Turtle Beach Ear Force X12 Gaming Headset Review

I’ve had two Turtle Beach headphones in the past and both of them broke, so when I got the Turtle Beach Ear Force X12’s to review I was thinking it would end up the same. A lot of gamers will have heard of Turtle Beach as its one of the most common gaming headphone manufactures out there, they have stereo headphones, dolby digital surround sound, wireless headphones and more for all gaming platforms.


  • 50mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnets
  • Speaker Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz, >120dB SPL @ 1kHz
  • Condenser Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz – 15kHz
  • Cable length: 16 ft. (4.87m)
  • Weight: 6.4 oz (233g)
  • Headphone Amplifier: Stereo DC-coupled, 35mW/ch, THD <1%, Frequency Response: DC – 30kHz
  • Bass Boost: Variable up to +12dB@150Hz
  • Mic mute switch
  • Maximum analog input level with volume control on maximum setting: 2Vpp (700mV rms)
  • 3.5mm plug for line input
  • 3.5mm plug for mic output
  • 2.5mm XBOX 360® controller input jack
  • USB connector for power (5VDC @ <60mA max)
  • Dimensions: Height .5in (1.27cm), Width 2in (5.08cm), Depth .75in (1.905cm)
  • 8.75 x  6.75 x 3.75 (inches)

Product Overview

The design of the headset looks pretty average, but it defiantly has that ‘Turtle Beach” look to it. Its ear cups are slightly slanted to give it a more comfortable feel, inside the ear cups it has the turtle beach logo, it has a nice chunky head strap which is always nice. It has a non detachable mic which is very flexible.

The padding around the ear-cups are top notch, they are very soft and fit around the ear very well, I have wore this through some long gaming sessions and I have no problem with them being uncomfortable and for me its extremely hard to find a gaming headset that you can wear hours on end without taking them off to rest your ears. Also the ear-cups are very flexible as they can rotate slightly at almost every angle so it can fit nice and snug on your head.

  • Golferguy82

    Those are actually pretty horrible. When you speak, others hear you as if you have the mic jammed down your throat, scratching noises as you reviewed, its not very comfortable, AND the customer support is one of THE worst I have ever dealt, with.. and im a PC tech of 14 years. lol I would give the x12’s a 2/5.

  • Edjoy

    The support i received in the UK was first class on a product where the warranty had actually expired. I have the X12 and have found it to be well worth the money.

  • YourAnIdiotGolferguy82

    you probably have your play and charge kit plugged in or you are using the wrong and they are comfortable if you can actually take care of it.

  • Jayramenator

    I love when people say ” uh like I’ve had that headset before and it broke twice so it sucks”, I got news for u guys. The headset is grea. You suck!

  • Rj Wingrove

    how do set them up in hdmi

  • Miroslav

    I found them really uncomfortable. Good sound, deep bass, but way too tight. It should have a better cushion like the Siberia V2, for instance, which isolates outer sounds but is extremely comfortable.

  • Ben

    I have had 2 sets of these and the foirst one lasted 3 days before malfunctioning, where the inline volume adjustment box is located. The second set has lasted about 3 months and is doing the same thing at the same location. I would give it a zero rating on quality. Worked very good to excellent, while it lasted. At $100.00 dollars for your product, I would expect far better longevity.

  • Glw431

    hes right there is something wrong with the adjustment box. It will just stop working. I get so many customers returning them after a few months with the same proble

  • Joelrayy

    Well I’m looking to buy a pair but I don’t know where or not to buy them now that I saw these comments .are there any alternative?same price range?