Turtle Beach has always been a company to provide great sound for great prices in its gaming headset range, and the Turtle Beach Recon 50P is no different. The headset comes in at just under R 1000, which is a portion of the price of other headsets like the Astros and Steelseries. For its price, it offers great build quality and impressive performance. The 3.5mm jack headset, works with every console and gaming platform out there, which makes it a very attractive buy for anyone looking for a universal device.
Turtle Beach Recon 50P is a box standard as it comes. The headset is black with blue trimmings, and in the box you will find a detachable mic with a foam shield on it. The wires are built into the headset itself, with a wire going into each underside of the headset. We are not fans of two wires on headsets, as they can get in the way, but we lived with it. Earpads are leather and foam, which are extremely comfortable. The head strap is also adjustable on the headset, with a padding on the top for comfort.
The entire headset Turtle Beach Recon 50P is plastic, so do not expect anything fancy with its materials, as this is more a case of substance over style. This also helps keep back the costs of the building materials. In general, the headset Turtle Beach Recon 50P is light and this is thanks to the plastic design. On the wire there is a nifty mute and volume button, which comes in handy when playing in a chat party, and is pretty easy to flick on and off.
The Turtle Beach Recon 50P headset sounds great. Overall the listening experience was what we would expect from a headset for R1 000, and at times it was even better. Loud volume was played without any distortion, and sound came out crisp and smooth when playing gentle soundtrack games like The Elder Scrolls Online. Music was clear and voice over tracks were crisp. The only thing missing was the massive bass we get from other headsets like the PlayStation Gold Wireless Headset 2.0, but this was not an issue. When playing games like Destiny, we could hear every crackle from the explosions in the distance from our grenades, and every gunshot was clear.
Surround sound was pretty impressive given the headset’s lack of 7.1 Surround Sound. It was enough to immerse us in the action, and as we walked away from enemies, we could hear them chasing us from behind. As for party chat, although there is no way to directly control the mix between game and party on the mic, once we toggled it on our consoles, it was all good. The foam pad on the tip of the mic kept our voice clear. The adjustable wire meant we could bend it however we wanted to bend it for the best angles. The toggle on the wire let us mute in one flip of a switch and the volume dial gave us easy access to the sound.
Although the Turtle Beach Recon 50P does not have any standout feature, it did what we wanted it to do. We managed to play games both online and offline, and hear great sound and play through a raid without any issues. The Turtle Beach Recon 50P headset is affordable, and packs the standard build quality and sound quality, that makes it appealing for anyone looking for a standard headset and nothing fancy. TheTurtle Beach Recon 50P headset is available now for R999.