Turtle Beach ear force Z300 review
PC gamers want gaming headsets that will really give them that perfect audio experience, especially when the headset is specifically made for the PC. The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 is one such headset that caters only to the PC, but whether or not it is the gaming headset for you is the question that will need to be answered.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 boasts itself as a high-performance wireless gaming headset for PC and Mac, and with Bluetooth capability, it allows you to stream music or answer calls from your mobile device while you are gaming.
Its 50 mm speakers is said to deliver pristine audio quality while its Dynamic Range Compression boosts quiet sounds so you will get to hear even the faintest footsteps. It also features 7.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound which puts gamers into the fray, giving you an immersive experience. You can also customize your audio experience with its Multiple EQ Settings, which include bass and treble boost combinations.
Its Variable Microphone Monitor allows you to hear your own voice so you won’t be shouting when it comes to chats. The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 headset is lightweight and has soft, padding making it comfortable to use. Its rechargeable battery gives you up to 15 hours of playtime so you will never have to worry about running out of juice while playing.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 has decent audio quality. It has ok performance for a gaming headset but of course, there are other better gaming headsets out there that will give you a better auditory experience. But that does not mean that the Ear Force Z300 headset is not good, it just stays at good, having only to stay at an average performance.
Its Dynamic Range Compression is well appreciated as it does deliver on its promise on letting you hear the faint footsteps while its Dolby Surround Sound is also ok. The downside with the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 Dolby Surround Sound is that it can only work for a few platforms: Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. If you have a PC operating system that was not mentioned or you are using Mac, then you are out of luck as you will only get stereo surround sound. This issue severely cuts the number of gamers who would want to buy this headset. Another issue with its Dolby Surround Sound is that you only get two modes: Movie or Music. Having just two modes is not that appealing especially for gamers that want more out of their gaming headset.
All in all, its sound is ok, but you will have to be in a very specific niche so as to use its Dolby Surround Sound as well as being ok with having only two modes for Dolby.
Headset, Mic, and Warranty review
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 gaming headset has an ok aesthetic appeal to it. It has a nice, smooth plastic finish to its ear cups and its headband is also fairly aesthetically decent. The Ear Force Z300 is also light for being a wireless, Bluetooth headset. Buttons for the headset can be conveniently found on both ear cups so there is no fuss and no standing once you start gaming.
The headset’s ear cups are made with comfortable material but some gamers may find them uncomfortable as the ear cups are a bit shallow. And the ear cups’ padding is made from breathable material so you will not really sweat at all or that much when using it for long periods of time. Overall, the headset, though, is made from plastic – this can take away a bit of points from other gamers as plastic does not really give durability, it does, however, give you flexibility. But for a headset that is priced below $200, some gamers may be turned off with the fact that it is made from plastic instead of metal like the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless headset.
For a charging time of around 3.5 hours to 4 hours, you will get a battery life of around 13 hours when you are gaming and have the Bluetooth on, and just below 15 hours for its maximum performance. Its battery life is good especially when you compare it to gaming headsets like the Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless which only lasts for eight hours.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300’s microphone is both flexible and removable but only gives a below-average performance. The microphone delivers clear, ok sound that does not suffer from any interference. The major drawback with the microphone is its lack of noise cancellation feature and the low volume when you are chatting. When you are in a group of gamers playing, your voice might not be that loud enough to be heard.
A minor issue that some people may not like about the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 is the voice indictor that talks back when you are tinkering with the settings or when the wireless headset is low on battery. The voice indicator can be startling especially for gamers who least expect that their wireless gaming headset is running out of battery. Another problem about the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 is that it has an automatic power off feature as it cannot be turned off and you may find the headset turning off on you when you are listening to anything that has a very low volume.
Is it Worth Your Money ?
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 has a lot of features but for a gaming headset that can only cater to a select few PC users due to the lack of Dolby Surround Sound for other operating systems, it sure has a lot of flaws to contend with. Its audio quality is ok, its microphone is below average, the whole headset is made from plastic, the voice prompts can get annoying at times, and the auto power off feature could cause minor problems. For the price of being below $200, it may seem worth it. However, you may still want to find other gaming headsets out there that actually cater to gamers and that actually functions on other platforms rather than a few select Windows operating systems.