Frequency Response: 20 – 20.000Hz | Driver Size: 40mm with Neodymium magnets | Connection Type: 3.5mm or PC Splitter Cable
REASONS TO BUY
Superb value for the money
Comfortable for glasses wearers
Decent audio quality
REASONS TO AVOID
Definitely not for audiophiles
Not the best if you have more money to spend
Our Rating: 9.7/10
You don’t need to break open your piggy bank just for a decent headset. You don’t need it to be wireless or made out of titanium or packed with all the bells and whistles it can fit. The first and foremost things that a headset needs to deliver on are the fundamentals: audio and comfort.
The Turtle Beach Recon Spark is not the most expensive headset you’ll find, but price is deceiving. Just because something is expensive doesn’t mean it’s superior. However, while it’s a top-tier budget device, “budget” remains the optimum phrase. It’s not perfect, but it manages to deliver a high quality performance regardless.
For starters, the Recon Spark bears delightful aesthetics. Colored with a gentle white and lavender paint job, it’s a product that’s primarily geared for women, though it is a strong fit for anyone who appreciates soft colors. Beyond color scheme it doesn’t bring much in the way of unique designed features, rather staying the course as a standard gaming headset. And of course, for glasses wearers, it comes equipped withProSpecs comfort-driven design, included specifically to alleviate pressure on your glasses’ earpieces. As thoughtful as that might be, however, it doesn’t do much help if the headset itself is too tight.
While that’s largely not the case with the Recon Spark, there’s a chance you might get unlucky and find that it’s a bad fit for your skull.
Of note, however, are the ear cushions. Made from synthetic leather around memory foam, the ear cushions should be expected to stay comfortable for long periods of time. However, it isn’t perfect, and there tend to be some complaints around extended use of the headset.
Granted, it works well in the immediate time, but if you’re in sessions that last for hours on end then you may need to take a break at one point. There’s a chance that with some breaking and allowing the product to properly conform to your head that it works perfectly, but that’s a case-by-case issue.
While mainly composed of a sturdy plastic, the Recon Spark includes a durable metal-reinforced headband for long-term use. After all, if the band snapped, it’d lose all worth, functional internals or no.
The Recon Spark speaks to its own longevity, certain to last you for years of gaming from the moment you take it out of the box. Though, be wary, the top cushion of the headset is a little small.
The Recon Spark isn’t wireless, and while that’s not for everyone, it does mean that you don’t have to deal with connection issues. It also makes it far easier for its multiplatform compatibility to function, allowing you to easily transfer the Recon Spark between your devices as needed.
Unfortunately, the mic itself is a bit of a let down. While it’s a fully functional microphone for the most part, it’s pretty darn short compared to most mics you may come across. This design means there may be audio bleeding, and sometimes the mic doesn’t function as well as you’d hope it would.
Thankfully, the mic does mute itself when flipped up, which is handy for easy muting during the middle of a game.
While it’s not the perfect design, the Recon Spark does make for an excellent budget choice in regards to audio quality, comfort with glasses, functionality, and versatility. With its pleasant aesthetics, it makes for a great addition to a design-coordinated rig and makes for a stable go-to headset for male and female gamers alike.