Whether you are looking for a budget headset, or something a bit more high end, then they have something to suit your needs.
I was lucky enough recently to be able to check out one Turtle beach’s latest offerings to the budget market in the X12 headset, for the 360/PC (PS3 model also available).
For those who’ve never used a gaming headset before, Turtle Beach headsets not only allow you to communicate with your friends during multiplayer sessions or party chat, they also let you experience game audio in crystal clear amplified stereo sound, so they are excellent for the gamer after dark when the family has gone to bed.
Released last year to replace the popular X11 range, the X12′s feature several upgrades over its predecessor including 50MM speakers built in to provide superior audio quality. There’s also “microphone monitoring” which allows you to basically hear yourself through the headset so you can adjust your screaming at noobs accordingly.
I found the sound quality to be excellent in the variety of titles I tested the headset with. Racing games sounded incredible and playing Battlefield 3 online was intense, you can actually hear the rounds hitting the floor as you fire. Party chat is also crystal clear and I had absolutely no problems hearing or communicating with the community across several games.
One issue I encountered however, was whilst I was playing Spec Ops: The Line. Certain games lately are crafted to incorporate stereo surround sound but when using a non surround headset it can all go wrong. It may have been my setup but in certain areas the sound went a bit squiffy as if my ears were in separate areas of the map. Also I did have trouble with the headset at the top end of its volume range, it started to crackle rather loudly but I doubt many people will notice as its unlikely you’ll ever need to adjust the volume that high.
Overall I found the Turtle Beach X12′s to be a great piece of kit. It’s simple to setup, can be used on your console of choice as well as your PC and as it’s powered by USB and so never needs batteries. However, there’s no cross compatible version for 360 and the PS3 so you’d need seperate units for each if required. Another downside is that, unlike Turtle Beach’s fancier wares, it’s not wireless, so you do have to have a long, unsightly cable trawling across your game space.
If you’ve never used a gaming headset before, then the X12 is well worth checking out. The quality for the price tag (around £40) is exceptional, the headset is also pretty comfortable to wear, you’ll soon forget you even have it on as you become immersed in your favourite games. Also if you really want a fully surround experience later on, you can upgrade the headset with the available Turtle Beach DSS 7:1 surround adapter.
MLG Rating: 8/10 Platform: Xbox 360/ PS3/ PC Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: BlueWolf was loaned the use of a X12 Headset by the promoter for review purposes. The Hardware was reviewed over the course of one month on an Xbox 360. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.