Getting a gaming headset is usually an expensive affair. Thankfully there is a great deal of choice when it comes to choosing what you want, ranging from the relatively inexpensive to headsets that cost as much as your average console.
I’ve got a pair of XO Four’s and an XO One headset, and both are very different and priced accordingly. In comparison, the Recon 50X headset is the cheaper alternative, without sacrificing too much in the way of performance.
In terms of sound, the Recon 50X is a great performer, considering the price. Sound is clear and distinct and it handles a wide variety of sound and music without any noticeable difficulty. I used the headset during a variety of test criteria, including using them as a straightforward pair of headphones, listening to music (ranging from Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar score to the Stereophonics). Generally, the headset coped well, but struggled when forced to deal with loud, bassy tones. But overall the music came through well, especially with tracks involving treble-heavy sound.
In terms of gaming, the headset enables the wearer to both listen to the game and its effects, while using the mic for chat. And it does that well. Chat was never a problem, and performed almost at well as its more expensive counterparts. Like the straightforward music test, the headset did well but did sometimes struggle with loud music or large explosions, but only when in close proximity. But for general gaming it did what it was designed for.
The headset is also comfortable. It’s not an Egyptian cotton-lined, memory foam deluxe experience. But you’re certainly not going to come away with a broken skull or a migraine. They do what they’re designed to do: provide an inexpensive entry into getting more out of your gaming experience, and the headset does that extremely well.
With a modest price of just £29.99 the Recon50X is great for those getting into the more dedicated side of gaming, a perfect first rung in a ladder of varied headsets available for each gaming system. And then once you’ve saved up a little you can venture into more expensive territory.
The only real downside, and perhaps the main reason for the headset being relatively cheap, is the fact that they don’t come with the headset audio controller. So this becomes an additional purchase for those getting into it, sending the overall cost up. However, this still doesn’t make them expensive by any means and if you happen to already own an audio controller you’ll be able to use that with the 50X headset.
Additionally, if you have children or overly enthusiastic friends who have a tendency to react to in-game situations with gusto, possibly ruining your expensive and fragile gaming headset, these provide the perfect means of allowing even the most haphazard of gamers to enjoy what’s going on without ruining your day. They’re quite rugged and can put up with a fair bit of punishment. And far easier to replace should the worst happen.
Overall, the Recon 50X headset is a great introduction to newcomers and hard core gamers alike, offering an inexpensive alternative to those climbing up the financial ladder.
- Compatible out-of-the-box with the new Xbox One controller with the 3.5mm jack, and other Xbox One controllers via the EAR FORCE® Headset Audio Controller (sold separately)
- Large 40mm Neodymium speakers deliver great stereo sound with crisp highs and thundering lows
- All-new, sleek, lightweight over-ear design with soft synthetic leather-wrapped ear-cushions
- In-line controls place Mic Mute and Master Volume conveniently at your fingertips
- Use the high-sensitivity adjustable boom mic for in-game and online chat, and then remove it when listening to music and watching movies
Compatible with Xbox One, PS4, PC, Apple/Mac mobile gaming.
Verdict: Value for Money! Perfect for those seeking their first gaming headset without spending too much money.
Flugel Meister (Dave) is a longtime video gaming fan, who's love for all things pixelated began way back in 1980, when he ventured onto his brother's Grandstand console before progressing to a Dragon 32 and then a Spectrum 48K. That's right. he's old. When he's not gaming, he can be found swimming in the country's reserves of cheesecake.
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