Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Fully Wireless Headset for Xbox One Video Review
Xbox One owners, if you’ve been patiently waiting for a fully wireless headset solution for the Xbox One that doesn’t even require a wireless dongle setup, then Turtle Beach may just have the solution for you. The company’s Stealth 700 fully wireless headset is now available for $149.99, and as advertised it connects to the Xbox One using the console’s built-in wireless technology (same tech used for connecting controllers) without issue. Well, as long as you update it to the current firmware using a Mac or PC and the Turtle Beach app.
We were sent this headset for review, which you can watch below via the embedded video after the break. I can tell you that the Stealth 700 is a solid fully wireless solution for the Xbox One, but it does suffer from a few small issues. Before I mention those though I want to highlight it upsides. The sound is great, and can reproduce surround sound and fairly deep bass tones as long as you aren’t using the Super Human Hearing function, which is best suited to hear faint sounds like a player running while you’re competing in a FPS multiplayer match. The headset also feels very comfortable while wearing for hours on end thanks to the padding. If you wear glasses you’ll also get some relief thanks to the headset’s ProSpec tech, which allows the arms of your glasses to rest snuggly between the ear pads and your head because the foam is much softer in that area. The flip up and down mic is also a nice touch as it allows you to mute and unmute your mic with ease.
In addition to being able to connect to the Xbox One wireless and use the systems Windows Sonic Surround Sound tech (Windows 10 PCs also supported by may need a wireless dongle), they can also connect to devices through Bluetooth. They worked flawlessly with my iPhone and iPad, and I could even stream music from those devices while still using them with my console. The headset looks a bit bulky, but I’m still considering using it as my new travel headset for plane trips due to the Bluetooth functionality and 10 hours of battery life. Not to mention the Stealth 700 also offer active noise cancelling, which is great for gaming sessions, but also for travel to drown out those around you that you don’t want to hear throughout your long or quick flight.
Now in terms of the issue I’ve faced with this headset they’re small, but annoying. In the left ear you can hear a faint buzzing sound when no audio is coming through the speakers. If audio is playing the sound is drown out, but it can get annoying if you hyperfocus on it. I’ve also experience audio drops. These aren’t disconnects from the console itself, rather the audio cuts in and out as if it were lagging. Now I have to clarify this issue by saying I’ve experienced with every style of headset I’ve tested and reviewed for the Xbox One, so I can’t put the blame on the Stealth 700 fully. At times I would go hours with zero drops, but others, especially while playing network intense games like Destiny 2, the cutouts were rampant. I do believe this is an overall issue with the Xbox One and how it passes audio to headsets, but I had to mention it in this review to provide full disclosure.
Again, you can get my full take on the Stealth 700 and see them out of the box by checking out the video review below.
If you like what you see and hear you can order the Stealth 700 headset for yourself.
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Review Statement: The author of this review was provided a sample by the manufacturer for the purposes of this review.