Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX Review – The Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is an officially licenced headset by Microsoft for Xbox (but is also compatible on the PlayStation, PC, and Nintendo Switch). It supports both USB-A connection through a wireless dongle and also Bluetooth.
This multi-platform capabilities make it a nice headset to have if you are gaming on multiple gaming devices and do not want to spend money on having a few gaming headsets for different devices you have.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX Review – Packaging Contents & Unboxing
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX Review – Design & Features
The one I have here, Cobalt Blue, has a nice colour mixture to it. There is also a Black one if you prefer simpler, plain colour. Upon first look and touch, the headset itself does feel bulky compared to a few recent gaming headsets I’ve reviewed here at Craving Tech.
One of the highlighted features from this headset here is the long lasting 40 hours of battery life which means more wireless gaming without having to plug the cable in. And during my testing period with 2-3 hours gaming a day, I’ve never once had to recharge the headset. If you are going for a weekend getaway and bring your gaming devices along, it’s good to know that you can safely leave the charging cable behind.
There are tons of padding on the headset here – both on the earcups and the headband. This gives extra, soft, comfy feel around the head while wearing the headset.
A flip-down microphone is nicely hidden away out of sight when not used. It feels like it’s too far away from my mouth when it’s flipped down, but people can still hear my voice clear enough surprisingly. I tested the microphone with some voice recording and surprised to find that it could pick up my voice at a distance, and my voice was very clear.
There are controls located on the left side of the ear cup including a volume wheel. a button to switch “Superhuman Hearing” on and off, game & chat audio balance wheel, power, and Bluetooth. It may take some time to adjust to as my left finger often crawls around to find where things are as the buttons are positioned close to one another.
One complain I have with the headset is how loud the starting up sound is when I turn the headset on. It’s very loud (it has its own volume and doesn’t respect the headset volume setting). If you are planning to get this headset, just make sure to turn the headset on before you place it on your ears.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX Review – Gameplay Experience
I wore the headset for around two weeks while playing Overwatch 2 competitively with my friends. My voice and call-outs can be heard perfectly by my teammates and the headset also offers excellent sound details and positioning. I can always hear every little sound and details when playing, such as enemies’ footsteps, grunts, and slight movements. This gave my team the advantage of knowing where the enemies are even when we didn’t see them.
In Dorado, I was playing D.Va as the tank and could hear all the flanking enemies on the high ground before I saw them. In the example clip below, I could hear the footsteps that the enemy’s Widowmaker made with her heels – which is on the roof above our position. I quickly flew up knowing exactly where she was and took her out before she could pick off our supports.
The powerful 50mm speaker drivers also output great sound and the noise isolation adds even more immersion while playing games and watching movies.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX Review Conclusion
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is a great gaming headset that offers multi-platform support, great sound output, and comfort. Though the headset itself is not lightweight compared to a few others I’ve used and reviewed, it does come with 40 hours of battery life and excellent sound output and power.
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX is available now for purchase at retailers around Australia and is priced at A$319 RRP. Also available at Amazon.
Disclosure: Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX review sample was supplied for reviewing
Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 MAX Review
A multi-platform wireless gaming device from Turtle Beach with great sound and microphone
- Nice looking design
- Excellent microphone and sound output (power, clarity, sound positioning)
- Great padding
- Multi-platform support (through USB and Bluetooth)
- Feels bulky
- Noisy sound indicator when turning the headset on and off
- Tight feel (though you get a really nice passive noise isolation in return)
- Buttons positioned too close to one another (though you’ll rarely press one of these when playing)