The primary headset I ever bought was a Turtle Seaside one for my Xbox 360, after the included one simply wasn’t chopping it. I used to be so excited to have my first headset, and gingerly took it out of the field to admire on the practice dwelling… when it instantly broke into items. I have not precisely had the best opinion of the model since, however even I’ve to confess the Turtles are nicely into their migration.
The gap between my first headset and the Turtle Seaside Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Wi-fi (opens in new tab) (gosh what a mouthful although) is as huge because the ocean.
This headset is straight away noticeable for its aesthetic, particularly the navy and gold colored version I am rocking. It has massive, closed ear cups which might be devoid of any RGB lighting or different gamer pizazz, as a substitute favouring an easier and cleaner design. The headscarf connects to the cups on the entrance, which makes the headset really feel such as you’re placing it on backwards however that has it sit a bit extra ahead on the top.
Mixed with the drop-down increase mic the robust fighter pilot vibes the Stealth Gen 2 presents up turns the wearer into an actual cool trying maverick.
Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max specs
Connection: Wi-fi 2.4GHz, Bluetooth
Sort: Closed again
Frequency response: 20Hz – 22kHz
Battery: 40+ hours
Connector: USB Sort-C
Microphone: Flip-up Omni-Directional
Drivers: 50mm neodymium
Worth: $199.99 USD | $319 AUD
The outside, whereas trying very slick, is all plastic which is not that unusual, however as a result of massive flat panels it could really feel a bit of low-cost. The plastic microphone, whereas clear and tremendous for chat, makes a slight grinding noise whenever you pull it down, and the buttons and quantity dials on the again do not feel as clean as they need to.
All of this is not actually on my radar usually use, and would not actually have an effect on my expertise, however I am reminded every time I am going to make use of these options that they may really feel higher. That is not what you’d hope for in a headset that prices $200 ($319 AUD).
I used to be frightened the pads on the cups themselves could be comparable and really feel a bit of low-cost, however fortunately they could not be additional away when it comes to building. The pads are large and plush. They’ve an artificial leather-based end on the perimeters and a softer piece for the face, which does not appear to soak up sweat. There’s additionally a cooling layer that stops the end from getting too heat in your face. Typically headsets with these pads can really feel too sizzling to put on after even quick gaming periods, however I have not felt that means with these cans.
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As a bonus for my bespectacled comrades, there’s even an adjustable portion of the pad for the arms of glasses. You must take the pads off first, which is a little more tough than the handbook leads you to consider, however when you do it is easy to regulate this setting. It additionally provides you a very good have a look at the cups and audio system beneath, which is a lift of confidence if nothing else. Nonetheless, this glasses mode is a superb contact, particularly as a result of these headphones are very keen on your head.
In the event you’ve ever felt unloved, I like to recommend getting this headset. The Turtle Seaside Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max delivers the tightest hug my head has ever obtained with out being uncomfortable. It’s a good factor these cans have a lot padding as a result of there may be little to no stretch within the width of the bands.
I used to be actually anticipating be in some discomfort fairly rapidly as a result of strain they exert, however one way or the other, they do not ever get to that time. They provide sufficient room to utterly enclose the ears and have a agency grip in your skull with out crushing it from the perimeters. I discovered that I tended to tire on the prime of my head below the scarf first, which might most likely do with a bit of extra padding akin to its padded cup brothers.
This is also partially as a result of weight of the headset. It is not loopy heavy, however it’s noticeably heavier than different headsets I’ve used, such because the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wi-fi (opens in new tab).
I might put this all the way down to the battery life, as a result of it’s really fairly good. I would say I bought about 3 days’ value of on and off use, together with lengthy music listening periods whereas working and plenty of gaming periods earlier than needing a cost. Nevertheless, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wi-fi does nonetheless maintain the highest spot for battery. That being stated, the Stealth 700 Gen 2 most likely has the second-best wi-fi battery of any headset I’ve used, and there isn’t any disgrace in silver.
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So far as sound goes, that is one other place the place the Stealth 700 Gen 2 does a tremendous job, although actually not the perfect. It handles music, video games, and music all pretty nicely, particularly when you’ve bought Dolby compatibility, however would not deal with its highest volumes—that are far too loud anyway—too nicely.
It has additional modes to do issues like improve footsteps, however the software program is clunky and solely usable through a cellular gadget. And on prime of that I discovered it would not actually do a lot. In each mode I felt a very good sense of spatial sound, and I might hear enemy footsteps and instructions nicely.
I discover the Turtle Seaside cans greatest for atmospheric sounds although. Whereas exploring the brand new Sumeru space in Genshin Impression, I used to be having fun with the all the time wonderful soundtrack when instantly it began to rain throughout me within the tropical jungle. I set my controller apart to expertise a stolen second in one other world, which completely must be the mark of a very good headset.
One other large boon to the Stealth 700 Gen 2’s arsenal is its vary of connectivity. It comes with a dongle—which arguably may very well be smaller—that works with PC and Xbox. Then on prime of that you’ve Bluetooth pairing for gadgets such because the Change or cellphones. It is a headset that works with the whole lot I personal and could be very straightforward to maneuver to and from gadgets. You’ll be able to even have a number of connections with Bluetooth and dongle on the identical time, so it is a helpful little beast certainly.
One factor’s for positive, the Turtle Seaside Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max Wi-fi is the perfect Turtle Seaside headset I’ve ever tried, and could be the perfect one the corporate has ever made. It appears to be like cool, feels principally very cozy, does a very good job at sound, has a terrific battery, and works with the whole lot. You are not getting full audiophile high quality, nevertheless it’s nonetheless fairly good for a gaming headset, particularly when you’re a fan of something working Dolby sound. The most important disadvantage, nonetheless, is all that plastic feels a bit of low-cost contemplating a lot it prices. And with this considerably over-eager head hugger it is also exhausting to suggest except you’ve got given it a strive first.