• 1, December, 2015

tGI reviews: Turtle Beach Ear Force x12 gaming headset

This month tGI looks at the Ear Force x12 Gaming Headset created by Turtle Beach. This headset currently goes for a Recommended Retail Price of £54.99.

  • This headset features a rugged, breathable design
  • Breathable mesh ear cushions
  • 3.5 mm mic and audio jacks
  • High sensitivity mic with flexible boom
  • Mic mute switch
  • Speakers: 50mm diameter speakers with neodymium magnets
  • Condenser Microphone Frequency Response: 50Hz - 15kHz
  • Weight: 6.4 oz (233g)
  • Speaker Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz, >120dB SPL @ 1kHz
  • Cable length: 16 ft. (4.87m)

The headset features its own remote, which acts as an in-line amplifier:

  • Dimensions: Height .5
  • Maximum analog input level with volume control on maximum setting: 2Vpp (700mVrms)
  • Input jack: 2.5mm XBOX 360® controller input jack
  • Headphone Amplifier: Stereo DC-coupled, 35mW/ch, THD <1%, Frequency Response: DC - 30kHz
  • Bass Boost: Variable up to [email protected]
  • Mute switch: Mic mute switch
  • Line input: 3.5mm plug for line input
  • Mic output: 3.5mm plug for mic output
  • USB connector for power: 5VDC @

System requirements:

  • USB port: Available USB Port
  • XBOX 360 console with optical audio output or AV cable to support: HDMI Configuration- HDMI audio adapter cable (dongle) Standard Def- Advanced SCART AV cable.
  • The rugged style of the headset goes well with the black and green colours, giving this headset a subtle ‘future combat’ feeling.
  • The item is mainly made of thick plastic and does show some weight.
  • The cushioned sections of the headset are quite prominent, they look well weaved and feel soft and firm.


  • The headphones are easy to adjust and they feel fairly light. They feel like they are firmly attached to your head
  • Those sand they are very comfortable to wear.
  • The cushioned sections of the headset provide you with a good level of noise cancellation.
  • The audio quality feels very clear and covers a wide audio spectrum range, at low and loud volumes.
  • The remote is very handy as an in-line amp to have better control over the mic & the headphones.
  • The cable length makes it possible to sit further away from the computer / gaming console.
  • The item does need to be powered by via a USB connection.
  • The plastic used in this item is a good compromise between solid and lightweight.
  • The cushioned mesh feels like it will last a fair amount of time.
  • The cables look well soldered and put together, and the extra cable length will contribute to increasing the life span of this headset.

This headset looks great, feels comfortable and sounds clear. So to sum it up:
  • Comfortable
  • Clear sound
  • Remote
  • Cable length
  • Microphone & remote need to be powered via USB
tGI reviews: Turtle Beach Ear Force x12 gaming headset Jean Lewis
Looks & Feel

Summary: "Cool looking, comfortable & great sounding headphones with a useful remote & a great cable length."