In this Turtle Beach PX21 review you’re going to learn about the pros and cons of this popular gaming headset. You’ll also be able to see the headset and its features up close in the video review below and you’ll be able to see it and hear it in action in the gameplay video towards the end of this article.

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Where I have also written about the Turtle Beach X11 headset, I would say that the PX21 headset is similar in terms of its target audience. That’s to say, this headset is a good entry point into playing video games with a headset on without breaking the bank, and it will enhance your gaming experience as a newly found audiophile.

The price of this gaming headset hovers around the $50-60 mark, depending on where you shop. Generally, you’ll find the best prices on Amazon.com.

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There are other models out there worth spending a bit more money on, particularly if you’re an experienced headset user looking for further enhancement. As I said though, as a starting point, the Turtle Beach PX21 is a great choice. There are flaws to it as well, which I’ll discuss, but the sound quality and comfort of the headset makes it a great value purchase.

 

Video Review

I felt this Turtle Beach Px21 review would be incomplete without a video showing its hardware and functionality. So, here’s the video review!

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Comfort and Design

If you’re like me and have long video gaming sessions, one of the first things you think of when buying a headset is whether or not you’ll be able to wear it for hours on end without nursing sore ears when you take them off. Luckily for me, I don’t have oversized ears so it’s not too much of a problem overall, but I have found that some of the Turtle Beach models to be among the most comfortable headsets I’ve worn, and the PX21 is no different in that regard.

Turtle Beach are renowned for a theme of having oversized ear cups on some of their models, which I think works extremely well because of the comfort. The PX21’s earphones are big and will fit onto your head without pressing your ears into your skull. The design of the headband itself aslo enhances the comfort because it sits away from your head rather than following and latching onto the shape of it.

Overall, the design doesn’t feel solidly built and is rather lightweight. Holding it in your hands feels as though it might fall apart easily with a bit of force. And you also get the feeling that it could cause you issues when wearing it due to its light weight. However, once you’ve put the headset onto your head, you’ll realize why the design of the headset is the way it is, and you may actually be pleasantly surprised.

Finally, one of the other features of the earphones, themselves, is that they fold in, meaning you can wear them around your neck without getting a mouthful of leather. It’s not a revolutionary feature, but it is handy when you want to take a break and keep them nearby.

Hardware

As I mentioned earlier in this Turtle Beach PX21 review, this gaming headset is compatible with additional devices on top of the PS3.

If you’re plugging the headphones into a PC or Mac, it will connect via USB rather simply. It plugs into the gaming consoles in the same way. This will give you your power source and audio output. However, to use the chat features, you’ll need to buy a separate adapter for your Xbox. With the Playstation 3, however, you’ll be able to chat via PSN straight away.

The microphone for the PX21 headset is ambient noise reducing and non-removable. I find it to be extremely efficient. The microphone is linked to the headset. So you can hear whatever sound goes into the microphone, and you’re able to control your own personal volume, thus saving yourself from screaming and waking people up if you’re playing games online late at night.

You’re able to rotate the microphone almost 360 degrees both ways to have it out of the way of your face if you’re just watching a TV show or listening to music. Alternatively, if you want it in your face, the microphone is on a flexible piece of wire that’ll stay fixed in the position mold it to.

The PX21’s cable is ridiculously long; it’s 16 meters (52.5 feet) in total! Whether you see this as a positive or a negative depends entirely on your situation, the size of your gaming room, and the distance of your setup from where you actually sit.

For me personally, this is a positive. I have a fairly large bedroom with my TV on the wall. To watch it, I’d have to sit against my bed’s headboard on the opposite wall so I don’t get a neck cramp. So, having this extra long cable suits me well because I don’t have to worry about stretching in awkward positions or pulling my Playstation off of my desk. For some who sit a little closer to the screen, it could be a different scenario where there’s too much wire for you to deal with. There’s a little Velcro strap that Turtle Beach have provided to tie the cable up, but you want to make sure you’re not pulling on its limits or weighing the headphones down by tying it up too tight.

If all else fails, at least you have a fairly sturdy cable to tie around your bedpost and lower yourself safely out of your second floor bedroom window in the event of a fire. 😛

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Sound

There are some issues with the sound quality which have been notable with other headsets in the Turtle Beach product line. There’s a “hissing” sound present in the background of this headset’s audio. This was a problem with several previous Turtle Beach models, and has actually improved with this offering. But unfortunately, it’s still not rectified completely.

Some reports say that the hissing increases when there is sound from a TV or other audio source running through the headphones. Others say that it’s quite faint and the dominant sounds mask it, making it a non-issue on a practical level. Personally, I’ve found the latter in this model and the other Turtle Beach headsets. It’s noticeable when there’s no sound, but isn’t a problem at all when you’re playing something through it.

The sound output is stereo which some people have an issue with, but as I’ve said before, as an entry level headset, it provides no real sound problems. You can, however, buy an additional processor for the headset to have Dolby Surround Sound if you so wish.

The sound, overall, is high quality and crisp, and impressive for a stereo headset. It has the same problem, for me, as the X11s in that there’s no 3D sound to exactly pinpoint where a sound is coming from (things like footsteps, or a soldier reloading his gun, a gunshot, etc.) But it helps identify the general direction. Whether that’s a deal breaker for you or not depends largely on the kinds of games you like to play and whether or not being able to identify the direction a sound is coming from will give you a significant advantage. For me, it’s no real issue even though I play a lot of first person shooters. At $50, you get what you pay for but it would be a cool feature to have…

Along with this headset comes a sound controller that allows you to control the levels of chat volume, game volume, bass boost and sound expansion. There’s also a mic muting switch. However, it doesn’t allow you to change the volume of the voice-monitoring feature that I mentioned with the microphone.

A word of advice though: use the clip on the back of the controller to clip it to a piece of your clothing. Otherwise, you could find yourself accidentally turning the volume all the way up, and you don’t want to be shrieking in pain in the early hours of the morning.

Overall, the Turtle Beach PX21 is a solid headset in a price range affordable to almost anyone. If you’re looking into an entry level headset, the PX 21 won’t let you down.

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Gameplay Video

Of course, no review of the Turtle Beach PX21 gaming headset would be complete without a gameplay video. Note that the sound on this video was captured directly through the PX21’s built in mic. Enjoy!

I hope you found this Turtle Beach PX21 review useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below!