Turtle Beach Stealth 500X Review – The Luxurious Freedom of a Wireless Gaming Headset

The Turtle Beach Stealth 500X is compatible with the Xbox One, in which that alone is a boon for many gamers of Microsoft’s famous home gaming console. Ever since said machine launched back in November of 2013, it lack the necessary compatibility when it comes to gaming headsets as it did not work with third-party manufacturers. After a year later, Microsoft started bringing up the list of compatible headsets for their gaming console, and one of those is the Stealth 500X.

Turtle Beach Stealth 500X Review - The Luxurious Freedom of a Wireless Gaming Headset

The Turtle Beach Stealth 500X  is Built for the Xbox One Player

With the Turtle Beach Stealth 500X, it comes with full compatibility for the Xbox One, and it comes with a great list of audio features. For instance, it comes with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound that already comes as a standard functionality for the unit. There are also audio presets and compatibility for mobile phones.

Its battery life is among the best in the market as it can be used for approximately 15-hours on a single, full charge. It also comes with a detachable microphone (that boasts excellent clarity when speaking), and other useful voice features like Dynamic Chat Boost.

Even though the Turtle Beach Stealth 500X Gaming Headset could be at the top of Xbox One players’ wishlist, it is still far from perfect. For one, comfort and appearance fall short, especially when comparing this particular unit to the company’s own Elite 800 headset. Furthermore, the wireless compatibility is only available for the Xbox One, so if you’re a PlayStation 4 gamer and would want this headset, then you would have to physically connect it to the console for it to work.

While the Elite 800 boasts more in the design department, that doesn’t mean that the Stealth 500X is no pushover in this regard. To start, it comes with various tastes in terms of luxuriousness. It comes with mesh lining, foam padding, and a less premium LED design (when comparing to the Elite 800). While it offers mid-range build quality and looks, the price is far from it as it is placed in a high-end price class.

When it comes to its audio performance, it has retained the reputation of Turtle Beach as it delivers great sound quality. It uses a pair of 50-millimeter drivers, and it hosts features and settings to allow users to tailor the sound to their liking. This results in good audio, but there is a tradeoff in the form of the stereo clarity being dampened a bit in return for a wider sound stage.

Overall, the Turtle Beach Stealth 500X is a great headset, especially if you’re an Xbox One gamer. It boasts a very excellent battery life and offer the benefits of wireless technology for gaming in Microsoft’s console. Still, the build quality, number of features, and comfort do lag behind the competition.


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