Short tweaks add up to a big improvement on Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max

Short tweaks add up to a big improvement on Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Max has a rather complicated name, but a lot of that comes from this headsets pedigree, an upgrade to a second-generation wireless headset that is one of the best in its class. It''s more expensive, but also outright better, and it''s now one of my favorite gaming headsets.

This new Max model is largely similar to the original Stealth 700 Gen 2. It takes place after several years and other Turtle Beach headset models, and as a result, it is quite impressive in all of the metrics that matter.

It''s comfortable and can be worn for hours, for example. It is quite as sturdy as a lightweight wireless headset, and is designed to withstand the standard-issue wear and tear that comes from placing it on, hurriedly ripping it off, and throwing it onto one side of the sofa, although I prefer not to sit on it.

I''m a big fan of headset design and materials, which I think is a pretty good job of bridging gamer aesthetics, but with over-the-top RGB lighting and a shouty, edgy feel thatd make this something something you wouldn''t want to wear out in public. Also, this headset is capable of playing consoles and bluetooth, allowing you to use it as a headset while you''re traveling, for music, taking calls, or portable gaming on a phone or other

Turtle Beach claims that the headset can last for over 40 hours. This figure has been discovered a few times below some other common wireless headsets, but it is quite right towards the end of gaming applications. So, plugging it in via USB-C for ten or fifteen minutes will take you anywhere from seven to eight hours.

The game''s battery life is very convenient. So is the connectivity. The headsets have a wide spectrum of capabilities that are compatible with all Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles, PS4, PS5, Switch, and phones, as well as the Steam Deck. Connecting comes in two forms - bluetooth or a USB dongle that connects the headset via a 2.4GHz wireless signal.

Let''s go with the dongle first. Both Xbox and PC (which the headset I tested is primarily intended as being for), and each time it connected quickly and painlessly to the device. This should theoretically work on a docked Switch, or even on Steam Deck, with a USB adapter. The dongle does not disappoint, but it works elsewhere, however.

The other method is quite viable: Bluetooth. This feature is compatible with all of the above, although you might get additional features on certain devices with the dongle. This feature is the ability to have both Bluetooth and Dongle connections at once, so you may combine your phone and take calls without interrupting your game audio. It also allows you to stand up, leave your gaming session, and walk out of the door while your headset is still going to listen to music or a podcast on your phone. This is a tricky concept, but

All of this has a great battery life and other clever design changes, such as a better-padded headband, to create an overall much better headset. In fact, the available software on PC and mobile is good on paper, but it is just a bit muddy in practice. Right now, the headset isn''t. Fortunately, it works just fine without.

Although I found the headset useful in blocking out the noises of the world, I received a noise leakage complaint from my partner - so perhaps you can avoid turning these up too loud on the train, and if not disturbing others when it is loud is a challenge, keep this in mind.

Sound quality is the king, according to Turtle Beach, but it''s good. This headset, however, is on the expensive side, and so has less of that. At $200/180, its feature rich, but it''s also less expensive than its non-max predecessor, but a wide variety of tweaks and upgrades, including the expanded battery, are worthwhile.

It''s worth the money, although it has 7.1 surround sound, is compatible with Dolby Atmos, and its also supports a PS5 digital audio interface. I like that the microphone mutes itself when you flick it up, out of your vision, and this is a clever alternative to a physical mute button.

The price is a little higher, but I think this might be my favorite of all the Turtle Beach headsets I have reviewed over the years. It''s a solid quality piece of gear, as long as you have budget. It''s an easy recommendation and a complete addition to our list of the best gaming headsets.

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