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Turtle Beach - EAR FORCE Recon 50X Over-the-Ear Wired Gaming Headset for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mobile - White/Green-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 3885 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for exactly what you are looking for!

    Posted
    KINGPIN450

    The Ear Force Recon 50x gaming headset from Turtle Beach is the right product for you! If you are someone who is just getting in to the competitive gaming scene or is just a serious gamer, look no further. This headset will cover all the needs and expectations you have for your first legitimate gaming headset because it’s price is low, it is comfortable, and it functions very well. At under $50 this is the best headset you can buy. Since Turtle Beach is one of the most respected headset makers, you know the quality will at least be better than most. However, I’m here to tell you that this is the best low-end option. If you are anything like me, you will look at buying a gaming headset one of two ways. 1) Buy the best headset you can at the lowest price possible, or 2) just go out and buy the very best headset you can for upwards of $300. Since I was a beginner, I chose to stay relatively cheap and go for just an OK headset. I ended up with AMAZING value. A huge worry for cheaper headsets is comfort. I can’t say the Recon 50x is comfortable as the very expensive headsets, but it is quite comfortable nevertheless. The headset is easily adjustable and has a good amount of padding. Personally I’ve used the headsets for hours on end with no comfort problems. One very minor nuisance is that if you have older Xbox One controllers, you will need a headset adapter. These are fairly cheap but they do slightly make the controller more cumbersome in your hands. I have now had this headset for four months and everything about it still functions perfectly. I have not even treated it that well. When I bought this headset, the main thing I wanted it to do was enhance the way I hear the games I play. You really can hear the improvement! It is much better then playing without one. Even though this product does not have noise canceling, it does dampen outside noise considerably. In conclusion, I would definitely recommend the Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon 50x for any serious gamer just coming on to the competitive scene. It really does all you could ask and more for a headset that costs under $50. Again, I hope you consider this product when searching for a gaming headset because it is WONDERFUL!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great headset

    Posted
    benjamin

    I recently purchased the gaming headset 50X manufactured by Turtle Beaches for my Xbox one. I thought that I give my opinion on this product to help other people decide if this is the right product for them. The criteria that I used to give my rating on this are functionality, comfortability, price, and durability. Functionality My functionality expectations for this headset were that it would be able to block out some noise while still being able to pick up my voice when talking. The 50X goes beyond those expectations. The noise blocking on this is incredible, I use this headset in the living room next to the door, and I can’t even hear when my roommate gets home. It also picks up the slightest noise in game while being able to tell you which side the noise came from. Comfortability As for comfortability, the 50x is okay in this category. When first putting on the headset it is in my opinion comfortable. But as time goes on it gradually starts to feel like it is constricting your ears, eventually causing them to hurt [usually around the third hour of continuous use]. Other friends who have purchased this also have said that they experience the same problem, but they also still say that it’s a great mic and would highly recommended it as well. Price Now for the price of 40 dollars, it is very hard to beat this product. You would have other headsets that are the same quality that would sell for about 60 and even 100 dollars. 40 dollars can be a steep price for some people, but the more affordable mics can be just as costly or even more expensive. Such as a 20 dollar headset that keeps breaking, causing you to purchase another one again and again. Overall it would be more economic to purchase the 50x. Durability It has now been 3 months since I’ve purchased the 50X headset, and it still works like when I first opened it from the box. Even after long hours of continuous use and dropping it multiple of times on the ground, it still is able to do its intended job and exceed my expectations. Ideal User The 50X is a good headset, but for the price of 40 dollar it’s an excellent product. This headset intended user is an occasional gamer who plays for a couple of hours at most, but still wants to play competitively. Someone who wants a quality mic, but doesn’t want to break the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great at first, now doesnt work

    Posted
    Adam

    We have had our headset for just under 2 months. Bought for my son so he and his brother could communicate in-game when playing Xbox. Headset comfort is fine and early on, audio was sufficient and mic got the job done. about 30-days in, the headset audio would not work sometimes when starting up. eventually spinning the audio jack or doing a full reset of the Xbox would fix the issue. now the headset audio does not work at all with the Xbox. it will play music through another source like my computer but not at all with the Xbox controller. We have tried on 5 different controllers, made sure controller batteries were charged and settings correct on the actual Xbox and still nothing. The seating of the 3.5mm jack feels very flimsy and it seems the way the jack seats in the controller is an issue (generally seems loose). I am a turtle beach fan. our other headset, a wireless stealth 700, works perfectly but we didn't want a more expensive set for our second Xbox which gets much less use. this was cheaper but the quality matched the cost. Still communicating with Turtle Beach support so hopefully a resolution can be found or a replacement provided but at this point, I am disappointed with the purchase and would not recommend buying this headset.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nifty headset that doesn't cost an arm and leg

    Posted
    Lightning

    I bought this from a local Best Buy after numerous attempts to get "cheap" headsets from walmart to work with Skype on my computer. Maybe I've never owned a good headset before but after I bought this one, I was pretty darn impressed with how nice it was. I got it for my computer but now I use it for my xbox one as well. So it comes with an adapter cable that you can connect to your computer. The nice thing is you can leave the adapter cable plugged into your computer and disconnect your headset to use elsewhere. With the adapter, the cord is extra long so you can move around quite a bit with it plugged in. Another super convenient thing is the mic can disconnect from the headset, so if you're wanting to just listen to music you can take the mic out and set it aside. The mic is also flexible so you can twist and move it to any position you want. Great for when you're wanting to get a drink or eat a snack while chatting. The headset earmuffs are comfortable for the most part and cup around the ears, they can rotate somewhat for even more comfort. But wearing glasses with it is still uncomfortable. I'm not a sound expert by any means but I was pretty satisfied with the quality. It has a mute switch and volume control on the cord. All in all a pretty nifty headset. I like how flexible it is with the removable/flexible mic and rotating ear muffs, the long cord, and being able to switch between my comp and xbox with ease. My only complaint would be that it can be uncomfortable to wear if you have glasses, but that can't be helped. Either way, I totally recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Budget Headset

    Posted
    Eraseraj
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    Got this because I had an older headset that had seen better days. I didn't want to spend a ton of money but I was willing to go up 100 bucks for comfort. I tried every pair of gaming headsets that Best Buy had on and these feel great. I have played for 8 plus hours and they do not make the sides of your head sore. The black with red accents look awesome and the mic attachment feels very sturdy. My only complaints would be that the cord is not real long when you do not use the splitter extension. I have the combo port in front of my computer which does not require you to use the splitter which is nice, but like I said the cord is short you just have to be mindful of this. All and all this is a great product so it gets 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Will not work on PC out of the box

    Posted
    Dane
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    These are comfortable and sound great for stereo and work well for chat. However, these were bought under duress when my son's PC gaming headset failed. The package says it works with PC and I should have been more skeptical since they are marked primarily as an Xbox One headset. I should have been more diligent before purchasing. When we got home and opened them their was only a single 3.5mm 4 pole connector. The instructions said for PC use I had to purchase a mic splitter adapter from Turtle Beach. So I did and the cost of cable with shipping plus the week wait was unacceptable. Hence one star off. Had I wrote this review as I was going thru this, I would have been less gracious. Also note, even though a xbox one headset, these do not plug into a legacy xbox one controller either. You need a newer xbox one controller with the 3.5mm jack or the headphone adapter allowing a legacy controller to use this xbox one headset. Minus another star. Again, this is imo a 5 star product with some caveats.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor design

    Posted
    Bigguy
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    I had previously purchased a G430 headset that broke while under warranty. I took it back to BBuy and tried to exchange it for another one of the same type. Of course, they were "out of stock", so I had to purchase THIS higher priced model of a maker I'd never used before. This EAR Force set is so tight,even when fully expanded, that I get headaches...and I've been told my head is small for my bodysize. The mouthpiece seems to slide in snugly, but will fall out at the most inopportune time. The incoming cable doesn't come up one SIDE; no, it comes up UNDER the chin...the 2 wires are formfitted together until they come within 4 inches of my chin, which puts a great deal of pressure against my cheeks and jawbone, and severely limits my ability to twist sideways. If I was about 5 years old this set might fit and MIGHT last 3 months. For now, I bought another G430 through Amazon, and relegated the Turtle Beach to backup/spare status.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Worked for a while ...

    Posted
    erikzulu
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    We bought two of these, one for each child. They mostly used it for watching / playing content on the iPad. I would estimate they used it 2-3 times per week for a few hours, or in the car - so a little rough handing was expected. Purchased for about $40. I tried them a few times, the sound was good. When you touch the cable between headset and connector it does make sounds on the headset and you can hear it. We never used the microphone that was included (nice accessory). #1 -- right ear piece stopped working. First I thought it was because the iPad case was in the way (it was a little trouble to keep it plugged in with the Urban Armor Gear on it). Later on it just did not work at all ( about 7-8 months used ) #2 -- One day my child came to me saying the headset was not working, when I tried plugging it in, I felt the connector was a little loose. When I pulled on the connector, it came out of the housing jacket and detached from the headset cable. ( about 11-12 months used ) [ manufacturer warranty has now expired so, guess they are heading for recycle/trash ]

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    my son loves this headset

    Posted
    hmom
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    I can't say that I have personally used this headset, but my 10 year old son uses it regularly and says that it's the best/clearest sound quality headset he has used thus far. I must admit, I really didn't want to spend this much money on a headset (have purchased the cheaper ones at 5 Below and some random brand at TJ Maxx.) Both of these were substandard and broke pretty quickly. So, finally, I caved and bought this one. No complaints from my son so far. He said that it's very comfortable and the sound quality is very good. I'm a bit concerned that the microphone arm might eventually snap and/or come lose, which is what happened to the other headsets I've purchased ( and since he tends to move it around periodically) but so far, so good. Only time will tell, I guess. Overall, he is very happy with this item.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid headset for a great price

    Posted
    hybris
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    I wanted a quality headset but at a lower budget. The 50X fits the bill. Sound quality is good, and volume is plenty loud unlike some other reviews I've read. Mine is lower than 50% most times and I rarely need to raise it. I like the in-line volume control and mic mute switch. The adapter that balances game & chat volumes does not come with this headset, but I am glad because I don't want to add more bulk to my controller and those options are in the Xbox quick settings panel anyway. Once I found a good balance I never needed to go back, but I don't play a big variety of multiplayer games so certain titles may need more adjusting. The foam pads on the ears are comfortable, and I like that the mic is removable and easily adjustable. My only gripe is that with the headset fully extended, the piece that rests on top of my head is a bit tight, leading to discomfort during longer sessions. I have a large head so this may not be a problem for others, and repositioning usually helps to an extent. Other than that, I think this is a hard value to beat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good entry level stereo headset

    Posted
    ElKabongo
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    We picked this headset up looking for a replacement to the standard xbox live headset. Overall, it works very well. The mic picks up speech very clearly. It is also quite comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. I would say the one small negative for the headset is that the sound on it is a little bit tinny and flat compared to other stereo headsets we have had in the past. It still is good enough for general gameplay, but if you are looking for something that sounds loud and "full", you may want to go with a different headset. On the positive side, this headset seems so far to be pretty high quality for the money and seems to be constructed from better materials, so we are hoping that it will last longer as a result. (We have had pretty poor luck with any headset from any brand lasting longer than a half a year). In any case, I would recommend this headset at the price it is selling for. It is a nice one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good PS4 Headset

    Posted
    Pacer2015
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    These are not the top of the line headsets and can be used for PC applications. I am not a big fan of Turtle Beach headsets. Everyone that I have owned in the past tend to break after about a year. This one is built as cheaply as the others. It is light weight and covers over the entire ears. This helps so it does not give you headaches/earaches. You will know the quality when you pick it up and put it on, definitely a low cost set of headphones. With that said, I gave it 5 stars because, I purchased it on sale and so it was even lower priced and when I did use it, it worked better than I thought it would. The sound quality is good and the microphone worked without hitches. Now it is wired, not a wireless headphone, but I had no problems with it on the PS4 controller. Time will tell if it falls apart. I have a friend who has the exact same model and his mic broke after a year. I was looking for an economical, low priced, quick and easy headphones for my PS4 and this fit the bill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty decent for the price

    Posted
    Conrad87
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    This is the first set of Turtle Beaches I've purchased. At first, they feel like in order to fit comfortably over your ears the headband needs to rest toward the front of your head (Which feels awkward). The mic works great and being able to detach it from the headset is handy when you want to use them as wireless headphones for your TV. The main complaint I have is that they need to be plugged in to the controller. There have been numerous times that I have set my controller down to reach for something and it caused my controller to slam to the ground. I'm most likely going to trade them in for an upgrade to a wireless set solely for that reason. The sound quality is good and the volume is decent. If having a wire doesn't seem likely to bother you, this is a great deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great deal for my kids

    Posted
    BigBen
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    Purchased as a Christmas gift for my kids. They had already gone through two pairs of the Microsoft headsets that come with the consoles in under a year. The sound quality is quite good and actually better than I had thought they would be for that price point. They have several sound adjustments outside of the adjustment on the cord available through the Xbox One control options and I like that they will work with the PS4 as well. The biggest thing to be aware of is that they work with all One controllers, however, controllers made prior to 2016 will need an adapter, which will set you back another $25.00. Controllers made in the last 8 months or so will already have the jack. Bought the Xbox Halo edition console last year and they do not have the new jacks, so we ended up needing the adapter for one of the controllers but the one we purchased separately had the port. No idea on the longevity yet but I will update if they run into issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Meh

    Posted
    TomXP411
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    This headset is nothing special. It works, but the mic seems too sensitive and the audio quality is mediocre. When I plugged the headset into my second-gen XBox controller, everything worked like it should. Game audio came through the headphones, and I could adjust the volume using the controls on screen. I also used it with the chatpad, and I could adjust the audio using the buttons on the chatpad. The problem I had was that the "talking" icon in Destiny came on and stayed on. As long as the mic was unmuted, my mic was being transmitted. The thing is, I wasn't talking. So basically, people in my party were hearing my air conditioner, other people in the room, and the barking dog across the street. My $10 Logitech H110 sounds better both ways - the mic is more clear, has less background noise, and the headphones also sound better. I think I'll be returning these and getting another Logitech.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    XBOX ONE, PS4, PC

    Posted
    ShinobiCruz
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    I didn't want to have a separate headset for each different system. PS4 is awesome b/c you can stick about any headset in it and it'll work. Microsoft is money hungry though. Luckily my wife got me an XBOX One this Christmas (Gears of War edition I guess) and I think it came with the "new" controllers with the 3.5mm jack. These headsets work perfect with them. I don't play a lot online, but I'm stationed far from home, so it's nice to play online with my buddies and talk some trash. Sound is pretty good and I can hear shots coming from whatever direction they're being shot from in the game. Useful to know where to run to/from, lol. Also you can adjust the volume on the cable which is quick and handy. My friends say they hear me loud and clear. Best part is these things were less than $40. You can beat that guys. The quality is very nice, it works with multiple systems, and it gets the job done perfectly. I definitely recommend them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Performance and quality exceedes the price

    Posted
    rsdf
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    Crisp, sharp, and detailed sound. Played my movies, music, and of course games and it worked just as well as my speakers, if not, even better. Comfortable and fitting size. Stylish with the colors and matches my rig and set. My eyes nearly popped out when I saw the price for this headphone. I almost felt like I ripped of the store for buying this headphone at its price. On the other hand though, the only downside was that the build quality was a bit below. The material was made partially plastic so no stress on the headset like bending or anything similar to that or it might snap and break. But overall, this is a great headset to have and haven't regretted buying this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    My cell phone earbuds headset is better

    Posted
    NicknameRequired

    At first, I enjoyed the new headset. It's only a month old, and I'm returning it. At first, audio was clear, and nuanced, and mic picked up my voice better than my cell phone earbuds. I was able to overlook some odd details until audio problems came. Odd details: the "V" wires from the main cord to each ear are really short. They almost don't fit my head. The Buds of each ear are at 30-degree angles connecting to the headband so you wear the headset tipped forwards. Then the audio problems started. Audio problems: Headset cuts out and disconnects from party chat intermittently. Mic intermittently gets choppy and cuts up your voice. I understand from my friends that their version of this model does not have this same design. I assume turtle beach changed the design somewhere. I do not recommend this model.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but Small

    Posted
    Turttle
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    I bought these because the Name Brand and price. They are made with comfortable materials, but are not designed correctly to fit on an Adult head. They have very good sound quality, and volumn control for an office working environment. About the fit, the basic 90 degree aspect of the plastic head strap will not allow the ear cups to lay against the human head. They should be angled some. Also the ear cups are way to small for adult size heads. And I have mouse sized ears for a Big guy, 5'10" 260. They fold up the ear lobes and dig in to the skull if not alligned perfectly. Pretty harsh assesment? Yes, they are harsh in the fit category. IMO a 3.5+ is about all they get. Should be sold as Childrens Headphones. But then I wouldn't wnat to put a divit in my childs head either. (ps why isn't there a Maybe choice for recommends?)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything you need

    Posted
    Pubg4Dayz
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    After countless hours reviewing headsets in the $60-120 range I was left lost with what seemed like no real option. Then I came across these bad boys for $40 and it was game on. Sound is crisp, footsteps and gunshots are easily detectable directionally, they are comfortable and the removable microphone is the cherry on top. Look no further for your headset. P.S. since purchasing these I have had FOUR friends go out on my recommendation to buy the same pair (albeit they all bought white when I got black). They are all thrilled with them still, and it’s been about a month.

    I would recommend this to a friend