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Published on December 23rd, 2015 | by Greg


Hidden Talents: Turtle Beach’s Stealth 420X Wireless Headset

Last minute gift shopping for the gamer in your life? That’s nothing to be ashamed of- some products are cheaper now than a few weeks ago, and it’s wise to wait for the early adopters to render their judgments before taking the leap yourself. Or perhaps you just learned about a nephew’s love for gaming, and need to quickly modify your previous plans from private violin lessons to something that he should appreciate more. We’ve got your back as the holiday approaches, finishing up our set of audio articles with today’s review.

The Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X Wireless Xbox One Gaming Headset is built and designed specifically for use with Microsoft’s console. The package comes with a USB dongle- simply plugin and you’re all set- no cords necessary. The boom mic picks up your commentary without you having to shout, and without also transmitting all of the surrounding sounds, which means you can stay in the game and not worry so much about whether your teammates will hear your siblings shouting. And if you want a headset that you can also take on the road, have no fear- including in the box is a mobile in-line remote and mic cable for use with smartphones and tablets.

Expect about 15 hours of battery life between charges, and . Controls were pretty easy and accessible, on the side of the earcups. There are independent volume controls for chat and game audio, which can be pretty helpful. 50mm drivers pump out plenty of volume in each over-earcup, and the cushions are both comfortable and fairly well-sealed, made from synthetic leather and cozy for most listeners even after a couple of hours. Those with a bit more in their budget can opt for the 500X version which adds DTS 7.1 surround sound and downloadable presets, but the 420X allows you to tweak EQ settings between four presets. We’ve seen Turtle Gear audio products many times in the past, including the XO Seven Pros, which we were pretty impressed by. And the 420X only serve to reinforce our opinions- they are well-priced and a good value for the money.

Build quality here is fairly strong, as usual, though the 420X rely on quite a bit of plastic for the body. These are bulkier than some competitors but manage to be portable thanks to the lay-flat twist and turn of the earcups. One feature that they are proud of is called Turtle Beach Mic Monitoring, and it allows you to hear your own voice in your headset, which is less trippy than it sounds and mostly serves to help you test your volume and ensure it isn’t too loud or soft when speaking. One important note: these aren’t a crossover or multi-platform pair, and aren’t made for use with PCs or PS4s- you’ll want to look elsewhere if you need a set that can work across various systems. But if all you need is a good Xbox One headset for your Destiny raids, and you don’t want to spend a fortune, you’ve still got a chance to put in the word with Santa. The 420X headset is available now, online and in stores, for around $149.99.

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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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