Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 600 for PS4 Review

The Turtle Beach name has been synonymous with gaming headsets for the last few years, creating some of the best looking and sounding headsets on the market. But with technology advancing, other manufacturers have begun to flood the market with high-end headsets. The Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 600 for the PlayStation 4 comes at a price of $100, but does that mean that Turtle Beach compromised performance for affordability?

Design

The Ear Force 600 is constructed from lightweight, durable plastic in an attractive black color with blue trim. It features a foldable microphone as well as ear cups that swivel to make storing them easier. The headband and ear cups are lined with foam that is wrapped in fabric. The foam does a pretty decent job of providing comfort on your ears and on your head, so you can game for a few hours without any real discomfort. On the left ear cup, you’ll find two buttons, one to power on the headset and one to switch between the built-in audio-profiles. On the same earcup, you’ll also find audio dials that will control the volume of your microphone and the overall sound volume in your headset.

Sound

When it came to the overall sound performance, the Ear Force Stealth did not disappoint. Sounds were clean, crisp, and highly audible. While playing games I was able to hear sounds I wouldn’t normally hear with my previous headset. The smallest footsteps and shuffles coming from enemy movements came in nice and clear, giving me an undeniable advantage. Highs, mids, and lows rarely exceeded its intended frequency, giving a noticeable reduction in sound clipping. When it came to the microphone, I was surprised how clear my voice came through during an in-game chat. I didn’t experience any dropouts from my microphone during gameplay and when watching recorded gameplay footage, I was able to hear that my voice came in consistently loud and thorough, even when I had the microphone volume set to the lowest setting.

Features

Along with the sleek design and great sound performance, the Ear Force Stealth 600 boasts a few handy features that make it a great headset for its price. The headset features four built-in audio profiles that can easily select by pressing the mode button. They include bass boost, bass and treble boost, vocal booster and the Turtle Beach signature sound. So regardless of how you like to listen to your audio, the Stealth 600 has something that can fit your preference. Holding the mode button will turn on and off the surround sound. Personally, this was the feature that I had on the most. It brought all the audio up to give you a more dynamic sound, allowing more spatial awareness when using the headset.

One feature that really stood out for me was being able to immediately mute myself just by flipping up the microphone. This made turning on and off your mic quick and easy without having to fumble around for another button. This ability makes it very convenient when you’re having a quick conversation with someone around you and you don’t want your team to hear it. At times I did forget that my microphone was flipped up due to the fact the microphone isn’t so big and invasive and being right in your face. Don’t worry about having to charge this headset every day, because the battery lasts for about 10-12 hours. I usually put in a good three to fours hours playing at night and I found myself only having to charge the headset around one to two times a week.

Final Reaction

For the $100 price tag, the Stealth 600 is a great headset, but it’s not perfect. Though sound performance isn’t compromised, I did feel that some of the design features were lacking. The foam on the ear cups and headband are covered with fabric which can easily absorb moisture. If you play for long periods of time and begin to sweat, the headset will collect all that moisture and trap it within the foam, which will make it difficult to clean. I would have preferred to see the foam wrapped in leather so that it can be easily cleaned with a cleaning cloth, but for $100, leather is seen more as a luxury item. I also found that the headset didn’t sit snuggly on my head. Even adjusted to the lowest fitting, I felt that the headset was able to easily slide if I were to move my head up or down, which can be slightly annoying when you’re trying to maintain your focus on the game you’re playing.

If you’re looking for a reliable headset without breaking the bank, then the Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 600 is a worthy competitor. Though lacking in some of the design, it’s not enough to overshadow the superb sound quality and performance.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

You can purchase the Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 600 for PS4 here.

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