Turtle Beach Star Wars Battlefront SandTroopers Gaming Headset Review

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Introduction


Turtle Beach Star Wars Battlefront SandTroopers Gaming Headset Review

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.

Full-Range Audio
Booming 50mm Neodymium speakers deliver sound the way Star Wars™ was meant to be heard.

Convenient Controls
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.

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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.

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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.

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Under the top tray of components, you’ll find the headset and it’s cables all neatly tucked away and well protected.

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A Closer Look


The headset comes hard-wired with a 4-pole 3.5mm cable, although at this price range it would have been nice to see this as a replaceable/detachable cable. It’s easily connected to a console controller using the jack cable provided, and mobile devices can use the microphone too, so long as they support a 4-pole 3.5mm cable; most do. The only other thing worth pointing out is that while it does work on PC, you’ll likely need to purchase a 4-pole 3.5mm female to dual 3-pole 3.5mm male Y-splitter cable to use the microphone on a desktop setup.

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The in-line controller is quite basic, but gives you easy control over the master volume and the microphone mute.

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The drivers have an open design at the back, but technical not, as the backplates don’t come pre-installed and have to be clipped into place. This also means you can customise the backplates easily, or purchase pre-made ones from Turtle Beach.

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With the backplate in place, things certainly look a lot more presentable.The detailing on the graphics is pretty cool and it’s a welcome change from the often black or grey plastic designs we see so often.

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On the base of the headset, you’ll find the hard-wired audio cable, and there’s also a jack port for the detachable boom microphone, meaning you can take it off when it’s not needed.

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One cool twist is the right driver comes with an orange pivot mount; a nod to the orange coloured right shoulder pad of the Sandtroopers.

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The headset is made from a lot of plastics, but as with most Turtle Beach headset, the quality is still pretty high. It feels nice and durable, but managed to stay lightweight too, so it’s pretty comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions.

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The only downside, at least initially, is that the fabric and foam ear cups are quite hard-wearing. They’re a little uncomfortable at first, but do wear in after a while and become more forgiving, so it’s best to just power through it, as it will improve.

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the fit is heavily adjustable, with the ear cups being able to rotate inwards to provide a closer fit, while also meaning they’ll lay flat when the headset is worn around your neck.

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The head band is fully adjustable on both sides, and you’ll find a pivot mount on the drivers too, helping further ensure you get a nice and close fit around your ears.

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The 50mm drivers pack quite a bit of punch and at maximum volume, you’ll find more than enough power to satisfy your needs. There’s a pretty tight and distortion free bass response too, helped in no small part by the closed back design. This also means the headset blocks out a lot of external noise, while also preventing a lot of the headset audio from leaking.

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The treble and mid tones are nicely detailed and work great for gaming, as well as for in-game chat, giving a clear and natural chat tone. Music sounds great too, so using them as headphones on your PC or a mobile device is certainly an option. The only thing that didn’t work great way movies, as the center vocal channel gets muddled in the stereo mix a little too much, although the music tracks and sound effects do sound fantastic. This is, however, only true where the source is 5.1 or above, if you have a stereo downmix, things sound great again.

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The detachable microphone is pretty standard in terms of design, with a flexible boom and a large foam windshield to help reduce higher frequency ambient noise being picked up. It’s nothing special, but it gives good audio and doesn’t pick up too much ambient noise. There is no separate chat volume controls, but at least you can mute it from the in-line controller if you want some privacy.

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Final Thoughts


Price

The Turtle Beach Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper Gaming Headset is available from many major high street and online retailers, but also directly from Turtle Beach for £69.99. This is a little expensive for a headset with this level of performance, but keep in mind that there’s some added value to be found in the multi-format support; you’ll only need a single headset for multiple gaming setups, and that’s a real cost saver in the long run.

Overview

There’s a lot to like about this headset, but it isn’t perfect either. Some of the plastics do look a little cheap, but I think that may be a by-product of the Star Wars colour scheme as the finish reminds me of the old Packard Bell desktop PC cases. The ear padding is a little too tough at first too, more so than it usually is on Turtle Beach headsets and many users may not realise that it takes time to wear in and dismiss the headset before it does. Finally, the microphone is just the standard one for most Turtle Beach headsets, I feel they’ve really missed the opportunity to match its colour screen to the headset, and a bit of sleeving on the boom wouldn’t have been a great expense.

There are some great things about this headset, though, it’s not as bad as I’m making it sound here. It’s a great looking headset in general, for Star Wars fans the colour scheme is seriously cool and I can certainly see it appealing to younger gamers (based on how my kids reacted when they saw it!). The audio quality is great, there’s a good bit of bite to the 50mm drivers, and a rich amount of bass that’s great for gaming. The closed back design lets you get lost in the game world with minimal distractions and despite its bland appearance, the microphone works great for team chat.

The lightweight design, the multiple adjustments available in the headband and ear cup mounts and the detachable microphone are all welcome bonuses. However, the biggest feature here is the multi-format support. If you’ve got a couple of consoles, a handheld gaming device, mobile device, MP3 player, etc, you’ll be able to use this headset on all of them. The only hurdle for Turtle Beach is that they’re not the only £70 multi-format headset on the market, but since they’re the only one with Star Wars Battlefront branding, they’re obviously not targetting the wider market with this specific model.

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • Unique Star Wars branding
  • Detachable microphone
  • Multi-Format support
  • Powerful drivers
  • Detachable backplates

Cons

  • Ear-cup padding is a little tough, although it will wear in over time
  • Microphone design does maintain the same style as the rest of the headset
  • No Y-split cable included to use microphone on PC

“If you’re a big fan of Star Wars Battlefront, this is going to make a cool addition to your gaming setup. Equipped with support for multiple devices and providing great sound with its 50mm drivers, the SandTrooper is great headset for a night of online gaming”

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Turtle Beach Star Wars Battlefront SandTroopers Gaming Headset Review

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