Since I’m always in the market for new gaming headsets, I’ve come across a few awesome ones in the past year or so that have taken my ears on a joyride (and enhanced my gaming experience, of course). The latest is Turtle Beach’s Stealth Pro Wireless Headset, a fantastic option that has a few minor design faults, but still reigns as the King of their headsets.
Right out the box, this device looks and feels like a powerful piece of equipment thanks to a solid build featuring a steel-reinforced headband, and premium leather-like memory foam cushions. These cushions also include Turtle Beach’s famed ProSpecs technology to make sure those who wear glasses stay comfortable for those grueling extra long sessions.
The Stealth Pro also comes in two flavors, one designed for Xbox but can also connect with the PC, PS5, and mobile devices wirelessly and via Bluetooth, and the PlayStation version that can work with all of those except the Xbox. In all honesty, you’ll probably want to grab the Xbox version (which Turtle Beach was kind enough to send me, thank goodness) for the ultimate compatibility.
Unlike most gaming headsets, the Stealth Pro comes with a charging station that performs double-duty as wireless transmission and charges the additional battery (included) that’s always ready when you need it. It’s also very attractive, featuring an LED ring that shows the status of the headset such as low power, connectivity mode, etc.
On the right ear cup there’s a wheel that controls volume in PC mode and the game/chat volume mix when used with the Xbox. A dedicated button turns ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) On / Off, but can also be configured using the Turtle Beach app, along with SuperHuman hearing mode, power, and Bluetooth buttons.
The Stealth Pro has built-in microphones, but the left earcup has a removable boom microphone that noise cancels your background nicely to pick up your voice loud and clear (as do the built-in ones), and you can easily flip the boom mic up to mute it. Just below it is a magnetic cover that can be removed to access the battery which can be swapped out when running low on power.
Sadly, this is where some of the minor design issues come into play. When you swap batteries and use the boom mic, you’ll have to remove it then the cover and then the battery. Another issue is that while the batteries are hot-swappable, doing so meant the headset would shut down and had to be reconnected before soldiering on. That can take some time, so a little patience might be necessary.
Again it’s a minor gripe, but worth pointing out, especially if you’re coming from headsets such as SteelSeries’ Arctis Nova Pro. Battery life is just about 12 hours per battery on the Stealth Pro versus the nearly 30+ hours per battery on the Nova Pro. That’s quite a difference.
Going back to the good stuff, the 50mm Nanoclear drivers Turtle Beach is known for sounds great here as they pack plenty of bass while still bringing in those nice and clear mid to high level sounds. Extra features such as their touted SuperHuman hearing are a nice touch as always, and can be tweaked along with so many other settings in the Turtle Beach app.
Some minor faults aside and a hefty price tag of $330, the Stealth Pro Wireless Headset really is the King of Turtle Beach’s current line of high-quality gaming headsets as it brings tons of awesome customizable features like wireless transmission across platforms and swappable batteries for one of the best audio experiences you can get right now.