The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are decent wired gaming headphones. These unique in-ears have a fairly small detachable boom mic that connects to the left earbuds but can be easily removed for day-to-day use. The microphone performance is quite decent overall, and the boom microphone helps to separate your voice from background noise. Unfortunately, their sound profile is quite muddy and dark sounding, and while they may be suited for video game sounds, they likely won't be the best choice to listen to vocal-centric genres like pop or rock. They also aren't the most comfortable, though their large earbuds stick out far enough from your ear to reduce fatigue, which is good.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are inadequate headphones for mixed usage. While their versatile design is meant to make them suitable for both gaming as well as day-to-day use, their dark and muddy sound profile may not be well-suited for many genres of music. Despite being quite portable, they aren't the best choice for travel as they do a poor job at isolating the low rumbles of bus or plane engines.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are poor headphones for neutral sound listening. Their bass and mid ranges are both very inaccurate, and they have a very dark and boomy sound profile. Like most in-ears, they have outstanding frequency response consistency, so you should get the same results every time you use the headphones.See our Neutral Sound recommendations
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are disappointing headphones for commuting or travel. Even though you can remove the boom microphone for daily use, they may not be the best option for your daily commute as their noise isolation performance is mediocre, and they do a poor job blocking out the low rumbles of bus engines. Since they're wired headphones, they don't require a battery, which is good for long flights, but they're not the most comfortable and may cause fatigue during long listening sessions.See our Commute/Travel recommendations
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are mediocre wired headphones for sports. While their in-ear design means that they won't cause your ears to get too warm while working out, they don't feel the most stable. Their wire is quite stiff and may easily get snagged, while their large, protruding earbuds may wobble and get loose.See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are disappointing headphones for office use. While their wired design means you can use them all day without worrying about battery life, they aren't the most comfortable and will likely get sore after a full day of use. While they only do an alright job at blocking out background speech, luckily you should be able to turn them up fairly loud without bothering those around you.See our Office recommendations
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are acceptable wired gaming headphones. While they may not be as comfortable as most over-ear options, they are much more breathable so your ears won't get as hot during long gaming sessions. Their boom microphone also works fairly well, and your teammates should have no problems hearing you even in fairly noisy environments.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are decent headphones for phone calls. Thanks to their boom mic, their microphone performance is quite decent, and voice transmitted or recorded with them will sound clear and easy to understand.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are a unique-looking pair of wired in-ear headphones due to their rather large earbuds and fairly small detachable boom microphone. While we purchased the white/blue model, they're also available in black.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are decently comfortable headphones. While their earbuds are fairly large, they stick out quite far and make no contact with your ears. Unfortunately, the tips feel fairly cheap and are quite hard.
The in-line remote controls are decent. There's an easy-to-use volume slider as well as a mic mute button. On the other side of the remote is a single button that will answer calls, pause/play music, or skip tracks when double-clicked. While the physical buttons are quite clicky, there are no audio cues.
Like most in-ears, these headphones breathe incredibly well and shouldn't cause your ears to heat up even during intense workouts.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are quite portable. The detachable boom microphone allows them to be easily slid into a pocket or bag. However, their earbuds are quite large and overall they're a bit less portable than most wired in-ear headphones.
The case that comes with these headphones is disappointing. It's a cheap pouch that's fairly small and it takes a while to slide the headphones into it.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds' build quality is alright. While the cord and in-line remote are fairly thick, they're made of cheap plastic and rubber. The weakest point is where the wire connects to each earbud, which could become an issue over time.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are decently stable in-ear headphones. Their wire is quite stiff and can easily get snagged on things. They also stick out quite far from your ear, which can cause them to feel less stable overall.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds' sound profile is quite dark and muddy. The entire bass range is quite overpowering, and these headphones likely won't be well-suited to more vocal-centric genres.
Like most in-ears, the frequency response consistency is outstanding. Once you achieve a proper seal with the included tips, you should get the same frequency response every time you use them.
The bass accuracy is terrible. The entire range is very over-emphasized, which causes them to sound muddy and boomy.
Their mid accuracy is bad. The low-mid and mid-mid ranges are over-emphasized, while the high-mid range is quite accurate. This causes some lead instruments to be overpowered by the bass frequencies.
Their treble accuracy is decent. While some vocals or instruments may sound slightly harsh or piercing, higher frequencies are pushed back and overpowered.
The peaks and dips performance is decent. The first peak in the treble range causes some instruments and vocals to sound quite sharp and piercing, while the dip causes higher-pitched vocals and instruments to be pushed back in the mix. The large dip in the mid-range will cause those leads and vocals to be overpowered and lost.
Imaging is excellent. The weighted group delay is well within very good limits throughout the entire range, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers of our test unit are quite well-matched which helps which the accurate placement and localization of objects (vocals, instruments, footsteps) in the stereo field, though these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
Like most in-ears, the soundstage is awful. This is because properly activating the resonances of the pinna (the outer ear) is one of the important factors in creating an out-of-head and speaker-like soundstage. Since in-ears and earbuds completely bypass the pinna, their soundstage tends to be perceived as small and located inside the listener's head.
These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.
Their weighted harmonic distortion performance is very good. Even under heavy loads, audio should be clear and pure.
These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when listening using these settings.
The noise isolation performance is mediocre. While they're decent at blocking out background speech, they don't do much to help against the low rumbles of bus or plane engines. However, they do an outstanding job at isolating noises in the treble range, though, like the sounds made by an A/C unit.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds's leakage is excellent. You should be able to turn your music up to help block out background noise without bothering those around you.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds have a unique and fairly small detachable boom microphone that attaches to the left earbud.
The recording quality of the microphone is decent. Thanks in part to the fact that these are wired headphones that don't use a Bluetooth connection, your voice will be clear and easy to understand.
The boom microphone on these headphones does a decent job with noise handling. Even in noisy environments, the person you're speaking to should be able to hear you fairly clearly.
These wired passive headphones have no active features.
There is no dedicated app for these headphones.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are wired-only headphones. If you're looking for Bluetooth gaming earbuds, check out the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are wired-only headphones.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds use a standard 1/8" TRRS connection and have a fairly long wire.
These wired in-ears can be plugged into the controller of a PS4 for both audio and microphone compatibility. Depending on your PC, you may need to purchase a Y-splitter.
These wired in-ears can be plugged into the controller of an Xbox One for both audio and microphone compatibility. Depending on the generation of your controller, though, you may need an additional adapter.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are a unique pair of wired gaming in-ears that include a detachable boom microphone but in the small form factor of in-ear headphones. While they may not be as comfortable as some over-ear gaming headsets, their in-ear design means they breathe a lot better and don't cause your ears to get as hot. If you want a versatile pair of gaming headphones but would rather something wireless, check out the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless. See our recommendations for the best best gaming headsets under $50, the best PC gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets overall.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger are much better wired gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Battle Buds. The Cloud Stinger have a much better-balanced sound profile, are much more comfortable thanks to their over-ear design, and have a better microphone. On the other hand, the Battle Buds are more portable and breathe better thanks to their in-ear design.
The Turtle Beach Battle Buds are a better pair of gaming headphones than the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless. While the Razer are better for daily use thanks to their truly wireless design, they're Bluetooth-only and therefore cannot be used with a PS4 or Xbox One. On the other hand, the Battle Buds are wired and can be plugged directly into the controller of your console. Their microphone also performs a lot better than the Razer.
The SteelSeries Arctis 1 and the Turtle Beach Battle Buds are similarly performing wired gaming headphones. While the Arctis have a more comfortable over-ear design, the Battle Buds are in-ears that are more portable and breathe better during longer gaming sessions. The microphone of the Arctis 1 performs a lot better, and their sound profile is much more accurate and better-balanced.
The Corsair HS35 are slightly better wired gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Battle Buds. While the HS35 have a more comfortable over-ear design, the Battle Buds have a much smaller in-ear form factor which is much more breathable during long gaming sessions. The recording quality of the Battle Buds' microphone is better, but the HS35's microphone does a better job at separating your voice from background noise.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better performing gaming headphones than the Turtle Beach Battle Buds, but with a very different design. The Arctis Pro Wireless are bulky over-ear headphones with a wireless dock to connect to your TV and gaming consoles to use the headphones wirelessly. Meanwhile, the Battle Buds are wired earbuds with a small boom microphone, designed to use while gaming on a mobile device, or to plug into the controller of your home console. The Arctis Pro have a more-balanced sound profile, and a much better performing microphone. On the other hand, the Battle Buds are much more portable.