Ear Force Z300by Turtle Beach

  • Ear Force Z300
  • Ear Force Z300
  • Ear Force Z300
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
75%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The virtual surround sound experience is first-class.
  • The Bluetooth connectivity feature is a great bonus--and its range in testing is impressive.
  • The Z300 works while charging.

CONS

  • There are too many controls on the headset--and getting used to them may feel frustrating.
  • The microphone doesn't fully detach.
  • Compared to the stellar Bluetooth range performance, the wireless range offered by Turtle Beach's own transmitter proved to be disappointing.
Designed to enhance your PC gaming experience, the Ear Force Z300 brings you Dolby Surround Sound, dual band wireless connectivity, and Bluetooth capabilities. Turtle Beach says that the rechargeable battery delivers up to 15 hours of play time from a single charge. The headphones are made of a mesh fabric with glossy and matte plastic components--and various connection options are available through the jack socket on the left earcup. The package includes a USB dongle for Wi-Fi through your PC.
NameEar Force Z300H WirelessA50 Wireless HeadsetGAME ONE PC Gaming HeadsetG930 Wireless Gaming Headset
ManufacturerTurtle BeachSteelSeriesAstroSennheiserLogitech
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List Price$180$300$300$250$160
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This is a very easy headset to recommend. It has a nice array of functional bells and whistles like the detachable mic, several fixed equali…

This is a very easy headset to recommend. It has a nice array of functional bells and whistles like the detachable mic, several fixed equalizer settings to cycle through, and PC wireless or Bluetooth capability. The battery life ranges from good to great, depending on usage.

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70%

As for Movie Mode (i.e. game mode)...[d]ialogue is pulled out from the soundscape and presented very clearly while atmospheric sounds feel m…

As for Movie Mode (i.e. game mode)...[d]ialogue is pulled out from the soundscape and presented very clearly while atmospheric sounds feel much more placed in the world...[S]mall rooms sound like small rooms, open spaces sound open. In gaming this really helps to pinpoint the placement of competitors.

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70%

The range for the headset is not that great, I can go maybe 15 feet before you hear static and maybe 17 before it drops completely.

The range for the headset is not that great, I can go maybe 15 feet before you hear static and maybe 17 before it drops completely.

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60%

The wireless range of the Z300s is both brilliant and disappointing, depending on your audio source...It's impressive stuff on the Bluetooth…

The wireless range of the Z300s is both brilliant and disappointing, depending on your audio source...It's impressive stuff on the Bluetooth side, but it's puzzling as to why it should be so much better than Turtle Beach's own transmitter.

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The headset’s headband is just right. It’s not easy to find a pair of headphones that are easily adjustable over a wide size range, have a g…

The headset’s headband is just right. It’s not easy to find a pair of headphones that are easily adjustable over a wide size range, have a good level of clamping force but don’t place any undue strain on your head or ears, but Turtle Beach’s Z300 headset is easy to wear over several hours.

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What’s more, it’s a really unfussy piece of hardware. Setup requires connecting a single, memory stick-sized USB receiver, and… that’s it. N…

What’s more, it’s a really unfussy piece of hardware. Setup requires connecting a single, memory stick-sized USB receiver, and… that’s it. No long, dangling wires from the receiver to your PC as with so many other wireless setups.

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With 50mm speaker drivers surrounded by squishy cushions that feel like silk on your ears, the Z300 headphones offer crystal clear sound alo…

With 50mm speaker drivers surrounded by squishy cushions that feel like silk on your ears, the Z300 headphones offer crystal clear sound along with great noise isolation.

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I was surprised to learn that you can pair two devices to Bluetooth at once. So if your PC supports Bluetooth it can be paired to both the c…

I was surprised to learn that you can pair two devices to Bluetooth at once. So if your PC supports Bluetooth it can be paired to both the computer and the phone. As stated earlier this is great for answering calls while in game.

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To our surprise – and this is perhaps a testament to the console’s PC-like simplicity – the headset worked without any greater effort beyond…

To our surprise – and this is perhaps a testament to the console’s PC-like simplicity – the headset worked without any greater effort beyond plugging in the USB dongle, switching on and changing the output settings on the PS5 itself.

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