Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset

Last updated date: June 16, 2021

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8.9

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.

Update as June 16, 2021:
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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 86 expert reviews, the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50X Stereo Gaming Headset placed 2nd when we looked at the top 14 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

Expert Summarized Score

7.6
7 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.0
10,767 user 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.
- Nerd Tech
June 11, 2017 | Full review
They are lightweight and come with a pretty easy-to-use gaming control scheme.
- RTINGS.com
June 15, 2018 | Full review
Its microphone performance is surprisingly impressive for its class
- IGN
December 29, 2017 | Full review
It has great sound quality, microphone works very well and it also has a volume control
- Reviews & Tutorials
the microphone and headset audio quality are great for the price range
- Lifewire
February 28, 2019 | Full review
The cans themselves are cushioned with a generous amount of foam and are comfortable around the ears.
- Windows Central
November 27, 2015 | Full review
it is among the best gaming headsets under $50.
- Real Gear
July 7, 2017 | Full review

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.
- Nerd Tech
June 11, 2017 | Full review
The build quality feels cheap and plasticky and will not last as long as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested.
- RTINGS.com
June 15, 2018 | Full review
you get what you pay for, with cheap-feeling build quality and mediocre sound quality.
- IGN
December 29, 2017 | Full review
The overall construction is a little thin and flimsy, however, and might not hold up over the long term.
- Lifewire
February 28, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Windows Central
November 27, 2015 | Full review
if you wear glasses, you may feel a little pressure.
- Real Gear
July 7, 2017 | Full review

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.

An Overview On Gaming Headsets

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.

The Gaming Headset Buying Guide

  • The first feature you’ll likely research when headset shopping is sound. Look for a gaming headset that uses 7.1 Dolby Surround and that has seven audio channels for impressive audio clarity.
  • Outside noise elimination is even more important in a gaming headset than a standard set of headphones. If you really want to eliminate distractions and focus, consider a headset that does a good job of muting the world around you.
  • Sometimes it’s not about the sound you’re blocking, but the noise you’re emitting.
  • Within seconds of hitting the next level of your favorite game, your headset dies, totally throwing off your game. To keep that from happening, you’ll need a headset with enough battery life to get you through even your longest gaming session. Top in this category are headsets which offer up to 30 hours of battery life before needing a charge. To achieve that time, though, you’ll need to turn LED mode off. You’ll get a full 10 hours of battery life from certain headsets, so make sure you check this before purchasing.
  • Unless you’re on a strict budget, your headset will cost between $100 and $300. However, those looking to pay a fraction of the price can budget-friendly options for well under $50. Headsets on the higher end of the price spectrum, retailing for more than $200, often have great audio quality and long battery life that make them worth it for the most passionate gamers.
  • For those long gaming sessions, you’ll need a headset that doesn’t irritate your ears. Part of that is finding a headset that’s lightweight. In fact, there are headsets as light as 11 ounces.
  • Cushioning also makes a difference, even in heavier headsets. Look for a model that features leather cushioning on both the earpads and headband to keep you comfortable.
  • Listening to audio is only part of the gaming experience. For a good gaming headset, you’ll need a reliable microphone, as well. A noise-canceling microphone that provides crisp sound is best.
  • Wires can get in the way when you’re gaming. You may wish to opt for a wireless headset, which provides more freedom of movement.
  • As convenient as going wireless can be, though, latency can be a problem, so it’s important to make sure your sound won’t lag while you’re gaming.
  • Compatibility is essential if you want to go beyond playing games on a computer. Some headsets only works with a PC or Mac, but others work with an Xbox, thanks to an included adaptor.