Turtle Beach Ear Force Z2 ReviewIndybird - September 19, 2010
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Headsets and online gaming have always had a special relationship. Headsets give you hands-free communication and in-game audio all in one package, making them ideal for people who are on a budget, can’t be too loud, or can’t afford a full speaker system. PC gamers have been using headsets pretty much since online gaming existed. Only with the advent of Xbox Live (or PlayStation Network) have console players been introduced to the use of headsets. Headset technology has not come very far, as they are typically not very complicated. You essentially have a pair of headphones with a microphone attached. For gamers however, some companies have added special features to tailor their headset to the gaming crowd.
Turtle Beach, a well-known maker of sound cards and gaming headsets, has introduced the latest in their line of PC gaming headsets: the Ear Force Z2. The Ear Force Z2 is your standard gaming headset at first glance but is touted with high-quality sound, rugged construction, superior comfort and a compact design for portability. What more could you ask for in a headset? Let’s see how this headset stacks up in market filled with competition.
The Turtle Beach Ear Force Z2 comes in a plastic clam shell package that displays the headphones and inline controller on the front. The front is otherwise kept simple with just the name and visible features. Around the back you are given more detailed pictures and information about the headset and its features. Despite being a plastic clam shell, the packaging was not that hard to open - all you have to do is rip it apart along the edge.
Once you open up all the packaging you realize there isn’t much to it - just the headset and the break-away in-line controller and audio connections.
Let's check out the headset itself.