Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset

Last updated: June 17, 2022

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset

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We looked at the top Gaming Headsets and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Gaming Headset you should buy.

Overall Take

Take your gaming to the next level with this attractive gaming headset. It's constructed to include a highly sensitive microphone that can be removed when you want to switch from gaming to watching a movie. The 40-millimeter speakers also produce crisp sound that leaves you feeling like you're actually in the game.

In our analysis of 83 expert reviews, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset placed 4th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Take gaming audio and comfort on Xbox One to the next level with the Turtle Beach Recon 50X gaming headset. The Recon 50X features Turtle Beach’s latest lightweight and comfortable design, with large 40mm over-ear speakers that let you hear every crisp high and thundering low, plus convenient in-line controls that allow you to quickly and easily adjust Master Volume and Mic Mute. The Recon 50X also includes an adjustable mic, which can be removed when watching movies and listening to music, and the versatile 3.5mm jack makes it perfect for using with the new Xbox one controller, PS4 Pro and PS4 consoles, as well as with PC, Mac and compatible mobile/tablet devices.

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

The sound is nice and clear, they’re comfortable and easy to operate, and they’re compatible with a wide range of devices.
They are lightweight and come with a pretty easy-to-use gaming control scheme.
Its microphone performance is surprisingly impressive for its class
- IGN
It has great sound quality, microphone works very well and it also has a volume control
the microphone and headset audio quality are great for the price range
The cans themselves are cushioned with a generous amount of foam and are comfortable around the ears.
it is among the best gaming headsets under $50.

What experts didn't like

If you’re a Microsoft gamer that hasn’t upgraded to the One yet, you’ll need to buy an adapter (both Turtle Beach and Microsoft make them) that will give you a 3.5mm jack on the bottom of your 360 controller.
The build quality feels cheap and plasticky and will not last as long as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested.
you get what you pay for, with cheap-feeling build quality and mediocre sound quality.
- IGN
The overall construction is a little thin and flimsy, however, and might not hold up over the long term.
The Recon 50's stereo audio won't blow you away like Turtle Beach's DTS 7.1 surround headsets, but it's a step up above my basic Samsung TV when it comes to immersion.
if you wear glasses, you may feel a little pressure.

Our Expert Consultant

Doug Brennan   
Tech writer for Digital Addicts, avid PC/console gamer

Doug Brennan is an avid PC/console gamer for the past 20+ years, and writer for Digital Addicts. In his spare time, he’s an active member on a number of computer peripheral forums (overclock.netgeekhack.orghead-fi.org), so he’s always up to date on the latest products.

Overview

Gaming has come a long way in recent years. You’re not only playing while watching on a screen, but it’s a fully immersive experience in which you experience the sounds and sensations through headphones and your controller. But to truly get the most out of the experience, you need all the right hardware, including a headset that helps you shut out the world around you.

When you’re looking for a gaming headset, it’s important to note that you’re buying more than just a pair of headphones. Although typical headphone features like sound, comfort and noise cancellation are important, you’ll also need to be able to provide good audio as well. The microphone’s quality, as well as its position, are important. You’ll also need to consider compatibility, especially if you plan to play using a gaming console rather than a computer.

When it comes to sound, though, what you hear through the headphones is only part of it. If you game in noisy environments, you’ll also want to make sure your gaming headset features noise cancellation capabilities. You don’t want to be pulled out of your game by a passing emergency vehicle or a roommate watching the big game.

You really want to make sure your headset is comfortable, particularly if you plan to spend hours gaming, says Doug Brennan, who’s been a gamer for the past 20 years and a writer for the blog Digital Addicts.

It’s important that they don’t fit too tightly and that the earpieces have plenty of cushioning. Comfort can differ from one person to another, but there are some gaming headsets that are known for being more comfortable than others.

You’ll also want to turn your attention toward sound staging, which gives you audio-directional cues while you’re playing. In other words, Brennan says, the right headset can make you a better player because you’ll know exactly where a noise is coming from. “You can’t always see where opponents are, but you can still hear their actions which can give you the advantage,” he says.

For those long gaming sessions, battery life also matters. If your headset dies midway through a game, you’ll have to wait for it to recharge. Look around for a gaming headset with a battery life that will get you through each session before you have to put it back on the charger.

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