Turtle Beach PS3 Ear Force PX21 Gaming Headset review: Turtle Beach PS3 Ear Force PX21 Gaming Headset

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.4
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 7.0

Average User Rating

2.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Stereo headset for PlayStation 3; works with PSN in-game chat; long 16-foot wire; RCA bypass-capable connections; in-line control box; adjustable boom mic; also works as a PC/Mac headset.

The Bad No support for surround sound; stereo analog connections only.

The Bottom Line The Ear Force P21 headset may not support surround sound, but it is a solid PlayStation 3 accessory that supports in-game chat.

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Any gamer who plays at night knows how important it is to have a solid set of headphones. We've looked at solutions in the past for Xbox 360 like the Turtle Beach X4s and the all-in-one Tritton AX Pro. If PlayStation 3 is your console of choice, you may want to check out the Ear Force P21. While they don't offer true 5.1 surround sound, they're very comfortable and offer plenty of customization features to suit your individual gaming needs.

The P21s come in all black plastic. The adjustable padded headband connects the earcups, which are covered in a shiny black shell. Each cup is cushioned with a mesh cloth that we found comfortable over long rounds of PlayStation 3 gaming.

When held, the headset does feel a bit cheap, especially where the earcups attach to the headband. There's a certain hollow characteristic to them--fortunately this did not carry over to the headset's overall performance, more of which we'll get to later on.

Out from the left earcup protrudes the boom mic. It's quite long and completely adjustable, so you'll have no trouble getting it placed perfectly. The tip of the microphone has two listening areas, one for your voice and one for ambient noise, which the headset itself will deflect. We really liked the fact that the boom can swivel 360 degrees out of sight when not in use.


We really liked the fully adjustable boom mic with its ambient noise reduction.

A few feet down the connecting wire rests the in-line control box, which can be clipped onto your clothing if desired. On the box you'll find various switches and knobs allowing you to mute the mic, control chat, game, and bass volume, in addition to enabling Expander mode (which tries to give you fuller overall sound). That said, we enjoyed our game time better with the mode turned off.

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Turtle Beach PS3 Ear Force PX21 Gaming Headset

Part Number: CNETEARFORCEP21 Released: Jun. 15, 2009
MSRP: $79.99 Low Price: $46.44 See all prices

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jun. 15, 2009
  • Weight 8.2 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features volume control
  • Type headset
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type RCA phono x 2