Turtle Beach EarForce p21 Headphones


Headset for PC and PS3

There was no shortage of gaming headphone vendors at PAX 09.  Not only were Astro, Dolby and Tritton there, but Turtle Beach was showing off some of their headsets designed for gamers.

The one PC headset they had was the EarForce p21.  This headset offers high fidelity and is incredibly lightweight for an “around the ear” headset.  The headset works with PC and the PlayStation 3.

This seemed like an odd combination to me.  Why support the PS3 and not Xbox 360?  Michael Carducci, the Marketing Manager for Turtle Beach stated that while the headphones are analog, the microphone is USB only, so it will only work with a PC or PS3.  Sadly, Microsoft still has quite a lockdown on the hardware vendors they allow to work with their console.

The headset is nice and comfortable, and doesn’t put too much pressure on the head.  The earcups can also twist around, so they can sit on your shoulders if you put the headset around your neck.  The microphone is incredibly easy to bend, and has a wide angle of movement.

The headset is wired, and features an in-line remote (similar to many other PC headsets).  It is odd that the microphone is USB but not the speakers.  PC gamers usually don’t mind a wired headset because they are usually sitting down at a desk, but the average PS3 gamer has their console in the living room, and a corded headset just isn’t going to cut it.

It’s great that the headset works with Sony’s Playstation, but for all intents and purposes this is a PC gaming headset.  It’s comfortable, but we really can’t comment on the sound quality, because we were on an extremely noisy show floor.

We have a request with Turtle Beach for a review sample, so we hope to have an official review on the headset in the coming months.

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  1. Dave

    June 20, 2011 at 1:54 am

    The disadvantages of a wired headset for a console are true. If this was 'designed for PS3' then why does TB show a laptop in the background on one of their own stock photos?

  2. Alan

    June 20, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Well, when I asked the Turtle Beach rep specifically for PC headphones, he showed me the p21. The fact that it's not for 360 is not a complaint, it's an observation.

  3. AlMonkieDemon

    June 20, 2011 at 1:54 am

    This headset was made specifically for PlayStation 3 and just happen to work with PC as well. There's a reason why they call their headsets X# or P# (Xbox or PlayStation) and only true competitive gamers know that headphones are the way to go for shooters and such.

  4. rob

    June 20, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Your info is wrong.

    "modern PS3s only have USB ports in the back of the unit"

    Every PS3 every made has USB's on the FRONT.

  5. Addicted2Killn

    June 20, 2011 at 1:53 am

    it was designed for the ps3 NT the xbox so get over it n xbox hasnt got the power of a ps3

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