I have been looking forward to writing this review ever since I took the PX22 out of its box, and after using it for a few days I am even more excited to tell you about this amazing headset. As soon as I opened the box, I knew I was in for a treat. This thing looks good, and not just because I like black and blue. Along with the signature Turtlebeach logo, the PX22 sports an MLG logo, which in itself made me feel ready to go to the pros. But let’s get to the good stuff.
I have only owned a handful of headsets in my time, but the PX22 definitely has the best build quality of any headset I have ever used. It is extremely comfortable and lightweight. Some of the major problems I have had with previous headsets were the tendency for the earpiece to either press my ear against my head, or cut off airflow, both causing discomfort even for short periods of time. I have neither problem with this headset. The earpieces are a breathable mesh material, and they cover the entirety of the ear, not applying any pressure to it at all. The mic is on a swivel, and the metal arm is designed to bend, making re-positioning the mic a breeze.
The sound quality in this stereo headset is a lot better than I expected it would be. There’s no static at all. The treble is crisp and the bass is deep, never distorting even at maximum volume (yes, I actually pumped them all the way up – and they still sounded good).
One of my favorite things about this headset is the Inline Amplifier. It gives you control over treble/bass levels, and separate volume controls for game, chat, and mic monitor. The amp also has an aux input for a cell phone, iPod, or anything else with a 3.5mm audio connector. If you do decide to plug in a cell phone, the amp also provides a selector switch for your mic that allows it to double as a phone headset – you can actually take a call without taking the headset off. On top of all of that, the PX22 will work with almost anything. It works with PC, Mac, Mobile devices, XBOX 360, PS3, and PS4, a feature not many gaming headsets have.
One small issue I had with this particular headset is the audio would randomly cut out if the output was not loud enough. I installed all of the proper drivers, ensured the audio and USB cables were connected, and I still occasionally had this issue. A minor annoyance, but noteworthy nonetheless.
With a $55 price tag, the PX22 is one of the more affordable gaming headsets out there. It can be purchased here, and I highly recommend doing so if you are shopping for a gaming headset. I am so happy with this headset that I have already given my old one away.
Manufacturer: Turtle Beach
Model: Ear Force PX22
Price at time of review: $65
Review product provided by the manufacturer
Build Quality - 7
Sound Quality - 7.5
Features - 8
A quality headset, packed with premium features, with an affordable price tag.
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