Turtle Beach Stealth 300 Review
The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is a great wired headset for multiple platforms providing a cord based experience that packs countless hours of battery life. While the model I covered is Xbox One green in style, this headset works perfectly fine with any platform. That includes Nintendo Switch; Playstation 4, PC or even mobile. This headset is ready to go right out of the box so you don't have to wait before throwing it on. When it's powered to the max it can provide up to forty hours of usage which is definitely an insane feat and very easy to manage. While it might be weird to have to charge a wired headset, the benefits are worth it. There's no issues swapping between platforms at any point and it's really easy to put on. It's also glasses friendly and has an accommodating design.
The cord is quite lengthy, and thick so it's unlikely to get damaged. I did find the choice of having it integrated directly into the headset odd, that may leave room for damage over time though I can't say for certain as it seems sturdy currently. There shouldn't be any problems having it plugged in, you most likely won't even feel the cord's presence. It's also long and strong enough that dropping a controller wouldn't cause an annoying yanking upon one's head. For charging you can use a micro usb to regular usb, it includes a small cord of the sort. To turn it off you just click the power button and you can set it down to charge or just leave it.
The microphone portion simply flicks down if you want to speak and up to mute, it's easy to tell when the piece is in either position so no guess work is needed there. I'm surprised the mic works so well considering the size of the piece, but it's excellent and clear. Audio is easily adjusted for both game sound and the microphone right from the headset. It has two audio wheels on the left ear on the back. Both are great for quick scrolling to find that desired balance between what you're playing and who you're speaking to. I continue to find it odd that the headset plays your voice back to you though I got use to it quickly and it does help for controlling the level of your outside voice while you wear it. The core areas and outside layering of the Stealth 300 is a hard plastic with the insides of where your head will touch being a soft mesh. This mesh is slightly different than the Stealth 600 cushion though still good.
I think this is an interesting setup for a headset as I've seen typically rubber-like material used and I do find the cushion of the mesh to be really soft for longer sessions. This one was a bit less welcoming compared to the high end, but minimal difference. The headset should fit any head with minor adjustments to how far the ears go down and there's just enough bend upwards as well. There's not much room for twisting or bending, but with the nature of the shell casing I find it unlikely that you'd be able to damage these. The speakers are 50mm delivering a 20Hz-20kHz frequency. It sounds really great providing that atmospheric audio for hearing every part of the world in a 3D (binaural) setup. This includes footsteps or explosions to any side whether that's in the front or far back of where you're battling. Music is very clear as is voiced audio, there are also a few mode settings for adjustment of bass and treble where you can button cycle through them.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 300 is another light, comfortable option that provides countless hours of game time and is on the affordable side. You get to experience the full range of audio from games including support for Windows Sonic and Dolby Atmos. This brings every little sound to life within your battlefield while also filtering in essential audio from your squad. It really does feel like the high end model, they've merged it into a wired headset with great results.
The casing is well designed and I feel that the theme matches the Xbox color scheme well while not being too out of place when used on other platforms. I'll once again mention that this works with any platform really well. I appreciated how you can just take it out of the box and get going without issues, an easy plug-in to any 3.5mm port. The headset is comfy enough for many hours of gameplay, sounds great and performs well for countless hours of battery life. This is definitely a solid offering at an affordable price point for those that want quality while having to be spend too much in their headset.
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Stealth 300 Review product provided by Step-3 tested with Binaural audio, Music (CHVRCHES, Naked & Famous, La La Land), Minecraft, Fortnite, PUBG, Gears of War 4, Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars Battlefront II, Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch
Rating Overall: 8.5