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Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X Review

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X Review

Last week we took a look at a nice, low cost headset from Turtle Beach. If you want a good sounding, no frills, headset then it’s well worth checking out over here. Today we’re jumping up their product stack a bit to a higher end headset aimed at Xbox One users…with the nice addition of smartphone/tablet compatibility. Welcome to our Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X Review.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X Review – Packaging and Bundle

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Turtle Beach go with a box which uses Xbox colouring and notes the compatibility with that console as well as giving us info on key features and a good clear view of the headset. Inside the product documentation and bundled items are all found in their own sections with the headset securely protected below.

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Turtle Beach provide us with four items in the 420X bundle. The first is a cable which allows us to use the 420X with our smartphone, including a mic and mute button (3ft 11inches). The second is our USB charge cable (2ft) and the third is a detachable mic for console use (with in-ear monitoring). Finally we have a USB transmitter with a range of 30feet.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X Review – The Headset

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For the 420X Turtle Beach go with a design which allows the ear cups to fold flat. The majority of the headset is black matt plastic although we do get glossy earcup panels and a green trim to match the console branding. There is a decent amount of foam on the headband and the fabric lined ear cups use a perforated leather finish.


Looking around the headset, which has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz and uses 50mm Neodymium drivers, we find the socket for the detachable mic on the bottom of the left cup. Most of the functionality is controlled on the right cup, starting with the triangular (led Backlit) Turtle Beach logo on the outside of the cup. Thats our on/off button. At the base of the cup is our USB charging port and the smartphone cable port. Two dials allow us to control master and voice volume and a button between them cycles through sound profiles. Vocal boost, bass boost, natural sound and bass/treble boost.

Turtle Beach Ear Force Stealth 420X Review – Conclusion

Starting with build quality/design, there is a lot to like about the 420X. The main parts off the headset are all a nice chunky matt plastic. The top of the headband has a cool textured rubber finish and there is plenty of padding on the band. The finish on the earcups is good and there is a decent amount of movement in each direction which should allow for a good fit on most users. The detachable mic boom offers a good amount for flex and resistance and has a nice solid click when  connecting and of course the fact it is removable is great for using the headset out and about.


Setup of the 420X couldn’t be easier. For smartphone, plug it in…for Xbox One, plug in the USB transmitter, hit the power on the headset which auto-syncs and done! The good news is that it also works as an audio device on PC,either through the Smartphone cable or wireless (main mic functionality wasn’t great on PC). We can keep the headset up to date with new firmware using the PC/Mac utility called Ear Force Audio Hub which is a nice touch too.

As far as use goes, the 420X was nice and comfortable. The range is also good, we could walk round our entire house with the headset on without losing signal and the controls are well set out. We’d maybe have made the two dials feel slightly different so that they can be quickly identified in the heat of battle but that’s the only issue of note… other than when we installed the control panel and it updated the drivers the machine was forced to reboot, without warning and that meant we lost some work. Not cool, so be careful.

As far as audio quality goes, the mic was nice and clear. In team chat no-one had any problem hearing us and there was minimal background noise present. The in-line mic for smartphone use is decent enough, it works fine for its intended use. As for listening, in game and other media we had no complaints. There is no background hiss present, no lag either and even at high volumes the audio was fine, no distortion. Additionally this is a gaming headset which also offers good music playback which is always a bonus. Overall the 420X headset offers a nice balanced sound by default with crisp vocals, gunfire and environmental sounds and then when needed (via bass boost) plenty of meaty explosions.

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