Turtle Beach Recon 70 Headset Review: The Best Lower-end Headset?

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In this age of gaming headsets, we’ve been conditioned to expect the best of the best. But for me, sometimes it’s too much effort to keep my high-end wireless headsets charged, and also to keep adjusting the settings for them. Sometimes I just want to keep it simple and plug-n-play. That’s where headsets like the Turtle Beach Recon 70 come in.

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 headset is compatible with every 3.5mm device; meaning you can play it with your PC or your PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch consoles. This is important to me as someone who switches between PS4 and PC gaming. One thing to note, is that if you’re used to high-end features like surround-sound, then you’ll immediately notice a loss in some background noises in your games if you skip down to a Recon 70. But if you just want to hop into an online game and communicate with your friends, then the Recon 70 makes this super simple.

The Recon 70 also includes some of Turtle Beach’s recent design updates. The padding on the ear-cups makes them extremely comfy to use for extended periods of time, and with the headset being lightweight, you’ll literally forget you’re still wearing them if you have them on for hours.

I also love the flip-to-mute microphone, where you just flip it backwards into its angled alignment to auto-mute. This feature alone is a big selling point to me, as I often have in-home disturbances that require me to scramble for the mute button.

Recon 70 microphone

If you compare the Recon 70 only to other headsets in its price-range, then there’s some impressive sound quality here. As I said before, surround sound level quality cannot be expected here, but the Recon 70 is still able to pick up a range of different background noises. They do however sound a little more flat than a higher-quality headset.

As for the microphone, my Overwatch buddies immediately noticed the difference in my voice level when compared to the other headset I use. Because of the microphone positioning, there is a greater distance from my lips and as a result there’s some loss in volume, causing me to have to speak louder if I want my friends to hear me.

The flagship colors for Turtle Beach’s Recon 70 line is PlayStation blue and Xbox green, this used to make people believe they were only for use on those consoles, but that’s not the case; you can use these headsets anywhere. And as I write this, there are some new color options available, including two variations of Nintendo Switch red, and some white variations of the PlayStation and Xbox designs.

Turtle Beach Recon 70 headsets

My Verdict on the Turtle Beach Recon 70

Without a doubt, this is one of the most viable headsets in the under $40 / £30 price-range. For the price, you get comfort and ease of use with perfectly acceptable sound for online gameplay and party chat. This would also be the ideal headset to purchase for a younger gamer. Even as a more mature gamer, I find myself favoring the Recon 70 most days just because it’s so lightweight and easy to set up. Sometimes the high-end headsets are bulky and take some time to get ready.

If you will be using the Recon 70 on the PC like me, it’s important to know that you can’t connect via USB out of the box, so you’ll need some form of 3.5 to USB adapter.

If you have any further questions about the Recon 70, be sure to drop a comment. Or if you’ve used them yourself, share your experience.

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