The amount of money you spend for gaming headsets is usually a very good indicator of what you can expect from the product. For the bargain basement price range of $30 to $45, it’s natural not to expect too much. At this price range, you’d be lucky to find something that actually works. There’s going to be sound that should tell you what’s going on in your game, and the mic can be iffy. And many of these products no longer work after a year. I hope you enjoy my Turtle Beach Z11 Review!

When you have such low expectations on cheap gaming headsets, then the [easyazon_link asin=”B006W41W7S” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Turtle Beach  Z11 [/easyazon_link] will impress you. The only way that the Turtle Beach Z11 will look inferior is if you compare it to more expensive headsets. With the Turtle Beach Z11, you only get the basic features but all these will work much better than expected.

Specs and Features of the Turtle Beach Z11

The [easyazon_link asin=”B006W41W7S” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Turtle Beach  Z11 [/easyazon_link] will work for most PCs and Macs, and what’s more it’s also compatible with mobile devices including tablets and laptops. It’s a simple plug and play device as there’s no CD installation or drivers needed.

The sound comes from large 50mm speakers, and they’re also “acoustically angled” for a more realistic perception of where the sound is coming from. It offers inline volume and mute controls for game and mic volumes.

The headband is adjustable and under it there’s a breathable fabric mesh. There are also bits of fabric mesh on the ear cups as well.

The mic is long and flexible and because it’s sheathed in aluminum, it’s also sturdy. You can slide up and out of the way when you don’t need it. Your purchase comes with a PC/laptop adapter cable, and there’s also a 3.5mm 4-pole connector for mobile devices.

Pros and Cons

You’d think that at this price range everything will just be merely adequate, and that’s if you’re lucky. And you’d be partly correct.

It’s true that the comfort level offered by the [easyazon_link asin=”B006W41W7S” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Turtle Beach  Z11 [/easyazon_link] is barely sufficient. The mesh fabric it uses is just enough that you don’t feel comfortable wearing it. It’s lightweight, but you’ll definitely know that you’re wearing a gaming headset. But at least you’ll be able to play for hours without complaining about it being heavy.

The build quality is also sufficient. It’s made of plastic, so you don’t want to mistreat it or abuse it. It does look a bit cheap but at least it doesn’t look ugly.

But it’s in the sound department that Turtle Beach delivers a pleasant surprise. It actually sounds decent, especially for the treble and midrange. And for gaming, the bass isn’t bad either. At this price range any sound would suffice, but with the sound quality you get from the Turtle Beach Z11 you’ll actually be quite happy.

The mic works nicely too so there’s no problem on this aspect. It gets the job done. As for the more obvious faults, the rather suspect build quality may not make it the best choice for mobile use. There are just too many chances that something will go wrong if you drop it or bump it hard when you’re on the road.

Conclusion

So you can’t spend over $45 on a headset? That doesn’t mean you have to make do without a quality gaming headset. Turtle Beach certainly proves it with the Z11. There’s not much frill to it, but it works just fine. At this price range, it’s the best you can hope for and there’s no doubt about it – the Z11 is definitely the best in its price range.