Turtle Beach Ear Force XP400 Wireless Review
Console gamers want a gaming headset that will pair well with the various consoles’ beautiful graphics.
Gamers do not want just a visual experience alone; they also want an auditory experience to feel the game’s true potential.
Because great audio is an essential part of enjoying the game as well as being a pro-gamer, we will be looking at the Turtle Beach TBS-2276-01 Ear Force XP400 Wireless Dolby Surround with Wireless Chat to see if it is worth your money.
The Ear Force XP400 boasts of superior technology with premium surround sound that ensures a 360-degree audio landscape which can be customized to one’s own preference.
This quality surround sound is delivered through what Turtle Beach claims as interference-free wireless connection which promises static-free connection.
Those who want to be completely wireless can take advantage of this gaming headset’s wireless chat.
The Ear Force XP400 allows for chat without any cables for Xbox LIVE chat and Bluetooth for PSN Chat. Staying in line with the wireless feature, you can also answer calls while gaming through Bluetooth, so you will never have to stop gaming.
With its Advanced Chat Technology, you will never have to worry about in-game volume overpowering chat volume as the chat volume automatically increases with the volume of the sounds of the game. Gamers can also have a solid game session with the built-in rechargeable battery’s 15-hour life.
The audio quality of the XP400 is great. It has amazingly clean and crisp sound profile that comes with impressive treble and bass. While other gaming headsets have overpowering bass, this gaming headset’s bass is just right to make the audio of games epic. Without the surround sound on, you will already have a very enjoyable headset.
When the Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound is on, the sound quality of this gaming headset goes way up. You will be able to tell which direction the sound is coming from and even hear footsteps. This accuracy will make you an expert gamer, able to turn and make the right move at the right time.
It has six surround sound settings which allow for the adjustment of the position of the sound sources.
In addition to its amazing sound and astounding surround sound, is the limiter button which can be found on one of the ear cups. The limiter turns the volume of ambient sound up and limits the volume of other effects; great for when you are sneaking around or wanting to hear if others are sneaking up on you.
Headset, Mic, Warranty
The Ear Force XP400 has a very premium look to it that some may mistake for the headset being heavy on the head, but it is actually quite light. This gaming headset is quite comfortable to use as the ear cups have that over-the-ear design that can fit any ear snugly.
The ear cups also have soft padding which allows for one to use it without feeling clamped; the soft padding also extends to the headband itself, making it comfortable to use through long game sessions. And for gamers who are worried that it won’t fit their heads, the XP400 is stretchable, allowing for gamer to use it comfortably.
Looking at the ear cups, you will find the different buttons to control the headset. These buttons are the power, limiter, volume control, pairing button, and mute button.
Despite sounding as if the buttons crowd both the ear cups, you will be surprised to find out that they are spaced amply and properly, so there won’t be any mix-ups or mistakes when pressing them, provided that you have memorized where each button is located that is.
The Ear Force XP400’s microphone works really well. Other players will be able to hear your voice clearly, not to mention the fact that you will be able to use the mic for voice recordings, Skype calls, and even conferences quite well. The mic itself is detachable, so if ever you want to remove it for a clutter-free headset, you can.
The built-in battery of this gaming headset boasts of 15 hours of playtime, but it will actually only last you 9 to 10 hours. Just charge it whenever you are not using it and you won’t have to worry about the headset running out of juice on you.
In the event it does run low on power, you will hear an incessant beeping every 10 seconds or so, which can really get quite irritating, especially since it starts beeping around 15 minutes before completely running out.
As for Ear Force XP400 warranty, Turtle Beach guarantees that it is free from defects for a period of one year. Replacement parts and accessories which are subject to wear and tear (such as microphone foam covers) are fortunately covered by 3 months warranty.
Worth Your Money
For the price of just over $200, the Turtle Beach Ear Force XP400 is a great headset to consider purchasing. Perfect for those who are playing on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Playstation 3, console gamers will surely love this headset.
The audio quality of the XP400 is amazing, as you will really get to hear sounds clearly and with sufficient amount of bass too. When the surround sound is used, you will then be further treated to excellent 360-degree audio landscape which can truly give you an advantage on the field.
The headset itself is quite comfortable to use, the battery-life is also good with 10 hours of gaming possible.
The only bad thing about the Turtle Beach TBS-2276-01 Ear Force XP400 Wireless Dolby Surround with Wireless Chat is the beeping sound you will get to warn you that it is about to run out of power, but that won’t happen if you charge it whenever it is not in use.
All in all, if you are looking for a gaming headset at the price of around $200, the XP400 is a premium quality headset which is worth every penny as its performance really is great and with little to no negatives.