics for the bulk of the headset, but the backplates on the drivers are glossy. The back plates are held in place with magnets and can be easily removed to allow you to customize them with your own design; you can also purchase pre-customised plates directly from Turtle Beach.
Each ear cup is quite deep, this allows plenty of room for all that thick padding, as well as those large 50mm drivers; so we should get a good level of bass performance from this headset.
There’s a pair of sockets on the left ear-cup, one for the microphone, the other for the mobile/PC cable.
The headband is lightweight, yet still quite strong. There’s some really nice quality padding on both ear cups and on the headband. The headband padding may not look like much, but the headset is surprising lightweight, so comfort really shouldn’t be an issue, even after a long gaming session.
The headband can be easily adjusted to suit your personal fit.
While both ear cups can be rotated inwards so you can wear it around your neck between games, but there’s also a few degree of pivot to provide a better fit over your ears.
Overall, it’s a really cool looking headset. It has a bright red trim that some may find a little garish, but I think a welcome contrast to the dull grey plastics and I can see this design proving quite popular with gamers in general.
Turtle Beach is following up on the successful Stealth 500X headset with the new with a new wireless headset that they say will set a new standard of performance for the Xbox One: the Elite 800X.
The 500X was the first to bring totally wireless functionality to the Xbox One headsets and now the Elite 800X brings several more firsts to Xbox One gaming world. The new 800X include active noise cancellation and invisible, boom-free microphones. It also packs DTS 7.1 channel surround sound, customizable presets, a magnetic charging stand and swappable speaker plates.
It has digital optical (Toslink) input with pass through and USB and it has a wireless range of up to 10 meters. The speakers are 50mm with Neodymium Magnets with a frequency range from 20Hz to 20KHz. The ear pads are made from synthetic leather and memory foam inside.
The Elite 800X weighs 370g and is expected to launch at retail in the Spring of 2015, no word on pricing yet.
Thanks to Turtle Beach for providing us with this information
Turtle Beach are one of the biggest names in the peripheral business and their booth at CES 2015 really goes a long way to highlighting that. They’ve turned up with dozens of new and exsisting products for the headset ranges for PC, mobile, Xbox, PlayStation and just about any other gaming platform you can think of. They’ve pushed the limits of features, performance, style, price and more to the limits and they’re all pretty much what you would expect from a premium gaming brand. However, one thing really stood out from the crowd in a big way, their directional sound technology.
The flat speakers you can see in the pictures above and below are crazy. Stand outside of where they’re point and you literally cannot hear a thing, sit in front of them and you’re treated to sound. There’s technology at work, but I’m fairly certain it’s witch craft.
This is something else I’m really excited about, Turtle Beach are pushing into the peripherals market! Keyboards and mice will soon accompany their range of headsets.
We’ve got a big box of Turtle Beach products already on the way to eTeknix HQ, so we’ll update you with in-depth reviews of their latest products in the coming weeks!
It’s fairly common for gamers to own more than one console, and when you’re ready to play online, the last thing you want to be doing is trying to find the right headset for the right console. The best way to reduce the need for multiple headsets is to purchase a multi-format headset; that’s where the new Turtle Beach Stealth 400 comes into play. The Stealth 400 is compatible with PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and mobile device. This means that quickly flicking between consoles should be relatively easy, with the added bonus that you can take the headset on the go with you for use with your mobile device.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 400 is a wireless headset, meaning you won’t have to suffer from trailing cables while gaming. Not all devices allow for wireless connectivity, so Turtle Beach have also included a 4-pole 3.5mm cable that will work great for hooking the headset up to your phone, tablet, mp3 player, or portable gaming device such as the PlayStation Vita.
The headset comes with a range of connectivity options, such as the USB transmitter, which has an optical input (TosLink cable included). The headset is equipped with powerful 50mm drivers and a removable omni-directional microphone.
Speakers: 50mm with Neodymium Magnets
Speaker Impedance: 32Ω
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Headband/Earpad Material: Fabric (Black) with Foam Cushioning
The dongle is easy enough to use, it’s just a USB plug on one end that you can connect to your console and there’s a small optical cable port on the side.
The detachable microphone has a flexible boom to better adjust your speaking position. Of course, you can completely remove it should you not need it.
The construction of the headset is mostly plastic, which helps keep the overall weight of the unit as low as possible.
Because this is a wireless headset, all the major controls have been placed on the underside of the drivers. Here you will find chat and game volume dials, a preset toggle button, the USB recharging port and the 3.5mm jack for mobile use.
Separate from the other controls you’ll also find the microphone master mute button; this way you don’t knock the volume dials when you need a little privacy.
The left driver has a recessed jack socket for the microphone.
The plastics on the Stealth 400 have been given a lightly textured matte finish, with the exception of a small glossy panel on the back of each driver. Despite its plastic construction, the headset feels very tough and durable.
There’s a rough rubber texture to the top of the headband, where you’ll also notice the embossed Turtle Beach logo.
The headband comes with slide out extenders which lock firmly into place. The headset has a good range of extension that should make it suitable for younger gamers, as well as adults.
The ear cups can be rotated inwards, allowing for a better fit against your ears, while also meaning they’re more comfortable to wear around your neck between games. The padding on the drivers is quite hard, but it’s got a nice soft external cloth cover and they should break-in over time to become more comfortable.
Overall a really nice looking headset with understated looks. I like the blue trim around the ear cups, but given the name “stealth”, perhaps all black would have been a little bit cooler.
Turtle Beach have announced that the latest addition to their long-range of headsets is available now. The Ear Force Recon 320 is a Dolby 7.1 channel surround sound amplified PC and mobile gaming headset.
The Recon 320 can connect with either a single USB connection on PC or a 3.5 mm jack on mobile devices and both cables are included in the package. The headphones are using a new noise-isolating around-the-ear design that is said to allow for hours of comfortable gaming. Inside it has amplified 50 mm Neodymium speakers to give you that crisp surround sound.
You can also customize the headset with swappable speaker plates to stand out from the crowd; custom speaker platers can be purchased separately.
The mobile cable has an in-line microphone and multi-function buttons for mobile controls such as answering calls and controlling your music playback. It also has a removable boom microphone making this headset double useful, no matter if you’re home or on the go.
The current availability for a MSRP of $79.95, but is only available in the US right now and we’ll have to wait until October 17th here in the UK before we can get our hands on it. At the time of writing it can be pre-ordered on Amazon for £69.99.
Turtle Beach is one of the biggest gaming brands around, having earned a great reputation for producing a wide range of headset products that cover a wide spectrum of budgets. Whilst I’ve seen and heard a lot of good things from their budget models, the really exciting stuff is obviously at the upper end of the budget scale. The latest addition to their range certainly falls into the premium bracket, with an RRP of £119.99 (and many retailers selling at around £140) they’re obviously not targeted at your average gamer.
With the release of Titanfall came a huge wave of associated merchandise and peripherals, the Titanfall Earforce Atlas is the official headset of EA’s new FPS and as such it should be one of the best headsets around to enjoy one of the most popular games on the market right now. Designed to work with the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, the Atlas offers improved value for money as it works on multiple formats, hopefully negating the need to own more than one headset. I also know that since this headset features a 3.5mm jack plug, it’s perfectly compatible with the PlayStation 4 and mobile device, something work keeping in mind if you’re not an Xbox fan.
I normally find something here to say about the features and specifications of the products I test, but for some reason Turtle Beach haven’t published technical specifications of their headset. The only thing I did find was this marketing riddled feature list that you can see below. In summary we can say that the headset features multi-format support, powerful drivers, bass boost features (360 and PC only) and microphone monitor.
Designed for Xbox One – Headphones are tuned to provide the highest quality audio from the Xbox One Audio Adapter.
Customize Your Audio – Personalize game & chat mix volume, plus mic mute right at your fingertips.
Be Heard Loud and Clear – High-Quality removable mic for chat on Xbox One, Skype, and Xbox Live.
Comfortable, Twist-Cup Design – Breathable mesh cushions on ear cups rotate-to-flat for wearing around your neck.
Bass Boost – Built-in Bass Boost adds more depth and punch to the game audio (Xbox 360 & PC only).
Mic Monitor – Hear own voice in the headset to avoid shouting.
For Your Entertainment – Ear Force Atlas isn’t just great for Titanfall. Enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows with superior quality sound. Then crank up your tunes from music services like Xbox Music or Skype with friends!
Mobile Gaming – Perfect for gaming on your mobile phone, tablet or portable game devices.
Turtle Beach Audio Advantage – With more than 35 years of audio experience, Turtle Beach delivers innovative technology to provide a competitive advantage and the most realistic and immersive audio experience built into a high quality, comfortable headset. Outstanding sound, features and quality. That’s why we are #1 in Gaming Audio.
The packaging on the Atlas is really nicely designed, lots of cool graphics and a nice image of the headset on the front of the box. Down the right side is a labeled image of the Xbox One audio adapter and the Xbox 360 / PC in-line amp which are included in the box.
Around the back is a slightly more detailed run down of the headsets features, but once again the packaging lacks any real technical specifications of the hardware other than the fact it features 50mm drivers. The box is also keen to point out that Titanfall is not included in the box.
Upon opening the box, you’ll find all the components neatly laid out and well protected by the plastic mould packaging.
Almost everything you need to get you going is in the box, including the Xbox One audio adaptor, cables, microphone, in-line controller /amp and of course the headset. The only thing not included is an Xbox 360 audio adaptor, so those wanting to use the 360 will need to buy that separately, fortunately I already own one from previous headset reviews.
The in-line amp and controller is only for use with the Xbox 360 and PC, but offers you volume controls, mute functions and an extra long cable to run it from your console / PC to your seating position. The AUX to 3.5mm female cable for the Xbox is included, but again, you will need your own Xbox 360 audio adaptor to connect it to your console.
The Xbox One doesn’t need the in-line amp, but gets the same audio control functionality via this clip-in attachment for the Xbox One controller. Do keep in mind that your console needs to have the latest update applied for the headset to be compatible.
Finally in the box you’ll find a detachable microphone, it features a flexible boom and a large foam head which can easily be removed for cleaning.
We’ve got something pretty special in the eTeknix office today, the latest headset from Turtle Beach and our very first review of an Xbox One peripheral. I’ve not had much joy from the console its self over the last couple of month, but one thing I have hated most of all is the lack of great headsets, or at least headsets that I like using. Hopefully the new headset from Turtle Beach can resolve this.
Gaming is big business and competitive gaming is right at the heart of it for many of us, be that eSports or just teaming up with a few friends for a couple of rounds on Battlefield on an evening. Nothing will improve your game more than practice, but having the right peripherals for the job can massively improve the quality of your experience, or at least give you an extra edge over your opponents. A good quality headset can be an immersive experience and being able to clearly communicate with your team mates is often vital when playing competitively. With prices ranging from £75- £100 from the XO Four headset, it’s certainly not a budget solution, so I’ll be looking for a good standard of build quality, performance and plenty of features for such an investment.
“Headsets aren’t just great for games. Enjoy your favourite movies and TV shows with superior quality sound. Then crank up your tunes from music services like Xbox Music or Skype with friends!” reads the Turtle Beach website.
The packaging is nicely designed with a stylish image of the headset on the front of the box, as well as a quick run-down of some of the major features, including the large 50mm drivers, volume mixer and mobile support.
Around the back you’ll find some marketing info that details the highlights, these include the lightweight and comfortable design, wireless to the Xbox One console (wired to controller only) and the fold flat design.
The headset comes nicely packaged with plenty of protection around the major components.
Aside from the headset its self you will find a detachable boom microphone, controller attachment, a micro USB cable and a small box which contains a few documents on warranty, set up and support.