We've tested 16 Turtle Beach headsets. They make a variety of gaming headsets available at most price points. They tend to have unique features, like active noise cancelling, Bluetooth, dedicated amps, or even in-ears with a detachable boom microphone. Their microphones typically have a good recording quality, even with their budget options.
The Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Wireless is the best Turtle Beach Headset we've tested. If you like first-person shooters (FPS) or multi-player games, these top-of-the-line headphones are for you. They have a bassy sound that helps bring out sound effects without drowning out dialogue and instruments. They're also equipped with a Superhuman Hearing feature to help further emphasize sounds like footsteps in some games. You can even fine-tune their sound using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. Remember that they come in Xbox and PlayStation variants, so it's important to ensure you get the right variant for your console.
Unlike most gaming headphones, they have noise cancelling (ANC) and can block out a good amount of sound around you. With their ANC on, they last over 16 hours continuously, and thanks to their swappable battery design, you can use one and charge the other in the wireless transmitter dock. These can also have two mics: a boom mic, which offers decent overall performance, and an integrated mic, which doesn't perform quite as well but helps transform the headphones for more casual use. They support Bluetooth, and you can simultaneously stay connected to your console and smartphone. However, their wireless transmitter has a slightly noticeable audio lag on PC, although we didn't perceive it on consoles. Latency can differ depending on your setup.
The best upper mid-range Turtle Beach headset for gaming we've tested is the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless. These wireless gaming headphones are well-built, offer a long 16-hour continuous battery life, and come in an Xbox and a PS4/PC version. They also support Βluetooth, meaning you can mix chat or music from your phone with game audio. Their default sound profile adds extra rumble, punch, and boom to audio, which is well-suited for action-packed games. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets, meaning you can customize them. They also have a boom mic with great recording quality, so your voice sounds clear when you're gaming with friends.
Unfortunately, like many gaming headsets, they don't isolate you from ambient sound, so they aren't ideal for noisy environments. They also leak a lot of sound, so people around you might hear your game audio if you're listening at high volumes. Also, while they have a decently comfortable fit, they clamp onto your ears more tightly than the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Wireless, which can be uncomfortable during long gaming sessions. They offer low latency, support Xbox Wireless if you buy the Xbox variant, and offer robust sound customization features.
The best Turtle Βeach Ηeadset in the mid-range we've tested is the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2. This wired headset is usually around half the price of the previous pick, and it's not as well-built but has a lighter design and a more comfortable fit for most people. While it doesn't work with a companion app and lacks customization features like an EQ, a slider on one ear cup controls a virtual surround sound feature when connected to an Xbox or PlayStation console. With that feature on, they have a boomy sound profile that emphasizes sound effects like footsteps, while dialogue is reproduced clearly and accurately.
Their boom mic doesn't perform as well as the previous pick's, so your voice lacks body and is more likely to be drowned out by background noise. However, if you're in a quiet place, you'll be easy to understand during online games. Like most gaming headphones, they don't block out very much background noise. Unfortunately, they feel plasticky compared to pricier options and don't have a detachable cable, so you need to replace the headset if the cable gets damaged.
The best Turtle Beach headset in the budget range we've tested is the Turtle Beach Recon 50X/Recon 50P. These wired headphones have a cheap build quality, but if you're looking for an inexpensive option for gaming, they aren't bad otherwise. Their boom mic makes your voice sound clear, natural, and full-bodied when you're gaming with friends and even does a good job of separating it from background noise.
Their warm sound profile adds a lot of extra boom to your audio, which is well-suited for action-packed games, but at the same time, mixes can sound muddy and cluttered. Voices also lack a bit of detail. Their bass response also varies depending on the headphones' fit and positioning, so people who wear glasses or have thick hair can experience a drop in bass. That said, they offer a fairly comfortable fit for most people and have basic in-line controls so you can adjust the volume or mute the mic easily. Since they have a simple wired design, they come in one variant that works with PCs and most consoles.
The best Turtle Beach earbuds for gaming we've tested are the Turtle Beach Battle Buds. These wired earbuds are worth considering if you don't like the fit of over-ear headphones or want something more portable than a typical gaming headset. They have a boom mic that's detachable for when you want a more casual look. It has a decent overall performance, so if you're gaming with friends, they can hear you clearly, even with some noise in the background. They're adequately comfortable and fully compatible with devices with an AUX port, meaning you can plug them into an Xbox or PlayStation controller.
Like other Turtle Βeach headphones, these have a very exaggerated bass response that adds extra thump, rumble, and punch to mixes, which can help bring out sound effects in action-packed games. However, they may not be ideal for games with a lot of dialogue since their very bass-heavy sound muddies mixes and overwhelms vocals and lead instruments. Also, they aren't extremely well-built, and the cable feels weak, specifically where it connects to the earbuds. However, they offer a solid mic performance and are worth considering if you prefer earbuds for gaming.
While SteelSeries headsets are generally more expensive than most Turtle Beach options, they often look and feel much more premium and high-end. Most SteelSeries gaming headphones feel durable and well-built and have good microphones and well-balanced sound profiles.
Astro gaming headphones generally have well-balanced sound profiles and look and feel well-built and comfortable. They offer some budget options that can compete with headphones from Turtle Beach and higher-end options designed to compete with more premium brands like SteelSeries.
Overall, Turtle Beach gaming headphones are decent and often have unique features that make them more versatile. Their inclusion of Bluetooth in many of their headsets makes them more convenient for casual use, so you can use your gaming headset as your daily driver headphones when on the go. Unfortunately, their build quality is often lacking compared to other brands like SteelSeries or Corsair. While most of their lineup feels plasticky and cheap, some higher-end options, like the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas and the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Wireless, feel well-made.
Some ROCCAT headsets are also available through Turtle Beach's website, but they are also marketed separately under the ROCCAT brand, which Turtle Beach owns.
Turtle Beach makes gaming headphones at several price points that are generally decently affordable. Their headphones often offer unique features like Bluetooth capabilities and ANC. These features make Turtle Beach headphones a good choice to double as your day-to-day headphones. Unfortunately, their build quality is generally lower than similarly priced headphones from other brands like SteelSeries and Corsair, and their app is lacking in customization options and can be downright frustrating to use at times. However, if you're looking for a single pair of headphones that you can use while gaming at home and on the go connected to your phone, then Turtle Beach may be the right brand for your next headset.