The Turtle Seaside React-R is the most recent controller from the gaming equipment model, newly available in the USA today for $39.99. It’s a wired Xbox and PC controller with a removable USB-C cable, formally licensed by Microsoft, and it mixes a few of Turtle Seaside’s audio chops from its headsets into an reasonably priced gamepad.

The React-R is a bit like Turtle Seaside stripped down its Recon controller and gave it a barely worse identify. For $20 lower than the Recon, the React-R presents good high quality face buttons, sticks, triggers, and two programmable rear buttons. A few of these buttons, significantly the shoulders, sound a bit extra hole of their clickiness — however that wasn’t one thing that felt particularly premium on its pricier counterpart both.

The Turtle Beach React-R Xbox controller in white / purple.

Lights within the high buttons for Superhuman Listening to mode and mute solely illuminate when a headset is plugged in.

The React-R has two rear buttons, which might be programmed on the fly with none software program, similar to the Recon.

There are textured bumps all alongside the React-R’s shoulder buttons, although not as outstanding as those on the Recon. The raised texture alongside the hand grips of the React-R are grippy and cozy sufficient, although they don’t really feel as good because the Recon’s soft-touch rubber grips. Nonetheless, an enormous characteristic that’s trickled all the way down to the React-R is Turtle Seaside’s wonderful audio tips.

The React-R has Turtle Seaside’s badly-named-but-actually-good characteristic, Superhuman Listening to. Similar to on the Recon, when you may have any wired headset plugged in, you may press the S icon button, and the React-R balances the sport audio combine to attract out seems like character footsteps and gunfire. This was the characteristic that tipped the scales and satisfied me to present the Turtle Seaside Recon the nod for finest controller for shooters in our purchasing information. It’s both the most effective gaming audio characteristic round or a tremendous placebo impact that leads me to having a greater KDR, however both means, it’s cool to see it supplied in a less expensive pad.

The React-R branding on the white and purple mannequin blends in nicer than on the black model.

Whereas the React-R inherits Superhuman Listening to from the Recon, different options didn’t make the lower. It doesn’t have the audio EQ presets, microphone self-monitoring, or Professional-Intention options. I’ll concede that these are perhaps much less of an enormous deal right here, so I’m okay with shedding them. Actually, with among the Recon’s extras shaved off, the React-R turns into a a lot much less complicated controller to select up and use. All these buttons that had been littering the highest of the Recon like some small, light-up warts? Most of that’s all gone now, and the controller appears somewhat sleeker for it — even when Turtle Seaside needed to go and emblazon an unsightly REACT-R label on its high.

One different factor the React-R didn’t sacrifice is fast management of recreation quantity and audio / chat combine when utilizing wired headphones. You now management these by holding the highest button above the Xbox information button and pushing one of many labeled 4 D-pad instructions. Sadly, although, the chat combine management stays an Xbox-only characteristic, because it’s not suitable with Home windows.

The Recon (proper) is the extra strong controller, however the brand new React-R (left) has far more streamlined controls.

The textured dots aren’t as outstanding because the Recon’s, however fortunately the React-R additionally makes use of a removable USB-C port — now with a plastic encompass for somewhat safety from unintentional tugs.

Nonetheless, the React-R presents fairly a bit for simply $39.99. I believe that Turtle Seaside was gunning for the likes of PowerA and its Enhanced Wired Controller, which stays a superb choice — Micro USB port however — because it so steadily goes on sale for well under $30. Whereas the React-R has the sting on PowerA with its audio options and USB-C connectivity, it may study a factor or two within the colour division. The black React-R controller is, nicely, high-quality. However the purple and white mannequin launching alongside it may have used a extra elevated look past its barely ’80s aesthetic — like monochromatic face buttons and a color-matched cable.

The Turtle Seaside React-R exhibits some promise within the time I’ve spent with it thus far, and it makes among the proper sacrifices in the proper locations to achieve a lower cost level. Now, if this $39.99 controller will get discounted with some regularity, it might grow to be a simple suggestion for anybody searching for a funds choice with good added options, particularly for enjoying on-line shooters.

Images by Antonio G. Di Benedetto / The Verge


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