It’s not easy being a gamer on a budget, never mind supporting a family of gamers. Between games, consoles, PC’s, and accessories, prices can get quite ridiculous. Fortunately, there are companies that recognize that their customers have different needs and budgets.
Turtle Beach is a name synonymous with delivering quality, state of the art sound solutions for both the casual and hardcore gamer a like. The new Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon Chat headset doesn’t boast as many bells and whistles as some of their more premium headsets, but it still manages to be a quality headset upgrade from the headsets bundled with consoles, that not are not only uncomfortable but never lasted more than a week.
Sporting a basic design, the Recon Chat headset is a plug-in-and-play set, as it connects to your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller using a 3.5mm jack. And while not as fancy as pricer models it still holds its own with seamless sound via a high quality 40mm speaker, and crystal clear chat communication, we love Turtle Beach for.
The headset itself has a reversible over-ear design and unique open ear-cup, which has its benefits and downfalls. After extended periods of wear the comfort level was high and I enjoyed that I was able to switch ears, so to speak. My son, a glasses wearer, was even more impressed with the comfort thanks to Turtle Beach’s SpecsFit™ glasses avoidance zone that allows some extra space. He has a hard time finding headsets that don’t put a lot of pressure on his glasses causing discomfort, especially with any extended wear. With the Recon Chat, comfort was a noticeable benefit for him.
The open ear-cup however does leave room for outside noise. So this will really depend on your preference. I preferred to leave the sound to my television speakers and use the Recon Chat for just that. Chat. Chat was incredibly clear and there wasn’t any feedback, the sound from my gameplay wasn’t effecting the gameplay of party members I was chatting with. In fact it was noted they only heard me, not the TV. But, again, it would be up to personal preference. If you prefer the audio through the headset and TV in stereo, or to localize the headset to just chat audio. Additionally you’ll find The Recon Chat also comes with an in-line controller on its cable that allows you to adjust the volume level and mute your microphone right at your fingertips.
Overall for the low price of $19.95, the Turtle Beach Recon Chat headset is fantastic value, and does what it is intended to do. This is a great headset if you’re on a budget, are just looking for an upgrade from that bundled headset, or just want to be able to chat with ease. Recon Chat is a quality solution for communication, and it’s versatile. The Recon Chat headset works great with PS4™ and Xbox One controllers with the 3.5mm jack, as well as mobile/tablet devices with a 3.5mm connection.
* Headset provided by Turtle Beach. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were in no way influenced.*