Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+ Review

Turtle Beach has earned a reputation in the gaming market for great audio performance – they are one of the most trusted brands around, and whatever your budget, there’ll be a Turtle Beach headset to match.

Back in July 2015 we were fortunate to take a look at the Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X – one of the first fully wireless headsets for Xbox One. We were impressed enough to award it 4.5 stars, and it became the headset of choice for several amongst the Xbox One UK team.

A new year brings an upgraded headset in the form of the Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+. But does that little “+” make a difference? With a headset that was already chock full of features, what could Turtle Beach have added to make a difference?

Well, Superhuman Hearing™, for starters – Turtle Beach’s proprietary sound boosting technology. Turtle Beach says:

“While SUPERHUMAN HEARING is great for gamers, it’s a nightmare for their opponents. The incredible sound fidelity and elevation of key, subtle sounds like enemy footsteps and weapon reloads makes sneaking up on unsuspecting players more difficult than ever. So be advised that while gamers love the competitive advantage they get with SUPERHUMAN HEARING, enemies don’t have anything nice to say about it.”

Accordingly, we were looking forward to testing out this new headset.

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Turtle Beach headsets are amongst the most comfortable around, and that’s a trend that continues with the 420X+. Thanks to its light weight, perforated synthetic leather-wrapped ear cups, and adjustable head band, you’ll find this headset comfortable, no matter how long your session or how weirdly shaped your head is. The 420X+ uses our favourite over-ear design, and offers great audio isolation thanks to the leatherette covered ear cups.

And we still get excited whenever we put on a fully wireless headset – thanks to Turtle Beach’s Officially Licensed status, in partnership with Xbox, they have been able to incorporate both game audio and chat audio decoding in the headset itself. This means there are no wires, either to the console or the controller. It’s incredibly freeing. Range is around 30 feet, so you’ll have no problems playing games from your sofa or bopping around the room to music.

Setup is supremely simple – just plug the USB dongle into a spare USB slot and off you go. The headset incorporates rechargeable batteries, which will deliver around 15 hours of gaming on a three hour charge, which isn’t bad. Charging is through a standard micro USB connector.

With no wires, there’s obviously no opportunity to include in-line controls, which means audio controls are pushed back onto the headset. The separate controls for game and chat volume are sensibly placed, and easy enough to locate in the heat of battle, whilst mic monitoring means you never need to shout. The high sensitivity boom mic s removable so you don’t look like Air Traffic Control on your morning commute, should you wish to plug the supplied 3.5mm cable into your phone to listen to some choons.

Audio quality is exactly what you would expect from Turtle Beach, whilst Superhuman Hearing does make a tangible difference, boosting quiet sounds to give you an advantage in FPS titles in particular – though as this is a stereo-only headset, you might hear the bad guys coming, you might not know exactly from which direction. You’ll want to turn this feature off for more atmospheric titles, though, and play around with the audio presets to get just the right sound. Frequency Response is 20Hz – 20kHz, with bass boost turned on.

Overall The Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+ is the complete stereo headset for Xbox One. It clears every hurdle. It’s at the top end of the typical price range for a stereo headset, but full wireless functionality means it’s not overpriced.

Features

  • Rechargeable (included)
  • Superhuman Hearing
  • 100% wireless
  • Independent Game & Chat Volume Controls
  • Mic Monitoring
  • Removable Microphone
  • 4 EQ presets, including Bass Boost

The Turtle Beach Stealth 420X+ is available direct from Turtle Beach, with an RRP of £129.99.

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