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Turtle Beach Ear Force X42 Premium Wireless Gaming Headset with Dolby Surround Sound for Xbox 360
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: -Wireless (sort of a pro)
-Surround Sound
-Sound Quality (again kind of)
-Durability (so far seems fine)
-The Microphone is probably about the best part (which isn't honestly enough of a selling point)

Cons: First of all I've had this set for roughly 4 months and already have gone through about $100 worth of batteries. I will burn through a pair of duracell coppertops in a day or less. Given the fact that I have used them quite a bit may affect this battery life but overall the upkeep was getting to aggravating. This is what plays into the issue with wireless being a "pro"; while it is nice to have a wireless headset the wireless nature becomes a hassle. Furthermore I had quite a bit of trouble actually connecting this headset to my 360 (when I first got the headset), better yet I was completely unable to connect it to my computer until I got the $10-15 cord off of turtlebeach's website which then meant I was burning batteries while still being wired to my computer.

Sound Quality. Overall it's pretty nice however as aforementioned the battery life was driving me nuts, this lead me to go acquire a new headset. I picked up a steelseries sierra v2 for $75 (less than half as much as this one cost me) and so far the quality seems to be quite a substantial set up. I don't know if it is just me, I haven't gone back and forth to test it but as of now I'm convinced the sound quality is lower on this headset even while it costs more than double. This isn't to say the sound quality is low, it just isn't what I would say is worth the price.

Durability; the headset I've had for a period of time and it seems to be okay. Seems to be fairly high quality material (plastic and what not). I've had another turtlebeach set break on me kind of randomly which led me to initially acquire this set.

Comfort, again the headset isn't entirely uncomfortable but honestly not $160 worth (what I paid). I would recommend once again the Steelseries I mentioned previously as they have proven to be much more comfortable in comparison.

Other Thoughts: Overall:

My thoughts summed up would be, the headset isn't a bad one per say but overall VERY much NOT worth the price for quality in comparison to the less than half as expensive SteelSeries Sierra V2 which cost roughly $75-76 after I believe an 8% sales tax.

Comfort: Sierra
Sound Quality: Sierra
Price: Sierra by hugely incomparably far (initial price and upkeep prive via batteries for the x42)
Microphone: Toss up, friend has said the turtlebeach was slightly louder; however on other turtlebeachs there may be feedback if used on a PC. Both x12, and PX31's have been troublesome with my friends while using chat programs like Razer Comms, Ventrillo, and even in-game chats.
Durability: Sierra I think, I've seen turtlebeachs come and go and my friend has has a sierra for about 2 years with no issues.
Overall: Sierra but quite a bit honestly


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Display Name: Brian G.

Date Joined: 12/01/12

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