The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are decent budget gaming headphones. While they feel rather cheaply made with a plasticky build that doesn’t seem too durable, they’re fairly comfortable and easy-to-use. They don’t isolate noise very much, so they’re not ideal for use in noisy situations, but they perform reasonably well overall in quieter environments. They sound alright, especially for the price, and have a decent boom microphone. Their passive wired design is great if you don’t want to always be worrying about battery life, and ensures a latency-free playing experience that’s compatible with all consoles and gaming systems. You can’t customize them on PC, and they provide less freedom than wireless headphones, but they’re an acceptable option overall if you’re looking for budget gaming headphones.
+ Decent audio reproduction
+ Comfortable design
+ Good voice recording quality
– Cheap and plasticky build
– Poor isolation performance
– Audio delivery inconsistencies; sensitive to glasses and positioning
The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are wired gaming headphones that have a visibly gamer-centric look. They come in an all-black design with red, blue, or green accents depending on the variant you choose. Like most gaming headsets, they’re not very portable. Their ear cups can swivel inwards, but they don’t fold into a more compact format, nor do they come with a carrying case. Their ear cups are a bit on the smaller side and the padding isn’t the best–the foam and pleather used feel rather cheap–but the headphones are still fairly comfortable overall. That said, they have a plasticky build that doesn’t seem very durable. This, combined with their bright color accents, almost makes them look like a toy rather than a real gaming headset. They’re very much real gaming headphones, though, with a volume wheel on the left ear cup and flip-to-mute microphone. They don’t have a very stable fit, so you might not want to wear them out, but they’ll be fine for gaming or listening to music.
The Recon 70 are decent-sounding closed-back gaming headphones. They’re fairly well-balanced with an excellent mid-range, which means they reproduce vocals and lead instruments quite accurately. However, they’re lacking quite a bit of bass, so you might find them a bit underwhelming when playing first-person shooters or watching action movies with bass-heavy sound effects. That said, their bass response varies significantly between users, so you may experience more bass than we measured, or even less if you wear glasses or have long hair. Their treble response also varies significantly between reseats, which means you may notice a difference in the detail and brightness of sounds in the treble range, like certain voices or sound effects as well as instruments like cymbals or flutes, depending on how they’re positioned on your head. Also, our test unit had mediocre imaging, which means that in-game sounds may not be properly located in the stereo image and suggests poor quality control; however, these results are valid for our unit only.
Noise Cancelling: No
Like most gaming headsets, these headphones have poor isolation performance. They don’t block out any noise at all in the bass range, which makes them sub-par for use during your daily commute since they won’t help block out the deep rumbles of bus engines or an incoming subway train. They isolate a bit in low-treble, though, which can help block out the chatter of a lively office. Unfortunately, they leak a bit of sound at higher volumes, so you might disturb your colleagues if you listen to your music a bit louder to try and block out more noise. However, their isolation performance shouldn’t be a problem if you’re mainly gaming or listening to music in a quiet room by yourself.
Mic Type: Boom
The Turtle Beach Recon 70 have a decent boom microphone. It has a good recording quality, so in quiet environments, it can produce speech that sounds full-bodied and clear. Your teammates shouldn’t have any problems hearing you if you’re gaming in a quiet room by yourself. Unfortunately, it has mediocre noise handling, especially compared to other gaming headsets we’ve tested. This means it struggles to fully separate speech from ambient noise, so if you’re gaming in your living room with the window open and there’s traffic outside or your roommate starts vacuuming, your teammates may have a harder time understanding you.
Battery Life: N/A
Charge Time: N/A
App Support: No
Passive Playback: Yes, passive only
The Recon 70 are passive, wired headphones. This means they don’t require a battery for use since they have no active features, and they use a standard audio jack to connect to their devices. You won’t ever have to worry about their battery running out or remembering to charge them before starting a tournament; however, you also won’t benefit from a wireless connection or added customization options.
Wireless Range: N/A
Latency: 0 ms
The Turtle Beach Recon 70 are passive, wired headphones that don’t support Bluetooth and cannot be used wirelessly. They’re compatible with any device that has a standard 1/8” TRRS jack, so you can plug them directly into your console controllers for audio and microphone compatibility with the PS4 or the Xbox One. If your desktop PC doesn’t have a 1/8” TRRS jack, you’ll need to get a separate Y-splitter. You may also need an extension cable since their 4-foot long cable may be a bit short for some. On the upside, their wired connection ensures a latency-free gaming experience.
Who Should Buy Them?
If you’re looking for inexpensive gaming headphones that perform decently in most respects, then get the Turtle Beach Recon 70. They may not have the same premium build as some of the more expensive options out there, but they sound alright and have a decent boom microphone for a satisfactory gaming experience at a low price. Since they don’t isolate very much noise and their microphone doesn’t have great noise handling, they’re not a great option for use on-the-go, especially while commuting. They’re best used at home in a quiet room or in any other environment where you don’t have to worry about being bothered by, or bothering, others. Although their plasticky design and mediocre build quality leave something to be desired, they’re quite affordable and won’t cost a fortune to replace if ever they do break. So, if you’re keeping an eye out for cheap gaming headsets that provide decent value for their price, the Turtle Beach Recon 70 are definitely worth considering.
To see all our measurements and our test results of the Turtle Beach Recon 70, please go here.