The Turtle Beach Ear Force X31 Wireless Gaming Headset with Xbox Live chat is a without a doubt one of the top gaming headsets available for Xbox gamers, yet it does have a few annoying flaws. This is not so much a “technical review” as a real gamers experience with the headset, because this my weapon of choice when it comes to my gaming headphones. I got sick and tired of the crummy chat sound with the standard Microsoft headset, plus my wife and kids were tired of listening to the noise from the video games late at night.
I have a friend who ran the local video game store, and the solution’s he recommended were the Turtle Beach Ear Force X11’s (wired) or the X31’s (wireless). In the end I chose the wireless option for a few more dollars, mainly to prevent possible accident damage to my system from my wife or kids tripping over wires. Once removed from the package, it took me about 8-10 minutes to hook up the headset to the console and have it running. The first game I played with them was Gears of War2 in Best Gaming Mouse Pad review normal campaign mode. WOW! There was no doubt the X31’s reputation as one of Xbox’s top gaming headsets was well earned!My first impression was the way I could FEEL the explosions in the background, it was like I could imagine being in the actual game.
Next I had to try Modern Warfare 2 in online multiplayer so I could test out the quality of the chat features. The clarity of the other players voices was amazing, plus it seems much easier to determine where enemy players are hiding since they help you hear even the slightest noise. Playing on the underpass map, I could clearly hear enemies planting C4 mines in the doorway ahead of me!It was surprising to hear sounds I had never noticed before. This is one of the greatest advantages of using a pair of top gaming headsets like the X31’s instead of T. V. speakers and a crummy chat headset.