Turtle Beach Recon 70 Gaming Headset for PlayStation 5, PS4 Pro, PS4, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mobile
The first point to note, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 is presented as the successor to the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x, helmet currently offered at $39.95 on the manufacturer’s official website. You should know that with more than 5 million units sold, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x was the best-selling wired gaming headset in North America, as the manufacturer pointed out. The Turtle Beach Recon 70, therefore, arrives on the market with a first small advantage, it is available at a price lower than that of its big brother.
Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 70 is sold in a standard cardboard box, in the colors of the Xbox One, with a fairly classic design. Inside, we discover the helmet nestled in a molded cellulose packaging to protect it well from shocks. As there is no protective bag sold with it, it is better to keep the packaging to store it properly, or even to transport it, as the plastic materials can be damaged during certain impacts.
To connect it, we have a 3.5 mm jack plug that fits most current media. For the Xbox One, I still note that this Turtle Beach Recon 70 output allows you to connect the headset to the second generation of Xbox One controller(for my part, the one I got with my Xbox One X). It is not possible to use it as-is on the first generation (the one I got with my standard Xbox One that required Kinect).
As there is no adapter supplied with the headset, take a good look at which controller you have, at the risk of having to buy one. Suffice to say, considering the price, that it is useless to buy the Turtle Beach Recon 70 if you do not have the right controller.
In addition, as the cable is quite short, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 is really to be connected to a support that is held in the hands or to a laptop PC. Do not plan to put it on your tower plugged in under the TV while being 3 meters from the latter on your sofa.
That said, in addition to the software adjustment via the console, it is possible to modulate the volume thanks to a small wheel discreetly placed at the back of the helmet (left side). No Mute button for the microphone since it only needs to be raised to be muted. The system is fun and efficient.
We lower it to speak, we raise it when we no longer want to. On the other hand, this implies that the microphone is attached to the headset and is not detachable. However, this remains of very good quality, in terms of the clarity of the transmission of speech and the processing of ambient noise, and quite discreet, not disturbing our field of vision.
On the other hand, it is not flexible, which prevents it from moving it more or less away from our mouth, for example, something I do with my X0 Three. Design level, this one is quite minimalist, The good thing is that the Turtle Beach Recon 70 is rather light to wear and quite stylish with its green and black colors reminiscent of the Xbox universe.
For the rest, on war games, in particular, I appreciated the rendering of firearms or the very correct use of the surround effect. Apart from some background noises a little more confused, as already said, the rest appeared to me quite clearly, without offering the same depth of rendering as the Stealth range for example. Even the voices are more natural than with the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x which offered a slightly more nasal rendering.
All the sounds are not however treated in the same way since I noticed, by ear, a rendering a little lower on titles like The Witcher 3, in which one loses in sound richness. Still, for the price, the service is more correct and sufficient, at least for those who do not seek at all costs optimal sound comfort and the greatest amplitude of sounds.
Of course, Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 70 is not a helmet that is cut for eSports but for occasional and regular players who want good performance at a decent price. Speaking of comfort, I must point out that I wear glasses to play. When I put on the helmet, the pads put a little pressure on the branches, which caused a little discomfort at the temples.
I quickly got used to it but the pressure remains present. Other helmets of the brand are more studied in terms of ergonomics for those who wear glasses, If you wear glasses, absolutely want the best sound clarity and amplitude of sound possible, or if you just have a first-gen Xbox One controller, then you need to think about it.
If you have the budget, it is better to go on the Stealth 600 from the same manufacturer for example, or even on the Elite Pro helmet. If, on the other hand, you do not have a significant budget, that you have a second-generation controller, and that at the limit the small pressure exerted on the temples of the glasses does not bother you, then the Turtle Beach Recon 70 is certainly one of the best value for money in Xbox One compatible brand gaming headsets.
The microphone is very well made, it can be cut simply by raising it, the minimalist design is efficient and allows the headset to be light, the headphones are relatively efficient, the pads isolate the player well, and the rendering is clean enough, despite a lack of detail in the tones, to be suitable for casual players or regulars who are just looking for a small, affordable headset to avoid disturbing spouses and children at night. The services are honorable and we must admit that for less than $40, the quality/price ratio is excellent for this Turtle Beach Recon 70 headset.