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.

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.

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2. Generation (2nd Generation)

Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2nd GenerationIt’s a brand new day, and we are going to review another great pair of headphones with the MMX 300, 2. Generation, or second generation. The new MMX 300 is a professional gaming headset which is “designed for champions”, and you can read our review of the first generation here.

The MMX 300 has some pretty huge earcups that are made to completely block out all sound, which makes a lot of sense as they were originally developed as a headset for the private aviation industry. That doesn’t surprise me in the least, honestly.

So yes, the sound is quite good. Right now, I’m just using them to listen to something on Netflix, and I can hear a lot of minutia in the sound. I can’t help but think the sound would be much weaker if I was using my regular earbuds.

You might notice the microphone on it, and the gooseneck is quite flexible. There is a high-quality condenser on it, and it is made so any ambient noise is kept out thanks to its cardioid polar pattern and pop shield.

There is also a remote control that is integrated into the cable, and it is very helpful for in case you want to mute the mic, not to mention accepting a phone call. The volume control is also there as well, so you know this is going to be good.

There is only one bad thing about this product. If you go to the Beyerdynamic website, it says that the MMX 300 2. Generation is temporarily unavailable as noise interferences may occur in certain applications. I didn’t find any applications as yet, but I am not certain if I will find it. It is available with 299 EUR.

Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR

Turtle BeachSo, it looks like it is another great day to review a great another pair of gaming headphones, and this is from Turtle Beach with Stealth 350VR. I believe that this would be the first time that I reviewed Turtle Beach product, and I hope that it is not the last.

I’m not certain why it is called the Stealth 350VR, because I am not certain why 350 is in the name. I mean, the VR is obvious because the Stealth 350VR has an ergonomic VR design which is good for VR headband cables like the PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. To this writing, VR hasn’t really taken off, and maybe it is necessary to make it more…comfortable to an average user.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 350VR has large 50mm Neodymium speakers which has over-the-ear cushions that has some great highs and lows. To make this even more great, it has battery-powered amplification, and it is rechargeable to make it good enough for 30 hours. Some of these controls are on the earcups themselves.

Oh, there is also a noise-cancelling microphone, and it will plug in and can be removed for things like listening to music.

So, this is quite something, and the only thing that it doesn’t have is wireless capability. Perhaps there is another time for that. In the meantime, it can be purchased on the Turtle Beach website for $79.95.

Our Review of the Sennheiser PC 373D Gaming Headphones

SennheiserYes, it is another day, and it is another pair of gaming headphones. The PC 373D is from Sennheiser, and I am not certain if I have reviewed a product from them before.

The PC 373D has 7.1 Surround Sound, which is welcome for any gaming system, but it is made for the PC. Yes, this is not going to be good for other video game systems, but the PC gives it an interesting take on the computer with PC software so the gamer can program his or her experience.

Sennheiser seems really excited about this product, and they are very excited about the transducer. I’m not certain what that is, but apparently there is some high-end open acoustic gaming sound in each earcup. It has an equalizer offering four settings that enables the user to customize the sound.

The earcup are velevet lined, and so is the headband. This means that you are going to have a lot of comfort and good sound, all at the same time.

Now let’s talk about the microphone, as it is very noise-cancelling. It is made to filter out that pesky background noise, and if you want to mute it, just left it up. Also, it is very flexible as well.

While I am talking about flexibility, I want to talk about how flexible the whole thing is. Well, it might not be too flexible, but they are durable.

You should be able to purchase the PC 373D on the Sennheiser site for $249.95.

The Review of the LucidSound LS20

Lucid Sound LS20It’s time to review another great gaming headset, and this one is from Lucid Sound, and it is known as the LS20. What is interesting is how this one is created for practically every platform including the PlayStation, Xbox One, Mobile, and PC.

One of the best features of this particular LS20 Powered Gaming Headset is that the controls are on the earcups. On the Left ear, there is a volume control wheel and a button for audio mute. Then on the right ear, there is a microphone mute button. As I mentioned before, the LS20 is made for mobile, so there are controls for music and calls. Speaking of control, you can take control of it with a mobile phone.

So, how is the sound? It quite good, of course! You wouldn’t think it would be out if the sound sucked, do you? It has about 40 mm speakers with neodymium magnets, and it has a serious bass boost. It also has active and passive modes as well.

Other features include a rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours of charge, as well as being available in black and white. You should be able to purchase it on the Lucid Sound site for $99.99.

SteelSeries Stratus XL Controller and Rival 700 Gaming Mouse

steelseries-1So, it has been quite a while since I have reviewed a SteelSeries gaming product, but I finally had a chance to try out two of them with the Stratus XL for Windows/Android and the Rival 700 Gaming Mouse.

The Stratus XL looks like a controller for a console, but it is made for mobile and PC. Best of all, it is completely wireless. If you have any Steam games that you play, you can pair the controller and play over 2,000 titles.

When I tried it out, I decided to use it on my son’s phone. Needless to say, he was able to play Minecraft before like nothing else.

As far as the power is concerned, it is good for 40 hours of power with two AA batteries. By the way, the batteries are included, and it doesn’t look like there is any kind of mobile battery.

Well, if this is one you are into, then you can get it on the SteelSeries site for $59.99.

steelseries-2Now it is time to talk about the Rival 700. This is one of those gaming mice that has an optical gaming sensor that is one of the best laser gaming sensors on the market: the Pixart 9800.

You can customize the mouse to switch in between settings for different games or weapons. The left and right click buttons are reinforced with plastic, and it has some frictionalized grip. I’m not certain if “frictionalized” is a word, but I hope that you understand what I mean.

What is interesting is it has an OLED display. Yes, you heard me right. This particular guy has a screen on it. With this thing, you can have in-game stats, sensitivity, or alerts. You can even download GIFs for it like a spinning Nicholas Cage head. Yeah, I’m serious.

In addition to the OLED screen, it has a Prism RGB illumination with over 16.8 million colors on the mouse wheel, palm rest, and you can customize it with the SteelSeries Engine 3. By the way, you can also switch out the cover.

There is even some tactile alerts available in a game. So if you are running low on health, you will feel a nudge. If you are low on ammo, you will feel a different nudge.

You can purchase the Rival 700 Gaming Mouse on the SteelSeries site for $99.99.

Yule Logitech, Part 2: G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard

logitech-g213-prodigy-gaming-keyboardToday, we will be doing another review of a great Logitech Gaming product with the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard. Just to let you know, I am using this keyboard to type this particular report.

Also just to let you know, this report is going pretty fast, because it is 4 X faster than standard keyboards. I am going to verify that this is truth, because, man, this is going really fast. Oh, by the way, I am resting my wrist on the palm rest, so I can type fast and make it a good experience.

So, if you are gaming with this, you might as well do something that will up your game with the G213 Prodigy keyboard. I would imagine that you would be drinking some Mountain Dew Kickstarter or something, and if you spill it, this keyboard is spill resistant for 60 ml rating.

It’s hard to believe that this keyboard is spill resistant, when it has RGB Lightning zones with up to 16.8 million colors. It really makes me feel like I am typing on a rainbow.

In addition to this awesomeness, the Logitech G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard has some dedicated media controls with play, pause, skip, and adjust. Yes, you can really do a lot with this when watching your videos. By the way, you can customize this keyboard with some gaming software, and it might take me a while to figure that out.

If this sounds like something that you want, check it out on the Logitech site for $69.99.

Yule Logitech, Part 1: G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset

logitech-g213-prodigy-gaming-headsetWell, I had a terrific time reviewing some products from Logitech, and I like making Christmas puns, so this is Yule Logitech! Get it? I’m going to start with the Logitech G231 Prodigy Gaming Headset.

It seems like I have been reviewing a lot of gaming headsets lately, and the ones that I like are the lightest ones. The G231 Prodigy is one that I picked up and it was like feathers.

But enough about weight, we’ll go ahead and talk about the sound. Since it has 40 mm neodymium drivers, it has high-quality stereo sound for full immersion in your games. The are good for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the PC. I am not certain if the mesh cloth ear cups have anything to do with it, but it certainly sounds just fine.

The G231 has a folding unidirectional microphone, which will allow you to adjust so you can be heard. Speaking of folding, the earpieces is able to lay flat on the floor, as the earcups can swivel 90 degrees. Oh, and referencing the last sentence about speaking of being heard, there are some on-cable controls to keep the sound close at hand.

If that sounds like something that you might like, you can pick it up on the Logitech site for $69.99.

We Three Kingston Part 3: HyperX Cloud Revolver

kingston-cloud-revolverBy the way, if you haven’t caught the pun I’m trying to make in these titles, think “We Three Kings”. I figured since I was reviewing Kingston products, it kind of works. Anyway, this is the last of the Kingston products that we will be reviewing this year with the HyperX Cloud Revolver.

I might as well get to the comparison of the HyperX Cloud Stinger. I will say that the HyperX Cloud Revolver is much heavier than the latter video headphones. The reason for the higher weight is due to the durable steel frame, but what is interesting is that it has some memory foam on the earcups.

Now they do have next generation 50 mm drivers for some much better sound (well, 50 mm is higher than 30 mm). However, it has a studio-grade sound stage, but I am not certain what that means. If it is that the sound is good, who cares what you call it?

It means great sound for gaming, and like the Cloud Stinger, it works for the PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac, and Mobile. Yep, it’s pretty versatile, just like the HyperX Cloud Stinger. I suppose it would be easy to just say that the Cloud Revolver is a Stinger upgrade, but that might be too much an over-simplification.

Right now, you can find them on the Kingston site for $119.99, and I think that that could be a holiday markdown.

We Three Kingston Part 2: HyperX Cloud Stinger

kingston-cloud-stingerNow that we are on our second Kingston product, this is where I would like to discuss the first of Kingston’s gaming headset with the HyperX Cloud Stinger.

Now, this is billed as “an ideal headset for gamers looking for lightweight comfort”, and I am going to agree with that. Seriously, it is very light compared to some of the gaming headsets that I have reviewed in the past.

It is also very versatile. It says that it is good for the PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac, and Mobile. I can’t remember the last time I saw something with that much compatibility on the box.

You are also going to get a better fit because this has ear cups that can rotate at a 90-degree angle for a great fit. It has some HyperX signature memory foam, with a volume control on the headset ear cup. Speaking of volume, the sound is also good since it has 50 mm directional drivers that can position sound directly into the ear for gaming-grade sound and audio precision.

Oh, it also has a swivel-to-mute noise-cancellation microphone. You should be able to get the HyperX Cloud Stinger on the Kingston site, and it will cost about $49.99.