Buying gaming headsets online can be an infuriating experience. You can’t test the quality of the sound before you buy the headset, and you’ll never know how comfortable it will feel when you put it on. But what’s really annoying is that prices can be different from one website to another. For example, the [easyazon_link asin=”B006W41W82″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Turtle Beach XP300[/easyazon_link] has a MSRP of about $170. But rumor has it that you can find one for just $100. There are also websites that sell it for twice or thrice its list price. I hope you will find my Turtle Beach XP300 review informative!

Features of the Turtle Beach XP300

But let’s forget the price for the moment, and just take a closer look at the [easyazon_link asin=”B006W41W82″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Turtle Beach XP300’s[/easyazon_link] features:

  • It uses 2.4/5GHz Dual-Band Wi-Fi radio to ensure that interference is minimal.
  • The dual-pairing Bluetooth technology means that your chats through PS3 and Xbox 360 are wireless as well. You can even answer your mobile phone without exiting or pausing your game.
  • It comes with preset settings for your equalizer and for your sound field expander.
  • It has larger 50mm speakers, along with acoustically tuned earcups. The mesh ear fabric cushions are also soft and breathable. The frequency response range is from 20 to 20,000 Hz.
  • The battery is rechargeable, and it can go for 15 hours of continuous use. The charging time is quick enough, but you can forego waiting and just play while charging.
  • The dynamic chat boost increases the chat volume when there are loud noises going on in your game, and there’s a mic monitor that lets you hear your voice when you talk. The mic has a response bandwidth ranging from 50 to 15,000 Hz.

Pros and Cons

The first thing you’ll notice is that the setup is ridiculously easy. There’s no endless fiddling needed before you can get your headset to work. It’s all right there in the manual.

The 15 hour time limit for the batteries though, only applies when you don’t use the Bluetooth features. That means when you chat a lot, you’ll also charge more frequently. Fortunately, charging is not a problem.

The wireless chat is also a great convenience. Personally, I’ve always hated having to wire up for chat, especially when you tend to move around a lot (which is why I bought a wireless headset in the first place).

[easyazon_link asin=”B006W41W82″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Turtle Beach XP300’s[/easyazon_link] controls are also nicely spaced, so inadvertent control errors should be rare. You may, however, have to learn to take off the headset by grasping the headband. Grasping the earcup can make you press buttons that you shouldn’t have.

The sound clarity and quality is also great, especially since the EQ settings can be modified according to what you want. It’s just stereo though. If you really want to get 7.1 virtual sound, you can always spring for the DSS2 Surround Sound Processor.

As for the comfort level, it’s nice and light so its weight isn’t a factor. The padding is quite heavy for your comfort, but its breathability should keep your ears sweat-free. As for the build quality, just don’t be too careless, and you’ll be ok.

Conclusion

It’s hard to recommend the [easyazon_link asin=”B006W41W82″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Turtle Beach XP300[/easyazon_link] unless we have a price range in mind. In itself it’s a great headset for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers. So let’s assume that you’ll be able to get it at list price or lower. Because for a hundred bucks, it’s very reasonable.

Essentially, you get great sound, and the best directional sense you can get for strictly-stereo speakers. The wireless feature is reliable enough, and the fact that you don’t need wires for chat is a great thing. The comfort levels are something you can live with, its build is quite robust, and the batteries are rechargeable.

With the Turtle Beach XP300, you spare yourself the headaches that usually happen when you shop for gaming headsets online.