Turtle Beach announced two new headsets at this year’s E3. Both the Recon 200 and Stealth 300 are being marketed as great pairings for battle royale games like Fortnite and PUBG. The company states that both headsets have comfort, durability and high-quality audio, ingredients it says are needed to give players the edge in games.
First off, lets talk design. Both headsets have the traditional form-factors that we have come to expect from Turtle Beach. There are two color options for each headset, black or white for the Recon 200 and Playstation 4 and Xbox One console-themed colors for the Stealth 300. Of all the options, my personal favorite is the Recon 200 headset in white.
Turtle Beach claims that both headsets are comfortable. Although we have not tested these headsets, we feel confident that they will deliver on that promise considering that reviews on Amazon for existing headsets confirm that many customers do find Turtle Beach headsets quite comfortable.
“Gamers demand superior audio and comfort no matter their level of play, and that’s what we bring to the table with a variety of products to suit every type of gamer,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “The new Recon 200 and Stealth 300 headsets give every player a definitive audio advantage and the premium comfort they need to weather the storm, for a price that doesn’t break the bank.”
Both the Recon 200 and Stealth 300 offer convenient flip-to-mute options on their headsets. Players simply rotate their microphones to be parallel with their headset to mute and rotate them down to unmute. A small, but great feature that many gamers appreciate.
The new headsets are wired and plug in with the familiar 3.5mm headphone jack. A move that means many gamers will not be able to easily plug their new headset into the latest smartphones like the iPhone X or Google Pixel 2. In reality, this is more of an inconvenience rather than a deal breaker.
Turtle Beach opted to put rechargeable batteries into these headsets, meaning that you will not need to shell out money to buy batteries. Battery life for the Recon 200 lasts 12 hours and a noticeably longer 40 hours in the Stealth 300 headset.
The one gripe I have with both headsets is that they did not adopt USB-C for charging. Instead, they rely on the everlasting micro-USB input. While this may seem convenient since most households have quite a few of these lying around, USB-C supports faster charging, is reversible, and is can be used for nearly any type of device.
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