Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Xbox One Gaming Headset Review
Peter Donnell / 4 months ago
A Closer Look and Performance
The design of this headset is characteristic of any Turtle Beach headset. They always make some changes, but they’re slow from generation to generation. This is great for those who like their design, as it’s pretty uniform across the range. Obviously, there are some differences, such as the button layout, microphone design, etc, but again, it’s pretty familiar.
The headset features a built-in microphone boom, and it can be folded down with a flick of your finger when you need it. It’s a handy design, and when not in use, just fold it up, and it’ll automatically mute its self. It’s quite a short boom, but the flexible design means it’s unlikely to get broken. It places well just off to the side of your mouth too, so it’ll avoid unwanted breathing noises while you game.
On headset Controls
Tucked into the left ear cup are all the built-in controls. Again, you can tinker with these in the mobile app, but if you prefer to be hands-on, these are handy. There’s a master power switch, allowing you to preserve battery life. However, with 15 hours between charges, you should be good for a couple of long gaming sessions per week on a single charge. There are independent controls for chat and gaming audio too so that you can tweak the mix on the fly. Of course, it’s perfect for turning down when your friends are screaming into their headsets.
The headset features a swivel design, allowing you to fold either of the ear cups inwards. This makes it easier to get a fit around your ears, but also means they’re comfortable to wear around your neck between games.
It’s a minor detail, but a major one at the same time. The headband design on all new Turtle Beach headsets is tweaked. This tiny ergonomic shift means the headset is comfortable to wear even while you’re wearing glasses. As someone who wears glasses, this is a neat little design feature that many headsets ignore.
There’s quite a good range of adjustment too. It goes small enough to suit younger gamers or fully extended it’ll even fit my big noggin with ease.
There’s some pivot to the drivers too, and fully extended, there’s about 10mm of travel.
Or about 1-2 mm in the other direction. This just means the drivers sit flush around your ears and are more comfortable overall.
There’s generous padding on both the ear cups and the headband. The padding does block a lot of ambient noise, but not all of it, so you can hear your phone ring, or someone calling your name from across the room.
Gaming on this headset is a lot of fun, and the sound quality is fantastic. If anything, Turtle Beach audio performance has been consistently excellent across their mid-budget headsets. They continue to use the same drivers and that makes sense, as they sound fantastic. They’re plenty powerful, have lots of bass and clarity and really great for gaming. In saying that, if you bought a headset from them last year, you’re unlikely to benefit from the upgrade. Of course, the other features on the headset may make it worthwhile anyway.
The same is true of the microphone, and it’s nothing groundbreaking concerning performance, but better than most. It’s got some noise-cancelling tech, and with the monitoring and separate channel mixing you can quickly get it working just how you need to. It’s bright and clear and thankfully doesn’t pick up too much ambient noise either.