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Published on February 11th, 2014 | by Greg


Turtle Beach Ear Force i30: Quality Gaming Audio For Mobile Devices

While PC and console gamers have long been offered an endless array of geared-for-gaming accessories, mobile users have mostly been contented with speaker docks along with wired and wireless headsets that were more general purpose. Even if Flappy Bird might not be the best game out there to show off your system or your skills, there are plenty of iOS and Android games that compete head-on with the Xbox and PlayStations and Wiis of the world.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force i30 headset is a show of force from this venerable company, treading into new territory. While we’ve tested out many of their headsets in the past, this is one of the first we’ve seen that is specifically aimed at the growing legion of users who prefer to play games on their iPads and iPhones and want better headphones than earbuds to do so. Certainly, you can use these for music and any other purpose- we listened to dozens of albums and watched movies as well- but these are a great choice for any fan of titles like Bastion, the Infinity Blade series, XCOM or first person shooters where audio can really matter.

The best feature on these is a pretty killer app. The freely available download allows you to finetune your EQ settings, plus the active noise cancelling is a great way to remove the distractions from your surrounding environment and focus. Normally, noise cancelling is for travelers, who can mute the hum of planes and trains, but we confess that these aren’t necessarily built to be totally mobile- they don’t fold up tight and few obvious concessions were made to portability. Instead, we’d consider these a more indoor, lifestyle, media headset, perfect for sitting at home or at a desk, useful for listening to music while studying and enjoying a game to yourself while taking a break from the books.

The i30s might have an “i” in the name, but we used them with a range of devices, from smartphones to the Nintendo DS and PSP /PS Vita. Battery life is decent if unimpressive when using noise cancelling, but it’s optional. There are built-in dual mics that do a good job of picking up your voice without too much background confusion for calls. And they are pretty hefty, but more durable than most we’ve seen thanks to solid metal components. Controls take some getting used to, but are handily placed on each earcup, and we liked the engineering that includes audible alerts- this set really speaks to you! And the memory foam cushions and adjustable band, plus nice firmness, meant this was a set that felt comfortable for most users.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force i30 is available now, online and in stores, for just under $300.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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