Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 Gaming Headset Review

Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 Gaming Headset Review

An odd gaming wired headset that needs to be charged for added convenience, works even after draining the battery.

  • Gamers who are tight on a budget and want a plug-and-play gaming headset will appreciate its affordability and sound quality.
  • Bassheads seeking the extra thumping of bass will instantly fall in love.

If you are a bass lover, want thumping bass while playing games, and are on a tight budget, then the Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 is a great option for you or we can say only option. When Turtle Beach introduced Recon 200 Gen 1 to the world, one thing struck everyone as odd. That was the need to charge even though the headphones are wired and it’s still as strange today. The recon 2 comes with a built-in amplifier that runs on a battery and serves to boost the bass and volume of the headset. This amplifier is the main selling point of this headset. However, the headset can be used even after the battery has died and produces decent enough sound even without the amplifier.

Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 Specs

Recon 200 Gen 2 is not much different from its predecessor. It is also built on the same frame and comes with similar features. 

Speakers40mm, Neodymium Magnets
Frequency20Hz – 20KHz
MicrophoneAttached, Omni-Directional
Connectivity3.5mm Audio Jack, USB Type-C
Battery Backup12 Hours
Weight272 grams
Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 Gaming Headset Review

Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 Overview

There is not much physical difference between gen 1 and the new generation recon 200. It’s still a wired headset that needs to be charged for the extra bass and volume. The headset comes with separate buttons for Xbox and PlayStation, making it easy to set it up for different gaming machines. It also works great on the Nintendo Switch.

Physical keys are available on the left earcup which is volume control, microphone volume control, platform switch key along with USB Type-C for charging. The platform switch key has three settings, one for Xbox, one for PlayStation, and one Off. Although the headset works on the Off setting too, it just lacks bass boost. 

The Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 comes with updated ear pads that have now been changed to mesh fabric. The mesh fabric makes the headphones comfortable to wear and glasses-friendly. Air passes through the mesh fabric and heat does not get accumulated on the ears, which also helps in getting rid of the complaint of sweating. But a negative aspect of this is that these headphones are no longer optimized for sound isolation. Sound leaks through the headphones even at half volume and the person sitting next to you can tell what you are listening to.

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How does Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 perform?

The ear pads handle the heat and sweat problem very well. The headset supports the spatial sound feature very well and leaves no room for complaint on any platform. The battery even exceeded the claimed time. Turtle Beach claims a backup of 12 hours, but the headset lasts for around 14 hours. Considering other headsets available in the market, it is not much. But considering the price, we can’t complain. Due to the wired headset, there is no fear of death in the middle of its gaming sessions as the headset continues to run even after the battery is exhausted, only the difference in sound comes.

Final Verdict

Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gen 2 is a great value-for-money headset that comes with a good microphone that can be used in chat during gaming so that fellow players can hear your voice clearly. It is a great-sounding headset that comes with an inbuilt amplifier that can be used to listen to heavy bass. Its ear cups are also comfortable. The Recon 200 Gen 2 is a great choice of headset for the price of under 60 bucks.