Turtle Beach Ear Force XO Seven Headset
The Ear Force XO Seven, is Turtle Beach’s latest headset for the Xbox One from Microsoft. Turtle Beach are calling it the “ultimate audio companion” for the Xbox One, which is a pretty bold claim, even from the leaders in gaming headsets. I managed to get my hands (and ears) on the XO Seven, and while I wouldn’t call it the “ultimate audio companion”, it’s a reliable and sturdy headset, and a fine starting headset for young gamers.
- Colour – Black/Green
- Design – Over-the-ear.
- Game and Chat Volume Mix Controls
- 50mm Neodymium Speaker Drivers
- Mobile Device Compatibility (though not with all features)
- Weight – 10.6 oz (301 g)
- Sound Pressure Level – 120 dB @ 1kHz
- Total Harmonic Distortion – <1%
- Speaker Frequency Response – 20Hz-20kHz
- Speaker Diameter – 50mm
The familiar exterior packaging had me deceived when I first laid eyes upon it. The outside of the XO Seven’s box is typical, but on the inside is a very slick protective compartment. Compared to other headsets which come in a simple plastic mould, I was impressed by the care and quality that the compartment depicted.
The headset itself, is a sexy black number. The headband itself is strong plastic protected by cushioned high-quality leather. Even the stitches are of remarkable quality. The ear cups are black plastic on the exterior, with that same high-quality leather protecting memory foam to ensure that your ears stay comfortable and cool. The memory foam offers a “custom” fit of sorts as it provides a snug cup around your ear, without bending or forcing your ear into a constrictive ear cup. Bright green tags, stitching and highlights also complement the headset and the Xbox One to finish the XO Seven off.
Despite looking sturdy and durable, the headset is also quite lightweight, which took me by surprise. Normally a headset will feel either too flimsy or too heavy, but the XO Seven manages to deliver both reliability and style without compromising on either. To summarise my thoughts on the look and feel of the XO Seven, allow me to say this: It’s slick, sexy and strong. All the S’s you’re looking for in a headset.
The XO Seven is compatible with the Xbox One, but can also be used in conjunction with smartphones and tablets. You can listen to music from your phone while you wait for a match on Titanfall, or you can get some quality time in on your game of Clash of Clans if you prefer. The XO Seven sounds great, there’s no denying it. Whether you’re listening to music, or playing a hectic game of Titanfall or Battlefield 4, the XO Seven’s do what they said they would on the box. At the time of writing this review, the XO Seven is purely a stereo-only headset, meaning that 5.1 and 7.2 surround sound simply isn’t possible. There aren’t even equaliser settings for the XO Seven, which means that you are at the mercy of the headset and your Xbox One. If a game feels to bass-heavy (or not enough), then there isn’t anything you can do about it. This could be rectified with a companion app from Microsoft, but there isn’t anything on the way at present. Fingers crossed there is something soon.
The sound quality itself is equal to the lofty standards set by previous Turtle Beach headsets. Everything from the boom of explosives to the crackling of glass underfoot sounds the way it should, and music in particular is quite impressive. There is no distortion either, no matter how much noise is occurring in-game. I played witht he XO Sevens in Titanfall, Thief, Tomb Raider and Dead Rising 3 and not once did the headset falter. Everything remained clear. The noise isolation works well, and despite having slightly open mesh fabric on the ear cups, the headset does extremely well not leaking any sound. Gamers who don’t wish to disturb other family members during late night sessions will be pleased.
Another feature of the XO Sevens that impressed me was the clarity of chatting to other gamers online, both in parties and in-game. Throughout my time with the XO SEvens they remained clear and free from static, unlike other headsets.
Competitive gamers will be pleased to know that the XO Seven features customisable ear plates, so that they can display their various interests and passions with flair. At present, there are a number of impressive designs, including Captain America ear plates and Call of Duty ear plates.
- Stylish and sturdy
- Matte black doesn’t show up fingerprints
- Excellent sound quality
- Only stereo
- No equalisers
- Controllling audio through the Xbox One Headset Adaptor can feel goofy
Despite not being 5.1 surround, the XO Seven is still a remarkable headset. It’s wireless, and able to be set up and used easily within seconds. Turtle Beach aimed for a reliable and simple go-to headset for gaming, music and chatting with friends and in that regard they’ve delivered. It’s portability and reliability are commendable.
Score – 7.5/10