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Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 60P Amplified PlayStation Headset Review

Final Thoughts


Price

Priced at just £39.99/$60 from the Turtle Beach web store, the Ear Force Recon 60P Amplified Stereo Gaming Headset is pretty decent value for money. Can I find better sounding headsets for the same money? Yes. Can I find better-made headsets for the same money? Yes. However, when you start adding multi-format support into the mix, you’ll quickly realise that the 60P are competitive value for money.

Overview

There’s nothing remarkable about the 60P, which sounds like a bad thing to say, and while I guess it is a little, there’s nothing majorly wrong with it either. It’s a budget-friendly headset, which means it comes with very few features, average build quality and a fairly standard design. Of course, it is priced to reflect this, so it is hardly unjust.

The sound quality is pretty good, with a thumping bass and clear highs that make listening to music enjoyable, movies sound entertaining and you get drawn into the chaotic environments of your favourite games. Sennheiser these are not, but when it comes to enjoying your favourite media and chatting with friends while gaming, you’ll find the 60P can hold their own against the competition in this price range.

Multi-format support is a welcome feature and one that many users will be glad to have, as it means you only need one headset, and that’s a real cost saver in the long run. You can even use this on PC although you’ll need a Y-splitter 3.5mm cable if you want to use the microphone, although these can be picked up super cheap on sites like Amazon and eBay. It’s the PlayStation where the 60P are most at home, however, as they can benefit from the USB amp. The sound quality is good without it and perfectly suited to hooking up to your mobile device or mp3 player, but the AMP adds a lot more depth to the overall sound quality.

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • Detachable microphone
  • Powerful and loud drivers
  • In-line controller
  • Cool black/blue colour scheme
  • Multi-format support
  • Easy to set up
  • Competitive price

Cons

  • No Y-splitter cable included for full-PC use
  • Not as durable as some other Turtle Beach headsets
  • Microphone monitoring limited to PlayStation devices (via USB AMP)

“If you’re a PlayStation 3 or 4 owner and you need a cost-effective gaming headset that has powerful drivers, the 60p are great value for money. However, if you’re looking to be blown away, headsets in the £60/$90+ Turtle Beach ranges are where you’ll get your kicks”

Thank you Turtle Beach for providing us with this sample.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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