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Turtle Beach Peripherals Review – The Grip 500

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The software panel for the Grip 500 is shown above and it allows us to set 50 macros across 5 profiles (with colour coding). Speed lift, off, double click and report rate can all be tweaked. The LED panel lets us choose from 16.8million colours as well as effects such as breathing or battle (faster clicks, brighter LEDs) and all can be stored in the mouses internal memory.

Turtle Beach Peripherals Review – Drift Wide

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To compliment their Grid 500 mouse, or any mouse really, Turtle Beach have released the Drift gaming surface. This pad is available in four sizes, Medium, Large X-Large and Wide… (why they don’t call them small, medium, large and wide, we don’t know!).

Medium – 27 X 22 cm
Large – 35 X 25 cm
X-Large – 45 X 35 cm
Wide – 90 X 30 cm

Each has a rubber anti slip base with anti-fraying stitched edges with a microfiber top.

Turtle Beach Peripherals Review – Conclusion

Starting with the Impact 700 keyboard we have our favourite item in todays review. The body of the board feels solid and is assembled well. The keys look and feel great with the LED backlighting decent. The use of Cherry MX switches is always a plus point and the no frills design is ideal. Some may miss macro functions but choose your motherboard wisely and it will have macro software bundled for free… as for the extra ports. Its good to see them on a board which is sitting at the high end of the market but it would be nice to see an Impact 600 with lower cost and no ports for those who don’t need them (Turtle Beach do offer the Impact 500 and 100 with lower cost and alternate designs).

Moving to the Grip 500 mouse the first thing that jumped out at us is that the thumb buttons are not set to forward/back at the factory. The vast majority of competitors mice are, and its easily fixed in the software, but Turtle Beach should pre-program as some users don’t like to install panels. Speaking of the software, it is decent, fairly intuitive and responsive. The design feels a little dated but overall it works well. The mouse itself feels good in the hand. The finish is of a high quality and the Omron buttons and Avago sensor are tried and trusted. Good tracking, responsive and plenty of flexibility on the DPI settings.

That brings us to the Drift pad. No complaints there. The finish is excellent, the edges finished to a high standard and the base thick enough to provide decent padding while also sticking to the desk. Lots of size options and a good price… in fact overall the pricing of the entire range is decent so that, mixed with the design, build quality and overall impressive performance wins the Turtle Beach peripherals our recommended award.

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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.