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Review of the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 and Recon 500, gaming headsets at a low price

Turtle Beach, already well established in the gaming headset market, unveils two very different new models. Which of the two really appealed to us?

Turtle Beach is one of the brands of gaming accessories that has always seduced us. While it is launching two new wired headsets at a relatively low price, we legitimately wonder about the effectiveness of these new products. Both displayed below the 100 euros mark, what are they worth in use, and above all, for what type of audience are they recommended? The answers to these questions are in this review of the Recon 200 Gen 2 and Recon 500 headsets.

Buy the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2

Buy the Turtle Beach Recon 500

Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 and Recon 500 Helmet Specs

Before getting to the heart of the matter, here is a summary of the specifics of Turtle Beach gaming headsets. This will give you a general idea of ​​what they are capable of and each other’s strengths.

Recon 200 Gen 2 Recon 500
Connectivity – 3.5 mm jack connection
– Multiplatform: PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and mobiles
– 12 hour battery life
– 3.5 mm jack connection
– Multiplatform: PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, mobiles and PC
Listeners – 40 mm with neodymium magnets
– Response range 20Hz – 20kHz
– Dual 60mm Eclipse ™ drivers with neodymium magnets
– Response range 20Hz – 20kHz
Pads – Extra-auricular (closed)
– Breathable fabric with memory foam
– Headband: foam pad surrounded by synthetic leather
– Extra-auricular (closed)
– Breathable mesh with memory foam
Orders – Master volume dial – Microphone adjustment dial
– Xbox / PlayStation button
– Master volume dial
– Push button to deactivate the microphone
Microphone – Fixed omnidirectional microphone with switch – Detachable unidirectional noise-canceling TruSpeak microphone
What’s in the box – Turtle Beach® Recon 200 Gen 2 rechargeable gaming headset
– USB-C charging cable
– Quick Start Guide
– Turtle Beach sticker
– Turtle Beach® Recon ™ 500 gaming headset
– TruSpeak ™ gaming microphone
– Quick Start Guide
– Turtle Beach sticker
Weight – 260 g – 360 g
Colors – Midnight blue
– Black
– White
– Arctic Camo (White)
– Black
Price € 59.99 € 79.99

Design

A gaming headset is easily recognized by its design. The Turtle Beach are used to being no exception to the rule and this is again the case with the two new models. The Recon 200 Gen 2 sports a design rather close to what the brand usually offers with its Recon and Stealth ranges, both in terms of the earpads and the folding microphone.

Compared to the Recon 500, it seems slightly smaller, especially when it comes to the ear cups, which won’t necessarily fit big ears. The ear cushions and headband feature memory foam that provides noticeable comfort, although it doesn’t last all day. In addition, it is a light helmet that does not weigh heavily on the head.

For the Recon 500, we go into a totally different universe with a design that stands out from what Turtle Beach usually can offer. We end up with a much larger, heavier, but also more comfortable helmet. Its foam really takes all along the hoop and is softer than that of the Recon 200 Gen 2.

The camouflage pattern is not necessarily our cup of tea, we prefer the more sober and elegant design of the Recon 200 Gen 2. We particularly like its slight geometric reliefs, as if the helmet were made of carbon. But be aware that the Recon 500 exists in a completely black version, which will delight fans of discretion.

Both models are compatible with wearing glasses and are comfortable to wear. However, the Recon 500 will have better support due to its heavier weight. That said, the Recon 200 Gen 2 is almost equally comfortable and it has the merit of not being felt during the first hours of play.

Connectors and buttons

Also with regard to connectors, the Recon 200 Gen 2 will not seek its inspiration very far. We find more or less the same controls as on the other models of the brand. On the left atrium there are then two knobs, one for volume and one for microphone feedback, a button that allows you to switch from Xbox mode to PlayStation mode, and a USB-C port.

The switch between the consoles is well thought out and we have indeed noticed a difference in use. In the PlayStation position, the sound sounds even louder than it is in the Xbox position. However, Turtle Beach does not say what is the best position to adopt for playing on PC or Nintendo Switch, so you will have to find the setting that suits you best.

The Recon 500 is simple with a knob for the volume and a push button to deactivate the microphone, also on the left ear cup. The latter is located in the middle of the headset and not on the edge as usual with gaming headsets. It therefore offers fewer adjustment parameters than its cheaper colleague, but is also easier to use at the same time.

Indeed, having two wheels one below the other promotes confusion, especially in the middle of the game. The Recon 500’s simpler controls therefore work in its favor when it comes to usability. The single wheel would still have deserved to be less pressed into the helmet for more accessibility.

The two headsets offer a wired connection which allows to avoid latencies and to have better sound quality. Note that the Recon 500’s cable is also made of braided fabric, which gives it a sturdiness that you won’t find with the Recon 200 Gen 2.

Sound: serious things begin

If so far the two headphones are almost as effective as each other, it is in terms of sound that everything will play out. Displayed at different prices, the Recon 200 and Recon 500 headsets decently cannot have the same sound quality to offer. Although we will be quite far from the finesse that high-end helmets can offer, we still remain at a very good level for this price bracket.

On the spec side, the Recon 200 Gen 2 features 40mm headphones with neodymium magnets, offering a response range between 20Hz – 20kHz. This rather basic composition is effective, and the headphones offer a loud sound, perfect for all adventure games, or action.

The Recon 500 is intended more for FPS enthusiasts since it offers an incomparable spatialization of sound to the Recon 200 Gen 2. It has for this purpose dual 60 mm Eclipse speakers, always with neodymium magnets and with a response range between 20Hz – 20kHz. In use, you can really feel the differences in sound between the background music and the sound of footsteps, or even the shots in the distance.

Overall, the Recon 500 provides us with superior audio quality with much more precise and clear sound, to the detriment of the power that the Recon 200 Gen 2 can provide. We particularly enjoyed using it for long gaming sessions. .

Micro: two different worlds

At the microphone level, we are also dealing with two totally different situations. As said before, the Recon 200 Gen 2 has a flip-up mic. The latter is very easy to use, you just need to lower it to activate it, and fold it down to deactivate it automatically. No button to search or dedicated wheel.

The Recon 500 adopts a detachable microphone model, which plugs into the headphones directly into the 3.5 mm jack port. An important point since it compensates for the fact that the microphone cannot be stored or folded down, mainly because of its rubbery material not really malleable.

To deactivate it, you will have to go either through the button affixed to the left earphone, or unplug it directly. Note, however, that Turtle Beach does not provide a cover to be inserted when the microphone is not plugged in, which means that it is not protected against dust.

In use, both are equally effective, there isn’t one that really stands out. There is nevertheless a better treatment of residual noise from the Recon 500, but this remains anecdotal. Where the Recon 500 will lose points is in the mic feedback. Indeed, the headset does not have a dial, it is not possible to easily deactivate the feedback, and we can therefore hear an echo quite loudly, which is partly disturbing.

The Recon 500, the almost premium alternative at a reasonable price

Finally, we will remember at the end of this test that the Recon 500 is a perfect ally for intense and high-performance gaming sessions, just what an experienced gamer is looking for. Its design is a little less attractive but it offers better sound performance than its little brother. The Recon 200 Gen 2 is nonetheless attractive, due to its price, its design and the diversity of its parameters, but we will more easily turn to the simplicity of the controls and the robustness of the Recon 500.

Buy the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2

Buy the Turtle Beach Recon 500

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