Turtle Beach Recon 70 Review: The Entry Level All-Rounder

Immersion Experience Starter Pack

Turtle Beach has made a name for itself in the gaming
headsets industry. Are you familiar with their wide array of selections? They
seem to have something for every budget and every platform.

My old trusty headset, the Turtle Beach 50X, has been a good gaming buddy for quite a while. When I heard about the Turtle Beach Recon 70, I just had to check it out. Its predecessor has served me well and created a solid base for high expectations. With multi-platform versions available, I was curious to find out if the Recon series had aged well.

Our Verdict

The Recon 70 is an excellent, yet affordable headset. Perfect for those who are looking for a low-cost but high-quality option. It is undoubtedly a reliable entry-level headset for gamers.

Pros

Excellent sound quality for its price range

Multi-platform compatible

Cons

The headband foam could be fatter

Sale

Turtle Beach Recon 70 Gaming Headset for Xbox One,…

  • Flip up mic: Turtle Beach’s renowned high sensitivity mic picks up your voice loud and clear and flips up to mute
  • Surround sound ready: Optimized for Windows Sonic; Windows Sonic by Microsoft for Xbox One and compatible Windows 10 PCs; Also compatible with Dolby Atmos (additional purchase may be required)
  • High quality 40 millimeter speakers: Superior 40 millimeter over ear speakers produce crisp highs and thundering lows

Build And Design

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 is available in versions for PS4, Nintendo, and PC. It is nice that the Recon 70 has attempted to create a versatile option, while at the same time maintaining a budget status. For every platform, there is a dedicated matte finish color coating. You can have the white version for the Xbox One S, red for Nintendo Switch, and blue for PlayStation 4.

Build-wise it is not too shabby, given that it’s an all-plastic
unit. You might want to be careful when handling it due to the materials used. Though
it is notably sturdy and will survive a couple of mishaps, you’ll still need to
be cautious to avoid trouble. The headset is also very light at 14.4 ounces. I felt
no discomfort during and after heavy use.

Headband

To be honest, I’m not happy with the amount of foam used on
the headband. Turtle Beach has acted a little stingy on this department;
however, it is still comfortable. A little extra fluff would have made things
better. The broad shape of the frame is excellent, and it fits well on the
contour of my head.

Ear cups

The Turtle Beach Recon 70 has oval ear cups covered in
synthetic leather. I noticed that it feels tacky, but not cheap. I like that
the ear cups are adjustable to ensure comfort.

Sound Quality

This headset is in the lower budget spectrum, yet I never
doubted the audio quality. Why? Well, my previous Recon 50X did not disappoint
me. The Recon 70 has also hit the spot. Bass was not super powerful, but still
well present. Mids and highs were crisp and clean. During my testing, I
encountered no muddiness, especially on bass-heavy songs.

I ran a playlist with EDM and K-pop. The quality and clarity
of the audio were excellent. In the tested songs, I could hear all the
instruments and vocals quite well. I watched a few Netflix series and movies too.
It picked up the sound cues and effects nicely.

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I also spent several hours using the Recon 70 for games,
such as ‘The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind’, and ‘Mass Effect 2’. The soundtracks of
these games are awesome, and this headset did them justice.

Aside from the RPG binge, I also fired up some ‘CS: GO’. The
surround sound was superb, as I could hear footsteps, and could very well pinpoint
the direction the enemies originated from. The Recon 70 has done a great job in
the immersion department.

Microphone Quality

The Recon 70 has employed a flip-down mic. It feels like it can take a lot before breaking down. However, I must say that the microphone quality is not as solid as it is with the competition in the face of the Razer Thresher Ultimate, for example. During a test call over Discord, I could hear a bit of static. I guess it could be ignored because it did not really disrupt the conversation. Should the mic quality be your priority, then you might think twice.

Recon 70 Alternatives [Comparison Table]

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset

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PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

Platform

Versions: PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

Platform

PC, Xbox One, Wii U, and PS4

Platform

PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and VR

Razer Kraken Gaming Headset

Platform

PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch

Final Verdict

Turtle Beach Recon 70 is an ideal entry-level headset. Almost everything is great, like audio performance and comfort. I still have my two complaints about the thin foam on the headband and the not-so-good mic. Sure, it can never compare against pricier headphones like Astro TR A40 TR in terms of immersion and sound quality, but at this price point it’s a steal.

Sale

Turtle Beach Recon 70 Gaming Headset for Xbox One,…

  • Flip up mic: Turtle Beach’s renowned high sensitivity mic picks up your voice loud and clear and flips up to mute
  • Surround sound ready: Optimized for Windows Sonic; Windows Sonic by Microsoft for Xbox One and compatible Windows 10 PCs; Also compatible with Dolby Atmos (additional purchase may be required)
  • High quality 40 millimeter speakers: Superior 40 millimeter over ear speakers produce crisp highs and thundering lows

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