Turtle Beach are no strangers to the hardcore gaming scene. Hell! They are probably by far one of the most popular brands. With their quality headsets flooding the market for all the good reasons, we manage to get our hands on the Turtle Beach XP 400. This bad boy has a retail cost of over £159.99 and withholds an abundance of features but is this an investment worth taking? Or is it simply an expensive accessory to be placed on the shelves?
The XP 400 headset has a gorgeous design to it. Showing off a sleek and sexy black matte paint with various gloss plates, it just looks and feels luxury when you hold them. The headset has a vibrant green colour to the rims and the skeleton of the design is made of a thick plastic. As you grip them you can feel the workmanship that has gone into this design as it feels sturdy which is an advantage over many other fragile headsets.
When you pay such an amount for a gaming headset it means one thing: you take gaming seriously. With that you need to have all the right gear; and that is why The XP 400 is by far one of the most comfortable headsets which can be found on the market. The ear muffs fit nicely over the ears and it is completely adjustable to fit most head sizes.
After playing League of Legends solid for three hours I felt no discomfort which usually presents itself after wearing a headset for so long. Sure they got a tad bit hot on the ears, but never to the point of taking them off for a rest. One thing I will mention though is this may be an unwelcome purchase for your other half or anyone else trying to contact you for that matter. The ear muffs are thick which means the headset will blot out any background noise while your gaming, so yes, that includes annoying boyfriends; girlfriends; parents and any other daily disturbances.
The quality of this headset is second to none, and is a force to be reckoned with. The 5.1 audio allows you to play games such as Battlefield 3 and completely immerse yourself in the action with spectacular results. Explosions sound terrifying, gunshots are crisp and as you weave and duck in and out of combat you will just simply grin as it sounds oh so good!
You have various tone controls to improve the 'Tinnyness' of the headset as well as a bass limiter. The controls are fancy, however the default setting seems to be where the best results are found, but for Turtle Beach to go through the effort of adding this feature -it is a welcome touch. This goes to show the dedication and skill which goes into each and every headset from Turtlebeach.
Like I said earlier, the XP 400 is literally booming with features for the hardcore and casual market. In-game chat settings can be tweaked and altered on the headset, as well as the mute function. You can change both the tone and bass and it has a built in limiter. The headset also supports full Bluetooth connectivity which means this headset can be used on the Xbox360, Playstation 3 and the PC. Hell, you can even take phone calls with it from your phone if setup correctly.
Packaged-up you also receive all the necessary cables such as optical cables as well as the transmitter which has an impressive effective distance. Charge time will only take you a few hours and will provide up to more than 15 hours effective game time for you to enjoy. Once your done with it, simply slap it back on charge and you're sorted.
I had no issues with connectivity and it was a pretty straight forward setup. Even if you do have an issue with this the manual is complete with everything you need to know. The microphone connects to the Xbox360 controller using a small plug which attaches to your controller. Then the In-game audio operates by sourcing the sound through the transmitter using wireless technology. Also, you can decide here if you want the XP 400 to have surround or stereo sound.
The headset is pretty reliable due to the fact I experienced no teething problems when setting it up. It can be a little infuriating when you have a piece of kit and for some reason it just doesn't seem to be working right.
When it comes to design, comfort, overall quality and features the XP 400 blows most other headsets away. Although, with such a high price tag, you would expect it to; but the price should not discourage you. Remember! If you are a hardcore gamer, a headset like this is worth every penny. The XP 400 will provide you with hours of luxury sound quality with a supreme level of comfort. If you are a casual gamer then Turtle Beach do have headsets which will suit your needs for a lesser value but if you have the funds - go on! Treat your ears to the XP 400 and you will never regret it.
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