Turtle Beach is a mainstay of the gaming headset world, releasing some of the most widely-used and widely-known headsets out there. The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is the second generation of this line of wireless headsets from the firm, combining Xbox connectivity with Bluetooth for a more versatile user experience.
With the next-gen Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S now up for preorder and just around the corner, will the all-new Turtle Beach Stealth 700 make the cut in our best Xbox One headset article? Here’s why that answer is yes.
Bluetooth meets big bass
Bottom line: There’s practically nothing negative to say about the Turtle Beach Stealth 700. The Xbox wireless and Bluetooth combo work well, the audio experience is impressive, and the design is top-shelf. This is simply a great headset.
- Great sound with lots of configurability
- Sleek design with metallic accents
- Solid construction with metal-reinforced headband
- Bluetooth and Xbox Wireless combo works well
- Comfortable for long-term use
- PC app is missing some configurability features of the mobile app
What I loved about the Turtle Beach Stealth 700
Source: Windows Central
|Frequency Response||20Hz – 22kHz|
|Battery life||20 hours|
|In the box||Headset, USB-C charger|
|Connectivity||Xbox One/S/X, Xbox Series X/S, PC via Xbox Wireless dongle (sold separately), USB-C (charging only)|
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 also rocks the company’s Superhuman Hearing preset, which emphasizes footsteps, enemy reloads, and other tactical cues in competitive games. I can quite definitively confirm that I have gotten kills using this feature with previous Turtle Beach headsets that share it, and am glad to see it return.
You can configure the sound profile even further using the Turtle Beach app on a Bluetooth connected smartphone or tablet, reducing the tactical sound for something more immersive. If you’re playing a single-player game, for example.
On the cups, each button and dial feels different to the touch, making it very easy to learn where everything is without looking. The headset also has built-in voice feedback for each function press and a convenient flip-to-mute microphone that neatly tucks itself away when it’s not in use.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 has decent construction overall, but it does feel like some compromises were made in this area regarding material quality. The headset sports a metal headband on the interior, though, which should help it remain sturdy even if the plastics on the outside aren’t of the highest-grade. Turtle Beach prioritized quality where it matters most, though, with thick, airy cup cushions, and a comfortable inner cushion across the headband.
What I disliked about the Turtle Beach Stealth 700
It’s also maddeningly irritating that the headset’s on/off states are bound to the paired Xbox’s on/off states. What if I wanted to use the headset on my phone or PC, without the Xbox being turned on? Turning on the headset will automatically turn on your Xbox and turn off if you turn off your Xbox. And, there’s nothing you can do about it. At least, not right now. Hopefully, Turtle Beach will give users more control over this “feature,” because as it stands, it makes no sense whatsoever and creates a confusing user experience, especially given the fact that this headset wants to be used with Bluetooth devices as well as Xbox devices.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the mic audio quality isn’t great, but they rarely ever are on “gamer” headsets, as manufacturers continue to see this as an area of cost-saving. The out-of-the-box sidetone (mic monitoring) is also a bit quiet, but you can adjust it with the mobile app. Either way, It’s not like your teammates will struggle to hear and understand you, though. But don’t expect to be doing any podcasting or content creation with this bad boy.
Should you buy the Turtle Beach Stealth 700?
Source: Windows Central
The main downside pertains to the Xbox Wireless signal Turtle Beach uses in the Stealth 700. It’s just odd how it’s designed to be directly bound to the power states of your Xbox console. If you’re using the headset to chat on PC via Bluetooth, then turn off your Xbox, then great, you also just turned off your headset. “Deal with it.” Hopefully, this ends up being fixable in a firmware update, since it’s my only real criticism right now.
If you grab this headset, you won’t be disappointed. As long as you’re aware of those pesky limitations with the Xbox Wireless signal, that is.
Life’s a beach
A solid wireless option for multi-signal gaming.
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