For a number of years Turtle Beach have been building an excellent reputation in the gaming industry for console and PC headsets. In that time they have branched out occasionally into other areas but their latest release is the most significant we can remember. Today we review their latest mechanical keyboard along with a brand new performance mouse and its matching pad. Welcome to our Turtle Beach Peripherals Review.
Turtle Beach Peripherals Review – Packaging and Bundle
The Turtle Beach peripherals arrive in a set of boxes which all share the same styling. On the mouse and keyboard we get a nice clear image of the product along with feature information. Then on the mouse and pad open sections allow us to feel the finish on each item. Turtle Beach point us to their website for Mouse drivers and the bundle for it is minimal, just a short leaflet. No bundle is required for a pad and so nothing is provided.The keyboard however has a small guide and a set of replacement (gaming) key caps as well as a tool to assist in changing them.
Turtle Beach Peripherals Review – The Impact 700
This is the Impact 700, a full size mechanical keyboard which builds a heavy duty plastic casing around a strengthened steel frame. There is minimal branding on the board and flipping it over we find a number of rubber feet to keep it steady on the desk as well as two legs which fold out to vary the angle.
Turtle Beach use Cherry MX Brown key switches on this board and the keycaps are laser etched. Each key is backlit with multiple levels available (controlled by the board itself) and 6-key rollover is present along with anti ghosting tech. 2nd functions are also available, such as media controls on the F keys.
On the back edge of the Impact 700 we find two USB ports and 2x 3.5mm connectors which are ideal for plugging in a headset. Extending from the board we then have a thick braided cable which splits near the end into 2x USB (one for keyboard, one for the hub) and 2x connectors for the 3.5mm ports.
Turtle Beach Peripherals Review – The Grip 500
The Grip 500 is a right handed mouse with soft touch/rubberized coating across the top surface. A Turtle Beach logo can be seen on the palm area and this lights up red when on. Red also illuminates the two grills which sit under the left and right buttons (Omron Switches) as well as the sides of the scroll wheel. Elsewhere on the top we have one of the user configurable buttons (7 button mouse).
The right side of the mouse features the same finish as the top and on the left, it continues, while we also find a set of three thumb buttons.
Turtle Beach go with a braided USB cable on the Grip 500 and we can see from the base that there is an additional profile button here. Three low friction feet sit on the front and back of the mouse and in the centre is an Avago 9800 laser sensor with 8200 DPI rating.
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
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.