Turtle Beach has gradually made a name for itself among gaming headsets' manufacturers, generally offering quality and often multifunctional equipment. The Z300 is no exception to the rule since it will allow us to play our favorite games on Mac or PC and listen to music via our smartphones and tablets, thus becoming a versatile gaming headset that can be connected to a wide array of devices.
The Z300 is a good solution for gamers who want a high-performance gaming headset that doesn’t sacrifice listening to music. Its balanced and never excessive audio performances allow a good immersion in the game, mainly thanks to Dolby 7.1, while respecting the whole spectrum to not distort the music. This versatility comes at a price, but at less than 200 €, the Z300 seems to respect market prices.
Turtle Beach Z300 Gaming Headset Review
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Type: Over-ear Noise Cancelling Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.0 | Battery: 30 Hours | Charging: 4 Hours | Drivers: Dynamic | Drivers-Size: 45 mm | Weight: 385g
While some, probably rightly so, will find a lot of plastic for a $ 200 gaming headset, the fact remains that the Z300 is remarkably well finished, and its construction and assembly are excellent. The hoop is therefore made of very soft and incredibly flexible plastic. It will easily resist twisting and is easily adjusted to fit all heads. It is covered on top of a rather thick imitation leather where we find the brand’s name. Inside, a generous foam is covered with a mesh fabric very pleasant to the touch, ensuring a really ideal comfort on the top of the head. Whether on leather or fabric, red stitching adds elegance to the whole, and we appreciate this finishing work.
The ear cups and rotate 90 ° degrees will allow you to store your headsets or wear them on your shoulders. The pads are very soft and also covered with the same mesh fabric as the headband. A few red touches on the outline or in the center of the ear cups recall the seams.
A protrusion will serve as a port to connect a removable microphone on the left earpiece, obviously provided. We appreciate being able to remove it when it is not useful.
The general comfort is really very good. With its 310 grams, the Z300 is relatively light, and its generous foams distribute the weight wonderfully. The sound insulation is correct without being extraordinary. At high volume, you will still make those around you enjoy the music you listen to.
Connection to a PC or Mac is effortless. All you have to do is turn on the headset, plug in the USB dongle, and press its single button for 5 seconds. A voice message will then be sent directly to you, indicating that the headset is connected correctly. The Z300 has a Bluetooth module to quickly connect to a smartphone or tablet. It is possible to pair the headset with your PC and your mobile simultaneously, so you can play or watch a movie without missing out on a call, which is very practical.
The connections are stable, but if the Bluetooth allows you to move away about ten meters before encountering some cuts or crackling, the USB dongle only offers us 5 to 6 meters before losing the signal very regularly. This remains sufficient to move around the room, but no further.
The controls are distributed over the two earpieces. On the right, there are buttons to change the volume of devices connected in Bluetooth, a mute button for the microphone, and a last to ensure the Bluetooth connection.
On the left are 2 controls, one for the general volume and another to modulate the microphone’s power. In the middle of the headset, we find the “Power” button to turn the headphones on or off. Two other buttons, one called “Tone,” used to choose presets, and the other named “DRC” (Dynamic Range Compression), which highlights the weakest sounds such as footsteps or certain ambient noises, and reduce different sounds that sometimes hinder your ability to identify enemies.
If everything is done simply, you will still have to get used to the keys’ placement. At the start, it is a little complicated, especially during a somewhat stressful part. We regret that the different commands are not recognizable by touch.
The autonomy is within the norm; Turtle Beach promises 15 hours of battery life. At a relatively high volume level, by regularly switching the different modes or equalizers of the headphones on and off, we could play for just under 15 hours. When the battery is dead, the headset charges using a mini-USB cable in about 2 hours, which is pretty fast. If you can play while the headphones are recharging, the cable provided is, however, a little short so that you are really comfortable; 20 cm more would have been welcome
If you like to make your own settings and change each frequency, then you might be a little disappointed. You can modify the bass, mid range and treble, but nothing more. The preset modes are not adjustable. For the activation of Dolby 7.1 sound, you will need to download a driver. Also, be aware that Dolby is only available on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Windows 10. Mac owners will have to stay in stereo, and the Z300 then loses a large part of its interest.
The microphone is removable, and its volume can be adjusted as we wish to use a simple dial—no need to scream to be heard. The voice is well reproduced, and our correspondents have always heard us correctly. Its only flaw comes from its flexibility. A sudden movement of the head will be enough to lower it. Nothing serious, but you’ll have to readjust it more than throughout your game.
The main strength comes from its ability to adapt to all situations. Whether it’s listening to music, playing a game, or watching a movie, its audio performance is quite respectable. In-game, the Dolby 7.1 mode does its job well, the spatialization is very good, and you can easily spot the enemies arriving behind your back. The powerful and relatively dynamic bass allows quite striking explosions without spoiling the rest of the ambient sounds.
The voices are clearly audible, the noises rather precise, short we are immersed as it should be in our game. This is not the best gaming headset that we have tested. For example, we are far from the Steel Series H Wireless qualities, but the Z300’s clear, the well-defined sound still delivers a great gaming experience.
For music, the Turtle Beach Z300 gaming headset is particularly well balanced. If the bass is present, they do not drool over the rest of the spectrum. The midrange and treble are respected and really well detailed.
Suppose the Turtle Beach Z300 is neither the best gaming headset nor the best audio headset. In that case, it is a very good compromise between the two, and its versatility will allow its users to take as much pleasure in the game as in listening. Its comfort is genuinely one of its main assets; it can be worn for long hours without feeling the slightest discomfort. A great headset, therefore, both for playing at home and for listening to music outside.