Sound BlasterX H7 Tournament Edition Review

We’ve reviewed many a gaming headphone in the past, but this will be the first time reviewing Sound Blaster X H7 Tournament Edition by Creative. This is apparently an improvement on the usual Sound Blaster X H7, but since we haven’t reviewed those ones, we won’t do a comparison.

We can tell you that these headphones have nearly the same sleek look as their predecessor. This newest edition has red connecting wire that runs through the headset, and brushed aluminum finish on the sides of the earcups. Their red X logo on the side glows when plugged in, which provides a nice touch.

Most important to many gamers is the comfort and sound produced by the headphones. The sound is fantastic with 7.1 virtual surround sound, and the ability to customize sound for various games via the app for the PC called BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro. This includes Scout Mode which allows you to hear beyond what you can see.

There is an inline volume control toggle, which you can also connect your phone to and be able to answer calls. The mic is removable, and it has improved noise cancellation and design over the original model. Did we mention comfort? The headphones are lightweight at 272 g, and the padding on the headband is cushioned.

These headphones are compatible with PlayStation® 4, Xbox® One, XBox360 and the PC. You can even hook them up to your smart devices like tablets and phones. The  Xbox One  does require a stereo headset adapter that is not included with the headphones.

So wrapping it all up, I would say that these headphones are a good buy for their price range, which is $99. You can buy them off the Creative website, or other places, but it seems to be the best buy right now off the Creative website.

Disclaimer- Thanks to Creative for sending us these headphones to review in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Recon Chat Review

ReconChat-PS-PackagePhoto-1200x1200For the video gamer looking for a simple way to chat while playing on their PS4 Pro, PS4, Xbox One, or even mobile device, Turtle Beach has a relatively inexpensive answer: the Ear Force Recon Chat.

This product would primarily be used for chatting during a game. If you want to include your family and friends in the room with you during the game, this would definitely be the ideal way. Anyone can still hear the volume coming into/out of the ear cup. The description on the box says that this “Open ear-cup allows you to hear game audio in both ears.” Likewise, you can reverse what side you have your ear-cup on.

The shape of the earcup is unique to allow it to fit over glasses. That might be a bonus to many gamers. There isn’t a lot of padding to the headset, but it does feel reasonably comfortable. There’s not really a fair comparison to other Turtle Beach headsets that are more expensive. They aren’t bad for the price. You get what you pay for. Some gamers might prefer the non-bulky experience of this headset to the heavier ones that weigh you down after a while.

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The mic does make your voice heard clearly, and it is adjustable, as well as having the toggle on the wire for volume control, or to mute the mic. This gaming audio product is not yet available in the U.S., but you can pre-order one on the Turtle Beach site for $19.95. It is anticipated to ship starting May 15th. You can either get blue for PS4, or green for XBox.

Disclaimer: Turtle Beach sent this free product to TheGeekChurch in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received, and this review is not influenced in anyway by the company.