Headsets are an incredibly important part of the gaming experience. They allow you to hear the world inside your console through its audio or the world around you in your chat. That being said, there’s a huge price difference in the options you have available, and the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is definitely on the higher end. Luckily, It’s worth almost every dollar.
How does the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 look?
Let’s start with the first thing you see when you take it out of the box - the build quality and design. I received the black Stealth 700s, and the black and metal contrast looks rather sleek. There’s no RGB or standout colours; it’s rather minimalist. If it weren’t for the Turtle Beach logo on the side, this could be easily mistaken for a standard headset. There’s an assuring weight to the headset which makes messing with the side of it and extending its length a bit of an easier task. I never felt like it was very fragile. The earphones are attached with a metal slider than can be extended or pushed back into the black plastic bracer, allowing you to change the length of the headset. This is, of course, standard in any headset but the metal both looks nice and feels sturdy.
I imagine how it feels to wear the headset will be fairly contentious. The pads themselves have memory foam padding with Aerofit cooling gel, allowing your head to stay fairly cool as you play. It’s a fairly snug fit that applies just a little bit of pressure to the area around your ears. I found this helped keep out a little bit of noise and is a genuinely quite comfortable fit, but those who like a looser set might not enjoy this as much. The Stealth 700 feels like a multimedia headset and not just a gaming one. It automatically connects to my phone when I turn it on, and I have taken it with me on walks and around the house while listening to music. Not only has it managed to replace my headset, but it has replaced my earphones.
I received the Xbox Series X version, and it was incredibly easy to set up. It connects just like a controller does by using the connect button on the Xbox itself. You click it on the console and click the button on the headset, and it’s ready to go. With connecting to other Bluetooth devices, it was just as easy theoretically. I turned it on and immediately connected with my phone but this wasn’t quite as easy with others. Others would not connect at all requiring a restart for both the headset and phone. It did connect after a little bit of testing but was no way near as smooth as the other parts of set-up. If you’re unlucky enough to have this issue, it might be a bit of a pain restarting your devices. This is one of the only real complaints I’ve had whilst using this headset.
Then there’s the more subjective complaint. When you turn on the headset, it also turns on your Xbox - a rather neat little function. This means you can get everything booted up and connected very quickly. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a way to turn this off, meaning you will often turn on the Xbox by mistake. Disconnecting is also a little bit of a pain. If you go outside of the range, it disconnects and let you work like you usually would but if you happen to be just in the middle, it will connect and disconnect over and over again. If you happen to be just outside of range, you should probably disconnect the two properly.
How does it sound?
Now that the only real issues I have with are out of the way, let’s talk about what it gets right. The sound quality is great and has good volume options and a cool mode known as “Superhuman Hearing”. This boosts the subtitles sounds like footsteps and reloads, and is a really cool little function to multiplayer. I don’t generally consider myself competitive enough to justify boosting footsteps, but it's a nice little bonus. The game chat and audio have different volume wheels on the side which makes differentiating between really easy.
Out of the box, the mix is tucked away into the side of the pad and you can drop it down to unmute it. This means all you have to do to mute yourself is flip up the mic. It’s small enough to not be too noticeable and sounds pretty great in lobbies.
There’s also a nice deal of customizability in the audio hub app. You can remap buttons on the side turn on Superhuman Hearing, Noise Gate, Chat Boost, and more. If you don’t like how it sounds, you can customize it. The mic has a good quality whilst being not too high to bring on any latency issues.
The same can be said for the sound. Just listening to Spotify or watching YouTube, it helps to bring out some of the effects and instruments lost in the mix. In-game, it has 3D audio to help engross you with a comfortable fit and nice quality.
A wireless headset needs a nice battery life, and the Stealth 700 has it. When places give figures like “20 hours” I’m predisposed this could be an exaggeration or only apply to very specific circumstance but these genuinely lasted me this long. I ran out of battery one time whilst using them and it was good to go half an hour later with the fast charging USB C. If you use them for work, gaming or anything every day, charge them every night and you will likely never run out of battery.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is wildly popular for a reason. In the time I’ve had it, it has been consistently sold out, and I think this is warranted. It sounds great, feels very comfortable and is generally just great to use. Unfortunately, this review took so long due to some strange connectivity issues. While they can be solved by turning on and off devices, this is the one real downside I experienced in my time. It’s excellent at a reasonable price and has since become my go-to headset. I’d advise picking this up whenever you can and maybe just testing it first.