Specifications

Price: 79.95     Color Black w/Blue Finish     Set Style Over-the-ear     Connection Type Wired (usb)

 

Physical Attachment Vertical     Cable Length Not Provided     Weight Not Provided

Primary Use Gaming     Platform PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mobile

Audio

Output Mode Stereo     Surround Sound No     Noise Canceling (Active) No

Microphone Yes     Drivers 1 per ear     Ports 1 USB

Turtle Under Rock

If you’re a gamer and haven’t heard of Turtle Beach, chances are you, like a turtle on the beach, are living under a rock. Turtle Beach is one of the leading names when it comes to gaming headsets. Known mainly for their luxury lines which normally sit at price points above $200, their brand has garnered a swell amount of consumer loyalty over the years. But what about those people who haven’t been able to afford those high quality headsets but don’t want to buy a cheap product with limited to poor functionality?

Lucky for you, Turtle Beach hasn’t forgotten about you with their latest entry into the wonderful world of gaming audio, the Ear Force PX22. An update to the popular PX21 headset, the PX22 line provides quality, value and versatility for gamers on a budget. At the sweet price of $79.95, you get most of what you find in high-end model headsets on the market.

Design

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As a “techphile”, I take no shame in saying that at first glance the PX22 appears sleek and arousing. The royal blue cross-stitching and branding plotted across the sleek black finish of the headset instantly makes you want to put it on. There’s a durable plastic headband which is laced in thick padding with faux-leather across the top to give the headset more of that “luxury” feel we see in the high-end Turtle Beach products. The headband fit’s comfortably on the head and is definitely a highlight of the headsets design.

The ear pieces, however, are very light and at times can feel fragile and flimsy. While the decent amount of padding is a nice touch to maintain ear comfort, the interior of the ear pieces feels awkwardly concave, especially when you take the lightness of them subconsciously into consideration. My big ears appreciated the padding when first putting on the headset and I was able to get in several hours of gaming with nice comfort. But when I did finish gaming, I felt a little sore after removing the headset and going about my day. I’m inclined to say that folks who don’t have big ears may not experience the same soreness, but I blame this on the aforementioned flimsy, plastic design mixed with immense padding on the ear pieces.

 Performance

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There was little compromise in the design of the headset for value but what about the audio quality? Well for starters, there is the omission of 5.1 surrond sound. Unfortunate but you have to imagine this was one of the features left out to cut cost. Even with the omission of 5.1, the sound quality delivered still exceeds for the price of the headset by miles.

Anyone who’s a fan of music headsets like Beats by Dre will find the PX22 very satisfying. The 50mm drivers on the PX22 bring a rich sound on the headset’s lower frequencies. So the bass sounds quite full when music is playing or explosions are taking place. As an audiophile, I wish there was more emphasis placed on the mid and high level frequencies as they often get drowned out by the lows. I tried to adjust the bass and treble on the PX22’s included amplifier module to balance things out, but the higher-end frequencies still came in a ways too thin. I do, however, doubt many will notice this especially if they’re playing sports games or shooters that would contain an immense amount of bass anyways.

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One of the most attractive things about the PX22 is the versatility of it being a cross-platform device. You can use it on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC and mobile devices. There’s a 3.5 mm jack for connection to the simpler gizmos like mobile phones and tablets. There’s a USB connector for PC, PlayStation and Xbox 360. Then there’s also an RCA adaptor included in the package for TV and stereo connection. So as you can see, there’s plenty of options with the PX22 which is outstanding considering the price.

Final Thought

If you’re looking for a quality headset but don’t have over 100 bucks to spend on one, the PX22 is a fine answer to your desires. For just $79.95 you get good comfort, good sound quality and great versatility.  The lack of 5.1 surround sound, a bit of ear piece awkwardness and very thin mid and high frequencies are certainly drawbacks, but not to an extent that exceeds the value you are getting with this headset. I’d even go out on a limb to say that the PX22 could even rival some of Turtle Beach’s high-end models. And for the more visual of gamers out there, rest assured you won’t be disappointed. These bad boys are just so… damn… sexy to look at.

 

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