“Ah Turtle Beach how I love you; let me count the ways..”
This is the feeling I have everytime I slip on a new Gaming headset from this New York based company. I have been using Turtle Beach gaming headsets for almost 3 years now and specifically have been using the X1,X11 and now the X12 headsets.
These headsets occupy the entry-level point in the company’s line up and I have targeted them specifically for the fact that they are wired and have a fabulous price point.
The X12 headset is based on its predecessor the X11 and pretty much is a carbon copy of that headset save for a few noticeable improvements.
The X11 had a very good range of sound most notable was its High frequency spectrum. The clarity that came with the X11 headsets was a noticeable improvement over the last version in the series . Talking and all the fidelity of the source was downright amazing for a headset of this price ( $59.99 at retail) but it was lacking the “punch” of some of the more expensive headsets. Keeping in mind that video game content ranges from symphonic musical scores to thunderous expolosions its important to have the best of both worlds in a gaming headset.
The X12 delivers on both! The newly designed ” cups” have been modified to provide a slightly deeper enclosure( the space between your ear and the speaker in the headset) which gives its ability to deliver bass and have kept the high range fidelity and crystal clear sound of the X11’s.
Explosions sound awesome and conversations with your squad mates no longer sound muffled like the early generation headsets that sacrificed bass for clarity.
The headset also features a ” Bass Boost” on the standard dongle that adjusts your game and chat volume. This headset is the complete package at its level!
The cherry on the top of this beautiful gaming assecorie cake is the new aesthetics. Turtle Beach have finally done away with their white and grey/black color scheme and adopted the Black and Green of the XBOX early days. The headset “cups” are black with green trimming and are super comfy. The whole package comes together nicely and I can’t think of any one aspect of this headset that I am unhappy about.
If you aren’t wanting to spend close to a hundred dollars to find an amazing sounding gaming headset the look no further; the Turtle Beach X12 are your best investment.
UPDATE: Keep an eye on your local box stores as I have already spotted this headset being sold for $39.95 in select locations over the holidays.
Review written by: Dwayne “EVO Knight” Morash