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Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 Review – Gargantuan Battery Life Is The Headlining Feature Of This Excellent Headset

From entry level, super affordable headsets through to its highest end headsets that carry a chunky three figure price tag, if there’s one thing that has become abundantly clear when reviewing headsets from Turtle Beach, it’s that the longtime accessory manufacturer absolutely has a headset for every price and feature level you can imagine.

Not only does Turtle Beach have many different strata of headset, but so too has the company also gone back and revitalised some of its most popular versions, with the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 series getting a third iteration no less. How does the headset perform, what are the improvements over its second generation predecessor and most importantly of all – is it worth handing over your hard earned cash for? Those are just a couple of the questions that will be definitively answered in this Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset review.

Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 Headset Review


In this Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset review

Wireless Performance

As is seemingly standard for Turtle Beach’s current slate of mid-range and upper mid-range headsets, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset offers both a wireless connection and a Bluetooth 5.2 connection – a noted upgrade over its second generation predecessor that only offered a standard wireless connection and nothing else. Likewise, Turtle Beach’s now expected QuickSwitch button comes into play here, allowing you to switch between wireless and Bluetooth compliant devices pretty much instantaneously. Thankfully, the QuickSwitch button is easily accessible too, thanks in no small part due to its location right next to the volume wheel.

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Getting the headset to work is a cinch, too. Just pop the USB key into the USB slot on your PlayStation 4 or 5, turn on the headset, set it to wireless mode and away you go. It’s awfully straightforward and idiot-proof to say the least – not to mention providing some extra versatility on account of being fully compatible with PC, Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck and mobile platforms to boot.

Battery Life

Arguably one of the most striking aspects of the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset is its battery life. Clocking in at a frankly ridiculous 80(!) hours from a single charge, this is one headset that is absolutely built to go the distance and in my own testing certainly, it just seemed to go and go and go to such a point that U began to wonder if it would ever run out of charge. Of course it eventually did – at around the promised 80 hour mark – at which point I just used the supplied USB-C charging cable to quickly charge the headset and then we were off to the races again.

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This gargantuan battery life also puts this third generation Stealth 600 set in stark relief to its predecessor which although it boasted a perfectly respectable 48 hours of battery life, nonetheless pales into comparison with what Turtle Beach is offering with the version of the headset. One thing that is worth mentioning however is that you only want to charge the headset with the USB-C cable that is supplied with it, since after some extensive testing I discovered that other USB-C cables simply don’t sit snug in the port, so make sure not to lose that cable, eh?

Sound Quality

Even though the $99/£99 price point perceptibly sets the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset as a mid-range effort and brings it into the orbit of Turtle Beach’s superb Stealth 500 headset, it’s also clear that for the extra twenty bucks or pounds, you’re getting a much more capable headset in addition to one that has almost twice the battery life.

In terms of sound quality and features, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset excels right off the bat. Primarily, it’s the 50mm Nanoclear drivers that not only give Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset the sort of pin-point, crystal clear sound that you might expect to have in a much higher end headset, but also the sort of striking omni-directional spatial sound that again you might expect to be synonymous with much higher end (and by proxy, much more costly) gaming headset. turtle beach stealth 600 gen 3 review 2

The stellar sound performance doesn’t just begin and end with those punchy 50mm Nanoclear drivers, though. Another higher end feature that has made its way into the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset, is the AI noise reduction technology that is embedded into the mic. Both extremely powerful and subtle, this essentially allows you to maintain clear communication in a noisy room without any issue – which proves key for playing online multiplayer games. Want to clearly direct your comrades to set off a Hellbomb at an enemy radar jamming facility in Helldivers 2? No problem – you can do exactly that and your teammates will be none the wiser to the ruckus or whatever else is happening in your immediate vicinity.

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As with the other headsets which feature in its current range, the Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset also boasts the now standard Superhuman Hearing technology that aids in picking out more delicate sounds, while also proving to be especially suitable for playing fare such as Resident Evil 4, Alan Wake 2 and other such titles that place an emphasis on atmospheric immersion.

Another standard feature that the headset brings to the table is the Swarm II software which functions exactly as it does when used with every other Turtle Beach headset – which is to say that allows you to tweak the boundaries of its EQ and sound profiles and customise mode buttons while also allowing you to keep up to date with the latest software from Turtle Beach. Nothing particularly earth-shattering then, but noteworthy all the same.

Form Factor, Comfort & Overall Design

With its memory foam cushions and broad soft arch, the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset feels wonderfully comfortable to wear and fits nicely over your skull even if you’re wearing glasses. It is, most certainly, one comfortable headset, even if it isn’t as blissfully featherweight as the Turtle Beach Stealth 500 headset.

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In other aspects of its build, Turtle Beach’s latest headset also impresses. The uni-directional microphone is easily pulled out, retractable and can be snapped away when you need to mute yourself quickly while broadly speaking, the headset has a quality construction to it that makes it feel more premium than its price point might otherwise suggest.

Final Words

Of all the headsets that Turtle Beach has taken to market the Stealth 600 Gen 3 strikes a perfect balance between performance, price and comfort. Yet it’s also clear that above this widely encompassing offering that Turtle Beach’s latest effort marquee feature – that monstrous 80 hour battery life – is something that puts it within touching distance of the highest end headsets but without a high-end price.

The Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 3 headset is out now.

Review unit kindly provided by Turtle Beach PR.

Score

9.5

The Final Word

Of all the headsets that Turtle Beach has taken to market the Stealth 600 Gen 3 strikes a perfect balance between performance, price and comfort. Yet it's also clear that above this widely encompassing offering that Turtle Beach's latest effort marquee feature - that monstrous 80 hour battery life - is something that puts it within touching distance of the highest end headsets but without a high-end price.