Turtle Beach Recon 70 Wired Gaming Headset Review
Reviewed on Microsoft Xbox OneAlso available on Sony PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch
Turtle Beach have made a name for themselves with their high quality gaming peripherals and they're a leader when it comes to headsets so we were very keen to experience their latest, value for money model - the Recon 70.
Priced at just £29.99, this is firmly in the budget end of the market - when headsets can reach into the hundreds of pounds (Turtle Beach's own 800X is just shy of £180) so frankly we weren't expecting to be blown away. In fact, mildly satisfied would be a decent result. Suffice to say we're pleasantly surprised.
The Recon 70 comes in a variety of colours - and they all look pretty good. Their plastic construction is probably the one thing that reveals their budget nature; the matt finish doesn't shout high-end but the design is functional with padding in all of the right places and the headset is comfortable to wear for long sessions. It's also remarkably light meaning that there's no risk of neck ache or long term discomfort.
The connection is a standard 3.5mm jack that can be used on any of the current major consoles so it's a truly plug and play solution and the headset features a flip to mute microphone which means you can quickly move the microphone stalk into a vertical position for a little bit of privacy without having to take the headset off. It's a truly plug-and-play solution that offers real convenience to the user.
So with comfort, value and convenience all given hefty ticks, it's down the the actual performance to deliver a recommendable solution - and we can heartily do that. There is a remarkable amount of punch to the sound the headphones provide with decent base and even a modicum of thoughtful sound placement. These aren't phone designed to give you a 5.1 analogue, but they do a pretty nice job all-the-same. There's a marked step up with playing something that relies on sound positioning over your TV speakers - Fortnite, for example, benefits hugely helping you pinpoint the directions from which gunshots and footsteps are coming from.
These aren't the warmest sounding cans but there's enough bass to to give depth to gunshots whilst also giving a vibrancy to musical numbers. Likewise there is a tightness to the sound that means that suggests plenty of thought has been put into ensuring a solid middle-of-the road experience that might not quite hit the highs of headsets costing five times as much but won't leave anyone wanting. It's hard to justify spending more.
All in, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 is impossible to ignore. Budget price with performance well above other headsets of a similar price means they're the the only choice for anyone with less than £100 to spend and should even be seriously considered by those who are more willing to splash the cash,
- Midnight Red