Welcome to our Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 70P review. When it comes to gaming headsets, there’s one brand that’s instantly recognizable and that brand is Turtle beach. Known for their high end and budget-friendly offerings, they are one of the biggest manufacturers in the gaming headset market.
- Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 70P
- System: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
- Model: Recon 70P
- Available: From 2019
- Price £24.99
- Review Sample Provided
The Recon 70P comes in a few different color options making it possible to match the headset with your gaming system. No matter what color you get though, each one will work with any of the three consoles as the headset uses a 3.5mm audio connector.
Usually when it comes to budget headsets, one area that lacks any real inspiration is the design, however, that’s not the case with the Recon 70P’s. This headset looks like it has been designed to look as premium as possible for its low price. It has a modern style and whilst it makes use of plastic material pretty much all around, it feels like a very sturdy headset. Twisting it and bending it slightly causes no issues and this is a good indicator that the headset will flex nicely to sit comfortably on many shapes of head.
It’s clear to see the usual Turtle Beach quality standard is in play here, even with the low price. The Turtle Beach palm tree logo is proudly placed on each earcup, while the Turtle beach text is located large and proud on the top of the headband.
The built-in microphone sits on a forward and backward pivot point, but unfortunately, it doesn’t move left or right to bring it to a position closer to the mouth. Pushing the microphone all the way back to its off point disables it, making it very quick and easy to disable and enable when required.
Something so small, but I love none the less, is how the designers have made the microphone match the separation line on the side of the left earcup. It’s hard to explain but if you look at the photo below, you’ll instantly see what I mean.
Each earcup sits on a pivot that allows them to be closed outwards to make storing them a bit easier, although, they don’t fully fold over. They also move in and out slightly, which when paired with their easy to use adjustment rail system ensures a good fit each time.
When looking for a gaming headset, I tend to go for something with an in-line control box for quick and easy volume adjustment. Unfortunately the 70P’s don’t have an in-line box, instead, the designers have opted to place a volume dial on the rear of the left-hand side earcup. While not a major inconvenience, it’s not as convenient here as it would be in front of me.
Since the headset is designed to be used with your controller or directly plugged into your Switch in handheld mode it doesn’t have a very long cable. This isn’t really an issue considering this is how its meant to be for the sake of its purpose.
Obviously, comfort is a major factor when it comes to picking a headset. If you get something that’s not comfortable it’s going to ruin your gaming time. With ample padding around each earcup the Recon 70P’s offer quite a decent amount of comfort for the ears. The headband also features padding, but not that thick and in all honesty, it has caused me a tiny bit of discomfort but nothing that makes me want to take the headset off.
In-game sounds through the headset are at best average, but given the price, I wasn’t expecting too much in this regard. Things are clear to hear and you won’t miss any sound or music. Where the headset does excel in the sound department, is when it comes to party chat. I’ve used it for chatting with my colleagues as we play World War Z on the PlayStation 4. I am able to clearly hear them as we clear out hordes of zombies.
At first, I thought there might be some issues with the microphone as my colleague, Chris, kept saying he couldn’t hear me. Turns out Chris, was being a complete *BEEEEEEEP* and winding me up. The microphone does indeed work very well, although its lack of left and right movement does mean I have to talk a bit louder during play.
In conclusion, the Turtle Beach Recon P70 headset is a really decent budget offering. A few little niggles here and there can’t take away the fact that this is designed to a high standard lovingly by the guys at Turtle Beach. If you’re looking for an affordable budget headset that offers great clarity in party chats, I would highly recommend this one.
That concludes our Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 70P review. For more information, check out the Turtle Beach website.