Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Review
With the Gen 2 Stealth 600 available soon on Xbox One – and already available on PlayStation 4, we wanted to make sure our initial impressions of the newest generation of the Stealth 600 were up for your pleasure, and once again, Turtle Beach is all about comfort and quality with this sub $100 headset. Comfortable ear cushions that are glasses friendly – really folks, not every company is doing that these days… – fit snuggly on my ears, and house the outstanding 50mm speakers that have been refined to provide even better audio when playing your favourite games. When comparing the original 600 and the Gen 2 600, I can say with some certainty that things have been slightly improved and refined, enough to warrant a new purchase.
The headset design itself is slightly tweaked from the original model, providing extra support around the head, keeping the Gen 2 model floating on your head rather than feeling like a lead weight. As you move down the headband and onto the cups, consumers will appreciate the vastly improved microphone with flip-to-mute technology that is much improved over the already fantastic original. We cannot recommend updating your headset as soon as you get it out of the box. The team at Turtle Beach is continually patching small issues that are common when headsets launch, and having the latest software for your headset will ensure peak performance.
But back to that flip-to-mute mic. While we haven’t had the longest time to really decide how much better it is, we can say once again, it is noticeably more effective. As for clarity, we found noticeable (although not mind blowing) differences between Gen 2 and Gen 1, although that might be more of a compliment to the quality of the original.
Still present is Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing, which allows players to hear even the subtlest of movements when playing games, including where in relation to your character the sound is coming from. This, and other presets, can easily be swapped using buttons on the ear cups. Early on, it’s a bit of a learning curve to accurately and quickly click the right button on the headset, but that issue is gone within a few days of practice.
Although the battery life hasn’t improved form the original – still rocking a solid 15 hours per charge – you can enjoy a complete wireless experience. Unlike the PS4 and PC versions, the Xbox One version does not require a dongle to be plugged into a USB port. Instead, the Xbox version has an additional button on the ear cup that allows users to directly connect it to their system.
One of the other notable features of the Generation 2 Stealth 600 is that it will be fully compatible with next-gen consoles. That’s right, when you pick up your first Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S, the Stealth 600 will work with both, just as they would on your Xbox One system. Having that certainty means getting a headset this late in the current console generation isn’t a bad purchase, but rather one that will give you years of use on the most current systems available.
Overall, there is little reason to not recommend the Turtle Beach Generation 2 Stealth 600. While there are better headsets on the market if you want to spend the money, you won’t get this quality out of other headsets in the sub-100 dollar range. For your money, and knowing its compatible with next generation, there really isn’t a better purchase.
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