Microsoft launched the Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 some while back, which provides seamless Bluetooth connectivity, eliminating the need for all those dangles and transmitters that usually crowd your PC’s USB ports. However, the only device to actually take advantage of the adapter was the Xbox controller – until the Turtle Beach Stealth 700 wireless headset for Xbox One.
While the Stealth 700 is not exactly the best buy in the price range – the Logitech G533 is a much better premium headset priced around $150 – it is still among the best gaming headsets in the market.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 is a sleek black headset with lime green highlights that accentuate the shape. It offers excellent functionality with lots of controls on both sides. The left side has buttons for power, Bluetooth pairing, and ‘Superhuman Hearing,’ which is an EQ mode that is supposed to make footprints and other subtleties sound more prominent in-game. On the back side, you find wheels for overall volume and chat volume, the Xbox One wireless pairing button, and power and a 3.5mm jack for connecting to other devices to round out the bottom.
The Stealth 700 is very light, weighing a mere 10 ounces. It has been optimised to make it more comfortable for the bespectacled ones among us by incorporating hard foam at the top and bottom and soft foam on the sides. Whether or not this actually helps those with spectacles, it can very well be detrimental for those do not. While you might eventually get used to the thin hard foam at the top and bottom, the discomfort it presents is not something you would want in a headset with a premium level price tag.
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 has a heavy-bass sound – sometimes a bit too heavy bass – but in general, it delivers great game audio. Its Superhuman hearing feature also does exactly what it says; enemy footsteps, gunfire, sword slices and all such subtle sounds can be heard crisply.
One of the major drawbacks of the Stealth 700 is its subpar battery life. While most competitors offer an average of 15 hours – some even go up to 24 hours – the Stealth 700 pales in comparison with its meagre 10-hour battery life.
Should You Buy It?
The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 definitely has a lot to offer, but if you are willing to sacrifice the wireless connectivity, you can find some much better options in the same price range, such as the Logitech G533, or Astro’s A50s, or the HyperX Cloud Alpha. Also, in case you do not already have the Xbox One Wireless Adapter, you’ll have to buy it before you can use the Stealth 700(get it on Amazon for $25).
Buy the Stealth 700 now for a limited period discount price of $199.95.